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Why All-Inclusive Travel is Worth Another Look

Grand Velas Riviera NayaritWhen you think of an all-inclusive vacation, what do you think of?

Long buffet food lines with uninspired and mass-produced food?  Mediocre activities that all seem a bit cliche? Service that leaves much to be desired? While these places most certainly still exist, upscale all inclusive resort properties have really stepped up their game in line with increased consumer expectations, and might just leave you wishing you could always travel this way.

The variety of activities, including sophisticated and utterly awesome kids clubs, combined with a variety of food options, makes an all-inclusive vacation particularly ideal for families.  But hands down the BEST part about an all-inclusive vacation is knowing exactly what you’re going to spend up front (minus premium extras and shopping of course).  There is nothing worse than coming home from a fantastic trip, only to have post-vacation bill blues. How could you possibly have spent that much?!

On an all-inclusive vacation, you can feel cared for and care free without concern over those fun excursions, or multiple poolside snacks and drinks.  So go ahead, treat yourself to the best your budget can afford and soak it ALL up!

Here are a few ways upscale and luxury all-inclusive resorts are debunking their pre-conceived notions:

  • Food and beverages: At high-end all-inclusive resorts you will find cuisine that is often locally harvested and has been thoughtfully prepared by a chef, not uninspired fare that is arranged by whoever is on duty. The larger properties and resorts will have multiple dining options, plus some private or premium experiences for an additional charge.  Naturally smaller and boutique properties will keep their experience as intimate and authentic as possible.food_grand_velas_riviera_maya
  • Service: When you are on vacation you want to feel cared for and not have to want for anything. You don’t want to be chasing down drinks and towels, or seeking out things to do.  24-hour concierge service and low staff to guest ratios will help ensure someone can assist you with every want, need and desire – often before you even need to ask.


  • Unique settings and Activities:  All-inclusive properties in particular have also gotten particularly good at creating properties that are destinations by themselves, and have centered the activity offering around embracing the surroundings.  Kayaking, bicycling, boating, surfing, scuba, snorkel, fitness classes, cooking classes, golf, tennis… chances are if you want to do it, there is a perfect property that can deliver it for you.

    Underground river at the Grand Velas Riviera Maya

    Underground river at the Grand Velas Riviera Maya


When you book your all-inclusive resort stay through us at Town & Country, you can benefit from extra perks like spa credits, airport transfers, complimentary room upgrades based on availability, and/or early check-in and late check-out.  Here are a few all-inclusive properties that we love right now:
Paradisus Playa del Carmen la Esmerelda

Paradisus Playa del Carmen la Esmerelda (families) /

Paradisus Playa del Carmen la Perla (adults only), Mexico:

Located in a stunning little bay at the prestigious Playa del Carmen enclave on Mexico’s eastern Caribbean shore, the luxurious Paradisus resorts are poised to become the finest all-inclusive properties in Playa del Carmen. With the premium amenities Paradisus Resorts are known for, paired with the pristine white sand and sparkling turquoise Caribbean water, guests will relax and unwind in beauty while enjoying only as much activity as they’re up for.

The properties are located just 45 minutes from the Cancun International Airport.



Titilaka at Lake Titicaca, Peru:Titilaka Resort

Titilaka, a modern all inclusive experience lodge on a remote peninsula on the Peruvian shores of Lake Titicaca, offers a luxurious refuge from which to explore the treasured natural, cultural and historical resources of this mystical region.  Activities include short to long excursions that range from the active like bicycling and exploring temples, to boating to surrounding islands.  A stay here is like no where else.
Titilaka’s contemporary design and comfort integrates with the stunning scenery and pristine geography of the natural environment, inviting guests to contemplate, explore, and enjoy a sense of peaceful isolation and primeval beauty.  At 12,500 feet above sea level, you feel that much closer to touching the star-filled sky.




Hermitage Bay, Antigua:hermitage_bay_antigua

Nestled into a secluded cove on Antigua, Hermitage Bay is the ideal place to escape the hustle of city life or celebrate a special occasion. Spanning 16 acres of tropical gardens, this eco-chic boutique hotel provides all the comforts of a 5 star resort without compromising the natural habitat that surrounds it.

The 1,250 feet beach is a mix of white sand and seashells washed ashore from the coral reef that thrives immediately in front of the property. The calm, clear blue waters are ideal for swimming and the reef provides convenient snorkeling.

Each of the 25 suites offers an ocean view, with Hillside Pool Suites featuring the added luxury of a private plunge pool. As a gourmet all-inclusive, there are no buffets, menus change daily, and everything is made to order using only high quality ingredients. Premium spirits are also included, and special dietary menus can be prepared on request.


Namale Resort & Spa, Fiji:pp_SOPAC.indd

Namale Resort & Spa was created with your desires in mind. Your desire for seclusion, for splendor, for authenticity, for an out-of-this-worldexperience tailored to your every whim.  The Namale guest can expect to be pampered and spoilt with all the trappings of modern luxury. Offering the most comprehensive range of combined land and ocean based activities, Namale cater for no more than 45 people at any one time with 120 staff on call to turn dreams into a reality. Namale is an award winning property that has among its many accolades the #1 Honeymoon Suite in Fiji which went on to be voted #5 in the World, as well as the Top 50 Most romantic Places on Earth.

A particularly unique experience includes the option to take your lunch or dinners anywhere you like; on your sundeck, on the beach, inside a cave, or in your bungalow overlooking the Koro Sea.


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