The 5 best all-inclusive honeymoon destinations
From Mexico to Curacao, these all-inclusive resorts are the perfect marriage of fun, sun and time together. | By Laura Burkehart | October 19, 2022
You planned a magical wedding day – now what? A spectacular, once-in-a-lifetime honeymoon, of course. Leave the stress of planning your ceremony behind and enjoy the worry-free perks of an all-inclusive resort. Check out these dream destinations for your first days of wedded bliss:
Beaches, beaches, beaches: Golden beaches set the scene for romance
Play outside: Snorkeling, kayaking, hiking and golf — indulge in your favorite pastimes (or discover a new one)
Soak up the culture: From the food to the warm hospitality, each location is brimming with local traditions to enjoy
Dance until dawn: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Playa del Carmen is a Mayan Riviera gem, especially for movers and shakers. If your ideal honeymoon vacation includes shopping sprees and dancing until dawn, you’ve found the perfect spot.
You and your partner can venture into town for top-notch retail and entertainment. Pamper yourselves with a Euro chic shopping outing in the open-air pedestrian mall on Fifth Avenue, with boutiques, galleries, restaurants, bars and more. Head to Coco Bongo for a never-ending party, with shows and dancing Tuesday through Sunday. Get your groove on at Coralina Beach Club for music and champagne with Caribbean Sea views.
Keep the party going in the beautiful, cosmopolitan Hilton Playa del Carmen, an All-Inclusive Adult Only Resort. Luxuriate at the all-suite property with turndown service, 24-hour room service and 14 resort bars and restaurants. Couples who book a one-bedroom or presidential suite get complimentary access to the chef’s plate — a special menu prepared daily by the executive chef with the best local ingredients.
Play in the sun and surf: Dominican Republic
Pack your golf clubs and a waterproof phone case for this honeymoon destination. Enjoy lush vistas from the links at one of the many gorgeous golf courses close to the resort. Cool down after a day of golf by heading beneath the waves at Hilton La Romana, an All-Inclusive Adult Only Resort’s on-site PADI Five Star Dive Center and learn to dive, snorkel or advance your underwater skills.
For even more aquatic fun with your spouse, go kayaking, paddleboarding or windsurfing for free at the resort or use your guest access to visit the impressive water park located at Hilton La Romana, an All-Inclusive Family Resort, right next door.
Relaxation more your style? Head back to the adults-only resort and enjoy the eco-friendly private beach and seaside spa. Find rest and rejuvenation with your other half as you melt away any travel stress in a couples’ hydrotherapy session beneath palm fronds.
Choose your own adventure: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Begin your life-long adventure together by honeymooning in a place renowned for its warm hospitality and inclusive spirit. Active couples who crave unique experiences will find plenty to do around Puerto Vallarta.
Start off by soaring high above Banderas Bay and getting a bird’s-eye view of the spectacular seascape with Skydive Puerto Vallarta. Once you're back on land, discover local art and culture during a hand-in-hand stroll along the Malecon, a pedestrian boardwalk featuring sensational sculptures and scenery. Head to the cobblestone streets in Zona Romantica, a walkable area brimming with trendy shops, restaurants and popular expat and LGBTQ bars and clubs. Venture to the inland side of the city and hike to the waterfalls in Yelapa for an entirely different, yet equally memorable, perspective.
After a day spent exploring together, head back to Hilton Vallarta Riviera All-Inclusive Resort to cool down in the two oceanfront infinity pools. Muscles aching after all that walking? Unwind at eforea spa before dressing up for an evening of on-site entertainment with live DJs and music, karaoke and world-class performances, including a fire drum show and circus.
Go Dutch: Curacao
Celebrate your union where European and Caribbean cultures commingle for an explosion of art, architecture and flavor. Roll around the island — the largest of the ABC (Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao) islands — with minimal environmental impact on guided e-scooter tours with Eco Cruise Curacao. On your way, you can take in local art and snap a picture or two in front of colorful murals in the Skalo and Pietermaai neighborhoods. Also notable: the local architecture. Explore the colorful buildings and homes of Willemstad, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
You and your partner can taste the rainbow of cultures at Breeze, one of the 10 restaurants and bars you’ll find at Mangrove Beach Corendon Curacao All-Inclusive Resort, Curio Collection by Hilton, for local favorites and global flavors. Or visit the resort’s beachfront eatery, Food Street, for Dutch snacks, shawarmas and more. Be sure to try traditional dishes like karni stoba (beef stew), yuana (iguana stew) and kadushi (cactus soup).
For those who partake, stop by the Curacao Liqueur Distillery at Landhuis Chobolobo to learn about the distillation process and sample world-famous Blue Curacao.
Vibrant culture and brilliant colors make your camera your most important accessory on this island — other than your wedding ring, that is. Make sure you have a lot of digital storage — practically everywhere you look in Curacao is Instagram-worthy.
Chef’s kiss: Jamaica
For honeymooners who want it all – adventure, culture, tranquility and romance – there's no place like Jamaica. This lush island is home to exotic jungles, warm sunsets, vibrant music and world-famous jerk cuisine.
Explore the turquoise Caribbean waters on a three-hour sunset catamaran cruise with lunch and music. Travel down a river in an authentic bamboo raft with an expert tour guide who can share some of Jamaica's rich history as you take in the surrounding landscape.
When it’s time for sunbathing on a private beach or a couple’s spa treatment, head to Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa, an expansive 400-acre paradise location. The concierge desk can arrange tee times at the resort’s 18-hole golf course or recommend local excursions and tours. Sampling rum is a must for spirit-lovers visiting Jamaica, and Hilton Rose Hall’s Rum Factory offers hand-mixed cocktails made with local rum. Raise a toast to each other as you enjoy a private dinner feasting on traditional Jamaican dishes.
Let your inner child go wild at the on-site Sugar Mill Falls, one of Jamaica’s largest water parks. Looking for something more romantic? Book a private cabana or head to the swim-up bar to get a head start on evening celebrations. For more outdoor fun, snorkel in some of the best reefs in the area just 8 miles from the resort at Montego Bay Marine Park.
These lavish all-inclusive honeymoon destinations will make choosing a resort your hardest travel task. No matter where you end up, you’ll find the perfect marriage of leisure and adventure around every corner.
Laura Burkehart is an editor and writer who loves travel as much as she loves writing about it. She splits her time between North Carolina and Northern California.