For some people, the term "all-inclusive" conjures images of rum-chugging college students and bland buffets. But all-inclusive resorts can be so much more: You can find top-shelf liquor, tasty cuisine, white-sand beaches and water sports in whatever atmosphere you prefer, from sophisticated and couples-oriented to party-hearty fun. Take a look at our top 10 all-inclusive picks for spring break this year.
1. Majestic Elegance Punta Cana (Dominican Republic)
Majestic Elegance Punta Cana
Opened in late 2008, the 597-room Majestic Elegance is newer, cleaner and more modern than most all-inclusive resorts in DR. Its giant pool, soft-sand beach, great beds, Jacuzzis in every room, and brand-name liquor put it a notch above the competition.
Arguably Jamaica's most romantic escape, The Caves' 12 unique, private cottages and suites -- as well as one 4-room villa -- are tucked along lush garden paths and dramatic seaside cliffs. High-quality, locally focused cuisine, a top-shelf bar and intimate, incredibly attentive service make it Jamaica's best all-inclusive resort.
3. Viva Wyndham Dominicus Beach (Dominican Republic)
Quality food, oceanfront bungalows, free trapeze lessons, and beachside canopy beds make the 613-room Viva Wyndham Dominicus Beach resort an excellent value. The beach has some of the softest sand and clearest water in the Dominican Republic.
4. Rose Hall Resort & Spa (Jamaica)
With modern features, professional service and a huge on-site water park, Rose Hall, a beachside golf resort, is more popular with families than college kids. Though the rooms are small, they feature flat-screen TVs, spa-quality bath products, great beds and a powerful Wi-Fi signal -- all rare luxuries in Jamaica.
5. Grand Palladium Punta Cana Resort & Spa (Dominican Republic)
The draws at megaresort Grand Palladium Punta Cana are the in-room Jacuzzis (except standard rooms), the clean white-sand beach, access to 4 free-form pools and 8 restaurants with some of DR's best all-inclusive fare.
6. Zoetry Agua Punta Cana Resort (Dominican Republic)
Zoëtry Wellness & Spas Resort
Zoetry Agua Punta Cana Resort is a secluded 51-room getaway that feels a million miles from Punta Cana's megaresorts. It features giant rooms with gorgeous terraces, a top-notch spa and 3 high-quality restaurants.
7. Occidental Grand Aruba (Aruba)
A casino, a swim-up bar, great beach amenities, a kid’s club and nearby local activities make the Occidental Grand Aruba perfect for all types of guests, including young families and retirees.
The Jamaica Inn offers an upscale, classy vacation that’s relaxing and quiet. It’s the perfect place to unwind, though you’ll pay more for the all-inclusive package.
9. Gran Bahia Principe Ambar (Dominican Republic)
This adults-only Gran Bahia Principe Ambar resort has quality restaurants, a quiet pool, a white-sand beach, a sparkling gym, a quality spa and huge, romantic suites.
10. Majestic Colonial Punta Cana (Dominican Republic)
With one of the biggest and best pools in Punta Cana, Majestic Colonial Punta Cana is one of the best resorts in the Dominican Republic. This resort has beautiful landscaping, plenty of swim-up bars and restaurants and lots of children’s activities.