The Dos and Don'ts of All-Inclusive Vacations for Couples
Travel experts address concerns regarding all-inclusive vacations.
Before booking that enticing, all-inclusive trip to the Bahamas, consider these pros and cons from industry experts and real-life couples.
Stay in this captivating circular cottage and indulge in the area's natural attributes, art history and charming interiors. The canopy bed fits underneath a 35-foot-high conical ceiling. Sculptor Henry Hudson Kitson used the cottage, also known as the "Silo Studio," as his studio. The Airbnb rental in Tyringham, Massachusetts, is part of the Santarella Estate, which has garden paths, a babbling brook, lily ponds, acres of forest and a swimming pond.
Expats love the Dominican Republic’s north-shore Samaná Peninsula for its sleepy, come-as-you-are charm and unspoiled views of the Atlantic (and the humpback whales that visit the bay between December and March each year). Visitors to this pristine Airbnb rental, in turn, experience the best of the region from a modern sanctuary with a blissfully private pool and garden high above Playa Coson, one of the area’s most bustling beaches.
Joshua Tree National Park, California
Find a real post-wedding retreat in an airy and open 1949 California hacienda. More than 100 Joshua trees surround the dreamy rental, which is 10 minutes from Joshua Tree National Park. The owners recommend waking in time to see the sunrise at least one day of your stay, and pencil in time to spend in the swinging living room chairs.
A chic and romantic riad — a traditional Moroccan house with an interior garden or courtyard — is an Airbnb rental option for honeymooning couples in exotic Marrakesh. Take a dip in the pool and soak up the culture of Morocco, with Jamaa el Fna square and shopping at the nearby souks.
The Cotswolds, England
The quintessential English villages and countryside in the Cotswolds are ideal for a holiday, and Asphodel Cottage — a charming (and painstakingly restored) rustic retreat that dates back to 1624 — is the perfect Airbnb rental for giving modern life the slip. The village of Tarlton is nearby for necessities and the magnificent forest at the Bathurst Estate would make for a lovely day trip, but it would be tempting to curl up and forget about the outside world altogether.
From the round doorway to its underground setting, an Airbnb rental in the Pacific Northwest offers an unforgettable getaway for two. Outside the J.R.R. Tolkien-inspired "hobbit house" are opportunities to hike and bike in the Columbia River Gorge in Washington state.
Australia's Blue Mountains
Ninety minutes and a world away from Sydney in Australia’s Blue Mountains, century-old Logan Brae Orchards gives visitors an authentic taste of rural life. Overnight guests cozy up in what was once the orchard’s machinery shed and is now a spectacular (and spectacularly luxurious) Airbnb rental overlooking Kanimbla Valley. Fair warning: While mingling with the orchard’s owners and livestock is up to you, Lottie the Maremma sheepdog will insist upon adding you to her pack.
This enchanting rental in Italy is a tranquil setting for a romantic getaway. The fairytale-like stone cottage is situated in the countryside near the small town of Cisternino, but still close to beaches and sites such as caves, excavations, museums and the 13th century Castel del Monte.
Montreal, Québec, Canada
This light and airy Airbnb rental is a sun-dappled, modern-industrial aerie for two in Montreal’s Old Port neighborhood, a historic district on the St. Lawrence River. Perched two floors above a bakery, the loft apartment fills with the smell of fresh-baked bread every morning. Could there be a lovelier way to greet the day?
New Orleans, Louisiana
Drink in the sights and sounds of Crescent City from your own balcony overlooking Bourbon and Dumaine Streets, then retire to complimentary champagne and a night of opulence in an Airbnb rental tucked in a French Quarter mansion built in 1820. Stately furnishings like a five-foot chandelier, floor-to-ceiling Victorian silk curtains and a canopy bed set the stage for romance, while café tables in a leafy private courtyard offer an ideal spot to sip your morning coffee.
The Herculaneum is within walking distance of this Italianate villa, where guests are surrounded by Roman mythology sculptures and paintings that lend themselves to a legendary getaway. The Villa San Gennarillo Bed & Breakfast, an Airbnb rental, is within excursion distance of Pompeii, Naples, Sorrento, Capri and Ischia.
Guests at Drummond Tower, a four-story, single-occupant castle nestled in the rolling Irish countryside, enjoy exclusive access to the 360-degree views from its terrace in the treetops. Historic details include a spiraling stone staircase, an opulent library and multiple hearths to chase away seasonal chills. Who hasn’t dreamed of reigning over their very own castle?
The Miami Beach on the southeastern shore of Washington’s Hood Canal is a far cry from the one in Florida. Just steps from the pristine shore, this seaside idyll is so remote that pizza deliveries from the former mill town nearby arrive by boat. Stroll through forest trails and the local state park, take a swim at high tide or take advantage of your hosts’ kayaks, then enjoy that pizza (or anything you like) from the hot tub with a picture-perfect view of the cloud-wreathed Olympic Mountains.
Tucked in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, this adobe casita was built as a studio for the flamenco dancer Maria Benitez. In its current incarnation as a graceful artist’s retreat, this rental is full of rich textiles, honey-hued wood and regional crafts. Though you’ll have a quarter-acre of the desert to yourself, the avian locals are likely to surround you with birdsong as you settle in for breakfast on the patio.
An ethereal getaway in the historic heart of Aix-en-Provence in southern France, this rental is a heavenly headquarters in the shadow of the Cathedral Saint Sauveur and the Archbishop’s Palace. Previous lovestruck guests report that tucking into the property’s romantic cellar bedroom feels like stepping into a fairy tale, and who could blame them?
Yucca Valley, California
This relaxing rental has two and a half acres of California’s Mojave Desert all to itself. If you tire of the expansive, star-studded night sky, your "cowboy tub" pool and Jacuzzi, custom lounging deck and three-person custom swing set at your desert oasis, Joshua Tree National Park is a short drive down the road.