Living Well

Top 5 All-Inclusive Resorts in the U.S.

You don’t have to leave the mainland to enjoy an all-inclusive experience.

by Nell McShane Wulfhart - January 29, 2018

An all-inclusive vacation can be the ultimate in relaxation, but you don’t need to fly to the Caribbean or pay international airfare to enjoy one. You’ll find plenty of resorts closer to home where, once you book, you won’t have to think about money for the rest of the trip. Is there a better way to vacation?

Here are five of our favorites.

Mohonk Mountain House, New York

Explore 85 miles of hiking trails, as well as fishing and boating on the lake (as shown above) at Mohonk Mountain House.

Upstate New York has plenty of resorts, but all-inclusives are rare. Rates at this family-friendly hideaway include accommodation in historic rooms visited by five U.S. presidents, three meals a day, and kid-focused activities like horseback riding, archery, and bonfires (complete with s’mores).

Go if: You want a family vacation where no one ever complains of being bored.

Insider tip: Try “forest bathing” with the resort’s own Director of Mindfulness Programming. She leads walks through the woods designed to help you become more present in the moment.

Best time to visit: Winter, when you can go ice-skating, snow tubing, and cross-country skiing. The resort also hosts the annual Hudson Valley Gingerbread Competition.

Rate: Starts at $440 per night, based on double occupancy.

 The Ranch Malibu, California

The Ranch Malibu

Guests at The Ranch Malibu can enjoy nutritionally balanced meals, artfully prepared using ingredients sourced from the onsite certified organic garden and local farms.

If you’re looking to slim down or tone up, The Ranch makes it easy. This boot camp luxury resort focuses on fitness and wellness, with a strict program that includes eight hours of low-impact exercise per day and a low-calorie, all-organic vegan diet. Daily activities include massages, yoga, and afternoon naps.

Go if: You want to make good on that resolution to get in shape. 

Insider tip: The ranch is introducing a cryotherapy sauna, where three-minute sessions in negative temperatures help you (and world-class athletes) burn fat and accelerate your metabolism.

Best time to visit: Before or after a big, stressful life event, like a wedding or divorce.

Rate: The seven-day program is $7,200 and requires a $2,000 deposit.

The Lodge on Little St. Simons Island, Georgia

Rustic, charming, and cozy are words often used to describe The Lodge on Little St. Simons Island.

No restaurants, no shops, no other hotels. Little St. Simons Island, off the coast of Georgia, is a nature lover’s paradise. Bunk in river houses, go on naturalist-guided kayaking, fishing, or cycling excursions, and join the other guests for lively communal meals.

Go if: You need a digital detox and want to watch birds instead of your phone screen.

Insider tip: Request a packed lunch the night before, then head off for a mind-clearing day of solitary exploration.

Best time to visit: Fall and spring, with their mild weather, make the outdoor activities even more appealing.

Rate: Double-occupancy rates range from $425 to $700 per night, depending on the season.

Twin Farms, Vermont

Twin Farms Vermont

After a day full of outdoor activities, guests at Twin Farms can relax and pamper themselves at the spa and steam rooms.

This 18th-century farmhouse retreat offers snowshoeing, canoeing, and even guided hikes, but many guests will be tempted to sleep late in the design-forward suites, eat multicourse meals prepared with ingredients from the property’s own gardens, or just snuggle up in front of the fire.

Go if: You’re seeking a romantic, rural retreat with luxury amenities.

Insider tip: Don’t miss the furo, a Japanese soaking tub set to 104 degrees. It’s just the ticket after a day of skiing down the private slopes.

Best time to visit: Autumn, when the Vermont foliage is at its best and the property’s 300 acres of maples and pines are bursting with color.

Rate: Starts at $1,500 per night based on double occupancy.

Triple Creek Ranch, Montana

Triple Creek Ranch

Triple Creek Ranch offers rustic elegance in a serene forested setting — a welcome retreat from the hurry of the outside world.

This Rocky Mountains hideaway has gorgeous scenery and plenty of outdoor activities — cross-country skiing, horseback riding, and fishing, to name a few — but it’s the ultraluxe cabins, gourmet meals, and heated pool that keep guests coming back.

Go if: You want to pretend you’re outdoorsy, but you prefer fine dining and being pampered.

Insider tip: During the winter, try skijoring, a centuries-old Norwegian sport in which a horse pulls you through the snow as you balance on skis.

Best time to visit: When an artist workshop weekend is scheduled. Interact with and learn from masters of oil, watercolor, pastels, and sculpture and seek inspiration from the breathtaking scenery that surrounds you.

Rate: Starting at $1,050 per cabin per night, based on double occupancy.

Nell McShane Wulfhart is a freelance writer based in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Images courtesy of Mohonk Mountain House; The Ranch Malibu; Cassie Wright Photography; Twin Farms; and Triple Creek Ranch