Check out these five luxe resorts that are perfect for millennial travelers who want the all-inclusive experience without all those lame clichés, like crappy food, dingy accommodations, and watered-down well cocktails.
With an equal emphasis on adventure and relaxation, Utah's picturesque Red Mountain Resort offers a unique escape from daily life. Each of the 82 rooms (and 24 villa suites) are tastefully appointed, with all the comforts you'd expect from a luxury resort — but chances are you won't be spending much time in your room.
A lot of all-inclusives can feel massive, like the resorts are trying to pack in as many visitors as possible. The Caves features only 12 cliffside, oceanfront rooms, and is a relaxing retreat rather than a wild party. There’s a beach, a saltwater pool, snorkeling and kayaking, a spa and weekly yoga classes, as well as a rum bar located inside a limestone cave.
Song Saa is located on a private island in the middle of the clear blue waters in the Gulf of Thailand, which should be enough to send you running for your suitcase. But in case it’s not, the resort is also known for its infinity pool, spa and wellness center, water sports, and ecological program, which teaches visitors about the rainforest's wildlife.
If you’re looking for a weekend away at the beach, Barcelo has you covered. The resort includes several properties (with seven restaurants), but Barcelo Maya Beach should be your pick. Some of the newly renovated rooms have their own swimming pools. It’s the perfect destination for anyone who wants to relax poolside with a cocktail during the day and check out a club or a show after sundown.
If your idea of a vacation doesn’t necessarily include basking in the ocean beneath the sun, consider a visit to the Travaasa Austin, a mountainside resort famous for its activities and spa. Located in the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve outside Austin, Travaasa offers horseback riding, archery, hiking, and fitness classes.