Accepted wisdom says that all-inclusive resorts are for tourists, not true travelers, who wouldn't be caught dead sipping coladas on the beach side of a fence built to keep out local color. But inclusives aren't all defined by buffet lines, pools overrun with children, and watery cocktails. Great resorts allow world travelers to slow down and experience a destination on a profound level. These hideaways are worth seeking out. These are the best of the bunch.
This eight-room Awasi Atacama, a Relais & Chateaux property in Chile's intoxicatingly beautiful Atacama desert, includes a private 4x4 vehicle and a guide as part of the inclusive price. The reason? The hotel wants to make sure its guests can actually explore the extremely dangerous protected area in which it sits. Adventures include summiting the 19,000-plus-foot Sairecabur volcano, horseback rides across the wastes, hikes through snaking canyons, mountain bike rides alongside moonlike formations, and visits to remote indigenous settlements. All the rooms feature plush beds for collapsing after long days. [From $1545; www.awasi.cl]