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.
Cottar's 1920s Safari Camp
An A-list favorite – Brad Pitt visited with his family – Cottar's 1920s Safari Camp brings old-school luxury to the rolling savanna. Because the resort on the edge of Masai Mara remains without fences (if not defenseless), jackal, antelope, and lions periodically lope past tents decorated with Colonial-era antiques and kept in perfect order by the personal butlers assigned to each guest. The vintage soaking tubs are a memorable touch, but the best amenity is local knowledge. Some of Kenya's savviest wildlife guides take guests for game drives and walking safaris that allow remarkably intimate viewings of large animals like giraffe and water buffalo. [From $624 for a single room plus a conservation fee; cottars.com]