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.
Palm Island Resort
Off the southern tip of St. Vincent in the Grenadines archipelago, the Palm Island Resort is both one of the Caribbean's most over-the-top hideaways and one of its most beautiful spots. Set on 135 acres dotted by 1,800 palm trees, all of the resort's 41 guest rooms and villas have direct access to a shallow bays ideal for snorkeling. Spend your days circumnavigating the island and taking in views of other lost-in-paradise islands like Bequia and Carriacou, or take advantage of the tennis courts, kayaks, and surfboards available around the island. Just remember to order a cocktail before you head into the warm water so you have an incentive to come back to shore. [From $745; palmislandresortgrenadines.com]
Credit: Elite Island Resorts