Travelers come in a multitude of styles. The backpacker crowd live the high live on less and values a cheap party over luxury. The millennial crowd moves up into the flash packer category, valuing experiences over possessions, but also knows that a dingy hostel isn’t what they’re looking for.
Families frequently prefer destinations such as Disneyland or a dude ranch where the kids can never, ever, mutter that dreaded phrase “I’m bored.”
And then there are the luxury travelers. That upscale brand of travelers who value a 1,000-thread-count sheets, five-star service, and yet want destinations that provide more than simply catering to them. They want to fully experience the ultimate location along with the ultimate all-inclusive resort.
Here are 10 vacation spots where the all-inclusive life is all you’ve dreamed of.
Mexico is a diverse country that shares a border with the United States and yet is totally its own entity. The active social structure and intriguing culture feature some of the world’s best cuisine, thousands of years in history, and everything from colorful ancient cities to Mayan pyramids to one of the most thriving, largest cities in the world.
For those seeking luxury in their all-inclusive resort, it is all about the country’s Caribbean coast. From the transportation hub of Cancun all the way down to Tulum, this stretch of perfection is lined with deluxe, all-inclusive resorts serving up impeccable service, along with a host of activities from water sports to touring ruins, providing more than enough options for anyone.
The royal country of Thailand offers up nearly-unprecedented luxury. From the spicy cuisine, to the stunning women, in their equally-stunning and colorful attire, Thailand offers up one exotic mix after another.
The bustling city of Bangkok is the hot-spot of Southeast Asia while the smaller, and cooler, second city, Chiang Mai, offers up a super-cool vibe and more laid-back style. Phuket and Koh Samui are names that most travelers are familiar with and their world-renowned reputation is well-earned. Regardless of your Asian dream location, Thailand can deliver.
South Africa has captivated romantics for a millennia. As the birthplace of civilization, the ancient history is a given. The awe-inspiring wildlife enchants all who view it, and the wine and Cape Malay cuisine transports visitors to the days of Dutch and Indian traders crossing her shores.
Cape Town is surely one of the most scenic cities in the world and ideally located for visits to wine country and the Cape of Good Hope.
France has long been regarded as the iconic society to which all are measured. Famous for their cuisine, fashion, and joie de vivre, France is still one of the most visited countries in the world.
From the glamour of Paris, to the aquamarine shores of the Cote d’Azur, France continues to enchant. With all she has to offer, it is a wonder anyone ever leaves.
Surf and sun lovers should look no further than the gorgeous beaches and rum drinks of the Bahamas. Loaded with resorts to suit anyone’s desires, the locals will charm you with their laid-back Caribbean vibe. Enjoy incredibly fresh seafood while taking in the turquoise view.
While the beach and water are the main reason for a visit, there is more fun to be had at Atlantis or touring the various historical churches and sites of Nassau and Freeport.
The tourism board proudly proclaims “Beautiful British Columbia” and they are not wrong. One of the prettiest places in the world, British Columbia has world-class skiing at Whistler, plentiful islands and beaches along its sunshine coast for camping, and an up-and-coming wine region.
Vancouver is a thriving metropolis with a down-home feel, while Victoria and Vancouver Island are all about British charm and the art of a true English tea ceremony. No matter where you turn, the beauty is evident all around you.
This ancient land has it all. The history, food and culture have shown through for thousands of years and the China of today is a modern, bustling society. Beijing alone offers up weeks’ worth of sightseeing including Tiananmen Square*, the Forbidden Palace*, and the Temple of Heaven*. And, of course, one can’t forget the astonishing Great Wall*.
Further afield, you can appreciate the diversity of this immense country. Shanghai offers up organized chaos while Xi’an introduces you to the historically-significant Terracotta Army. Even in a country of nearly 2 billion people, it is still quite easy to escape into the serenity of the countryside along the scenic Li River in Guilin.
The cheeky charm of the “land down under” is well documented. Its residents are outgoing, adventurous, and tough enough to make a go of it in the extreme conditions that can be found. It is world-famous as the home of the Sydney Opera House, the Great Barrier Reef, and the brick-red Ayers Rock.
Melbourne holds its own cosmopolitan charm, Perth sits far to the West but offers up some great sites all on its own, while the entire country is dotted with great, small-town-Australia, set along gorgeous beaches and mountaintop vineyards. Once you visit, you will understand why the locals are all so happy to call Australia home.
Incredible India. Perhaps there is no truer tourist board statement. This country is unlike any other on earth and, for the traveler, has an unlimited number of sightseeing options. The iconic Taj Mahal*, considered the greatest testimony of love in the world, is on everyone’s bucket list. The state of Rajasthan lets visitors step back in time to the glory days of the Rajs; while busy Delhi and Mumbai combine the challenges of a modern day, large city while keeping a foot in the past.
The balance of the country is incredibly diverse, ranging from stunning beaches on both coasts, tea and spice plantations which dot the hills of Kumily; to the backwaters of Kerala which offer up one of the few spots of serenity in this intense and colorful country.
Spain is the land of Don Quixote, bull fights, and walled cities. There is the fantasy of lace-in-stone at the Alhambra, the medieval walled city of Toledo, and the pedestrian mall of Barcfelona, La Rambla*. Add together all of the wonderful spots to visit, and you may well run out of vacation time.
Spain’s southern beaches and islands are legendary with the jet-set crowd, and the white villages of Andalusian hill towns are the stuff of legends, teeming in quaint culture, great gastronomy, and colorful residents.
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