All Inclusive Romantic Vacations

All Inclusive Romantic Vacations

by Benna Crawford

About Benna Crawford

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Benna Crawford has been a journalist and New York-based writer since 1997. Her work has appeared in USA Today, the San Francisco Chronicle, The New York Times, and in professional journals and trade publications. Crawford has a degree in theater, is a certified Prana Yoga instructor, and writes about fitness, performing and decorative arts, culture, sports, business and education .

In the Caribbean, all-inclusive has been refined to a high art with resorts that cater to couples-only romance, stage weddings, welcome honeymooners and feature luxurious rooms and suites, a variety of low-key water sports and beachside activities, spa services and gourmet dining. The South Sea Islands version of all-inclusive means tour packages that include round-trip airfare, bungalows on or over the water, some free meals, most resort activities free and legendary Tahitian lagoons.

Couples Swept Away--Montego Bay

Jamaica is famous for its all-inclusive resorts---there are places to stay all over the island. Montego Bay is adults-only, romance-focused and caters to partners who want to relax, recharge and experience real pampering beachside. From the airport arrival where you have a private "Couples" lounge and beverages while waiting for the flight to Montego Bay, to the Scuba course and reef dive, you can choose to do a lot or a little. Included in the rate are all meals in six restaurants, breakfast in bed, Lobster Night, a catamaran cruise, all bar drinks including the swim-up pool bars, unlimited golf, windsurfing, a huge fitness complex, tennis, cooking and dancing classes, glass-bottom boat cruises, nightly live entertainment---and free weddings and sparkling wine and a 30-minute his-and-hers massage for honeymooners. Rates per room, per night, with a 3-night minimum start at US$409.00 as of September 2010. Check online or with a travel agent for more specials or book-ahead rates. Couples Swept Away PO BOX 3077 Norman Manley Blvd. Westmoreland, Jamaica West Indies +876-957-4061 couples.com/12sw

El Dorado Casitas Royale -- Riviera Maya

The El Dorado Casitas Royale on Mexico's Riviera Maya has all-inclusive wedding and honeymoon packages, but the romance doesn't stop there. Bring your favorite foodie on a Gourmet All-inclusive Vacation and nosh your heart out in the seven restaurants, the pizzeria and the Mexican snack bar. The resort even has its own organic greenhouse where hydroponic vegetables are raised for the restaurant kitchens. Try dishes from the Pacific Rim, the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, Italy and more---sample exotic or premier brand drinks at ten swim up bars and two beach bars. Learn scuba, play tennis, snorkel, kayak, bike, use the sauna and steam room to stay in bikini-Speedo shape for the private beach---with butler---the saltwater pool or the infinity pool attached to your suite. Suites come with roofless outdoor showers, balconies with double beds, swim up pools, private terraces---choose your level of luxury. The resort even has its own wedding coordinator and special touches for honeymoons and anniversaries like private candlelit dinners on the beach. Suites for two from US$662.00 per night as of September 2010. El Dorado Casitas Royale KM 45 Carretera Cancun-Tulum Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo 77710 Mexico +52-998-8728030 eldoradosparesorts.com/hotels/el_dorado_casitas

Oceania--Tahiti and Moorea

Air Tahiti Nui offers all-inclusive vacation specials to Tahiti and Moorea that cover airfare from Los Angeles, two nights at the InterContinental Tahiti Resort, five nights at the Intercontinental Moorea Resort and Spa, a full breakfast daily, ferry from Tahiti to Moorea and back, flower welcome leis and shell farewell leis, all transfers and baggage handling. The resorts have 24-hour fitness centers and a wide array of free water sports and activities as well as private lagoon beaches and pools. Spa services, scuba diving and charter boat tours are extra and meals and beverages beyond breakfast are not included in the special rate. The Tahiti resort is a well-known favorite, in a tropical garden on a lagoon just outside Papeete. The Moorea resort sits on a lagoon at the edge of the mountains, with its own "lagoonarium" for viewing reef life and a spa that offers flower baths. You can upgrade a lanai room to over-the-water bungalow for total luxury at an additional fee. Packages must be booked in advance and there are black-out dates. From US$1699.00 per person double occupancy as of September 2010. Air Tahiti Nui 1990 E. Grand Ave., Suite 300 El Segundo, California 90245 877-824-4846 airtahitinui-usa.com

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