There’s an exciting surge of all-inclusive resorts in Asia and the rest of the world, but thankfully, they have become more enticing and contemporary without bland buffets, mediocre cocktails, and poor entertainment. Today, it’s all about luxury, from butler service and gourmet cuisine to tailored experiences unique to the hotel’s locale. Post-pandemic and with an overwhelming hike in airfares, luxury hotels are entering the all-inclusive domain to accommodate the shift in their guests’ mindsets meaning that you pay once without worrying about a hefty bar or ice cream bill. Many travelers now want to purely discover and enjoy the experience.
Today, guests want off-the-beaten-track exploration by visiting an ethical elephant sanctuary, practicing yoga on the beach, taking part in exciting cooking classes, and learning other languages, which are all fun and educational.
Little Steps has explored the offerings across Asia with their definitive guide, ‘The Best All-Inclusive Resorts In Asia.’
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If you are seeking a spectacular all-inclusive stay in the wilds but with all of the dreamable luxuries at your fingertips, Shinta Mani Wild could be for you. One of Bill Bensley's most treasured experiential hotels, the boutique resort lies in the depths of the Cardamom Forest. Hot on conservation, you can explore an unimaginable environment with your butler and immerse yourself in their wildly enthusiastic adventures in one of the most beautiful places in the world; they will also look after you and anticipate your needs throughout your stay. Enjoy unforgettable adventures, complete pampering, foraged food, and breathtaking accommodation created by a world-class designer. The Cardamom forest is home to over 50 animals on the IUCN Red List; Shinta Mani Wild's goal is to ensure that they thrive again and that their home is protected.
Everything (except your helicopter), such as meals, drinks, adventures, spa treatments, wellness activities, yoga, and meditation, is included at Shinta Mani Wild. With only 15 private tents offering the utmost comfort and luxury and inimitable views, each room has a unique name and has been meticulously planned over seven years to ensure minimal intervention and an understanding of the river valley, allowing wild rivers and animals to meander unobstructed through their foresty domain. The most dramatic is the National Geographic Tent nestled in a rocky gorge at the base of the Middle Sister Falls. While away some magical hours being at one with nature with nothing other than the sounds of raging water.
As you can already expect, the food and drinks are out of this world. The Headquarters is the home for dining, whether a quick breakfast before a sunrise hike or a leisurely foraged dinner; each dish will introduce you to fresh, seasonal Cambodian ingredients that you've never tasted before. Every afternoon one of the chefs heads along the winding gravel paths on a foraging trip; he combs the jungle floor for organic treasures such as pink mushrooms, herbs, waterlilies, wildflowers, and figs. You can also dine on Khmer cuisine on the lawn, have a waterfall picnic, or Shinta Mani Wild's most popular choice, the 25KM dinner, where all the ingredients are sourced from within 25 kilometers of the camp. You can choose to be spontaneous and wild.
The spa offers refined treatments with products made from a unique mix of medicinal plants, herbs, and spices, with many sourced from the surrounding rainforest. Relax and rejuvenate with natural heat healing with a hot stone massage or a herbal compress alongside body scrubs or a detoxifying facial that you can enjoy on the deck of your tent, on a jungle peak, or aboard the Bensley expedition boat.
Shinta Mani requires you to stay for at least three nights, and you can experience as much or as little of the natural surroundings as your heart desires. Join your adventure butler and conservationists on an expedition boat, ziplining, butterfly identification, camera trapping, foraging, or tailgate sundowners. Shinta Mani Wild, and your experience will be nothing short of enchanting. The resort is suited for children over 10 years.
Set on the almost undiscovered Cambodian coastline, the all-inclusive Song Saa Private Island was created with sustainability in mind. Constructed entirely with local materials and local hands, the resort is infused with local art underpinning its commitment to sustainability. Each villa is a private sanctuary with thatched roofs, linen-draped canopy beds, repurposed furnishings, and up-cycled décor such as driftwood tables and benches, discarded oil drum lamps, and salvaged fishing boat timber for decks, floors, and beams. Song Saa breathes in time with nature allowing you to detach from the world and tune into simple luxuries. While away your time and be completely idle on the white sands, exploring rainforest trails or in the comfort of your villa. Sunset is breathtaking as you sail across the South China Sea and experience a kaleidoscope of colors as day turns into night.
Fresh and organic ingredients are at the heart of Song Saa, with fresh goods sourced from their gardens, seafood from the local fishing villages, and imported products from trusted international suppliers. Chefs source seasonal fruits and veggies from local farmers, buttery cashew nuts from the north, and ripe coconuts from nearby villages. The distinctive Kampot pepper infuses the creative cuisine with a local culinary twist. Dine in one of the exquisite restaurants, and remember that there is no need to wear shoes. With oversized beanbags and a breezy waterfront location, Vista Bar and Restaurant allows you to indulge your senses with delicious Khmer flavors and comforting Western dishes. Driftwood is the perfect bar to enjoy a perfectly crisp glass of brut after a dip in the sea, a swim in the pool, or a sundowner cocktail such as a muddle mojito. Tuck into bite-sized tapas or fusion crispy, thin-crust pizza.
Song Saa has a vibrant collection of activities for you and your family to enhance your island experience. Join the conservation team and explore their efforts to support the local community, Prek Svay village on the neighboring island, or discover the sweetheart islands, Koh Ouen and Koh Bong, and get to know the habitats, ecosystems, and local species. Your little ones can embrace the magic of a treasure hunt as they search for clues that lead them to the Discovery Centre, where a 'natural' treasure awaits. To cap it all, Song Saa is one of the few places in the world where it is possible to see bioluminescent plankton in the water after dark; you might be lucky enough to see these dancing lights from the main beach, your overwater villa or a night-time chartered boat. If you are a spa lover, you will be in heaven with treatments in your villa or one of the carefully chosen locations across the island with therapists that use natural products and ingredients and their healing hands.
Born out of a dream, a love story, and an abandoned shark finning camp in one of the most spectacular parts of the Raja Ampat Islands in Southwest Papua, Indonesia. Founders Marit and Andrew Miners were inspired by the atrocities they witnessed and determined to create the most bio-diverse retreat on Earth. On their third date, they contacted the elder of the local clan, requesting permission to build a conservation center on Batbitim Island. To their delight, he gave his approval. The shark finning outpost is now a sanctuary for baby sharks, officially recognized as one of the most pristine reef systems in the world. Misool offers exclusive holidays and transformative experiences in a sustainable environment to protect and revitalize their natural surroundings and local communities.
The Miners handcrafted Misool entirely from reclaimed tropical hardwoods and took inspiration from Balinese architecture that inspires outside living. They've empathetically designed the wooden accommodation peppered throughout the North Lagoon and South Beach, built around nature and protected by eons-old karst formations. Each villa boasts locally handcrafted furniture, vaulted ceilings, complete privacy, and impeccable views, a mere fin-kick away from the reef. The minibars are stocked with special treats sourced from around the archipelago.
The airy, round-roofed restaurant overlooks the North Lagoon, neatly tucked under shady coconut palms to give you respite from the midday Indonesian sun. Chefs prepare menus with fresh and organic ingredients sourced from local growers. You’ll be spoilt with home-cooked food four times a day, plus an afternoon team with freshly baked delicacies such as island-fresh banana fritters with perfectly slightly-melted white chocolate. Settle down in the evening and enjoy homemade cocktails while you watch long-tims hunt for their sardine supper or baby sharks play amongst themselves.
Water-loving families will enjoy the snorkeling and diving opportunities from the house reef, brimming with colorful soft corals and plenty of exotic fishes. Over 60 impressive dive sites, including Wobbegong City, Magic Mountain, and Boo, are within an hour of the resort. If wellness is more on your itinerary, you can enjoy various massages, body scrubs, and skin treatments in the privacy of your villa or at The Lookout Spa. Each morning, the therapists choose organic products, home-grown aloe plants, hand-pressed coconut oil, and scrubs using coffee from the Papua Highlands.
Misool offers various full board plus experiences for seven, nine, or 12 nights including most non-alcoholic drinks, educational lectures, Sorong Airport transfers, 300,000 acres of protected marine habitat, and 41 local beaches.
Right next to the world-famous Yala National Park, known for its beautiful ethical elephant sanctuaries and impressive leopard population, Wild Coast Tented Lodge is a spectacular tented camp overlooking the Indian Ocean. The lodge blends seamlessly into the surrounding landscapes with construction in all-natural materials. The main buildings, constructed from bamboo, are reminiscent of the distinctive boulder formations scattered across the beaches of Yala. The safari lodge features a large freeform infinity pool enveloped by a dome-shaped bar that offers shaded alcoves and Jacuzzi jets and opens onto the rugged beach and the Indian Ocean.
Cocoon and Urchin lodgings represent five-star under-canvas accommodation with state-of-the-art amenities and expedition-chic touches, freestanding handcrafted copper baths, four poster beds, and eccentric furnishings for a touch of whimsy. From above, the cocoons are positioned around five large ponds to look like a leopard's paw print. Each watering hole provides various depths and access for the wildlife that visits, including wild boar, elephants, and buffalo. Around the pools are nesting trees that attract peacocks, bee-eaters, and pelicans. Wild Coast Tented Lodge is an authentic jungle-meets-ocean experience in the wilderness with floor-to-ceiling windows and soaring vaulted ceilings. Little Steps fell head-over-heels with the family Cocoon Suite adjoining Urchin across a wooden footbridge.
Experiencing local cuisine is integral to staying at the lodge; the chefs ensure every dish is connected to nature and grounded in good intentions to nourish the mind, body, and spirit. They embrace local and seasonal produce from local producers, farmers, and fishermen to support the surrounding communities and build long-term relationships so that they can take advantage of the best harvests. The dining pavilion features a modern Wild Coast twist on Sri Lankan cuisine with meals inspired by nature and fresh local produce. The poolside Ten Tuskers bar faces the ocean and is crowned by a vast bamboo chandelier under which mixologists shake up handcrafted cocktails with local ingredients. Try the game drive and jungle afternoon tea; it's extraordinary.
Each of the experiences is mindfully curated to offer an intimate and authentic journey into the wilds of Sri Lanka with a healthy dose of fun, adventure, and pampering. Wild Coast has specially designed programs, including the junior ranger experience for kids, to create the perfect getaway for your family. The game drives are the highlight of Yala National Park, and the resort's passionate rangers are well-versed in showcasing the unique biodiversity through fascinating narratives. If you want to see a gentle giant, the Udawalawe Elephant Adventure, established over half a century ago, is an ethical park that provides a sanctuary to wild elephants and protects the diverse range of flora and fauna.
Wild Coast Tented Lodge, Palatupana, Yala, Sri Lanka, +94 11 7745730, email@example.com, https://www.resplendentceylon.com/wildcoastlodge-yala/
Soneva Kiri offers an unparalleled eco-friendly and luxurious resort on one of the best beaches in Thailand. Creators of some of the world's finest sustainable resorts, Soneva works hand-in-hand with the environment to craft beautifully bespoke experiences when discovery is the norm. The island hideaway comprises pool villas with between one and five bedrooms that blend with nature's beauty. The two-bedroom junior beach pool retreat is ideal for families of four, just steps away from the beach, with an outdoor bathroom, expansive indoor and outdoor seating and dining areas, a spa treatment area, a television lounge and entertainment pavilion, and a half-moon pool. The kids will love the resort's pride and joy, The Den. The team in the giant molded bamboo playground shaped like a manta ray provides your little ones with meaningful experiences, encouraging their imagination, and unleashing their creative talents through various forms of play, focusing on sustainability and upcycling.
Discover the local way of life on Koh Kood and visit Ao Salat fishing village and lose yourself in its natural beauty, lush mangrove forests, and Klong Chao waterfall and its cooling freshwater pools. Explore the verdant jungle and have the chance to spot the increasingly rare pied hornbills; the Soneva Foundation has partnered with the Thailand Hornbill Rescue Foundation and reintroduced the colorful birds to the area. For a unique experience, jump aboard a wooden boat and sip champagne as the sun sets over Ao Salat, where you will be welcomed by local families into their traditional homes and indulge in a seafood barbeque cooked by one of Soneva's chefs using the freshest locally-sourced ingredients.
Soneva Kiri has various dining destinations and experiences for you and the kids to enjoy. Tuk’s Kitchen is one of the highlights with a no-menu Thai dining concept and a vast selection of dishes inspired by local ingredients and the daily fisherman's catch. The View has impressive panoramas across the Gulf of Thailand, serving Nikkei cuisine, an exciting fusion of flavors from Japan and Peru. Down to Earth is a royal Indian destination dining space with delectable dishes traced back to Maharajahs, Maharanis, and their lavish palaces, flavored with the subtle spices from the Nothern Frontier. Perched on rocky cliffs, The Dining Room treats you to a global menu for breakfast and dinner. Nature lovers will appreciate Colours of the Garden, an experience that takes you through the resort's organic garden guided by the chef who explains the healing properties of the herbs and vegetables. You'll find hidden lemon and holy basil, lemongrass, and adaptogenic mushrooms included in the nutrient-dense menu and paired with natural wines and medicinal cocktails prepared by the botanical bartender.
Rajasthan is known worldwide for its outstanding natural beauty, ancient forts, historical palaces, breathtaking nature, and tiger-inhabited wilds. Set in the Aravalli Hills in a garden oasis is Amanbagh, a peaceful retreat of rose-colored cupolas and vaulted entrances of the Mughal-inspired structures that soar from the well-tended greenery. The palatial accommodation in an oasis of flowering shrubs and fruit trees features private pools, terraces, and courtyards, a welcome contrast to the surrounding hills. The countryside surrounding Amanbagh reveals ruins from a 17th-century empire with palaces, temples, pools, and bazaars embedded in the starkly beautiful landscapes of the UNESCO National Heritage Site. The Amanbagh all-inclusive package includes daily morning walks, yoga sessions, tours of the herb gardens, breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, and all non-alcoholic beverages.
Dining at Amanbagh is equally as glorious, celebrating the rich flavors of Nothern India and the health-giving properties of Ayurvedic cuisine. The resident chefs use local recipes handed down through generations to create authentic dishes with delicate layers of flavors and fragrant spices. They also serve international cuisine to suit all palates. Enjoy masala dosa stuffed with spiced potatoes for breakfast before exploring the area, indulge in crispy samosas with an aperitif at sunset, or Rajasthani thali with a selection of mouth-watering dishes for a memorable dinner. Chat with one of the gardeners or the wellness specialists and learn about the herbs in the Ayurveda garden; they will likely give you an enthusiastically enlightening tour. If you are a foodie, you will enjoy the resort's 'Art of Indian Cooking' and master the intricacies of spices, masalas, and your favorite dishes before savoring your creations in the courtyard garden. Consider a private dining experience to experience the true magic of the Aravalli Hills with lunch served on an ancient stone chhatri overlooking the Ajabgarh Valley.
Reconnect with your inner self and experience an individual wellness immersion that draws on over 3,000 of the wisdom of Ayurvedic healing practices and philosophies. Expert wellness specialists offer a range of treatments and therapies in utter serenity, including the signature treatment that combines rejuvenating Swedish and deep-tissue techniques, long massage strokes, and herb-infused oil to release any tension. Find peace of mind with a private sunrise session of Hatha yoga on the hill. The Sariska Tiger Reserve is a must-see; once the personal hunting ground for Maharaja of Alwar, it is now a sanctuary for endangered tigers, wildcats, caracals, and Sambar deer.
Every day is a new story at Nay Palad Hideaway. Nay Palad is an oasis of comfort where local traditions and timeless beauty blend with sustainability, social responsibility, and contemporary standards. As you wander through the gates to the exclusive resort, you'll leave the world behind and adopt a barefoot approach to all-inclusive luxury. Adjust your pace and enjoy abundantly-long massages and holistic treatments, yoga, meditation, a book by the pool, or an adventure to jewel-like uninhabited islands in one of the resort's boats. The only limit to a memorable stay is your imagination. With over 7,000 islands in the Philippine's archipelago, there is nowhere on Earth quite like Siargao.
The team at Nay Palad invites you to make the hideaway your own, and they mean it! You can wander into the kitchen to see what’s cooking, pop by the pool bar and mix your own drinks, explore the local flora and fauna, or clamber into the treehouse for a spot of birdwatching. Just say the word, and the team will tend to your every whim, whether it's watching your favorite silver-screen movie by the pool, dinner in the treehouse, or non-stop adventure, they've got you! With this freedom, you’ll soon find your pace. Enveloped by two unique ecosystems, Nay Palad has breathtaking beaches that lead you to the Pacific Ocean on one side and ancient, mysterious mangroves and its waterways on the other. You'll quickly reach tropical jungles, underground caves, untouched beaches, and the famed barrel Cloud 9 waves. Your kids will love the Boathouse, an architecturally inspired multifunctional space for yoga, play, and adventure.
With only 10 exclusive and unique villas on the island, you'll feel alone unless you bump into other like-minded souls. Nay Palad has lavished endless love into the spa and offers a range of world-class treatments, including Hilot, a traditional Filipino treatment known for its healing abilities. The spa has a sense of complete tranquility in a treetop nest. You'll appreciate every moment of its serenity. Resident chef Père Massana loves to surprise you with a combination of freshly-caught fish, meat, and local produce served with artistry that stays true to Nay Palad. He uses local resources and organic farms for herbs and vegetables to support Siargao's communities. Whether you choose Asian-inspired family-style dining in your villa, a playful picnic, or fine dining on the beach, each dish receives the love and attention you deserve.
The gorgeously boutique Ceylon Tea Trails is a collection of five restored historic tea planter residences named after tea planters who lived in them in old times, totaling 27 rooms and suites. The resort is in Sri Lanka's spectacular Ceylon tea region bordering the UNESCO Central Highlands World Heritage Site. With carefully placed period furniture and a cool climate 1,250 meters above sea level, you can expect gracious butler service, gourmet cuisine, and a host of adventures. Arrive at the resort by floatplane and a touchdown on the crystal clear waters of Castlereagh Lake. Relax and rejuvenate as your butler pours you endless cups of locally-produced tea. Enjoy learning about a working tea estate as you chat with your personal butler, trek or cycle through the mountains past lakes and waterfalls, kayak or white-water raft the local rivers or relax with an in-room massage.
The bungalows can accommodate up to 15 guests making Ceylon Tea Trails ideal for families traveling together. For smaller families of up to four, the detached Owners Cottage has one bedroom, a separate living room accommodating two children, a pretty garden, and an expansive covered verandah with Jacuzzi overlooking the tea plantations and the lake. Use this as a base to explore and participate in many onsite or nearby activities. The handmade bathroom amenities are made from extracts of the resort's tea leaves. Wake up in a civilized manner each morning to a cup of tea discreetly served by your butler while he draws your bath.
Dining experiences at Ceylon Tea Trails celebrate time-honored tea planters' traditions. On chillier days, enjoy a single malt whisky or a perfectly made G&T in front of a roaring fire as the mists roll in. For lunch, feast on a delicately spiced authentic rice curry, a garden barbeque, or tiffin-inspired bites before strolling around the grounds and a four-course dinner paired with choice wines. Chefs use fresh, home-grown vegetables, herbs, and teas from its gardens or surrounding estates, including sage, parsley, tarragon, thyme, and rosemary, to inspire their menus. Curiously English afternoon teas with delicate savories, delicious scones, homemade jams, and mouth-watering pastries are served in the gardens, and Sri Lankan nibbles are available throughout the day. All meals, wines, top-shelf spirits, service charges, taxes, and some laundry are included in the price. If you are a tea connoisseur, try the tea-tasting session with their in-house expert.
The Maldives has always been the epitome of luxury, with overwater or beachside bungalows on the shores of the Indian Ocean. With attentive service, magnificent landscapes, and picture postcard views, Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa is rated one of the best all-inclusive resorts in the country. The chain of almost 1,200 islands fan across the turquoise seas offers a once-in-a-lifetime holiday for you and your family. Enjoy epicurean delights, dreamy sunsets, and ultra-luxe extras. After arriving at Velana International Airport, the central hub for the Maldives, you’ll be whisked to Centara Grand by luxurious speedboat or seaplane and straight to your luxury room for check-in to barefoot paradise.
Surrounded by endless twinkling waters, the palm-fringed beach, and a shimmering lagoon, the resort boasts 112 spacious nature-inspired villas in a beautiful setting. The resort has access to some of the world's finest dive sites, a shipwreck, and the beautiful house reef brimming with busy life. It's a fun-filled all-inclusive destination for families who want to spend time together on the beach, exploring the jungle, or discovering the exotic underwater wonderland of the reefs and fishes. Little Steps loves the overwater family villas as perfect retreats for you and your little ones. The secure sundeck offers breathtaking ocean views, direct lagoon access, and a Jacuzzi. Each villa has bunk beds for the kids and PlayStation game consoles for the family to play before bedtime. Offering one of the best all-inclusive packages, you'll have breakfast, dine-around lunch and dinner, afternoon tea, and a wide range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks included. The introduction of the grand all-inclusive package has taken it to another level. It includes all-day snacks and a choice of complimentary cruises, including a whale shark snorkeling tour or a sunset cruise.
Wellness aficionados can indulge in sheer pampering at the SPA Cenvaree with restorative spa treatments in the oceanfront sanctuary. The comprehensive menu includes indulgent massage, beauty, and body therapies that combine traditional Thai and modern rejuvenation practices.
With six restaurants and bars, you can enjoy a variety of cuisine every day, from Maldivian specials, English breakfast, Chinese dim sum, your favorite international flavors, in-villa dining, or romantic occasions on the beach.
With PADI diving and water sports centers, a kid's club, an e-zone, plenty of kids activities, fishing excursions, and a tennis court, your children will play happily all day long under the bright Maldives sun. Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives has various special offers throughout the year, so it’s worth contacting them for their best possible rates.
Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives, Centara Grand Island, South Ari Atoll, Republic of Maldives, +960 668 8000, firstname.lastname@example.org, https://www.centarahotelsresorts.com/centaragrand/cirm
Perched on the top of the cliffs overlooking the Indian Ocean, in secluded Nusa Dua, Samabe Bali Suites & Villas affords you a beach resort with a touch of luxury. The resort offers delightful Balinese service and is nestled in almost 20 acres of land with 81 suites and villas, two restaurants, and two bars. Families can enjoy the array of activities, dip in the refreshing infinity pool or try out various non-motorized water sports, including Hobie Cat catamaran sailing, kayaking, and windsurfing if the weather is right. There are many excursions for you to try, from a guided cycling tour to see temples, local village life, and other exciting points of interest in the Samabe area and organized sports, beach walks, and yoga classes.
The two-bedroom pool villa is ideal for Little Steps families, with up to 450 square meters of complete privacy. Enjoy breakfast on the terrace or with a floating tray in the pool with views across the sea. Relax on the sun loungers or the double hammocks in the garden to enjoy the stillness of the morning. The restaurant serves an a la carte menu with indulgent choices such as lobster, pomelo salad, and wagyu steak. The villas come alive as the sun sets, turning day into night. Dine alfresco under the trees and spend precious time with your loved ones with board or card games.
Date night fanciers can head to Samabe's private beach, which transforms into a toes-in-the-sand dining experience as you savor the local flavors in the 11-course degustation menu. Afterward, relax in the beach bar and sink into a comfy lounger or beanbag, and while away a moment or two of peace without the kids! Other dining options include the gazebo, clifftop, and enchanted tree. There's even a cave on the beach for a super-romantic experience or a lavish afternoon tea with the kids, freshly poured tea, and a range of delicious sweet and savory bites. And non-alcoholic drinks are on tap!