In Canada where I am based, hotels and resorts that offer all-inclusive packages are popular for both leisure and group travel.
The request by a client to find a US all inclusive can leave event planners stumped. There is a common misperception that Club Med's Sandpiper Bay, 45 minutes from Palm Beach on the St. Lucie River, is only all-inclusive U.S. property.
I found that hard to believe. Through searching and digging, I've realized that, to offer the convenience of all-inclusives for groups, it's important to think "outside the box." For example, don't just focus on continental U.S. Hawaii offers some all-inclusive beach resorts.
Also, by throwing mountain lodges, wilderness retreats, ranches, desert resorts, and spas into the mix, there are actually a number of properties all over the U.S. offering all-inclusive packages for all or part of the year (e.g. specials, exclusive offers, deals, spa packages, golf packages). While some don't replicate Caribbean all-inclusive model that includes unlimited alcoholic beverages, they still deliver tremendous value. (Some packages offer wine with dinner.)
Cvent Blog will profile some of these properties over the coming months but here are 35 properties to get you started:
- Club Med Sandpiper Bay (Florida)
- TradeWinds Island Grand Beach Resort (Florida)
- Coconut Cove All Suites Hotel (Florida)
- Little Palm Island Resort (Florida) - All inclusive Islander Package does not include alcohol
- Travaasa Hana (Hawaii)
- Turtle Bay Resort (Hawaii)
Mountain Lodges & Retreats
- Travaasa Austin (Texas)
- Dunton Hot Springs & Dunton River Camp (Montana)
- Skytop Lodge (The Poconos, Pennsylvania)
- The Ranch at Emerald Valley (Colorado)
- Kessler Canyon (Colorado)
Wilderness & Lakeside Retreats
- Twin Farms (Vermont)
- The Tyler Place Family Resort (Vermont)
- The Resort at Paws up (Montana)
- Camp Orenda (Adirondack Mountains, New York)
- The Lodge at Woodloch (Pennsylvania)
For groups with couples only:
- Cove Haven (Poconos, Pennsylvania)
- Pocono Palace (Pennsylvania)
- Paradise Stream (Poconos, Pennsylvania)
The Balsams in New Hampshire is closed for renovations.
Ranches & Equestrian Facilities
- Tanque Verde Ranch (Arizona)
- Rancho de los Caballeros (Arizona)
- Ranch at Rock Creek (Montana)
- Rocking Horse Resort (New York)
- Ridin-Hy Adirondack Ranch Resort (New York)
- Vista Verde (Colorado)
- JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa (California)
- JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn & Spa (Arizona)
- Dove Mountains (Arizona) - Breakfast included, some packages offer $100 a day food and beverage credit
- The Boulders (Arizona)
- Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa
- Safety Harbor Resort & Spa (Florida)
- Canyon Ranch (Arizona)
- Canyon Ranch (Massachusetts)
- Canyon Ranch (Miami)
Remember to request quotes for your event well in advance and to be flexible about dates as some packages are offered as specials only at certain times of the year.
Don't forget about all-inclusive resorts in the US Virgin Islands as well as Puerto Rico and American Samoa that are both unincorporated US territories. These areas are accessible to groups from the US and Canada without visas. We'll explore these destinations and their resorts in upcoming Cvent Blog features.
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