Since the beginning of time, people have flocked to the water for medicinal and spiritual reasons. What’s in your memory of summers gone by?
It seems for all of us there is that memory of a sapphire-blue swimming pool or the teasing ocean rush. We laid in the sun working on our tan, sat in the shade reading a wonderful book, walked the water’s edge searching for seashells or simply played like a fish.
There is still time to visit one of these fabulous all-inclusive resorts where you will be WOWED by their beach or pool.
Take a trip to ResortCompete – they have the largest collection of all-inclusive resorts on the web, over 700+- where you will find these top resorts to sooth your soul this summer.
Here are ResortCompete Specialists top recommendations:
Grand Velas All Suites and Spa Resort
Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico – The impression of an unending horizon is yours as you soak in the impressive 23,000 square foot infinity pool at the Grand Velas Resort. Or perhaps you’d prefer the warmth of the infinity Jacuzzi, available to guests aged 18 and up; a plunge in either provides a view that seems to reach right out into beautiful Banderas Bay, and beyond. Have a bite to eat in the poolside restaurant, or let teams of waiters bring you tropical drink concoctions as you bask in the sun.
Caneel Bay,St. John, USVI
Caneel Bay, formerly known as a playground only for the adult rich and famous, has of late been promoting the idea of family visits. Hidden away in the 5,000-acre Virgin Islands National Park on St. John, this resort boasts seven secluded beaches of pristine, powder white sand, and some of the best snorkeling to be found anywhere. Water sports enthusiasts will also love the kayaks, wind surfers, and sail boats offered by the resort.
Paradisus Palma Real,
Dominican Republic – This resort is a pool-lover’s paradise, with a stunning 37,600 sq. ft. main pool, private (for adults only) Royal Service pool, family concierge pool, two small kids’ pools and seven whirlpools. Relax on Bali beds and chaise lounges around the pool, enjoy a round of pool volleyball, or have a drink at the always-friendly swim-up bar.
Portofino, Italy – This gorgeous resort features a heated saltwater infinity pool that offers stunning views of the sea and the Portofino bay. Located in an unbelievably idyllic port in the Italian Riviera, this resort has been a home to royalty; The Duke of Windsor was the first guest to sign the register in 1952. Sit on the pool terrace and enjoy a cocktail like the old Hollywood legends did, or explore the surrounding olive-lined paths where the scent of rosemary wafts on the breeze.
Banyan Tree Maldives,
Vabbinfaru Island – Situated on an atoll on the Maldives archipelago, you could say this resort is the beach. Paradise awaits the lucky visitor who enjoys the dazzling white talc sand and the azure waters loaded with an array of soft corals and fish sparkling in radiant colors. For the true beach lover, this resort offers Sandbank Dining, where a speedboat takes the lucky couple to a stunning sandbank dinner, complete with stars and the music of the ocean.
Jamaica – This resort is situated on what is arguably the best stretch of Negril’s 7-mile beach, famed for its pristine white sands, and clear cerulean bay. The waters of the bay are nearly always tranquil, making it a perfect choice for water play, sailing and windsurfing during the day, and a soothing place to watch spectacular sunsets in the evenings
Dreams Punta Cana,
Dominican Republic – We love this beach and pool! The beach is uninhibited, clean and just gorgeous. The pool at this Dreams resort is stunning to behold; its serpentine form winds its way from the lobby all the way down to the beach. This unbelievable pool, complete with waterfalls, is the largest on the entire island. It begs the water lover to don a bathing suit- and don’t forget to stop by the water bar where you can order a “Dirty Banana,” or other Caribbean drinks while sitting semi-submerged on a bar stool.
Sheraton Our Lucaya,
Grand Bahama Island – This pool’s unique freeform design winds its way around a replica of a 19th century sugar mill and aqueduct. It also features a waterslide and waterfalls, and stays open 24 hours (perfect for a late night dip). The winding patio that surrounds this distinctive pool is a perfect place for children to play, and adults to relax in one of the many well-placed chaise lounges, with drink in hand.
Atlantis, Paradise Island,
Bahamas – What’s better, a pool, or the beach? At Atlantis, you don’t have to decide; this resort’s water park is enormous and is one of the largest water-themed attractions in the world. Float along on your inner tube through water slides and river rides, propelled by water escalators and wave surges. Or, just relax in a private poolside or beachside cabana. Another treat for water lovers? Being able to swim and interact with the dolphins in the 11-acre Dolphin Cay. There are are miles of flawless beaches, and the Paradise Lagoon offers swimming, sunbathing and numerous water sports like snorkeling and paddle boats.