Readers Choice

10Best Readers' ChoiceChosen by readers of USA TODAY and 10Best

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    #10 - Beaches Turks and Caicos - Turks and Caicos

    Beaches Turks & Caicos is proud of its reputation as an award-winning multi-generational resort. There is much to love about this sun-drenched haven with its own 45,000 square-foot water park. It's set on one of the world’s best beaches; has 4 villages reflecting Italy, France, Caribbean, and Key-West charm; and offers 19 dining options.  And due to its location, the resort naturally has water-activities galore, including scuba-diving. 

    Photo courtesy of Beaches Turks and Caicos

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    #9 - Hilton Papagayo Resort & Spa - Costa Rica

    No bracelets are needed at the upscale Hilton Papagayo Resort & Spa in Costa Rica, where natural beauty harmoniously blends with all-inclusive luxury. This exclusive resort impresses with upscale menus, healthy dining options, and private bungalows with scenic views. Couples and families alike relish the infinity pool while taking in the natural setting where the pace is as relaxed or as active as you want it to be.  

    Photo courtesy of Hilton Papagayo Resort & Spa

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    #8 - Majestic Elegance and Majestic Colonial - DR

    Majestic Elegance and Majestic Colonial impress with their culinary abundances. Guests select from five à la carte restaurants, without worrying about making reservations.  Plus, there’s no additional fee for fine cuts or lobster.  Adults looking for extra privacy and relaxation delight in the adults-only areas with butler service; Bali beds; private beach area; and inviting swimming pools.

    Photo courtesy of Stupid Dingo

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    #7 - Sandals Whitehouse Village & Spa - Jamaica

    Sandals Whitehouse Village & Spa isn’t your typical all-inclusive resort.  No matter where your accommodation is, this all-oceanfront resort allows everyone (rooms and suites) to fully enjoy striking views of the crystalline ocean.  Some other perks are complimentary scuba diving for certified divers; 14 different coral reef sites; use of glass bottom boats; water-skiing; hydro-bikes and more. 

    Photo courtesy of Sandals Whitehouse Village & Spa

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    #6 - Excellence Playa Mujeres - Cancun

    Excellence Playa Mujeres offers guests a true culinary journey, with 9 gourmet international à la carte dining options and healthy spa menus in all the restaurants. A Greg Norman signature golf course, jogging trails and bicycles add to the recreational options, while premium stocked bars and 2-story rooftop terrace suites with plunge pools are also part of this all-suite, adults-only resort. 

    Photo courtesy of Excellence Playa Mujeres

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    #5 - Hermitage Bay - Antigua

    Set along Antigua’s unspoiled bay is a one-of-a-kind all-inclusive experience with only 25 intimate cottages.  Guests are pampered with a 2:1 staff to guest ratio. This privately-owned gem also takes indulgence to a higher dimension with open-air facilities; gourmet dining from a fresh organic kitchen garden; cooking classes and demonstrations; morning yoga and meditation; and many more experiential inclusions. 

    Photo courtesy of Antigua & Barbuda Tourist Office

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    #4 - Hard Rock Cancun - Cancun

    The Hard Rock Cancun understands the needs of its guests in wanting to experience life in the limelight and has specially designed its resort so you can eat, and party and even sleep like a rock star.  Ambience comes in the form of rock & roll-themed rooms, celebrity-treatment, internationally-inspired cuisine, and spectacular entertainment. 

    Photo courtesy of Hard Rock Hotels

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    #3 - The ROYAL - Playa del Carmen

    Within walking distance to Playa del Carmen's famed 5th Ave, The ROYAL Playa del Carmen is where guests get treated like royalty even prior to arrival.  All suites add the pamper factor with Royal Service® and top-notch amenities, while beach butlers make sun-bathing even more enjoyable. An eclectic array of à la carte breakfast, lunch, and dinner gives dining a whole new meaning. And to top it off, the resort’s delightful Coffee Shop is open late.

    Photo courtesy of The ROYAL Playa Del Carmen

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    #2 - Occidental Grand Aruba - Aruba

    Those seeking an exotic island getaway find the Occidental Grand Aruba utterly enchanting. They enjoy a sumptuous selection of five à la carte restaurants; a recently renovated casino; spacious accommodations with a terrace or balcony; and a disco to dance the night away. An upgrade to The Royal Club is available for more luxurious amenities, including access to a private lounge, restaurant, private check-in, and concierge. 

    Photo courtesy of Occidental Grand Aruba

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    #1 - Moon Palace Golf and Spa Resort - Cancun

    Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort is where celebrities like Shakira, Usher, Enrique Iglesias, and many more A-listers grace the stage with top-notch live performances. Not only is this a musical paradise, but also offers its Jack Nicklaus Golf Academy and 27-hole golf course, family-connecting suites with nanny services, and onsite dolphinarium. Kids 12 and under get to stay free during the summer.

    Photo courtesy of Moon Palace Golf and Spa Resort

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Moon Palace Takes #1 Spot

Cancun figures heavy in top 10; Aruba, Playa, Antigua also popular

The 10 Winners in the 'Best All-Inclusive Resort' Readers' Choice contest category are as follows:

  1. Moon Palace Golf and Spa Resort - Cancun
  2. Occidental Grand Aruba - Aruba
  3. The ROYAL - Playa del Carmen
  4. Hard Rock Cancun - Cancun
  5. Hermitage Bay - Antigua
  6. Excellence Playa Mujeres - Cancun
  7. Sandals Whitehouse Village & Spa - Jamaica
  8. Majestic Elegance and Majestic Colonial - DR
  9. Hilton Papagayo Resort & Spa - Costa Rica
  10. Beaches Turks and Caicos - Turks and Caicos

Congrats to all the winners!  This was a hotly contested mash-up of delightful destinations.  It's quite apparent that our readers are quite happy to not have to think about money while on vacations.  

A big thanks to Liberty Travel for selecting the nominees and promoting the contest.  

As winter draws near, this winners' list is a great list for vacation planning.  Now who's ready for a drink with a little umbrella in it?   

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Meet the Experts

Emma Jupp

Emma Jupp is president of the very successful Liberty Travel, in existence for 62 years.  From her offices in New Jersey, she oversees 170 of Liberty Travel’s branches and 900 travel consultants. Jupp was integral to the October 2012 opening of the Liberty Travel flagship in Manhattan, said to be the most innovative and technologically-advanced travel store in the world.  Her passion for the travel agent community dates back to 1995, when she became a Vancouver-based travel consultant with Australian-based Flight Centre Limited, Liberty Travel’s parent company. She has remained in the travel industry for the two decades since, becoming one of its most successful executives. 

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