The all-inclusive concept, once mocked for its mass-market approach, has grown up and become more sophisticated. And LGBTQ+ travelers are among those taking notice, as an increasing number of upscale all-inclusive properties showcase their welcoming vibes.
On Mexico’s Caribbean coast, top choices include UNICO 20°N 87°W, which sits on a prime stretch of sand between Playa del Carmen and Tulum in the Riviera Maya. The property shows its friendliness by hosting LGBTQ+ buyout events and welcomes diverse guests throughout the year, with enticing accommodations that include swim-up suites and a variety of sophisticated restaurants. Various properties in the Playa Hotels & Resorts portfolio are also especially welcoming, with LGBTQ+ destination weddings among the offerings.
On Mexico’s Pacific coast, Playa Viva offers a decidedly eco-conscious option, located about 35 minutes from Ixtapa- Zihuatanejo International Airport. With just 12 eco-luxury rooms, including an eye-catching treehouse room, the hotel boasts the slogan “Where Your Vacation Meets Your Values,” and with good reason. Farm-to-table organic cuisine and volunteer programs at a turtle sanctuary and within the local community represent just a few ways this lovely beachfront property invites guests to engage when they’re not relaxing on the beach or at the pool.
Among the big chains, Hilton around Mexico also rolls out the rainbow carpet, with Go Out offers designed for LGBTQ+ travelers at the Hilton Puerto Vallarta Resort, Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort and the new Hilton Cancun, scheduled to open in 2021.
Travelers looking for a Caribbean island experience may consider the Dominican Republic, where the Royalton CHIC Punta Cana Resort & Spa built a reputation with LGBTQ+ travelers ever since it first hosted the annual Caribbean Pride event. Located on Uvero Alto Beach, the adults-only property features six restaurants and various accommodation categories, including the top-of-the-line CHIC Mansion, an 11,500-square-foot, six-bedroom residence perfect for groups of friends traveling together.
Across the Atlantic, Ibiza remains a legendary beach destination for LGBTQ+ travelers, and one of the favored all-inclusive hotels is Grand Palladium White Island Resort & Spa. With multiple swimming pools and a sizeable spa and wellness center, the property is designed to pamper — and its proximity to Ibiza’s lively nightlife and beaches makes it especially appealing for many LGBTQ+ travelers.
Situated deep within the Scottish Highlands, just steps from many lakes and mountains, lies 57 Nord. This collection of two design-led boutique hideaways blends the region’s Norse-Gael heritage by incorporating Scottish craftsmanship, modern Scandinavian design and panoramic views into both structures.
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Oslo’s Art Deco connections just grew stronger with the opening of Sommerro, housed within a historic building in the city’s West End neighborhood of Frogner. The structure itself was once the location of the city’s original electrical company, Oslo Lysverker. The conversion to urban, luxury lodging features 231 guestrooms, 56 residences, seven restaurant and bar options, and meeting and event spaces for up to 150 people. There’s also a 100-seat gilded theater and expansive wellness space, including a full-service gym and Oslo’s first, year-round rooftop pool, sauna and terrace.
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Adventure tour operator Explore Worldwide recently conducted a study to find the most underrated travel experiences around the world. The operator analyzed more than 350 lesser-known destinations and experiences across more than 130 countries, ranking them based on how high its Trip Advisor score fared against how many people actually reviewed the activity and how many Google searches the experience received.
Lodging and hospitality company Angama announced the November 2023 opening of Angama Amboseli, an intimate, 10-suite lodge set in Kenya’s private, 5,700-acre Kimana Sanctuary, against the iconic backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro, located just across the border in Tanzania.
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