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.
It’s entirely possible France’s most noteworthy eateries define the term “destination restaurant.” Examples of how some of the more enduring Paris restaurants have approached this is compelling. While hot spots like Le Drugstore changed with the times and tastes of clientele, others, like Café de la Paix, steadfastly stay true to the roots and recipes that have delighted guests for generations.
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Grand Velas Riviera Maya’s staying power is rooted in the way it delivers continuity and consistency for long-time loyalists of the Grand Velas brand and anybody else seeking a luxury, all-inclusive experience. One of Grand Velas’s hallmarks is its activities, amenities and restaurants across its three buildings can be enjoyed by all guests, enabling them to do the destination their way. This is particularly important when groups have different ideas of how they want to spend their vacation time.
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