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    All-inclusive resorts have long been thought of as party paradises for students. But recently, hotel chains have noticed the enduring popularity of these types of resorts and have been making investments to beef up their offerings in the all-inclusive realm — for everyone from solo travelers to families and beyond.

    These days, all-inclusive resorts make great family vacation hotels because they’re packed with fun things to do for kids and teens of all ages, while parents can relax by the pool or get a massage.

    Historically, some of the most popular names in all-inclusive hotels weren’t affiliated with any of the major hotel loyalty programs, but that’s changing as big names like Hilton, Hyatt and Marriott have jumped in head-first to make their mark in the space. The great thing about the large chains getting serious about all-inclusive properties is that you can use your travel rewards for a stay, meaning you can create a vacation that’s virtually free by covering the room rate with your hotel points.

    In fact, making award bookings at all-inclusive resorts is one of the best ways to use your hotel points, since just about everything — from food to drinks to activities — is included with the price of your stay. It’s a great way to save money and have a fantastic vacation without having to think too much about the bill coming at the end of the stay.

    Today, we’re taking a look at some of the standout properties from three major hotel chains at which you can use points to have a vacation for next to nothing out of pocket.

    Hilton has a number of all-inclusive resorts in its portfolio. The majority of them are located in the Caribbean and Mexico, but there are a few properties in other all-inclusive hotspots like Turkey and even one in Egypt.

    Fortunately, all of these properties participate in Hilton’s loyalty program, called Hilton Honors. This program uses a dynamic pricing model, which means award pricing is tied more closely to room rates that would be paid outright with a credit card. In general, you can expect award redemptions to cost anywhere from 20,000 to 95,000 points per night, depending on the property and the dates of your stay.

    Another advantage of booking Hilton all-inclusive properties with your Honors points is that you aren’t on the hook for the sometimes-hefty resort fees that properties charge for non-reward stays. Though do be aware that most properties charge a small surcharge — either in points or cash, depending on the type of stay — for additional guests beyond double occupancy.

    Before diving into our favorite all-inclusive Hilton properties, if your Hilton Honors point balance needs a boost, you could sign up for a Hilton credit card to earn points quickly, some of which are offering huge welcome bonuses. For example, the Hilton Honors American Express Card currently comes with a welcome bonus of 80,000 Hilton Honors points after you spend $1,000 in the first three months of holding the card.

    Otherwise, Hilton Honors is a transfer partner of American Express Membership Rewards, which can be earned from cards like the American Express® Gold Card and The Platinum Card® from American Express. Typically, points transfer at a 1-to-2 ratio, meaning for every one Membership Rewards point, you’ll get two Hilton Honors points.

    This property is on a prime stretch of beach in ever-popular Cancún, boasting two infinity pools, a kids’ club, a full-service gym, a whopping 12 outposts for eating and drinking and much more.

    Points required: 71,000 to 95,000 Hilton Honors points per night.

    Hilton Puerto Vallarta Resort

    If you prefer the West Coast of Mexico over the East Coast, check out the Hilton Puerto Vallarta. Like its sister property in Cancún, this all-inclusive hotel has a total of 12 establishments for eating and drinking and boasts other features like a beautiful location in the Bay of Banderas, a full-service spa, a kids’ club, a dedicated adults-only hangout spot known as the Hacienda, multiple pools and more.

    Points required: 62,000 to 80,000 Hilton Honors points per night.

    Hilton La Romana, an All-Inclusive Family Resort, Dominican Republic

    La Romana Family Resort, Dominican Republic

    The Dominican Republic is a traditional hotspot for all-inclusive resorts, so it makes perfect sense that Hilton has options in this Caribbean island nation. At La Romana, you’ll find fun for the whole family, including two pools, five restaurants, a massive 21,000-square-foot spa, a casino and dedicated spaces for kids and teenagers. This recently renovated resort features rooms designed specifically for families, and every room has a balcony or a terrace to enjoy. Note, too, that Hilton has an adults-only all-inclusive property located adjacent to this family-friendly one that goes by the same name, La Romana.

    Points required: 60,000 to 80,000 Hilton Honors points per night.

    Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa, Jamaica

    Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa, Jamaica

    Located in another all-inclusive hotspot, the Hilton Rose Hall is an all-inclusive resort for the whole family. It boasts a long roster of amenities including a total of seven bars and restaurants, a gorgeous stretch of private beach complete with a water sports center, a kids’ club, a full-service spa, a championship 18-hole golf course and even one of the Caribbean’s most well-known water parks, called Sugar Mill Falls Water Park.

    Points required: 62,000 to 75,000 Hilton Honors points per night.

    Hilton Dalaman Sarigerme Resort & Spa, Turkey

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    Located on the edge of the Dalaman River, Aegean Sea and Mediterranean Sea, needless to say, this resort is positioned in a stunning setting. It features its own private beach as well as 10 swimming pools, an aqua park and a slew of water activities and dining options.

    Points required: About 80,000 Hilton Honors points per night.

    Hyatt has made a name for itself over the years with its portfolio of very solid all-inclusive properties. Those resorts have also proven to be a great value, given their ability to be booked with World of Hyatt points. In 2021, the chain announced the acquisition of Apple Leisure group, and those properties have started their integration into the World of Hyatt program, meaning you can redeem your Hyatt points for a free stay.

    The chain’s all-inclusive portfolio is broken up by hotel brand. For example, Hyatt Ziva properties are family-friendly resorts located in hotspots around the Caribbean and Mexico, Hyatt Zilara properties are adults-only and they can sometimes be co-located with Ziva properties. There are also Miraval properties, which are high-end resorts focused entirely on wellness located in select locations around the United States. Then, there are Secrets and Breathless Resorts & Spas for adults, as well as Dreams Resorts & Spas for families. Ultimately, there’s likely an all-inclusive brand for what you’re looking to experience within Hyatt’s portfolio.

    Additionally, the World of Hyatt program has its own award chart for all-inclusive redemptions — from Category A to Category F — so you know how many points it will cost you to stay on any given set of dates.

    Before we dive into some of the best all-inclusive Hyatt redemptions, you’ll want to make sure you have some points in your World of Hyatt account. One of the best things about the World of Hyatt program is how easy it is to acquire points. There are a couple of Hyatt credit cards — the World of Hyatt Credit Card and the World of Hyatt Business Credit Card — to choose from that are offering a healthy amount of bonus points if you complete minimum spending requirements. For the personal World of Hyatt Credit Card, for example, you’ll get up to 60,000 Hyatt points — 30,000 points after spending $3,000 in the first three months plus up to 30,000 additional points by earning double points per dollar spent for the first six months from account opening.

    Otherwise, Chase Ultimate Rewards points transfer at a 1-to-1 ratio to Hyatt, meaning you can use the points earned with cards like the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card or Chase Sapphire Reserve® to book high-value all-inclusive stays like the ones mentioned below.

    Hyatt Zilara Cancún

    Located on a pristine stretch of beach in Cancún’s so-called “Hotel Zone,” this adults-only resort offers plenty to keep you occupied during your vacation in the sun. It boasts an Olympic-sized lap pool, a state-of-the-art “sky gym,” a whole array of water sports and on-land activities, numerous food-and-beverage outlets and much more.

    Points required: Award Category C, requiring 21,000 to 29,000 World of Hyatt points per night.

    Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos

    If you’re looking to get great value for a family trip to the Mexican hotspot of Cabo San Lucas, you’ll definitely want to consider the Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos. This family-friendly resort is located on a stunning stretch of beach in front of the Sea of Cortez, with views of the stunning rock formations that Cabo has become known for over the years. At the resort, you’ll be treated to a guest room with a spacious balcony overlooking the ocean, seven restaurants, multiple oceanfront pools, a full-service spa and fitness center and more.

    Points required: Award Category B, requiring 17,000 to 23,000 World of Hyatt points per night.

    Hyatt Zilara/Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana, Dominican Republic

    Located in one of the Caribbean’s hottest destinations, Punta Cana, the co-located Hyatt Ziva and Zilara Cap Cana offer guests of all ages everything you could want for a fantastic all-inclusive vacation. Each property boasts multiple restaurants and pools, bars, gym and spa facilities, waterslides, lazy rivers and more.

    Points required: Award Category C, requiring 21,000 to 29,000 World of Hyatt points per night.

    Secrets St. Martin Resort & Spa, Saint Martin

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    As one of the newer properties available for Hyatt points redemptions, this Secrets resorts on the Caribbean island of Saint Martin offers travelers an escape to paradise. Located on the French side of the island, this adults-only property features an infinity pool, gourmet dining and entertainment. Plus, its location in a secluded cove means you’ll get terrific views and privacy.

    Points required: Award Category C, requiring 21,000 to 29,000 World of Hyatt points per night.

    Miraval Berkshires Resort & Spa, Massachusetts

    Miraval Berkshires Resort & Spa

    As mentioned earlier, Hyatt has a small collection of Miraval-branded resorts under its umbrella. Currently, there are three resorts: Miraval Arizona, Miraval Austin and Miraval Berkshires. The newest property, Miraval Berkshires is located in Massachusetts and offers a rejuvenating place to get away from the stresses of daily life. Miraval resorts are meant to be “device-free,” meaning you stash your phone and/or laptop away and work on centering yourself in the present moment. The resort offers a range of luxurious experiences, including indulgent spa treatments; fitness and other wellness-focused activities like yoga, archery and meditation; healthy, delicious meals and much more.

    Of course, you can expect comfortable, calming accommodations and beautiful facilities across the property. The best part, though, is that the majority of your activities, food and beverages are included in the price of the room.

    Points required: 40,000 to 50,000 World of Hyatt points per night for single occupancy; 57,500 to 72,000 points per night for double occupancy

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    This new addition to the World of Hyatt program is about as luxury as it gets when it comes to all-inclusive resorts. The property features 124 suites for guests as well as two outdoor pools, four restaurants, four bars and more. Spend some time during your stay gazing at the mega-yachts, as a popular marina is located adjacent to the resort.

    Points required: Award Category F, requiring 42,000 to 58,000 World of Hyatt points per night.

    Marriott’s entry into the all-inclusive space has largely come after its peers, but it got into the game in a big way by acquiring numerous resorts across the Caribbean in the past couple of years.

    While the resorts weren’t incorporated into the Marriott Bonvoy loyalty program immediately after being acquired, you’re now able to use points to book a stay at most of the new-to-the-chain properties. Since Marriott got rid of its award chart, there’s no set number of points for a free night award, but you’ll find that the all-inclusive properties are typically on the higher.

    But first, here’s a refresher on how to boost your Bonvoy account balance. The best way to earn a lot of Marriott Bonvoy points quickly is to sign up for a Marriott credit card. You can earn 95,000 bonus points by signing up for the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant® American Express® Card and making $5,000 in purchases within the first three months after opening the account.

    Further, you can transfer points into the Marriott Bonvoy program from transferable points currencies including Chase Ultimate Rewards and American Express Membership Rewards at a 1-to-1 rate, though doing so generally won’t result in a great value.

    But don’t forget, when you go to redeem your Marriott Bonvoy points, all guests receive their fifth night free — which really means the least expensive night out of your five-night stay.

    The Westin Reserva Conchal, an All-Inclusive Golf Resort & Spa, Costa Rica

    The Westin Reserva Conchal, an All-Inclusive Golf Resort & Spa, Costa Rica

    One of Marriott’s long-standing all-inclusive properties, the Westin Reserva Conchal is a tropical escape located in one of the most beautiful areas of Costa Rica. With rainforests on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other, the resort has everything you could ever want in a vacation. You’ll have access to multiple restaurants and bars, several pools, a fitness center, a full-service spa, a kids’ club, championship golf courses and tennis courts.

    Points required: 73,000 to 106,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night.

    Royalton CHIC Cancún, An Autograph Collection All-Inclusive Resort - Adults Only

    This adults-only all-inclusive hotel in Cancún, Mexico, falls into the Autograph Collection brand. Guests can choose to upgrade their stay to the Diamond Club section of the property to receive upgraded accommodations and amenities. While you’re on the property, you’ll have 12 dining and drinking establishments to choose from, ranging from a Mexican-style cantina to a sports bar to an Italian trattoria and more. The hotel also offers multiple pools, including one on the rooftop, a spa and a fitness center, among other amenities.

    Points required: 50,000 to 74,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night.

    Royalton Blue Waters Montego Bay, An Autograph Collection All-Inclusive Resort

    Also part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection, the Royalton Blue Waters resort is located in one of the best places to vacation in the Caribbean: Montego Bay, Jamaica. It’s located next door to another all-inclusive resort, Royalton White Sands, and guests can enjoy facilities at both properties. Guests of all ages will have plenty to do on the property, as it boasts several pools, a lazy river, waterslides, 12 food-and-beverage outlets, a spa and fitness center and more.

    Points required: 50,000 to 74,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night.

    Royalton Punta Cana, An Autograph Collection All-Inclusive Resort & Casino, Dominican Republic

    Royalton Punta Cana, An Autograph Collection All-Inclusive Resort & Casino

    The Royalton Punta Cana is a gigantic resort designed to keep everyone in your family or group of friends happy and entertained — and fed — the entire time. One side of the resort caters to families, while the more exclusive Diamond Club section provides Club-only dining areas, a private beach section and a separate pool. As you’d expect by now, you can find all the hallmarks of an all-inclusive resort here like several pools, numerous eating and drinking establishments, a gym and spa, a casino and even a massive waterpark.

    Points required: 50,000 to 74,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night.

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    Marriott

    This property offers travelers whatever kind of stay they’re looking for. The resort is split into three distinct sections: family-friendly in the main resort, the adults-only Hideaway and Diamond Club for a higher-level experience and exclusive beach, pool and dining. With plenty of dining, entertainment, activities and wellness facilities on the property, a stay at this all-inclusive resort will leave you feeling refreshed and relaxed.

    Points required: About 106,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night.

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