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Best All-Inclusive Resorts for Entertainment: Islands 2020 All-Inclusive Awards

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DATE POSTED:January 13, 2020
Read on for our 2020 All-Inclusive Awards winners.
Read on for our 2020 All-Inclusive Awards winners. (Islands staff /)

Our editors and writers scoured the globe to find the best all-inclusive resorts based on standout offerings, from top-notch dining options and cool bars to over-the-top suites and white-glove butler service. We also asked our readers to vote for their favorites in each category. We’re proud to present the winners of the 2020 Islands All-Inclusive Awards.

Any good all-inclusive resort provides a variety of amenities and activities such as land and water sports, tropical excursions, and more. But for those looking for an active nightlife, these resorts feature evening entertainment options such as live shows, nightclubs, dancing, and more.

Winner, Editors’ Choice: Casa de Campo Resort & Villas

The Altos de Chavón ampitheater
The Altos de Chavón ampitheater (Shutterstock /)

Named the most exclusive resort destination in the Caribbean, Casa de Campo Resort and Villas consist of a stunning 7,000-acre hotel, resort, and residential community on the southeastern coast of the Dominican Republic. There are no shortage of activities and amenities found at this luxury resort, between three championship golf courses, an expansive marina, tennis courts, and polo facilities.

The entertainment at Casa de Campo is likewise always bumping. Guests can participate in complementary merengue lessons on the beach by day, and then take those new dance moves for a spin at one of several onsite nightclubs and bars featuring live music after the sun goes down.

The nearby Altos de Chavón amphitheater also regularly hosts international recording artists such as Sting, Elton John, Andrea Bocelli, Gloria Estefan, Marc Anthony, Air Supply, and Enrique Iglesias—just for starters!

Winner, Editors’ Choice: Tamarijn Aruba All-Inclusive

A glimpse of the nightlife at Tamarijn Aruba
A glimpse of the nightlife at Tamarijn Aruba (Tamarijn Aruba/)

Guests will never get bored at Tamarijn Aruba, a resort set along a pristine, mile-long beach where the fun never stops. During the day there are countless land and water activities such as windsurfing, kayaking, snorkeling, rock climbing, and bicycle rides on the boardwalk. But after dark is when the Tamarijn Aruba really becomes a premiere Caribbean hotspot.

The resort features eight bars with premium cocktails, which can be enjoyed while listening to lively music around the pool or on the beach in the evening. From there, guests can get a taste of Aruba's culture with rotating theme nights that include live music, salsa dancing, Aruban dance circus, jazz performances, water ballet, limbo, karaoke, and much more. There is also the nearby Alhambra Casino, for those who are feeling lucky!

Winner, Editors’ Choice: Moon Palace, Cancun, Mexico

The Mayan performance at Moon Palace
The Mayan performance at Moon Palace (Palace Resorts/)

For world-class entertainment and nightlife, look no further than the Moon Palace luxury all-inclusive resort, located on Cancun's tranquil south shore. The resort features a number of bars and nightclubs serving up top shelf cocktails, day and night. Skybar, a “futuristic bar lives at the intersection of elegance and intimacy,” resembles something straight out of a James Bond movie—featuring an expansive collection of craft cocktails, from signature specials to old favorites.

Nightly shows will vary, but guests looking for something unique and maybe even educational will almost always be thrilled by the Mayan dance performance.

The Moon Palace’s sleek and chic NOIR bar hails from the vision of renowned French designer Francois Frossard. DJs keep the party thriving so guests can dance the night away on the club’s spacious dance floor while sipping on fine wines and cocktails. Elite guests will appreciate the velvet roped off VIP lounge for bottle service where the bottles are always popping.

Winner, Readers’ Choice: Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya, Riviera Maya, Mexico

The Bret Michaels Terrace at Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya
The Bret Michaels Terrace at Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya (Hard Rock/)

Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya is where “paradise comes to play,” at 1,264-room resort boasting stunning tropical views and a private white sand beach. Those looking to party will love the lavishly designed Club Heaven, located in the adults-only section of the resort. Here, guests can enjoy a selection of premium cocktails and head to the dance floor as DJs keep the music pumping.

Beyond clubbing, the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya has a full calendar of events included in the all-inclusive packages—from live music and rock band karaoke to locally inspired entertainment such as Mexican Fiestas and the Circo Americano African Circus.

And, of course, we can’t leave out the overwhelmingly popular Fuego Fire show, in which highly skilled dancers perform thrilling feats.

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