The most relaxing vacations leave all worries behind, even if it’s just for a few days. That’s where all-inclusive resorts come in, inviting guests to dine, swim, lounge, and sip fruity cocktails sans hassles. For LGBTQ+ travelers, there’s an added factor of enjoying a breezy vacay in comfort, from a setting that inspires all aspirational beach bums to unwind and be themselves.
All-Inclusive Gay-Friendly Resorts Around the World
While plenty of resorts welcome diverse travelers, some really roll out the rainbow carpets—whether they’re part of a gay-friendly brand; home to an out-and-proud LGBTQ+ staff; or part of a fabulous destination. Here are some of the top all-inclusive resorts for gay couples (and gay singles).
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|Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta||Puerto Vallarta, Mexico||Yes||No||No||Yes|
|Banyan Tree Mayakob||Playa del Carmen, Mexico||No||No||No||No|
|Grand Palladium White Island Resort and Spa||Ibiza, Spain||No||No||No||Yes|
|Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana||Dominican Republic||No||No||No||Yes|
|Kahala Hotel & Resort||Honolulu, Hawaii||No||No||No||No|
|Warwick Paradise Island||Nassau, Bahamas||No||No||16+||Yes|
|W Costa Rica Reserva Conchal||Guanacaste, Costa Rica||Yes||No||No||No|
|Isrotel Lagoona||Eilat, Israel||No||No||No||Yes|
|Sonesta Ocean Point All-Inclusive Adults Only Resort||Maho Village, St. Maarten||Yes||No||18+||Yes|
|Divi All–Inclusive Resorts||Oranjestad, Aruba||No||No||No||Yes|
|Excellence Playa Mujeres||Quintana Roo, Mexico||No||No||18+||Yes|
|Miraval Arizona||Arizona, United States||No||No||18+||No|
|Royal Malewane||Hoedspruit, South Africa||Yes||No||No||Yes|
|North Island, A Luxury Collection Resort||North Island, The Seychelles||No||No||No||Yes|
|Ikos Dassia||Corfu, Greece||No||No||No||Yes|
Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Hyatt is among the large hotel chains that’s shown continuous support for LGBTQ+ travelers. The brand is a Gold Global Partner of the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA), and has been honored for more than a decade as one of the HRC’s annually ranked Best Places to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality. One of the best all-inclusive resorts for gay couples is the Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta. For starters, the Pacific-Coast city is a hotspot for gay vacationers who love the nightlife and its annual mid-May Vallarta Pride festival. The Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta lures travelers to lodge a few miles south of town, where they can enjoy swim-up suites, live entertainment, fitness and sports programs, and dining with oceanfront views.
Banyan Tree Mayakoba, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
For an extra-dreamy luxury escape, LGBTQ+ travelers can wing down to the sunny Yucatan peninsula, where Banyan Tree Mayakoba awaits with private waterfront villas. While technically not completely all-inclusive, Banyan Tree has refined amenities, restaurants, and spa time, always evoking the brand’s Southeast-Asian heritage. But the resort’s respect for nature and local culture sets it apart, as does its pride in serving LGBTQ+ guests. Here gay couples can spend time in their villa’s private pool, cruising through the property’s mangrove forests, biking to the beach, or melting into an open-air couples’ massage.
Grand Palladium White Island Resort and Spa, Ibiza, Spain
As one of the world’s most vibrant gay destinations, Ibiza is a favorite for continental travelers—especially if they’re looking for a party. This Mediterranean island off the eastern coast of Spain is bursting with posh hotels and resorts. But for LGBTQ+ travelers seeking all-inclusive, beachfront luxury on a grand scale, the Grand Palladium White Island Resort and Spa is a suave choice. Along with Grand Palladium’s trademark contemporary design and range of on-site restaurants and entertainment, gay and lesbian guests can enjoy amenities like the Zentropia Spa & Wellness and its fully equipped gym, several pools and Jacuzzis, sports facilities, and direct beach access.
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
If the rock-star life is calling, the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana wants you to turn it up. Of all the brand’s LGBTQ+-friendly all-inclusive resorts, this Dominican Republic property amps up the on-site amenities with 13 pools (with swim-up bars and water slides), nine restaurants, five bars, Oro Nightclub, a salon, a Nicklaus-designed golf course, a huge casino, and live concerts. Parents let their kids find harmony at the Kidz Bop experience, especially while tuning their own vibes to resort’s Sound Body spa, meditation, and musical fitness programs. The Hard Rock’s trademark amenities are all here, inviting guests to get expert instruction and accelerated stage training at the Music Lab, or to check out a guitar to shred on their own.
Kahala Hotel & Resort, Honolulu, Hawaii
Ah, Hawaii, a wonderfully welcoming destination for any traveler. And though gay-friendly resorts are a breeze to find across the Hawaiian Islands, head to the Kahala Hotel & Resort for sunny accommodations on Honolulu’s east side. Since 1964, the Kahala’s prime spot along a stretch of white-sandy beach has lured celebrities, royalty, and international guests. The resort today offers packages with spa treatments, oceanfront yoga programs, live music, and dining at its five restaurants. While the Kahala neighborhood is a tranquil spot for getaways, the hotel is just a short drive (or free shuttle) from Waikiki’s LGBTQ+ scene—which hosts Oahu Pride each October. Hot tip: Book a Dolphin Lanai room to overlook the Kahala’s famous dolphin and sea-turtle lagoon.
Warwick Paradise Island, Bahamas
The Bahamas are rich with all-inclusive resort options, but at the Warwick Paradise Island, LGBTQ+ travelers can enjoy lodging in the company of adults only. The 250-room resort is more modest than the giant Atlantis and other island lodging, giving guests a bit more serenity whether lounging poolside, relaxing with an Amber Spa treatment, or sunbathing on the resort’s private white-sandy beach. Guestrooms are spacious and sleek, many of them have private balconies and water views. At the property’s five restaurants you can go casual or sophisticated, then grab a cocktail for nightly live entertainment.
W Costa Rica Reserva Conchal, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Dive into the local pura vida spirit at sleek, oceanfront W Costa Rica Reserva Conchal. The W is part of Marriott International, a brand that’s long welcomed LGBTQ+ guests to its 6,000-plus properties and is an IGLTA Platinum Global Partner. At this oceanfront resort, located about 30 minutes from the Tamarindo Airport, vacationers can take in lush landscapes, white sands, and panoramic views. All-inclusive packages make relaxing easier, whether poolside on the WET Deck, at the Zona Azul beach club, or at the resort’s restaurants, each designed to channel Costa Rica’s local culture. The AWAY Spa offers treatments for couples and singles, a nice way to unwind after activities like bike rides, snorkeling, kayaking, surfing, or nature hikes.
Isrotel Lagoona, Israel
Israel is easily the most gay-friendly middle eastern country, and Isrotel Lagoona is the perfect hotel for an Israeli vacation for anyone in the LGBTQ+ community. This all-inclusive hotel is located on Eilat’s North Beach, close to shopping and restaurants. Enjoy a beverage at the pool bar, and relax on the beach or in the sauna after a workout at the gym. The rooms are spacious, and many feature private balconies providing beautiful views. Other perks include a kids club, gym and spa.
Sonesta Ocean Point All-Inclusive Adults Only Resort, St. Maarten
Registered with IGLTA, Sonesta Ocean Point Resort in St. Maarten provides everything you will need for an LGBTQ+ friendly tropical vacation. This adults-only resort-within-a-resort is adjacent to the more family-friendly Sonesta Maho Beach Resort, Casino & Spa. Treat yourself to a Swim-Out Suite, which will connect you to the exclusive swim-out pool, enjoy a meal at one of the on-site restaurants, relax at the spa, or try your luck at the casino.
Divi All Inclusive Resorts, Aruba
Aruba prides itself on its welcoming attitude to the LGBTQ+ community, and Divi All Inclusive resort embraces this. Guest rooms have panoramic ocean views, as well as private balconies or patios. The resort offers an array of activities from catamarans, windsurfing, snorkeling, an oceanfront fitness center, and 3 freshwater pools. Enjoy nightly entertainment with theme nights, and several bars for your favorite alcoholic beverages.
Excellence Playa Mujeres, Mexico
This boutique hotel has everything you need for the ultimate tropical vacation. No matter what type of accommodation you choose: deluxe suite, swim up suite or ocean front suite, you will be immersed in luxury. Choose from ten a la carte restaurants, or get a snack at the poolside snack bar. Your day will be filled with activities—from swimming in the pool, heading to the beach, wine-tasting, salsa and merengue dance classes, painting, photography and more.
Miraval Arizona, USA
Get away from it all without your passport at Miraval Arizona. Miraval is a Hyatt brand, which has been a member of IGLTA for many years, making Miraval the perfect retreat destination for LGBTQ+ travelers. Nourish your body and soul by taking a yoga class, going horseback riding, attending a guided meditation class, paddleboarding, or a bevy of other health and wellness activities and classes. Their unlimited package includes $175 resort credit per night, unlimited classes, meals and non-alcoholic beverages, accommodations and a shuttle from the airport.
Royal Malewane, South Africa
South Africa is probably the most gay-friendly country in Africa, and Royal Malewane is a member of IGLTA, assuring your South African LGBTQ+ experience is as comfortable as it can be. Be awe-inspired with your safari stay within South Africa’s Greater Kruger National Park. Choose from three accommodation options: the more classic Lodge, the intimate Farmstead, and the immersive Waterside. Price includes all meals, South African reserve wines and beverages, daily game drives and bush walks and more. You’ll have a chance to get up close and personal with Africa’s “Big 5”—lions, leopards, elephants, buffalo and black rhinos during the game drive, so don’t forget your camera (or smartphone)!
North Island, A Luxury Collection Resort, Seychelles
The islands that make up Seychelles legalized same-sex relations in 2016, making it one of the few countries in Africa to do so. While not fully all-inclusive, North Island, A Luxury Collection Resort has all-inclusive packages available, making your time in paradise truly exceptional. Luxuriate in your private pool, or stay in a beach front villa, just steps away from the ocean. Accessible only by helicopter, you will truly bask in the remote beauty of the island during your stay.
Ikos Dassia, Greece
Explore the Greek island of Corfu in luxury when you stay at the LGBTQ+ friendly Ikos Dassia. Enjoy food curated by Michelen starred chefs, gorgeous beaches, heated pools, a complimentary car for adventures off the resort, fitness activities and relaxation in the sauna. You can find total relaxation in one of their sunbeds, or when you book a treatment at the spa.
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