Three Beautiful Substitutes for the All-Inclusive Resort Vacation

While low prices and package deals are still a draw for tourists all over the world, the all-inclusive resort vacation is slowly becoming a less appealing form of tourism. Indeed, it seems no matter what part of the world a resort is in, they all offer the same cookie cutter experience, and you get to experience very little of the actual culture around you.

If you’re looking for a little more privacy, a little less congestion, and a little more freedom on your next vacation, you should certainly be looking in places that are far from what the traditional all-inclusive resorts have to offer.

So the next time you’re thinking about traveling to a tropical destination with crystal clear waters and crisp ocean breezes blowing onto your patio, you should consider getting your own picturesque private vacation rental or holiday villa. This way, you can escape the bustle of a resort, have an excuse to get out into the real culture around you, and maybe bring back some of the friends you meet along the way. Here are just three such holiday homes you might consider on your next trip.

Sea Haven on Discovery Bay

This amazing luxury villa is located on Discovery Bay in Jamaica. With four bedrooms, four bathrooms, and a pool with a view of the ocean, it’s an incredibly opportunity for anyone looking to holiday with extended family, or a number of different families.


Discovery Bay is one of the more convenient locations for your Jamaica adventure, as it’s located less than one hour from the airport. The bay itself is a distinctive horseshoe shape and, close by, Columbus Park offers even the casual visitor a chance to explore some of Jamaica’s rich history. For more information on this amazing luxury rental, please click here.

Wailea Sunset Bungalow

This stunning bungalow is located on the island of Maui, in the town of Wailea. It is a perfectly intimate and charming location for a small family, or even a couples’ retreat. The bungalow is named for its prime sunset viewing location along one of Maui’s most spectacular stretches of coastline.


The bungalow has two bedrooms, one bathroom, and a beautiful back porch that offers views across the ocean to the neighboring islands of Lanai and Molokai. When you step out the back door of this relaxing island getaway, a lush field of grass and a few gently swaying palm trees invite you down to the beach and into the ocean’s warm waters. To learn more about this beautiful Maui villa, please click here.

Baan Dalah

If you’ve always wanted to travel to Thailand, this luxury rental located in Bang Rak, Koh Samui could be perfect for you. With three bedrooms and three bathrooms, you might think about bringing a friend or two or two along as well!


This amazing luxury villa is located on the oceanfront at a pristine spot along Koh Samui’s northeastern coast. The backyard boasts an exotic pool, along with easy beach access. Any seat on the deck provides amazing views of the pristine ocean and spotted islands in the distance. If you’d like to know more about this spectacular Thailand getaway, please click here.

Glamor Tourism with a Clear Conscience

Most all-inclusive resorts are owned by large, multinational corporations. This means not only that they tend to provide generic experiences, but that a significant percentage of their profits do not remain in the local economy where the resort is located. Rather, profits flood back overseas – in many cases, from the world’s poorest countries to some of its’ most affluent.

Staying in a local bed and breakfast or renting an apartment or condo from a local owner, and spending your dollars in local shops (rather than chain super stores) can help you increase your positive economic impact on the places you visit.

And going local doesn’t mean having to rough it, either. There are many locally owned luxury accommodations that will not only help you support the local economy, but experience the local culture, too!

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