Group getaways: Get the gang together at these adults-only All-Inclusive resorts


It’s about time for some grown-up fun, and these group getaways are a one-stop shop for that perfect summer vacation.

If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that you can’t fill another’s cup if you’re running on empty. And between the endless Zoom meetings and remote-learning for the kids, time to unwind never quite makes it onto the calendar. By joining your friends for a group getaway to one of these adults-only all-inclusive resorts, you’ll get that much-needed refill. Here’s how:

  • Escape at a distance: In the Dominican Republic, there’s plenty of space to social distance — like it’s your own private getaway
  • Sip and savor: Tequila’s original stomping grounds, Puerto Vallarta’s resort culture is steeped in the tastes of Mexico
  • Celebrate you: From beachside on the Caribbean to nightlife under twinkling lights, the ways to celebrate are endless in Playa del Carmen
Kick things off on the Caribbean coast.
Kick things off on the Caribbean coast.

Get your group travel on

If you’re still in pod mode but need that change of scenery, relocate your crew to Hilton La Romana, an adults-only All-Inclusive Adult Only Resort. Here on the southeastern coast of the Dominican Republic — a particularly stunning stretch of Caribbean shoreline — you and your besties can enjoy a vacation without the slightest temptation to venture beyond the maze of five-star restaurants, the flow of poolside cocktails or away from your private terrace or personal cabana. The latter are on risers, so it feels like you’re floating on water. Oh, and get this: You could even swim out of your suite to meet your pod poolside.

But say you do feel the urge to get out and about, there are a lot of off-the-beaten path attractions to explore. A casual day trip to Saona Island, a protected nature reserve and part of East National Park, can be effortlessly arranged by your concierge. Or venture just beyond the pool to Playa Bayahibe, where calm, clear waters are perfect for snorkeling, windsurfing, and other outdoor recreation offered by the resort.

Taste some tequila in the town where it was born.
Taste some tequila in the town where it was born.

Raise a glass!

Jalisco is the home of tequila, and if there’s one spot to get imbibing, it’s Puerto Vallarta, where roaring nightlife comes built into the culture. And if you stay at Hilton Vallarta Riviera All-Inclusive Resort, the sweeping views over Banderas Bay are just the, shall we say, “salt on the rim?”

With a daily stocked minibar in your room, unlimited drinks and cocktails, 14 dining options, nightly entertainment, the full-service eforea Spa and plenty of cultural experiences nearby — like exploring the cobblestone streets of downtown Puerto Vallarta, a protected Cultural Heritage Site of the Mexican State of Jalisco — the resort knows how to have a good time. Each of the 400+-plus guestrooms and suites has an ocean view and a private balcony, and if one infinity pool isn’t enough for you, how about two?

Note: While resort isn’t completely adults-only, there are certain areas that are off-limits to kids and amenities that are exclusively dedicated to adults such as the 11th-floor Martini Lounge.

Brace yourself for the best bachelor party ever.
Brace yourself for the best bachelor party ever.

Celebrate good times

If your group getaway’s guest of honor is tying the knot, Hilton Playa del Carmen, an All-Inclusive Adult Only Resort offers up the perfect setting for bachelor/bachelorette parties. Really, it’s the perfect setting for most celebrations: Steps from your suite, you’ll catch palm trees swaying, white sands sparkling and waves glistening off the Yucatan Peninsula. Book early, and you could nab a swim-up suite and a semi-private pool. There are also award-winning golf courses located nearby for day-long excursions.

Beyond the views, Olympic-sized pool, hot tubs and endless oceanfront, the resort offers an incredible list of things to do: Take a salsa dance class or experience a cooking demonstration. Grab drinks and dinner at one of 14 bars and restaurants, sip the good stuff at the on-site tequileria or nab 24/7 in-suite room service. Come nightfall, celebrate your guest of honor on nearby Fifth Avenue, one of the hottest spots on the Riviera Maya.

Grab your girl gang and get going.
Grab your girl gang and get going.

The future is female

Round up your gals and head to The Yucatán Resort Playa del Carmen for a chic girls’ weekend amid the most desirable part of Playa’s Fifth Avenue. This 60-room adults-only resort has the feel of a boutique property but with all the amenities you associate with Hilton properties: four dining options, a spa, fitness center and a rooftop pool with ocean views (and DJ performances each Saturday).

If your girl gang is jonesing for some sand between those toes, upgrade to the All-Inclusive Plus package for direct access to the golden beachfront and luxurious cabanas offered at its sister adults-only resort at Hilton Playa del Carmen, just minutes away. And if your girls need to get away from the city, ask your concierge to arrange for a swimming trip to one of the area’s nearby cenotes, or perhaps to explore the Mayan jungle aboard a 4×4 buggy.

Travel tip: After choosing one of these Hilton group getaways, make sure to book together. Many travel agencies and even hotel sales teams will typically offer discounts for groups of 10 or more.

Make your group travel memory

Passport in hand, out-of-office reply set — it’s time for you and your crew to unwind at one of these all-inclusive adults-only resorts.

Let’s Go

By Melissa Corbin