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Experience luxury without limits at these all-inclusive resorts in Southeast Asia

All-inclusive resorts in Southeast Asia - Phuket Marriott Merlin Beach

Indulge in a fuss-free getaway at these 10 all-inclusive resorts in Southeast Asia, where dining and experiences are included in your stay.

While the notion of convenience may seem at odds with luxury, it often reaches its zenith. After all, having to flash your card for every drink, snack, or last-minute “experience” is way less of a flex than it is a chore. 

Now, picture this: Michelin-starred meals, award-winning spas, and a slew of other exotic activities, in one postal code and one convenient bill. It’s the perfect formula for a hassle-free holiday; equal parts flexible and indulgent for those who wish to leave all the planning and anxiety behind at their day jobs. So if you’re in desperate need of a nearby escape, these All-Inclusive Resorts in Southeast Asia might just be your paradise on earth. 

What do all-inclusive resorts offer?

If the term “all-inclusive” is any indication, guests pay a flat fee to access a myriad of complimentary benefits. This usually includes fuss-free  inclusions such as three meals daily, free flow alcoholic beverages, hotel activities, and wellness services. 

In the realm of luxury stays, this can also mean 24/7 butler services, private chefs, and other exclusive tours and in-house activities. Think: an all-you-can-eat buffet of decadent dishes; relaxing full-body massages; or even specially curated activities – all tailored to your liking. 

1. Soneva Kiri, Thailand

Personal butlers and an in-house solar-powered reef garden

All-inclusive resorts in Southeast Asia - Soneva Kiri swimming pool
Image: Soneva Kiri

Koh Kood, with its fluffy white sand, secluded waterfalls, and exotic mangroves, is a proverbial hidden gem among Thailand’s well-trodden islands of Phuket, Koh Samui, and Koh Phangan. Stippled along its northwestern cove are the idyllic villas of Soneva Kiri, from beachfront retreats to jungle hideaways to clifftop sanctuaries. 

The villas here are adorned with private pools, expansive interiors, and complimentary electric buggies for when adventure calls you to nearby forest paths. Plus, if you’re ever in need of route recommendations or other services, your dedicated butlers, known as Barefoot Guardians, will be there around the clock to attend to your every request.

Soneva Kiri dive site
Image: Soneva Kiri

A Soneva Unlimited experience will fetch you all-inclusive access to the resort’s Michelin-starred restaurants and bars, spa treatments, and state-of-the-art gym facilities. Guided tours to the island’s Ao Salat fishing village, Yai Ki waterfall, and seven other beaches, bays, and hidden coves are also highly recommended and readily available.

This coastal escapade wouldn’t be complete without a splash at Soneva Kiri’s own solar-powered reef garden, which is arguably one of Koh Kood’s more unique dive sites. Try to spot all five of the sunken animal sculptures amidst the bustling sea life. 

How to get to Soneva Kiri: Transfers to Soneva Kiri can be booked with the hotel for USD700/adult (S$940.95) and USD350/child (S$470.48). From Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK) in Bangkok, it is a 90-minute flight to Koh Mai Si (MSI), Soneva Kiri’s Airport Island, on the resort’s private plane. You’ll then take a 5-minute speedboat to Soneva Kiri. 

Rates: From USD825/day (S$1,107.97) for adults , USD415/day (S$557.35) for children

Soneva Kiri website

2. Song Saa Private Island, Cambodia

Bioluminescent shores and complimentary round transfers

All-inclusive resorts in Southeast Asia - Song Saa Private Island
Image: Song Saa Private Island

For many of us city-dwellers, waking up to the sound of waves at your doorstep is wishful thinking—until a visit to Song Saa Private Island, that is. Here, Mama Ocean lies just beyond the threshold of your floating villa, which also comes with a sundeck, plunge pool, and outdoor shower in tow.

While private islands typically raise eyebrows for accessibility, the resort’s all-inclusive rate greatly simplifies the process. Guests may arrange for return car and speedboat transfers between Sihanoukville International Airport, Sihanoukville International Port, and the island.

Song Saa Private Island seaside spa
Image: Song Saa Private Island

Seize the most out of your day on the island with a 30-minute good morning massage, unlimited house pours to beat the afternoon heat, and dinner at your preferred sea-view restaurant. While your stream of meals, snacks, and beverages are at whim and will, it’s worth noting that the resort operates under a no-waste policy, and will charge guests for any unconsumed food.

Song Saa Private Island bioluminescent shores
Image: Song Saa Private Island

Complimentary snorkelling gear also await you at Song Saa’s House Reef, as do the local population of parrotfish, damselfish, sea horses, spotted rays and sea turtles. Those willing to stay up past bedtime can consider camping out on the main beach or travelling further into sea to witness millions of Bioluminescent Plankton sparkle in the waves.

How to get to Song Saa Private Island: From Phnom Penh International Airport, take a 40-minute flight to Sihanoukville International Airport (KOS) or drive two and a half hours to Sihanoukville Port. The port is a 30-minute drive from KOS. The island is a 45-minute speedboat ride from the port. Helicopter transfers can be arranged.

Rates: From USD1,677/night (S$2,252.21)

Song Saa Private Island website

3. Phuket Marriot Merlin Beach, Thailand

In-house reef and butterfly sanctuary

All-inclusive resorts in Southeast Asia - Phuket Marriott Merlin Beach
Image: Phuket Marriott Merlin Beach

Leave it to Marriott to set the curve on luxury resort amenities. Boasting 4 sizable pools, 414 rooms and suites, and an in-house reef, Phuket Marriott Merlin Beach’s compound is nothing short of a seaside oasis.

Phuket Marriott Merlin Beach in-room dining spread
Image: Phuket Marriott Merlin Beach

With daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner on the house, all-inclusive guests are privy to a diverse range of dining options, including freshly-caught seafood, authentic grills, and organic Phuket coffee. When it’s inevitably time for a tipple, head over to The Rum Shack beach bar for a few of their signature rum cocktails that pair perfectly with the sunset over the Andaman Sea. 

All resort activities and non-motorised water sports, like Muay Thai boxing class and beachside yoga, are also on the table.

Phuket Marriott Merlin Beach kid-friendly activities
Image: Phuket Marriott Merlin Beach

Ever committed to conservation, Phuket Marriott Merlin Beach also works to preserve and restore the unique reef ecosystem and declining butterfly population within the resort. Experience it firsthand at their Reef Education Center, which organises exploratory excursions, and reef etiquette training. Additionally, visit their on-site butterfly sanctuary to discover the life cycles of native butterflies and their role in environmental pollination.

How to get to Phuket Marriott Merlin Beach: Phuket International Airport (HKT) is a one-hour and 17-minute drive to Phuket Marriot Merlin Beach. Airport taxis are available at the airport, or you can book a private transfer. 

Rates: From THB11,000/night (S$412.57) 

Phuket Marriot website

4. Shinta Mani Wild, Cambodia

Robust outdoor adventures including a 400m jungle zipline

All-inclusive resorts in Southeast Asia - Shinta Mani Wild zipline
Image credit: Shinta Mani Wild

While three nights is the minimum period of stay at Shinta Mani Wild, it’s still hardly enough to absorb all the enchantment this “everything-but-your-helicopter” flat-fee resort has to offer. We’re talking authentic Cambodian fare, spa treatments, wellness activities, and of course, some good ol’ Tarzan-type adventure to truly get in touch with nature.

Take on the Cardamom mountains with your Adventure Butler, who will guide you on bar-touting expedition boats across the upper Srey Ambel Estuary, 400m ziplines over the Tmor Rung River, mountain biking through a Khmer village, and more.

Shinta Mani Wild tented room
Image credit: Shinta Mani Wild

Afterwards, there’s no better way to unwind from the highs of life than by cosying up in one of the 15 luxury tents along the riverbank, each flanked by lush verdure and consisting of its own unique decor.

All-inclusive resorts in Southeast Asia - Shinta Mani Wild room patio
Image credit: Shinta Mani Wild

In case you’re wondering, all tents do feature both air-conditioned and outdoor spaces, so there’s no sacrifice of your metropolitan comforts. Your friendly Adventure Butler also takes up traditional butler roles, like unpacking your luggage and fulfilling any ad-hoc requests.

How to get to Shinta Mani Wild: The resort’s chauffeur will pick you up from either Phnom Penh International Airport (PNH) or Sihanoukville International Airport (KOS). The journey from both airports takes slightly less than two hours.

Rates: From USD1,900/night (S$2,554.93) per couple, with a minimum three-night stay.

Shinta Mani Wild website

5. Misool, Indonesia

Four-to-one staff to guest ratio

All-inclusive resorts in Southeast Asia - Misool, Indonesia
Image: Misool

Just south of the equator, tucked away in the pristine archipelago of Southwest Papua, lies the elusive Misool resort—a far-out Eden fringed with 300,000 acres of protected marine habitat and 41 powder-white beaches.

For those seeking a more off-the-grid type getaway, Misool offers an intimate experience with a maximum capacity of just 40 guests, a staff-to-guest ratio of four to one, and exclusive visitation schedules for 2024.

Misool dive site
Image: Misool

Sign up for the Island Adventure Package for full board inclusions of four meals per day, high tea, and select non-alcoholic beverages.

Fans of the popular BBC series ‘Life’ may also recognise some of the 60 dive sites within a one-hour radius of the resort, teeming with an array of coral, lobsters, manta rays, and reef sharks. Everything you’ll need for your underwater odyssey can be found at The Hive, a two-story social and activity hub equipped with rinse tanks, hot water showers, hammocks, and panoramic views of the uninhabited Daram Islands. 

Misool recreational club
Image: Misool

Not far away at The Lookout, pamper yourself with skin scrubs, facial toners, and body wraps derived from local ingredients such as Indonesian kemiri nuts, hand-pressed coconut oil, and Papua coffee grounds. It’d be remiss not to indulge in their Signature ‘Batu Lola’ Massage, which involves a deluge of homemade essential oils and the soothing warmth of a heated sea snail shell, to revitalise weary minds and muscles. 

Alternatively, you may treat yourself to these wellness services in the comfort of your own Balinese-style water cottage. 

How to get to Misool: It’s recommended that guests transit via Soekarno–Hatta International Airport (CGK) in Jakarta to get to Domine Eduard Osok Airport (SOQ) in Sorong, West Papua, Indonesia. The Misool team will greet you at the airport, where a private speedboat will take you to the resort. 

Rates: From USD3,595/night (S$4,833.12) per couple, with a minimum week’s stay.

Misool website

6. Nay Palad Hideaway, Philippines

Traditional Filipino architecture

All-inclusive resorts in Southeast Asia - Nay Palad Hideaway
Image: Nay Palad Hideaway

Filipino craftsmanship is steeped in centuries of tradition and passion, making it one of the top things to see when visiting the Pearl of the Orient. At Nay Palad Hideaway, cultural appreciation is an everyday luxury as the whole resort is decked out in hand-weaving, wood carving, glass hand-blowing, and a dozen other traditional details. 

The villas themselves draw inspiration from indigenous Bahay Kubo architecture, featuring bamboo and driftwood structures that blend rustic and refined charm.

All-inclusive resorts in Southeast Asia - Nay Palad Hideaway beach lounge
Image: Nay Palad Hideaway

Besides the usual water sports activities, there’s plenty to do on land as well. Grassy sprawls and golden beaches are perfect for a friendly round of soccer or beach volleyball, while billiard and foosball aficionados may check out the Game Room for more indoor gaming options.

All-inclusive resorts in Southeast Asia - Nay Palad Hideaway
Image: Nay Palad Hideaway

Wellness at Nay Palad is also a serious commitment; in fact, there’s an entire Spa Village devoted to the art of R&R. Anticipate a full range of world-class treatments, especially the resort’s signature Hilot massage, a Filipino shiatsu acclaimed for its healing abilities. 

Additionally, Om-ies may indulge in daily guided yoga sessions that can be arranged for any location—sea, treehouse, century-old mangrove, you name it. 

How to get to Nay Palad Hideaway: Transit through either Mactan-Cebu International Airport (CEB) in Cebu or Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL) in Manila to get to Siargao’s Sayak Airport (IAO). The resort’s chauffeur will pick you up from IAO. The journey takes about 40 minutes.

Rates: From USD2,180/night (S$2,934.12).

Nay Palad Hideaway website

7. Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle, Thailand

Glamping with rescued elephants

From being ancient warriors, to faithful labourers and religious icons, it’s no doubt that elephants are a crucial and cherished facet of Thai culture. Yet, the spate of forest clearing and illegal poaching have caused population numbers to plummet over recent years.

Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle elephant encounter
Image: Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle

Your best, most ethical bet to catching these gentle giants in action would be through a trusted conservation program, like the one at Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle resort. ‘Elephant and I’ mahout guides will take you to nearby rivers to observe rescued elephants enjoying a bath, while also imparting insights and interaction etiquette.

Inspired guests may even adopt an elephant off the streets by donating to the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation (GTAEF), which funnels proceeds directly to welfare needs.

All-inclusive resorts in Southeast Asia Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle room
Image: Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle

Mammal watching aside, the all-inclusive deal also entails long tail boat rides along the Mekong River and private tours of local temples and markets. Meals, beverages, 90-minute spa treatments for two, and nightly sundowners are also part of the package.

How to get to Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle: Transit through either Don Mueang International Airport (DMK) or Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) in Bangkok to get to  Chiang Rai International Airport (CEI). Enquire with the hotel for airport limousine transfers to the hotel. The journey takes approximately one hour.

Rates: From USD3,834/night (S$5,160.28) with a minimum four-night stay.

Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle website

8. Melia Bali, Indonesia

Family-friendly resort with 50% off for kids

All-inclusive resorts in Southeast Asia - Melia Bali swimming pool cabana
Image: Melia Bali

The whole “family roadmap replacing world maps” concept feels increasingly cliché now, especially when resorts like Melia Bali are providing free and 50% off all-inclusive packages for kids under one and aged two to 11, respectively.

You and your little ones can indulge in high tea at the Sateria Restaurant, make daily use of snorkelling gear, canoes, and paddleboards, and receive additional discounts for spa treatments and room upgrades. If the family is in the mood for some friendly competition, hash it out on any one of their tennis, badminton, basketball or sports courts.

Melia Bali food spread
Image: Melia Bali

With seven exquisite restaurants catering lavish buffet breakfasts, tantalising international lunches, and sumptuous Mediterranean dinners, even the most picky of eaters will fill their plate. 

Melia Bali kids club
Image: Melia Bali

Once the kids are well-fed and all tucked in, parents can mellow out at any of the resort’s 24-hour open bars, complete with romantic piano lobbies and stunning views of the Mount Agung volcano.

How to get to Melia Bali: Take a taxi or private hire from Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) to the resort. The journey takes about 25 minutes.

Rates: From USD183/Night (S$246.30)

Melia Bali website

9. Tanjong Jara Resort, Malaysia

Daily chakra-activating morning exercises

Malaysians and Singaporeans are in for a special treat at Tanjong Jara Resort. With the all-inclusive Residents package, these guests are entitled to daily breakfasts, two-course lunches and dinners, and a slew of complimentary drinks. Alternatively, you can book their Be Rewarded package to have daily credits of RM500 (S$141.96) to pamper yourself at the resort’s Spa Village and any of the onsite restaurants.

All-inclusive resorts in Southeast Asia - Tanjong Jara Resort villa
Image: Tanjong Jara Resort

The essence of the Terengganu spirit is palpable in the resort’s design, reflecting the sophistication of 17th century Malay palaces and its rich heritage.

You may also find it in the daily chakra-activating morning exercises held in the resort, inspired by the Malay concept of Sucimurni, which highlights spiritual purity, health, and well-being. Alternatively, you can explore it by joining the resort’s resident naturalist for a tour of the Malay herbal garden and a gentle hike up the steps of Jara Hill. From there, you’ll be treated to a sweeping panorama of the coastline, which also happens to be a sea eagle nesting hideout.

Tanjong Jara Resort turtle conservation
Image: Tanjong Jara Resort

For those in the know, to catch baby turtles burrowing up from the sand and floundering down to the sea is a tough occasion to witness. Thankfully, a special collaboration with Lang Tengah Turtle Watch has introduced a turtle hatchery right next to the resort’s Nelayan restaurant, providing uncharacteristically easy access to observe the hatching process.

And if one stay is not enough, you can also enjoy the same package over at their sister sanctuary, Gaya Island Resort, which is nestled among protected Bornean mangroves, rainforests, and sheltered coral reefs, with Mount Kinabalu trailing in the horizon.

How to get to Tanjong Jara Resort: Transit from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2) or Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport (SZB) to Kuala Terengganu Airport (TGG). From there, grab a taxi or arrange for the resort’s private vehicle to bring you to the resort.

Rates: From MYR1,239/night (S$351.78), with a minimum 2-night stay

Tanjong Jara resort website

10. Artis Villa Jatiluwih, Indonesia

Private chef with room-service dining

All-inclusive resorts in Southeast Asia - Artis Villa Jatiluwih
Image: Artis Villa Jatiluwih

Catering to honeymooners, the Artis Villa Jatiluwih: Countryside Escape stands as a single, two-story stilt house with panoramic views that stretch all the way to the sea. Nestled within a charming village, this exquisite abode is endowed with the finest antique furnishings and bedclothes, featuring a terrazzo-style bathtub on the lower floor.

As one of the more untouched rural areas in Bali and a bonafide UNESCO World Heritage site, Jatiluwih offers a romantic, off-the-beaten-path experience amidst photogenic rice terraces. With their all-inclusive package, a personal chef will even visit your room to prepare meals made from organic vegetables and fruits harvested in the adjacent garden.

All-inclusive resorts in Southeast Asia - Artis Villa Jatiluwih riverside lounge
Image: Artis Villa Jatiluwih

Further down, meander down a little path that’ll guide you through bamboo forests, cornucopian jungles, and pristine rivers. Relish in a refreshing plunge or serenade your loved one with a streamside picnic under the refuge of a teak wood barn.

Other services and amenities, like car rentals, day trips, massages, laundry services, and more, can be arranged through the friendly villa manager,  

How to get to Artis Villa Jatiluwih: Take a taxi or private hire from Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) to the resort. The journey takes slightly less than two hours.

Rates: Contact the resort for rates and availability.

Artis Villa website

All-Inclusive luxury resorts in Southeast Asia

The convenience of settling one, comprehensive fee in advance unlocks a realm of luxury like never before. Indulge in true escape, where every amenity, activity and attraction is seamlessly catered to, so you can leave your wallet of worries behind.

Cover image: Phuket Marriott Merlin Beach

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