Azul Beach Hotel by Karisma
Azul Beach Resort knows just how to appeal to first-time all-inclusive guests. The resort has just 97 guest rooms, each featuring a patio or balcony, in low-rise adobe buildings clustered along the water’s edge. No activities director will rouse you from a beach bed to join a conga line (though a beach butler may ask if you’d like a cool towel or cold drink). The hotel has plenty of adult features—a bar dedicated to tequila, live music in the bars, menus with adventurous eaters in mind—but also welcomes families with a daily kids’ club and children’s selections at its four restaurants.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.