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Is an all-inclusive vacation the way to travel? 

April 2, 2014 at 12:21 PM ET

Video: Travel + Leisure’s Jacqui Gifford joins TODAY to lay out the pros and cons of those popular, all-inclusive vacation packages.

These single price-tag properties have high-design accommodations and choice activities such as horseback-riding lessons, sailing trips and even unlimited spa treatments.

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Tanque Verde Ranch, Tucson, Ariz.
There’s no shortage of food at this luxuriously rustic 69-room ranch on the edge of the Coronado National Forest, but an all-hours buffet isn’t its style, either. Instead, guests horseback ride to breakfast, for example, or cook out on an open plain as the sun goes down. Activities between chow-downs also impress. You can sign up for tennis or riding lessons, bike along mountain trails or go birding in Saguaro National Park. If you’d rather stay close to the watering hole, try out yoga sessions, stargazing and dive-in movies at the pool. tanqueverderanch.com

Dedon Island, Siargao, Philippines
When Bobby Dekeyser of furniture brand Dedon — well known for its high-end, handwoven chairs and lounges — founded Dedon Island last year, the country’s stock among savvy jet-setters skyrocketed. The resort’s nine villas — with chic interiors including swinging daybeds and lattice-style doors — lured them, as well as the island’s unspoiled beaches. On campus, you can sign up for water activities such as surfing, sailing, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding. Want to venture outside of the resort? Join Dedon Island’s chef on an in-town market run, where you can meet local fishermen and farmers and get the inside scoop on what’s for dinner. dedonisland.com

The Singular, Puerto Natales, Chile
Thanks to its windswept, empty surroundings, this 57-room hotel — housed in a former cattle-storage facility in Chilean Patagonia — feels particularly secluded. Don’t be fooled, though; there is plenty to do. High-octane activities include full-day hikes to the base of the three-pronged Torres del Paine or picturesque boat rides to area glaciers. (Singular’s catamaran makes the trip an hour before other tourists, so you get the block of ice all to yourself.) Back on property, sip cocktails in the atmospheric lobby bar, outfitted with dark leather furnishings, or unwind in the sauna. At night, retire to your spacious room where a floor-to-ceiling glass window is the only thing separating you from the wild outdoors. thesingular.com

Rosewood Jumby Bay, Antigua
Even all-inclusive skeptics can’t help but get excited about the list of perks at this Caribbean resort, fresh from a $28 million renovation. Located on a private island two miles off the coast of Antigua, the property has tennis courts, a full-service spa, poolside yoga classes and even lawn games like croquet. Hoping to sunbathe with a beach read in hand? The resort’s partnership with Random House, HarperCollins and Knopf means that travelers get access to future best sellers before they hit Amazon. Interested in marine life? From June to November, guests can partake in conservation efforts on Pasture Bay Beach, where endangered hawksbill turtles lay their eggs. rosewoodhotels.com

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