Some all-inclusive resorts have a reputation for hosting major music acts and notable festivals.
If you want to mix in a concert or two with your all-inclusive vacation, try one of the following resorts — all of which are prime spots for big concerts.
Moon Palace, Cancun, MexicoFew — if any — all-inclusive resorts can outdo Check PricesMoon Palace Cancun when it comes to concerts. The Moon Palace Arena, a 140,000 square foot convention center, has hosted a long list of major acts since its inauguration in 2014. These have included Rick Astley (see image above of Rick rolling at Moon Palace), Marc Anthony, Foreigner, Toto, Kansas, REO Speedwagon, Creedence Clearwater Revisited, Usher, Shakira, and the Cranberries, and most recently hosted HootieFest 2023.
Barceló Maya Grand Resort, Playa del Carmen, MexicoThe Barceló Maya Grand Resort is a large complex that consists of six luxury Barceló hotels sharing the same wide array of resort services and facilities. It’s a place to relax during the day and party at night, especially at the Check PricesBarceló Maya Beach, the venue for single and multi-day music festivals such as Phish: Riviera Maya, Crash My Playa and other big events. All-inclusive packages are available specifically for these events that includes admission but events often sell out, so you’ll want to book early.
Casa de Campo, Dominican RepublicCheck PricesCasa de Campo is a hotspot for celebrity spotting as well as a venue for big gigs. The luxury resort has its own replica 16th century Mediterranean village called Altos de Chavón, at the center of which stands a 5,000-seat Grecian-style amphitheater. This impressive stage has hosted many big acts since its inauguration in 1982, including Frank Sinatra, The Pet Shop Boys, Sting, Elton John, Gloria Estefan, Andrea Bocelli, Marc Anthony, Air Supply, Julio Iglesias, Enrique Iglesias, Plácido Domingo, Spyro Gyra, Michel Camilo, Juan Luis Guerra and Alejandro Fernández. Alicia Keys also filmed the video for her single Karma at Altos de Chavón.
Atlantis Paradise Island, BahamasCheck PricesAtlantis Paradise Island is another luxury all-inclusive resort that really pushes its live music schedule. The Atlantis LIVE concert series has featured plenty of big names in recent years, such as Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Sheryl Crow, Keith Urban, Bruno Mars, Avril Lavigne (performing at Atlantis in the image above), Carrie Underwood, and John Legend. Atlantis LIVE has also featured comedians such as Jerry Seinfeld and Jimmy Fallon. Guests can use resort credit for all live performances. Note: Atlantis may or may not continue to offer an all-inclusive plan, but add-on meal plans, both EP and AP, are always available.
Grand Oasis and Grand Oasis Cancun, Mexico.Set in the midst of two all-inclusive sister resorts — the Grand Oasis and Check PricesGrand Oasis Cancun — is The Pyramid. This impressive building features both the longest pool in Cancun and an open-air atrium that attracts internationally renowned music acts (and an occasional world title boxing fight). Previous performers have included Kool & the Gang, Janelle Monáe, Gloria Gaynor and Empire of the Sun. The 2016 line-up featured a series of major events at The Pyramid, such as Dance U (with world-famous electronic dance acts and DJs), Jazz U (which included Chaka Khan), Electro Latin Beat and the Country Music Fest.
Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya, MexicoJon Bon Jovi helped inaugurate the Check PricesHard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya in 2014. Since then, this particular Hard Rock all-inclusive resort has seen a steady stream of both local and international rock acts and other rock-related events. Unsurprising, really, considering that this is a Hard Rock property with rentable Fender guitars and a Bret Michaels Rock Star Suite (seriously — the suite was even declared “Mexico’s Leading Hotel Suite” in the 2015 World Travel Awards). Major acts that have appeared at Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya include My Morning Jacket and The Avett Brothers among many others.
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