Top 5 All-Inclusive Resorts for Families
Planning a family trip with little ones can certainly be a daunting task. When you make plans to invest in a vacation, you want to be sure that the whole family will have an amazing time. It can be tricky selecting a location that will be fun for toddlers, teens, and adults. Not only finding a location that meets the needs of all of your family members but being mindful of the cost is extremely important. With flights, lodging, meals, and any fun activities or excursions, a family vacation can rapidly grow to the point of becoming financially unachievable. Especially with a big family, it can be hard to estimate the prices in advance. This is why I love the idea of an all-inclusive resort vacation!
Choosing an all-inclusive location means knowing the entire cost before your trip even begins. It also means not having to worry about unexpected expenses popping up along the way. When you’re a family on a budget, those surprise can be enough to ruin the trip, and when you’re on vacation the last thing you want to do is stress over a budget. All-inclusive means that your family’s hotel, meals, and drinks are included in one neat package. Many times, this will also include some activities, services, and excursions. If you’re looking for a way to vacation with your family, in a financially manageable way, I’ve compiled a list of some of the best family-friendly all-inclusive resorts that will make planning your next trip a breeze!
1. Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts – Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
4.5/5 on TripAdvisor
This fantastic beach resort is the perfect destination for children of all ages. Kids receive a “slime smoothie” upon arrival, and the slime fun continues from there! Kiddos can enjoy the Aqua Nick Playground, photo ops with some of the most famous Nickelodeon characters, or check out the kids club. While your kids are sliming each other, adults can relax at the spa, participate in yoga and dance classes, or check out the adults-only restaurant and lounge! Together the whole family can take a dip in any one of the nine pools, or enjoy a gourmet meal, all without worrying about cost or expense. For families with children of varying ages, Nickelodeon’s Punta Cana Resort is the destination for you!
2. The Grand at Moon Palace – Cancún, Mexico
5/5 on TripAdvisor
If you’re looking for a truly relaxing experience, this resort will blow you away. This beach location truly has it all, for the whole family. Your kiddos can escape to the playroom complete with bumper cars and video arcade, make a splash at the resort’s state-of-the-art water park, or meet and swim with dolphins. Adults can take advantage of the resort’s 27 hole golf course, spend the afternoon in the adults-only spa, or dance the night away at the Unique night club. Together the family can sit poolside at any of the nine outdoor pools, rent bikes and explore the surrounding paradise, or take in one of the nightly Broadway style shows, featuring Grammy Award-winning artists. If you’re looking for a 5 star experience, The Grand at Moon Palace is the perfect location for you and your family!
3. Coconut Bay Beach Resort and Spa – St. Lucia
4/5 on TripAdvisor
This award-winning resort is the perfect selection for families with teens and older children. With a Splash waterpark and kitesurfing, this location is ideal for families that love an adventure. Coconut Bay offers tons of rainforest excursions the whole family will love! You can opt for packages that include a Jeep safari, treetop zip lining, waterfall walks, and guided cycling tours of the rainforest. Your kids will also love the Black Magic Pirate’s Cruise, exploring the Caribbean like a true pirate! In addition to the numerous activities, the resort also features nine restaurants, seven bars, five pools, and a full service oceanfront spa. If your family is looking for an exciting beach destination, adventure awaits you at Coconut Beach Resort and Spa!
4. Ski Portillo – Andes Mountains, Valparaíso, Chile
4.5/5 on TripAdvisor
For those of you who prefer a more winter-themed getaway, this is the all-inclusive resort for you and your family. Ski Portillo is the oldest ski resort in South America, with a reputation of excellence. In addition to your lodging, food, and drinks, this package includes lift tickets for the whole family, pools and hot tubs, yoga classes, game room, climbing wall, movies, and more. Your children can also take ski lessons, as well as participate in organized races, tubing, and an evening torchlight parade. The resort provides child-care services for children up to seven, and your little ones under the age of four are free. If you’re looking for a more mountainous getaway, this Chilean destination is the perfect vacation for your whole family!
5. AULANI A Disney Resort and Spa – Kapolei, Hawaii
4.5/5 on TripAdvisor
We all know a vacation list would be considered incomplete without at least one Disney destination. With Hawaii’s Aulani resort you absolutely can’t go wrong! This location ensures a truly relaxing Disney experience for the whole family. With poolside characters, and magic around every corner, you’ll get the Disney Difference, without the crowds and chaos of the parks. For the kiddos, Aunty’s Beach House offers full service childcare with a Disney twist. Adults can relax in one of the resorts adults-only pools, or in the spa. As a family enjoy beachfront fire pit storytelling, guided Polynesian stargazing, movie nights, character pool parties, live entertainment, and so much more! If you’re as big of a Disney fan as I am, AULANI is the resort for you and your family.
If you’re looking to plan a vacation that has something for the whole family, one of these five all-inclusive options is bound to offer accommodations to meet your group’s needs. Whether you’re snow bunnies, adventurers, or just looking for a relaxing escape, these resorts provide activities the whole family can enjoy. And with no unexpected costs popping up, your vacation will be stress-free, so you can put away your wallet and enjoy. Next time you plan a trip, use this guide, and I promise you won’t be disappointed. Happy travels!