When you vacation at an all-inclusive resort, you have more opportunities to welcome those feelings of relaxation and discovery because there’s no need to worry about being nickel-and-dimed for every meal or activity — most of those costs are already included in your room rate. That’s not to say all-inclusive resorts are all the same, though.
Like all families are different, every all-inclusive resort is unique in terms of its locale, accommodations, dining options and service, among other factors. One thing they all have in common is that the price you pay covers your room, dining and many on-site activities. That means you can leave the everyday behind and enjoy a cost-conscious vacation without sacrificing quality.
What is typically included at an all-inclusive resort?
So, what does “all-inclusive” mean? It means there is a very good chance you won’t have to pull out your wallet even one time while you are at your resort. More specifically, most meals, drinks, activities, minibar items, kids club access, water sports — and sometimes gratuities — are included in the cost of your room. Things that aren’t included are typically specialty meals (like beachfront dining), spa treatments and excursions.
Because your room rate is all-inclusive, the cost of your room is based on the number of adults and children in your room. At some all-inclusive resorts, children can stay for free or at a reduced rate, so be sure you input the correct information when pricing out your vacation.
Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Best for: Families who want to get away from it all without traveling too far from the U.S.
Why stay here: The Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana has a wide variety of dining, activities and room types for families, including swim-up suites, a water park and 12 dining locations. There really is something for everyone.
Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana is only 15 minutes from Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ) along the shores of Juanillo Beach. The resort has 375 oceanfront suites, including swim-up suites for families with children ages 13 and older. Dining options range from local Caribbean specialties to a wellness-focused restaurant with smoothies and vegan offerings and 24-hour room service for a late-night bite.
The resort’s water park has winding waterslides for older kids and adults, a splash area with pint-size slides for the littles plus a lazy river the whole family can enjoy together. Parents who want to retreat to a private cabana for the afternoon can drop the kids off at the kids club (complete with an indoor treehouse). There’s also a teen club for guests ages 13 to 17.
Pricing for Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana starts at around $550 or 35,000 World of Hyatt points per night for a family of four.
Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya
Puerto Aventuras, Mexico
Best for: Families who jam together instead of watching TV.
Why stay here: Hard Rock is well versed in providing world-class entertainment for adults and it doesn’t throw that expertise to the wayside at this family-friendly all-inclusive resort. Parents can enjoy the kid-free amenities at the adjacent adults-only resort while the kids hang out in a club just for them.
The Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya is actually two resorts in one. The Hacienda section welcomes adults and kids, while the Heaven section is for adults only.
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Kids ages 4 to 12 can play the day away at the Hard Rock Roxity Kids Club while parents relax and enjoy bottomless cocktails at the adults-only pool or indulge at the full-service spa (for an additional fee). There are also daily activities like treasure hunts, crafts projects and pool games that families can participate in together.
The family can meet back up for a swim at the resort’s private beach, enjoy family time at the Rockaway Bay water park and have a meal in one of the resort’s eight dining establishments, such as the wood-fired pizzas at Pizzeto.
The ideal room type for families is the two-bedroom deluxe family room with one king and two double beds. It also has a balcony with a hammock, separate minibars for kids and adults and cozy bathrobes for adults and kids (how adorable is that?). True to the brand’s rockin’ roots, you can have a Crosley turntable or Fender guitar delivered to your room to use during your stay.
Pricing for Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya starts at around $500 per night for a family of four staying in a room with two double beds.
Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa
Montego Bay, Jamaica
Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa offers 489 guest rooms in one large building, meaning you are never too far from the resort’s exciting amenities. All rooms have a private balcony (or terrace if you are staying on the first floor) and picture windows that let you revel in the gorgeous Caribbean views even when you retreat to your room.
The resort boasts two private beaches — a small beach near the pool complex and an expansive beach area with shaded chairs and daybeds on the sand. The friendly staff will not hesitate to get you involved in the included activities — a befitting perk for outgoing families. Guests can also borrow kayaks and paddleboards to take out on the water.
Hotels with water parks are a key ingredient for successful family vacations, and Hilton Rose Hall’s Sugar Mill Falls water park is one of Jamaica’s largest. There’s a large pool, a lazy river and a multilevel waterslide.
The spa offers indoor and beachside treatments (for an additional fee). There are also separate clubs for kids and teens with age-appropriate games and activities.
Pricing for Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa starts at around $550 or 100,000 Hilton Honors points per night for a family of four. Children under age 3 stay for free.
Giraffe Manor is not your typical all-inclusive resort. The resort has only 12 rooms — no two alike, but all equally charming — split between the Manor House and Garden Manor. Some rooms are situated in such a way that the namesake giraffes may wander up to your window in search of a small snack, but there are ample opportunities to interact with all of the giraffes who reside here.
You are likely to encounter a friendly giraffe poking his head in the window as you eat breakfast or strolling up to the terrace as you enjoy your afternoon tea. Don’t worry, the hotel provides feeding pellets so they won’t come after your meal (feeding pellets are provided in guest rooms with giraffe-feeding access, as well).
Pricing includes accommodations, airport transfers, all meals, most alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and select activities.
Fully inclusive pricing for Giraffe Manor starts at $1,168 per person for adults and $805 for children.
Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Riviera Maya
Best for: Families who watch Saturday morning cartoons together.
Why stay here: We were all kids once. At Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Riviera Maya, you can meet current and classic Nickelodeon characters and live out your childhood dream of getting slimed with your own children.
As soon as you pull up to Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Riviera Maya, there’s no denying it’s a vacation destination designed for kids … and kids at heart. Included activities range from pajama character breakfasts to live game shows. Dining, kids club access (for kids ages 4 to 12) and water park admission also come with the cost of your stay.
Brightly decorated rooms are a nod to popular Nickelodeon cartoons “SpongeBob SquarePants” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” There are daily character meet-and-greets, and, yes, you really can have gallons of green slime dumped over your head (you’ll even get a photo to commemorate the experience).
The resort offers fun-filled seasonal events like the Summer of SpongeBob, Nick Jr. Friends Event and holiday celebrations. Another perk kids and parents will love: All rooms have swim-up access to either the main resort pool or your own balcony pool.
Pricing for Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Riviera Maya starts at around $1,100 per night for a family of four. Certain dates require a three-night minimum stay.
Club Med Punta Cana
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Club Med has probably the most comprehensive lineup of activities and experiences of any all-inclusive brand.
For those with relaxation in mind, Club Med Punta Cana has three outdoor pools, shaded loungers lining the beach and spacious, ocean-facing family suites where you can listen to the waves gently crashing when you need some downtime. The family suites have a sleeping area for parents with a king bed, a separate room for kids with two twin beds and a living area that opens to a furnished terrace.
Restaurants serve international and local cuisines and are convenient to the beach, the lagoon pool and the resort’s main bar.
If you prefer an always-on-the-go vacation, you can perfect your acrobatic skills at circus school, head out on the water in a kayak or on a stand-up paddleboard, or test your skills with a bow and arrow.
While most all-inclusive resorts do not provide complimentary care for infants and toddlers, Club Med’s kids clubs are available to kids as young as 4 months of age.
Pricing for Club Med Punta Cana starts at around $500 per night for a family of four. Children age 3 and under are free.
Sheraton Samui Resort
Koh Samui, Thailand
Best for: Families looking for a tropical island escape.
Why stay here: On a tropical island in the Gulf of Thailand, the budget-friendly Sheraton Samui Resort caters to families with a kids club and a shallow children’s section in one of the property’s two beachside pools.
The Sheraton Samui Resort is a budget-friendly resort located directly on Chaweng Noi Beach. Chaweng Noi is quieter and more secluded than other nearby beaches, leaving its wide swaths of soft sand and calm, crystalline waters (don’t forget your snorkeling gear) wide open for families looking for a laid-back tropical vacation.
Unlike traditional all-inclusive resorts, you must choose the all-inclusive package to receive all-inclusive benefits. Room-only rates are also available. The base all-inclusive package includes meals, nonalcoholic beverages, activities, a one-hour beachside massage, a cooking class and airport transfers. You can upgrade to packages that include alcoholic beverages and additional spa treatments.
The resort has two pools — one freshwater and one saltwater — where kids can swim while parents lounge on one of the poolside daybeds. There’s also a beachfront kids club with toys, games and activities that kids can enjoy while parents visit the spa for a massage or hit the tennis courts for a friendly competition.
All-inclusive room rates for Sheraton Samui Resort start at around $360 per night for a family of four. Marriott Bonvoy points cannot be redeemed for the all-inclusive package.
Spice Island Beach Resort
Grand Anse Beach, Grenada
Best for: Families who will spare no expense for a luxury vacation.
Why stay here: This luxury resort has the amenities and accommodations to back up its luxury price tag. From the time you arrive until the time you (sadly) have to leave, you’ll be immersed in the world-class opulence and comfort Spice Island Beach Resort has to offer.
Spice Island Beach Resort is an upscale resort on pristine Grand Anse Beach, a 2-mile expanse of fine white sand and cerulean waters. Its location also offers stunning views of Granada’s tree-covered mountains in the distance. And with only 64 suites, you may feel like you have the beach (practically) all to yourself.
Each villa-style suite opens to the beach, pool or gardens. Some even have their own private plunge pool and furnished terrace. Spice Island Beach Resort is one of only a handful of AAA Five Diamond-rated properties in Grenada, and you’ll experience the luxury that earned such a prestigious designation in all-inclusive offerings like fresh, flavorful cuisine, creative cocktails and activities like cycling, golfing, snorkeling and beachside yoga. An on-site kids club is available for kids ages 3 to 12.
Pricing for Spice Island Beach Resort starts at around $1,100 per night for a family of four.
C Lazy U Ranch
Granby, Colorado, USA
Best for: Families who love doing outdoor activities together.
Why stay here: This Rocky Mountain ranch tailors its programming to make sure every guest has a good time no matter what time of year they visit. There are age-appropriate activities for kids ages 3 through 17 and seasonal activities in summer and winter.
Want to switch up your typical family vacation? Look no further than Colorado’s C Lazy U Ranch.
This luxury, all-inclusive dude ranch is open year-round, with activities that vary by season. Visit in the summertime, and you can try your hand at archery, fly-fishing, hiking, mountain biking, swimming and more. In the winter, activities shift to cold-weather favorites like skiing, ice skating, sleigh rides and snow tubing. Horseback riding is available all year long.
There are seemingly endless activities that families can enjoy together. However, you may have trouble pulling your kids away from the supervised activities designed just for them. Kids ages 3 to 17 are split into groups for age-appropriate excursions, including preparing for the weekly “Shodeo” that’s held weekly throughout the summer. During the Shodeo, kids have the opportunity to take to the riding ring and show off the skills they’ve learned during their time at the ranch.
Pricing for C Lazy U Ranch starts at $587 per person, per night for adults and $392 per night for kids.
Margaritaville Beach Resort Ambergris Caye Belize
Ambergris Caye, Belize
Best for: Families in search of a laid-back tropical getaway.
Why stay here: This beachfront resort is surrounded by the second-largest coral reef in the world. The crystal-clear waters make this a perfect spot for snorkeling, scuba diving and fishing.
When you think of Margaritaville, sunny days spent relaxing on the beach immediately come to mind. That’s exactly what you’ll get at Margaritaville Beach Resort Ambergris Caye in Belize. This family-friendly tropical retreat has 55 suites, two pools, a beachfront restaurant, two bars and a full-service spa. It’s also located along the second-largest coral reef in the world, giving families ample opportunity for underwater exploration.
Suites have one, two or three bedrooms, and many offer views of the crystal-clear Caribbean Sea. All suites have private furnished terraces, large living areas and a style that embodies the term “laid-back luxury.” Rather than a traditional all-inclusive resort, the Margaritaville Beach Resort Ambergris Caye offers a “Chef’s Package” that includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages for an additional fee.
Pricing for Margaritaville Beach Resort Ambergris Caye starts at $200 per person, per night. The all-inclusive Chef’s Package costs $125 per person, per day.
Mohonk Mountain House
New Paltz, New York, USA
Best for: Families wanting to explore the great outdoors, history lovers and couples looking for a unique but intimate experience.
Why stay here: Feel like you’re in Europe any time of the year at this charming and historic resort that offers more activities than you could possibly have time for.
You wouldn’t expect the farm-to-table cuisine, countless activities and a fun-filled kids club to be included in the cost of staying in a castle-like Victorian hotel in the middle of New York’s Hudson Valley, but that is exactly what you’ll get at Mohonk Mountain House. This historic 143-year-old resort offers elegant accommodations with postcard-worthy mountain or lake views.
Included in your stay are three gourmet meals per day, unlimited activities like boating and paddleboarding in the summer and ice skating and tubing in the winter, evening educational lectures and music, access to hiking trails and, in the summer months, supervised kids programming.
Activities vary by season, but you’ll be happy to know that when it’s too cold to swim in the lake, you can head for the heated indoor pool.
Pricing for Mohonk Mountain House starts at around $1,000 per night for a family of four. Children ages 3 and under are free.
Hilton Cancun, an All-Inclusive Resort
Best for: Families who want to enjoy a contemporary resort that breaks the all-inclusive mold.
Why stay here: This new upscale resort from Hilton is redefining the brand’s take on the all-inclusive model and has a lot to offer guests of all ages looking for a mix of fun and relaxation in Cancun.
Open since late 2021, the Hilton Cancun feels modern and fresh. The all-ocean-view resort caters to families with children with a host of family-friendly offerings like two-bedroom suites, an all-you-can-eat ice cream and churro shop, a family pool and water playground, and fun-filled clubs for kids ages 4-12 and teens ages 13-17.
The resort has two large beachfront infinity pools, but families will most likely gravitate to the one near the kids club — this is where you’ll find the waterslides and splash playground. With five specialty restaurants serving everything from Mexican cuisine to Southeast Asian delicacies and 24-hour room service, you can try something new every day during your stay.
Pricing for Hilton Cancun starts at around $400 or 300,000 Hilton Honors points per night for a family of four.
Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa
Raa Atoll, Maldives
When you book a vacation at the Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa, you’ll be whisked away on a scenic seaplane or speedboat ride and taken to your private island retreat.
Spanning the entire island, the resort is designed to blend in with the natural landscape. Of the 120 luxury villas, 60 are on the beach and 60 are overwater bungalows.
The all-inclusive rate includes fitness facilities, nonmotorized water sports, a kids club with indoor and outdoor play spaces and unlimited meals and drinks from the resort’s high-end dining outlets. For an additional fee, you can bliss out at the on-site spa, embark on scuba or snorkeling excursions or take to the waters on a Jet Ski.
Pricing for Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa starts at around $960 per night for a family of four.
Beaches Turks & Caicos
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
Beaches Turks & Caicos is a sprawling island resort with five “villages” designed to resemble locales such as the Florida Keys, the Italian Riviera and a charming French village.
Its large size means you’ll have access to 21 restaurants, 12 miles of beach, 10 pools, a 45,000-square-foot water park and more. These are situated around the various villages, so you are never too far from your next dip in the pool or a bite to eat.
Older kids will love the surf simulator, splash playground, slides, lazy river and kids-only swim-up bar at the Pirates Island water park. Younger kids will relish the opportunity to meet their favorite “Sesame Street” characters at Camp Sesame.
Pricing for Beaches Turks & Caicos starts at $424 per night for adults and $38 per night for children.
The Westin Reserva Conchal, an All-Inclusive Golf Resort & Spa
Playa Conchal, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
The Westin Reserva Conchal perfectly embodies the “pura vida” way of life, with accommodations and amenities that make you feel at one with nature. The resort’s main pool is surrounded by tropical flowers and trees, most rooms have large terraces where you can soak up the sun, and you are likely to make friends with the iguanas, birds and monkeys who call the resort grounds home before you check out.
Families will love the included Westin Kids Club, where kids can participate in indoor and outdoor activities like treasure hunts and nature exploration. There are also family-friendly options at all of the resort’s dining locations, including all the ice cream you can eat at the main buffet. Family suites are available that offer more space, close proximity to the pool and kids club, and a family club lounge with snacks, drinks and activities.
Pricing for the Westin Reserva Conchal starts at around $610 or 73,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night for a family of four.
Bluefields Bay Villas
Best for: Families looking for all the comforts of home without doing any of the work.
Why stay here: About an hour southeast of Negril, Bluefields Bay Villas is a luxury all-inclusive where everything from the menu to the itinerary is personalized for you.
With only six villas that sleep from four to 13 guests, Bluefields Bay Villas offer comfort, privacy and an expertly trained staff that can help you bring to life the all-inclusive vacation of your dreams.
Villas boast ocean and island views, private pools, a personal chef and a 24-hour butler to coordinate meals (including beach snacks and cocktail hours) and activities during your stay.
Pricing at this ultra-exclusive resort includes chef-cooked meals served in your villa’s dining room, water sports, snorkeling, glass-bottom boat cruises, hiking and more. Child care and complimentary laundry service are also included in the cost of your stay. We can’t think of anything better than returning home with a suitcase full of clean laundry.
Pricing for Bluefields Bay Villas starts at around $1,550 per night for a family of four, and a four-night minimum stay is required.
Paradisus Playa del Carmen
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
When you stay at Paradisus Playa del Carmen, you’ll spend your days splashing in the clear, warm waters of Mexico’s Caribbean coast, swimming in the pool (or resting in one of the submerged loungers) and climbing and sliding at the resort’s on-site water park.
There is fun to be had outside the water, as well, with a kids club and daily activities like crafts, dance classes and more. You can indulge your carnivorous side at Sal Steak Cave or take your pick of global cuisines at the Naos buffet, all included in the cost of your stay.
If you choose to splurge and upgrade to the Nikte package, you’ll receive a premium suite, access to a VIP pool and beach area, concierge service and priority dining and activity reservations.
Pricing for Paradisus Playa del Carmen starts at around $300 per night for a family of four on a standard package or $420 per night with the upgraded Nikte package.
Falcon’s Resort by Melia – All Suites Punta Cana
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Best for: Families who spend most of their vacations at theme parks.
Why stay here: Falcon’s Resort by Melia is billed as a “resortainment” experience that combines a carefree beach trip with an action-packed theme park vacation.
Falcon’s Resort by Melia opened in January 2023, introducing an exciting new concept into the world of all-inclusive resorts. As part of a larger entertainment destination called Falcon’s Beyond Destination — Punta Cana, guests have access to a shopping, dining and entertainment district (currently in development) and the Caribbean’s first true theme park, Katmandu Park.
It’s easy to find fantastic water parks in the Caribbean, but you won’t find funhouses, virtual roller coasters or 4D laster-shooting games unless you visit Katmandu Park. Theme park admission is included in the cost of your stay, but how often you can visit depends on which package you purchase.
The entertainment extends to the resort itself, where families can experience a pool, a water park, a supervised kids camp and more.
The resort’s Beyond program includes upgraded accommodations (including swim-up suites), multiday passes to Katmandu Park, concierge and turn-down service, priority reservations for activities and dining, and seating at a poolside dinner show.
Pricing for Falcon’s Resort by Melia starts at around $308 per night for a family of four booking a standard package and $443 per night with the Beyond package.
Moon Palace Cancun
Best for: Families with kids in different age groups.
Why stay here: Moon Palace Cancun is one of the largest resorts in the Palace Resorts portfolio, which also has locations in Los Cabos and Jamaica. That means more restaurants, entertainment and activities to make your vacation even more memorable.
Moon Palace Cancun has over 2,000 guest rooms divided between two distinct sections: Sunrise and Nizuc. Guests have access to activities, games and dining in both sections.
Families with younger kids may prefer Nizuc, which is where you’ll find a pool with a winding waterslide and family suites with connecting bedrooms — one with a king bed and the other with two double beds.
Families traveling with tweens and teens should opt for the Sunrise section for easy access to the surf simulator in the pool and the Wired Lounge with table and arcade games that kids and adults will love. This is where you’ll also find the resort’s Noir nightclub for drinks and dancing when the sun goes down (while the kids are having the time of their lives at the kids club, open until 10 p.m. daily).
Pricing for Moon Palace Cancun starts at around $465 per night for a family of four, with additional discounts available if you prepay in full.
Hilton Tulum Riviera Maya All-Inclusive Resort
The Hilton Tulum Riviera Maya All-Inclusive Resort is a sprawling resort in a natural setting along a secluded bay that feels like your own private slice of paradise. The resort has 735 rooms and suites with private balconies that offer either ocean or nature views. The resort’s family suites give families easy access to the pools, waterslides, splash park and kids club, as well as perks like nightly turndown service, a souvenir beach bag and minifridge items chosen specifically for kids.
With 13 restaurants to choose from, everyone in the family is sure to find something that will please their palate, from traditional Mexican fare to seafood to fresh juices and smoothies. Resort guests can participate in a variety of activities to help them connect and unwind, like yoga, music and art workshops and beach games.
Pricing at Hilton Tulum Riviera Maya All-Inclusive Resort starts at around $340 or 88,000 Hilton Honors per night for a family of four.
Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa
Vieux Fort, St. Lucia
Even though Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa is less than 2 miles from St. Lucia’s Hewanorra International Airport (UVF) and less than an hour from popular area attractions like the Pitons and Sulphur Springs, it feels like a secluded island paradise.
It helps that the resort sits on a 1-mile stretch of beach and has eight restaurants, seven bars and five pools to serve only 250 guest rooms. Among the dining options, don’t miss the Jerk Treehouse on the beach or the Silk fine dining fusion restaurant for dinner.
The rooms are split between an adults-only Harmony section and a family-centered Splash section. At Splash, families can stay in spacious rooms with private balconies that overlook the waterslides, lazy river and water playground at the water park.
In addition to the typical kids club activities, children have access to an animal sanctuary, nature walks and meet-and-greets with the resort’s larger-than-life coconut mascots, Coco and Loco.
Pricing for Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa starts at around $630 per night for a family of four.