I’ll be the first to admit that traveling with kids isn’t always sunshine and roses! When planning a kid-friendly vacation, you want something that is easy, enjoyable and most important, RELAXING for everyone! Family-friendly all-inclusive resorts are a great option, especially when the kids are little, as you’ll really appreciate having everything close by.
I’ve spent a TON of time researching the best all-inclusive resorts for kids because I wanted to be sure I had found the most amazing baby and toddler-friendly resorts for our family vacations. What’s so great about an
When it comes to kids, especially young kids
Since we started traveling with kids, I’ve been making a list of all the best inclusive resorts with childcare, and other baby friendly amenities, especially those resorts that have a kids club for kids under age 3. After much research, scouring over TripAdvisor reviews, and perusing various Facebook discussion groups, these are the top kid friendly all-inclusive luxury resorts I’ve found! I’ve included a few of my own personal recommendations and also some resorts that I’ve had ‘vetted’ by some blogging friends and family members.
These are the best all-inclusive resorts for kids to consider for your next adventure.
All Inclusive Family Resorts Mexico
Finest Resort is hands-down my favorite
I love the aesthetic of the resort, it is very modern and clean and you truly feel like you have landed in a luxury 5-star resort. The rooms are also beautiful and the best part is that they are SUPER practical for families. We have opted for the ‘family suite’ on both visits, and this room has a totally separate bedroom for the kids. There is NOTHING worse than sitting in the dark from 7 pm or for every nap while on vacation. A separate sleeping space for kids is SO key!
The kids club is definitely a highlight. They have an amazing water park that is just for toddlers and they also have a huge water park for older kids! The kids club programming is a lot of fun, they have horseback riding every week and my son LOVED making a tye-dye t-shirt and still wears it to this day. My only complaint about the kids club is that kids under 3 require parent supervision. If they had a baby-minding service, it would be even more amazing!
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Maya Riviera, Mexico
We recently got back from this family friendly resort and loved it! We were attending a wedding, so I didn’t have my usual chance to pick the resort based on hours of TripAdvisor searching 🙂 When we arrived, I was pleasantly surprised to find out there were so many amazing baby-friendly features at Grand Palladium White Sands.
There are three interconnected
The beach at this
Grand Palladium’s kid’s club and kid amenities are awesome! First and foremost, they have a FREE baby club. It’s rare to find a kids club that doesn’t charge for kids under 3! I was so excited when I heard about this because I was looking forward to even an HOUR on a pool chair to myself. The baby club was well situated, and both my sons loved playing with the toys, and in the giant ball pit. Parents got a walkie-talkie for communication which I thought was a nice touch. My only complaint was that several of the staff didn’t speak ANY English so I didn’t feel comfortable leaving my kids for an extended time. I saw a few families who actually hired a nanny through this company, and I was pretty jealous because they all looked so relaxed and happy!
The resort has
Maya Riviera, Mexico
written by Bailey from Destinationless Travel
The Grand Sirenis Riviera Maya is a top family vacation spot located between Playa del Carmen and Tulum, Mexico. From the Cancun International Airport, it is just over a
You don’t necessarily need to leave the resort to have a good time though; the Grand Sirenis is large resort boasting a ton of activities for families and kids to keep them busy. They have a beautiful beach that is sheltered by a reef. This reef is great for snorkeling but also acts a shield from the waves making the ocean water calm and easy to swim in. They have kid-friendly games and entertainment everyday including theatre shows every night after dinner.
There is also a “Lazy River” which is unique to the Grand Sirenis and a favourite among both kids and adults. The Lazy River is a man-made river which winds its way around the resort grounds. You grab a tube and are able to leisurely float around the resort in the river ending about 20 minutes later back where you started. Adults can relax with a drink in hand while kids can swim around in the shallow waters. This activity is free and keeps families entertained for hours going around and around!
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
I’m so happy to have my friend, Emily over at Henry and Andrew’s guide, share her review of another top
Hands down, Buenaventura Grand in Puerto Vallarta is the best all-inclusive resort in Mexico for toddlers! We are not the “all-inclusive vacations” type of travelers, but when we knew we wanted to go on a trip during our parental leave with our baby number 2 when he was about six-weeks-old with our 2-year-old, we knew we didn’t want to risk going on an adventurous trip.
We chose Buenaventura and we are so happy we did! They had spacious rooms with ocean view balconies (so key for getting some sleep and having a place to sneak away when the kids are asleep!), a toddler pool, and beach with mild waves. All the food you could imagine, all day long including room service and a fridge in the room which got stocked with beverages of choice every day. The staff was phenomenal and they also had nightly entertainment.
Our then 2-year-old loved the fire dancers! They also had beach toys to borrow, so we didn’t have to lug our own. Also, it was a separate company from the resort, but we were able to rent all the necessary baby and toddler gear, delivered and picked up from our room. It was a perfect vacation spot for our new family of four and we can’t wait to go back!
Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
This hotel advertises itself as ‘a luxury playground catering to adults and children alike’. Paradisus definitely does vacations for kids really well. There are so many great amenities that this resort offers including a water park, climbing wall, and a huge variety of restaurants and pools.
The kids club has a daycare service for kids from 12 months to 4 years. From age 5 and upwards they have a separate kids club with activities. Ummm, kids club from 12 months and up? AMAZING! The trip advisor reviews of the kids club are amazing too!! This resort is definitely top of my list for my next toddler vacation!
This hotel also has the ‘family concierge option’ which sounds like a great way to add some luxury to your family friendly vacation. Included with the family concierge is access to a shared butler who can do things like make dinner reservations and access to a heated pool that is restricted to those in the family concierge rooms. Especially with toddlers and babies, I really love a resort that has a heated pool, as depending on the time of year the water in the pools can be a bit chilly!
Since I have not personally been to this resort, I always look at TripAdvisor to read the latest reviews and comments from guests who have recently been to the resort. The reviews of this hotel are pretty amazing! We can’t wait to check out this resort and will definitely post a full review when we do!
Playa Del Carmen
Written by Natalie from Blissmersion
We booked a last minute all inclusive holiday to Playa del Carmen for the second week of December. I’d read a lot of reviews for the Royal Haciendas because they were offering the best deal (which included flights) and the worst complaint was that there was nothing to do after 7 pm. For a family of four, which includes young kids, this isn’t a bad thing! It also didn’t appear to be completely true, as there were activities for adults starting at 8 pm nightly (in case you are up for that!)
The resort doesn’t offer water slides or a children’s water park as some resorts do, however it does have a fantastic kid’s club. My kids basically ditched us once they found it. There were daily activities from 9 am – 5 pm and a themed event each night (with dinner) from 6 pm – 8 pm all for the kids. It also seemed to be staffed appropriately, with at least 3 or 4 attendants working on various activities at any given time. There were 6 attendants total, with some overlap during the day.
If we could get our kids to spend time with us, we spent it in the ocean or the pool. The pools are huge and we never felt crowded. There were also little kid pools, but we didn’t spend time there. The beachfront that the resort occupies has a rocky outcropping maybe 30-40 feet out, which protects the beach from large waves. It was calm water and perfect for younger kids and those who aren’t great swimmers yet. This resort also has pool and beach side food service! I loved ordering the food, having it delivered to our beach chairs, and then having the kids eat it without the production and drama of drying off, dressing, and going inside for lunch. This was our best family vacation to date.
The Royal Haciendas is around 33 miles (51 km) from Cancun airport and usually takes around 45 minutes. This place is definitely one of the best
Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
Written by Sarah from Moment Mom
Grand Velas Riviera Maya sits on the Gulf of Mexico in gorgeous Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. An hour drive from the Cancun airport, Grand Velas is literally built for all inclusive family holidays with an entire section of the resort, the Ambassador suites, devoted to families. The Ambassador suites have arguably the best location of the entire resort, located centrally around the huge infinity pool. The pool has a shallow section for young children that rivals the size of the entire pool at some other resorts!
As an all-inclusive resort, you also want to take advantage of all the delicious food and drinks.
The Ambassador suites are also located next to one of the special kids’ experiences, the Kids and Teens Club. Kids can enjoy crafts, board games, video games, and a variety of other experiences. Mom and dad can even sneak off to the spa or just enjoy the beach while the kids play if you’d like.
Finally, Grand Velas Riviera Maya also offers special excursion experiences for the kids, like swimming with dolphins or snorkeling along the reef. You can take a kayak tour along the coast or rent bicycles to journey around the resort. If you want to really make some memories, it’s a quick ride from the resort to visit Chichen Itza with the kidsand check off a new Wonder of the World!
Playa Mujeres, Mexico
Written by Michelle from A Taste for Travel
One of the best all-inclusive family resorts is Dreams Playa Mujeres located just 15 minutes north of the city of Cancun. The fact that it’s just a 20 minute drive to Cancun Airport making it especially handy for families with little children who are usually especially eager to get to their destination quickly.
One of the highlights of a stay at Dreams Playa
Opened in 2016, the guest suite facilities at Dreams Playa Mujeres are sparkling new and among its 502 suites, the property features lots of adjoining rooms as well as villas for large families or those traveling with extended family on a multigenerational trip. In addition to the kid’s club, the resort also features The Core Zone Teen’s Club concept which provides teenagers ages 13-17 a mix of independence and social time. The all-inclusive fun for teens includes everything from billiards to air hockey in a teen-friendly contemporary space. There are also social events such as weekly bonfires and disco parties as well as indoor diversions such as XBOX 360 and PlayStation gaming consoles and plasma big-screen TVs. Nature expeditions, SUP paddleboards, and other water sports round out the offerings.
When it comes to dining, Dreams Playa Mujeres offers a kid-friendly buffet, special a la carte menu selections plus the Coco Cafe for quick and easy snacks. Dreams Playa Mujeres is also one of the select Dreams Resorts that
Club Med is well known for having a wide selection family-friendly resorts. This brand has been around for over 40 years and is well known as a dependable and trustworthy brand. The Club Med Cancun Yucatan is newly designed and renovated, adding lots of new luxury to an already great resort experience.
The Club Med kids club starts at age 2 with the “Petit Club Med” club. There is a wide variety of activities offered to keep the little ones happy and engaged. Mini club med (age 4 and up) even offers a chance for kids to participate in sports like Tennis and Golf.
Club Med offers lots of extra baby and toddler amenities that make your trip easier. Included in their service are baby food, bottle warmers, a cot in your room, a baby bath and a high chair. Sounds amazing!
If you are looking for luxury, Club Med Cancun Yucatan has recently renovated a section of their resort to the new Jade 5 trident luxury space. Upgraded rooms, concierge access and access to an exclusive pool are included with this room category. I recently had a friend come back from this resort, and she had a raving review! This place looks AMAZING 🙂
Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
Written by Bret Love & Mary Gabbett of Blue Ridge Mountains Travel Guide
All-inclusive resorts aren’t really known for an emphasis on sustainability or conservation. Which only made it all the more surprising to find Hacienda Tres Rios. This resort in the middle of a mangrove forest in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, offers an awesome array of sustainability initiatives without sacrificing on the things families with kids love about all-inclusives.
Named after the three rivers that merge beside the hotel, Hacienda Tres Rios offers a fun twist on the eco-luxury model. The lush tropical landscaping includes 20 species of plants (including four types of mangroves), many of which are grown at the resort’s organic farm, Rancho la
Hacienda Tres Rios offers many of the other amenities you’d expect from an all-inclusive resort, including a coffee shop/patisserie with tons of baked sweets and ice cream for kids, a sports bar, poolside and beachside drink service, beachfront cabanas, two stunning swimming pools, and free room service 24 hours a day.
Kids will love the diverse array of wildlife they can see all around the resort. The area is home to 19 animal species, including cute Coatis, Agoutis, Spider Monkeys, White-tailed Deer, and numerous species of beautiful tropical birds. Our family’s favorite feature was the crystal-clear waters of the on-site cenote, which led into a natural lazy river (the Rio Selva) that allowed you to float or kayak all the way to the Caribbean Sea.
They also have beach volleyball courts, ping pong tables, and a variety of kid-friendly programming offered throughout the day.
Written by Micki Kosman of The Barefoot Nomad
While we’ve been to dozens of resorts throughout Mexico, the Cozumel Palace is still the one most talked about by our two children. Maybe they loved it because of the included 24-hour room service, or that they had their own beds and bathroom on the second floor of our suite. Maybe it was the large in-room hot tub or the hammock hanging on our balcony they recall most fondly. Maybe it was the quiet and warm pools overlooking the ocean only 20 feet away that they remember, or that I went snorkeling while they sat and ate too much ice cream on their own.
Regardless, this small resort in Cozumel left a big mark on our kids and that’s why it made the list. It’s definitely not the largest nor fanciest resort we’ve stayed in, however, our kids felt comfortable here and that made that trip more memorable than the others.
As adults, we enjoyed a few nice meals at the restaurants and around the pool, enjoyed the included stocked bar in our room and enjoyed putting the kids into the kids club for one afternoon while we went for a long siesta. The staff were nice, the smaller grounds well taken care of and the resort was walking distance to both the ferry to Playa Del Carmen and the main tourist area in town.
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Written by Mar from Once in a Lifetime Journey
The Garza Blanca Preserve Resort and Spa complex is located on the stretch south of the city of Puerto Vallarta, where the beaches are quiet, emptier and beautiful.
Because the hotel is quite large there are a lot of dining options to choose from, with kid-friendly menus, and lots of family and connecting rooms. The main pool area also has a
Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
Written by Yashy of Baby & Life
For families looking to enjoy a carefree vacation, Mexican all-inclusive resorts provide the perfect getaway. While not all resorts are created equal, it’s safe to say that all your food, drinks and lodging are usually included when you book a stay-making it easy for every family member to enjoy the vacation. Having visited quite a few resorts, we recently discovered a gem of a resort in the Mayan Riviera.
Hotel Xcaret Mexico is a dream for families with kids. With all-inclusive access to over 7 parks and 4 tours, there’s no way you’ll hear “I’m bored”. When you stay at Hotel Xcaret with kids, you have full access to the many attractions and it also includes food and drink while you’re at the park. Talk about bang for your buck!
For parents, the resort serves up some of the best gourmet food experiences and fancy cocktails galore. With a fantastic Kids Club on-site, it’s easy for parents to sneak away for an afternoon at the Mulux Spa or for a romantic sunset Kayak where they can roam through the river that runs through the resort and stop to relax in one of the many hammocks hanging in various caves. Hotel Xcaret Mexico is the perfect backdrop for families looking for adventure and relaxation in one place!
All Inclusive Family Caribbean Resorts
Grand Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Written by Carol at Wandering Carol
Now that the new Grand Reserve has opened at the Paradisus Palma Real Resort in the Dominican Republic, this is one of the top all-inclusive resorts for kids in the Caribbean. The Grand Reserve is a luxury resort-within-a-resort at the Paradisus Palma Real and is designed with families in mind – especially when it comes to water fun.
Another feature of the Grand Reserve at the Paradisus resort in the DR is the Habitat Children’s Club that includes a special area for parent-children fun like dance classes and yoga. While the Grand Reserve section isn’t directly on the beach, there is an exclusive Beach Club for guests’ use.
Rooms at the Grand Reserve are spacious, ranging from 800 feet to 3,00 feet, and with one or two bedrooms they are family-sized. The most deluxe rooms are the Swim-Up Suites that have gardens and quick access to an exclusive pool.
Located on beautiful Bávaro Beach in Punta Cana, declared one of the best beaches in the world by UNESCO, the resort is on the Dominican Republic’s east coast, and less than half an hour’s drive from the Punta Cana International Airport.
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
Beaches definitely had to make the list for kid-friendly
Beaches offer childcare to even the tiniest babies in the infant, toddler, and kids clubs. They employ only INA certified nannies who have training in childcare and education. Being truly-inclusive they also have specific training in caring for children with Autism and other special needs.
The Beaches Turks and Caicos resort has so many amenities. There is a 45,000 square foot water park (WOW!), four uniquely themes villages and 12 miles of beautiful beach with crystal clear water.
The only drawback? The price! I almost had a heart attack when I saw the price for a week for my family of four! We have several friends who have been to this resort and they all say that it is worth every penny. I am dying to go, but I think we will wait until our kids are a bit older. I want them to truly enjoy all this resort offers (and because we need to start saving up now!!)
Since I haven’t been to Beaches myself, I asked my blogger friend over at DadsVacationGuide.com for his review.
Here’s what he had to say: Beaches Turks & Caicos is the Caribbean all-inclusive destination for families with children of all ages, especially babies. The resort has 21 different restaurants, 6 pools (3 swim-up bars), and its own water park. The water park includes a lazy river, surf simulator, and several water slides. We also enjoyed the several water activities such as catamaran sails, a glass bottom boat tour of the island, water trikes, kayaks. All is included with your stay. We didn’t scuba dive, but even it is complimentary to resort guests.
Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Written by Charmaine from Jamaica Travel Saver
When you are on vacation, the last words you want to hear are, “mom I am bored”. If you are staying at Beaches it is unlikely you are ever going to hear these dreaded words from your kids!
Beaches Ocho Rios is located about 15 minutes from the resort town of Ocho Rios, which is located on the northern coast of Jamaica. This hotel has made an honest effort to provide activities for children of all ages and is one of the best
For the younger children there is a sesame street themed kid’s camp with a certified kids nanny on duty. Every day Beaches offers a Sesame street themed activity for the kids. Some activities that were previously offered were the Sesame street stage show and the Abby and Elmos surprise tea party. These activities change frequently.
Beaches has not forgotten the older kids. They can spend the day playing at the Pirate Island water park, take part in the golf program for kids, or utilize the myriad water sports equipment available. If the kids are feeling active they can play basketball, beach volley ball, tennis, or table tennis. There is also an Xbox play lounge that brings together the most exclusive games, the most advanced multiplayer and the best gaming and entertainment apps.
If you are traveling with children who have Autism, there is a certified Autism center; the first of its kind in the Caribbean.
If your family wants to explore the town of Ocho Rios there are a number of
Runaway Bay, Jamaica
Written by Joanne from Sunsets and Roller Coasters
JRB is on Jamaica’s north coast and located half way between Montego Bay and Ocho Rios. It’s only 80 minutes from Sangster International Airport so it’s perfect for kids.
The resort has a variety of types of rooms ranging from standard rooms that can accommodate families of four to oceanfront suites that can accommodate families of five. In between there are many options including those with concierge service, plunge pools and/or oceanfront settings. The best thing about the rooms is that when extra beds are needed, they are REAL beds, not cots or roll away beds. Our family of five stayed in an oceanfront suite with a king bed in the master bedroom. Staff brought in a double bed and two single beds for our living area so the kids were all comfortable.
Aside from great accommodations, Jewel Runaway Bay has incredible activities for kids of all ages. The Kids Club and Teens and Tweens Club have wonderful counsellors that work all day to make sure each and every child is enjoying themselves. Activities include basketball, mini putt golf, tennis, laser tag, beach volleyball, archery, water polo, field hockey, tag, and more. The evening activities are enjoyed by visitors of all ages and when the evening events come to a close, the children can play capture the flag on the beach before bed.
If the kids don’t feel like hanging with the kids clubs, they don’t have to. JRB is filled with all kinds of unorganized activities as well. It is the best beach on the west coast with super soft sand. You can snorkel at the nearby reef and see colourful tropical fish below. There are many non-motorized water activities including stand up paddle boards and hobie cats and Clyde, a local artist, is set up on the beach to do painting and crafts with the kids.
Probably the best attraction at JRB is the Jewel Lagoon Water Park where you can float in a lazy river, enjoy two large water slides or, if the children are a bit too small for the larger slides, they can enjoy the miniature water park area sized just for them.
To find out more about wonderful family vacations in Jamaica, check out Sunsets and Roller Coasters Family Travel Blog.
Check out Booking.com to book this resort!
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Written by Alejandra at Universo Viajero
One of the best and most liked hotels in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, for families with babies and kids is the Iberostar Bavaro Suites. This hotel just has it all. For the kids, there is a giant pool with awesome water play area, direct access to the beach, all you can eat ice cream, french fries, other delicious snacks, night shows and lots of activities to enjoy and play.
For adults, it has lots of bars, thematic restaurants, buffets and, the best of all, you can enjoy with your kids by your side. Or, if you just want to relax, you can leave them in the kid’s club, where they would have an awesome time and you would have the chance to get some needed R&R. All the rooms are big and comfortable and can include an extra bed and a crib on request.
During our stay at this hotel, we were traveling with two little kids of 4 and 2 years old. They had so much fun and still remember the giant pool. We just loved the kindness and attention of the staff and all the facilities in the resort.
Like almost all the hotels in Punta Cana, they include transportation from the airport with the all-inclusive package. It’s only a 20 minutes’ ride to get to Iberostar Bavaro Suites and start enjoying your holidays!
Written by Claudia at My Adventures Across the World
The Verandah Resort and Spa is one of the best
It is a fairly large resort, with hills and roads proper, where you feel like you are in a small town, with its own very secluded beach (in fact, it is a very protected bay which makes it perfect for families with children as the water is rather calm).
Verandah has adopted a green policy whereby it recycles everything and it discourages the use of plastic – including plastic straws in the fantastic cocktails that you can get at one of its many bars.
Children have their own pool, and there is a Kidz Club with a large playground and another splash pool. And when parents need a little break from their kids, they can count on babysitting services for a little extra.
Activities on offer include tennis, fitness, snorkeling, kayaking, paddle boarding, windsurfing,
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Written by Ayngelina at Bacon is Magic
Anguilla does not have any
Anguilla is a small island of 15,000 people off the island of St.Maarten. It’s a quick 3-hour flight from Miami and then a
Although Zemi Beach is not
If you are looking for something unique in the Carribean this luxury 5-star resort has just that. The beautiful blue waters are to die for and this resort looks luxurious for adults and kids alike.
This resort is not entirely all inclusive but does offer some all inclusive plans. Read the fine print when you book your package! The kids club accepts kids from 6 months and up (small charge for kids under age 2). Their facilities look fantastic and the reviews of the kids club are great!
The resort has a variety of activities for those who like adventure including diving, water sports, and yoga (extra $$). There is also a screening room to watch movies which I think would be awesome for a family night activity.
You can book this resort here.
Montego Bay, Jamaica
Written by Daniel from Layer Culture
By far one of my
The hotel beach is a decent size and has a pier that allows you to walk out to sea. The beach area is perfect for a morning dip and shallow enough to be able to let the kids paddle around care-free. Sunscape Splash is not the most modern hotel in Montego Bay or Jamaica, but when it comes to keeping kids happy and entertained, it makes a fine choice and worth every penny.
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