All-inclusive family resorts make a great home base for any vacation with kids. You check-in, unpack, and everything else is taken care of. And the best all-inclusive resorts for families combine great accommodations, food, activities, and service with fantastic family vacation spots around the world.
- 1 The Best All-Inclusive Family Resorts in the World
- 2 1. Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort
- 3 2. Giraffe Manor
- 4 3. Nickelodeon Hotels and Resorts Riviera Maya
- 5 4. Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort
- 6 5. Tyler Place Family Resort
- 7 6. Divi Aruba All Inclusive and Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusives
- 8 7. Tanque Verde Ranch
- 9 8. Barcelo Hydra Beach Resort
- 10 9. The Westin Reserva Conchal All Inclusive
- 11 10. Pestana Porto Santo All Inclusive
- 12 11. Bocawina Rainforest Resort
- 13 12. Emerald Maldives Resort and Spa
- 14 13. Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser
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The Best All-Inclusive Family Resorts in the World
Of course, there are plenty of family-friendly all-inclusive beach resorts, and some of the best in the world are on tropical islands like Aruba, Jamaica, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and The Bahamas. But, you can also find great all-inclusive resorts at dude ranches in North America, the rainforests of Costa Rica, and even one with front row seats to dine with giraffes.
Whatever your family’s interest and budget, you’re sure to find a great family vacation idea at one of these top all-inclusive family resorts around the world.
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1. Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
A perennially popular Turks and Caicos all-inclusive resort, the gorgeous Beaches Turks and Caicos occupies as whopping 12-mile stretch of the Caribbean’s turquoise blue Grace Bay. An all-inclusive family vacation at Beaches includes meals in any of 21 different restaurants, free childcare, 10 pools, a 45,000-square-foot water park, game rooms, beach access with loungers, most drinks, and most watersports.
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There are five distinctly themed regions inside Beaches Turks and Caicos, including a chateau-inspired French Village, Riviera-themed Italian Village, Key West Village, and Caribbean and Seaside Villages. Family members won’t get bored choosing from a menu of all-inclusive family resort activities like beach volleyball, kayaking, lawn games, sailing, SCUBA, snorkeling, stand-up paddle boarding, tennis, windsurfing, the Pirates Island Waterpark, and nightly entertainment like outdoor movie nights by the pool. Families also have opportunities to give back to the community with Beaches’ Island Impact volunteer program.
2. Giraffe Manor
A boutique hotel nestled on 12 private acres within a 140-acre forest of the Lang’ata district of Nairobi, Giraffe Manor is styled after a 1930s Scottish hunting lodge. The family friendly all-inclusive resort’s highlight is its resident herd of Rothschild’s giraffes, known for sticking their long necks into the dining room windows for a snack. The all-inclusive rates include arrival and departure transportation, all meals, beverages (including house wine, beer, and spirits), wireless internet, laundry, and entrance to the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife Giraffe Center.
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After breakfast with giraffes, you can go hiking around the grounds, visit (and sponsor) orphaned elephants at the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, explore nearby Nairobi National Park in a private vehicle with a guide, relax at the full-service spa, or play classic family lawn games like croquet and boules.
3. Nickelodeon Hotels and Resorts Riviera Maya
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
One of the best Mexico all-inclusive resorts for families is also one of its newest: Nickelodeon Hotels and Resort Riviera Maya, located in Playa del Carmen about 30 minutes south of the Cancun airport, is the second Nickelodeon-themed resort to open in recent years—there’s another Nickelodeon resort located in in the Dominican Republic.
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The centerpiece of this Nickelodeon all-inclusive family resort, in addition to its spacious swim-up oceanfront suites, is the six-acre Aqua Nick outdoor waterpark, one of the biggest in Mexico. Kids also delight in meeting some of their favorite characters here, including SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and the pups of PAW Patrol. Parents, meanwhile, will appreciate the all-inclusive price tag that includes dining at six kid-friendly restaurants, premium beverages, and resort activities.
4. Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort
One of the best all-inclusive resorts for families with little water bugs is Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort in Fiji. The kid-friendly property has everything you’d expect from an all-inclusive beach retreat—snorkeling, kayaking, surfing, and scuba diving, to name a few activities—but this eco resort also excels at making conservation education fun.
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Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort staffs a resident marine biologist, and its award-winning Bula Club for Kids offers complimentary nature programming. The resort’s philosophy is to teach children about the region’s unique ecosystem and impart lessons about how to protect and conserve the environment. In the evening, families can take in a presentation together from the resident marine biologist. Over the course of the vacation, you will come to appreciate Fijian culture that dates back thousands of years.
The 17-acre resort’s all-inclusive rates include all meals, non-alcoholic beverages, round-trip ground transportation to/from Savusavu Airport, Wi-Fi, Bula Club for Kids, and a wide range of activities and excursions. And at the end of each day on your stay, your family can head back to a luxurious two-bedroom private bure (the Fijian word for bungalow), put the kids to bed in their bedroom, and unwind on the hammock or chaise overlooking the ocean.
5. Tyler Place Family Resort
Vermont, United States
Close to the Canadian border on the shores of Lake Champlain, Vermont’s Tyler Place Family Resort has welcomed families since the 1930s with no extra fees for children’s programs and activities. Rates at this classic destination for all-inclusive family vacations cover accommodations, meals, and most activities.
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The lakefront resort offers programming for all ages from babies to adults. While the kids are engaged in activities with their peers, adults can enjoy a number of activities for couples or solo time. Afterwards, the family comes together to reconnect, swap stories, and make memories.
6. Divi Aruba All Inclusive and Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusives
The southern Caribbean island nation of Aruba is known for its white sand beaches, crystal-clear water, and all-inclusive family resorts. Divi Aruba and its sister resort, Tamarijn Aruba, occupy a mile and a half of Aruba’s beautiful Druif Beach, and guests staying at either property have full access to the facilities and services of both. The kid-friendly resorts’ all-inclusive rates allow families to enjoy meals and snacks at any of 10 different dining locations, as well as unlimited drinks at eight bars between the two resorts.
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Families can cool off and hop into four different freshwater pools. The Sea Turtles Club is free for children ages four to 12 and offers supervised activities, arts and crafts, entertainment, and even a 30-foot rock wall on the beach. Non-motorized water sports such as snorkeling, windsurfing, catamarans, and floats are included for all.
Family-friendly animal adventures to a donkey sanctuary, butterfly garden, and ostrich farm can also be arranged. Bike tours to Boca Cataavlina beach and the 1910s California Lighthouse are all included as part of the all-inclusive package as well.
7. Tanque Verde Ranch
Arizona, United States
Dude ranches are among the best options for all-inclusive family vacations because there’s something to appeal to virtually all travel tastes. In Tuscon, Tanque Verde Ranch offers plenty of activities for both kids and adults, and it’s set in a stunning location adjacent to Saguaro National Park. Like all dude ranches, the highlight here is horseback riding, but other family-favorite activities include mountain biking, guided hikes, fishing, archery, tennis, yoga, and nature and animal programs.
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Families will not go hungry with the all-inclusive cowboy fare that includes three hearty meals a day. There’s also horseback and mountain bike rides as well as a “legends and lore walk” to breakfast each day. Cowboy cookouts twice a week boast live music and entertainment prior to dinner. The supervised kids’ program offers a full day of age-appropriate activities for children ages four to 12, allowing adults to relax, ride, or check out the resort’s full-service spa.
8. Barcelo Hydra Beach Resort
Located on the shores of the Aegean Sea, Greece’s Barcelo Hydra Beach Resort isn’t just one of the best all-inclusive resorts in the world, it’s also something of a secret hideaway for U.S. families. Rates include meals at four different onsite restaurants; multiple swimming pools; access to three different beaches; a children’s center with activities including their own outdoor pool; water sports such as kayaking, canoeing, and snorkeling; outdoor recreation like tennis, soccer, and volleyball; and a fully equipped fitness center.
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In the evening, everyone in the family can head to the beachfront nightclub for live entertainment. Two-bedroom bungalows provide plenty of space for large families or splurge-worthy multigenerational family vacations.
9. The Westin Reserva Conchal All Inclusive
Playa Conchal, Costa Rica
With Costa Rica’s Pura Vida national motto loosely translating to “enjoy life,” it’s probably no surprise the Central American country has its fair share of all-inclusive family resorts. The Westin Reserva Conchal is an eco-friendly resort situated on 2,400 acres between the rainforest and the beach on Costa Rica’s north Pacific Coast. Opt for one of the family suites that offer a welcome kids package, and kid-friendly amenities such as child-size bathrobes.
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The resort’s all-inclusive dining package includes a la carte or buffet breakfasts, as well as lunch, dinner, snacks, and beverages (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) from any of the onsite bars and restaurants. The Westin Family Kids Club is also included in your room rate, as are multiple freshwater swimming pools, non-motorized water sports, tennis courts, table games, nightly entertainment, and Wi-Fi. Golf, spa treatments, motorized boats, diving, and fishing are available for an additional charge.
10. Pestana Porto Santo All Inclusive
Porto Santo Island, Portugal
Portugal’s Pestana Porto Santo All-Inclusive is a five-star beachfront resort located on the island of Porto Santo, a small quiet spot off the coast of Madeira that’s known for its long beach, warm water, and plentiful dive sites. Families who want a splurge will enjoy the large Pool Villa that accommodates six people. Set right on the beach, it comes with its private pool as well.
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The all-inclusive rate includes all meals at any of three restaurants, a swimming pool, kids’ club, fitness center, and activities. During the day, families can enjoy water sports, hiking, biking, fishing, and jeep tours. Local excursions to museums, historic buildings, and Pico Castelo (Castle Peak) can also be arranged.
11. Bocawina Rainforest Resort
Unique among all-inclusive family resorts, the Bocawina Rainforest Resort opened December 2021 inside the boundaries of Belize’s Mayflower Bocawina National Park. The national park offers more 7,000 acres of tropical rainforest, waterfalls, and evidence of ancient Mayan culture. All-inclusive rates here encompass airport transfers, accommodations, three meals per day, snacks with local Creole and Mayan flavors, an all-access pass to the national park, and unlimited onsite guided and unguided activities.
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This all-inclusive resort is perfect for active families due to its included adventures such as ziplining, waterfall rappelling, horseback riding, birding, cave tubing, river paddling, jungle hiking, chocolate making, and visits to Mayan ruins. Family suites are available that accommodate up to five people with a queen and king size bed or two queens. In keeping with the spirit of the national park, this off-the-grid family resort is powered by solar and hydro.
Accommodations do not have A/C but are equipped with ceiling fans to keep you cool. Bocawina Mayflower National Park is part of the Belize Jaguar Corridor, a protected habitat for big wild cats and endemic species.
12. Emerald Maldives Resort and Spa
The Maldives archipelago is known for its overwater bungalow resorts perched above the turquoise Indian Ocean. You may be surprised, however, to learn that Emerald Maldives Resort and Spa is a five-star, deluxe resort that’s also extremely welcoming to families.
The family-friendly all-inclusive resort features elegant family beach villas with their own kids’ bedrooms and baths, a luxurious adult bedroom and bath, private swimming pool, and either beach and garden access or an overwater deck with access to the ocean below. All meals and drinks are included at four distinct restaurants, and plenty of activities such as snorkeling, kayaking, windsurfing, kitesurfing, and sailing are all complimentary as well.
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Like all of the best all-inclusive family resorts, Emerald Maldives Resort and Spa also has its own supervised kids’ club that includes a pool and kid-friendly restaurant. Children ages three to 12 will enjoy activities with their peers while adults can enjoy a little vacation time on their own.
13. Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser
For Star Wars fans, Walt Disney World’s first all-inclusive hotel in Orlando is easily one of the best all-inclusive resorts for families in this galaxy or any other. Disney’s immersive Star Wars hotel isn’t just an all-inclusive family resort—it’s an entire themed experience that includes accommodations, meals, and activities ranging from lightsaber training to operating a space ship.
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The inclusive two-night Star Wars packages aboard the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser are organized similar to a family cruise. Families will stay in stateroom-like cabins, feast on out-of-this-world cuisine in the Crown of Corellia dining room, and roam the ship meeting Star Wars luminaries such as Rey, Chewbacca, and Kylo Ren.
An included stop at the Black Spire Outpost on Batuu (a.k.a. Disney’s Star Wars land theme park area at Hollywood Studios) will lead to adventurous excursions aboard the Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance theme park rides.
If you’re not ready to commit to a full Star Wars-themed vacation (still want something akin to the Star Wars hotel experience), consider a voyage on Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Wish. Along with a Star Wars play area for kids, there’s a fully immersive Star Wars cocktail bar called Hyperspace Lounge that goes adults-only after dark.
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