Staying at an all-inclusive family resort can be a great way to enjoy a number of great family activities. In addition, for anyone wanting to prepare a strict budget for their vacation, a stay at all-inclusive family resorts can help you know exactly how much money you’ll need for your trip. There are a number of great all-inclusive resorts, in the Caribbean, New England, and in Mexico. Since we haven’t traveled to many, we asked some of the best family travel bloggers for their recommended all inclusive family friendly resorts. Note that many of these bloggers may have been hosted at these locations, but all opinions are their own.
Here are the best all-inclusive family resorts in the US, Mexico, and beyond, according to family travel bloggers.
Related: The best resort kids’ clubs
Note: As always please review all current travel alerts and weather details before booking travel, including the state department guidelines, and make an informed decision. Safety and security issues change constantly. Bloggers’ experiences at these family friendly all inclusive resorts are based upon the time of their visit, and do not necessarily reflect the current situation.
Bloggers’ Best All-Inclusive Family Resorts
Sheri from Kidsumers recommends the Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton in Jamaica
Suzanne from Tripsavvy recommends the Tyler Place Family Resort
I recommend Migis Lodge in Sebago Lake, Maine
Not all family all inclusive resorts are located outside of the United States. One of our favorite vacation spots is Migis Lodge on Sebago Lake in Maine. Meals, gratuities, and many lake activities (but not alcohol) are included with your stay, so families stay the whole day. The whole vibe is a fun summer camp feel, with a bit of luxury thrown in. The food is delicious, and includes outdoor bbqs as well as indoor fine dining. Kids are welcome at dinner, but there’s also a kids’ club available at dinnertime, where the kids dine on the back porch of the main lodge. Kids can also choose to sign up for kids’ club activities. A list is posted in the main lodge, and children can sign up for the specific activities they are interested in. Features include a fitness center, tennis courts, water sports, daily activities, and so much more.
Here’s my link on Family Travel Magazine – https://www.familytravelmagazine.com/migis-lodge-review/
Tamara from We 3 Travel recommends the Grand Velas Riviera Maya
Dana Freeman from Dana Freeman Travels recommends the Marival Resort in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico
Marival is a large luxury all-inclusive beachfront property conveniently located just 15 minutes north of the Puerto Vallarta Airport. With a friendly staff, modern amenities and tons of activities it is no wonder so many families choose to vacation here. The lodging choices at Marival are diverse ranging from standard hotel rooms all the way up to spacious 3 bedroom suites. There is no shortage of things for families to do at the resort. There are four pools, including a kids pool with slides and a pirate ship, plus you will have access to kayaks, boogie boards, windsurfing and sailing, however, motorized water sports equipment and off-site expeditions are extra. On land play tennis, go rock climbing, play mini golf, bocce or shuffleboard. There are two kids clubs. One for kids ages 4-12 and a teen club for young adults ages 13-17. You can tell Marvial is focused on keeping families happy and playing together. During check-in, kids 12 and under receive a welcome bag which includes a map, designed as a scavenger hunt, to help familiarized them with the resort. For each new area the discover they will get a stamp in their passport that earns them a reward at the end. Parents are encouraged to participate with their children helping them to earn double the reward points for doing so!
See her full review here: http://www.danahfreeman.com/all-inclusive-resorts-are-they-right-for-you/
Eileen Gunn from FamilesGo! recommends the Grand Bahia Principe on the Riviera Maya
The challenge at all-inclusive resorts is that they can get a little repetitive. Same beach, same pool, same buffet every day. Grand Bahia Principe on Riviera Maya is four resorts that overlap on one property and guests can move between them, which provides some welcome variety. Families tend to stay the Coba resort, whch is back from the beach but has the biggest pool with a graduated entrance and a colorful water play area. It also has the biggest buffet restaurant and is close to the kids club. It was not the best kids program we’d ever encountered but there was something each day to to lure my daughter out out of the sun for an hour. An evening pirate party allowed us to slip in a kid-free dinner (just about), and a poolside birthday party for the club mascot was an excuse to break out a piñata. To mix things up we would go to the buffets at the oceanfront Akumal or Tulum resorts for lunch and visit to the beach and their pools after. We considered a snorkeling trip but were able to spot enough fish off the beach that we didn’t bother. It’s the sort of place that is good for a group because you can easily do nothing or find activities if you want them. We most enjoyed a colorful poolside parrot show one afternoon. We also took a guided bike ride and nature walk through the jungle adjacent to the resort, which we recommend. The buffets had a good mix of Mexican and American food, and really good ice cream with flavors changing daily. There were a half dozen table-service restaurants and we could make reservations at three during our week-long stay. Though they were all a nice change from the buffets our favorite was Tequila, a Mexican restaurant at Tulum. If you go make sure to order the flaming Mexican coffee, just to watch them make it!
See her full review here: https://www.familiesgotravel.com/2015/02/resort-review-grand-bahia-principe-riviera-maya/
Amber from Global Munchkins Recommends the Hard Rock Cancun
Kirsten Maxwell of Kids Are A Trip Recommends the Finest Playa Mujeres
For families looking for the perfect all-inclusive luxury property in Cancun, look no further than Finest Playa Mujeres. Situated in a private complex with its two sister properties, Excellence and Beloved, Finest has a family friendly vibe you won’t find at the other two adults-only properties. Finest has twelve swimming pools, a kids’ club with extensive activities for all ages, and a secluded beach. All of the rooms feature modern decor and many include private patios and pools. The dining options range from casual to formal, offering dishes that range from local specialties to gourmet French cuisine. Quite possibly the best thing about the resort is its staff. Everyone always wears a smile and wants to ensure your vacation is a success. That’s not something you find very often.
For more information https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUovZEKI8Nk&t=4s
Colleen Lanin, Founder/Editor of TravelMamas.com Recommends Beaches Negril
Corinne from Have Baby Will Travel Recommends Two Resorts
Beaches Turks & Caicos
Beaches Resorts are pretty much the creme de la creme of family-friendly all-Inclusive resorts, and their Turks & Caicos property is truly the jewel in their crown. They have a wide variety of room and suite options, their food offerings are second-to-none, and their (included) baby and toddler care programs feature activities with beloved Sesame Street characters. A stay at Beaches Turks & Caicos requires a (very) healthy vacation budget, but the number of repeat guests suggests it’s very worth it.
A family vacation in Cuba (in the traditional sense) is not yet an option for most Americans but, for decades, Canadians (and Brits, and Europeans) have been flocking in droves to the island’s many All-Inclusive beach resorts. Cuba is safe, clean, and incredibly welcoming of families with children of all ages (especially babies and toddlers). Memories Holguin Beach Resort is located in the Guardalavaca area in the northeast part of the island, and its glorious beach, awesome pools, incredibly caring staff (with an included kids club for ages 4-12), and very limited access to wifi create the perfect atmosphere for a relaxing and fun family vacation.
Robin from Luxe Recess Recommends Little Saint Simons Island
Sue Rodman of 365 Atlanta Family Recommends Georgia’s Greyfield Inn
Nestled among the live oaks, down a sandy drive where feral horses keep you waiting as they munch rogue shoots of grass is the Greyfield Inn, a modern beach destination in Georgia that was built for the Carneigie family, and whose decedents still run it today. Many of the Inn’s decorations and furnishings remain from when the family vacationed here at the turn of the century, making it just as much a museum as a hotel. Peruse the library for first edition books, then relax on the porch swing to read them. Venture out on a jeep tour to learn about the Island’s (and the Carneigie’s) colorful history. Greyfield is the only hotel on Cumberland Island, which is a designated National Seashore, meaning lots of wildlife, including the feral horses. Children are welcome in the summer months, especially for the annual family camp, but this gracious Inn is best enjoyed with adults.
Here is a link to her full story: https://365atlantafamily.com/greyfield-inn/#.WXdiA9MrKgQ