The Best All-inclusive Family Resorts (2022)

Vacations are meant to take you away from the demands of daily life so you can relax and reset — but that's almost impossible when the kids are begging for an expensive excursion and you're already over budget.

If you want a truly care-free vacation, it's best to pay upfront for an all-inclusive family resort so your crew can enjoy all the food, drinks, entertainment, and activities, worry free. It won't matter if you want another round of cocktails or your kids can't seem to get their fill of horseback riding — it's already been paid for. The result is less stress and more quality family time.

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The best part is that all-inclusive family resorts can be found all over the world. Whether you picture your family sprawled out in a cabana on a white-sand beach or taking in the sunset by horseback under the big Montana sky — there's a top-notch all-inclusive resort waiting to welcome you.

To get you started, we've selected the best all-inclusive resorts for families from destinations as varied as Kenya, Montana, and Turks and Caicos. We note if the price point is generally affordable or luxury based on the average nightly rate for an all-inclusive experience — rates less than $500 are considered affordable, while rates that average over $500 are considered luxury.

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Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana, Dominican Republic

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Price point: Luxury

This all-inclusive resort on the shores of Cap Cana's Juanillo Beach opened in December 2019, so guests will be treated to sparkling new everything — and that includes the property's incredible amenities. Kids will love the water park — complete with lazy river and slides — while adults can explore the resort's sprawling infinity pools and swim-up bars. Guests also have access to the adults-only Hyatt Zilara Cap Cana, the Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana's sister property — making the property perfect for groups with a range of ages and interests or multi-generational families.

Included in one, flat all-inclusive rate is unlimited food and drink at the property's 13 venues (including top-shelf liquor and wine), all non-motorized water sports, and dedicated beach butlers ready to refill that cocktail or drop by another round of chips and salsa.

Bluefields Bay Villas, Jamaica

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Price point: Affordable

This resort invites families to experience the island's less-visited south coast. The all-inclusive property delivers spacious villa accommodations and plenty of family-friendly bonuses — like a 24-hour butler, chef, and private pool and beach access. If that isn't enticing enough, what about up to 9 hours of daily child or adult care? At Bluefields Bay Villas, it's all included under the all-inclusive rate. The resort's six villas range in size from two bedrooms for a family of four to six bedrooms for a family of 13.

Beaches Turks and Caicos, Turks and Caicos

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Price point: Luxury

If you're looking for a beachy, Caribbean experience, this all-inclusive resort is practically impossible to beat. Kids will be entertained for hours in the 45,000-square-foot water park and the property's 10 pools, while adults can find a moment of quiet walking the 12-mile beach or exploring the resort's five themed villages.

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Included in the rate is unlimited food and drink (including snacks and premium liquor), a well-stocked mini bar, kids' camp, airport transfers, and activities including PADI-Certified scuba diving and daily live entertainment. Plus, you can bundle your flights with your stay and save (they offer nonstop flights from major cities like New York, Boston, and Miami).

C Lazy U Ranch, Colorado

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Price point: Luxury

This year-round resort in Colorado's Rocky Mountains has welcomed families to its dude-ranch style property for over 100 years. Here, you can escape the grind of daily life on a lengthy trail ride or hole up in your cozy, yet luxurious cabin at the end of a long day under the bright Colorado sun.

Included in your stay at C Lazy U Ranch are three daily gourmet meals (think dry-aged ribeye, fresh trout, and homemade bread) and enough activities to make your head spin — you can join a trail ride, go fishing, visit the spa, play tennis, or go shooting. In the winter, activities like cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, and family sleigh rides are added to the agenda.

Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa, St. Lucia

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Price point: Affordable

It doesn't matter if you imagine chasing your kids up and down endless water slides or relaxing in an adults-only oasis — you can have both at this two-in-one all-inclusive resort. The island's largest water park provides endless fun, while the adults-only Harmony wing of the resort delivers peace and quiet.

The property is located on 85 acres along Saint Lucia's south coast and provides guests with all-inclusive access to the property's nine restaurants and seven bars (including top-shelf liquor), nightly entertainment, and activities that range from dance class and yoga to snorkeling and kayaking.

Woodloch Pines Resort, Pennsylvania

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Price point: Affordable

Consistently rated as one of America's top all-inclusive family resorts, this Poconos property has been family-owned since 1958. The four-season resort is nestled on a mountain lake, and delivers fun for the whole family — including over 30 activities scheduled daily, a giant rock climbing wall, indoor and outdoor pools, water sports, and nightly entertainment.

All bookings at the main Woodloch Resort include a daily meal plan, while guests staying at the Woodloch Springs campus can either dine around the area, or add a meal plan onto their stay. Included in any Woodloch stay are daily excursions like horseback riding, fishing, skiing, and boating.

Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Esmeralda, Mexico

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Price point: Affordable

This family-friendly oasis is set in a protected mangrove forest right on Mexico's Caribbean Sea. The giant, all-inclusive property boasts 31 restaurants and bars (some for adults only) and a water park with multiple pools and slides. The littles can spend the day in the Kidsdom — with workshops, activities, and crafts — while parents can enjoy a spa treatment or take a dancing class.

Reservations at Paradisus Playa del Carmen include food, drinks, water sports, and entertainment, as well as activities like wine tastings and dance lessons for adults, and water park access for kids.

Mohonk Mountain House, New York

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Price point: Luxury

If you — or your kids — have ever dreamed of staying in a castle, this is the property for you. Founded by the Smiley family in 1869, this iconic Victorian castle property welcomes families to enjoy its farm-to-table cuisine and the 40,000 acres of forest that surround it.

Every booking includes three meals a day (plus afternoon tea and cookies and a weekend brunch) and unlimited activities. In the winter, activity highlights include 30 miles of cross-country ski trails and ice skating in the open-air pavilion, while the warmer months are all about exploring Lake Mohonk by stand-up paddleboard or kayak.

Rancho de los Caballeros, Arizona

Price point: Affordable

This luxury dude ranch sits on 20,000 acres of Arizona desert with views of the Bradshaw Mountains. With a history that dates back to 1948, this stunning property brings families together through activities like horseback riding, tennis, and guided nature programs (children four and under stay free).

Keep in mind that Rancho de los Caballeros isn't a one-size-fits-all destination — here, you can select the all-inclusive package that works for you. Most packages include three meals a day and access to scheduled ranch activities, but some come with perks like golf or an activity credit you can redeem for a day of horseback riding, skeet shooting, or spa time.

The property is closed in the summer when the temperature jumps and is currently in the midst of a major upgrade, with work taking place over the summer when guests won't be impacted.

Tortuga Lodge & Gardens, Costa Rica

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Price point: Affordable

Everything about Tortuga Lodge and Gardens is designed to reflect the natural surroundings, so you won't find a blaring TV in your bedroom or background music in the lodge. The property sits on the Caribbean coastline in its own private nature reserve, making it a nature and adventure lover's dream destination.

Every booking at Tortuga Lodge includes an a la carte breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the highly regarded Green Turtle Restaurant. Drinks are not included, but they are available at an additional fee. If you book the Tortuguero Jungle Experience Package, your stay also includes boat transportation from La Pavona and two special experiences — think boat and kayak tours, hiking trips, or a twilight tour of the private reserve.

Sandos Finisterra, Mexico

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Price point: Affordable

Just because a property is dubbed family friendly doesn't mean it can't be modern and chic. At Sandos Finisterra, you can kick back in the luxurious spa, put up your feet on your private balcony or terrace, or enjoy a meal at one of the three on-site restaurants. All meals and drinks are included, as is the kids club and live entertainment.

Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach, The Bahamas

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Price point: Affordable

Nestled on the south shore of Grand Bahama Island is the Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach. In addition to 26 acres of wild nature, the all-inclusive resort has plenty of activities for the whole family, including kayaking, snorkeling, and a robust kids club. In addition to activities, the all-inclusive rate includes food and drink, entertainment, and nightly accommodations (each with its own balcony or terrace).

Moon Palace Cancun, Mexico

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Price point: Luxury

Moon Palace's elevated take on the all-inclusive offering includes 24-hour room service, top-shelf drinks, fine dining, in-room whirlpool tubs, and plenty of kid-friendly activities (for the latter, don't miss the FlowRider Double Wave Simulator).

The resort is split into two sides — the Nizuc side offers a more tranquil feel and the Sunrise side scratches that active, lively itch. Either way, you'll have access to the entire property so you can hop around depending on your mood.

The Ranch at Rock Creek, Montana

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Price point: Luxury

This upscale, all-inclusive property delivers an authentic western feel with five-star amenities. You can book a stay in a suite, luxury home, converted barn, or sleep nestled under the stars in a high-end canvas tent.

The all-inclusive nightly rate includes all farm-to-table meals, drinks, airport transfers, and two daily activities on the property's 6,600 spacious acres. Activity offerings include guided fly fishing, horseback riding, shooting sports, and wildlife viewing.

Lewa Safari Camp, Kenya

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Price point: Luxury

This may be the property where Prince William and Kate Middleton stayed before he proposed, but every visitor to this all-inclusive resort is treated like royalty. Guests stay in large tented bedrooms with fireplaces and en-suite bathrooms, and have access to 65,000 acres of private protected wilderness that's home to lions, leopards, zebras, and black and white rhinos.

All meals and drinks (excluding Champagne and private cellar wine and spirits) are included in the all-inclusive rate, while the Game Package also includes scheduled game drives, guided walking safaris, and airport transfers. Activities like camel rides and the exclusive use of a safari vehicle and driver are extra.

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Club Med Sandpiper Bay, Florida

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Price point: Affordable

You don't have to travel to the Caribbean for a beachy family vacation. Club Med is known for their all-inclusive stays, and the company's only U.S. property doesn't disappoint. Located along the St. Lucie River, guests enjoy endless food and drinks, water and land sports, and entertainment. Kids ages 4-10 can join the Mini Club Med, while the 'rents can get a moment of peace at a sunrise yoga class.

Included in every stay are three meals a day, endless drinks, and Club Med's iconic activity calendar — including golf, tennis, a sunset boat cruise, and a flying trapeze school (yes, really).

Migis Lodge, Maine

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Price point: Affordable

You can step away from it all at this retreat on Sebago Lake in southern Maine. Their all-inclusive offering includes all meals and activities — except motorsports. This family-oriented retreat has its own private island, tennis courts, kayaks, sail boats, and an on-site wellness center.

Family time is encouraged, but parents looking to get away for an afternoon can send their kids to the supervised programs for children.

Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa, Mexico

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Price point: Affordable

This property sits on a white-sand beach south of Cancun in the Riviera Maya. By booking an "Unlimited-Luxury" package, guests have access to unlimited food and drink, day and nighttime entertainment, and best-in-class service. Families can team up for a game of beach volleyball, hang by the pool, or check out one of the resort's excursions.

Every room has a view (be it garden, ocean, or pool), an indoor hot tub, and a private balcony or terrace.

The Tyler Place Family Resort, Vermont

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Price point: Affordable

The Tyler Place Family Resort has been dedicated to families for over 85 years, and it shows. The lakeside property boasts award-winning kids programs — think hikes through the wilderness and rock climbing — that will make your family vacation feel like summer camp. And when the older kids head off on the day's adventure, the parent helpers can jump in to give parents of little ones a moment to enjoy their vacation kid-free.

Included in your stay are all meals — plus, adult candlelight dinners — infant and toddler care, kids' programs, and what seems to be an endless number of activities — from mini golf and water trampolines to wine tours and kayak trips. Just keep in mind the property is only open between late-May and mid-September.

FAQs

Do you tip at all inclusives? ›

Do I Need to Tip at an All-Inclusive Resort? While tipping is a discretionary and optional gesture, at all-inclusive resorts in Mexico, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and others, it is certainly encouraged.

What does it mean when someone says all-inclusive? ›

By Kylie Morrow | February 9th 2021. An all-inclusive vacation is a vacation that includes all the essentials in the booking price. Besides accommodation, you can expect food, drinks, activities, and entertainment to be included, without having to pay extra for it.

What are the disadvantages of all-inclusive packages for destinations? ›

Poor quality food and drink

Stories of watered down alcohol and cardboard food are often features of low quality hotels – not part and parcel of a package holiday. All inclusive guests are served the same goods as cash paying guests, but don't expect the Courvoisier to be part of the deal, you will have to pay extra!

Why choose an all inclusive resort? ›

There are usually no surprise fees or extra expenses. It's also a less stressful option for traveling with more than two people because at the resort, there is usually something to please everyone in the group. All-inclusive resorts are good options, too, for guests who want to spend their vacation in one location.

Is $5 a good tip in Mexico? ›

It's up to you how much you tip, but the recommended amount in Mexico is between 10% – 20% (15% is a good standard in tourist areas) of the bill or ticket price.

How much cash should you take to Cancun? ›

Our recommendation is to always take an amount in cash, around 150 to 300 dollars converted into Mexican pesos per person, to save on tax and pay small daily expenses.

What's another word for all-inclusive? ›

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  • encompassing.
  • total.

What's another word for inclusive? ›

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What is an inclusive resort? ›

If you go on an all-inclusive vacation, it means your stay, unlimited food, drinks, activities and entertainment are included in the booking price of the resort – without any surprise costs.

What to expect from all-inclusive holidays? ›

An all-inclusive holiday includes travel, accommodation, food and drink, as well as activities and childcare, all for a one-off fee. So, if you want to holiday on a fixed budget without denying yourself simple pleasures along the way, all-inclusive could be for you.

Are flights included in all-inclusive? ›

All you have to do is pack. Everything you need for an incredible vacation is part of the price. This includes your flight, a stay at an amazing, all-inclusive resort, private hotel transfers, and even awesome extras like excursions or special resort amenities.

Why are all-inclusive holidays popular? ›

VALUE FOR MONEY. The most common reason why people go all inclusive is the value for money; with food, drinks and snacks catered for, it can be a great way of making your holiday more affordable.

How do you choose an all-inclusive? ›

How to Choose the Best All-Inclusive Resort for You
  1. Call a Travel Agent. Travel agents are extremely well-versed in all-inclusive resorts. ...
  2. Consider Adults-Only vs. Family-Friendly. ...
  3. Compare Included Amenities. ...
  4. Check Out the Location. ...
  5. Determine the Size of Resort Best for You. ...
  6. Compare Beaches. ...
  7. Look Into the Resort's Atmosphere.
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How far in advance should I book an all-inclusive vacation? ›

Early or late: Either book very early (nine months or more in advance, especially if you want to stay during peak seasons like Christmas and New Year's) or take a chance on last-minute deals.

Can you bring a guest to an all-inclusive resort? ›

Visitors Cost Extra

As a safety precaution, non-registered guests are not allowed at many all-inclusive resorts. Resorts that do allow visitors often charge pricey day passes (sometimes for more than what a room would cost) to prevent outsiders from taking advantage of the free booze and food.

How much is $100 dollars in pesos? ›

2014.60000 MXN

Is it better to bring pesos or USD to Mexico? ›

It's recommended that you buy pesos before you land in Mexico, just in case you need the cash. According to this USA Today article, the most economical way to do this is to buy pesos from your bank in the U.S. Most banks will do this for free, especially if you're not withdrawing a significant amount of money.

Is 1 dollar a good tip in Mexico? ›

A charge labeled “propina” on your bill is a gratuity that the restaurant includes automatically with each bill. It is not necessary to tip an additional amount. A minimum of $1-$2 U.S. (20-40 pesos) per round of drinks is customary, or if you're running a tab, leave 15-20% of the total as a tip.

How much do you tip in Mexico all-inclusive? ›

In Mexico, the standard tip amount is around 10-15% of your bill. However, if you stay at an all-inclusive resort, you will probably never even see a bill! For this reason, around $5, or 100 pesos, is an acceptable tip amount for table or a la carte service.

What currency is the best to use in Mexico? ›

What currency should you bring to Mexico? The best currency to bring to Mexico is a mix of pesos and US dollars. Use the dollars to pay for the big things like tours, entrance fees, accommodation, and travel. For everything else use pesos.

How many days do you need for Cancun? ›

Many people vary on the length of time, but a minimum of 3-5 days is a good start if you want to hit the most important stops in Cancún. If you want to experience all Cancún has to offer, tourists recommend 7-10 days.

Do you have to tip in all-inclusive Mexico? ›

In Mexico, the standard tip amount is around 10-15% of your bill. However, if you stay at an all-inclusive resort, you will probably never even see a bill! For this reason, around $5, or 100 pesos, is an acceptable tip amount for table or a la carte service.

Do you have to tip in Cancun all-inclusive? ›

We encourage you to tip at all-inclusive resorts, although staff will never ask for a tip. They usually work six days a week for low wages and rely on tips.

How much should you tip in Mexico all-inclusive? ›

To show your appreciation for the meal, tip your server around 15%. Raise that up to 20% if you were wowed. Note that some establishments automatically charge a service fee, so keep an eye out so that you don't tip twice. Bartenders should get 20 pesos (US$1) per drink or 10–15% of the total bill.

Should you tip in all-inclusive resort turkey? ›

If you are in holiday in an all inclusive hotel, it is recommended to tip 50 Tl or 100 Tl to one barmen you like in order to take faster and better quality service. If you are also satisfied from room cleaning you can also tip at the end of your holiday 50 to 100 Tl to the room cleaners.

Is a dollar a good tip in Mexico? ›

In Mexico, tipping in either U.S. dollars (bills only, no coins) or pesos is acceptable, though pesos are usually more practical for the recipient (and will save them a trip to the casa de cambio). The amount you tip is at your discretion and should be based on the quality of service you received.

Is 50 pesos a good tip? ›

The Bellhop: 25 – 50 pesos is a standard tip for helping you to your room and with your luggage. The Concierge: Tipping 50 to 150 pesos for helpful recommendations is always appreciated. Housekeeping: A tip of 25 to 50 pesos a day for keeping your room tidy is appropriate.

How much cash should I take to Mexico? ›

So, how much spending money should I bring to Mexico? On a mid-range budget, you should expect to spend $110 USD ($2200 MXN) per person daily. This accounts for 3 meals a day, transportation fare, and one activity per day(tours, attractions,etc.).

Is $20 a good tip in Cancun? ›

If you're staying at a hotel or resort, the front desk can break larger notes into small bills and coins for you: the $20 peso bill is popular for tipping at hotel resorts.

Is it better to use pesos or dollars in Cancun? ›

Speaking of cash, yes, you'll want to exchange your currency for Mexican pesos before traveling to Cancun. You'll get a better rate from your local bank or credit union than you'll find at the airport once you've arrived in Mexico.

Is $5 a good tip for a pedicure? ›

How much should you tip for a pedicure? Toes are no different than fingers when it comes to nail care. That means you should follow the same etiquette for how much to tip for a pedicure—15 to 20%—says Wilson. If you're on a tight budget, check out these simple steps for the perfect DIY pedicure at home.

What currency is the best to use in Mexico? ›

What currency should you bring to Mexico? The best currency to bring to Mexico is a mix of pesos and US dollars. Use the dollars to pay for the big things like tours, entrance fees, accommodation, and travel. For everything else use pesos.

Can I bring prescription drugs into Mexico? ›

Passengers traveling with medications for personal use will be authorized to enter Mexican territory only if they have a medical prescription or a letter from their doctor that mentions the amount of substance necessary for the patient during their trip to Mexico, the amount that the patient will take to Mexico and the ...

Do Mexican resort workers keep their tips? ›

Some tip every meal, some tip the last day they are at the hotel. Some hotels have a “shared-tips” policy where all tips collected are shared equally among the restaurant staff. Employees come from all over Mexico and there are different view points among Mexican's against one-another.

Is 10 lira a good tip? ›

Tip between 5 – 10 TL, more for exceptional service. You can leave 20–50 Turkish Lira at the reception when you are leaving, if the service was noteworthy.

How much do you tip a waiter in Turkey? ›

Tipping in Turkey varies according to the service you have received. The tip you will give on average between 5-10% of your bill is sufficient for you to express your satisfaction.

What does ultra all-inclusive mean in Turkey? ›

In Turkey, all-inclusive usually means paying extra for special à la carte restaurants and imported alcoholic drinks. With “ultra all inclusive”, however, these may be included. Spa treatments, water sports, excursions or certain activities in the hotel are not included.

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