Traveling with a toddler can be both a pleasure and a pain (c'mon, admit it -- tantrums, nap schedules, spills and messes resulting in multiple clothing changes aren’t any fun). Luckily, some resorts make it easier to travel with a toddler, offering kids’ programs, special in-room amenities, and even personal nannies. These are our favorite resorts to make your dream of a stress-free toddler vacation a reality.

Written by Whitney Rife

Winnetu Oceanside Resort

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The beautiful island of Martha's Vineyard boasts the family-friendly Winnetu Oceanside Resort. A complimentary children's program is offered to kids as young as 3 years old, 9 a.m. to noon, and the program employs one counselor for every five children. Counselors take kids to the beach, working farms or the pond in search of turtles. Katama Farm Institute hosts a day of hayrides, animal meet-and-greets and farm fun for the kids. Fun activities are also offered daily onsite at Winnetu, such as tie-dye painting and scavenger hunts.

A Parent/Toddler Activity program is offered during the summer for infants and pre-schoolers. The free club gives parents and kids access to the play room, chock-full of toys and games for you to enjoy together. Make sure to sign up at the front desk for this program. A baby pool is onsite and dive-in movies are provided. Monday through Friday mornings between 8 and 8:30 a.m., toddlers can also participate in a Pee-Wee Tennis Clinic.

Tyler Place Family Resort

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At the Tyler Place Family Resort, there are -- count them -- nine programs for children from 2 and a half years old and up, and additional morning and full-time childcare services for infants to younger toddlers. Groups are split by ages of only one year difference, negating the discomfort of a 3-year-old trying to play amid 10-year-olds. Toddlers can participate in programs with 2 and a half, 3, 4, or 5 year olds. The small groups also allow for a more personalized experience.

A play center in McGlynn Cottage overflows with kids' toys, books, games and play equipment, and Parents' Helpers are available from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the evenings for additional babysitting at the Playhouse. Parents' Helpers are also available to work in the morning from 8:30 a.m. to noon and again during standard evening hours. Families pay Parents' Helpers directly, negotiating a rate between $7.75 and $10.50 per hour. In the summertime, when signed up for the Morning Program, evening Parents' Helpers are covered by the resort.

Club Med Sandpiper Bay

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With kids' programs that start kids at only 4 months old (and a policy that allows kids under age 4 to stay free), the Club Med Sandpiper Bay is a winner for families with small children. Petit Club Med operates for kids between 2 and 3 years old, providing outdoor walks, stimulating play and creative activities. Outside, kids can play in an onsite water park or playground. Zumbatomic lessons are provided for kids ages 4 and up. Mini Club talent shows are often put on and an arts studio is open all day. A toddler club room features toys, mats and art tables.

Naps and quiet time are included in the program, too. Afternoon snacks and full, balanced lunches are provided, as well. After feeding the kids, parents can drop them off at the evening program starting at 6 p.m. and go have themselves a romantic dinner. Late-night childcare is also provided for kids at the Pyjamas Club.

Beaches Ocho Rios Resort & Golf Club

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Just east of Ocho Rios, Beaches Ocho Rios Resort & Golf Club offers families a camp for toddlers ages 3 to 5. Certified Nannies run this camp, open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., offering supervised games, pool time, shell collecting, facepainting, treasure hunts and costume parties. Children also watch magic and puppet shows. The only requirement is that kids be potty-trained.

Themed activities are also put on by the characters of Sesame Street. Kids get to be tucked in by Abby Cadabby, listen to stories by Elmo, eat cookies with Cookie Monster or dance with Zoe. Character breakfasts, parades and stage shows entertain children in the evenings.

Smugglers' Notch

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Yet another toddler-friendly resort in Vermont has made our list. Smugglers' Notch's TREASURES Child Care Center caters to young children from 6 weeks to 3 years old. Located slopeside in the Resort Village (so you can check in on your little ones throughout the day if you please), the Center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. with lunches and snacks included in the rate. Kids are split into three groups by age: the Fireflies group is for ages 6 weeks to 16 months, the Little Dippers group is for ages 17 months to 2 and a half years, and the Little Rascals and Little Rascals on Snow group is for ages 2 and a half to 3 years.

The cost for a full day at TREASURES is $85. Half-day care is available between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. only, and is $60 per child. Hourly care is provided between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. only. The cost is $20 per hour for up to four hours.

Atlantis Resort

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Escape to Atlantis, Paradise Island Resort in the Bahamas for a few days with the family, where everyone in your family -- toddlers included -- will have an abundance of fun things to do. Programs include Sea Squirts, in which those ages 3 through 6 can feed the onsite marine animals and learn more about them; Atlantis Pals, in which toddlers are invited to create their very own stuffed animal from start to finish; and Atlantis Theatre, where toddlers can watch movies and snack on yummy treats (located in the Convention Center Rotunda).

Melia Vacation Club Puerto Vallarta

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Melia Vacation Club Puerto Vallarta is a hot spot for families traveling with toddlers. Kids ages 5 to 11 can kick back and relax in the Bam Bam Club and playroom, which features arcade games and the ultra-popular Wii console. Other activities include water balloon fights, arts and crafts, pirate treasure hunts and meet and greets with the one-and-only Flintstones characters!

This all-inclusive resort also offers babysitting services for little ones ages 4 months to 4 years. The entire staff is certified and even has Red Cross First-Aid training.

Note: Private babysitting services with the same certified staff are available for a fee if you're looking for a day or night to yourself.

The Ritz-Carlton Cancun

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The Ritz-Carlton Cancun features a plethora of activities for toddlers and kids ages 4 through 12 to engage in during their stay, otherwise known as Ritz Kids. They are invited to participate in activities based on the four pillars of the program, inspired by Jean-Michel Cousteau -- water, land, environmental responsibility and culture. Such activities include traditional Mexican games and the baby turtle release, in which kids can help escort newborn turtles to their new home -- the ocean. A playground is located onsite, too. All-day camp is held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and includes lunch ($68 per child). Half-day camp is held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., or 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. ($47 per child and does not include lunch). Kids can also attend the camp by the hour and see how they like it, which is $16 per child.

Families traveling with infants are encouraged to book a stay in one of the Itzy Bitzy Baby Rooms. Each of these rooms features all of the baby essentials, including a crib, a changing table, a telephone set to light up instead of ring, and a "shh, baby sleeping" sign to be hung on the door.

The Breakers Palm Beach

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Great childcare can also be found at The Breakers Palm Beach. At this resort, a children's camp caters to toddlers ages 3 to 5 (that are fully potty-trained). Camp sessions are held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., including lunch. Kids can also attend the camp at night from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., including dinner.

Activities include scavenger hunts, treasure hunts, nature walks, and pool time. Kids can enjoy kicking the ball around in a game of soccer, or dribbling the basketball in a game of basketball.

It is recommended (and expected) that parents send their little ones off with a change of clothes, sneakers and a bathing suit in tow. Don't forget a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen, as well!

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Tyler Place Family Resort Reviews
mowright71 - Jun 11th, 2013

Our favorite family vacation (and we've taken several great family trips too) was Tyler Place in upstate Vermont. I've recommended this all-inclusive family vacation to several friends and co-workers and we are planning on going back in 2014. Kids ... read more
kjchronister - Jul 1st, 2012

Everything you've read is true... and then some. This is by order of magnitude the best vacation and favorite place of ours ever. The staff - amazing. The food - amazing. The activities - amazing. The accomodations - amazing. I have never, ever, ... read more
Tyler Place Family Resort reviews
Club Med Sandpiper Bay Reviews
Trixy - Sep 19th, 2016

I stayed at this club med for two nights. I understand it may be a bargain for families who can all stay in one room and its inclusive. Its just not nice. The rooms are like dorm rooms. The eating are has worn out paint on the walls. The front desk ... read more
Dorothy - Aug 11th, 2016

We immediately discovered how disorganized these folks are when we waited in the heat with five children and heavy suits cases for transportation that was promised to take us to our rooms. We ended up walking. Then there was the cake that we ... read more
Club Med Sandpiper Bay reviews
Beaches Ocho Rios Resort & Golf Club Reviews
Clinton montague - Dec 18th, 2016

Took my wife to ocho rios,beach resort for our 15th wedding anniversary. Best present I could have given her. The resort is absolutely beautiful,clean and well organized. The staff on a scale of 1-10 deserve a 20. Respectful, pleasant and always ... read more
Mary Mota - May 17th, 2016

The resort was beautiful, rooms were very nice and spacious, food was awesome! Wide variety of water activities. The staff was outstanding, very accommodating Thanks to all the staff that took care of all 29 of us, Nicholos,Andre, Craig, Orville, ... read more
Beaches Ocho Rios Resort & Golf Club reviews
Smugglers' Notch Reviews
slgicl - Dec 10th, 2015

We have made several trips to Smugglers Notch with our son as he grew up (sometimes bringing one of his friends). Accommodations vary greatly depending on which unit you get - some are quite old, some are very far from the "center of activities" ... read more
Beachbabe - Apr 6th, 2015

Our family had a wonderful experience at SMUGGS. We loved the kids ski school. My 9 and 11 year old learned to ski in just one day! My son has a medical disability and the instructors took great care with him and we felt very comfortable leaving our ... read more
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Atlantis, Paradise Island Resort in the Bahamas Reviews
Superman - Aug 21st, 2016

We booked 7 nights at this resort in what was supposed to be 2 adjoining rooms for our family of 5. When we arrived they told us that they were out of rooms and we would have to stay in two rooms on opposite ends of the hotel. After talking to ... read more
FrankM - Dec 31st, 2015

We have been to Atlantis on five occasions over the last several years and just returned from our most recent trip. To put the latest trip into perspective; there was five of us and we had two rooms in the Royal Towers, Atlantis meal plan and opted ... read more
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Melia Vacation Club Puerto Vallarta Reviews
adriennea - May 1st, 2011

Our 2nd stay at the Melia Puerto Vallarta. family of 5 (3 kids), loved it once again. The entertainment people were lots of fun. lots to do for all ages. Grounds were well kept, and hotel was in good shape. Nice that a family of 5 can stay in ... read more
lyeagher - May 27th, 2010

We went on a trip last March just after I was diagnosed with cancer. We were hesitant to go on our trip because we were not sure we would be able to focus on having a good time. We were so glad we did go because the resort was fantastic and the kids ... read more
Melia Vacation Club Puerto Vallarta reviews
The Ritz-Carlton Cancun Reviews
Kimberly Ondick - Jan 23rd, 2016

I would like to give a HUGE SHOUT OUT to THE RITZ CARLTON.WE WERE THERE FROM DEC.28TH 2015 TO Jan.3rd 2016 & we all had a great time at this resort. The staff is fantastic & so was the weather & all (67) family members enjoyed themselves every day ... read more
mimisrevelde - Oct 29th, 2009

I spend the most unforgettable days of my kids life on this resort, many activities planned for them to feel comfortable, accommodations are just right and the staff always checking if you need something. the give me slot of good info to plan ... read more
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The Breakers Palm Beach Reviews
cardbucfan - Sep 30th, 2009

Overall: We go to the Breakers in Palm Beach every summer and it gets better each year! The staff is excellent and I feel they go out of their way to make certain we are having a good time. My kids are too old for the organized kids program but we ... read more
The Breakers Palm Beach reviews