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18 Best All Inclusive Family Resorts in the World 2021

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All-inclusive resorts are a great option for family vacations—simply because they remove a lot of the decision-making stress! Where to eat, what to do, where are the kid-friendly spaces, and where can we get some adult time? These questions are already answered at an all-inclusive resort, where meals, drinks, activities and even childcare are usually included in the price of your stay.

We’ve combed through some of the best all-inclusive family resorts around the globe to help you choose your next blissfully decision-free family trip. These are the best all-inclusive family resorts in the world.
Bluefields Bay Villas; Courtesy of Bluefields Bay Villas

1. Bluefields Bay Villas – Bluefields, Jamaica

Located on Jamaica’s rustic South Coast, Bluefields Bay Villas offer a secluded all-inclusive experience that includes the services of nannies, private chefs, butlers and activity coordinators. There’s a new road that connects Montego Bay to Bluefields in an hour, making the journey from the airport to paradise a little faster.

Accommodations: Six villas offer options with two, three, four and six bedrooms, located on the resort’s private beach or in lush gardens. Each villa includes a private seafront pool.

Food and Drink: Bluefields’ all-inclusive package includes three Caribbean meals per day prepared by your own private chef, plus an open bar, with appetizers, snacks and cocktails whipped up throughout the day. Before you arrive at the property, you’ll share your preferences and dietary needs so that a custom menu can be created to your specifications.

Why Kids Love It: Your activity coordinator will plan vacation experiences suited to your kids’ interests, including horseback riding, snorkeling, paddleboarding, fishing, ziplining and ATV riding.

Why Adults Love It: The service of a private staff, including up to nine hours a day of nanny care, plus a round-the-clock butler, means you can relax while your children are cared for (and you are cared for, too). Even your laundry will be taken care of for you, so you won’t have a heaping pile of dirty clothes to deal with when you return home.
Las Brisas Huatulco; Courtesy of Las Brisas Huatulco

2. Las Brisas Huatulco – Huatulco, Mexico

Located in Huatulco on the southern coast of Mexico on Tangolunda Bay, Las Brisas Huatulco is organized into four villages of 484 rooms, and surrounded by 50 acres of gardens. Guests can use four different beaches, including one with bar service and another that offers secluded snorkeling.

Accommodations: Simple, yet elegant rooms include marble floors and bright, open floor plans that include views of the gardens or ocean. Some include balconies.

Food and Drink: There are five different all-inclusive restaurants serving Mexican, Arabian and Mediterranean cuisine.

Why Kids Love It: The resort’s Little Angel’s Club is stocked with games and toys, plus a separate children’s pool and a sandbox with all the necessities for building sand castles. There are 11 tennis courts, a soccer field and a bungee pyramid, plus kayaking, snorkeling and windsurfing for teens.

Why Adults Love It: Las Brisas offers an onsite spa with holistic massages, plus quiet dinner date night options for nights away from the kids. Dance lessons are also an option.
Labranda Targa Club Aqua Parc; Courtesy of Labranda Targa Club Aqua Parc

3. Labranda Targa Club Aqua Parc – Marrakech, Morocco 

Labranda Targa Club Aqua Park offers an onsite water park and two restaurants, all near the famous souks of Marrakech.

Accommodations: The resort offers 238 rooms that include family studios, triple rooms and junior suites with views of the gardens or pool.

Food and Drink: There are two restaurants—one buffet and one a la carte restaurant—that serve breakfast, continental breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner, as well as three bars that serve drinks throughout the day.

Why Kids Love It: There are four pools, and an impressive water park with four big slides. The Miniclub is the free kids’ club for kids ages 4 to 12, with a variety of planned activities. Kids can also play a round of beach volleyball and enjoy the nightly shows and games.

Why Adults Love It: Explore Marrakech during the day, thanks to the complimentary shuttle service that transports guests from the resort to town. Parents and grandparents can also make use of the tennis courts and the onsite spa.

Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort; Courtesy of Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort

4. Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort – Savusavu, Fiji

This all-inclusive eco-luxury resort is located on turquoise waters in the South Pacific, on the site of a former coconut plantation on Savusavu Bay. There are three swimming pools and an onsite restaurant and bar.

Accommodations: There are 25 luxuriously appointed bures, a Fijian term for a wooden hut with a straw roof, overlooking the mountains, gardens and coral reefs. Each bure includes a king bed and a daybed. Some include private hot tubs or pools.

Food and Drink: All meals and non-alcoholic beverages are included with your stay at Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort. Families dine in a separate area of the dining room, which overlooks Savusavu Bay, with meals that are created using fruits, vegetables and edible flowers grown onsite. There’s a weekly Fijian “Lovo” feast where the meal is prepared with a traditional slow cooking technique using banana leaves in a fire pit.

Why Kids Love It: The complimentary Bula Club is staffed with nannies assigned to each child ages 5 and under and “buddies” that mind groups of five kids ages 6 to 12. Kids will enjoy the onsite pool with waterslide, as well as a children’s and toddlers’ pool. There’s a jungle gym, zipline, trampoline and arts and crafts center.

Why Adults Love It: Parents may enjoy snorkeling, visiting a traditional Fijian village, local pearl farms or the rainforest. There’s a special Fiji-style yoga offered each morning during sunrise. The resort’s spa bures on the beach offer the ultimate in relaxation right at the water’s edge.
Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana; Courtesy of Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana

5. Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana – Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Characters like SpongeBob Squarepants, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Dora the Explorer and Paw Patrol pups lend their inspiration to the surroundings at Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana. They also pay visits to guests of all ages.

Accommodations: Take your pick of seven different options, including suites with swim-up options and private pools. Do you love SpongeBob? Stay in his home by reserving the Pineapple Villa.

Food and Drink: Families can take their pick of 10 onsite restaurants, offering truly interesting environs and cuisine. For example, order the Machete Burger, built for the entire family to share, at BRGRS.PH. Dine in the futuristic themed restaurant Spacewalker (signature dish: Houston We Have a Problem, and signature beverage: Milky Way).

Why Kids Love It: Kids can romp around on splash pads, spray grounds and experience the lazy river at Aqua Nick; meet and greet characters at Character Central; and visit Just Kiddin,’ a clubhouse, artists’ studio, mega ball pit and DIY station with slime-making activities and science experiments with supervised activities for kids ages 4 to 12. There are spa treatments available for kids, too.

Why Adults Love It:  Premium alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks are included at the resort’s three bars. You can book a treatment at the Vassa Spa, which offers an herbal steam room, bubble beds and whirlpool and chromotherapy showers. Book your quiet date night at the resort’s adults-only restaurant, Kitchen 23.

Grand Velas Riviera Maya in Mexico

6. Grand Velas Riviera Maya – Riviera Maya, Mexico

Accommodations: Choose from 539 oceanfront, garden or ocean view rooms measuring more than 1,100 square feet, each with a private terrace. Some offer private plunge pools. Bathrooms offer Jacuzzi tubs for a relaxing soak. Two-bedroom family suites are appointed with kids’ bathrobes and slippers, stuffed animals and a kids’ welcome beach kit, and include a family photo session.

Food and Drink: Grand Velas Riviera Maya has eight onsite restaurants representing Mexican, European and Asian cuisine.

Why Kids Love It: Sign your little one up for a Mexican Toys Workshop, cooking and baking lessons, Spanish classes or a piñata workshop. The Teens’ Club is outfitted with video games, a disco, karaoke and a teen bar with non-alcoholic mocktails and snacks. There’s also a bungee, zipline and climbing walls. A Baby Concierge is available onsite for requests like cribs, toys, baby pool floats and more.

Why Adults Love it: There’s a huge $15-million onsite spa sanctuary that offers traditional Mayan-inspired treatments using corn cobs, coffee, cocoa, vanilla and honey, plus a Water Journey with seven water experiences (color therapy steam, clay room, ice room and more) that’s included in treatments of at least 50 minutes. Take day trips to see Mexican ruins like Chichen Itza and Uxmal, and enjoy eco-cycling tours, tortilla making and beautifully choreographed shows.
Barceló Maya Grand Resort; Courtesy of Barceló Maya Grand Resort

7. Barceló Maya Grand Resort – Riviera Maya, Mexico

Barcelo May Grand Resort is actually composed of six separate resorts within the same complex overlooking the beach, including a new adults-only Barceló Maya Riviera resort. Guests have access to all the amenities of each resort during their stay.

Accommodations: Choose from many different room configurations, including a Family Junior Suite, with a separate living room and bedroom plus a terrace for up to five people. A free minibar is replenished each day with soft drinks and beer.

Food and Drink: Take your pick from more than 22 restaurants, with Mexican, Japanese and Italian specialties ranging from quiet, romantic dinners to casual, fun family-style meals.

Why Kids Love It: Kids ages 4 to 12 can enjoy supervised play at the resort’s Barcy Kids’ Club. There’s also a separate U-Kids Spa with treatments designed just for children. This resort offers 10 swimming pools and three waterparks, a FlowRider surf pool, splash zone, 18-hole mini golf course, a bowling alley, disco club for teens and nightly theatrical performances. There’s also a new amusement park, Ventura Fly & Ride Park.

Why Adults Love It: Relax with a spa treatment at the U-Spa Wellness and Fitness Center, including hydrotherapy circuit and therapeutic and sports massages. Choose from more than 20 bars and a shopping center without ever leaving the resort.

The Resort at Paws Up; Courtesy of The Resort at Paws Up

8. The Resort at Paws Up – Greenough, Montana

Though you might not think of Montana when you think of luxury all-inclusive resorts, The Resort at Paws Up is a renowned option for an elevated dude ranch vacation that combines gourmet dining with fresh air-powered activities for families in Big Sky Country.

Accommodations: This 37,000-acre resort has both premium and more rustic digs, depending on what you’re looking for. Stay in a luxury home or in luxury camping accommodations. You can even rent a lodge on your own private island.

Food and Drink: Dine at the resort’s two restaurants, either fine or casual dining, or enjoy camp dining or a chuck wagon experience. Executive chef Sunny Jin, who previously worked at French Laundry in Napa Valley, prepares menus that celebrate the spirit of the northwest.

Why Kids Love It: Nature provides the ultimate playground here, with horseback riding, ATVs, learning primitive skills, riding electric bikes and practicing at the archery range. Think of it as year-round, elevated summer camp. There’s even dedicated S’moreologists (really!) who can give kids and adults a crash course on creating the perfect fireside treat.

Why Adults Love It: That S’moreologist will also slip you an alcohol-soaked marshmallow if you request one. Adults can have their own version of summer camp fun, playing with their kids and also enjoying time to themselves with a Paint ‘n’ Pour wine activity, cooking classes, a rifle range and horse-drawn carriage rides.
Sonesta Maho Beach Resort; Courtesy of Sonesta Maho Beach Resort

9. Sonesta Maho Beach Resort – Sint Maarten

The largest all-inclusive family resort in Sint Maarten, Sonesta Maho Beach Resort reopened in 2019 with a revamped entertainment program following an extensive renovation. It’s located on a 10-acre property on St. Maarten’s southwest shore.

Accommodations: The resort offers 420 rooms overlooking the beach. Check out the Loft Suites, with ocean views, balconies, an elevated bedroom and separate sitting area with a pullout sofa bed, giving parents and kids separate sleeping quarters. There are also connecting rooms available and one-bedroom suites. Complimentary cribs are available. Your in-room minibar will be restocked daily.

Food and Drink: Choose from five restaurants and a pizzeria. Pick from an all-day buffet, a grill that serves up fresh Caribbean cuisine, a sports bar with pub-style food or an Asian restaurant. Lava Rock allows guests to cook their own meals using hot slates.

Why Kids Love It: Characters like Iggy Iguana, Penelope Pelican and Maarten Roots entertain kids at Beach House Live!, an interactive kids’ show. The Beach House is a family space to inspire play and creativity. There’s a kids-only Beach House Kids Club for kids ages 3 to 12, and 24-hour babysitting services are available. Kids will love the 4,000-square-foot Aqua Park with slides. There’s also a dedicated Teen Zone with a cinema-style media room, nightclub and more.

Why Adults Love It: Daily planned activities and events include cirque performance art, Brazilian capoeira, bachata and salsa dance, trivia, and weekly Carnival parades that march through Maho Village. Grab a drink from the swim-up bar at the Oasis pool area and make the most of your family vacation.

Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa in St. Lucia; Courtesy of Coconut Bay Beach Resort & SPA

10. Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa – Vieux Fort, St. Lucia

Located on 85 acres in St. Lucia, including a mile-long white sand beach, Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa is also close to the airport and offers all the major amenities you’d expect from a big resort, including the largest water park on the island.

Accommodations: The resort offers 250 rooms, with a separate wing called Splash just for families. Rooms have one king bed with twin trundle beds or two queen beds and sofa. You’ll receive a family welcome pack and a daily themed family amenity delivered to your room.

Food and Drink: There are nine onsite restaurants and seven bars that serve top-shelf liquor, beers and European house wines.

Why Kids Love It: The CocoLand Kidz Club offers activities for infants to 12-year-olds with a mini-zipline, mini-rock climbing wall, water playground and more. Parents will receive a cell phone to keep tabs on their kids. There’s also a teen program that offers glow beach parties, introductory kite surfing and karaoke. A round of family paintball is included with your stay.

Why Adults Love It: There are no additional resort fees, and airport transportation is included. There’s an onsite spa, two adults-only pools, and rum tasting, dance classes and oceanfront yoga.

Hotel Xcaret Mexico in Cancun; Courtesy of Hotel Xcaret Mexico

11. Hotel Xcaret Mexico – Playa del Carmen, Mexico 

Opened in 2017, Hotel Xcaret is located between the beach and cenotes (swimming pools in natural sinkholes), and offers free access to eight local nature preserves and tours, including Mayan ruins in Tulum.

Accommodations: Suites offer hammocks on private balconies, plus outdoor showers and tubs, and some offer private swim-up pools off the patio.

Food and Drink: The hotel has 10 restaurants and 8 bars showcasing upscale Mexican cuisine.

Why Kids Love It: Programs tailored especially to kids at the Xiiquillos Kids Club and the Xiipaal Teens Club are included.

Why Adults Love It: The resort provides an ideal home base for exploring the Riviera Maya and its many cultural marvels—with or without kids. The onsite spa includes treatments that take place in natural cave openings.

Related: 11 Best All-Inclusive Resorts With Swim-Up Rooms for Families

Nekupe in Nicaragua; Courtesy of Nekupe

12. Nekupe Sporting Resort and Retreat – Nandaime, Nicaragua

Nekupe is Nicaragua‘s first luxury countryside resort, offering accommodations on a 1,800-acre natural reserve. The word “Nekupe” means “heaven” in the Chorotega indigenous language. You’ll have views of the Mombacho Volcano while at the resort.

Accommodations: There are just eight accommodations at this exclusive resort, providing private soaking tubs, Jacuzzis and beautiful forest views.

Food and Drink: The farm-to-table meals, which showcase Nicaraguan cooking, come from the fresh produce grown right on the property.

Why Kids Love It: There’s an animal sanctuary and refuge on the property, including spider and howler monkeys, deer, foxes, sloths, birds and butterflies, and kids will love zooming around on the ATVs, which are issued to adult guests to explore the reserve.

Why Adults Love It: Cigar-rolling and cocktail mixing classes are offered, in addition to dancing, cooking and painting classes, plus daily indoor and outdoor yoga. Parents can also indulge in nature-based treatments at the spa.

Lapa Rios Ecolodge; Courtesy of Lapa Rios Ecolodge

13. Lapa Rios Ecolodge – Cabo Matapalo, Costa Rica

Situated on a private Costa Rican nature preserve with 900 acres of lowland tropical rainforest, Lapa Rios offers an unforgettable nature immersive experience to guests.

Accommodations: Choose one of 17 luxury bungalows with open-air screens, a private deck and outdoor rain shower. Your king bed or two queen-sized beds will include canopy nets.

Food and Drink: Three a la carte meals are included daily, as well as snacks and non-alcoholic beverages in the onsite, open-air restaurant (or make a reservation for an exclusive waterfall luncheon). Kids’ menus are available.

Why Kids Love It: Wildlife talks, cooking demonstrations and waterfall hikes all combine to create great memories for young explorers. Kids can plant and name their own tree in the volunteer secondary rainforest.

Why Adults Love It: This resort offers plenty of educational opportunities and lessons in conservation for eco-minded parents. But it also provides time for sipping watermelon water by the chemical-free pool overlooking the Golfo Dulce and Pacific Ocean.

Related: 8 Enchanting Costa Rica Treehouse Hotels for Families
Pool at Royalton Bavaro Resort & Spa; Courtesy of Royalton Bavaro Resort & Spa

14. Royalton Bavaro Resort and Spa – Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Situated on Bavaro Beach, Royalton Bavaro is a newer all-inclusive family resort in the Dominican Republic, having opened in January 2018.

Accommodations: The resort offers 730 rooms, each with signature DreamBeds, rain showers and views of gardens or the ocean—or even swim-up rooms.

Food and Drink: There are nine restaurants and eight bars, offering a mix of buffets, casual and international cuisine.

Why Kids Love It: There’s an onsite FlowRider surf machine that helps kids hone their surf skills, plus mini-golf and a 1,200-foot lazy river. There’s also a Clubhouse Kids Club for kids ages 4 to 12, as well as a Hangout Teens Club with a video game lounge and other activities.

Why Adults Love It: There’s an onsite casino and full-service spa. The resort also takes sports seriously with a Sports Event Guarantee to ensure that the most popular sporting events are tuned up for fans in the sports bar.

Aleenta Phuket; Courtesy of Aleenta Phuket

15. Aleenta Phuket – Phuket, Thailand

At Aleenta Phuket, you’ll find lovely sunset views on Natai Beach. Guests can opt for an all-inclusive package for a modest additional price.

Accommodations: The resort offers a range of accommodation options, from stylish garden-facing rooms to five-bedroom beachfront villas.

Food and Drink: Enjoy a refreshing welcome drink, a daily gourmet breakfast and lunch and dinner from the resort’s open-air, beachfront restaurants.

Why Kids Love It: There’s an onsite kids’ Explorers’ Club at Aleenta Phuket that offers daily activities. Babysitting services are also available. Family tours can be booked to local temples, a turtle sanctuary and a waterfall.

Why Adults Love It: Your all-inclusive package also includes a two-hour spa treatment; you can even enjoy a beach massage if you wish. There’s surfing, paddleboarding, Tai Chi classes and beach yoga.

Pool at Night at Grand Palladium Vallarta Resort & Spa; Courtesy of Grand Palladium Vallarta Resort & Spa

16. Grand Palladium Vallarta Resort & Spa – Riviera Nayarit, Mexico

Built on a hill, Grand Palladium Vallarta Resort & Spa offers a private beach, two swimming pools and a saltwater pool.

Accommodations: Rooms all include hydrotherapy bathtubs. You can order body oils from an aromatherapy menu or customize your pillows to suit your preferences.

Food and Drink: There are two buffet restaurants and four a la carte restaurants, plus a sports bar with snack service, as well as seven bars throughout the property.

Why Kids Love It: The Mini Club offers supervised activities for kids, such as arts and crafts, video games, a theater and activities that help educate them about nature. There’s also a baby club for ages 1 to 3, and a Black & White Junior Club for teens with a disco. A premium Family Selection program offers in-suite milk and cookies at turndown, a prepared bubble bath with bath toys, mini bathrobes and slippers.

Why Adults Love It: The kids’ clubs are open until 11 p.m. and babysitting can also be arranged, allowing ample time for date night and for using the adults-only infinity pool. The Family Selection package offers a complimentary laundry service before departure, as well as unpacking and packing services so nothing feels like a chore on vacation.

Lighthouse Pointe at Grand Lucayan; Courtesy of Lighthouse Pointe at Grand Lucayan

17. Lighthouse Pointe at Grand Lucayan – Freeport, Bahamas 

This all-inclusive resort is on the coast of Grand Bahama Island, overlooking 7.5 acres of white-sand beach, including two pools, a spa and a golf course. The all-inclusive rate at Lighthouse Pointe includes your gratuities.

Accommodations: The bright and cheery rooms offer private balconies with views of the ocean or gardens.

Food and Drink: There are four onsite restaurants and cocktails (premium alcohol is included). There are also weekly beach barbecues, a fish fry and a Bahamian buffet.

Why Kids Love It: Children ages 4 and up can participate in the kids’ club, which offers arts and crafts, scavenger hunts and beach games.

Why Adults Love It: Enjoy access to horseback riding, an onsite spa, fitness center and tennis courts. There are poolside movie nights and weekly Champagne brunches. Your stay also includes unlimited access to the 18-hole championship golf course onsite, The Reef Course.

Indoor Pool at Club Med Grand Massif Samoens Morillon; Courtesy of Club Med Grand Massif Samoens Morillon

18. Club Med Grand Massif Samoëns – Samoëns, France

Club Med’s well-known worldwide all-inclusive resorts span most of the globe, from Morocco to the Caribbean—and even a U.S. property, Club Med Sandpiper Bay in Florida. Club Med Grand Massif Samoëns Morillon opened in France’s Plateau des Saix, close to Geneva and Annecy, in late 2017, and is a ski-in, ski-out resort that offers stunning mountainside views.

Accommodations: The resort offers 382 rooms with chic, contemporary decor. Some rooms have balconies and lounge areas. There are indoor and outdoor pools for relaxing after a day on the slopes.

Food and Drink: All-day gourmet dining and an open bar are included with your stay, with your choice of three restaurants, including a main restaurant, a gourmet lounge and a family restaurant. The menu for the onsite Skyline Gourmet Lounge was designed by two-star Michelin chef Edouard Loubet, while the family restaurant makes the meal a special occasion.

Why Kids Love It: In addition to the resort chain’s renowned kids’ clubs (Baby Club Med from 4 to 23 months, Petit Club Med for 2- to 3-year-olds, Mini Club Med for 4- to 10-year-olds and Club Med Passworld for 11 to 17), this particular resort offers ski instruction for kids starting at age 4 and snowboarding at age 12 (or 8 during French school holidays). Kids can also go sledding and participate in snowman building competitions.

Why Adults Love It: An onsite spa, a sleek bar and inclusive ski lift tickets and lessons—plus childcare while you enjoy a quiet dinner— adds up to one incredible vacation in the French Alps.

Cynthia J. Drake is a travel writer based in Austin, Texas, where she lives with her husband and two sons. Since becoming a mom, she’s been stranded at sea with her family, gotten lost in the Rocky Mountains, dealt with more than her fair share of public vomiting, and still can’t wait for the next trip. She writes regularly for AAA magazines, Austin American-Statesman, Texas Highways and Cruise Critic. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

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