South America offers families a unique family vacation destination with lots of adventure tours, beaches and wildlife to witness. Tack on the addition of allinclusive options and it’s a dream family vacation set below the equator. From the Galapagos to Peru and Brazil, here are our picks for the best South America allinclusive resorts for families.
Written by Courtney Elko
Red Mangrove - Puerto Ayora, Galapagos Islands
Families will love the island excursions that are included in the all inclusive packages at Red Mangrove. Nestled between mangroves and lagoon waters, this South America all inclusive resort offers families tours of volcano islands and visits with sea lions, sea turtles and sting rays. The open-air feel of the hotel will instantly make families feel relaxed and open to the island wildlife.
The all inclusive packages include accommodations, transfers from the Baltra Airport, guided island tours, breakfast at the hotel and lunch during the tours. Alcohol is not included in the packages, but who needs alcohol when you can hang out with a sea lion at lunch?
Grand Palladium Imbassai Resort & Spa - Imbassai, Brazil
Located in the Imbassai Nature Reserve along Brazil's coastline, this South America all inclusive resort offers families beautiful beaches, large pools, numerous onsite restaurants, daily resort activities and kids' clubs for all ages. The supervised staff at Grand Palladium Imbassai Resort & Spa cares for children ages 1 to 3 at the Baby Club, while the Mini Club is for kids ages 4 to 12. In the Mini Club, the kids will enjoy the playground area and create arts and crafts. And for ages 13 to 19, the Teen Club is an excellent hangout spot where teens can play foosball or video games or sing karaoke.
Royal Palm Hotel Galapagos - Santa Cruz, Galapagos Islands
Located in the forests of Santa Cruz, this family-friendly South America resort offers all inclusive packages that include adventure excursions. There are a variety of packages to choose from at Royal Palm Hotel Galapagos based on your family's level of adventure (relax, explore or be active). Families can explore a lava tunnel, which is only a five-minute drive from the hotel. Visit with the Galapagos Giant Tortoises or take a bike tour while searching for tortoises and other wildlife. The multiple-bedroom villas are ideal for family stays and the outdoor pool is the perfect place to hang out after touring the island.
IBEROSTAR Bahia - Praia do Forte, Brazil
This South America all inclusive resort is located right on the beach and is ideal for families visiting Brazil. The all inclusive rate includes unlimited food and drink at six restaurants, resort activities, the kids' club, live entertainment, access to the onsite golf course, all water and land sports and Wi-Fi access. The Family Standard Rooms at IBEROSTAR Bahia are ideal for families of five or more as they include two double beds and a king bed.
Dos Lunas Horse Riding Lodge - Cordoba, Argentina
Located in Cordoba, Argentina, this South America all inclusive is nowhere near typical. If you have a child who loves horses, saddle up for this South America resort! Horse riding is the main event at this mountain resort. Difficulty levels and length of riding is catered to your family's desires and experience. Between one- and five-hour long rides are available at Dos Lunas Horse Riding Lodge through valleys, along paths and high in the mountains. All meals (breakfast, lunch, 5 p.m. tea and dinner) are included and Wi-Fi can be found in the common areas. The outdoor pool and play room, where kids can find DVDs and board games, are perfect after a long day in the saddle.
Hillary Nature Resort & Spa - Arenillas, Ecuador
Located in southern Ecuador, this all inclusive resort in South America offers families unlimited food and drink, Wi-Fi, a cinema, access to hiking trails, and a guided tour of an ostrich farm. Kids will love to play soccer, tennis, mini-golf, Ping-Pong and volleyball at Hillary Nature Resort & Spa. The pool and water park are great spots for the family to cool off and the adults will enjoy the disco and karaoke bar. The kids' club and playground also make this an ideal family all inclusive resort in South America.
Decameron Baru - Isla Baru, Colombia
Located 75 minutes from Cartagena on the Baru peninsula, this South America all inclusive resort is surrounded by beaches. The all inclusive rate includes unlimited food and drinks, use of the resort's kayaks, sea bicycles, canoes, catamarans and windsurfing. Families will also love the SCUBA mini-course, tennis courts and the pool and beach, of course. There are interconnected rooms for families, too, at Decameron Baru. Wi-Fi is an additional cost, however.
Titilaka - Lake Titicaca, Peru
Situated in the high-altitude town of Puno, Titilaka sits along Lake Titicaca in Peru. This small, all inclusive South America resort sits on four acres, but features just 18 guestrooms, all with awesome views of the lake. There is a small kids' club that offers activities and excursions geared to children over 5 years old, and nanny services are available. Games and DVDs are available, too. Unique to a hotel that is situated 12,000 feet above sea level, a nurse and oxygen are available here 24/7, just in case you may need them.
Families will love to indulge at breakfast, lunch and dinner on the local ingredients served at this resort. Full- and half-day excursions to places likes the colonial temples, marketplace and local festivals are also available when your family stays at this South America all inclusive resort.
Awasi Atacama - Relais & Chateaux - San Pedro de Ataama, Chile
This South America all inclusive resort in Chile includes lodging; all meals and beverages; and a personal bilingual tour guide in a 4x4 vehicle for excursions and transfers to and from the airport. Children ages 5 to 12 years old will be charged only 30 percent of the regular rate and children ages 13 to 18 are 50 percent of the regular rate, making this an ideal family destination in Chile. However, this resort is not recommended for children under 5. Families will love to explore the desert and look for geysers, flamingos, vicunas, fox and so much more when staying here. The lodge suites at Awasi Atacama - Relais and Chateaux are unique with thatched roofs and an open-air concept. Each suite features a patio, plus an outdoor and indoor shower.
Salinas de Maceio Beach Resort - Alagoas, Brazil
This Brazilian beach resort is perfect for families looking for a South America all inclusive getaway because children under 12 years old stay free with two paying adults. Families will love the beautiful beach and pool at Salinas de Maceio Beach Resort; the kids' club for ages 4 to 12 where there are tons of activities and toys; and the outdoor playground. Strollers, cribs and baby bathtubs are also available to use at no additional cost. Babysitters are also available for hire in case parents want to enjoy some time at the spa.
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