The case for an all inclusive family vacation is easy: pay for the entire vacation upfront, and don’t think about it again! While many all inclusive resorts will set you back a pretty penny, we’ve found some surprisingly affordable all inclusive resorts to consider for your next family vacation.
1. Allegro Cozumel – Cozumel, Mexico
It’s hard to beat the affordable all inclusive deals at this stunning, recently renovated resort. A family of four can spend a mere $1,000 (with a $500 resort credit) for a close-to-the-beach, premium two-bed guestroom for four glorious nights at the Allegro Cozumel. During your stay, you’ll have access to the kids’ club; illuminated tennis courts; a water park for kids; every single meal, snack, and drink your family desires; and non-motorized water sports like kayaking and windsurfing. Gratuities are included in rates, as well. You can also take a unique tour at the Cozumel Pearl Farm to learn how the precious gems are made and farmed! Premium level at this affordable all inclusive resort also includes access to a special lounge with continental breakfast, afternoon sandwiches, and a self-service bar, plus easy access to the pool and hot tub area. In the room, there’s a DVD player for when the sun gets to be too much for little ones, and a mini-bar that’s restocked daily.
2. Hard Rock Riviera Maya – Riviera Maya, Mexico
Ditch the family minivan for the concert tour bus at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya. For just over $2,000, you can book an affordable all inclusive stay in a Deluxe Platinum Double room with Rock Royalty Level Privileges. that include a personal assistant who will be at your beck and call from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. In addition, enjoy nightly sweets, a menu of fun pillow and aromatherapy choices (try the lavender!), in-room soaking spa tub preparation, a free 25-minute couples massage with use of the Rock Spa sauna beforehand, and VIP check-in/check-out. During the day, the kids will have a blast at the new onsite Rockaway Bay Water Park included in your package, splashing or relaxing at one of the many pools and beaches, or testing their physical limits at Woodward, the resort’s massive extreme sports complex (additional cost applies), all while being close to delicious food or drink.
3. Occidental Punta Cana – Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
A Family Junior Suite for four nights, for just over $1,000 (including round-trip airport transportation!) is extreme value in this tropical paradise in the Dominican Republic. With 11 restaurants (seven of which are á la carte, including a steakhouse), three swimming pools, beach soccer and two tennis courts, plus unlimited water sport action, the Occidental Punta Cana has it all. During the day (9 a.m. to 11 p.m.), little ones age 4 to 12 can play in the children’s mini club while mom and dad unwind at the spa or fall asleep on the beach with an adult beverage in hand. After the kids are sound asleep, grown-ups can head to the Mangú Disco.
4. Hotel Riu Dunamar – Playa Mujeres, Mexico
Opened in 2017, the Hotel Riu Dunamar is offering up an affordable all inclusive deal for families this summer. Book a spacious 750-square feet Family Room with two bedrooms, air conditioning, mini-fridge, balcony or terrace, during an early season four-night stay for just $1,500 for a family of four. This incredible rate includes free airport transfers, complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the resort, and entry into the Splash Water World water park onsite, as well as the non-stop entertainment available in the RiuLand kids’ club. During your days in this Yucatan paradise, enjoy five outdoor swimming pools, kayaking and snorkeling right off the beach (and steps away from your room), 24-hour all inclusive dining—including a poolside steakhouse—and more.
5. Hotel Riu Palace Costa Mujeres – Playa Mujeres, Mexico
Book a junior suite for less than $1,900 for a four-night family stay at the Hotel Riu Palace Costa Mujeres in Cancun. The room features a pair of double beds, plus a sofa bed for a family of five; a large soaking tub, ceiling fan, mini-bar/fridge, satellite TV, and a balcony looking out over the Gulf of Mexico. During your stay, enjoy sending your kiddos off to the kids’ club or watching them go crazy on the thrilling slides at the water park of the neighboring Hotel Riu Dunamar. When downtime is in order, cuddle up in a hammock or beneath an umbrella on the beach. This all inclusive beachfront hotel, which opened in November, 2018, serves up food from across the globe, including the finest Japanese, Mexican and Italian dishes, as well as all the pastries and snacks you can handle!
6. Moon Palace Cancun – Cancun, Mexico
Since kids stay free, just under $2,000 gets you four nights in a Superior Deluxe Ocean Front room (suitable for a family of four) at the Moon Palace Cancun. Enjoy complimentary 24-hour room service, free Wi-Fi, an oceanfront balcony, double whirlpool tub and a Smart TV. Everything is covered at Moon Palace, from top-shelf drinks for mom and dad to tasty snacks like brick oven pizza for kids. Even better, every non-motorized water activity is free of charge at this affordable all inclusive resort, meaning you can swim with dolphins, try out a scuba tour, wipe out in epic fashion on the FlowRider wave simulators, and attempt not to fall into the water doing paddleboard yoga. Additionally, kids will love The Playroom, with its age-appropriate fun ranging from Xbox games to seesaws (open 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day), as well as the fun Wired Lounge arcade.
7. Occidental Nuevo Vallarta – Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico
Experience the ultimate beachfront pampering at this stunning, surprisingly affordable all inclusive resort in Mexico. Families of four can enjoy Royal Level (the hotel’s upscale category of rooms) for just $1,500 in the summer (including a $500 resort discount to use on extras such as massages or a romantic dinner on the beach). Enjoy the Occidental Nuevo Vallarta‘s restaurants, plus the exclusive Royal Level private a la carte restaurant serving all three meals daily, free 24-hour room service, a private area on the beach plus a pool and Jacuzzi reserved for Royal Level guests. Additional perks include a basket of traditional Mexican sweets upon arrival, a bottle of tequila, turndown service, and preferred reservations at the specialty restaurants. During the day, your youngest family members will love playing in the kids’ club while you try water volleyball, kayaking, mountain biking or simply chilling out poolside.
8. Hotel Riu Santa Fe – Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
For less than $900, you and your family can escape to Cabo in 2019! Enjoy an affordable four-night stay in a double room near the water park and adults-only pool at the Hotel Riu Santa Fe. During your fun, sun-kissed stay in Baja California, your kids will be splashing down the waterslides and being entertained in the RiuLand kids’ club while you and your partner unwind in the Turkish bath and spa or kick back at one of the swim-up bars located in the seven onsite swimming pools.
9. IBEROSTAR Paraiso Beach – Playa del Carmen, Mexico
You can always find discounts at IBEROSTAR Hotels and Resorts, a collection of fantastic and affordable all inclusive resorts across the globe. We especially love the IBEROSTAR Paraiso Beach, which offers reasonable rates (often around $100 per person, per night) for family rooms that can accommodate up to six people; a sprawling pool complex; a kids’ club; teen-only disco; and nightly entertainment. Delicious dining options include buffets with something even your pickiest eaters will enjoy. Parents—you’ll appreciate that the resort offers babysitting services so you can indulge in a spa treatment or play golf across the street.
Jeff Bogle lives in the suburbs of Philadelphia with his wife, two daughters, and three cats. He is an award-winning photographer and respected travel journalist with bylines on Reader’s Digest, Good Housekeeping, PBS, Esquire and more. Jeff (probably) spends too much time in England watching football and far too many hours plotting his family’s future travel adventures. Find Jeff on his own site, Out With the Kids.