Traveling with little ones, tweens, or teens? There are lots of all-inclusive resorts out there, but finding one that’s romantic and relaxing plus family-friendly is not easy. We’ve rounded up our favorite picks for 20 best all-inclusive family resorts to help you plan a trip that will delight kids as well as parents.
Beaches Turks and Caicos
At Beaches Turks and Caicos, there’s something fun to do for every member of the family, day in and day out. The Beaches all-inclusive family resorts are owned by Sandals, and provide the same level of luxurious inclusions and service, with additional activities and facilities just for families. There are 10 freshwater swimming pools, 4 whirlpools, a tennis court that stays open in the evening, free use of non-motorized watersports equipment and instruction, and scuba diving excursions with equipment.
At Kids’ Camp, younger guests will have the opportunity to meet Sesame Street characters or try out new games at the Xbox play lounge. There’s also a nightclub for teens, a huge waterpark, and nightly shows.
Comfortable luxury accommodations are spread out across the massive resort’s 5 iconic villages, which are modeled after Key West, the Caribbean, France, and Italy. Twenty-one restaurants and 15 bars serve unlimited international cuisine and premium drinks.
Best of all, Beaches Resorts is proudly the first major resort in the Caribbean to offer Certified Autism Centers where neurodivergent kids can meet Julia, a member of the Sesame Street gang who loves to make art in a peaceful setting with other children who can be easily overwhelmed by the environment at the Kids’ Camp.
Alexandra Resort, Turks & Caicos
Another popular all-inclusive family resort in Turks and Caicos is Alexandra Resort, set in lovely Grace Bay. It has a relaxed, laid-back atmosphere and is popular with active families; they offer free use of a wide range of watersports equipment plus bikes, and it’s just a short walk to Regent Village.
Plus, it’s built on a great stretch of property surrounded by other high-end luxury resorts, and a free shuttle will transport guests to Beach House Turks & Caicos and Blue Haven Resort, Alexandra’s sister properties. On-site dining includes a Pizza Bar and Asu on the Beach, which has a wide range of options. All-inclusive meal plans are available but optional.
If you choose not to go all-inclusive for all or part of your trip, the resort’s accommodations are equipped for at least some cooking. Family-sized suites have fully stocked kitchens and a separate dining area. Plus, there are lots of restaurants nearby.
Rates here include a great range of activities. The resort is conveniently located within a short driving distance to some major attractions, plus guests can take advantage of discounted green fees at Provo Golf Club, just 10 minutes away. Onsite, the large lagoon-style pool has enough room for the adults to sit comfortably at the swim-up bar while the kids splash on the other end.
Hilton La Romana, Dominican Republic
Hilton La Romana is a beautiful, sprawling resort on a quiet section of Bayahibe Beach on the southeast coast of the Dominican Republic. It offers unlimited water activities, including a huge water park, a lazy river, easy beach access, and non-motorized watersports equipment. Kids and Teens Clubs provide safe and fun age-appropriate entertainment, including field trips, foam parties, social events, and a night of camping on the beach.
Optional amenities include a casino, scuba diving facility, a lovely spa, a game of golf at a nearby course, or a tour of any of the Dominican Republic’s popular tourist destinations.
Connecting rooms are available for select suites. All suites come with a stunning view from a private balcony, a minibar, 24-hour room service, and air conditioning. Ground-floor suites have optional swim-out terraces, but guests must be aged 13 or older.
Barcelo Bavaro Palace, Dominican Republic
Visitors to the Dominican Republic are truly spoiled for choice when it comes to luxury all-inclusive family resorts. Barcelo Bavaro Beach is in a very popular area of Punta Cana and has a total of 11 restaurants, several spots to grab a drink, a 24-hour tapas bar, a disco, a casino, a golf course, and several swimming pools. This resort is so massive that they even have a shuttle just to help guests get around.
There are over 1400 rooms and suites at Barcelo Palace, including a separate adult-only section of the resort. Most guests opt to stay at Palace Deluxe, the main building with family-friendly rooms and easy access to all of the amenities. The vibe here is lively and upbeat, mostly due to the sheer volume of guests.
There is always something going on at the pool deck, like dancing and games. There are 4 swimming pools including a kids-only pool where the Kids Club participants spend at least a portion of their day. A short walk through the grounds will take you to the Barcy Waterpark, a massive play place with waterslides and climbing walls. For a more mellow vibe, there is an adults-only pool in the spa.
Beaches Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Beaches Ocho Rios sits on 22 acres of pristine Jamaican real estate, with a private paradise of a beach, calm water ideal for swimming and snorkeling, and a lush, green tropical garden. It has a stellar reputation among families as being one of the best all-inclusive resorts in Ocho Rios for families.
Activities at Beaches Ocho Rios include a massive pirate-themed water park, a golf program for kids, scuba diving and other water sports, unlimited dining and drinks at 7 restaurants and 6 bars (including swim-up bars), sports courts and equipment, 5 swimming pools, a Kids’ Camp, and an activity program for older kids.
Nearby attractions include Dunn’s River Falls and the iconic Blue Hole natural plunge pool. Activities to get your blood pumping like off-roading, river rafting or mountain biking can also be arranged through the concierge, although excursions cost extra.
Be Live Collection Marien, Dominican Republic
2022 Travelers’ Choice Award winner Be Live Marien in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic is a lovely mid-range property on a beautiful, calm stretch of Playa Dorada. There is a huge swimming pool surrounded by loungers and palm trees in the center of the property. From the pool deck, guests can follow one of several pathways that lead to the private beach, passing restaurants, snack shacks, and bars on the way.
On the beach, you’ll find more loungers and the occasional vendor, but since the resort is on the edge of the tourist block, the beach is relatively uncrowded. The rooms are quaint, spacious, and sturdy even if they are a bit dated.
Included in the rate are meals and drinks, live shows, and a wide range of sports and activities like games in the game room, instructor-led aerobics classes, and sailing. The main eatery, a buffet restaurant, puts out an impressive spread for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There is quite a bit of variety and rotating themes, so you’re not likely to have the same thing twice. Live cooking stations and children’s sections make mealtime fun.
For mid-day snacks and drinks, there are bars and snack shacks by the pool. There are also additional restaurants at the front of the property, but they are not included in the all-inclusive rate. All-inclusive rates cover 3 a la carte options that require a reservation, but these restaurants don’t allow children under 7.
Beaches Negril, Jamaica
Compared to Beaches Ocho Rios, Beaches Negril is much more modern, having recently undergone a heavy renovation. Beaches Negril only started welcoming guests back in 2020. Its newly renovated rooms, ideal spot on the world-renowned Seven Mile Beach, and ease of access are just a few of the reasons why Beaches Negril is our personal favorite Beaches resort.
They offer the same family-friendly activities for adults and kids of all ages as the other properties in Beaches’ portfolio: Pirates Island waterpark, a range of watersports and land sports, free scuba diving trips and equipment, and a wide selection of restaurants and bars serving unlimited food and drinks.
Recommended nearby excursions include catamaran cruises to the beautiful nearby islands, zip-lining, and sunset horseback rides along the beach.
Dreams Macao Beach, Dominican Republic
With an on-site waterpark, Dreams Macao Beach is a fun all-inclusive family resort in the Dominican Republic that offers plenty for mom and dad while the kids are busy at the waterpark or kids’ club.
While it might be hard to find a quiet spot to relax at Dreams Macao Beach (which is a new addition to the Dreams portfolio), the Spa by Penovia offers relaxing treatments including couples’ massages and hydrotherapy circuits. Some premium suites come with private plunge pools or swim-up entrances where your family can enjoy a bit of sunshine and family time. However, some reviews mention that the atmosphere here can be a bit loud.
If you’re traveling with kids, though, this is likely one of the best Dreams resorts in terms of entertainment, especially for tweens and teens. Out-of-the-box activities include trampolines, a tightrope walk, a water park, a disco, an arcade with lots of games, and a weekly camping trip.
Robinson Noonu, The Maldives
Robinson Noonu is an island paradise only 45 minutes from the Maldivian island of Male. With a huge list of available amenities (like a luxurious spa, loads of dining options, scuba diving, and windsurfing, to name a few) along with child-friendly activities and babysitting services for hire, it’s a great choice for an exotic getaway for the whole family.
Family rooms are located on the ground floor and come with 2 double beds, 2 sofa beds, and a crib. You’ll get direct beach access from your private terrace, a stylish open-air shower and a bathtub, and your own air conditioner.
The all-inclusive rate covers meals plus non-alcoholic and select alcoholic beverages in the main buffet restaurants. There are two other restaurants in the resort as well, but they are an additional charge.
Also included in the rate is child care at The Roby Club, where kids as young as 3 can have fun exploring their surroundings, making crafts, and playing games under the direct supervision of a trained childcare provider. Parents can take advantage of some downtime by booking a treatment in the luxurious spa or hitting the water for some exciting watersports.
Ikos Andalusia, Spain
Take your next holiday in Spain and stay at Ikos Andalusia, a stylish all-inclusive family resort nestled between the mountain ranges of Costa del Sol and the shimmering Mediterranean Sea. While somewhat removed from any major tourist hot spots, it has direct beach access, plenty of scenic biking trails, and Mini Coopers available to rent.
Modern rooms are done up in neutral shades of white and gray. Floor-to-ceiling windows let in the light and a cooling breeze. Down in the restaurants, guests can choose between a delicious buffet or a set menu prepared by a Michelin-starred chef at either of the specialty restaurants.
There are 6 pools for the kids to splash around in and an adults-only pool in the spa for relaxing, plus a wide range of activities from yoga to paddleboarding, all included in the rate. Upgrade to the Premium Deluxe range for a luxury perk: a complimentary massage in the spa.
Summerville Resort, Brazil
Brazil is becoming an increasingly popular holiday destination among Americans, and Summerville Resort is the perfect all-inclusive family resort for you to discover why. This resort is set on a long stretch of beautiful golden sand at Muro Alto Beach, lined with rows upon rows of palm trees.
The grounds are massive and surrounded by a diverse natural ecosystem that includes a mangrove forest and a reef-formed natural pool. A huge wall of coral reef offshore makes for ideal, calm swimming conditions. The main swimming pool is long and lean, snaking its way from the accommodation buildings to the beach.
Accommodation options well-suited for families include luxurious apartments for longer stays, suites, and bungalows, which have available upgrades like seafront views, Super Luxury, or Presidential status.
Families can take part in a wide range of fun activities you don’t see in many other resorts (like trapeze lessons) as well as events like foam parties, concerts, and nature walks.
Radisson Blu Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
The award-winning Radisson Blu Punta Cana is one of the top-rated all-inclusive resorts for families, with a dedicated entertainment concierge and Kids’ Club offering fun indoor and outdoor activities like a games room, musical instruments, swimming, and sports. Even pets are welcome at Radisson Blu, so the whole family can come along.
Rooms feature vibrant hues of blue, oil paintings on the walls, and accents like big geometric prints. Condos with up to three bedrooms come with the option of upgrading to a private whirlpool or ocean view.
While the kids are at the Club, parents can enjoy unlimited dining and drinks in any of the outdoor bars or gourmet restaurants. Guided yoga and meditation plus lessons on cooking, cocktail making, and dancing are also part of Radisson’s all-inclusive package along with sports equipment and facilities.
Windjammer Landing, St. Lucia
In Labrelotte Bay in St. Lucia, Windjammer Landing is situated on a private beach where kids can play in the calm water. Not only that, but the aquatic sports center takes guests out on a daily excursion and offers all manner of water sports, from quiet pedal boating to water skiing and even scuba diving. Add that to the 6 swimming pools, two of which are for kids, and Windjammer Landing is the ultimate all-inclusive resort for kids (and grown-ups) who love to swim.
At the Jacquot Fun Club, child-care experts have come up with a full range of activities to keep kids entertained no matter what they’re into. Older kids can find age-appropriate entertainment as well with dedicated amenities including on-site activities and off-site excursions.
In addition to family rooms and suites, villas with up to 4 bedrooms can be reserved. These come with yards, plunge pools, a full kitchen, and a dining area. All-inclusive plans are available, but they are optional, which makes Windjammer an ideal location for a multi-family trip as costs can be cut significantly by renting a villa and cooking your own meals.
Dreams Aventuras Riviera Maya, Mexico
Dreams Aventuras Riviera Maya is this brand’s most family-friendly options. Located on a beautiful, private beach on the Riviera Maya, it offers a calm natural pool on the beach that’s protected by a rock wall, clean grounds, and attentive resort staff. There are also lots of dining options included in the rate. The World Cafe is an especially big hit with families because of its wide selection and child-friendly options.
There are only two pools at Dreams Aventuras, which are quite small. Guests can also swim in the large natural saltwater pool, a private lagoon sectioned off by a man-made rock wall that provides very safe swimming conditions for little swimmers.
The Explorer’s Club provides fun and entertainment for kids during the day, and family-friendly live entertainment is featured each night and is free for all guests.
Viva Wyndham Maya, Mexico
Viva Wyndham Maya is a large family-friendly all-inclusive resort located in the safe community of Playacar in Mexico. As a cheaper option, it lacks some of the flash and quite a bit of luxury included at the other resorts on this list, but there are lots of fun, unique activities that kids of all ages will be interested in. There are also quite a few thoughtful amenities that will make traveling with kids just a little bit easier, like hourly shows and a 24-bar when you can also get snacks.
Some of the activities available to guests of Viva Maya include trapeze lessons, juggling lessons, intro dive classes, windsurfing, sailing, and kayaking, with programs designed for kids and adults. There are also sports courts and game rooms. If you want to get out and do some exploring, the resort is not far from local eco-parks and ancient ruins. Free parking is included if you decide to rent a car.
One reason why Viva Wyndham is such a big hit with families is that they don’t allow spring breakers, period. The vibe here is wholesome, inclusive, and fun for the whole family. It may be on the simpler side, but it’s a great place to reconnect as a family and for kids to explore their interests.
All Ritmo Cancun Resort & Waterpark, Mexico
All Ritmo Cancun Resort is one of the best choices for an all-inclusive family resort in Cancun thanks to its affordability and the variety of activities and dining options available. One of its most popular attractions is the on-site waterpark with splash pools for kids, a water playground, and a few waterslides. There are two other pool decks at the resort: one with a bar that overlooks the beach and the other with a family pool and a shallow kids’ pool across the street.
It’s located outside of Cancun’s Hotel Zone, so while the beach is a bit smaller than some of the more centrally located resorts, it feels less crowded and there are practically no spring-breakers. The neighborhood mostly consists of other hotels and residences, but the resort offers plenty of entertainment and activities on-site for guests of all ages.
For active travelers, there is a fully equipped gym, two multi-sport courts, and a full-sized soccer field and tennis court. The Kids’ Club (for kids aged 5-12) has a rotating schedule of fun activities like face painting, watersports, games, and crafts.
In the evening families can catch a show in the theater after dinner at any one of several restaurants. There are also snack shacks on the pool deck and in the waterpark, so there’s always something nearby for the kids to refuel after an afternoon of swimming.
Velas Vallarta Suites Resort, Mexico
Puerto Vallarta is a long-time favorite holiday destination for families, and Velas Vallarta is one of many all-inclusive family resorts here. The property is ideally located between a beach and a golf course and only a short drive from the airport. The marina, where you’ll find restaurants, shops, and grocery stores, is just a 15-minute walk away.
Two-bedroom family suites have extra-large patios with seating, fully stocked kitchens, and separate dining areas. Many reviews mention how much bigger the family suites feel compared to other resorts. Up to three-bedroom suites can be reserved, and many suites are adjoining for large family trips. Another perk that families appreciate is the inclusion of staples kids are familiar with in the minibar, like milk, cereal, oatmeal, and even fresh fruit.
There is a beautiful beach with cabanas available to rent and three swimming pools, including a children’s pool where the Kids’ Club will occasionally do water aerobics. Another fun, out-of-the-box activity for kids is a turtle release program, but it is only available seasonally.
Sugar Beach Resort, St. Lucia
As far as tropical locations go, Sugar Beach Resort is in a league of its own. Snuggled between St. Lucia’s world-famous Piton mountains, this chic, cozy all-inclusive family resort offers an almost other-worldly Caribbean experience. One of the nicest resorts on the island, it’s an ideal spot for a family vacation with a newborn or teenagers. There is a kids’ club and an activities program for teens, but the resort does try to maintain a quiet ambience.
Activities for kids aged 4-12 include a treasure hunt and beach activities like fish feeding or building sandcastles. Parents also have the option of hiring a babysitter for a romantic night out, just the two of them.
The gourmet meals at Sugar Beach are served in upscale dining rooms that offer dramatic views of the sunset lighting up the Pitons. Breezy, open-air patio seating is available as well. Families are welcome, but without a dedicated buffet restaurant or “family section,”, there may not be much choice for picky eaters.
Royalton St. Lucia
The Royalton St. Lucia is an upscale all-inclusive resort for families located on the northern coast of the island. Impressively modern, the resort’s rooms and suites have high-tech components like Smart TVs, USB outlets, and Bluetooth speakers as well as a sleek, minimalist decor.
This family-friendly all-inclusive is on the higher end of the scale, with the option to upgrade further to Select Luxury Junior Suites that have swim-up entrances and semi-private plunge pools, or Diamond Club Rooms with butler service and the nicest views in the house.
The children’s pool is a massive wading pool with a big play structure for them to climb in the middle, complete with waterslides. A quiet infinity pool overlooking the beach, a large central pool, and a few hot tubs are also strewn about the pool deck, and a large beachfront with comfy loungers and watersports is only steps away. While parents enjoy the spa, the bars, and the beach, kids can make friends and play games at Clubhouse Kids’ Club or Hangout Teens’ Club.
Reservations are not required at any of the resort’s 8 restaurants and all dining options are covered in the all-inclusive package. A wide range of options includes an international buffet, a Japanese restaurant with teppanyaki dining, and an ice cream shop and cafe called Scoops for dessert.
Dreams Royal Beach, Dominican Republic
Our final property on this list is another gem in the Dominican Republic, Dreams Royal Beach Punta Cana. Of the 6 Dreams resorts in the country, this one is the most centrally located, surrounded by other resorts and right next door to Secrets Royal Beach, Dreams’ sister property for adults only.
It’s definitely not a quiet place to rest and recharge, with lots of families occupying the resort and guests from Secrets sharing the beach, but it has lots to offer younger travelers and their parents.
The kids can spend all or a portion of the day at the Explorer’s Club or at the Core Zone, which is for kids aged 12-17. While the kids are away, parents can brush up on their Spanish, take a dance class, book a spa treatment, or just enjoy a romantic lunch. Guests of Dreams Royal Beach also get exclusive discounts at Cocotal Golf & Country Club.
Now that you’ve read our roundup of picks for the 20 best all-inclusive family resorts, which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!
He is an expert travel advisor and enthusiast. He has traveled extensively in the USA, Central America, South America, and Europe. He has visited every Sandals Resort and is one of a select few Diamond Elite members of the Sandals Chairman’s Royal Club.
Dan graduated from Johnson & Wales University with an associate degree in Culinary Arts. Later he graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelor’s degree in International Studies with a focus on people and culture.