From dude ranches in the U.S. to beachfront spots in Mexico and the Caribbean, these are the best all-inclusive resorts for families around the world
Even those of us who love planning travel can appreciate the ease of an all-inclusive family vacation. You don’t have to worry about making reservations for meals, the kids are taken care of at top-notch kids’ clubs, and the service makes you feel relaxed and pampered. These family-tested properties from the U.S. to France to Costa Rica have dialed in what families want when on vacation. Scroll through to find a new property to add to your must-visit list.
Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda | Michès, Dominican Republic
The first resort in the undiscovered region of Miches, Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda is situated on 93 acres and a 2,000-ft stretch of untouched white sand beach, offering families the ultimate luxury tropical getaway. Families will enjoy a stay in La Perla, an exclusive area featuring 16 oceanfront family suites and four oceanfront penthouses with a rooftop terrace and multiple bedrooms, and access to a private family pool, family bar, and private cabanas. Kids under 6 stay free and you can even book your flights with your stay for added convenience.
With kids’ clubs for every age from 4-month-olds to tweens, you know that your kids are going to have an experience they won’t soon forget. The property even has special areas for teens to gather and participate in activities like flying trapeze, archery, and windsurfing. Adults can indulge in some R&R in the adults-only Zen Oasis area, the perfect tropical hideaway for rest, relaxation, and wellness, ensuring total peace of mind.
While Villas Resort | Turks and Caicos
White Villas Resort in Turks and Caicos provides guests with the perfect combination of a private vacation villa, with all the services of an all-inclusive experience. Being family-owned, they understand the unique needs of families while on vacation and prioritize providing both a breathtaking setting and the necessary amenities (outdoor gym and movie theatre, vehicle rentals, private boating, chef services, and much more) for a fun and stress-free experience. Your family or extended family will love having their own private home base to return to after a day spent exploring. 20 minutes from the airport and 5 minutes to Grace Bay Beach means you don’t have to spend any time getting to the fun.
Dreams Los Cabos Suites Golf Resort & Spa | Los Cabos, Mexico
From the moment you arrive at Dreams Los Cabos, you will feel the relaxing vibes take over. Located on the Sea of Cortez, this all-inclusive resort for families is just a 30-minute ride from the airport and an even shorter ride to downtown Cabo San Lucas. Families can spread out in a suite that comes with a separate kitchen area, balcony, 24-hour room service, and so much more. All-inclusive amenities include access to a number of a la carte restaurants including French and Italian cuisine, seafood, and steak. Get your fill at the breakfast buffet with Mexican favorites and a made-to-order omelet station.
The main pool is at the center of the resort and includes multiple areas with lounge chairs, a swim-up bar, and even a water slide for the kids. Be sure to look for the massive iguanas sunning themselves near the waterslide. Send your kids to the Explorers Club and head over to the adult’s-only pool near the seafood restaurant. Here you’ll find a quieter zen vibe with another swim-up bar. Nightly entertainment and movies on the beach are a family highlight.
Falcon’s Resort by Melia | Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
We’re pretty sure that your dream family vacation includes things like top-notch food, a stunning beach, massive suites, and an amazing kids club—but does it also include an amusement park? You’ll get this and so much more when you visit Falcon’s Resort by Meliá in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. All the rooms are suites and you’ll love that even when at max occupancy you’ll never have to fight for a lounge chair by the pool.
Along with some serious relaxation vibes, this all-inclusive resort embraces the “resortainment” experience with tons of activities available throughout the day to keep kids (and parents) busy. When the kids find out that you also have access to next-door Katmandu Park during your stay we know they’ll never want to leave!
Velas Vallarta | Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Puerto Vallarta is just a short flight from much of the U.S. and it’s the ideal destination for foodies, parents, and beach-loving kids. Velas Vallarta offers massive suites, activities for all ages, an amazing kids’ club, and so much more. You’ll love that all the rooms at this property are condo-style which means you’ll have a living room and kitchen in addition to your bedrooms and bathrooms.
Connected by a fun waterway, the two main pools are the center of the action at Velas Vallarta. The activity pool has a swim-up bar, water volleyball net, and activities throughout the day like water aerobics. The other pool has a more tranquil vibe with loads of shaded lounge chairs surrounding it. There’s even a mini pool for the kids right near the kids’ club. You’ll love walking the long stretch of beach right in front of the property.
Club Med Tignes | Val Claret, France
If your ideal all-inclusive resort for families includes skiing in the French Alps and then enjoying a post-ski massage, you’ll want to check out the newly-opened Club Med Tignes. Set in the picturesque French town of Val Claret, Club Med Tignes is a brand-new property with ski-in/ski-out access to some pretty epic mountains. Even before you arrive, you are being taken care of as a transfer from the airport is the first part of your all-inclusive stay. Whether you fly into Lyon or Geneva, it’s about three hours to get there from the airport (but you won’t be driving so you can enjoy the stunning views).
Not only are ski lessons included for the whole family, but the staff will literally get your kids from their PJs into their ski gear and out on the mountain without any assistance from you. It’s all-inclusive taken to a whole other level and we are here for it.
Divi & Tamarijn All-Inclusives | Aruba
Divi & Tamarijn All-Inclusives: This pair of beachfront all-inclusive resorts are perfect for families with younger children, as kids under 12 stay, play, and eat for free at Tamarijn. The Sea Turtles Club is a free activity center open for children aged 4 to 12, where parents can leave their kids to play while they enjoy the rest of the resort. Borrow bikes to cruise around the property and the island, and then spend time exploring underwater sea life while snorkeling in the pristine waters of the Caribbean.
Salmon Falls Resort | Ketchikan, Alaska
Conveniently located just 90 minutes from Seattle, Salmon Falls Resort has catered to discerning adventurous families for more than 30 years and offers thrilling Alaskan adventures paired with an authentic lodge-style resort experience. Ketchikan is located at the southernmost entrance to Alaska’s iconic Inside Passage and is best known as the “Salmon Capital of the World.” The popular guided and self-guided fishing excursions will be offered along with standouts including a floatplane fishing adventure, wildlife-watching boat safari, ethical bear watching, eco-kayaking tours, and more. Three meals per day, airport transfers, fishing gear, accommodations, and fish processing are all included in rates.
Martinhal Lisbon Chiado Luxury Hotel & Apartments| Portugal
You may have been to properties that deem themselves “family-friendly” but the Martinhal properties take this to a whole new level. Martinhal Chiado is the world’s first luxury family hotel in a city center and it is the ideal spot to stay with your family in Lisbon.
In addition to thoughtful in-room amenities like step stools and high chairs, all of the rooms here are apartment-style with kitchens and a washer-dryer combo. Even larger families can feel at home here with two-bedroom suites available that include a room that sleeps four kids in bunk beds! Need a baby bath, diapers or bottle warmers? The Baby Concierge is available to provide these items to you for your stay.
They have an incredible kids club program that covers ages six months and up. Kids can visit the kids club from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and there no additional cost, it’s all included in the room charge. A special “pajama club” offers childcare services (for an additional fee) until 10 p.m. each evening, allowing parents to enjoy a night out in Lisbon.
Turtle Beach by Elegant Hotels, All-Inclusive | Barbados
At Turtle Beach, kids can immerse themselves in local culture by becoming honorary Bajan. The resort offers a fun-filled course where kids can learn the local lingo and try their hand at cooking Bajan dishes. The whole family can also unwind together just like the locals do, with activities such as beach cricket, calypso dance lessons, and dominos challenges. With excursions to discover the island’s gems, pastry-making demonstrations, and authentically Bajan pop-up bars to relish local, authentic treats and snacks, there’s plenty to choose from to make lasting family memories together.
Planet Hollywood Costa Rica, An Autograph Collection All-Inclusive Resort, Gulf of Papagayo, Guanacaste
If you are looking for the star treatment, look no further than Planet Hollywood Costa Rica. Tucked away in Papagayo Bay, this resort is excellent for families, and generally, the bay is great for swimming. Do you have a rising star or a fashionista? With singer/songwriter classes, drama, and showtime classes, and a wardrobe room, this kids club for kids 4-12 years of age offers something different from the usual. A large selection of tours is available at an extra cost and they include transportation from the resort. From horseback riding through tropical scenic trails, cocoa plantation tours, walking inside an active volcano crater, and raft tours along the river, you’ll definitely find something your family will enjoy.
Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa | Montego Bay, Jamaica
Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa is an all-inclusive, beachfront resort in Jamaica that offers world-class amenities perfect for the entire family, including a championship golf course, a private beach, a top-of-the-line spa, a waterpark, and 11 upscale restaurants, bars, and grills. The rooms and suites capture the island feel with tropical-style features, spectacular views, private balconies, and a laid-back sitting area.
Spend your days at Sugar Mill Falls, one of Jamaica’s largest water parks that’s right on the property. Snag an inner tube and head down the lazy river, or head to the waterfalls for the ultimate zen experience. Poolside concierges will bring you all the umbrella drinks your heart desires.
Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch | Stanley, ID
Mountains, streams, lakes, and some of the nation’s most glorious scenery can be found at Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch. Perfect for multi-generational family gatherings, the 900-acre ranch offers the opportunity to slow down, sit by the fire, and play a game of cards with the Sawtooth Mountains in the distance.
The Ranch offers mountain bikes to borrow including a handful of kid-sized rides. There are loads of trails for hiking and a pond on the property where you can fly fish (catch and release only), try out stand-up paddle boarding, or head out to see if you spot the resident beaver while on the pedalboat. You’ll find a number of guided activities for guests including hiking, fly fishing clinics, and yoga. You can also book a massage appointment.
We definitely recommend booking a half-day horseback ride while at the Ranch. Stables are located just across the street from the Ranch and their knowledgeable guides will take you on the trails so that you can get a bird’s-eye view of the valley. There’s nothing like seeing this gorgeous area on the back of a horse!
Grand Palladium White Sand Resort & Spa | Riviera Maya
Grand Palladium is, through and through, the classic type of all-inclusive resort for families you imagine visiting in Mexico. But while other brands may have gotten too big or crowded, with the quality of food and service inevitably decreasing, these guys do it right. White Sand is one of four resorts on their Riviera Maya compound (sister resorts “Colonial” and “Kantenah” are also family-friendly, whereas the fourth, TRS Yucatan Hotel, is adults-only), which allows guests the unique opportunity of having both an intimate resort feel while being able to access the amenities (restaurants, pools, and more) of the neighboring resorts. If your kids (or spouse!) tend to get bored in one place quickly, this is the perfect answer.
Kids will love the interesting animals they encounter, whether real (there is a large flock of flamingos that live on the property, as well as plenty of cute coatis, iguanas, and more) or “Raggs” (the resort mascots, colorful dog characters that entertain children throughout the resort by singing, dancing, reading stories, and posing for photos)
Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto | Loreto, Mexico
Located on the eastern coast of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula, Loreto has remained a hidden gem locale. Loreto is best known for its secluded, unspoiled setting on the Loreto Bay National Marine Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto overlooks the gorgeous Sea of Cortez, complete with four restaurants featuring fresh, local cuisine; 39,000 square foot Sabila Spa; and five sparkling pools. Guests can choose from an array of suites and penthouses, including options that can sleep up to 12 people.
Families can book the all-inclusive package, which includes everything they need for limitless fun, including access to a number of the resort’s facilities, a plethora of onsite activities including paddleboards and kayaks to explore the incredible underwater wildlife the destination is known for and entrance to various theme nights hosted at the resort. Guests opting for the all-inclusive plan can also splurge on an unlimited selection of food and alcoholic beverages at the resort’s restaurants and bars.
Tanque Verde Guest Ranch | Tucson, AZ
One of the most distinctive resorts in Tucson, Tanque Verde Ranch has been welcoming families with scenic desert and mountain views for years. Guests can experience its varied history with miles of exciting horse trails, four tennis courts, and a bright swimming pool that sparkles in the Arizona sun. Visit the property’s 150 horses and enjoy southwestern cuisine and happy hour at the Dog House Saloon. Their all-inclusive package means you’ll be taken care of with fresh-made meals throughout your stay.
Breakfast rides, cowboy cookouts, and all the relaxation you need are central to a stay at Tanque Verde. Mountain biking, fishing, guided hikes, yoga and wellness activities, arts and crafts, tennis, and more are also available. Guest can take advantage of the robust kids’ program that includes a full day of activities including riding lessons, pool time, tie-dye, and all the cactus crafts you can imagine. Enjoy some relaxation time at the La Sonora Spa while the kids are taken care of (they won’t even miss you!). The Ranch just added an apiary and looks forward to having their own honey in the future.
Fairmont Mayakoba | Riviera Maya, Mexico
The Fairmont Mayakoba underwent a serious makeover that was completed in 2022 and it now has a sleek new beach club, two more restaurants, an adults-only bar overlooking the ocean, two beautiful kids clubs, and freshly redesigned rooms and suites, too. Most notably, it also now includes an all-inclusive option and free dining for children under 5.
Fairmont Mayakoba is hidden in 240 acres of tropical forest, marked by crystal clear waterways and cobbled roads suitable only for walking, bikes, and golf carts. The setting in nature makes it hard to believe you’re only 40 minutes south of Cancún. It feels remote, exclusive, and quiet in the ways you want it to be quiet when you’re on vacation.
Golf carts are the main mode of transportation around Fairmont Mayakoba, which made for lots of fun, and also made you appreciate the grandness of the property. It truly feels like neverending miles of jungle tucked away alongside the Caribbean Ocean. It’s a 3-5 minute ride from the main rooms of the hotel to the beach, which makes even the journey to the beach an adventure.
Nickelodeon Resorts Punta Cana | Dominican Republic
Punta Cana is a popular tourist destination in the Dominican Republic known for its stunning white sandy beaches, crystal-clear waters, and tropical climate. The beaches in Punta Cana are among the most beautiful in the world, with miles of soft, powdery sand and turquoise waters. When it comes to places to stay when traveling with young children, you will 100% want to stay at a resort known for children’s programs and we definitely recommend Nickelodeon Resorts, Punta Cana.
This beachfront property tops our list of best all-inclusive resorts for families as it has direct access to the beach and some of the rooms are literally steps from the beach. The beach is great for walking or frolicking in the waves and is not too far from the pool, the beach bars, and restaurants. The rooms are on the side of the resort closest to the beach, and the waterpark is on the other side. It’s easy to get around the resort with shuttles and golf carts driven by staff and running continuously all day. If you are not experiencing mobility challenges, it’s about a 5-minute walk from the rooms to the waterpark once you’ve familiarized yourself with the layout of the property.
Margaritaville Beach Resort | Playa Flamingo, Costa Rica
A short drive from Playa Conchal, you’ll find Playa Flamingo, a golden sand beach with stunning sunsets. Whether you are going for a wedding or a family trip, Margarita Beach Resort goes all out. With daily beach and resort activities and many excursions for you to explore, you won’t have trouble staying busy (if that’s your jam). Their family suites have the family in mind, offering kids their own bunk bed and space, even in a shared room. The beach is excellent for long walks. Since Flaming Beach is along Brasilito Bay, the waters tend to be calmer than many other beaches in Costa Rica.
Additional reporting by Claire Zlobin & Jenny Hart