Leave the pack n’ play at home and book some time with your new BFF, the “Vacation Nanny”
Diapers, check! Formula, check! Sanity? TBD! When you’re traveling with a baby, it’s anyone’s guess how “relaxing” your much-needed vacation is going to be. But there is something you can do to up your chances of a blissful babymoon: Stay at a resort with baby care! Whether that means a hotel that gives you a full-time “Vacation Nanny” (it’s a thing!) or a resort with a kids club that’ll take the under-two set, staying at a hotel with dedicated baby care will help you get the rest and relaxation you deserve. Read on to find the best resorts with baby care.
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Franklyn D Resort and Spa - Jamaica
What's better than a tropical beach vacation? A tropical beach vacation with a nanny to take care of your kids. At Jamaica's Franklyn D Resort and Spa, a private "Vacation Nanny" is included with the cost of your stay. That means if any time of day (between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.) your kids need someone to keep them company—i.e. any time you want some time for yourself to enjoy the spa, beach, pool, or explore the nearby town of Runaway Bay—there's a nanny for that! The resort describes the Vacation Nanny as "your family’s vacation assistant who is happy to take care of your family's every need." Um... Yes, please! Want some family time? When your nanny isn't helping you with the kids, she can tidy your suite, wash dishes, do laundry and restock the fridge.
Baby-Friendly Perks: As if the nanny thing wasn't really all you ever wanted, the resort also has a kids club (with its own bunny petting farm!), game room, beach, pool, and waterslide to entertain your littles. As for lugging your baby supplies—Don't! Cribs and bath supplies can be provided, as well as kid-friendly meals.
Grown-Up Amenities: The all-inclusive nature of this place means that all meals, drinks, and snacks are included, as are activities including glass-bottom boat tours, booze cruises, biking, water sports, and snorkeling.
But who are we kidding? You had us at "Vacation Nanny."
Beaches Turks and Caicos
This all-inclusive Caribbean island paradise has everything a family needs, with 21 restaurants, 15 bars, 10 pools (including a 45,000-square-foot waterpark!), and a 12-mile beach that'll make you want to be barefoot for days. As is the case in all Beaches Resorts (there are three of them), expect appearances from Sesame Street characters, as well as a bevy of activities for kids of all ages, including water sports, tennis, biking, swim-up soda bars, and a kids camp.
Baby-Friendly Perks: The Kids Camp program at Beaches Turks & Caicos is open every day, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., with an infant program (for the 0-2 set), a toddler program (ages 3-4), a navigators program (ages 5-7), an adventurers program (ages 8-10), a tweens program (ages 11-14), and a teen program (ages 15-17). As for the infant program, it offers luxurious, climate-controlled nurseries filled with cribs, strollers, high chairs, rocking chairs, and everything your little one could ever need. Meanwhile, those older sibs can enjoy the Junior Golf Club, Kids scuba program, Pirates Island waterpark, Sesame Street Caribbean Adventure (where kids do crafts, cooking, and activities with the Sesame Street gang), and the XBOX Play Lounge.
Grown-Up Amenities: While you're not out enjoying the expansive white sand beaches (voted the "World's Best Beach" by TripAdvisor), how about kayaking, paddle boarding, or scuba diving in those clear turquoise waters? Or, grab a beach cruiser and explore the resort's five unique villages, each of which have its own theme. Did we mention it's all-inclusive? That means all meals, drinks (including beer and liquor), most activities, nightly entertainment, kids camps, fitness activities—even taxes, tips, and gratuities!—are included.
Club Med Punta Cana - Dominican Republic
With its varied roster of included activities—and established kids clubs to entertain littles of all ages—Club Med has been bringing family entertainment to the beach vacation since 1967. And this huge Dominican coast resort is no exception.
Baby-Friendly Perks: Punta Cana is one of a selection of Club Meds with a dedicated "Baby Club" (offered at an extra charge), which means babies 4 to 23 months will be pampered by a team of baby-whisperers all day long (there's night care as well if you need it). To make sure babies are safe and learning at their own pace, the Baby Club is split into walkers and non-walkers, with equipment, books, and early-learning toys suited to the age. And, the resort will also provide all the gear you need, including a baby bathtub, bottle warmer, changing table, crib, and stroller—all of which will be waiting for you in your room on arrival (you just have to give advance notice).
Meanwhile, if you've got older kids, they'll be having adventures to remember, with flying trapeze classes, arts and crafts sessions, tennis lessons, games and tournaments, nightly performances (one of which will be starring them!), archery, playgrounds, and pools.
Grown-Up Amenities: The fun's not limited to the littles! Grown-ups can partake in one of the more than 60 included activities, including paddle boarding, kayaking, sailing, snorkeling, beach volleyball, crafts, archery, pool aerobics, flying trapeze, and nightly entertainment. Want to relax? Enjoy a cocktail by the pool, a massage by the beach, or a fine meal in one of three restaurants. And, let's not forget, this is the tropics! There are plenty of beaches and warm, crystal-clear waters to explore in and around the resort.
Psst: Families with little ones should also consider Michès Playa Esmeralda and Club Med Ixtapa in Mexico have similarly robust baby and kid programs.
Esperanza, Auberge Resorts Collection - Los Cabos, Mexico
As the only private beach resort in Los Cabos, this elegant 57-room seaside resort has luxury down to a science—but that doesn't mean it doesn't care about the well-being of its youngest guests. The hotel treats babies and toddlers with the same world-class service as it does its grown-up guests, and will provide everything from full-size cribs and bassinets, baby monitors, sleep machines, bottle warmers, baby bath supplies, and toiletries—as well as extras like stuffed animals and a handcrafted Mexican gifts at turndown.
Baby-Friendly Perks: The hotel works with local agencies to provide bilingual nannies trained in first aid and CPR (for an extra fee). Older kids (ages 4-11) can enjoy a roster of included activities—from beach play and yoga to ice cream making and piñata parties—at the kids club.
Grown-Up Amenities: Enjoy excursions into the Sea of Cortez, with experiences that include deep sea fishing (and the kitchen will cook your catch when you get back!), yacht cruises, and whale watching. Or stay on land and try a tequila tasting, curated wellness experience, private cooking class, or horseback ride on the beach.
Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton- Jamaica
If the winter blues are making you long for sunny days and warmer weather, a Jamaican vacation won't disappoint! Warm all year round and dry in the winter months of December through May, Jamaica is the perfect destination for winter or spring break, with the all-inclusive Grand Palladium offering enough amenities for babies and kids to make the trip a breeze for families of all ages.
Perks for Babies: For toddlers 1 to 3, there's a kids club open every day from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. where kids can play and learn while parents rest easy knowing they'll be called if anyone needs a cuddle. For little swimmers, there's a waterpark offering slides, shallow entries, a lazy river, and sprinklers. Babysitting can be arranged for infants under 1.
Grown-Up Amenities: With four huge pools (one with a swim-up bar!), be prepared to lounge poolside with pina coladas while your littles play the day away—or relax on the protected beach with turquoise waters lapping at the sand. And, all food and drinks are included, so indulging is A-OK! Want to escape your escape? The resort is strategically placed between Jamaica's two most popular towns, Montego Bay and Ocho Rios, so you can find local restaurants, stores, and attractions within minutes. Back at the resort, included amenities include kayaking, snorkeling, windsurfing, fitness classes, nightly entertainment, tennis, and mini golf.
Club Med Charlevoix - Quebec
Snow more your style? Families will love this ski-centric family club, which makes sure lessons, lift tickets, and ski rentals—plus flights, transportation from the airport, meals, accommodations, kids programming, and childcare—are included in the cost of your stay. Don’t worry about bringing baby gear, either: Club Med will provide a baby bathtub, bottle warmer, changing table, crib stroller—and many other extras you might need.
Perks for Babies: Babies as young as 4 months old can spend the day at Baby Club Med, a specialized environment just for little snow bunnies, where babies are grouped in either “walker” or "non-walker” groups so that the play is appropriate for their developmental stage. Sensory play and music are the name of the game here—including letting kiddos out into the cold (carried by caregivers) to experience the wonder of snow first-hand. If you’ve got older kids, drop them off at the kids club, where kids as young as 4 can sign up for ski lessons.
Grown-Up Amenities: The best part about this club is that you can drop off your kids and hop straight onto the slopes of the Massif de Charlevoix ski area (it's a ski-in, ski-out location!), with majestic slopeside views of the St. Lawrence river. New to skiing? No problem! Lessons are included in the cost of your stay! When you're all skied out, there are other winter sports including snowshoeing and dog sledding.
Eden Roc Cap Cana - Dominican Republic
This gorgeous beachfront boutique resort is the only Dominican Republic hotel to get a stamp of approval from Relais & Châteaux, an elite association of luxury hotels around the world. But luxury doesn't have to mean kids aren't welcome. They definitely are! Parents can relax by the infinity pool or bask in the warm, tropical breezes while kids play in the free kids club, splash in the pool (supervised by lifeguards), play on the playground, or enjoy the private beach in the company of sitters.
Perks for Babies: For $325, you can get the VIBabies Package will provide your baby or toddler with baby supplies (including a portable crib, toys, a changing table, bottle warmer, play table, playpen, baby monitor, baby bathtub, snacks & juices, and beach accessories), plus two hours of private babysitting per stay. Kids also eat free from the kids' menu. Additional babysitting can be provided for a fee.
For older kiddos (ages 4-12), there's a kids club located on an artificial lagoon, with a massive replica tree house equipped with a mini spa for kid manicures, pedicures, and hairstyling—as well as a video gaming area, mini kitchen, mini buffet area, bathrooms, and a central area for play and storytelling. Private babysitting is also offered for an extra charge on request. There are also a ton of toys for kids to use freely, including water pistols, kayaks, body boards, sports balls, assorted floaters, floating hammocks, and board games.
Grown-Up Amenities: With the resort's luxurious junior suites offering a walk-in closet and a private pool and patio, you may not want to leave your room! But if you do, you'll be able to choose from a plethora of goodies, from an 18-hole golf course and luxury spa to horseback riding, three restaurants, and two bars. The resort can also arrange private day trips, including helicopter and private jet excursions to see the area's beaches, tropical forests, and turquoise waters from the sky.
Sani Beach Resort - Greece
Voted the "Best Family Hotel in Europe," Sani Beach offers a baby club that'll keep your tots entertained and safe while you enjoy the turquoise waters and seaside luxury of this sprawling Mediterranean resort. Need supplies? The resort will provide upscale wooden cribs, bedding, hangers, a night light, mosquito net, bed rails, video monitors, feeding and bathing supplies, toiletries, and potty training items.
Baby-Friendly Perks: Worried about your jet lag? Take advantage of a complimentary session at Carol Mae Consulting, where you’ll learn how to adjust your children’s sleep and routine to make the most of your stay. Parents seeking a little solo time can drop their babies off at the baby club, which has three sessions daily for babies as young as 4 months (with a three-to-one ratio of adult to baby); meanwhile, private nannies and nighttime babysitters are available for an extra charge. There's also a fenced-off sandy area on the beach where qualified staff can watch your baby on the beach for up to 30 minutes while you pop into the sea (you don't even need advance notice for this!). Baby swimming lessons are available, too, if you think now's the time to get your tot treading.
And, don't worry about bringing jars of baby food on the plane; Sani hotel chefs will prepare delicious homemade baby food from fresh local ingredients—with dishes like sea bass puree, Mediterranean vegetable puree, and fruity puree on the menu. All of the hotel's restaurants also have toddler and kid menus.
Grown-Up Amenities: Set sail on a complimentary morning or sunset cruise, relax on one of the resort's seven beaches, take a complimentary yoga class on the sand, or enjoy any of the resort's 40 restaurants and bars that offer Greek traditional cuisine and Michelin star dining. Want to stay active? There's archery, paddle boarding, beach sports, tennis, a treetop ropes course in the adjacent forest, and nature walks.
The Resort at Paws Up - Greenough, Montana
If having kids hasn’t dulled your sense of adventure (because, really, why should it?), a trip to this pristine 37,000-acre ranch may be right up your alley. You'll spend your days giddying up through vast valleys, fly-fishing rushing waters, lassoing cattle (!), or just gazing up at the endless starry skies while your little ones snuggle beside you.
Baby-Friendly Perks: While this resort doesn’t have a dedicated baby club, it does have on-site nanny service available for when you want to have a romantic dinner at the resort’s upscale restaurant, enjoy the spa, or head out to the great outdoors, baby-free. For kids 3-12, the resort’s Kids Adventure Club (available for an additional fee) will take little cowboys and cowgirls on daylong adventures into the wilderness to try things like archery, geocaching, go-karting, pony rides, snow tubing, and sapphire hunting.
Grown-Up Amenities: Horseback riding, hiking, and exploring the sweeping wilderness is the big draw for most Paws Up-bound travelers (plus the fact that it’s super fun for kids of all ages!). In the winter, enjoy sleigh rides, dog sledding, and snowmobile rides—plus horseback riding in the snow. Warmer months will have you riding your horse through rushing rivers as well as trying a treetop ropes course, mountain biking, kayaking, paddle boarding, jet skiing, and fishing. At the end of the day, enjoy delicious “rustic ranch” cuisine made with local ingredients, then get cozy in the elegant accommodations (which include everything from upscale safari tents to luxury homes and a secluded three-story tree house that will make you want to go Swiss Family Robinson forever).
Bluefields Bay Villas- Jamaica
If a high-end vacation experience is what you're after (and can afford), the Bluefields Bay Villas offer everything you might want, from your own personal butler to a private villa big enough to host even large families. If the mesmerizing blue-green waters, fine white sand beaches, and gourmet Caribbean cuisine don't seriously tempt you, the all-day nanny service might!
Baby-Friendly Perks: Up to nine hours a day of private child care is included in your stay. And, with villas spaced so far apart that you won't see a neighbor nearby, your kids can giggle, babble, and cry as loud as they want. As for supplies, the resort can provide any baby furniture (crib, high chair, bath, etc.) you need, as well as prepare fresh baby food for your little foodie.
Grown-Up Amenities: Butler service, nannies, private chefs, a personal concierge, and your own private house—this place will make you feel like royalty If you feel the need to leave your villa (one of which has its own private island and beach!), you'll have access to sea kayaks, sailboats, Hydrobikes, standup paddle boards, snorkel gear, a tennis court, and staffed seaside lounging areas. After a long day of relaxing, go home to your pristinely kept villa and enjoy a freshly prepared meal in the privacy of your own dining room.
Grand Velas Riviera Maya - Mexico
If you like the idea of someone tending to all your baby's needs, this luxury all-inclusive resort is at your (baby's) service. Upon check-in, a dedicated "Baby Concierge" will help you secure any gear or meals or nanny services—including whatever you don’t want to drag from home (like a crib, stroller, baby tub and toiletries, bottle brush and sterilizer, pacifier, or pool floaties). Gourmet baby purées are prepared by executive chef Guillaume Morance, and all rooms have a kitchen that includes a coffee maker, microwave, cooktop, and full-size fridge, so you'll feel at home right away. All that, and you'll be vacationing in a white sand paradise, where the Yucatan jungle meets the Caribbean sea.
Baby-Friendly Perks: Want to throw your baby a first birthday party any grown-up would swoon over? Try the "Mi Premier Fiesta" package, complete with authentic piñatas. There's also a "Baby's First Haircut" package if you want your baby's tresses to be trimmed for the occasion. Got older kids? There's an on-site Kids Club for kids 4-12, with things like water balloon fights, stone painting, board games, and a mini disco to keep everyone happy and busy.
Grown-Up Amenities: Park yourself by the pool, where you can get food and drinks delivered all day long. Another goodie: Room service is available (and included!) 24 hours a day, so when you need that glass of wine at the end of a long day at the beach, don't be afraid to order it. This is an all-inclusive resort, after all, which means 24-hr suite service, top-shelf beverages, and all taxes and gratuities, plus Heavenly Beds, jacuzzi tubs, and private terraces with plunge pools. There's even a 10-course tasting menu paired with wine. . . .all included!
Read Tinybean's in-depth review of the Granda Velas' sister hotel, the Puerto Vallarta, here.
For a Real Splurge: Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica
Who says having a baby slows you down? For parents who want more than just the typical beach vacation (and who don't mind paying thousands of dollars for a few days in the lap of luxury), this 2,300-acre Costa Rican jungle-seaside resort will take good care of little explorers while you traipse through the forest, zip-line over treetops, or surf the waves.
Baby-Friendly Perks: No need to carry a pack-n-play or a highchair through customs; the Four Seasons will provide all the baby basics, including a crib, high chairs, and bath amenities. And while your baby will be happy sitting on the beach in your arms, the hotel has its own staff available for babysitting (for an extra charge) for those times when you want to go out and explore all the surrounding rainforest has to offer (babysitting requests need to be made in advance). Older kids can meet kids from around the world at the kids club and teen center, where they'll have organized adventures of their own, including guided nature hikes or surf lessons taught by members of the Costa Rican National Surf Team.
Grown-Up Amenities: Book a spa treatment at the award-winning spa, take a zipline tour over the jungle, paddle through the mangroves, or try a monkey safari! The water more your thing? Don a snorkel or a scuba suit and explore the coral reefs off the coast, which are teeming with life and known as one of the best diving and snorkeling spots in the world.
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