As a global traveler, I have always sought to give my children the gift of a global perspective. Although traveling with five children isn’t always easy, I cherish every vacation we take together and delight in teaching them about different cultures and viewpoints through firsthand experience.
If you’re eager to expand your family’s horizons, take your next vacation off the beaten path. Staying at an all-inclusive resort will help massively in your vacation planning, as you will have activities, amenities, food, and entertainment available.
Narrowing down your choices when you can travel the globe is admittedly challenging. I put together this guide to the 15 best all-inclusive family resorts worldwide. I hope it helps you find somewhere awesome and new to travel!
The adventure of a lifetime is calling at the Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Riviera Maya, a mecca for children in Mexico.
It’s Nick-themed everything here, from the luxury accommodations to the lounges and entertainment. The kids will be in heaven, especially if you have little ones.
Any rooms are darling, but if it’s available, I recommend booking the Pineapple Suite. This famous suite is designed after SpongeBob SquarePants’s dwelling on the eponymous television cartoon.
The exterior looks like the real pineapple that dwells at the bottom of Bikini Bottom, but inside, it’s far nicer than you could ever imagine. The Pineapple Suite is 3,000 square feet for five children and two adults or five adults.
The Master Suite boasts a spa-designed bathroom and king-sized bed. A double bedroom includes dual queen-sized beds and its own bathroom. Dining and living spaces include luxe amenities like a six-person dining table, while the ocean-front terrace is more than 700 square feet.
As a Karisma resort, Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Riviera Maya knows a thing or two about gourmet dining. Your Karsima Gourmet Inclusive Experience includes 24-hour room service and dining at the resort’s six restaurants.
The Pajama Jam Character Dinner with Patrick and SpongeBob will be a dream come true for your little ones. The world cuisine and adult atmosphere of the Yacht Club is a delightful spot for dining.
The kids will also love dining at Good Burger, eating Italian at Piazza (that includes pizza, don’t you worry), or having market cuisine at the SpongeBob-themed Le Spatula. The Nick Bistro serves breakfast and lunch, and the Bikini Bottom Bar is a wellness bar with beachy vibes.
Your stay includes oodles of entertainment, Nick-style. Besides the Pajama Jam Character Dinner, prepare to enjoy a Main Stage interactive game where someone (you never know who) will get slimed for their troubles.
Experience the VIP life at the Orange Carpet at Plaza Orange experience, meet costumed characters, and play all day at the Aqua Nick at Soak Summit, the resort’s famous water park.
Aqua Nick features twisting tube slides like the Swirl n’ Whirl and Bowl Blaster, toddler-sized slides at the Pups Away and Rescue Racers rides, the Bikini Bottom Beach interactive water playground, an activity pool, and lazy rivers.
All-inclusive family luxury comes standard during your stay at the Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana in Playa Juanillo.
This resort on Juanillo Beach spans 40 acres, offering almost 400 rooms. Many overlook the sea, with rippling palms waving right outside your window. Many suites are 600 square feet, affording enough room for your entire family.
Some rooms offer swim-up access, but all include a private balcony for peaceful moments of family togetherness.
Dual queen-sized beds and a queen-sized sleeper sofa should offer enough sleeping and lounging space for larger families. Furnished balconies and private bathrooms are other features to anticipate.
The kids will never once complain of boredom during your stay at the Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana. Varied activities are built into your all-inclusive travel package, including a rotating calendar of daily activities from arts and crafts to beach bashes.
Water sports and pool access, a 14,000-square-foot fitness center, and live entertainment are also included. The resort’s Kids’ Club promises supervised fun all day, and a Teen Club for children 13 to 17 boasts Formula 1 racing and VR.
Bring your appetite, as you’re going to need it! You can sample all nature of cuisine at the Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana, including sports fare at Moments, quick snacks and bites at Prontoz, ice cream and caffeine at Coffee Republic, Caribbean eats at Navigator Grill, and beachside dining at The Chinola.
That’s just scratching the surface. You can also explore Asian and Mongolian cuisine at Tempest Table, Italian at Noodle & Thread, and buffet eats at El Mercado for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Experience the best of Western luxury at the all-inclusive Brooks Lake Lodge & Spa. Dubois is a mystical locale for a resort, as it’s situated among glass-like lakes, towering stone mountains, and bright green forest. You’re also near Yellowstone if you’re eager to explore.
The lodges offered here are a rustic paradise, explaining why MSN declared Brooks Lake Lodge one of its Best All-Inclusive Resorts in the US. Lodge in a room or rent a log cabin for your next family excursion.
The private log cabins situated among the rustic, beautiful wilderness offer stunning lake and mountain views. You’ll need someone to pinch you, as you won’t believe it’s real. A family log cabin includes a queen- or king-sized bed built of lodgepole pine in the master suite (with its own bathroom).
The loft or second bedroom gives the kids space to themselves under one roof, and they’ll love how the second room has its own private bathroom.
Your all-inclusive dining at the Brooks Lake Resort includes three meals per day. All dishes are made from ingredients sourced from the resort’s nearby farm partners. You can count on regional flavors, sustainable ingredients, and organic products.
The farm-to-table goodness includes omelets and fruits for breakfast, sandwiches and soups for lunch, and incredible dinner options, such as poultry, game, beef, and seafood. Dessert is always an option with lunch and dinner.
Your proximity to Jackson Hole makes it so easy to plan family activities during your stay at the resort. Venture to nearby Shoshone National Forest in the winter for snowmobiling, skiing, snow tubing, and sledding.
As summer gets underway, it’s time to get outdoors for fishing in the stream, stargazing into the clear night, horseback riding, and hiking.
Your premium vacation experience starts now. Coconut Bay Resort & Spa in stunning St. Lucia is an all-inclusive luxury utopia. Enjoy inclusions like fine dining, beach and pool access, and visits to the onsite water park, CocoLand.
CocoLand will make the kids’ eyes as large as dinner plates. They’ll stay busy all day rushing down water slides and lounging in the lazy river. The enclosed Coconut Cannon boasts the fastest speeds, so the kids won’t want to miss it.
The water park also includes the daring Coconut Coaster slide and a water playground with interactive spray features for the little ones.
Coconut Bay’s private, well-maintained beach offers sea, surf, and tiki huts, chaises, hammocks, cabana beds, and kitesurfing.
Splash is Coconut Bay’s family-friendly wing. Your room will boast views of the ocean or lush green gardens as you sit and drink it all in from your private patio or balcony.
Features like a mini fridge, sitting area, walk-in shower, and flat-screen TV will stave off the kids’ boredom.
The family wing has sleeping space for your entire family, with two-bedroom connecting rooms available with two queen-sized beds or a king-sized bed with twin trundle beds.
Keeping the family fed is effortless here, and no one will argue about what to eat with so many options. Sample casual fare at The Jerk Treehouse, eat pizza and other delights at Flip-Flops, grab something quick at the Coconut Walk Marketplace, or sit down to a fine family meal at Trattoria.
Silk combines Chinese, Japanese, Indian, and Thai influences. La Luna serves upscale meals the whole family will enjoy. Calabash expertly combines Latin and Creole flavor influences for a unique menu.
Turks and Caicos
A Beaches vacation is just what your family needs for your next getaway. TripAdvisor declared this Turks and Caicos resort the #1 World’s Best Beach in its Travelers’ Choice Awards.
Rooms are available at three levels: the Luxury, Concierge, and Butler Level. Concierge Level suites have two or three bedrooms, so families and large groups should have more than enough room to stretch out.
These suites offer interconnecting rooms, exclusive features like parlors and dining rooms, bathrooms with private entrances, and balconies on the upper floors with patios on the lower floors.
Beaches Turks and Caicos promises premium sun-soaked family activities along the Caribbean Sea. Take a PADI-certified scuba diving course to explore fish species and corals, enjoy water sports through the resort, or try unlimited land activities.
Your options are board games, beach volleyball, pool tables, lawn chess, tennis, and soccer, to name a few.
The Pirate Island Waterpark has swim-up soda bars that make your kids feel like little adults. The SurfStream Surf Rider is a standout, as are the lazy river and endless miles of twisting slides.
The Kids Camp has tailor-made activities for children of all ages led by certified nannies. Your options include an Infant Program for children zero to two, a Toddler Program for kids three to four, a Navigators Program for children five to seven, an Adventurers Program for kids 8 to 10, a Tweens Program for kids 11 to 14, and a Teens Program for adolescents 15 to 17.
Private childcare is also available, including special needs care.
After dark, the resort celebrates big-time with pool and beach parties, performances, street parades, live bands, special events, swim-up bars, piano bars, themed nights, and talent shows.
Food is about more than fuel at Beaches Turks & Caicos. It’s a way to feed the soul, which is why you can choose from over 20 restaurants with international flair.
Take your taste buds on a tour of Italy, Bombay, Asia, Arizona, the Caribbean, France, America, and the UK, with menu items as varied as jerk chicken to pizza and sushi.
The best of Tennessee awaits you at Blackberry Farm. This all-inclusive luxury resort and hotel in Walland overlooks the Great Smoky Mountains. The resort is 4,200 acres and has an interwoven history in the area that stretches nearly 100 years.
Your time here is a chance to disconnect and separate yourself from the stresses of everyday life. Get outside for a fulfilling day of horseback riding as a family, go cycling, take a carriage ride, hike together, teach the kids about fishing, enjoy paddle sports, and take a dip in the pool.
Exploration awaits around every turn, including at Camp Blackberry, a kids’ club with morning, afternoon, and evening sessions. This is more than babysitting; Camp Blackberry has year-round sessions fostering a child’s love of wellness, farming, art, and outdoor adventure.
The onsite farm the resort is named after is where much of its one-of-a-kind, chef-prepared menu comes from. Immerse your taste buds in three meals a day, all lovingly cooked.
The breakfast menu includes farm griddle cakes, farm eggs, overnight oats, and farmstead omelets. You can try dishes like a Blackberry farmstead burger, quinoa and garden vegetable salad, and honey cumin grilled quail for lunch.
Dinner is the main event, with bank-style barn dining that requires a reservation to enjoy.
The range of quaint accommodations includes rooms, suites, cottages, and homes with three to five bedrooms.
A cottage is 1,080 square feet with a fireplace, a dining nook, a private front porch with rockers, a flat-screen TV, a living room, a screened outdoor porch, and a full bathroom with a soaking tub.
Hawley Pines, Pennsylvania
For more than 65 years, Woodloch Pines Family Resort has presented the best of the Poconos to families. This Hawley Pines retreat was voted by USA Today as the #1 Family Resort in the US in 2019, 2021, 2022, and 2023.
Inclusivity is the name of the game here. This Poconos Mountain experience includes more than 160 guest rooms for up to six people each and 70 private vacation rental homes. Up to three meals daily are provided, as are activities and entertainment, such as magicians and live music.
It will be fun and games all day here, with activities available from bakery wars to archery, carnivals, hayrides, nighttime light shows, a petting zoo, themed games, swimming and pool games, scavenger hunts, and a kids club. The range of activities varies seasonally.
Kids are taken care of here, with fun activities and attractions you can’t find anywhere else. The children can partake in bumper boats, bumper cars, snow tubing, splash pools, go-carts, pony rides, and arts and crafts.
Meals at The Grille Room at the Clubhouse at Woodloch Springs, The Inn at Woodloch Pines, and The Main Dining Room are included with your stay. The resort also includes quick-bite spots like Gigi’s Coffee House, Harry’s Lakeside Scoops, and The Country Store & Pines Pizza.
The experience of a lifetime awaits at Bluefields Bay in stunningly gorgeous Jamaica. Family-centric amenities like professional nannies and kid-friendly activities ensure guests of all ages feel entertained and cared for.
A family villa features several dining and living areas, bathrooms, and bedrooms so everyone has privacy and space.
Full kitchens allow you to cook in your room if you wish, and private pools and balconies are great opportunities for R&R. The views are also impeccable.
If you need more space, upgrade to the two-bedroom Cottonwood Cottage, which includes two bathrooms, easy Bluefields Beach access, and tropical garden views.
Rooming in a villa grants access to your own personal chef, who will curate your menu based on your personal tastes and dietary needs and restrictions.
All guests have access to a 24-hour butler, a private beach and pool, professional nannies, VIP transportation via helicopter, and spa services.
Get active with resort activities like supervised diving, stand-up paddle boarding, snorkeling, glass-bottom boat cruises, kayaking, sunset cruises, hiking, tennis, Hydro biking, and diving.
Lake Buena Vista, Florida
Few places know how to do all-inclusive family fun better than Disney. While any of the resorts at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista are suitable for your next big getaway, I quite like Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and think you will too.
Themed after the Great Northwest and National Park lodges, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge brings the outdoors to your room. Some suites offer resort views of the surrounding tree-covered landscape, and others are the perfect backdrop for watching the nightly fireworks shows on the water.
The Copper Creek Villas have one to two bedrooms for four to eight adults.
The available amenities are Minnie Van service around the resort, watercraft transportation through the Seven Seas Lagoon, Disney Bus transportation, resort parking, complimentary Wi-Fi, a 24-hour ATM, housekeeping, and laundry and dry cleaning.
How does dining with an appearance from Snow White sound? The Story Book Dining at Artist Point is a can’t-miss.
You can eat three meals a day at the Roaring Fork, enjoy larger-than-life meals at the Geyser Point Bar & Grill, and fill your belly at the Whispering Canyon Café in between all your park meals and snacks.
Besides your convenient proximity to the Walt Disney World parks, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge offers entertainment and activities, including a nightly campfire with s’mores, Disney films under the stars, fishing, jogging trails, and the Buttons and Bells Arcade.
Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico
The Miraval District Luxury Residences are a four-diamond resort, a 2023 Travelers’ Choice award recipient from TripAdvisor, and an RCI Gold Crown Resort. For more than 35 years, the resort has fostered family togetherness in Mexico.
This all-inclusive resort offers one-, two-, and three-bedroom residences. A two-bedroom residence is a little over 1,700 square feet and can fit up to seven with one king-sized bed and dual double beds. The room also includes two equipped bathrooms.
The gourmet restaurants here craft an unforgettable experience for the senses. Mozzamare is an outdoor tiki hut with family-friendly breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus. Omaggio is a fusion restaurant, Lemmon Grass serves up delicious high-end eats, and Brunello is an Italian dining spot.
The fun never stops at this resort! Its family-friendly activities run the gamut from golf to yoga, pickleball, a bike circuit, a volleyball court, and water activities.
The Kids Club for children between 4 and 12 will teach the kiddos life skills at a young age, including cooking. They can also unwind with activities, arts and crafts, and games.
Grab your passports and get away to Costa Rica, where your family can vacation at the Tortuga Lodge & Gardens.
This resort is situated within the Costa Rican rainforest and carries all the delights one would expect, including wildlife, dense jungle, and dazzling greenery as far as the eye can see.
The Tortuga Lodge & Gardens is exclusive, with only 29 rooms available. If you can get your family booked, your room will boast beckoning glimpses of the Tortuguero River. The suites include ground-level and balcony views, depending on your preferences and availability.
Many of the villas have the space for up to five guests. Your villa comes standard with inclusive amenities such as a sizable master bedroom, air-conditioning, a daybed, a living area, a private waterfront terrace, a private plunge pool, two full-sized bathrooms, an outdoor/indoor heated shower, and a walk-in closet.
The experiences at the Tortuga Lodge & Gardens can only be described as once-in-a-lifetime. Your kids can learn about turtle nesting and hatching behavior in their native habitat, take a boat ride with a naturalist guide to learn about the fascinating natural history of Costa Rica, or kayak in the Tortuguero National Park’s Mystical Canals.
The Cacao & Chocolate Experience teaches your children how chocolate is made, including how it starts on a tree.
The Green Turtle is the main dining space at Tortuga Lodge & Gardens. It serves breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and desserts, including plant-based alternatives.
Some breakfast delights you can order are French toast, pancakes, and omelets. The lunch menu includes sandwiches, burgers, and upscale options like sea bass ceviche and green gazpacho.
The main course at dinner could include rice with shrimp, seafood soup, rib-eye steak, or red snapper filet.
For dessert, enjoy dreamy homemade ice cream, passionfruit mousse, brownies, tres leches, orange chocolate cake, or a baked banana served with vanilla ice cream and maple nut sauce.
Les Mathes, France
How about a Parisian escape? Club Med Palmyre Atlantique is an all-inclusive French resort near La Coubre Forest and the Atlantic Ocean. Salt marshes, French villages and towns, oyster beds, and vineyards surround the resort.
Book a suite or a deluxe or superior room. The standard rooms have the capacity for four at under 400 square feet. You’ll wake up each morning to picture-perfect sea views and fall asleep listening to the sounds of the rolling ocean.
The children’s room is separate for privacy, the terrace is fully furnished, and a baby welcome pack is available.
Spoil yourselves at one of two restaurants on the resort premises. The Atlantic, the resort’s main restaurant, has six areas, including one with sea views. All offer atmosphere and ambiance and the finest dining this side of Paris.
La Belle Epoque is a gourmet dining lounge with Art Deco stylings and head-turning décor. The only thing better is the selection of seafood and other gourmet dishes.
On-demand childcare is available, as are kids’ clubs. Baby Club Med is for children up to two years, Petit Club Med is for kids between two and three, Mini Club Med+ has activities for kids four to 10, and Junior Club Med is for older kids between 11 and 17.
Family activities are also included with your stay, such as free pool access, treasure hunts, water sports, sandcastle competitions, puzzles, and games.
The Family Big Snack program allows you and the kiddos to have picnic meals and pancake parties and enjoy baking workshops together.
New London, New Hampshire
New Hampshire’s Twin Lake Village is a fantastic opportunity to enjoy an old-fashioned family vacation. This antique resort was voted Yankee Magazine’s Best Multigenerational Resort in its Best of New England category.
Select from Annex Suites, hotel rooms, or a cottage during your stay. The Annex Suites include two or three bedrooms, including one room with two twin beds and another with a queen-sized bed. Your apartment includes a refrigerator, a living area, and a bathroom with a shower and tub.
Dining at Twin Lake Village happens on the American Plan. Your all-inclusive stay under this plan grants you three meals per day. You can sit down to lunch or grab a box lunch and be on your way if you’re especially busy.
The resort’s breakfast menu includes such sumptuous offerings as yogurt, cereal, fresh-cooked eggs, and griddle cakes.
Lunch options are grilled cheese sandwiches, potato salad, and chili con carne. You can enjoy peach yogurt, raspberry ice cream, Boston cream pie, or chocolate pudding with whipped cream for dessert.
Dinner is substantial fare, including fried fresh haddock fillets, roasted pork loin with apple sauce and pan gravy, and broiled sirloin steak. The dessert options include fresh strawberry shortcakes, chocolate chip cookies, apple pie, and oatmeal raisin cookies.
Don’t miss a minute of the fun during your stay here. Twin Lake Village will keep the entire family busy with countryside walks, fishing, hiking, tennis, water sports, golfing, and shuffleboard.
14. Giraffe Manor
The entire family will be thrilled to stay at Giraffe Manor, a Safari Collection boutique hotel that combines real giraffes with an all-inclusive vacation experience.
The manor house is on a 12-acre stretch of private land surrounded by over 130 acres of Langata indigenous forest.
The manor house has six rooms originally built in 1932 that have been lovingly maintained ever since. The rooms still feature their original vintage charm yet with modern amenities.
For example, the Finch Hatton Suite has a large wooden staircase sloping across the room. It can accommodate up to three children, and its en-suite bathroom includes a tub, two sinks, and a double-headed shower. The suite boasts a fireplace and a sitting area.
Go on safari with the whole family during your stay here, requesting a private guide if you wish. You will never forget this vacation, and that’s a fact.
Experience the Canadian side of a Club Med vacation at the Quebec Charlevoix resort. This ski resort is the first mountain resort in North America. It overlooks the St. Lawrence River and is the ideal family winter vacation.
The Suite Exclusive Collection of rooms is over 500 square feet. The deluxe rooms have space for three to six people and will suit larger families. The larger deluxe rooms are about 800 square feet and interconnect.
Club Med’s kids and teen clubs and childcare services are available in this Quebec resort, giving you a reliable space for the kids if you want to ski solo for an afternoon or experience the resort’s spa.
Skiing is the main attraction here but not the only activity. Plan a day of family snowboarding, indoor swimming, wintry hiking, sledding, and ice skating. Live shows and entertainment are also included with your stay to brighten up your evenings.
You’ll have worked up a gargantuan appetite after a day on the slopes. Club Med’s fine dining experiences are vegan, health-conscious, locally-sourced, and better for the environment.
Savor the best of French cuisine at onsite restaurants like La Chalet Restaurant, Terroir & Co Specialty Restaurant, and Le Marche Restaurant.