13 Best All-Inclusive Resorts in the World for Families

These all-inclusive family resorts combine great accommodations and activities with some of the top family vacation spots around the world.
Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort in Fiji
Photo: Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort

All-inclusive family resorts make a great home base for any vacation with kids. You check-in, unpack, and everything else is taken care of. And the best all-inclusive resorts for families combine great accommodations, food, activities, and service with fantastic family vacation spots around the world. 

The Best All-Inclusive Family Resorts in the World

Of course, there are plenty of family-friendly all-inclusive beach resorts, and some of the best in the world are on tropical islands like Aruba, Jamaica, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the Bahamas. But, you can also find great all-inclusive resorts at dude ranches in North America, the rainforests of Costa Rica, and even one with front row seats to dine with giraffes. 

Whatever your family’s interest and budget, you’re sure to find a great family vacation idea at one of these top all-inclusive family resorts around the world.

CLOSE TO HOME: 17 Best All-Inclusive Resorts in the U.S. for Families

1. Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort – Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

Dive-in movies at Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort (Photo: Beaches Resorts)
Dive-in movies at Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort (Photo: Beaches Resorts)

A perennially popular Turks and Caicos all-inclusive resort, the gorgeous Beaches Turks and Caicos occupies as whopping 12-mile stretch of the Caribbean’s turquoise blue Grace Bay. An all-inclusive family vacation at Beaches includes meals in any of 21 different restaurants, free childcare, 10 pools, a 45,000-square-foot water park, game rooms, beach access with loungers, most drinks, and most watersports. 

RESORT REVIEW: Everything You Need to Know about Beaches Turks and Caicos

There are five distinctly themed regions inside Beaches Turks and Caicos, including a chateau-inspired French Village, Riviera-themed Italian Village, Key West Village, and Caribbean and Seaside Villages. Family members won’t get bored choosing from a menu of all-inclusive family resort activities like beach volleyball, kayaking, lawn games, sailing, SCUBA, snorkeling, stand-up paddle boarding, tennis, windsurfing, the Pirates Island Waterpark, and nightly entertainment like outdoor movie nights by the pool. Families also have opportunities to give back to the community with Beaches’ Island Impact volunteer program.

2. Giraffe Manor – Nairobi, Kenya

Breakfast with giraffes (Photo: Giraffe Manor)
Breakfast with giraffes (Photo: Giraffe Manor)

A boutique hotel nestled on 12 private acres within a 140-acre forest of the Lang’ata district of NairobiGiraffe Manor is styled after a 1930s Scottish hunting lodge. The family friendly all-inclusive resort’s highlight is its resident herd of Rothschild’s giraffes, known for sticking their long necks into the dining room windows for a snack. The all-inclusive rates include arrival and departure transportation, all meals, beverages (including house wine, beer, and spirits), wireless internet, laundry, and entrance to the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife Giraffe Center

MAKE MEMORIES: 27 Family Vacation Ideas for a Trip They’ll Never Forget

After breakfast with giraffes, you can go hiking around the grounds, visit (and sponsor) orphaned elephants at the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, explore nearby Nairobi National Park in a private vehicle with a guide, relax at the full-service spa, or play classic family lawn games like croquet and boules.  

3. Nickelodeon Hotels and Resorts Riviera Maya – Playa del Carmen, Mexico

The AquaNick water park team at Nickelodeon Hotels and Resorts Rivera Maya (Photo: Karisma Hotels)
The AquaNick water park team at Nickelodeon Hotels and Resorts Rivera Maya (Photo: Karisma Hotels)

One of the best Mexico all-inclusive resorts for families is also one of its newest: Nickelodeon Hotels and Resort Riviera Maya, located in Playa del Carmen about 30 minutes south of the Cancun airport, is the second Nickelodeon-themed resort to open in recent years—there’s another Nickelodeon resort located in in the Dominican Republic

RESORT REVIEW: Nickelodeon Hotels and Resorts Riviera Maya: Everything You Need to Know

The centerpiece of this Nickelodeon all-inclusive family resort, in addition to its spacious swim-up oceanfront suites, is the six-acre Aqua Nick outdoor waterpark, one of the biggest in Mexico. Kids also delight in meeting some of their favorite characters here, including SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and the pups of PAW Patrol. Parents, meanwhile, will appreciate the all-inclusive price tag that includes dining at six kid-friendly restaurants, premium beverages, and resort activities. 

4. Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort –  Savusavu, Fiji

Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort excels at making conservation education fun (Photo: Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort)
Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort excels at making conservation education fun (Photo: Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort)

One of the best all-inclusive resorts for families with little water bugs is Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort in Fiji. The kid-friendly property has everything you’d expect from an all-inclusive beach retreat—snorkeling, kayaking, surfing, and scuba diving, to name a few activities—but this eco resort also excels at making conservation education fun.

TRAVEL WITH TEENS: 10 Best Vacation Ideas for Families with Teenagers

Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort staffs a resident marine biologist, and its award-winning Bula Club for Kids offers complimentary nature programming. The resort’s philosophy is to teach children about the region’s unique ecosystem and impart lessons about how to protect and conserve the environment. In the evening, families can take in a presentation together from the resident marine biologist. Over the course of the vacation, you will come to appreciate Fijian culture that dates back thousands of years. 

The 17-acre resort’s all-inclusive rates include all meals, non-alcoholic beverages, round-trip ground transportation to/from Savusavu Airport, Wi-Fi, Bula Club for Kids, and a wide range of activities and excursions. And at the end of each day on your stay, your family can head back to a luxurious two-bedroom private bure (the Fijian word for bungalow), put the kids to bed in their bedroom, and unwind on the hammock or chaise overlooking the ocean.

5. Tyler Place Family Resort – Vermont, USA

All-inclusive stays are all about family time at Tyler Place Family Resort (Photo: Tyler Place)
All-inclusive stays are all about family time at Tyler Place Family Resort (Photo: Tyler Place)

Close to the Canadian border on the shores of Lake Champlain, Vermont’s Tyler Place Family Resort has welcomed families since the 1930s with no extra fees for children’s programs and activities. Rates at this classic destination for all-inclusive family vacations cover accommodations, meals, and most activities. 

FAMILY HOTELS: 9 Fun Hotels for Kids with Incredibly Cool Kids Clubs

The lakefront resort offers programming for all ages from babies to adults. While the kids are engaged in activities with their peers, adults can enjoy a number of activities for couples or solo time. Afterwards, the family comes together to reconnect, swap stories, and make memories.

6. Divi Aruba All Inclusive and Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusives – Oranjestad, Aruba

Ocean view rooms and beach at Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive (Photo: Tamarijn Aruba)
Ocean view rooms and beach at Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive (Photo: Tamarijn Aruba)

The southern Caribbean island nation of Aruba is known for its white sand beaches, crystal-clear water, and all-inclusive family resorts. Divi Aruba and its sister resort, Tamarijn Aruba, occupy a mile and a half of Aruba’s beautiful Druif Beach, and guests staying at either property have full access to the facilities and services of both. The kid-friendly resorts’ all-inclusive rates allow families to enjoy meals and snacks at any of 10 different dining locations, as well as unlimited drinks at eight bars between the two resorts. 

KID-FRIENDLY: 15 Family Resorts in the U.S. That Cater to Families

Families can cool off and hop into four different freshwater pools. The Sea Turtles Club is free for children ages four to 12 and offers supervised activities, arts and crafts, entertainment, and even a 30-foot rock wall on the beach. Non-motorized water sports such as snorkeling, windsurfing, catamarans, and floats are included for all. 

Family-friendly animal adventures to a donkey sanctuary, butterfly garden, and ostrich farm can also be arranged. Bike tours to Boca Cataavlina beach and the 1910s California Lighthouse are all included as part of the all-inclusive package as well. 

7. Tanque Verde Ranch – Arizona, USA

Tanque Verde Ranch in Tucson, one of the best family hotels in the US (Photo: Tanque Verde Ranch)
Tanque Verde Ranch in Tucson, one of the best all-inclusive family resorts in the world (Photo: Tanque Verde Ranch)

Dude ranches are among the best options for all-inclusive family vacations because there’s something to appeal to virtually all travel tastes. In Tuscon, Tanque Verde Ranch offers plenty of activities for both kids and adults, and it’s set in a stunning location adjacent to Saguaro National Park. Like all dude ranches, the highlight here is horseback riding, but other family-favorite activities include mountain biking, guided hikes, fishing, archery, tennis, yoga, and nature and animal programs. 

LUXURY CAMPING: 10 Family Glamping Resorts Where You Can Get Away from it All

Families will not go hungry with the all-inclusive cowboy fare that includes three hearty meals a day. There’s also horseback and mountain bike rides as well as a “legends and lore walk” to breakfast each day. Cowboy cookouts twice a week boast live music and entertainment prior to dinner. The supervised kids’ program offers a full day of age-appropriate activities for children ages four to 12, allowing adults to relax, ride, or check out the resort’s full-service spa.

8. Barcelo Hydra Beach Resort – Thermisia, Greece

Located on the shores of the Aegean Sea, Greece’s Barcelo Hydra Beach Resort isn’t just one of the best all-inclusive resorts in the world, it’s also something of a secret hideaway for U.S. families. Rates include meals at four different onsite restaurants; multiple swimming pools; access to three different beaches; a children’s center with activities including their own outdoor pool; water sports such as kayaking, canoeing, and snorkeling; outdoor recreation like tennis, soccer, and volleyball; and a fully equipped fitness center. 

WORTH THE HYPE: 10 European Tourist Attractions That Every Kid Should See

In the evening, everyone in the family can head to the beachfront nightclub for live entertainment. Two-bedroom bungalows provide plenty of space for large families or splurge-worthy multigenerational family vacations.

9. The Westin Reserva Conchal All Inclusive – Playa Conchal, Costa Rica

Aerial view of the pools at the Westin Reserva Conchal (Photo: Westin Reserva Conchal)
Aerial view of the pools at the Westin Reserva Conchal (Photo: Westin Reserva Conchal)

With Costa Rica’s Pura Vida national motto loosely translating to “enjoy life,” it’s probably no surprise the Central American country has its fair share of all-inclusive family resorts. The Westin Reserva Conchal is an eco-friendly resort situated on 2,400 acres between the rainforest and the beach on Costa Rica’s north Pacific Coast. Opt for one of the family suites that offer a welcome kids package, and kid-friendly amenities such as child-size bathrobes. 

BUDGET-FRIENDLY: 10 Cheap Family Vacations That Are Actually Super Fun

The resort’s all-inclusive dining package includes a la carte or buffet breakfasts, as well as lunch, dinner, snacks, and beverages (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) from any of the onsite bars and restaurants. The Westin Family Kids Club is also included in your room rate, as are multiple freshwater swimming pools, non-motorized water sports, tennis courts, table games, nightly entertainment, and Wi-Fi. Golf, spa treatments, motorized boats, diving, and fishing are available for an additional charge. 

10. Pestana Porto Santo All Inclusive – Porto Santo Island, Portugal

Pestana Porto Santo Resort family all-inclusive in Portugal (Photo: Pestana Porto Santo Resort)
Pestana Porto Santo Resort family all-inclusive in Portugal (Photo: Pestana Porto Santo Resort)

Portugal’s Pestana Porto Santo All-Inclusive is a five-star beachfront resort located on the island of Porto Santo, a small quiet spot off the coast of Madeira that’s known for its long beach, warm water, and plentiful dive sites. Families who want a splurge will enjoy the large Pool Villa that accommodates six people. Set right on the beach, it comes with its private pool as well. 

LEAVE THE KIDS: 10 Best Adults-Only All-Inclusive Caribbean Resorts for Couples

The all-inclusive rate includes all meals at any of three restaurants, a swimming pool, kids’ club, fitness center, and activities. During the day, families can enjoy water sports, hiking, biking, fishing, and jeep tours. Local excursions to museums, historic buildings, and Pico Castelo (Castle Peak) can also be arranged. 

11. Bocawina Rainforest Resort – Hopkins, Belize

Bocawina Waterfall Expedition (Photo: Bocawina Rainforest Resort)
Bocawina Waterfall Expedition (Photo: Bocawina Rainforest Resort)

Unique among all-inclusive family resorts, the Bocawina Rainforest Resort opened December 2021 inside the boundaries of Belize’s Mayflower Bocawina National Park. The national park offers more 7,000 acres of tropical rainforest, waterfalls, and evidence of ancient Mayan culture. All-inclusive rates here encompass airport transfers, accommodations, three meals per day, snacks with local Creole and Mayan flavors, an all-access pass to the national park, and unlimited onsite guided and unguided activities. 

PACK THE SUNSCREEN: 10 Dreamy Florida Beach Resorts the Whole Family Will Love

This all-inclusive resort is perfect for active families due to its included adventures such as ziplining, waterfall rappelling, horseback riding, birding, cave tubing, river paddling, jungle hiking, chocolate making, and visits to Mayan ruins. Family suites are available that accommodate up to five people with a queen and king size bed or two queens. In keeping with the spirit of the national park, this off-the-grid family resort is powered by solar and hydro. 

Accommodations do not have A/C but are equipped with ceiling fans to keep you cool. Bocawina Mayflower National Park is part of the Belize Jaguar Corridor, a protected habitat for big wild cats and endemic species.

12. Emerald Maldives Resort and Spa – The Maldives

Overwater bungalows at Emerald Maldives Resort and Spa (Photo: Emerald Maldives)
Overwater bungalows at Emerald Maldives Resort and Spa (Photo: Emerald Maldives)

The Maldives archipelago is known for its overwater bungalow resorts perched above the turquoise Indian Ocean. You may be surprised, however, to learn that Emerald Maldives Resort and Spa is a five-star, deluxe resort that’s also extremely welcoming to families. 

The family-friendly all-inclusive resort features elegant family beach villas with their own kids’ bedrooms and baths, a luxurious adult bedroom and bath, private swimming pool, and either beach and garden access or an overwater deck with access to the ocean below. All meals and drinks are included at four distinct restaurants, and plenty of activities such as snorkeling, kayaking, windsurfing, kitesurfing, and sailing are all complimentary as well. 

DREAM VACATIONS: 7 Best Family Travel Adventures Where Someone Else Does All the Work

Like all of the best all-inclusive family resorts, Emerald Maldives Resort and Spa also has its own supervised kids’ club that includes a pool and kid-friendly restaurant. Children ages three to 12 will enjoy activities with their peers while adults can enjoy a little vacation time on their own.

13. Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser – Orlando, Florida

This mock-up of a starship cabin shows the accommodations guests will experience at the Star Wars hotel (Photo: David Roark)
This mock-up of a starship cabin shows the accommodations guests will experience at the Star Wars hotel (Photo: David Roark)

Walt Disney World’s first all-inclusive hotel in Orlando is all but guaranteed to be among the best all-inclusive resorts for families in this galaxy or any other. Opening this March, Disney’s immersive Star Wars hotel isn’t just an all-inclusive family resort—it’s an entire themed experience that includes accommodations, meals, and activities ranging from lightsaber training to operating a space ship. 

WHAT TO PACK: The Ultimate Disney Theme Park Vacation Packing List

The inclusive two-night Star Wars packages aboard the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser is organized similar to a family cruise. Families will stay in stateroom-like cabins, feast on out-of-this-world cuisine in the Crown of Corellia dining room, and roam the ship meeting Star Wars luminaries such as Rey, Chewbacca, and Kylo Ren.

An included stop at the Black Spire Outpost on Batuu (a.k.a. Disney’s Star Wars land theme park area at Hollywood Studios) will lead to adventurous excursions aboard the Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance theme park rides.

More from FamilyVacationist:

Dave Parfitt
Dave Parfitt is a freelance travel writer interested in illuminating transformative family travel, multi-generational travel, inclusive and accessible travel, under-the-radar destinations, and immersive, authentic experiences. Dave's work has appeared in Lonely Planet, AAA, Fox News Travel, US News & World Report, TravelAge West, USA Today, and Family Circle, to name a few. An academic with a PhD in neuroscience, Dave also works as an educational developer at a four-year college in Western New York when not in a theme park, national park, or on a cruise or road trip with his family.

Family Travel Ideas Delivered to Your Inbox

Love vacations? So do we! Subscribe to our weekly newsletter for ideas, tips, and inspiration.

Thank you! You are subscribed.