15 Best All-Inclusive Family Resorts in the World

The best all-inclusive family resorts in the world combine comfortable accommodations with fun activities and food options to please everyone.
Beaches Turks and Caicos (Photo: Beaches Resorts)
Beaches Turks and Caicos (Photo: Beaches Resorts)

All-inclusive family resorts make vacations with kids easy. All you need to do is check in and unpack, because your activities, meals, and childcare needs are all taken care of. And at the best all-inclusive resorts for families, you get roomy accommodations and top-notch service in some pretty amazing family vacation spots around the world, too.

Best All-Inclusive Family Resorts in the World

Some of the best all-inclusive beach resorts can be found on tropical islands like Aruba, Jamaica, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and The Bahamas. But the options don’t stop there. Beyond the beach, my picks for this year’s best all-inclusive family resorts include a dude ranch in North America, a rainforest resort in Costa Rica, and even one with front row seats to dine with giraffes. Whatever your interests or budget, you’re sure to have one of the best family vacations ever at these family resorts.

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1. Beaches Turks and Caicos All-Inclusive Family Resort

Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

The Key West Village at Beaches Turks and Caicos (Photo: Beaches Resorts)
Beaches Turks and Caicos is the largest of the brand’s three all-inclusive family resorts (Photo: Beaches Resorts)

The largest of the Beaches Resorts chain’s three all-inclusive family resorts in the Caribbean, Beaches Turks and Caicos occupies as whopping 12-mile stretch of the Caribbean’s turquoise blue and ultra-swimmable Grace Bay. An all-inclusive family vacation at this Beaches location includes meals in any of 21 different restaurants and eateries, most drinks, free childcare at its extensive kids club, plus access to its 10 pools, 45,000-square-foot water park, game rooms, beach, and most water sports (including a snorkeling cruise). 

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You’ll hear zero complaints of boredom with this all-inclusive family resort’s lineup of activities, which include 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. You also have opportunities to give back to the community with Beaches’ Island Impact volunteer program.

Beaches keeps this massive Turks and Caicos all-inclusive resort feeling cozy and friendly by dividing it into five distinctly themed villages. In the heart of it all is the Mediterranean-feeling Italian Village, home to a giant pool with a swim-up bar at one end and a schedule of fun activities at the other. Near the water park and stage (where there’s a schedule of daily evening entertainment, including Sesame-Street themed shows for younger kids), there’s the chateau-inspired French Village.

The Caribbean and Seaside Villages flank the resort on one side and offer easy access to the younger kids club, some of the fancier restaurants, and the beach, while Key West Village offers a quieter scene and some villas right on the beach for bigger groups and families.

Another family-friendly perk? Beaches Resorts frequently offers free airfare and resort credit promotions that can really bring down the cost of a family vacation.

2. Nickelodeon Hotels and Resorts Riviera Maya

Playa del Carmen, Mexico

The AquaNick water park team keeps it fun at the six-acre waterpark (Photo: Karisma Hotels)
Have the “slime of your life” at the six-acre AquaNick water park (Photo: Karisma Hotels)

Located in Playa del Carmen about 30 minutes south of the Cancun airport, the incredibly kid-friendly Nickelodeon Hotels and Resort Riviera Maya isn’t just one of the top Mexico all-inclusive resorts, it’s one of the best in the entire world. Kids will get to meet some of their favorite characters around the resort.

You might run into SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, or 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. 

Every single room here is a spacious swim-up suite with ocean views, and the centerpiece of this Nickelodeon all-inclusive family resort is its six-acre Aqua Nick outdoor waterpark, one of the biggest water parks in Mexico. It has a mix of thrill rides like the slides at Soak Summit Tower, chill rides like the jungle-inspired lazy river, and of course (since this is a Nickelodeon resort) the chance to get slimed. There’s also another Nickelodeon resort located in Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic with similar features.

3. 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 has a remarkable dedication to the natural world, and inspires little naturalists and marine biologists with its kids club activities (Photo: Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort)

One of the best all-inclusive resorts for families with kids who love the water 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.

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.

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That all sounds a little serious, and it is, but with a waterslide, zip line, trampoline, and more, it’s also super fun. Kids are also incredibly well looked-after here: children five and younger have a dedicated nanny, while kids six to 12 are in groups of no more than five kids led by a “buddy” kids club coordinator. 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.

4. Mashpi Lodge

Quito, Ecuador

Mashpi Lodge is a family-friendly all-inclusive resort in the heart of an Ecuadorian cloud forest (Photo: Mashpi Lodge)
Mashpi Lodge is a family-friendly all-inclusive resort in the heart of an Ecuadorian cloud forest (Photo: Mashpi Lodge)

Immerse yourself in nature without giving up any modern comforts with a stay at Mashpi Lodge. Situated in a cloud forest reserve just outside of Quito, this Ecuadorian all-inclusive family resort will immerse the whole family in a natural setting that’s home to all kinds of birds, animals, and plants, including some species found nowhere else in the world. 

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Stays here are considered “expedition experiences,” with skilled guides who help you explore the amazing natural wonders nearby. After a full day of hiking, wildlife watching, and learning about the local ecosystem, you can relax in your sustainable and modernly designed room with floor-to-ceiling panoramic glass windows so you don’t miss a minute of nature’s show.

Meals are just as impressive, with breakfast and lunch buffets and à la carte dinners that take place in a dramatic two-story dining room. Rare fruits, herbs, and spices are often spotlighted. 

5. Giraffe Manor

Nairobi, Kenya

Breakfast with giraffes (Photo: Giraffe Manor)
Giraffe’s manor signature experience is breakfast with giraffes, where the resident population of Rothschild’s giraffes poke their heads into the dining room during the meal (Photo: Giraffe Manor)

For an experience that’s part-safari, part country-house, check out Giraffe Manor in Kenya. Styled after a 1930s Scottish hunting lodge, this family-friendly all-inclusive resort is nestled into 12 serene acres within a 140-acre forest of the Lang’ata district of Nairobi. The highlight is its resident herd of Rothschild’s giraffes, known for sticking their long necks into the dining room windows for a snack.

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The all-inclusive rates at Giraffe Manor include arrival and departure transfers, all meals, beverages (including house wine, beer, and spirits), Wi-Fi, laundry, and entry to the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife Giraffe Center. After its famous breakfast with giraffes, you can hike 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.  

6. Divi Aruba All Inclusive and Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusives

Oranjestad, Aruba

Divi Aruba Beach Overview
Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive lines a calm and beautiful beach perfect for kids who want to splash around in the water while their adults lounge in the shade (Photo: Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusives)

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. 

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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. Club Med Quebec Charlevoix

Quebec, Canada

View of St. Lawerence River from Club Med Quebec Charlevoix balcony
Club Med Quebec Charlevoix overlooks the St. Lawrence River (Photo: Club Med)

Unsurprisingly given its location, Club Med Quebec Charlevoix really shines in the winter. Spread out over more than 300 acres, the all-inclusive family resort offers unlimited ski-in/ski-out access with lift passes and group lessons included in your stay. Other chilly weather activities include ice skating, dog sledding, and a more-than-four-mile luge track to brave. The resort’s kids’ clubs for babies through teens also get in on all the wintry fun. 

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But there’s lots to enjoy here at other times of the year too, from hiking scenic trails and circus lessons for the whole family to exploring Quebec City year-round. Large picture windows frame the views from the indoor pool, while delicious meals featuring local ingredients are always on the menu, along with plenty of kid-friendly favorites.

Book a room with a view of the St. Lawrence River, or opt for one of the suites in the resort’s Exclusive Collection Space, which offer sweeping views and exclusive amenities and services like a lounge with a fireplace, a whirlpool on the terrace, and a concierge. Accommodations draw design inspiration from the American Indian and traditional Quebecois cultures as well as the natural landscape surrounding the resort.

8. Tyler Place Family Resort

Vermont, United States

All-inclusive stays are all about family time at Tyler Place Family Resort (Photo: Tyler Place)
With its summer-camp vibe, Tyler Place Family Resort creates the perfect place for kids and their adults to play together (but also have time apart to play or relax) (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. Rates at this classic destination for all-inclusive family vacations cover accommodations, meals, and most activities, and there are no extra fees for kids programs or activities (of which there are a lot). The lakefront resort offers programming for all ages, from babies to adults.

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Kids’ camp activities include bike rides, lake swimming, paddle boarding, and rock climbing. Groups are divided up by age so everyone is doing activities suited to their age. While the kids are having fun with new friends, adults get to have their own summer camp adventures with activities like yoga, tennis, pottery-making, gardening intensives, kayaking, and spa time (yes, there’s a spa).

9. Tanque Verde Ranch

Arizona, United States

Family riding horses at Tanque Verde Ranch
Tanque Verde Ranch in Tucson is part dude ranch, part summer camp, and part spa vacation, offering something for everyone (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 of the best dude ranches for families, 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. 

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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.

10. 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. 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.

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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. 

11. The Westin Reserva Conchal All Inclusive

Playa Conchal, Costa Rica

Aerial view of the pools at the Westin Reserva Conchal (Photo: Westin Reserva Conchal)
The Westin Reserva Conchal sits on 2,400 acres of rainforest and beach (Photo: Westin Reserva Conchal)

Costa Rica’s national motto loosely translates to “enjoy life,” so 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 Costa Rica all-inclusive 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.

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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. 

12. 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 is a family all-inclusive resort in Portugal off the coast of Madeira (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. 

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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. 

13. Bocawina Rainforest Resort

Hopkins, Belize

Bocawina Waterfall Expedition (Photo: Bocawina Rainforest Resort)
The relatively new Bocawina Rainforest Resort sits inside a national park, and offers activities like ziplining, waterfall rappelling, and cave tubing (Photo: Bocawina Rainforest Resort)

Unique among all-inclusive family resorts, the Bocawina Rainforest Resort opened a few years ago 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. 

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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.

14. Emerald Maldives Resort and Spa

The Maldives

Emerald Maldives Resort and Spa Villa View
Families can live their overwater bungalows dreams at Emerald Maldives Resort and Spa, which is ultra-welcoming to families with kids (Photo: Leading Hotels of the World)

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.

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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. 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.

15. Pinetrees Lodge

Lord Howe Island, Australia

Marine biology lesson at Pinetrees Lodge
Kids can take a marine biology lesson during a stay at Pinetrees Lodge (Photo: Pinetrees Lodge)

Looking for an all-inclusive family vacation that’s also a true escape from everyday life? Plan a visit to Pinetrees Lodge in Australia. This luxe-meets-outdoorsy all-inclusive resort fronts a postcard-worthy lagoon on an island with a limit of 400 guests at a time. There’s no Wi-Fi or TVs here, so there’s nothing to keep you from enjoying the world outside. Bike, hike, swim, snorkel, surf, kayak—every day is a choose your own adventure, with another awe-inspiring view around the corner or beneath the waves.

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Amazing meals help fuel the whole family, with full breakfasts and lunch, afternoon tea, and four-course dinners served up for guests. Suites and cottages are great lodging options for families, with decks for enjoying the great outdoors. The resort has a number of strollers and portable cots available for the smallest guests, and the chefs can prepare purees and other food for infants. 

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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, FamilyVacationist, 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.