6 Best All-Inclusive Family Resorts in Barbados

These family-friendly Barbados resorts come with all the perks.
Barbados beach (Photo: @dora.istrazujee via Twenty20.)jpg
Barbados beach (Photo: @dora.istrazujee via Twenty20.)jpg

The easternmost island in the Caribbean Sea, Barbados is both delightfully elegant and infectiously funky. Cricket and horse racing are big here, but it’s also the island that gave us Rhianna. The music—reggae, calypso, soca—will make even the little ones in your family want to jump, jump. And at the top Barbados all-inclusive resorts, you’ll get a taste of everything this happy little island has to offer.

Best Barbados All-Inclusive Resorts for Families

In Barbados, the convenience and family-friendly amenities of the top all-inclusive family resorts can’t be overstated. After all, the less you have to think about, the more fun you and your family can have. Make it easy on yourself with these top Barbados all-inclusive resorts for families.

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1. Sea Breeze Beach House by Ocean Hotels All Inclusive

Oistins, Barbados

Sea Breeze Beach House (Photo: Sea Breeze Beach House)
Sea Breeze Beach House is a tropical oasis with a wide stretch of private beach (Photo: Sea Breeze Beach House)

At Sea Breeze Beach House, a Luxury Collection hotel, you’ll enjoy an all-inclusive beachfront oasis with plenty of entertainment options for both kids and teens. The resort has a kids club for little ones and teen lounge for families vacationing with teenagers. With three swimming pools and easy snorkeling in a secluded bay, there’s always something to do, too.

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Recent renovations include upgraded luxury suites with full ocean views and a host of enhanced amenities. These suites can be combined or sectioned off so that your family can have a whole private area of the hotel to yourself. No worries about running out of good food, either: There are six on-site restaurants and five bars to choose from on site. High-end drinks (spirits, wine, beer, and cocktails) are also covered in the all-inclusive price.

A stay at Sea Breeze Beach House is actually a two-for-one deal, because you also get access to the resort’s sister property, O2 Beach Club and Spa in Bridgetown. There, you can take advantage of daily “how to” classes that teach everything from making sugar cake to rum punch. O2 Beach Club also offers aqua aerobics, beach cricket, yoga, and hour-long morning walks.

2. Crystal Cove by Elegant Hotels All Inclusive

Saint James Parish, Barbados

Crystal Cove by Elegant Hotels (Photo: Marriott International)
An incredible location and jam-packed kids club makes Crystal Cove by Elegant Hotels a top pick on Barbados for families (Photo: Marriott International)

You really can’t go wrong at an all-inclusive Barbados family resort overlooking a pure white sand beach. Crystal Cove by Elegant Hotels is just such a sweet spot in St. James on the island’s Platinum Coast. Kids will love the resort’s kids club, where activities include nature spotting, making bottle charms from seaweed, and creating souvenirs from driftwood and sand. There are games to keep them busy as well, and come mealtime the open-air beachfront dining spot called Drifters Beach Bar and Restaurant is the place to be.

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When it comes to water sports, the entire family can snorkel, water ski, and even enjoy a submarine tour together. Guided community tours and beach walks are also available. When you’re ready for some couples time, babysitting services are available while you splash around in the lagoon-style pools and make your way to the swim-up bar. Better still, you might spend time revitalizing yourselves at the spa or taking a complimentary Yoga or Pilates class. If you’re traveling with an infant and discover you’ve left something off your baby packing list, cribs are provided for free and other baby items can be ordered in advance or your stay.

3. Turtle Beach by Elegant Hotels

Dover, Barbados

Turtle Beach by Elegant Hotels (Photo: Marriott International)
Kid-friendly amenities make Turtle Beach a favorite Barbados all-inclusive among families (Photo: Marriott International)

With amenities like a dedicated kids’ pool and jungle gym, family lounges, and the Flying Fish Kids Club, Turtle Beach on the island’s Platinum Coast is an ideal Barbados all-inclusive resort for families. Kids can even get the cultural experience of becoming a “honorary” Bajan through a fun course that teaches them local lingo and offers the chance to cook up authentic Bajan dishes. They’ll go home with a souvenir pin, certificate, and a “Bajan passport” from the resort.

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Parents can enjoy beach cricket, calypso dance lessons, or taking to the water for boogie boarding, kayaking, or learning to sail a Hobie Cat. There are spinning classes and tennis clinics to keep the fun going. And when you’re ready for a bit of romance, there’s private dining available for couples.

4. Sugar Bay Barbados

Garrison, Barbados

Sugar Bay Barbados (Photo: Sugar Bay Barbados)
Kids under three years old stay free at the all-inclusive Sugar Bay Barbados (Photo: Sugar Bay Barbados)

Situated on the beach just steps from an ocean lagoon, Sugar Bay Barbados is all about seclusion from the outside world—and yet whenever you want excitement you’re within easy walking distance of Bridgetown’s South Coast Boardwalk and treasures like its historic Garrison, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There’s especially good news for families looking for all-inclusive resorts where kids stay free, too: At Sugar Bay Barbados, kids under three stay free, as does the first child ages four to 16.

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There are children’s clubs for babies, toddlers, kids aged four to 12, and a teen clubhouse for the 13-and-older crowd. Babysitting services are also available. Parents will appreciate the Karma Spa and cocktails on the beach. The all-inclusive resort has four restaurants. After breakfast at Reef, grab lunch at Colin’s Bar and Grill (reminiscent of a traditional rum shop) or Umi (for Asian-fusion cuisine). For dinner, treat yourself to Sizzle Steakhouse. 

5. Southern Palms Beach Club 

St. Lawrence Gap, Barbados

Southern Palms Beach Club (Photo: Southern Palms Beach Club)
Kids stay free at Southern Palms Beach Club, called the island’s “Pink Pearl” (Photo: Southern Palms Beach Club)

Though it isn’t a true Barbados all-inclusive resort, you might still want to put Southern Palms Beach Club on your family vacation ideas list because children under 12 stay free here as well (and it’s a top budget-friendly choice for the island). Known as Barbados’ “Pink Pearl,” this resort is a colonial building on the ocean and it’s a beauty. Freebies include windsurfing, snorkeling, an outdoor gym, tennis court, beach volleyball, shuffleboard court, miniature golf, and boogie boards.

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There are two freshwater pools here for cooling off, and you can enjoy fresh Caribbean cuisine at the Garden Terrace restaurant and Khus Khus Bar. Another plus: The resort is located in St. Lawrence Gap, with its lively restaurants, shops, and bars, so there’s always something to do both on site and just minutes from the resort.

6. Barbados Beach Club

Christ Church Parish, Barbados

Barbados Beach Club (Photo: Barbados Beach Club)
Guest rooms at Barbados Beach Club have private open-air balconies and ocean or pool views (Photo: Barbados Beach Club)

Head to Christ Church Parish on the South Coast for Barbados Beach Club, situated in the trendy St. Lawrence Gap neighborhood. All guest rooms at this Barbados all-inclusive have ocean or pool views with private open-air balconies.

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Family activities here includes beach time, paddle boarding, kayaking, splashing in the beachfront pool, snorkeling, and playing a game of tennis. You can dine casually poolside with your crew or upgrade the atmosphere and get fancy with a formal dinner at the resort’s Reef View restaurant. 

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Sheryl Nance Nash
Sheryl Nance-Nash is a New York-based freelance writer specializing in travel, lifestyle, personal finance, and business. Her travel articles have appeared on CNTraveler, Newsweek, FamilyVacationist, Fodors, Afar, RD.com, The Daily Beast, Culture Trip, Shermans Travel, and Orbitz, among others.