The only thing better than a family beach vacation is one that comes with everything included—a vacation on which you don’t have to waste any precious vacation time worrying about arranging childcare, cooking or grocery shopping, or hunting for a new place to eat dinner every night. A family vacation, in other words, where you can truly just kick back and relax with your crew. And for a vacation like that, you can’t go wrong at any of the world’s best all-inclusive beach resorts.
Best All-Inclusive Beach Resorts
From both coasts of Mexico to Jamaica, Bali, and beyond, the best family-friendly all-inclusive beach resorts in the world go the distance by wrapping in inclusions like kids’ clubs and diverse dining options, as well as onsite included activities with something for everyone—think scuba diving, snorkeling, yoga, cooking classes, or even trapeze school. Here are some of our favorite family all-inclusive beach resorts around the world.
Grand Solmar Rancho San Lucas, Los Cabos, Mexico
The Mexican company responsible for bringing electricity to Los Cabos in the 1970s when it was a sleepy fishing village now has seven all-suite resorts that attract families for carefree vacations in Baja California Sur’s biggest travel destination. The latest to open in the Grand Solmar portfolio is Grand Solmar at Rancho San Lucas, which offers enticing all-inclusive packages for families to stay in standard hotel rooms or multi-bedroom suites, all with full kitchens and overlooking a wild and pristine private beach where migrating whales pass just offshore from January through March.
Guests can choose from the European plan or all-inclusive rates—the latter includes daily kids club, all meals, a culinary experience for the adults (tequila tasting, anyone?), and shuttle service to the six other sister resorts. But with the onsite twisting waterslide, adult and kids pools, swim-up pool bar—and did we mention the kids club with movies nights and pinata making?—you’ll be hard-pressed to pull yourself away from this experiences-rich all-inclusive beach resort.
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Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort, Savusavu, Fiji
If your family is the kind that can’t spend enough time on the water—snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, surfing, or just bounding along a palm-fringed private beach—it’s worth the trek to this incredible beachfront all-inclusive eco resort on Vanua Levu island in Fiji.
Regularly lauded as the top family resort in Fiji and recognized as one of the best all-inclusive beach resorts in the world, Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort has a resident marine biologist and does the kids camp in a big-learning way. Called the Bula Club, this kids club is included in the resort’s all-inclusive rates and offers all kinds of nature-oriented programming for kids to learn about Fiji’s impressive marine life (you’re in the soft coral capital of the world here). Better still, kids under five years old are assigned a dedicated nanny during your stay, while those between the ages of six and 12 get their own “buddy” to show them the ropes of the Fijian good life.
That leaves parents free to head out scuba diving and snorkeling, hit the resort spa for traditional spa treatments (if you’ve never been wrapped in banana leaves, this is the spot!) in one of the open-air spa bures, or take an excursion to a private island for a picnic lunch. Among the included family friendly activities at the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort are guided reef walks with the marine biologist, glass bottom boat rides, and kayaking.
Beaches Negril, Negril, Jamaica
Sheltered from big waves and lapped by seas the same color as a screensaver’s version of paradise, Seven Mile Beach in Negril, Jamaica, is your front yard when you book an all-inclusive vacation at Beaches Negril. And when they say all-inclusive, they really mean it here. Vacations come with cruise ship-style unlimited dining at 21 onsite restaurants that range from Italian and Mexican to Jamaican jerk outposts; unlimited liquor, beer, and wine; free watersports that even include scuba diving and snorkeling trips; and much, much, more.
Kids club access is also included throughout your vacation (complete with certified nannies), and the resort puts on a nonstop array of daily and nightly entertainment that might include a variety show or Sesame Street parade. The property itself is totally geared for families to have fun on and off the beach, with sprawling lagoon-style swimming pools, a pirate themed water park, an Xbox gaming lounge, and a dedicated teens club. Do make time to get off property, though, especially to visit Negril’s West End to see the nightly cliff-diving antics at Rick’s Cafe.
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Club Med Bali, Bali, Indonesia
If you’re never experienced a beachfront all-inclusive stay at a Club Med resort, you’re missing out on some of the best-organized family vacation fun out there, in a resort setting that really caters to travelers of all ages with its quirky brand of fun (and staff from all over the world). Narrowing down which all-inclusive Club Med to visit is the hardest part, since they’re spread all over the planet and are found in some of the world’s most sought-after destinations, everywhere from Cancun to the Maldives.
The Club Med Bali is one of our favorite all-inclusive beach resorts for a holiday with the whole family—and not only because it’s located on one of the dreamiest islands in the world (there truly is no place like Bali). The 391-room property stretches across one of the loveliest beaches in Nusa Dua in southern Bali, and the all-inclusive rates get you access to a kids club with entertainment for kids all the way up to age 17, exquisite restaurants including an Asian-fusion outpost called The Agung, and dedicated family and adults-only private pools, among the many other amenities.
As if being in Bali on the beach wasn’t enough, the resort’s included activities range from archery lessons and golf school to yoga classes and the brand’s signature Flying Trapeze School, where the entire family can learn to strap on a harness and fly high above the coconut palms. The kids programming is exceptional at Club Med and goes from morning ‘till night, and parents are often surprised by how independent their children become over the course of their vacation—so don’t be surprised if you get a “thanks, but I’m going to hang out with my new friends,” from your littles when you try to tear them away from the kid-centric resort activities.
Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach Golf & Spa Resort, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Got the type of family in which someone loves golf, another just wants to relax at the spa or with a yoga class, and others get their vacation fix via water slides and endless hours by the pool? There’s a Cabo San Lucas all-inclusive beach resort for that. And one of our favorite among the seemingly endless all-inclusive offerings in Baja California Sur’s beachy paradise is Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach Golf & Spa Resort.
While the golfers in your gang are playing a round at the legendary coastal course, Quivira, kids can stay busy with pool games and arts and crafts at the Kids Club or join the grown-ups for bingo, dance lessons, or Spanish classes. The wide sweep of sandy beach is gorgeous to play on even if swimming isn’t permitted here (and in most places around Cabo) due to the steep drop-off and currents. If you fancy a break from the resort’s many pools to enjoy a beach day where everyone can safely swim in the water, catch the complimentary resort shuttle to sister resort Pueblo Bonito Rose for a fun day in the tranquil waters at El Medano Beach.
Among the all-inclusive amenities at the Sunset Beach property are 10 included restaurants and bars, six swimming pools, kids and teens clubs, a playground, tennis, and volleyball.
Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun, Cancun, Mexico
With a prime spot on the sparkling Caribbean Sea among the seemingly endless properties of Cancun’s Hotel Zone, Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun pretty much checks all the boxes for traveling families. Included in the resort’s all-inclusive rates are overnight accommodations, well-appointed guest rooms, and suites with balconies overlooking the massive outdoor pool and sweeping beach. Families on all-inclusive vacations here enjoy access to the 12+ restaurants on property—ranging from casual to fine dining—so there’s something to make even the pickiest eater open wide.
While there’s plenty of family fun to be had on the beach directly in front of the hotel, you might be just as tempted to pass your time enjoying the impressive system of interconnected pools that wind their way through the property. The zero-entry pirate ship beach pool and waterslide area are perfect for toddlers and babies.
For mom and dad, there’s plenty to do while the youngest kids are taking a break from the sun at Fiesta Kids Club and the older set are gaming at the Teen Club. Parents enjoy nightly entertainment like regular live music at the property’s theater, and for those who truly want to unwind, the Miiluma Spa offers spa treatments like massages and facials. You can even join a margarita-making class and learn to mix (and taste) three uniquely Mexican cocktails.
While the endless culinary options and jam-packed activity schedule is top-notch, what really sets Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun apart from other all-inclusive beach resorts is its dedication to sharing Mexican culture with visitors (the chain is Mexican-owned). Every Wednesday by the activity pool, you’ll find the resort’s staff dressed in traditional clothing and performing Mexican songs and dances as part of the weekly Mexicana party. Mexican treats like warm churros and caramel apples are a big hit with kids. Also on Wednesdays, the resort hosts an absolutely enormous buffet of Mexican specialties. Don’t forget to make reservations for the Mexican Dinner when you arrive—it’s sure to be a highlight of your stay.
Club Med Punta Cana, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Having recently completed a $36 million renovation, Club Med Punta Cana makes our list of the best family beachfront all-inclusive resorts by setting the gold standard in catering to vacationing families. Situated on the Atlantic coast of the Dominican Republic (and only 10 minutes from the Punta Cana airport), this Club Med fronts a white sand beach with calm waters perfect for swimming with even young kids.
The property is large and spread out, with a wide variety of rooms and suites (more than 550) for guests to choose from. The newest and most impressive accommodations are the waterfront suites. Unlike some all-inclusive chains, Club Med’s food is consistently excellent, and you have three restaurants and several bars to choose from here, including the atmospheric Indigo Beach Lounge, perched right at the edge of the Caribbean Sea.
The Club Med Punta Cana’s three pools are a hit with kids, especially the small water park with slides and sprayers that will keep them busy for hours (and tuckered out later, too). You’ll find all the typical sporty Club Med fun here—including beach volleyball, kayaking, water polo, aerobics, snorkeling, etc.— as well as the top-notch (and included) kids club. Families traveling with teenagers have the opportunity to experience CREATIVE by Cirque du Soleil, and guests can participate in all elements of the circus—testing their talents on a flying trapeze, tightrope, acrobatic bungee, and more.
Spice Island Beach Resort, Grande Anse Beach, Grenada
For families looking for upscale all-inclusive beach resorts on one of the Caribbean’s most beautiful islands, the boutique Spice Island Beach Resort is a real find. Surrounded by lemon, almond, and sea grape trees, the property has 64 beachfront suites stretching across eight acres of Grenada’s stunning Grand Anse Beach. If you’re looking to splurge, the Seagrape Beach Suites offer guests their own plunge pools and double hammock sets perfect for soaking in all the natural beauty around you.
The beach here is the main attraction, and Spice Island’s all-inclusive rates include use of everything you need for water sports, including snorkeling gear, Hobie cats, sea kayaks, and paddleboards. A full-day children’s program for kids ages 3 to 12 is included in the rates. And the property also has a dedicated family-friendly oceanfront outdoor pool.
What the resort’s dining options lack in quantity they make up for in quality—the more formal Oliver’s, and the casual, toes-in-the-sand Sea and Surf Terrace and Bar serve fresh seafood and incorporate fresh island spices like ginger and nutmeg into many dishes and drinks.
Editor’s Note: Spice Island Beach Resort is currently closed and is due to reopen on October 1, 2021.
Grand Velas Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Smack on the white sand beaches of Playa del Carmen, Grand Velas Riviera Maya is ideal for an all-inclusive luxury family vacation south of Cancun on Mexico’s Riviera Maya. The resort’s 539 all-suite accommodations (some with dreamy ocean views and private plunge pools) and eight specialty restaurants sprawl across more than 200 lushly landscaped acres of mangroves and winding pathways.
There’s plenty of family fun to be had on property, but the beach shines as the ultimate showstopper. The resort’s all-inclusive rates include use of snorkel gear, paddleboards, and guided kayak tours of the surrounding area, too. If you’re more the pool type, relax at one of the resort’s three pools where, unlike at some all-inclusive beach resorts, you won’t find an activities director with a megaphone gathering participants for a watermelon-eating contest. While there aren’t any fountains, geysers, or spraying water to entice the kids, the zero-entry area of the pool is a perfect place for the little ones to explore.
The guided family friendly ecological bike tour of the property is fun to do together, and your kids might leave with a new appreciation for the area’s native plant and bird species. The Kids Program at the Grand Velas is geared toward kids ages five to 12 and stays open until 10:00 p.m., allowing parents the chance to enjoy a relaxing grown-ups dinner. Kids club programming includes the usual arts and crafts activities and story time, as well as beginner Spanish lessons. For your kids 13 and up, the Teen Center is the spot to gather for a game of billiards or to chill with some music while making new friends.
Atmosphere Kanifushi Maldives, Lhaviyani Atoll, Maldives
For a truly once-in-a-lifetime travel experience, bring the family to Atmosphere Kanifushi Maldives. Just a 30-minute seaplane ride from the international airport of the Maldives, Atmosphere Kanifushi is located on the Lhaviyani Atoll, a narrow stretch of land surrounded by the impossibly turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean that are perfect for snorkeling and diving. With 132 standalone overwater and beachfront suites, the Atmosphere Kanifushi brings the Robinson Crusoe island experience to life, with decadent effect.
To get the full experience, you’ll want to reserve the all-inclusive beach resort’s “Platinum Plus” package for five star access to onsite dining (there are three restaurants offering a variety of international fare), activities, and water sports. For children ages four to nine, the Kids Club offers endless craft activities and even cooking lessons keep the littles busy. Your older kids can join you for any of the resort’s daily scheduled activities, including mocktail-making lessons and volleyball games.
For certified scuba divers and would-be ones, too, the resort’s PADI dive center can arrange training certifications and dive trips to the various legendary dive sites on the atoll—they’re an additional fee option that’s not included in the all-inclusive rates, but it’s well worth the splurge since you’re in one of the most famous places for underwater views in the world.