An all-inclusive resort, or one with extra levels of service and amenities, is almost always a boon to parents traveling with their kids. All-inclusive hotels relieve some of the pressure to entertain little ones, feed them, and even make it easier to decide what to do next during a family vacation.
We've rounded up some of our favorite all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean, as well as here in the U.S. Of course, they don't always come cheap, so we've included a couple of more budget options, too. These soup-to-nuts getaways will please the most discerning pint-sized guests (and their paying adults).
Read on for family-friendly resorts that make vacations easy, so you can kick back, relax and just enjoy.
Get away from it all with a retreat to Mohonk Mountain House in New York's Catskills.
All-inclusive Hotels and Resorts in the US
1. Mohonk Mountain House – New Paltz, New York
This pretty Hudson Valley resort beckons families year-round with outdoor adventures, such as hikes and swimming, and old-timey indoor pursuits, from board games to dancing. A stay here includes three meals a day, a kids club, evening entertainment, a number of sports and fitness programs, and innumerable perks, such as nightly turndown service. Enjoy the view from the room's balcony or family time around the en suite fireplace.
At Woodloch Pines in the Poconos there are endless activities for kids from a petting zoo to boating and swimming.
2. Woodloch Pines — Hawley, Pennsylvania
Plentiful meals, activities galore, and bedtime-friendly evening entertainment are all included in the price at this top-notch rustic resort on a scenic lake in the Poconos. There’s a petting zoo, playground, paintball and much more, so no one will ever get bored. An indoor "splash zone" with slide keep tots happy year-round. If you’re searching for a multi-generational getaway with the grandparents or a family reunion spot, hospitable Woodloch is a fine choice. This family-run resort is kid-friendly in every way, but adults can have fun on their own when they head to the serene spa at the stunning sister property, The Lodge at Woodloch, located just 2 miles away.
Slather on the sunblock and enjoy a ride through Boothbay Harbor while staying at Maine's Spruce Point Inn.
3. Spruce Point Inn — Boothbay Harbor, Maine
Few towns spell summer as quintessentially as Boothbay Harbor, Maine. Its throwback quality is tailor-made for families, with its iconic harbor brimming with lobster boats and schooners. Spruce Point Inn is a seasonal resort set on 56 bucolic acres, and while it's not entirely all-inclusive, it does come with some nice perks, such as a complimentary day camp program for guests ages 5-12 and spacious lodging for families. Seaworthy vessels of every kind, a variety of room and cottage configurations, and locally sourced food make this place special.
Families can suit up for water sports at The Tyler Place where personal nannies are on hand for babies.
4. The Tyler Place — Highgate Springs, Vermont
This seasonal resort is excellent for families with babies and toddlers. The children’s program is comprehensive and includes a personal nanny for newborns to 1-year-olds. They have plenty of baby gear, so no problem if you forget the stroller. Parents will have plenty of time to unwind in strategically placed hammocks. Nearly everything is included in the price (all meals, bike rentals), but there is an additional fee for the personal nanny.
Families get unlimited horseback riding at Rocking Horse Ranch.
5. Rocking Horse Ranch — Highland, New York
With supervised programs for babies-to-teens, parents have the option to choose whatever blend of kid-free time they desire. Ponies and horses abound, three daily meals and all activities are included in the relatively modest price, including an indoor water park, playgrounds, hikes, and nightly entertainment. Rocking Horse Ranch is two hours from Manhattan.
6. Pine Ridge Dude Ranch — Kerhonkson, New York
This affordable dude ranch in New York's pretty Catskills region frequently runs specials where kids stay free or for 50 percent off, putting this all-inclusive in reach for more vacationing families. Kids can really learn to ride here, but families also love the seasonal fun, such as harvest festivals, campfires, magicians, and other entertainment, as well as the indoor and outdoor pools. Accommodations are made for traveling families with bunk beds and cots available in most of the rooms.
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Club Med Sandpiper Bay in Florida is perfect for a quick family getaway.
7. Club Med Sandpiper Bay — Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Kids will make themselves at home hitting the splash park at this Florida Club Med that dishes up all of the resort's typical all-inclusive amenities without the need to pack a passport. Located along the St. Lucie River, water sports, such as sailing, are the top activities here, but so is lounging by the pools. There's also tennis, soccer, beach volleyball, and golf, and kids clubs, too. Explore nearby Florida cities and attractions, including West Palm Beach or Miami. As always at Club Med, kids under 4 stay for FREE and families can choose from among a number of kid-friendly accommodations, including connecting rooms.
Enjoy the desert and mountain views at Tanque Verde Ranch.
8. Tanque Verde Ranch — Tucson, Arizona
This stunning ranch nestled in the Tucson desert with the Saguaro National State Park as the backdrop is on every little cowgirl and cowboy's wishlist. A full slate of complimentary children's programming is available for those who opt for an all-inclusive package, with plenty of horseback riding options, but also hiking, crafts, nature programs, tennis, and swimming. Parents can unwind at the indoor or outdoor pools, with yoga or trail rides, and at the top-notch spa, while the whole family will enjoy cowboy cookouts and scrumptious southwestern fare daily. There a number of Sante Fe-style adobe-walled cottages and rooms from which to choose and even a glamping option for the adventurous.
A low-key but high-end retreat awaits at the Spice Island Beach Resort.
Caribbean All-Inclusive Hotels & Resorts
9. Spice Island Beach Resort — Grenada, West Indies
Located on stunning Grand Anse Beach, this casually elegant, intimate resort tops the list for families seeking an exclusive retreat. Family-owned and operated, your every whim is accommodated. Children age 3 and older can hang out at The Nutmeg Pod, a full-service kids' club. They will arrange childcare for younger kids and make sure cribs and any baby gear you need is available. The food is outstanding and the rate includes all meals, even British-style afternoon tea. All beaches in Grenada are public, so you'll be able to mix with friendly locals.
The water park at Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana comes with slides and a side of slime if you like!
10. Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana by Karisma — Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
The friendly staff at Nickelodeon Punta Cana go out of their way to make guests comfortable, providing everything you need from cribs and bottle warmers to more juice boxes and Frosted Flakes for the kids' minibar. Butlers help book dinner reservations, offsite excursions, and everything else. Modern, luxurious rooms with family-friendly perks, such as sliding doors that create a private bedroom, mean rest and relaxation are immediate. Splurge on a swim-up suite for a room with a pool. The grounds are manageable enough that you can hop from the beach to the pools, to the Aqua Nick water park, and still have time to throw on your flip-flips for dinner at one of the dozen all-included eateries. Parents appreciate the low-key vibe and 24-hours room service, while the kids thrill to meet big-time characters like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, SpongeBob SquarePants, and Paw Patrol. Relax with a special hydrotherapy session at the spa while the kids enjoy the ball pit and slide at Just Kidding, the complimentary kids club.
11. Paradisus Palma Real — Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Access to at least five pools and the beach meant kids were never without activities at this all-inclusive Punta Cana resort. Bilingual lifeguards patrolled the pools attentively and an enthusiastic band of poolside entertainers kept little ones mesmerized. Our writer's kids, none of whom are close to legal drinking age, were regular patrons at the swim-up bars, where staff served them virgin daiquiris and pina coladas, soda, and juice. The resort features a host of top-tier restaurants, which tend to fill up at peak vacation periods. However, there is a well-portioned buffet nightly for those who neglected to make restaurant reservations. Excursions are available to nearby zip lines, amusement parks, and water sports.
12. Club Med Punta Cana
High-end luxury with a boutique feel, as well as an all-ages kids club and endless all-inclusive activities, make this Club Med a fan favorite. Kids can try the trapeze and acrobatics with the Creactive program from Cirque du Soleil while the parents lounge at the pool, play golf, or just slough off stress at the spa. Enjoy breakfast at a beachside terrace and ponder how much, or how little, you'd like to do today! The separate kids' room within a Family Superior suite makes bedtime a breeze.
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The water park at Beaches Turks and Caicos draws in kids to its lazy river, water slides, and pirate ship.
13. Beaches Turks & Caicos
A trip to the famed Beaches resort in Turks & Caicos isn't soon forgotten. We're still reminiscing about our 2014 trip to Beaches when the luxury, all-inclusive Caribbean resort opened another "village" within its grounds. Visitors can choose from myriad themed-villages, all with varying accommodations, and dine at 21 restaurants, all of which are included in your stay. Kids, no doubt, will be busy manning the cannons and surfing the lazy river at the Pirates Island Waterpark. Miles of white sand beach, all-inclusive water sports and a complimentary kids camp for babies and up, plus 10 swimming pools make for a scrumptious getaway. Of course it all comes with a hefty price tag, too!
14. The Reef Playacar — Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Family-friendly rooms, a range of all-inclusive packages, kids club, spa, and the option to hit the beach, pool, or the city of Playa del Carmen, make this Mexican resort a dream for those traveling with kids. Nightly entertainment, kayaks and paddleboards, bicycles, three meals, and an afternoon tea and ice cream are included in the most basic package.
Azul Beach Resort Riviera Maya delivers a full all-inclusive package, including baby amenities, kids' club, and meals.
15. Azul Beach Resort Riviera Maya — Puerto Morelos, Mexico
Another fantastic all-inclusive resort in the Riviera Maya region of Mexico. It's delivered by the same folks behind the Nickelodeon Punta Cana, so you can expect the same delicious Karisma Gourmet All-Inclusive meals and activities, along with the baby amenities (diaper pails, bottle warmers, strollers, and more). When we first visited in 2013, our reviewer called it a "Caribbean dream vacation for grown-ups that is equally attentive to their needs as parents." There's also a My Gym for kids, a playhouse, kids club, cooking classes, and of course, the pools! Meanwhile, find me at the spa or indulging in the 24-hour room service.
A version of this article first ran in 2016 by Allison Tibaldi, but it has since been revised and updated by Mommy Poppins staff.
All photos courtesy of the hotels and resorts.