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The 17 Best All-inclusive Family Resorts, from Los Cabos to Marrakech

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All-inclusive resort travel might seem like cheating, but let me tell you: There’s a reason it remains one of my top recommendations for travel trends to book now. After all, as a travel editor, I’ve spent most of my professional life planning excursions for writers and taking far-flung trips myself, and after the first few missed connections and cancelled flights, I’ve longed to streamline the process. (Shout out to the kind agent who re-booked my cancelled flight last week, even though I still had to sleep on the floor of the Nashville airport.) If you’re journeying with children and your spouse—whether for the best vacations for kids in America or internationally—you’re wise to make things as simple as possible, which means leaving the all the food and actual day-to-day activities up to your hosts to figure out. All-inclusive resorts do this for you, and more.

What Are the Advantages to All-Inclusive Family Resorts?

In general, all-inclusive family resorts are destinations that have pre-loaded fun, food and drinks, meaning you never have to leave the premises, if you so choose. For one flat rate, the resort will provide not only a bedroom, but also all your meals, snacks and activities (though spa treatments are usually an extra charge). The level of all-ages entertainment and activity varies; options can include a special club for teens and a kids’ pool or a babysitter during grown-up dinner hour. Since meals and activities are included, pricing at all-inclusive family resorts can be listed per person or per room, which may include a maximum number of children with their parents. And overall, there’s a plus to budgeting your vacay when you opt for an all-inclusive option—you know from the get-go how much you’ll be spending, since it’s agreed upon in the terms of your reservation.

How I Chose the Best All-Inclusive Family Resorts

To narrow down my list, I vetted Tripadvisor’s 2024 Travelers’ Choice winners—these are the highest-rated resorts as reviewed by site users in the past 12 months—and selected the best-rated all-inclusive spots that were praised for their family-friendly amenities. (Kid-friendly Airbnbs are also a great option if you want a whole house to yourself.) I then chatted with folks who have visited said spots to get their honest reviews. This list is concentrated in Mexico and the Caribbean because that’s a shorter plane trip for most U.S. travelers, but I also included a few well-reviewed European, South American and African resorts—because in my personal experience, it’s never too soon to teach your child to love six-plus hours on a plane. (Pro tip: don't forget to invest in one of the best travel strollers.) Here’s are the pros and cons of the world’s best 17 all-inclusive family resorts, from food and swimming to nightlife and childcare.


Best All-Inclusive Family Resorts: Mexico

1.   Garza Blanca Los Cabos, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

What We Like

  • modern rooms
  • super clean
  • beach location

What We Don't Like

  • restaurant service is uneven
  • few evening entertainment options

Garza Blanca Resorts & Spa

  • Getting There: 14 miles from SJD-Los Cabos Intl. Airport
  • Rates: from $760/night
  • Standout review: Per PureWow’s Editor-in-Chief, Jillian Quint, “Garza Blanca is really the perfect blend of family-friendly and sophisticated and high-end. (No bright red water slides here, thank you very much.) My kids loved being able to swim 24/7, only breaking to order chicken fingers by the pool. My husband and I loved dropping them at the kids’ club so we could do a little morning beachside Pilates.”

With six restaurants to choose from and a policy that includes up to two kids staying free, Garza Blanca Los Cabos is a solid option for families who need a beach vacation pronto, but don’t want to be nickel-and-dimed to death. The Kids’ Club has indoor-outdoor options from beach volleyball and sandcastle building with staff to face painting and crafts. Meanwhile, parents can chill by one of eight pools and take advantage of the multi-step hydrotherapy circuit that has a steam room, sauna, high pressure shower and vitality pool with mini-massage jet stations.

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2. Grand Velas Los Cabos, Residencial Los Tules, Mexico

What We Like

  • oceanview suites sleeps 4
  • Michelin star restaurant
  • extended kids’ club hours
  • teen club for 13- to 18-year-olds

What We Don't Like

  • mini-bar only gets refilled once per stay
  • $150 surcharge for airport shuttle

Grand Velas

  • Getting There: 27-minute drive to SJD-Los Cabos Intl. Airport
  • Rates: from $1,680/night
  • Standout review: “Everything about this hotel is amazing. We went with our 2 boys and it was the best trip ever…Can’t wait to go back. Also Izzy at the pool service was outstanding. She even gave us a little present when we were leaving.”

This luxury Los Cabos resort has 307 rooms, a fine medium-sized option for travelers that want a great beachside location without the huge property expanse of some larger resorts. (And the bathrooms have jetted tubs and hydrotherapy showers.) Enjoy an ocean or pool view from your private deck, then head to one of the three outdoor pools including a children's pool, to relax on sun loungers under pool umbrellas. Five signature restaurants serve a United Nations of cuisine: French, Italian/Mediterranean, a steakhouse and of course, Mexican fare. Finally, there’s a 24-hour personal concierge on call, which parents will appreciate knowing they can turn to for any questions or concerns that come up late-night.

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3. Akumal Bay Beach & Wellness Resort, Akumal, Mexico

What We Like

  • great snorkeling
  • reservations not required at restaurants

What We Don't Like

  • scarcity of beach loungers
  • one-hour limit on free snorkels

Akumal Bay Beach & Wellness Resort

  • Getting There: 1 hour and 15 minutes ride to Cancun International Airport
  • Rates: from $377/night
  • Standout review: “We highly recommend the kids' club! The staff was responsible, attentive, and kept [our kids] engaged with fun activities. We were able to relax knowing our kids were in good hands. We would return to this resort just for the kids' club!”

This resort aims to evoke a small Riviera Maya beach village, with 310 rooms in four buildings set on a white sand beach that’s notable for snorkeling with sea turtles right out front. Balconies include private jacuzzies for a before-bed soak, and your whole family will want to catch Alexandro’s lecture about the sea turtles, offered twice a week. (Akumal means “place of the turtles.”) Four international restaurants and 24-hour room service mean your family’s appetites will be taken care of, and a kids’ club for ages 4 to 12 gives your children (and you) a chance to experience independent adventures during the day—which for adults includes paddleboarding as well as painting, dancing and Spanish classes.

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4.   Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta All Inclusive & Spa, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

What We Like

  • whale watching excursions
  • proximity to local craft markets

What We Don't Like

  •  pool furniture could use updating
  • food can be hit or miss

Fiesta Americana

  • Getting There: 10 minutes to Puerto Vallarta International Airport
  • Rates: from $476/night
  • Standout review: “Everyone [was] friendly and couldn’t be more helpful and accommodating. Never a problem booking a large group in any of the restaurants. Never an issue finding lounge chairs at pool. Spa was very nice and pool temperature was good. Lots of activities for kids and adults if you choose to participate.”

Want to have both a village and a beach experience? That’s what’s on offer at this 291-room beachfront hotel that has both an expansive free-form pool and onsite amenities, plus is only 10 minutes to downtown Puerto Vallarta.  On property, there are seven restaurants and bars, a kids' club, a teens' club and a spa, but you’ll want to squeeze all those options in with strolls over to nearby PV markets, shops and cafes.

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5. Wyndham Alltra Cancun, Cancun, Mexico

What We Like

  • pirate splash park
  • well-appointed fitness center

What We Don't Like

  • loud AC in the rooms
  • beach chairs are limited

Wyndham

  • Getting There: 13 miles to Cancun airport
  • Rates: from $388/night
  • Standout review: “We spent most of our time at the smaller pool beside the kids’ play area. We would come down around 9 to 10 a.m. and we never had an issue finding a chair or umbrella. The pool was warm and perfect for little ones. Kids’ pools and slides were right next to it and just behind was the smaller toddler pool/park area and the kids’ indoor play area.”

A definite plus for entertaining younger kids, this medium-sized beach resort has a splash park that’s right next to a kids’ indoor area, so there are options if and when your little ones get too much sun. The #Hashtag teen program has video games including VR, and operates from 2 to 10 p.m. (So, they’ve met late-sleeping teens.) Larger families will want to book a family suite—it’s a cleverly designed, aesthetically pleasing 387-square foot room with bunk beds, a king bed and a pull-out couch.

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6. Decameron Isla Coral, Rincon de Guayabitos, Mexico

What We Like

  • resort is breezy
  • quiet in the evenings

What We Don't Like

  • no entertainment for adults
  • beach chairs are limited

Decameron Isla Coral

  • Getting There: 1 hour from Puerto Vallarta International Airport
  • Rates: from $233/night
  • Standout Review: “The pool is supervised by lifeguards and there is always an activity going on for the younger kids! The food and drinks are good, and unlimited!”

This smallish resort is well-priced for a no-frills, but lots of sun- and sand-filled family getaway. The 148 rooms have AC and plasma TVs, the resort includes two restaurants and one outdoor pool and you can rent a bike to visit the food and trinket-filled Tiagus Market a half-mile away.

Best All-Inclusive Family Resorts: Caribbean

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7.   Rosewood Guanahani, St. Barts

What We Like

  • ocean-view soaking tubs
  • complimentary airport transfers

What We Don't Like

  • pricey
  • no activities tailored to children 12 or older

Rosewood

  • Getting There: 10-minute drive to Rémy De Haenen Airport
  • Rates: from $1,890/night
  • Standout Review: “It is a paradise for young adventurers. Designed with bright, inviting colors, the club offers a safe and engaging space where children can explore a world of fun. From playing in the outdoor water area to creative arts and crafts sessions that spark imagination, every activity was curated to our son’s likings…He came back with a plethora of art creations.”

This luxury resort is spread across 18 acres on a private peninsula of what’s arguably the chicest island in all of the Caribbean, with its French flair and soft white-sand beaches. Ultra-luxury, the room rate includes breakfast, access to the pool, guided nature hikes and a pass to the Kids’ Club, where attentive staff tailor activities to your little person’s desires. You’ll want to have the concierge arrange a shopping afternoon for you, and possibly a boating excursion, which won’t be included in the room fee…but at these prices, you’re not going to quibble about an extra fee here or there.

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8.   Spice Island Beach Resort Grand Anse, Grenada

What We Like

  • gorgeous white-and-wood colonial décor
  • on-beach suites available

What We Don't Like

  • pricey
  • limited food options

Spice Island Beach Resort

  • Getting There: 10-minute drive from Maurice Bishop International Airport
  • Rates: from $1,132/night
  • Standout Review: “We only have good things to say. From the minute we reached the resort, the staff made us and the kids feel special. We were greeted by name and with amazing drinks and from that moment, the high standards were maintained throughout our stay.”

Even the tiniest garden-view suite (comprising 620 square feet)  provides the sort of comfort and luxury (hello, private patios, pool decks or patches of sand right outside your door) that is going to make the fam start plotting a move to Grenada, pronto. Borrow stand-up paddleboards or windsurfers to traverse the waters off the world-renowned Grand Anse Beach, borrow a bike to tool around the island or just enjoy a leisurely afternoon cocktail at the lunch restaurant on the deck. It’s easy and elegant and, with only 64 rooms, exclusive.

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9.   Small Hope Bay Lodge, Andros, Bahamas

What We Like

  • dog-friendly
  • great fishing
  • knowledgeable guides

What We Don't Like

  • limited dining options

Small Hope Bay Lodge

  • Getting There: 29 miles to Nassau International Airport
  • Rates: from $650/night
  • Standout Review: “I came with 3 teenaged sons. They loved diving and spent hours fishing off the dock. They [even] took a bone fish diving excursion that was very fun.”

Built in 1960, the Small Hope Bay Lodge is a throwback resort experience that is not polished or ultra-pampering, but is as close as you’re going to get to the Hemingwayesque deep-sea fishing experiences of days gone by. Stay at one of the no-frills 21 beach cottages, and get up early for a day of marlin fishing, scuba diving the nearby reef or just hiking over to a nearby “blue hole,” the Bahamian name for the 200 underwater caves opening into wooded areas across the island. Bonus: wifi only works in the main dining room, so you’re forced to read yourself to sleep in your cabin at night.

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10. Club Med Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

What We Like

  • dedicated resort area for family travelers
  • golf lessons included

What We Don't Like

  • one kids club for all ages up to 17 years
  • surcharges for off-property guided excursions
  • Getting There: 30 minutes to the Punta Cana Airport
  • Rates: from $603/night
  • Standout Review: “It was a joy to see kids of all ages running in packs–the Kids’ Club program was clearly skilled at helping children make friends and providing enough structure to keep their days busy and fun. Both of our kids were old enough to be “independent” which meant that they got special wristbands to come and go from kids programming as they pleased, and that was a great learning experience for them.”

Club Med Punta Cana is set on 100 acres and centered on a pristine, palm-lined beach. There’s a lot of Children’s Club programming for the kids, wellness offerings for the grown-ups, an array of culinary experiences and more than 25 included sports and activities, including tennis, yoga, sailing, basketball and even circus school. Got an infant in tow? Expect a baby welcome kit for the littlest traveler.

Best All-Inclusive Family Resorts: South America

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11. Salinas Maragogi All Inclusive Resort, Maragogi, Brazil

What We Like

  • beach sandbar
  • nature excursions

What We Don't Like

  • pricey
  • too much hubbub for quiet seekers

Salinas Maragogi All Inclusive Resort

  • Getting There: 51 miles to Palmares Airport
  • Rates: from $899/night
  • Standout Review: “A great stay for families. Very well located and with easy access…Beaches like Xaréu and Antunes are near to the resort. Views are breathtaking.”

This 236-room seaside resort is a great deal for families, with children under 12 staying for free with two adults and activities including a games room and arcade, kids pool with colorful slides and all-ages minigolf. Excursions the whole family will appreciate range from zipline and slack line to diving on a nearby coral reef. Seven restaurants to choose from and a children’s buffet and baby pantry available at all hours? Parents, welcome to your no-fuss tropical dream.

Best All-Inclusive Family Resorts: Europe

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12.   Club Family Hotel Riccione, Riccione, Italy

What We Like

  • up to two kids under 18 stay for free
  • 3 age divisions for kids activities

What We Don't Like

  • guests are required to email to book a room

Club Family Hotel Riccione

  • Getting There: 3 miles from Miramare Airport; 45 minutes to Marche Airport; 90 minutes to Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport
  • Rates: contact the hotel
  • Standout Review: It was a fantastic week; the entertainers involve you every day with baby dances for children, cabaret games in the hotel and on the beach. My children didn't want to leave…also, we will happily return for the food, something different every day, including first courses, second courses, always sweets at will.”

Want to vacation like a true European? Spend time at this Northern Italian family beach resort on the Adriatic, and enjoy the casual seaside fun that has a more upbeat My Brilliant Friend sensibility. From the large pool with inflatable crocodile and pirate ship to the kids’ activities tailored to elementary, tween and teen guests, there’s a wholesome outdoor experience for everyone to enjoy.

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13.   Aquapark Health Resort & Medical SPA Panorama Morska, Jaroslawiec, Poland

What We Like

  • extensively built-out kids’ club
  • 5-minute walk to the ocean

What We Don't Like

  • not wholly English-speaking staff
  • food is nothing to write home about

Aquapark Health Resort & Medical SPA Panorama

  • Getting There: 35 minutes to Darlowo Airport
  • Rates: from $402/night
  • Standout Review: “Kids have a lot to do even during bad weather (indoors aquapark and outside pools with heated water, slides and an artificial wave, playrooms, game console room). Adults can spend evenings dancing to live music and sipping drinks.”

This expansive seaside health spa is a Northern European tradition—taking to the mineral waters to aid rest and physical ailments—and it’s also a children’s water park. Confused? Picture a Dirty Dancing era Catskills resort with water slides and people speaking Polish. The emphasis on family fun means children play in packs in the many indoor and pool-centered entertainment areas, while adults get massages, physical therapy or just relax at the beach a short walk away.

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14.   Voyage Belek Golf And Spa, Belek, Turkey

What We Like

  • L’Occitane grooming products
  • spacious family rooms
  • excellent golfing

What We Don't Like

  • service can be spotty

Voyage Belek Golf And Spa

  • Getting There: 22 miles to Antalya airport
  • Rates: from $839/night
  • Standout Review: “Our daughter said she really liked the crafts at the kids’ club [as well as] the splash park/waterpark area. One thing I liked was that the kids’ shallow part of main pool is heated. A must for little ones.”

Daily activity offerings are sent to you via WhatsApp at this beach resort along Turkey’s Turquoise Coast. You can choose from seven restaurants’ international cuisines and visit a handful of bars at this 559-room resort that’s large enough to accommodate honeymooners, parent-child vacations and multi-generation get-togethers. Seasoned and aspiring golfers will be up early to play one of the Mediterranean’s finest courses, the lake-studded Montgomerie Maxx Royal course.

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15.   Ikos Aria, Kós, Greece

What We Like

  • elegant minimalist design
  • on-site kids’ swimming lessons

What We Don't Like

  • pricey
  • dining options can be too fancy for some kids

Ikos Aria

  • Getting There: 20-minute drive to Kos airport
  • Rates: from $1,160/night
  • Standout Review: “Beautiful resort with great food, but [a team that ensures] the kids’ needs are sorted makes it a real holiday for the parents. Special mention and thanks to Demetres for his swimming lessons with our children.”

What’s more important, views of the glowing Aegean next to powdery white sand or a happy child? Have both at this luxury resort, part of an esteemed European brand known for its attentive service and Michelin-starred chefs. Choose from among eight restaurants and nine bars, play with your kids or let them fly solo in child and teen activities, then return to your spacious blond wood-and-white linen room with nothing to listen to but the sounds of the sea.

Best All-Inclusive Family Resorts: Africa

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16. Sol Oasis Marrakech-All Inclusive, Marrakech, Morocco

What We Like

  • neo-Moroccan décor
  • spacious family suites

What We Don't Like

  • limited family excursions
  • small fitness center

Sol Oasis Marrakech

  • Getting There: 10 miles from Marrakesh Menara Airport
  • Rates: from $296/night
  • Standout Review: “Nice family room which was spacious, good food and great facilities for kids. The kids loved the kids’ club and the kids’ pool as well as all the entertainment and other activities. They have a babysitting facility too with friendly staff."

You’re close to the city center of Marrakech, but this 211-room resort is set amid a palm tree plantation in view of the Atlas Mountains, so you feel far away from the hustle and bustle. The Kidsdom play center is large and well-staffed, leaving you free to visit the spa or have a game of tennis. Three dining options—international, Spanish and traditional Moroccan—are available, so there’s something to make even finicky little palates happy.

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17.   Tamassa Resort, Mauritius, Africa

What We Like

  • ocean-view rooms
  • nature- and community-minded kids’ programs

What We Don't Like

  • limited meal options

Tamassa Resort

  • Getting There: 18 miles to Mauritius’ International Airport
  • Rates: from $225/night
  • Standout Review: “Even though it was a short stay, we enjoyed ourselves to the max...especially our kids who are repeatedly telling us ‘let’s go again as it was too good!’ The awesome huge pools, the glass-bottom trip, the vibrant and exciting foam party, the burger truck—we can’t get enough.”

The southwest coast of the African island nation of Mauritius is known for its palm-fringed beaches and strong economy built on tourism. This resort gets high marks for its attentive service and thoughtful kids’ programs. Visitors particularly love the two-night stay that includes a nature walk and picnic in a wildlife protected area, where children paint on a canvas alongside kids from a local NGO. (Bonus—there’s a family digital detox challenge where the staff hands you a Polaroid and says to record memories with it instead of your phone.) Six restaurants and bars include a burger food truck and an ice cream depot—it’s an all-ages delight here at Tamassa.


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Dana Dickey is a PureWow Senior Editor, and during more than a decade in digital media, she has scoped out and tested top products and services across the lifestyle space...