The all inclusive vacation has grown in popularity over the past decade because it offers something for everyone, you can be as active or relaxed as you wish. It also offers great variety in terms of accommodations, food, facilities and service. The luxury all inclusive has exploded in popularity, the number of resort chains and individual properties has experience the greatest increase. Sifting through all these options can be daunting if you are not familiar with the resort chains or the individual properties. Now that a huge proportion of reviews on the internet are deemed to be fake, who can you trust to get a true picture of where you want to stay? This is where Vacations with Kids can help. We attend training sessions, travel to destination to see as many of the resorts as we can so that we can match you to your ideal family all inclusive.
Below is a guide to the various resort chains, for customized recommendations for your family vacations please contact us directly. Don’t trust your family vacation to the web – use a family travel specialist to book your vacation with kids!
Nickelodeon Resort Punta Cana
This first resort in the new all inclusive Nickelodeon brand, this resort combines the fun of the Nickelodeon characters with the luxury food and amenities that Karisma Resorts are known for. The resort is finished to a high standard with spacious rooms with huge bathrooms and outdoor terraces; the bathrooms have double sinks, big walk in shower, hydro tub and spacious closet. There are visits from favourite characters such as the Ninja Turtles, Paw Patrol, Dora and Sponge Bob, but they are not everywhere so the theme of the resort is not overwhelming. Most of the character activitiy happens at Nick Place where the kids club and aqua park are located, there is also a teen hangout with basketball and tennis courts, soccer pitch, pool and ping pong. The Aqua Nick water park is extremely popular with lazy river, water slides, splash pad and huge dumping bucket. Daily, a mass sliming takes place, the huge bucket is filled with green slime and dumped over the families standing below; you can also opt for a private family sliming. The character breakfast is great fun, taking place on Saturday and Sunday. There are two themed options for characters, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and a mix of characters including Paw Patrol and Dora the Explorer. This is a 5* resort so the food and entertainment are excellent. You can swim in the huge beach front pool overlooking the beach, this is the main pool with swim up bar. There are many smaller pools for the use of the swim up suites. Rooms here are either spacious Jr Suites (Pad Suite), one bedroom suites (Flat Suite) or the family villas. Both the Pad and Flat suites are available with a swim up option. Huge corner suites are the swank suites that have a wrap around patio, they are hard to get as they sell out far in advance. This extremely popular family resort is a hit with families, I am looking forward to the new one opening in Mexico next year!
Where? Dominican Republic, Cuba, and Mexico (locations in Costa Rica and Southeast Asia are set to open in 2018!)
Paradisus are luxury family-friendly resorts with elegant accommodations and high end food and service. The upgrade to Family Concierge elevates the experience of guests with private check in, lounge access, personalized Butler service and extra amenities. There is a baby club for age 1-3, kids club 4-12 and teen club 13+ s. Rooms are very spacious and very luxurious, there are several configurations including 1,2,3 bedrooms which are very popular with families seeking. All rooms feature a stocked mini bar customizable to your wishes by your Family Concierge butler, 24hr room service, with 50-inch flat-screen TVs, balconies or terraces, Nespresso coffee machines, Thierry Mugler toiletries, free Wi-Fi, and in-room video game console. Family Concierge rooms also get a backpack, set of beach toys, kiddie robes and slippers, baby bath amenities and cookies and milk turn down service. The food and service at Paradisus resorts is top notch with a huge variety in the buffet and several a la carte restaurants, an exceptional culinary experience at AAA Five Diamond restaurants Fuego and Passion is available ($). The majority of Paradisus by Melia’s nine luxury resorts are kid-friendly, this makes them ideal for family groups as there are both adult only and family areas.
The Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real is a private enclave designed especially for families, it is like a resort within a resort. This boutique property has spacious suites including 1,2 and 3 bedroom suites; the walkout rooms have a backyard and pool access and a bali bed! There is a massive Kids Zone ages 1-12 with huge climbing frame, a private beach area, kiddie pool with slides, and a seemingly never-ending main pool with many hidden areas to relax in privacy.
Hard Rock Hotel
Where? All-inclusive locations are found in Mexico and Dominican Republic.
These upscale yet fun resorts offer so much for every member of the family. Lavish accommodations have, Hydro spa tub, double-jetted bathtubs, free liquor dispensers, and 24-hour room service. There are a variety of rooms and suites ranging from the Deluxe to the 9204sf Rock Star Suite. Hard Rock’s “The Sound of Your Stay” program offers free music-related loaners, including guitars (full electric “menu”), headphones, and amps. There are many dining options in addition to 24hr room service. Huge buffets with enormous variety, international a la carte options, and grab-and-go places — each has individualized menus, custom decor, and consistently good food. Restaurants do not take reservations, but with so many dining options, they’re not even necessary. Hard Rock Resorts are very popular with couples and groups, especially Heave, the adult only sections, but many don’t realize how family-friendly they are. Thanks to a ton of great amenities for kids of all ages, as well as signature family suites, kiddy pools, and kid-friendly menus. The Little Big Club has character visits from Barney, Angelina Ballerina, Bob the Builder and Thomas the Tank Engine. Coming soon to Rivera Maya and Punta Cana, Woodward is a one of a kind experience for kids 7 and up. It includes Skate and BMX parks, Cheer and Hip Hop programs, trampoline, Digital Media Camp, snow boarding and skiing and more! This along with Music Lab are going to make Hard Rock Resorts a top pick for families with teens.
Hard Rock Punta Cana. The cool vibe of Hard Rock hotel meets the tropical paradise of Punta Cana. With 13 pools, 9 restaurants, 13 bars, an 18-hole golf course, a massive spa and fitness center, and the Dominican Republic’s largest casino, this is one of the most popular all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana. Find serenity lounging by 13 luxurious pools with swim up bars and waterslides. Indulge in all inclusive dining at 9 restaurants, or pamper yourself at the huge spa. Let your wild side shine at the Dominican’s best casino, or at the ORO nightclub where the world’s best DJ’s spin tunes for guests to dance the night away. Or treat yourself to a live rock n’ roll concert right on site! In between it all, play a round on an 18-hole course designed by professional golfer Jack Nicklaus. Hard Rock Punta Cana is ideal for family groups as it has something for every member of the family.
Where? Caribbean, Mexico, Italy, France, Greece, Portugal, Turkey, Brazil, Morocco, Senegal, Tunisia, Mauritius, Maldives, Japan, Malaysia, China, Thailand, and Indonesia
Club Med were pioneers of inclusive vacations, the resorts are located on the best beaches in all destinations as they got first pick years back. There are a variety of room categories, maybe of which are family friendly. They often tend to be more basic without mini bars or room service unless you upgrade. Most clients don’t choose Club Med for the resorts, they choose the for their activities. They have professional instructors for onsite programming and loving nannies for the Baby Club. The food and wine are quite good (they are a French chain so you would expect nothing less!) but most restaurants are food display rather than a la carte. There is great entertainment and resorts Caicos locations that we’ve reviewed), but they’re generally tastefully decorated and well equipped; all rooms in all resorts have free Wi-Fi.
Features: Almost all of the expected all-inclusive features are present and accounted for, plus a heavy emphasis on activities. Club Med’s all-inclusive package allows guests to try their hand at exciting sports like waterskiing, archery, and wakeboarding, or even enjoy circus activities like tightrope-walking and swinging on a life-size flying trapeze. These activities would be expensive elsewhere and add value to Club Med’s rates. Other activities include yoga, golf, tennis (professional instructor), beach volleyball, snorkeling, and guided walks. Tiara, a 5-Trident luxury area where you can feel like a real VIP. Head to the new Zen Oasis, a sophisticated adults-only hideaway, perfect for moments of essential tranquility during your stay. Looking for a little excitement? Experience CREACTIVE by Cirque du Soleil; a creative playground inspired by the world-renowned acrobatic shows. Leisure, fun, or sun, no matter what you’re craving, this resort is sure to have it!
Did you know Club Med do all inclusive ski vacations? Ski the European alps with ski passes and kids lessons included.
Club Med Punta Cana – this resort is located on a beautiful beach, very calm and shallow water is great for kids to swim. There is every activity you could want at this resort trapeze, tennis, golf is near by. The kids club here is amazing, like summer camp with organized activities and lots of kids participating, yours will surely make a friend! The new Cirque de Soleil Creative play area is one of a kind.