Everyone needs some fun in their lives. Escape your responsibilities, grab the kids, and let go!
Our Vacationistas have put together a short list of their favorite family-friendly all-inclusive resorts for your next getaway:
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana – Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Great For: Music lovers, active families, and anyone ready to get their rock on!
With its legendary rock and roll vibe, the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana will not disappoint you and your family. This mega resort has a lazy river and 13 luxurious pools (4 with their own swim-up bar) and is situated near a pristine white-sand beach. With 3 kid pools (including a water slide), the high energy adults-only Eden Pool, and 1 private pool for the Rock Royalty level, there is something for everyone.
Built for music lovers, the resort offers activities for like-minded guests. Check out the unique music-centered amenities like Music Lab (instrument instruction and stage training), Jam Band (join a band with coaching from your Rock Specialist), Rock Tube (don some cool accessories, and shoot your very own rock video), and the Sound of Your Stay (borrow our very own Fender guitar, listen to a curated list on vinyl, or just chill to your very own personalized playlist.)
Within the resort, Camp Woodward (opening in 2018) offers unique active sports for your group to try like snowboarding, skate and BMX park, parkour, cheer and hip-hop dance, just to name a few. Grab your team and sign up for some private lessons or drop in for a 2 hour experience.
For the adults, The Rock Spa, a 60,000 square feet paradise, has a unique Rhythm and Motion music-centric spa menu that is sure to delight. The resort also offers the largest and best Vegas-style casino in all of the Dominican Republic. Like golf, how about an 18-hole Jack Nicklaus designed course.
With 23 bars (including 4 swim-up bars among the 13 pools), 9 tantalizing restaurants, exhilarating nightlife, and activities for all-ages, the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana will rock your world.
There are currently four family-friendly all‑inclusive Hard Rock Hotels within Mexico (Cancun, Riviera Maya, Puerto Vallarta) and the Dominican Republic (Punta Cana.)
Beaches Turks & Caicos – Turks & Caicos
Great For: Beach and waterpark fanatics, teens, and a truly all-inclusive vacation
With endless activities for everyone, find your next one-of-a-kind, unbelievably exciting family vacation at the Beaches all-inclusive Turks & Caicos resort.
Set on one of the world’s best beaches with famous turquoise waters, this Beaches resort offers it’s own 45,000 square-foot waterpark in addition to 6 pools (3 with swim-up bars, including one for the kids with unlimited soda and frozen concoctions.) The Pirates Island waterpark is the biggest waterpark in the Caribbean and includes gigantic water slides, water cannons, whirlpools and a lazy river. It is also home to the SurfStream, surf simulator.
From tots to tweens and teens, Beaches has activities for everyone in your family (they don’t forget about the adults.) Featuring Sesame Street® characters, the Xbox Play Lounge and a sizzlin’ teen nightclub, your kids will have an endless list of things to do. Adults can relax at the Red Lane spa, hit a few rounds of golf, experience a top scuba destination, or enjoy premium drinks at one of the 15 bars.
Beaches Turks & Caicos offers 21 speciality restaurants, 15 bars, and an endless list of activities for the entire family. It is truly a tropical getaway from the everyday.
Beaches Resorts has two all-inclusive resorts in Jamaica (Negril and Ocho Rios) and one in Turks and Caicos.
The Fives Azul Beach Resort Playa del Carmen – Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Great For: Foodies, Nickelodeon fans, and tons of activities for kids and adults
At The Fives Playa del Carmen, youth is never wasted on the young. This resort will bring out the playful side in everyone. Expect a carefree and worry free vacation that both kids and parents will love.
Make your way down to The Fives Azul Beach Resort Playa del Carmen’ white-sand beach, where swim-up bars, activities on the turquoise waterfront, and 6 pools (watch out for the infinity pool with swim-up bar) invite your family to play in the sun, sand, and surf. Really love the pool? The Five’s swim-up suites have been rated as one of the best!
For tots, teens, couples, groups, honeymooners and even brides-to-be, this Gourmet Inclusive® playground will satisfy the most discriminating family tastes. Even at check-in, your kids will feel like VIPs with a welcome Nickelodeon smoothie. For kids aged 4-12 the Azulitos Playhouse and My Gym offers up themed activities and supervised awesomeness. Tweens and teens (13-17 years) will enjoy daily indoor and outdoor activities at the Extreme Breeze Teen Club. The Fives also offers Azulitos Spa Services for your 5-17 year kids wanting a little pampering of their own, including facials and age appropriate makeup and hairstyling.
At The Fives you’ll discover trendy shops, live entertainment, gourmet a la carte restaurants and bars to satiate even the heartiest appetite for food and fun. Dining at The Fives is a celebration of the culinary arts for the foodie in all of us – a perfect orchestration of ingredients, preparation, presentation and service. Gourmet cuisine is the foundation for Karisma Gourmet Inclusive® Experience, and has been lauded “Superb,” “Best in class,” “Decadent” and “Outstanding.”
Azul Beach Resorts offer three family-friendly destinations within Mexico (Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen, and Puerto Morelos) and one in Negril, Jamaica.
Moon Palace Golf and Spa Resort Cancun – Cancun, Mexico
Great For: Entertainment, Party Atmosphere, Activities (Golf, Tours), Spa, Foodies
Rated as one of the best resorts in Eastern Mexico, this gigantic family-friendly all-inclusive luxury resort along the southern shore of Cancun has no end of activities for you and your family.
With 10 pools, including a larger-than-life pool with waterslides, and a double Flowrider surfing simulator machine you will never be far from the water. There are four swim-up bars as well, rated as some of the best in the area.
Moon Palace offers stunning, age-appropriate activity centers. The Playroom is a kids’ paradise with activities and spaces to keep them entertained. Teens have the Wired Lounge for their very own space away
This perfect getaway has a state-of-the-art AweSpa, a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, access to 33 dining options (sharing privileges with the family-friendly Beach Palace, and adult-only Sun Palace and LeBlanc resort), multiple bars and the NOIR nightclub. The Moon Palace Resort is an entertainment-mecca in the area with complimentary tickets included in your stay (select performances.) This resort is full of energy and possibilities!
Moon Palace, part of the Palace Resorts brand, are family-friendly resorts located in Cancun, Mexico and Ocho Rios, Jamaica.
Dreams Riviera Cancun – Puerto Morales, Mexico
Great For: Couples with young children, laid-back vibes
The Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa reflects the charm of the Mexican Caribbean and is surrounded by glistening pools, lush tropical gardens and a palm-studded beach.
With a picture-perfect beachfront setting, this resort offers 3 pools and 2 outdoor whirlpools. With pool and beach wait service you wont go without while relaxing in the Caribbean sun. Dreams offers non-motorized water sports (Hobie Cats, kayaks, snorkeling) as well as other beach activities (weekly beach parties, Beach Olympics, soccer and football, just to name a few.)
The resort’s Mayan-themed Explorer’s Club for ages 3 – 12 offers a fully supervised children’s program. Activities include a planetarium, climbing wall, piñata competitions, sand castle contests, and weekly camp out adventures.
Nine gourmet themed restaurants without reservations, six fabulous bars ranging from elegant to swim-up, plus a fully-equipped fitness center and a world-class Dreams Spa by Pevonia® provide adult guests with a host of amenities. Guests are also treated to complimentary greens fees at two championship golf courses nearby.
Dreams Resorts & Spas offer a high level of luxury for couples and couples with children, in ideal beachfront settings. They have fifteen locations throughout the Caribbean (Mexico, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Panama, and Puerto Rico.)
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