12 Top-Rated All-Inclusive Family Resorts in the Caribbean
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All-inclusive resorts are a great option for budget-conscious families who don't want the stress of counting pennies during vacation, and the Caribbean is home to a huge variety. For any family with children, the most important thing is finding a resort that has something for every age, especially picky tweens and teens.
Many parents, especially those with younger children, seek out resorts that include all-day childcare programs so that they can get some well-earned R&R and quality alone time. Other families look for places that offer a wide range of family activities that the whole group can do together, and most ultimately want a combination of the two. Find a great place to stay on your next vacation with our list of the top Caribbean all-inclusive family resorts.
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1. Franklyn D. Resort & Spa, Jamaica
Located in Runaway Bay, Jamaica, on the island's northern shore, the Franklyn D. Resort & Spa's all-inclusive rates include a "Vacation Nanny" whose job is to take care of the kids and keep them occupied while parents enjoy the resort's many offerings. While mom and dad are enjoying a stroll on the beach or a romantic meal at the adults-only Pier Restaurant, the vacation nanny will be making sure that the kids are having the time of their lives.
Younger kids will have a ton of fun at the kid's club, and there are also separate programs for tweens and teens, including reggae dance lessons, diving excursions, and bicycle tours, as well as a teens' game room. Family activities include glass-bottom boat rides, snorkeling, and kayaking, as well as organized games like beach volleyball. The resort also has a playground and pools with a huge waterslide and plenty of lounging room.
Accommodation: Franklyn D. Resort & Spa
2. Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages and Spa
The massive resort complex at Beaches Turks & Caicos is located in Grace Bay in Turks & Caicos, laid out in small themed villages, which include private seaside villas and family suites. The resort's most impressive feature is the 45,000-square-foot Pirates Island Water Park, a large all-ages park that has plenty of ways to cool off, like eight waterslides and a surfing simulator, as well as a swim-up smoothie bar, games room, and a limitless supply of food at the nostalgic 50s-style diner. In addition to the park, there are six pools throughout the property and, of course, a lovely stretch of beach.
Younger kids will be thrilled by the Sesame Street characters, who they can interact with and learn from, with a long menu of activities, including a science fair with Grover, story time with Elmo, and learning about repurposing from Oscar the Grouch.
Supervised childcare and activity programs are available for children of all ages and include age-appropriate activities and even staff trained to care for special needs children. Babysitting is also available in the evenings, so parents can have a special night out. Family activities include the Xbox game room; Voilá theater, with live performances; and an extensive scuba diving program.
Accommodation: Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages and Spa
3. Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort, St. Lucia
The villas at this sixty-acre seaside resort are nestled in the hills on the northwest coast of St Lucia, providing seclusion while offering stunning views of the ocean. The private villas, which are as large as 3,600 square feet with four bedrooms, have enough room to fit the whole family and are fully equipped with amenities, including kitchenettes and washer/dryers, and some even have private pools. The resort offers an all-inclusive option, which includes meals at any of its five on-site restaurants, as well as room service meals, allowing you to truly indulge.
The resort offers supervised kids' programs for ages four to 12 at the Jacquot Fun Club, which is open from 10am to 4pm and then again at 6:30 pm for evening events. Organized activities include field trips, boat rides, pool parties, tennis lessons, puppet shows, and lawn games, while weekly evening events include movie nights, disco Wednesdays, talent shows, and more.
Additional activities and off-site events are available for teens, and the whole family can enjoy water sports like water-skiing and tube rides; fitness classes like beach yoga and aqua aerobics; a wide range of games, from table tennis to coconut bowling; and live music nightly.
Accommodation: Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort
4. Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort & Spa, Jamaica
Families can choose between suites, extravagant penthouses, or private three-bedroom villas at the Jewel Grande in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Each features a private balcony with breathtaking views of the ocean or the gardens, and villas offer extra conveniences like washer/dryers and kitchenettes, as well as butler service.
The resort's outdoor recreation areas include not only the pool and beach but also a splash pad, playground, and pavilion.
The Kids Club offers a huge variety of activities, including arts and crafts, scavenger hunts, kite flying, and pool time, as well as plenty of games. The Teen Lounge gives the older kids the space they want with ample ways to enjoy their time, including bowling, interactive video games, pool, and foosball.
While the kids are having fun, parents can get well-deserved pampering at the Grande Spa, a full-service facility that offers a range of spa and salon services in a tranquil setting.
Accommodation: Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort & Spa
5. Club Med Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Club Med Punta Cana is the place to go if you have ever dreamed of running away to join the circus. Located on the Dominican Republic's eastern shore, this Punta Cana beach resort is home to a unique Circus School and Creactive, a program created by Cirque do Soleil to teach guests the skills they need to become a daring acrobat or gravity-defying aerialist. Those who just want to test the waters can take a shot at juggling, practice their skills on a tightrope, and even try a swing on the trapeze.
Unlike many Club Med properties, this location caters to families, and kids are well-supervised in the included programs for ages four months and up, much younger than most resorts usually accommodate. For kids, daily activities include storytelling for the little ones, crafts for the slightly older kids, and sports and games for teens. Other family-friendly touches include baby food prep areas in restaurants and the use of strollers.
For adults, available activities range from lessons in archery, to expert instruction in golf, tennis, and fitness. There are also optional on-site spa services, which include packages designed for couples, and other add-ons like horseback riding. For those who just want to kick back, the resort's private section of beach, one of Jamaica's best beaches, is the perfect place to work on that tan.
Accommodation: Club Med Punta Cana
6. Grand Isle Resort & Residences, Bahamas
Families have everything they need at this four-star luxury resort located on Emerald Bay on Great Exuma, Bahamas. The resort boasts a mile-long sandy beach with unlimited use of water sports equipment, including stand up paddleboards, kayaks, boogie boards, snorkeling equipment, and more; kids who want to play in the pool also have full use of the resort's pool toys and safety equipment.
Kids ages five through 12 can spend their days with resort childcare staff in the supervised day program, which includes a variety of fun activities, from treasure hunts and beach games to learning how to kayak.
Families will have plenty of space, with one- to four-room villas available to fit every size group. Each villa has a full kitchen, a comfortable and spacious living space, separate dining area, private balcony, and outdoor seating.
Resort amenities include use of a designated golf cart, an infinity pool, fitness center, and plenty of hammocks and shaded cabanas along the pool and beach. Guests can enjoy poolside and oceanside food delivery, including kids' meals. Guests can also get golf packages to take full advantage of the 18-hole championship course and diving packages to explore the clear Caribbean waters.
Accommodation: Grand Isle Resort & Residences, Bahamas
7. Royalton Bavaro Resort & Spa, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
This five-star all-inclusive offers surprisingly affordable rates and a wide variety of activities geared to all age groups, making this a great option for families with kids of all ages. Teens ages 13 to 17 have a designated teens club, which is supervised but unstructured, leaving them free to socialize and play games, from ping pong and billiards to PlayStation. Teens are also welcome to participate in a variety of cultural and fitness classes alongside adults.
Kids ages four to 12 are welcome to participate in the Summer Camp program, which includes nature hikes, games, music, arts and crafts, and cooking, as well as plenty of time in the water. Babysitting is also available for younger children, so that the adults can get some R&R at the on-site spa or play a round of golf. There are also plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy together, from water play to sports like mini-golf and beach volleyball.
In addition to a gorgeous private beach, guests can enjoy multiple pools, a lazy river, the FlowRider wave pool, and a splash park.
Guest rooms have a full suite of amenities, including a secure waterproof bracelet-style keycard that can be used for room access, as well as any resort purchases at the gift shop, spa, or other pay-for-service areas.
Accommodation: Royalton Bavaro Resort & Spa
8. The Buccaneer, St. Croix
On the island of St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands, The Buccaneer offers a wide range of activities and amenities to families on its 340 acres. Here, you will find two beaches, including the more secluded Grotto Beach and the larger, busier Mermaid Beach, where there is a restaurant, a dock for local sightseeing boats, and the water sports facilities. Many water sports are included in your stay, from free scuba lessons to kayaking. Land sports include golf, horseback riding, tennis, and team sports like beach volleyball. In addition to the beaches, the resort has multiple pools.
The buccaneer offers a kids' day program for ages four to 12, included in the stay. Supervised, age-appropriate activities include beach play like crab races and sandcastle construction, adventures like treasure hunts, and plenty of crafts and games indoors for when the kids need some time in the shade. Families will also enjoy trips out to the nearby Buck Island National Park, a beautiful natural area just offshore.
Accommodation: The Buccaneer
9. Grand Palladium Bávaro Suites Resort & Spa, Dominican Republic
Located on Bávaro Beach in Punta Cana on the Dominican Republic's eastern coast, the Grand Palladium Bávaro Suites offers all-inclusive packages that include windsurfing lessons, kayak rentals, and dining at one if its many excellent restaurants.
This all-suite sibling to the adjacent Grand Palladium Resort and Spa has full access to amenities on both properties, with many of its own unique features that set it apart. One of the most fun are the swim-up suites, which can be accessed from one of four pools on the property, allowing you to dive right in from your own back door and swim over to a refreshment stand for a light snack or beverage without your feet touching the ground.
Families will appreciate supervised kids' programs for ages one to 17, and the kids will absolutely love Castillo de Pirata (the Pirate Castle), a colonial fort-themed space with a small water park, games room, theater, and snacks. Of course, there is also an adults-only pool, and the resort's dedicated kids' spaces ensure that grown-ups have their own space as well. The whole family can participate in kayaking, windsurfing lessons, and other water sports.
Accommodation: Grand Palladium Bávaro Suites Resort & Spa
10. Sonesta Maho Beach Resort, St. Maarten
Although the disaster of hurricane Irma was the cause, the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino on St. Maarten in the Netherlands Antilles has just undergone a complete remodel. The forced renovations have resulted in modern, spacious rooms and all new facilities, including a submarine-themed kids' pool and an impressive water park. This is part of the Maho Bungalo Kids Club, where younger guests will find anything they could want to make their vacation fun. For older kids, the Teen Zone has plenty of games and activities and also hosts weekly events like disco night and pajama parties.
In addition to the kids' pool and water park, the resort has an expansive main pool that features swim-up refreshment stands and plenty of room for sunbathing. The resort is also home to six restaurants, including five full-service and one pizza place for a quick bite.
Accommodation: Sonesta Maho Beach Resort
11. Iberostar Hacienda Dominicus, Dominican Republic
Located on the southeastern shore of the Dominican Republic, between the town of Sámana and the island's largest national park, is Bayahibe Beach, home to the laid-back Iberostar Hacienda Dominicus. This resort welcomes families, as well as couples and groups, providing a dedicated pool area for kids so that others can have some peace and quiet if they like. Among the resort's most popular activities are its scuba lessons, available for ages 12 and up, which take place in the safety of a pool.
Families will appreciate the Star Camp kids' day program, a place where the younger ones (ages 4 to 17) can enjoy a break from mom and dad while the parents relax. Kids get the chance to do crafts, listen to local musicians, and even take Spanish Lessons in addition to the numerous play activities. Tourists may want to ask the hotel about day trips to Sámana or nearby San Pedro De Macoris, the birthplace of more than a few Major League Baseball greats.
Accommodation: Iberostar Hacienda Dominicus
12. Spice Island Beach Resort, Grenada
Although this five-star luxury resort is priced at a premium, guests do get what they pay for at the Spice Island Beach Resort in Grenada. While the adults are playing a round of golf, unlimited play included of course, kids ages three to 12 are well taken care of in the Nutmeg Pod, the resort's day camp. This fully supervised program has a focus on creativity, and every child who comes here gets to leave their mark – literally, with a paint handprint on the wall. In addition to golf, and of course beautiful pools, the resort has recreational facilities like lit tennis courts and water sports programs including scuba diving.
Accommodation: Spice Island Beach Resort