Want to go somewhere exotic but keep the kids happy too? With water parks on-site and camping adventures on the beach, these are my top five all inclusive Caribbean resorts for families.
5* All Inclusive, Moon Palace Resort, Cancun
All-inclusive in the Moon Palace means just that. You won’t hear ‘this restaurant is not included’. You can dine in any of their fifteen restaurants, have cocktails in any of their twelve bars, or if you want a night a nightcap on your balcony – you can have a drink from your well-stocked minibar. All of these are included in the price of your stay. And thats not all… Kids 17 and under stay, play and eat free on selected dates. Now you can see how this is one of the best all-inclusive Caribbean Resorts for families!
You also get a whopping $1500 resort credit if you stay for seven nights, or $2500 resort credit if you stay for twelve nights or more! You really need no spending money. With your resort credit you can enjoy motorised water-sports, a round of golf or some spa treatments. All you pay is a 16% service tax.
There are two kids pools, and one has a splash-zone water park. There are kids clubs, a teen lounge and a games room, as well as a regular day and evening entertainment programme. Children will enjoy the multi-sports court and the wide selection of water-sports available, including kayaking, paddle boats and diving. There is also an 18-hole mini-golf course, beach soccer, pool and beach volleyball, basketball, tennis courts and table tennis available.
Adults are well catered for too, with a large freestyle pool, two swim up bars, six double-whirlpool tubs, two fitness centres, Spa, 27 hole golf course, yoga , pilates and lots more.
The deluxe resort-view rooms sleep four and an infant, and come with a double Jacuzzi in the bathroom and a private balcony, and almost all have a hammock. There are also family deluxe rooms which are two bedroom suites and sleep up to 6, with Xbox/DVD players and child-friendly snacks in the minibar.
This resort is highly rated in TripAdvisor, won a travellers choice award and is considered at Platinum level from Greenleaders. If you fancy a change of scene, Cancun is only a half hour away and you can also explore the nearby islands of Cozumel and Isla Mujieres. The Moon Palace also happens to be sitting on a stunning white sandy beach facing the Caribbean Sea, so it’s fair to say you might not want to leave it…
Prices from €4499 including flights, transfers and a seven night stay on an all-inclusive basis, based on 2 adults and 2 children ( under 12) sharing.Call for quotation
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5* All Inclusive Dreams Punta Cana Resort & Spa, Dominican Republic
This luxury resort is one of the best on the island, receives outstanding reviews on TripAdvisor and is available from only €1,189 per adult. Children will love the Pirates Water Slide and the super kids clubs. The Explorers Club caters for kids from age 3 – 12 and runs from 9am to 10pm. This fully supervised club is free of charge to guests and offers superb games and activities throughout the day, including an ocean trampoline, water slides, treasure hunts, movies on the beach and campout adventures! Teenagers will love the Core Zone Teens Club for 13 – 17 year olds, open from 9am – 12am! They have water based activities, video consoles and a rock climbing wall, as well as social events including a teens disco.
Don’t worry, this is a super resort for adults too. The location is fantastic, with tropical gardens and a stunning beach, you have the best of both worlds.. The award-winning swimming pool meanders through the resort and even has a swim-up bar. There are eight different dining options, nine bars to choose from, and your minibar is stocked daily. You don’t even need to leave your lounger when you want a cocktail, as they offer waiter service at the pools and beach.
Prices from €3349 based on 2 adults and 1 child sharing a standard room or €4999 based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing a Preferred Club Junior Suite. Prices including flights, transfers and a seven night stay on an all-inclusive basis.Call for quotation
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4* All Inclusive Sugar Bay, Barbados
Barbados is one of my favourite islands in the Caribbean. There is so much to do, and it is so easy to get around – they even drive on the same side of the road as us. The Sugar Bay Resort is located on the lively South Coast, close to Bridgetown, so if you are looking for a fun all-inclusive holiday, with plenty of action close by, then this is the place for you! The Caribbean vibes are evident throughout the hotel, with colourful buildings and a lively atmosphere. The Sugar Bay has a choice of family rooms available, with suites sleeping two adults and 3 children and large two bedroom oceanfront suites sleeping up to six adults.
Kids will be spoiled for choice with the various kids clubs, games room and playground available. There is a crèche for children aged from 4 months to 2 years, a kids club from 3 – 11 years and a teens club for 12 – 16 years. Teenagers even have their own clubhouse, where no adults or younger siblings are allowed. Kids can also enjoy non-motorised water sports at no extra cost including kayaking, snorkelling and booogie boarding. Windsurfing, jet skis, banana boats and sailing are also available at an additional charge. The free WiFi is available throughout the resort, this will no doubt be a big hit for teenagers too.
Adults are well catered for with a choice of swimming pools, and one has a swim-up bar. There is also a jacuzzi, fitness centre and spa. There is a great choice of dining options available including the Sizzle Steak House and the adults only Asian-fusion restaurant, and UMI – where you can dine twice a week as part of the all-inclusive arrangement. Before you dine, a visit to Colin’s Beach Bar and Grill for sundowners is a must.
Highly rated on TripAdvisor with excellent reviews, this is one of the best all-inclusive Caribbean Resorts for families.
Prices from €5499 including flights, transfers and a seven night stay on an all-inclusive basis, based on 2 adults and 2 children ( under 12) sharing. Note first child (aged 16 and under) stays FREE all year round.Call for quotation
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4* All Inclusive Verandah Resort & Spa, Antigua
Set upon 30 acres of white sandy beaches and bordering the Devil’s Bridge National Park, this is the picture postcard setting. Nature lovers can enjoy the many nature trails and wildlife in the National Park, and take a boat trip to nearby Bird Island. There are also many historical sites nearby as well as the Devil’s Bridge, which is a natural rock arch with geysers and blowholes. If however you just want to chill out on the beach all day, you have two to choose from.
There is a host of water-sports available. Wind surfing, snorkelling, kayaking, hobie cat sailing, pedal boats, stand up paddle boarding and water hammocks, are all available as part of the all-inclusive arrangement. There is a kids club from ages 2 – 12 years open from 9am – 10pm which has an outdoor play area and splash pool.
For children aged 8 or older, there are lead activities including sailing, kayaking, nature walks, swimming, paddle boats, arts & crafts & beach games. Older kids can enjoy the games pavillion, 18-hole mini golf course, tennis centre, volleyball or the teenagers room with pool tables.
All rooms are large junior suites with Caribbean-style décor and verandahs with beautiful views. There are also two bedroom villas with a private pool, where currently kids stay free.
Adults can enjoy the Tranquility Body and Soul Spa, fitness centre, fitness and cookery classes, as well as the many nature walks nearby. There are four restaurants to choose from and a children’s restaurant in the kids club.
Highly rated on TripAdvisor, this exclusive family resort has everything you need for a tropical beach holiday.
Prices from €4249 in a standard room or €5699 in a 2 bedroom villa, including flights, transfers and a seven night stay on an all-inclusive basis, based on 2 adults and 2 children (under 12) sharing.Call for quotation
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4* All Inclusive Coconut Bay Beach Resort, St Lucia
The multi award-winning Coconut Bay Beach Resort boasts being the only premium all-inclusive resort in St Lucia. Adults and children are catered for brilliantly here, with a separate adults-only wing. ‘Splash’, the family-friendly wing, is home to CocoLand, St Lucia’s largest water park. There are nine restaurants, seven bars and five swimming pools – this resort is situated on 85 acres, it is safe to say you won’t need to leave it.
There are many rooms to choose from, including two-bedroom interconnecting rooms and family rooms which are located in the family ‘Splash’ wing. This Splash wing has everything you could possibly want for the ultimate family holiday. You are even provided with a local mobile phone that you can contact your kids at any time, and vice versa.
The water park has water slides, a Coconut Cannon water ride, as well as a lazy river. The Kidz Klub caters from newborn up to 12 years, and there is a petting zoo with feeding stations, so kids can interact with the animals. There is also a watersports centre with a host of activities included in the cost of your stay, as well as four tennis courts, basketball courts, paintball and a daily and evening entertainment programme.
With excellent reviews on TripAdvisor and a certificate of excellence award winner, this is the ultimate family resort, and often classed as one of the best all-inclusive Caribbean Resorts for families.
Prices from €5499 including flights, transfers and a seven night stay on an all-inclusive basis, based on 2 adults and 2 children ( under 12) sharing. Note first child stays free on selected dates.Call for quotation
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So now that you have seen my top five all inclusive Caribbean resorts for families, the only decision is which one to choose? Prices are correct at the time of issue but are subject to change. This post was sponsored by Tropical Sky but all views, as always, are my own.