When you pair a Caribbean vacation with terms like “all-inclusive,” you may think couples-only romantic getaways exclusively for adults. But you might be surprised at the exotic resorts that specifically cater to families. FamilyVacationCritic.com has put together a list of ten resorts that happily bring all-inclusive experiences to all ages.
Top All-Inclusive, Family-Friendly Resorts in the Caribbean
Grotto Bay Beach Resort:
On the island of Bermuda, you’ll only find one place that offers an all-inclusive package, the Grotto Bay Beach Resort. This resort also happens to be an excellent vacation spot for families, offering an acclaimed kids’ summer camp. Kids can enjoy scavenger and treasure hunts as well as trips to the island’s zoo and aquarium. You’ll also like the Grotto Bay’s two underground caves for swimming.
Dreams La Romana:
In the Dominican Republic, the Dreams La Romana offers plenty for kids and families. Kids can enjoy an Explorer’s Club, with swings, slides, and a tree house. Adolescents can spaz out at the Core Zone, with the Internet cafe, video games, loud music, and a teens-olnynight club. There’s a separate play area for infants and toddlers, and even the spa will pamper children as young as six.
Verandah Resorts and Spa:
Sprawling over a hillside in Antigua is the eco-friendly Verandah Resort and Spa. Aside from beaches and pools, children can enjoy the onsite Kidz Club, with activities arranged based on age and needs. Teens can hang out at the Pirate’s Den and enjoy billiards, foosball, and Ping-Pong tables. The hotel also has a daily roster of activities such as miniature golf courses, fitness classes, hikes, and entertainment to keep every age occupied.
Another resort in the Dominican Republic, IBEROSTAR Bavaro offers something for everyone in your family. The Mini-Club keeps kids active with arts and crafts, sand castle competitions, dance, and more. Teens can enjoy dance parties and other fun activities at the teens’ clubs. From horseback riding off grounds, to Haitian art, to live music every night, the IBEROSTAR Bavaro is designed to keep your whole family occupied.
Sr. Lucia, Coconut Bay:
In St. Lucia, Coconut Bay offers all-inclusive at a budget for families, with a family pool, water slides, lazy river, and separate beach. Its Kidz Club is broken down into age groups, from a nursery for infants, to arts and crafts for older kids. There’s also a Teens Club featuring billiards, foosball, and lounges. You can also take part in jeep, bicycle, and hiking tours, and even take a trip to the island’s volcano.
Aruba Marriott Resort:
At the Aruba Marriott Resort, you can enjoy seven restaurants, a long beach, and a huge pool with your family. There’s a game room for kids, and The Den for teens, with video game consoles and lounging space. The long stretch of beach is ideal for families, with a shallow area for even the smallest children.
Turks and Caicos:
In Turks & Caicos, families love Beaches Resort. Aside from its extensive water parks, this resort offers numerous kids’ programs. Babies are in the best hands at Camp Sesame. Teens and ‘tweens can enjoy the Shadow Lounge, or an unchaperoned night life at Liquid, the Caribbean’s only 21-and-under night club designed exclusively for teenagers.
Jewel Runaway Bay:
If you’re eyeing Jamaica, Jewel Runaway Bay extended its all-inclusive services in 2012 to involve the whole family. There’s a children’s club for kids of all ages with arts and crafts, teens can enjoy a recording studio where they can record their own CD, and the whole family can head to a Laser Tag Ranch. Not just for adults anymore, Jewel Runaway Bay is now for the whole family.
On the small island of Curacao, kids 21 and under can stay and play for free at the Renaissance. From a spray ground for toddlers, to movie theaters for kids, the whole family can enjoy shopping, entertainment, and watersports. The Renaissance is close to town, too, so you can explore with your family.
Franklyn D. Resort & Spa:
Also in Jamaica is the Franklyn D. Resort & Spa, and arguably the best one listed. The Yellow Bird Kids Club caters to kids 12 and under, with a full indoor and outdoor facility with everything from soft toys and games to Capture the Flag. In the separate Teen Center, you’ll find everything from video games to billiards and table tennis inside, and everything from beach volleyball to boat rentals outside.
Despite popular belief, all-inclusive isn’t just for adult couples. If you’re planning such a trip, you don’t have to leave the kids at the sitter’s or grandparents’ house. At one of these top ten resorts, no one in your family will be disappointed.