10 best all inclusive family vacations worldwide from Cancun to Costa Rica

Last updated 19th December 2023

Now the best all-inclusive resorts for family vacations really are some of the best resorts in the world, full stop. Don’t believe all inclusive has moved on that much? Take a look at our top 12 for this year and next, you’ll be surprised.

C Lazy U Ranch: all-inclusive vacations for dudes of all ages

Nestled in the heart of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, this year-round, all-inclusive dude ranch affords the best of both worlds: rugged outdoor experiences paired with luxury amenities.

Fill your days with horseback riding, cattle pushing clinics, trap shooting, a ropes course, archery, mountain biking, and more. Then, after experiencing ranch life each day, cozy up around the fire to swap stories.

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Mohonk Mountain House, Hudson River Valley

Mohonk Mountain House: just two hours north of New York City

Set in a Victorian castle on the Hudson River Valley’s Lake Mohonk—and just two hours north of New York City—is the historic Mohonk Mountain House.

This National Historic Landmark resort is ideal for families who are seeking outdoor adventures, farm-to-table cuisine, wellness programming, and nightly entertainment. Don’t miss the complimentary kids’ club or teen program, each designed to include age-appropriate playtime while exploring the property’s natural beauty.

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Giraffe Manor, Nairobi: quirkiest all-inclusive family resort on earth

There’s a good reason Giraffe Manor in Nairobi is an Instagram favorite. It’s a child-friendly, boutique all-inclusive hotel located just outside Nairobi, complete with views of Mt. Kilimanjaro.

But what really seals the deal is getting to share breakfast with the property’s giraffes that poke their long necks into the dining room. During a stay, families can also meet baby elephants at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust or add on a tailor-made safari with The Safari Collection.

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Lapa Rios, Costa Rica: explore the Osa Peninsula

For a rainforest adventure, head to Lapa Rios on the wildly beautiful Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica. Opportunities to see wildlife abound, as the lodge is completely immersed in the jungle. Kids will learn about this untamed area’s unique ecosystem and culture through everything from guided nature walks and cooking classes to surfing on the remarkable coast.

Responsible family travelers can learn about biodiversity and conservation first hand, while coming face to face with animals such as spider monkeys, two- and three-toed sloths, and toucans.

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Lily Beach Resort & Spa, Maldives: paradise for kids

A private island in the middle of the sparkling blue Indian Ocean? Sign us up! This family-friendly resort in the Maldives knows that happy children make for happy parents.

The Turtle Kids’ Club offers treasure hunts, water sports, hermit crab races, and more. While the kids are off on their own adventures, parents can relax with a spa treatment or head out for a day of snorkeling among the Maldives’ stunning reefs.

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Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa, St. Lucia: wait for the waterpark!

Guests of all ages can indulge at Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa’s family-friendly wing, Splash. The kids’ club, pools, and paintball facility are sure to lure, but the resort’s main attraction is the island’s largest waterpark—complete with a lazy river, water slides, waterfalls, and a splash pad for little ones.

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Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa, Jamaica

One of the best all-inclusive resorts for families is this quality Hilton resort with the added luxury of its beachfront location. Here, families can make a splash at Sugar Mill Falls Water Park, built right on the property and the largest water park in Jamaica. Play in the cascading waterfalls, drift along the lazy river, catch a thrill on the water slides, or lounge in kid-friendly pools.

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Kids club, Sonesta Maho Beach Resort, St. Maarten

Sonesta Maho Beach Resort, St Maarten, Lesser Antilles

Minutes from the airport and overlooking St. Maarten’s Maho Bay, this Caribbean resort has a family-friendly, all-inclusive offering that ensures a fun vacation for every age.

Younger guests will flock to the kids’ club or teen zone for supervised activities and games, parents will head to one of the five bars, and all will enjoy the cultural entertainment programs and white sand beach.

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Hotel Xcaret Mexico all-inclusive family vacations

Hotel Xcaret, Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Let Hotel Xcaret serve as a convenient home base as your family explores Mexico’s lush Riviera Maya. A stay at this resort includes access to eight local water parks and nature preserves, including cenotes and Mayan ruins. Back at the resort, rejuvenate with Mexican cuisine at one of the property’s ten restaurants or cool off with a dip in the pool.

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Oahu, Hawaii

Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Oahu, Hawaii

Although not technically an all-inclusive resort, Aulani a Disney Resort & Spa in Oahu, offers so many complimentary experiences that it makes the cut for this list. Take advantage of the fire pit story times, character meet-and-greets, nature walks, ukulele lessons, pools and splash zones, beach lagoons, and live entertainment—all for no additional cost. Families will enjoy the breathtaking setting and the Hawaiian cultural immersion at Aulani.

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Bridgette Langdon