Best All-Inclusive Family Resorts

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Some of the greatest values for families can be found at all-inclusive resorts, which offer plenty of diversions and schedule flexibility.

Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa, St. Lucia

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St. Lucia’s largest water park—with slides, waterfalls, and a lazy river—is right here at the 85-acre oceanfront resort, which hosts a kids’ club, family karaoke, and movie nights. There are even separate wings for adults and families. Ask to stay in one of the Splash wing’s revamped Premium Ocean View rooms. Done in white, lime green, and blues, they make a cheerful crash pad for tuckered-out kids after a day spent ziplining, playing in the tree house, or climbing the mini rock wall.

Rate: From $413 per room per night, including meals and activities. Tours, paintball, premium drinks, and spa treatments are not included. Infants under three stay free; kids three to 12 years old are $23 per night; and teens 13 to 17 are $31 per night.

Best All-Inclusive Family Resorts

Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa, St. Lucia

St. Lucia’s largest water park—with slides, waterfalls, and a lazy river—is right here at the 85-acre oceanfront resort, which hosts a kids’ club, family karaoke, and movie nights. There are even separate wings for adults and families. Ask to stay in one of the Splash wing’s revamped Premium Ocean View rooms. Done in white, lime green, and blues, they make a cheerful crash pad for tuckered-out kids after a day spent ziplining, playing in the tree house, or climbing the mini rock wall.

Rate: From $413 per room per night, including meals and activities. Tours, paintball, premium drinks, and spa treatments are not included. Infants under three stay free; kids three to 12 years old are $23 per night; and teens 13 to 17 are $31 per night.

Courtesy of Coconut Bay Resort

Best All-Inclusive Family Resorts

The kids want to go ziplining—for the third time in two days. But you don’t need to think twice. When you’re staying at an all-inclusive resort, nearly everything is included, so the pressure is off to constantly tally the cost of your vacation.

The all-inclusive concept has gotten a recent makeover—better food, spruced-up décor, more varied activities—and many are perfect for families. Activities are on-site, so there’s no need to wake up early and usher the troops out the door only to wait in traffic or long lines. Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa offers four themed villages, 19 restaurants, a 45,000-square-foot water park, a Scratch DJ Academy, a surfing simulator, an Xbox Play Lounge, and Sesame Street characters.

The best all-inclusive family resorts also have programs that give grown-ups a little space. Vermont’s Tyler Place Family Resort runs nine camps tailored to specific ages, each with its own facilities; parents meet up with their brood for lunch and activities, but can enjoy dinner in the adults-only restaurant.

These are the kinds of distinguishing factors to look for before booking. “The devil is in the details, so do your homework with special attention to size, quality, and the staff-to-guest ratio,” says Zachary Rabinor, CEO of Journey Mexico

At Kenya’s Lewa Safari Camp, families can customize the experience, say, with earlier mealtimes. Before each morning’s game drive, hot chocolate is delivered to the door. Now that should keep the whole family happy.

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