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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.

Rancho de los Caballeros, AZ

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The mission of the Sonoran Desert ranch is simple: keep the tradition of the Spanish caballeros (“gentlemen on horseback”) going. If you’re looking to get your hands dirty, you can help out with cattle chores—after all, this is a working dude ranch. Otherwise, head to the 100-horse corral and ride one of the many trails with professional wranglers, set out on a scavenger hunt, or tee-off at the on-site championship golf course. Join the Cowboy Cookout dinners served from a chuck wagon under the star-filled sky, then retreat back to one of the 79 casitas, with creature comforts such as a fireplace, a patio, or a jetted tub. ranchodeloscaballeros.com

Rate: From $420 per night based on double occupancy. Kids up to five stay free; $95 a night for kids six to 12, including access to the Kids Club and three meals daily.

Best All-Inclusive Family Resorts

Rancho de los Caballeros, AZ

The mission of the Sonoran Desert ranch is simple: keep the tradition of the Spanish caballeros (“gentlemen on horseback”) going. If you’re looking to get your hands dirty, you can help out with cattle chores—after all, this is a working dude ranch. Otherwise, head to the 100-horse corral and ride one of the many trails with professional wranglers, set out on a scavenger hunt, or tee-off at the on-site championship golf course. Join the Cowboy Cookout dinners served from a chuck wagon under the star-filled sky, then retreat back to one of the 79 casitas, with creature comforts such as a fireplace, a patio, or a jetted tub. ranchodeloscaballeros.com

Rate: From $420 per night based on double occupancy. Kids up to five stay free; $95 a night for kids six to 12, including access to the Kids Club and three meals daily.

Courtesy of Rancho de los Caballeros

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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