19 Great All-inclusive Resorts for Families — From Dude Ranches to Caribbean Getaways

Here are 19 of the best all-inclusive resorts for your next family vacation. 

A family at a pool at Sandos Finisterra
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Vacations are meant to take you away from the demands of daily life so you can relax and reset — but that's almost impossible when the kids are begging for an expensive excursion and you're already over budget.

If you want a truly care-free vacation, it's best to pay upfront for an all-inclusive family resort so your crew can enjoy all the food, drinks, entertainment, and activities, worry free. It won't matter if you want another round of cocktails or your kids can't seem to get their fill of horseback riding — it's already been paid for. The result is less stress and more quality family time.

The best part is that all-inclusive family resorts can be found all over the world. Whether you picture your family sprawled out in a cabana on a white-sand beach or taking in the sunset by horseback under the big Montana sky — there's a top-notch all-inclusive resort waiting to welcome you.

To get you started, we've selected the best all-inclusive resorts for families from destinations as varied as Kenya, Montana, and Turks and Caicos. We note if the price point is generally affordable or luxury based on the average nightly rate for an all-inclusive experience — rates less than $500 are considered affordable, while rates that average over $500 are considered luxury.

Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana, Dominican Republic

Hyatt Ziva and Hyatt Zilara resorts in Cancun, Mexico
This all-inclusive resort on the shores of Cap Cana’s Juanillo Beach is not only family-friendly, it’s brand-new. The Hyatt Ziva opened in December 2019, so guests will be treated to sparkling new everything — and that includes the property’s incredible amenities. Kids will love the water park — hello lazy river and slides — while adults can explore the resort’s sprawling infinity pools and swim-up bars.Guests also have access to the adults-only Hyatt Zilara Cap Cana, the Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana’s sister property — making the property perfect for groups with a range of ages and interests or multi-generational families. Courtesy of Hyatt

Price point: Luxury

This all-inclusive resort on the shores of Cap Cana's Juanillo Beach opened in December 2019, so guests will be treated to sparkling new everything — and that includes the property's incredible amenities. Kids will love the water park — complete with lazy river and slides — while adults can explore the resort's sprawling infinity pools and swim-up bars. Guests also have access to the adults-only Hyatt Zilara Cap Cana, the Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana's sister property — making the property perfect for groups with a range of ages and interests or multi-generational families.

Included in one, flat all-inclusive rate is unlimited food and drink at the property's 13 venues (including top-shelf liquor and wine), all non-motorized water sports, and dedicated beach butlers ready to refill that cocktail or drop by another round of chips and salsa.

Bluefields Bay Villas, Jamaica

Bluefields Bay Villas, Jamaica
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Price point: Affordable

This resort invites families to experience the island's less-visited south coast. The all-inclusive property delivers spacious villa accommodations and plenty of family-friendly bonuses — like a 24-hour butler, chef, and private pool and beach access. If that isn't enticing enough, what about up to 9 hours of daily child or adult care? At Bluefields Bay Villas, it's all included under the all-inclusive rate. The resort's six villas range in size from two bedrooms for a family of four to six bedrooms for a family of 13.

Beaches Turks and Caicos, Turks and Caicos

Beaches Turks & Caicos All-inclusive Resort
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Price point: Luxury

If you're looking for a beachy, Caribbean experience, this all-inclusive resort is practically impossible to beat. Kids will be entertained for hours in the 45,000-square-foot water park and the property's 10 pools, while adults can find a moment of quiet walking the 12-mile beach or exploring the resort's five themed villages.

Included in the rate is unlimited food and drink (including snacks and premium liquor), a well-stocked mini bar, kids' camp, airport transfers, and activities including PADI-Certified scuba diving and daily live entertainment. Plus, you can bundle your flights with your stay and save (they offer nonstop flights from major cities like New York, Boston, and Miami).

C Lazy U Ranch, Colorado

C Lazy U Ranch Family Resort in Colorado
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Price point: Luxury

This year-round resort in Colorado's Rocky Mountains has welcomed families to its dude-ranch style property for over 100 years. Here, you can escape the grind of daily life on a lengthy trail ride or hole up in your cozy, yet luxurious cabin at the end of a long day under the bright Colorado sun.

Included in your stay at C Lazy U Ranch are three daily gourmet meals (think dry-aged ribeye, fresh trout, and homemade bread) and enough activities to make your head spin — you can join a trail ride, go fishing, visit the spa, play tennis, or go shooting. In the winter, activities like cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, and family sleigh rides are added to the agenda.

Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa, St. Lucia

Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa, St. Lucia
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Price point: Affordable

It doesn't matter if you imagine chasing your kids up and down endless water slides or relaxing in an adults-only oasis — you can have both at this two-in-one all-inclusive resort. The island's largest water park provides endless fun, while the adults-only Harmony wing of the resort delivers peace and quiet.

The property is located on 85 acres along Saint Lucia's south coast and provides guests with all-inclusive access to the property's nine restaurants and seven bars (including top-shelf liquor), nightly entertainment, and activities that range from dance class and yoga to snorkeling and kayaking.

Woodloch Pines Resort, Pennsylvania

Woodloch Family Resort in The Poconos
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Price point: Affordable

Consistently rated as one of America's top all-inclusive family resorts, this Poconos property has been family-owned since 1958. The four-season resort is nestled on a mountain lake, and delivers fun for the whole family — including over 30 activities scheduled daily, a giant rock climbing wall, indoor and outdoor pools, water sports, and nightly entertainment.

All bookings at the main Woodloch Resort include a daily meal plan, while guests staying at the Woodloch Springs campus can either dine around the area, or add a meal plan onto their stay. Included in any Woodloch stay are daily excursions like horseback riding, fishing, skiing, and boating.

Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Esmeralda, Mexico

Paradisus at Playa del Carmen resort area, Mexico
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Price point: Affordable

This family-friendly oasis is set in a protected mangrove forest right on Mexico's Caribbean Sea. The giant, all-inclusive property boasts 31 restaurants and bars (some for adults only) and a water park with multiple pools and slides. The littles can spend the day in the Kidsdom — with workshops, activities, and crafts — while parents can enjoy a spa treatment or take a dancing class.

Reservations at Paradisus Playa del Carmen include food, drinks, water sports, and entertainment, as well as activities like wine tastings and dance lessons for adults, and water park access for kids.

Mohonk Mountain House, New York

Mohonk Mountain House Family Resort in New Paltz, New York
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Price point: Luxury

If you — or your kids — have ever dreamed of staying in a castle, this is the property for you. Founded by the Smiley family in 1869, this iconic Victorian castle property welcomes families to enjoy its farm-to-table cuisine and the 40,000 acres of forest that surround it.

Every booking includes three meals a day (plus afternoon tea and cookies and a weekend brunch) and unlimited activities. In the winter, activity highlights include 30 miles of cross-country ski trails and ice skating in the open-air pavilion, while the warmer months are all about exploring Lake Mohonk by stand-up paddleboard or kayak.

Rancho de los Caballeros, Arizona

Horseback riding at Rancho de los Caballeros, Arizona
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Price point: Affordable

This luxury dude ranch sits on 20,000 acres of Arizona desert with views of the Bradshaw Mountains. With a history that dates back to 1948, this stunning property brings families together through activities like horseback riding, tennis, and guided nature programs (children four and under stay free).

Keep in mind that Rancho de los Caballeros isn't a one-size-fits-all destination — here, you can select the all-inclusive package that works for you. Most packages include three meals a day and access to scheduled ranch activities, but some come with perks like golf or an activity credit you can redeem for a day of horseback riding, skeet shooting, or spa time.

The property is closed in the summer when the temperature jumps and is currently in the midst of a major upgrade, with work taking place over the summer when guests won't be impacted.

Tortuga Lodge & Gardens, Costa Rica

Tortuga Lodge & Gardens in Costa Rica
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Price point: Affordable

Everything about Tortuga Lodge and Gardens is designed to reflect the natural surroundings, so you won't find a blaring TV in your bedroom or background music in the lodge. The property sits on the Caribbean coastline in its own private nature reserve, making it a nature and adventure lover's dream destination.

Every booking at Tortuga Lodge includes an a la carte breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the highly regarded Green Turtle Restaurant. Drinks are not included, but they are available at an additional fee. If you book the Tortuguero Jungle Experience Package, your stay also includes boat transportation from La Pavona and two special experiences — think boat and kayak tours, hiking trips, or a twilight tour of the private reserve.

Sandos Finisterra, Mexico

A family at a pool at Sandos Finisterra
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Price point: Affordable

Just because a property is dubbed family friendly doesn't mean it can't be modern and chic. At Sandos Finisterra, you can kick back in the luxurious spa, put up your feet on your private balcony or terrace, or enjoy a meal at one of the three on-site restaurants. All meals and drinks are included, as is the kids club and live entertainment.

Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach, The Bahamas

Aerial view of Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach
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Price point: Affordable

Nestled on the south shore of Grand Bahama Island is the Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach. In addition to 26 acres of wild nature, the all-inclusive resort has plenty of activities for the whole family, including kayaking, snorkeling, and a robust kids club. In addition to activities, the all-inclusive rate includes food and drink, entertainment, and nightly accommodations (each with its own balcony or terrace).

Moon Palace Cancun, Mexico

Aerial view of the pools at Moon Palace Cancun
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Price point: Luxury

Moon Palace's elevated take on the all-inclusive offering includes 24-hour room service, top-shelf drinks, fine dining, in-room whirlpool tubs, and plenty of kid-friendly activities (for the latter, don't miss the FlowRider Double Wave Simulator).

The resort is split into two sides — the Nizuc side offers a more tranquil feel and the Sunrise side scratches that active, lively itch. Either way, you'll have access to the entire property so you can hop around depending on your mood.

The Ranch at Rock Creek, Montana

Rock Creek Resort, Montana
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Price point: Luxury

This upscale, all-inclusive property delivers an authentic western feel with five-star amenities. You can book a stay in a suite, luxury home, converted barn, or sleep nestled under the stars in a high-end canvas tent.

The all-inclusive nightly rate includes all farm-to-table meals, drinks, airport transfers, and two daily activities on the property's 6,600 spacious acres. Activity offerings include guided fly fishing, horseback riding, shooting sports, and wildlife viewing.

Lewa Safari Camp, Kenya

Elewana Lewa Safari Camp, Kenya
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Price point: Luxury

This may be the property where Prince William and Kate Middleton stayed before he proposed, but every visitor to this all-inclusive resort is treated like royalty. Guests stay in large tented bedrooms with fireplaces and en-suite bathrooms, and have access to 65,000 acres of private protected wilderness that's home to lions, leopards, zebras, and black and white rhinos.

All meals and drinks (excluding Champagne and private cellar wine and spirits) are included in the all-inclusive rate, while the Game Package also includes scheduled game drives, guided walking safaris, and airport transfers. Activities like camel rides and the exclusive use of a safari vehicle and driver are extra.

Club Med Sandpiper Bay, Florida

Mother and daughter yoga at Club Med Sandpiper Bay
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Price point: Affordable

You don't have to travel to the Caribbean for a beachy family vacation. Club Med is known for their all-inclusive stays, and the company's only U.S. property doesn't disappoint. Located along the St. Lucie River, guests enjoy endless food and drinks, water and land sports, and entertainment. Kids ages 4-10 can join the Mini Club Med, while the 'rents can get a moment of peace at a sunrise yoga class.

Included in every stay are three meals a day, endless drinks, and Club Med's iconic activity calendar — including golf, tennis, a sunset boat cruise, and a flying trapeze school (yes, really).

Migis Lodge, Maine

Migis Lodge on Sebago Lake
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Price point: Affordable

You can step away from it all at this retreat on Sebago Lake in southern Maine. Their all-inclusive offering includes all meals and activities — except motorsports. This family-oriented retreat has its own private island, tennis courts, kayaks, sail boats, and an on-site wellness center.

Family time is encouraged, but parents looking to get away for an afternoon can send their kids to the supervised programs for children.

Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa, Mexico

Dreams Riviera Resort in Cancun, Mexico
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Price point: Affordable

This property sits on a white-sand beach south of Cancun in the Riviera Maya. By booking an "Unlimited-Luxury" package, guests have access to unlimited food and drink, day and nighttime entertainment, and best-in-class service. Families can team up for a game of beach volleyball, hang by the pool, or check out one of the resort's excursions.

Every room has a view (be it garden, ocean, or pool), an indoor hot tub, and a private balcony or terrace.

The Tyler Place Family Resort, Vermont

Tyler Place Family Resort in Vermont
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Price point: Affordable

The Tyler Place Family Resort has been dedicated to families for over 85 years, and it shows. The lakeside property boasts award-winning kids programs — think hikes through the wilderness and rock climbing — that will make your family vacation feel like summer camp. And when the older kids head off on the day's adventure, the parent helpers can jump in to give parents of little ones a moment to enjoy their vacation kid-free.

Included in your stay are all meals — plus, adult candlelight dinners — infant and toddler care, kids' programs, and what seems to be an endless number of activities — from mini golf and water trampolines to wine tours and kayak trips. Just keep in mind the property is only open between late-May and mid-September.

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