The massive Gran Caribe is a four-pearl all-inclusive resort in Cancun’s Hotel Zone with 470 rooms. This beachfront option features a great location with bright white sands and clear waters just steps from the room. All rooms here are suites with living areas, balconies or terraces, and updated marble bathrooms, and some even have bunk beds. Family-friendly amenities include a wonderful kids’ club, a high-tech teen club and fun waterpark for kids, plus a lovely spa, squash courts and a fitness center for adults.
Eclectic, Classic South Beach HotelExcellent hotel accomodation. This classic, eclectic South Beach hotel, offers good value and excellent food and service for a weekend getaway. Rooms could do with some upgrades ie: new carpets. But on the whole, the facilities are still in great shape.
Located about 10 miles north of Cancun’s crowded hotel zone, The Beloved Hotel is a lavish adults-only oasis along the Riviera Maya. Guest rooms in the all-suite property offer private terraces, whirlpool tubs and free Wi-Fi access. The luxury extends to the four eateries and four bars on the property, which include a sushi and ceviche bar, oceanfront restaurants and a swim-up bar. Those who want to stay active can enjoy complimentary water sports, such as sailing and snorkeling, while others can relax along the 2-mile stretch of private beach. Another perk: With only 109 accommodations, personalized service is a top priority. Read more » (Courtesy of The Beloved Hotel Playa Mujeres, Mexico)
The all-suite Franklyn D. Resort & Spa promises the usual appeal of sun, sand and sea, and the no-hassle attraction of an all-inclusive setup, but with a bonus: Every arriving family is assigned its own personal vacation nanny. The nanny is on duty all day to take over kid patrol in your suite or accompany your youngsters to the kids’ club, where they’ll have their pick of games, books and activities. Teens and preteens have their own activities, too, including supervised trips to an outdoor campsite, beach parties, fishing, sailing, windsurfing, hiking, all-terrain bicycle trips and other field trips. That leaves Mom and Dad plenty of time to get massages, read books, tackle an adventure of their own, or just enjoy a quiet meal — in an adults-only restaurant — without the constant chorus of little voices clamoring for attention. Be sure to check out the resort’s specials, which include a “bring the grandparents for free” deal, a “family fly free” fall deal and a family reunion package.
Swim-up bars aren’t for adults only at the Hard Rock, where kids can splash down for a “mocktail” and a snack. Circus performers entertain at a poolside amphitheater — the perfect distraction when kids need a break from the waterslide. Angela the Ballerina and Bob the Builder lead activities at the Little Big Club, while teens get their own backstage lounge at the Cavern Club.
Heading to Cancun for a family vacation? With sandy beaches, expansive pool complexes, and excellent snorkeling, there’s no shortage of family-friendly activities in this popular Mexican destination. Resorts with a kids’ club, dining options for picky eaters, and large guest rooms are the best option for travelers with children and teenagers, but some are definitely better than others. Oyster visited the area’s top hotels to compare and evaluate each, so we could tell you which were the best of the best for vacationing families. Take a look at our expert picks for the best kid-friendly hotels in Cancun, and start planning your getaway!
Activities: When you are planning your once-in-a-year resort holiday, you get excited about all of the activities offered at the resort: snorkeling, whale watching, sailing, water skiing, fishing, golf, tennis and various tours. One of the most common complaints that we hear from travelers is that they arrive at a destination and most of the activities are not available. If you are planning a trip to Hawaii for example, humbpack whales can only we seen from December through April while snorkeling is the best in the summer months because in the winter the surf is too rough. While the resort listed both of those activities on its web site, you should make sure that it’s actually available. Check what’s in season. The second complaint is that once you get there, your favorite activity is sold out, so you can’t get a spot on the boat for you and your kids. That’s why it’s important to book at least some of your activities before you get there: golf, spa treatments, tours, Pilates and yoga classes, especially during the holidays and peak travel times. Ask about the cancellation policy and book those activities that will let you cancel a day or two before if you are not sure that you want to do all of them. It’s better to have a reservation that you can cancel than not be able to experience something on vacation.
This property offers transfers from the airport (surcharges may apply). Guests must contact the property with arrival details 72 hours prior to arrival, using the contact information on the booking confirmation. A resort fee is included in the total price displayed.
Located in the heart of Orlando’s tourism district on 24 acres, Nickelodeon Suites Resort features Nickelodeon’s signature brand and style throughout all 777 suites, its two water parks, Studio Nick, the Kid’s Spa, the 4-D Experience, Code 9 Teen Lounge, and a 3,000-square-foot Arcade.
This property is an excellent option for families seeking a little sun-soaked spoiling. It is comprised of 169 residential-style suites, penthouses, or private villas, ranging from one to four bedrooms, and a wide array of all-inclusive features, including adults-only and kiddy pools, a great kids’ club, and a playground. For parents, the world-class spa, the fitness center and the restaurants are all great for some time alone.
At Sandals, dining is one of the most impressive highlights of your Luxury all-inclusive vacation. With over 50 themed restaurants from around the world and as many as 21 unique culinary concepts, you’ll enjoy a level of variety, quality and creativity that’s simply unmatched by other all-inclusive resorts.
Aloha! Looking for an authentic island getaway? Head to Hawaii, where eight islands offer extraordinary scenery, unparalleled culture and top-notch resorts. With kids’ clubs, complimentary amenities and spacious rooms, these are the best Hawaiian resorts for families.
The chain’s only U.S. location, situated between Miami and Orlando, offers the same fabulous Circus School and Baby Welcome program as number two-ranked Punta Cana — and you don’t need a passport to get there.
Moon Palace Golf and Spa Resort is a gigantic all-inclusive luxury resort along Cancun’s Mayan Riviera. With 2,433 rooms across three resort sections — each with their own decor, design, amenities, and appeal — it’s no shock that this is the largest Palace property in the world. The fabulous kids club by Nizuc has a number of separately decorated and designed rooms with different purposes, giving kids a buffet of imaginative options to keep them entertained. Some of our favorite spaces include the mini racetrack complete with kid-sized small plastic cars to take for a spin; the glamorous and glizty, all-pink beauty salon/fashion runway room; the arcade; the art room; and life-sized doll house room — just to name a few. There’s also a snack bar, outdoor playground, and mini-theater.
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We give kids extra attention with tailor-made fun just for them. Beaches includes supervised kids programs for five different age levels, and we never charge extra for giving kids the extra special excitement they crave. Beaches Kids Camp programs, for infants through age 12, are run by professionally trained child-care experts. But what really sets our family-friendly vacations apart is that our staff is so genuinely caring, your kids will feel like they are in the loving hands of a real family member who wants nothing more than to spoil them. And, with Beaches kids vacations, parents will know that they left their little ones in good, trusting hands.
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“My husband and I love the beach and we were so happy to celebrate such a special event with our family and friends at our happy place Thanks to Amanda and everyone at the Sirata, it was a beautiful, wonderful time…”
When it comes to traveling with kids, you’ll want to book a family-friendly hotel. With Hotels.com, you can book a family- or kid-friendly hotel in San Jose for as low as $13 per night. Most family-friendly hotels are situated close to major attractions. Being within walking distance or a short commute to your favorite family attraction will eliminate all those are-we-there-yets (or at least keep them to a minimum).
Families will love this luxury resort with its spacious residences and amenities that cater to parents and children alike. The resort is an oasis of fun with indoor and outdoor activities for adults and kids of all ages. Residences include private balconies, high-speed internet access, and fully equipped kitchens in the one and two-bedroom units. A variety of restaurants offering everything from burgers to seafood will please even the pickiest of eaters. Kids can enjoy their independence as they hang out at Camp Manatee and take part in planned activities while mom and dad relax at the Stillwater Spa or play a round of golf on the championship course. Address: 11800 Coconut Point Resort Drive, Bonita Springs, FL, Phone: 239-947-7300 20 Best Family Resorts in Florida – Photo: Hyatt Coconut Plantation
“Perfect view and perfect location. Being in downtown SJ meant all the bars and clubs were walking distance. Being the only hotel downtown that was that height means you won’t be able to find a comparable view at another downtown hotel. The staff was super friendly, knowledgable, and professional.”
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A friendly game of beach volleyball in the Florida sunshine is the ideal way to cap off an amazing day exploring the Orlando area attractions. Legacy features a sand volleyball court where guests can bump, set and spike their way through a casual or competitive game with friends or family.
A kids’ haven that’s not quite directly on the beach, this 525-room all-inclusive resort one-ups King Neptune with what’s billed as the largest resort water park in all of the Caribbean. Rooms are upscale and some categories have big whirlpool tubs; Family Suites with bunk beds are available. Restaurant options include a buffet, three a la carte restaurants, and multiple bars, and guests also have access to some options at sister property next door, the Royalton Punta Cana.
With its spaces and activities custom-made for each age, Mini-Club Med® was conceived especially for this stage of childhood where vacation memories are the most striking and colorful. Sports, discovery, art, mini-evenings, shows…there’s an unforgettable moment for everyone.
Sandals exclusive “Stay at One, Play at All” exchange program means you can stay at one Sandals resort and enjoy the amenities, services, bars and restaurants at all other Sandals resorts for the duration of your getaway. We’ll even include roundtrip transfers between nearby resorts.
Hyatt Coconut Plantation is an upscale timeshare resort set in lush landscaped grounds bordering a golf course. The 108 guest suites are spacious and designed for long stays with fully equipped kitchens and living and dining spaces; while decorated to a high standard, they show some wear and tear. There are four outdoor swimming pools on-site as well as a 1,000-foot-long lazy river ride. And the property offers access to an exclusive private island beach shared with the nearby Hyatt Regency.
The Nickelodeon Suites Resort Mall is the hub of shopping, dining and entertainment activity with its restaurants, convenience store and souvenir shop. Not only is the Nick Hotel Mall your destination for all things Nick, it can also be your jumping-off spot for all major Orlando area attractions with our convenient shuttle service.
Completely renovated, the Staybridge Suites® San Jose hotel provides travelers with a great starting point when traveling to Silicon Valley. Our extended-stay hotel is located near the San Jose International Airport with easy access to downtown San Jose. Whether visiting for business or pleasure, the central location, smart amenities and spacious apartment-style suites combine to satisfy our guests.
The Franklyn D. Resort in Jamaica consistently makes our lists of best hotels, so it’s no surprise it made it to our 10 favorite all-inclusive resorts, and families readily agree. All activities, meals, drinks, water sports, and kids programs are included with a stay at this family-friendly resort, as well as your own daytime nanny. Yes, we said nanny! Your nanny can watch the kids in-room or out, or just escort the kids to their kids’ programs, including the Yellow Bird Kids’ Club for kids up to age 12. Teens also have their own space, and all kids will enjoy the resort’s three pools and beach.
The 674-room Grand Palladium Bavaro is spread over spacious grounds (guests also have access to two sister properties) offering 15 bars, five buffets, and eight restaurants. Walking shoes are recommended, but family-friendly amenities, lower prices than some neighbors, and renovated rooms are the big draws. Kids and their parents will appreciate the outstanding kids’ club, but the beach can get crowded. The sports center includes tennis courts, a soccer field, archery, basketball court, and mini-golf course. There’s also beach volleyball on the beach and free use of snorkel gear, kayaks, and windsurfing equipment.
An upscale resort with 213 guest rooms, Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina is located at the northern end of Estera Island. Located between the Gulf of Mexico and the Matanzas Harbor, guests will find a condo-style resort with full kitchens and plenty of amenities to keep the entire family entertained. Volleyball and water sports are available for use, in addition to a popular Octopool complex with a giant octopus and waterfalls paired with a variety of shells, sponges and underwater speakers for the kids to enjoy. A splash area for kids is available for those who need to cool down, in addition to a Kids’ Camp with games, crafts and water activities. Parents can relax in the 6,000-square-foot on-site spa, while the resort is less than a mile from the center of Fort Myers where families will find plenty of restaurants, shops and attractions to keep their itinerary full.
The upper-mid-range South Seas Island Resort is a 471-room family getaway and the largest property on Captiva Island. A long list of amenities make this resort stand out, including wide private beaches with hammocks and volleyball courts, a scenic yacht harbor, a nine-hole golf course, and three outdoor pools with waterslides. On-site dining is equally varied with an ice cream shop, tiki bar, and three restaurants, including one overlooking the harbor with chic outdoor seating. The property is also home to a spa, gym, kids’ activities, and boat charters. Pleasant rooms, villas, homes, and condos have flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges or kitchens, and scenic views from furnished balconies. However, the sprawling property requires commuting by golf cart rental or the resort’s trolley.
Most all-inclusive resorts are by the water. Beach resorts provide something for all the senses, be it the relaxing sight and sound of the surf, the feel of sand beneath your feet, the taste of fresh seafood, or the smell of the salty ocean air. The Caribbean in particular is packed with beachfront properties, offering everything from cheap all-inclusive getaway packages to luxurious long vacations.
This luxurious, 267-room all-inclusive resort in Nuevo Vallarta is a sophisticated and serene family-friendly option. Young guests will probably love the pools and the beach, but there are a wide array of daily activities available — everything from kids’ cooking classes, to English-Spanish lessons, to arts and crafts, to movies. The Dolphin Encounter is a 45-minute activity for the whole family. The gorgeous spa, wonderful restaurants, and modern suites will make it possible for parents to feel like they’re on a romantic getaway while the kids are busy having fun.
“Family oriented it provides daily entertainment starting with the GREAT DJ Jim Lawson, and continues with the award winning Todd Allen Herendeen’s singing and impersonations, Noah Well the Magician, and much much…”
Welcome to bustling San Jose, where Silicon Valley meets Spanish history and modern edifices sit alongside meticulously restored 19th-century buildings. Such is the contrast of this city rich in tradition and, thanks to the tech industry, just plain rich. Five star-hotels and fine restaurants line the streets of the restored downtown area, and the cultural scene is thriving with museums, theater and art to rival any world-class hub. Don’t miss the Tech Museum of Innovation, an exploration of Silicon Valley and its impact on the area. History buffs will relish the old mansions and can delve into the city’s past at the History Museum of San Jose. Save time for a round of golf or the locals’ other favorite pastime, sipping coffee and people-watching at a crowded cafe.
About 40 minutes from the Jacksonville airport, the sprawling resort has two large swimming pools (left), a kiddie pool, and its own Nature Center — something that Camp Amelia, a supervised program for kids ages 3 to 10, taps into for activities.
“Great service, epic view from room, great place to stay Family loved it!!! Would definitely recommend staying here Beach minutes away dinner was great minutes from the boardwalk great food and shopping”
This charming mid-range bed-and-breakfast is close enough to Key West action to be considered convenient, but secluded enough to still be a relaxing retreat. With the Ambrosia within fast walking distance of Duval Street, Mallory Square, and the historic seaport, guests often venture out after enjoying the free daily breakfast served in a gazebo, but they can also be seen relaxing in the hotel’s two pools, hot tub, or courtyard. There are 20 rooms here, each with its own distinctive theme, size, and pricing. Situated in a former tropical nursery, the grounds are lush and a popular site for destination weddings. Children under 10 stay for free.
Kids can play on the white sandy beach by day and make s’mores around a bonfire by night at Carmel Beach. Pet lovers will love this dog-friendly (and leash-free) beach, so bring a tennis ball or two to make a few new furry friends. Take the free trolley into town for cheese blintzes at the Little Swiss Café or ride out to Monterey for an afternoon at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.