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All-Inclusive Resorts for Families

Stretch Your Purse Strings With an All-Inclusive Family Vacay

There are two kinds of parents: those who take trips and those who go on vacation. Every mom and pop deserves a break with their wee ones, but sometimes planning and plotting the excursion is more exhausting than just opting for a recession-friendly staycation. For family's looking to get the most bang for their buck and have things taken care of for them, all-inclusive resorts offer it all.

In the continental US and abroad, these one stop resorts have built-in facilities for lil ones — like pools with elaborate water slides, day-camp programs and kid-friendly restaurants that cater to picky eaters. Unlike a-la-carte vacations, these resorts allow parents to abide by their budgets, with only tips excluded from the fees. While staying at such a resort may prevent you from exploring a destination beyond the getaway's boundaries, most have ample on-site activities.

To see some of the resorts offering unbelievable deals right now,

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  • Beaches Turks and Caicos, which is currently offering up to 60 percent off their rack rates, has a newly expanded water park with a lazy river, water slides and a kids-only swim-up bar. The resort also has an exclusive deal with Sesame Street, meaning that activities such as baking, music and dancing all include guest appearances from your lil one's favorite characters. The property also offers Crayola Art camps featuring a variety of craft materials.
  • Sunset Beach Resort in Montego Bay offers kids of all ages the Pirate's Paradise Water Park with slides, squirters, and lazy river. In addition to its family-friendly pricing, the resort is offering a spa credit for trips booked by the end of the month.
  • Breezes Curacao on the Dutch island of Curacao will give families a taste of Amsterdam with the island's colorful canals. The resort features kids clubs and tot-friendly pools and snack bars, and is currently offering up rates starting at $106 per night.
  • All of Wyndham Hotel's Viva Wyndham Resorts are priced for budget-conscience families. Kids under age three are free and those ages three to 17 stay (and eat) for just $30 per night. The resorts offer a Kids Retreat for tots ages four and older, with drawing and painting, windsurfing, kayaking and more included in the cost.

    Would you consider an all-inclusive resort for a family getaway?

    Photo courtesy of Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort

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Chouette4u Chouette4u 7 years
Yeah the Beaches looks really nice. The only "all-inclusive" thing I've done has been a cruise, but that was pre-kid. For those that have gone to one of these, does it REALLY include everything? What types of extras could you end up spending money on? Beaches seemed kind of pricey, but if the only thing you're spending extra on is souvenirs, I guess it's not that bad.
lickety-split lickety-split 7 years
we're looking into vacations now. i was thinking of a dude ranch, or a family camp.
Happsmjc Happsmjc 7 years
I highly highly HIGHLY recommend Beaches Turks and Caicos!!! I was there last month with the family I babysat for in law school...it was me, the parents, and four kids (ages 13-5). It was BEYOND beautiful, I can't even put into words how wonderful the beaches were. It was completely geared towards families, its like a Disneyworld but with the benefit of the beautiful Caribbean. As you mentioned there were the Sesame Street characters for the little ones, and then a ton of stuff for older kids/teens (i.e. x-box room etc). The all inclusive was great, I think 16 restaurants, food was very good. Service was wonderful--the staff was so nice and usually happy. Our room was good--we stayed in the French Village--the newer Italian Village is beautiful but packed usually. SO nice not to have to use money to buy anything...I really enjoyed the all inclusive aspect. Also, I saw (i.e. watched like a hawk) the Resort Nannies (who come from the Crayola camp) just to see how they were doing (obviously we didn't use this as that's why I was there). All the kids in the groups with the nannies were having fun, they seemed very competent---so if you wanted a day away from the kids I would totally trust them, and they have babysitters available at night if you wanted to do dinner alone. Such great pools, the new Pirate Island (Water Slides etc) is not all the way complete (that is the only ongoing construction), but it was 1/2 open. So much to do, so many activities (kids loved the Kitty Kat Cruise). Def. great for East Coasters--plane ride was not bad at all, which was a huge factor with the kids (Hour or so to Charlotte then 2 and 1/2 hours to Turks). Lastly the BEST feature was the professional photographers EVERYWHERE...they take awesome pics of the kids everyday just playing etc., then we had a family photo session before we left. Of course, they take these wonderful pics (which you just HAVE TO HAVE) and then charge a ton, but we bought a CD with approx. 90 pics and it was a couple hundred. I know this is a LONG comment, but such great place!!
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