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,
- 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