Some of the most affordable family vacations happen to be at resorts offering all-inclusive accommodations from lodging and meals, to childcare and spa treatments. This “pack and go” solution is a big travel trend among those looking for inexpensive family travel options throughout the year. Whether you are looking for the best family beach vacations or somewhere to break out the parkas and hit the slopes, resorts and destinations are now making fun family vacations a possibility by giving your wallet a hefty break without sacrificing luxury.
What is an all-inclusive family vacation?
All-inclusive vacations were originally designed so that travelers could book trips for a one-time price which saved money while traveling because it included everything from meals, lodging and transportation, to activities, excursions and even on occasion, souvenirs. Nowadays, it is very important to request an itemized listing of everything covered because each package is so uniquely different. For example, do not automatically assume flights and transportation are covered because many resorts have done away with this gem.
Favorite all-inclusive family vacations:
Curtain Bluff – Antigua, West Indies
The amazing five-star all-inclusive, Curtain Bluff in Antigua, has ocean views from every room and suite on property. At Curtain Bluff, parents can spend the day enjoying activities like scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing, water-skiing, yoga and tennis while the kids are having a blast at the resort’s “full-time kids camp!” Also included: three meals per day, tea time sandwiches and cookies and alcoholic beverages.
The Remote Resort – Fiji Islands
On the edge of the Rainbow Reef, it doesn’t get more all-inclusive than The Remote Resort in Fiji. Perfect for families, the two-bedroom villa includes an outdoor plunge pool overlooking the ocean accommodates only 10 guests (including children) and offers a chef who will prepare meals for guests whenever they choose. Also includes: complimentary resort activities such as cooking classes, Meke (traditional Fijian dance), Kava ceremonies and more.
Paws Up – Montana
Two-bedroom glamping at Paws Up in uber-luxe “tent-suite” with king bed and two twins, includes daily meals, snack and non-alchoholic beverages. also included are two half days of “Kids Corp of Discovery” for each child and a Chuck Wagon dinner experience for the entire family. Enjoy a family bonding outing to nearby Garnet Ghost Town and Montana fly fishing casting lessons for the family by a Paws Up guide. Also includes: taxes, gratuities, airport transfers and on-property transportation.
Editor’s Pick: The Westin Golf Resort & Spa Playa Conchal – Costa Rica
Guests of Starwood’s first all-inclusive property, The Westin Golf Resort & Spa Play Conchal, are treated to a lagoon-style pool, WestinWORKOUT gym, tennis and championship golf. Children are welcome to take part in the Westin Kids Club while mom and dad are enjoying complimentary fine dining. Also included: non-motorized water sports, wait staff gratuity, nightly shows, meals at resort restaurants and 24-hour room service.
Editor’s Pick: La Estancia Cabo San Lucas
This winter, turn up the heat by booking the Family Experience Package at La Estancia Cabo San Lucas. The property is complete with fully-equipped villa suites, full-kitches and plenty of space for those with larger families. Also included: Nanny service (four hours,) bath butler, beach bag with amenities and an hour of daily arcade play. Only children under 12 eat free.
What might not be included in an all-inclusive vacation?
Great question! As I mentioned, every package varies from resort to resort; however it is best to double check on things like kids camp and childcare, alcoholic beverages, meals, spa treatments, beach equipment rentals, off-site excursions, airfare, airport transfers, tips and gratuity to name a few.
Are all-inclusive family vacations worth it?
It depends. Saving money on travel can free up your wallet for other expenses like non-sponsored guided tours and day trips; however, in rare cases it can also break the bank if the meal and drink plan is much more expensive than if you were to plan your meals on your own. Consider a few different options before committing to the reservation.
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