If you're looking for a family vacation that's easy, fun for everyone, and offers good value for your money, consider staying at an all-inclusive resort. Whether you're considering a dude ranch where the kids can ride horses and roast s'mores by the fire, or a Caribbean resort with pools and waterslides, we have options. Here are a few of the best all-inclusive family resorts for the ultimate stress-free getaway.
The C Lazy U Ranch, named the by Conde Nast Traveler, has been welcoming guests since 1919. The all-inclusive ranch, featuring rustic-chic cabins, has programs for kids of every age. Little ones can enjoy pony rides and picnics, while teens can go horseback riding and take supervised whitewater rafting trips.
is one of the best all-inclusive Caribbean resorts for families. The kids will love the water park (complete with super fun slides and a lazy river), the six pools, and the Xbox Play Lounge, and parents will appreciate the Red Lane Spa and powdery sands of Grace Bay Beach, named .
This has plenty to keep the family busy. Activities include rock climbing, go-karts, and trivia contests, as well as nightly entertainment. Meals are served family-style, and might include crab cakes and loin of beef, and always include a delicious dessert (the chocolate peanut butter pie is a favorite!).
, Club Med's only U.S. property, is located in Port St. Lucie, on east coast. It's all about being active at this family-friendly all-inclusive — golf, beach volleyball, tennis, sailing, kayaking, trapeze, and yoga are a sampling of what's offered. Need a break? Chill out by the pool, where you can take in the sunset.
For a classic New England vacation, rent a lakeside cottage at , an all-inclusive retreat on Sebago Lake (40 minutes northwest of Portland). Take the kids canoeing or fishing, or simply soak up the peaceful lake vistas from your porch. The lodge's menu changes daily, but it always includes fresh Maine lobster.
At this kids will have a ball playing mini-golf, zooming down a water slide, chilling on a lazy river, playing video games, and checking out the cool rock memorabilia. There's also a dedicated Kids Club, which goes until 10:45 p.m., giving parents time to play a few hands of blackjack in the casino.
At the upscale all-inclusive , families can stay in glamping cabins equipped with gas stoves and creek-facing porches. Activities for all ages include learning to horseback ride and fly fish, and after dinner in the Western-themed Granite Lodge, there's bowling in a four-lane alley in the Silver Dollar Saloon.
On Palm Beach, Aruba's main strand, is the . At this all-inclusive family resort, you can relax poolside or work up an appetite playing beach volleyball. There are multiple restaurants to choose from, as well as snacks available 24 hours and an ice cream parlor. In the evenings, there's family-friendly entertainment, including karaoke and a magic show.
, near Steamboat Springs, is a classic all-inclusive dude ranch. Sleep in upscale cabins and lodge rooms, dine on hearty comfort food (anything from buttermilk pancakes to potato gnocchi), learn to ride horses and rock climb, enjoy a cooking class and wine tasting, and even join a barn dance!
The Explorer's Club at the all-inclusive allows kids to hunt for treasure or watch a movie under the stars, while the 'rents can hang by the pool or hit the spa. No one will go hungry — there are nine restaurants to choose from, ranging from a buffet for tacos and burgers to an adults-only French restaurant.
The kids will feel like castaways at this new in the Caribbean with just 10 luxury villas. Spend your days snorkeling and kayaking, tooling around the island on a bicycle, playing tennis, or taking a beginner boating lesson. Calico Jack is the main restaurant, but there's also 24-hour room service.
Kids never tire of Disney World, and to make things easier and more affordable for families, the Orlando theme park giant typically when a five-night package at select Disney hotels is purchased (for summer travel; includes park tickets). The plan features two meals and two snacks per day, per person.