PHOTO: Palace Resorts offers seven family-friendly all-inclusive resorts in Mexico, and the new Moon Palace Jamaica Grande in Ocho Rios in Jamaica.
Here’s an annotated list of hotel chains and all-inclusive resorts that have family vacation programs:
All Inclusive Collection: This collection contains Hard Rock all-inclusive resorts that feature a family-friendly vacation experience. These resorts include the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, and Hard Rock Hotel Cancun, Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya and Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta in Mexico. Hard Rock hotels in Los Cabos and Riviera Cancun are set to open in 2016 and 2017, respectively. In addition, Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya offers two resorts within the resort: an adults-only and a family-friendly section. Call 888-680-7625 or visit www.hrhallinclusive.com.
Barceló Hotels & Resorts: This company has all-inclusive properties in Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic and Mexico that can accommodate all clients, from value-oriented guests to upscale travelers seeking luxury accommodations, including families. Call 800-227-2356 or www.barcelo.com.
Beaches Resorts: This is Sandals’ all-inclusive resort product for everyone, including families. Guests of Beaches resorts in Jamaica and Turks & Caicos get properties with some of the finest beaches of the Caribbean, deluxe accommodations, premium-brand wine and spirits, nightly entertainment, and land and water sports. From the Beaches Resorts Caribbean Adventure with Sesame Street to the Xbox Play Lounge, and from candlelight dinners to Red Lane spa treatments, there is truly something for everyone at every age. Resorts include Beaches Negril and Beaches Ocho Rios in Jamaica, and Beaches Turks & Caicos, Providenciales. Call 888-BEACHES or visit www.beaches.com.
Club Med: Each Club Med property provides an all-inclusive experience complete with accommodations, food, facilities, games and entertainment. For the Americas, family-friendly properties include Club Med Columbus Isle in the Bahamas; Club Med Itaparica, Club Med Rio das Pedras and Club Med Trancoso in Brazil; Club Med Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic; Club Med Sandpiper Bay in Florida; Club Med La Caravelle in Guadeloupe; Club Med Buccaneer’s Creek in Martinique; and Club Med Cancun Yucatan and Club Med Ixtapa Pacific in Mexico. Club Med has 60 properties in Europe; Asia, including Club Med Guilin, China; and Africa. Call 888-932-2582 or www.clubmed.us.
Dreams Resorts & Spas: Part of the AMResorts collection of all-inclusive resorts, this brand provides family-friendly programs and activities at a variety of properties in Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Panama (opening in 2016) and St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Dreams Playa Mujeres Golf & Spa Resort is a new family-friendly resort slated to open in Mexico in 2016. Call 866-2DREAMS or www.dreamsresorts.com.
Grand Pineapple Beach Resorts: Grand Pineapple, part of the Sandals resort family, offers affordable all-inclusive resorts on Antigua and in Negril, Jamaica. These kid-friendly beach resorts aim to provide value-oriented family vacations in the Caribbean. Resorts include the Grand Pineapple Beach Antigua and the Grand Pineapple Beach Negril. Call 800-327-1991 or visit www.grandpineapple.com.
Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort: This family-friendly resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica, includes accommodations, three meals per day, cocktails and use of non-motorized watersports equipment. Children ages 12 and under stay, play and eat free when accompanied by a paying adult, and have access to special programs and clubs. Call 800-HOLIDAY or visit www.caribbeanhi.com.
Hilton Hotels & Resorts: This well-known chain opened its first family-friendly all-inclusive resort in Mexico in 2012. Hilton Puerto Vallarta Resort features 259 luxury rooms and suites. Hilton also has a family program called Hilton Mom Voyage that features the travel experiences and advice of a panel of 15 moms. Call 800-HILTONS or visit www.hilton.com.
Hyatt Hotels & Resorts: The Hyatt Ziva all-inclusive brand focuses specifically on family vacations. Family-friendly properties include the Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos in Mexico and the Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall in Jamaica. Call 800-233-1234 or visit www.hyatt.com.
Iberostar: Not all Iberostar properties are family friendly, but the vast majority do cater to family groups. The company operates 10 properties in Mexico, three resorts in Jamaica and six in the Dominican Republic. Call 888-923-2722 or visit www.iberostar.com.
Karisma Hotels & Resorts: This chain of “gourmet-inclusive” resorts operates two family-friendly brands in Mexico and Jamaica: Azul Hotels and Generations Resorts. Azul Hotels by Karisma this summer is introducing the Nickelodeon Experience at Azul Hotels by Karismas in the Riviera Maya, featuring Nickelodeon characters, custom kids’ check-ins, Nickelodeon Concierges, a Nick Toy Lending Library and Nickelodeon-themed amenities. Karisma will also develope Nickelodeon Hotels, family-friendly properties in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (2016), and a second one in Mexico. Call 888-280-8810 or visit www.karismahotels.com.
Marriott International: Marriott International has a lineup of “Family Travel Hotels” across its range of brands located in family-vacation destinations. For example, the Orlando World Center Marriott, with 1,883 rooms and 131 suites, is designated as a family resort, and is close to the theme parks and attractions in Orlando. The Family Travel Hotels have amenities such as onsite eateries and guestrooms designed for the needs of family vacationers. Visit www.marriott.com.
Meliá Hotels International: These five-star, all-inclusives offer vacations for families in sophisticated environments. In the Dominican Republic, Meliá offers the Paradisus Palma Real and Paradisus Punta Cana. In Mexico, it features the ME Cancun, Paradisus Cancun, Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Esmeralda and Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Perla. Call 888-741-8931 or visit www.melia.com.
Now Resorts & Spas: This relatively new all-inclusive brand, also part of the AMResorts collection, features a rapidly growing group of family-friendly properties. In the Dominican Republic, these include Now Larimar Punta Cana. In Mexico, the company has the Now Amber Vallarta, Now Jade Riviera Cancun and Now Sapphire Riviera Cancun. Call 877-NOW-9953 or visit www.nowresorts.com.
Oasis Hotels & Resorts: This company operates all-inclusive resorts in Cancun and the Riviera Maya, each offering something for everyone, including families. Call 800-446-2747 or visit www.oasishotels.com.
Occidental Hotels & Resorts: Family-friendly properties include the Occidental Grand Aruba; Occidental El Embajador and Occidental Grand Punta Cana in Dominican Republic; and in Mexico: Allegro, Allegro Cozumel, Occidental Grand Cozumel, Occidental Grand Nuevo Vallarta and Occidental Grand Xcaret, adjacent to the Xcaret Park and Dolphinarium. Call 800-858-2258 or visit www.occidentalhotels.com.
Palace Resorts: This company offers seven family-friendly all-inclusive resorts in Mexico, and the Moon Palace Jamaica Grande in Ocho Rios, Jamaica — its first property outside of Mexico. The resorts emphasize deluxe amenities, facilities and services and world-class entertainment by top performing artists. Resorts include Beach Palace (Cancun, family-friendly), Cozumel Palace (family-friendly), Isla Mujeres Palace (adults-only), Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort (Cancun, family-friendly), Playacar Palace (Playa del Carmen, family-friendly), Le Blanc (Cancun, adults-only), Sun Palace (Cancun, adults-only) and Moon Palace Jamaica Grande (family-friendly). Call (888) 439-1468 or visit www.palaceresorts.com.
Palladium Hotels & Resorts: This company offers all-inclusive upscale resorts that are ideal for families, couples, newlyweds and honeymooners. In Brazil, the company offers Grand Palladium Imbassaí Resort & Spa, Bahia; in the Dominican Republic, it features Grand Palladium Bávaro Resort & Spa, Grand Palladium Palace Resort Spa & Casino, Grand Palladium Punta Cana Resort & Spa, and The Royal Suites Turquesa by Palladium; in Jamaica, it has the Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort & Spa and The Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Resort & Spa; and in Mexico, it offers Grand Palladium Colonial Resort & Spa, Grand Palladium Kantenah Resort & Spa, Grand Palladium Riviera Resort & Spa, Grand Palladium Vallarta Resort & Spa, Grand Palladium White Sand Resort & Spa, The Royal Suites Punta de Mita by Palladium and The Royal Suites Yucatan by Palladium. Call 888-961-7661 or visit www.palladiumresorts.com.
Real Resorts: Real Resorts manages four all-inclusive beachfront properties in Mexico, two of which are family friendly. Family-friendly resorts include the Gran Caribe Real in Cancun and the Gran Port Real in Playa del Carmen. Call 800-760-0944 or visit www.realresorts.com.
Riu Hotels & Resorts: Riu offers all-inclusive accommodations for virtually every type of traveler, including families at its properties in Aruba, the Bahamas, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Mexico. Call 888-RIU-4990 or visit www.riu.com.
Sandos Hotels & Resorts: This family-friendly all-inclusive resort group now has a portfolio of seven properties and growing, including four resorts in Mexico and three in Spain. Call 866-336-4083 or visit www.sandos.com.
Starwood: Starwood’s luxury brand, St. Regis, recently launched Family Traditions, a comprehensive program and website designed to offer memorable and enriching experiences for families at the brand’s hotels and resorts around the world. St. Regis’ Family Traditions experiences appeal to all generations of travelers, are often inspired by the destination and are designed to enable families to collect cherished memories while traveling. Visit www.starwoodhotels.com/stregis.
Sunscape Resorts & Spas: This family-friendly all-inclusive resort group, also part of the AMResorts (www.amresorts.com) collection, is opening its newest family-friendly, all-inclusive, Sunscape Montego Bay in Jamaica, upgrading the former Sunset Beach Resort and Oasis at Sunset Beach. Its other resorts include Sunscape Curaçao and in Mexico, Sunscape Dorado Pacifico Ixtapa and Sunscape Sabor Cozumel. Call 866-SUNSCAPE or visit www.sunscaperesorts.com.
SuperClubs: SuperClubs offers one family-friendly Breezes “super-inclusive” resort in the Bahamas. The resort welcomes singles, couples, groups of friends and families. Call 877-273-3937 or visit www.breezes.com or www.superclubs.com.
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A version of this article appears in print in the May 2015 issue of Vacation Agent Magazine.
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