How to Pick the Perfect All-Inclusive Resort for Your Next Family Trip

All-inclusive resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean have become especially popular over the past few years and for good reason. They offer many entertainment options! But there are so many out there so how do you find the right resort for your next vacation? We break down a few things to think about so you can pick just the right one.

Consider the age of everyone who is going

These days you’ll find that most resorts have enough features to entertain children of all ages. However, some offer more amenities for teens than for younger children and vice versa. So, it helps to check out everything before you book. This is where having a travel agent helps tremendously. Our team has first-hand experience with the resorts and can give you an insider’s perspective on what works for your family based on the age of your children.

Ask about their kids club

Most offer a kids club that has one to two rooms full of activities that are great for 4 to 12-year-olds. However, some resorts, such as Beaches, offer multiple programs that are specific to different age groups. You’ll want to know what their programs include and whether there’s a charge for it. Find out how old your child has to be to join and just as importantly, you need to know whether older kids and younger kids will be grouped together to play or not. It helps to find out about the club counselors as well. Do they know CPR and first aid? What is the ratio of counselors-to-kids? These types of questions will help you better compare apples to apples when it comes to kids clubs.

Traveling with a baby? Consider this.

Some resorts have nurseries or offer infant care. This can be helpful if you need an hour or two off to have some alone time with your spouse. Also, look for resorts that offer 24-hour room service for those times when it might be easier to eat in versus going to a restaurant. Also, look for resorts that have a mini fridge in your room. This will be helpful to not only store snacks of your own (for those who have very specific food needs or allergies) and for nursing mothers who need to store milk.

Beach or pool (or both)?

The beaches by some resorts are better than others. If you’ll want to go to the beach, make sure to find out what the beach is like at the resort you’d like to visit. This also goes for pools. Many resorts have multiple pools. Some pools also designate one of their pools as an adults-only one as well and you can easily find kiddie pools at any of the ones that are not adults-only resorts. Some resorts offer pool waiter services while others don’t. The Atlantis Resort, in the Bahamas, has a large water park, extravagant water slides, and an ample kiddie pool among other excellent pool features.

Stay realistic

Resorts these days are full of excellent amenities but you most likely won’t have the chance to enjoy every single feature of the resort in one trip. And not all of the amenities will matter to you. For instance, while some offer the option to enjoy motorized sports, you may not be interested in this activity at all. Find the resort that has most of what you would enjoy so you pay for what you will actually use.

Make sure the dining options fit your needs

You can find menus for many resort restaurants online. Take a look and make sure it has the kinds of foods your children would enjoy. Also, if your children have allergies or require certain accommodations, keep this in mind as you browse your options. Most resorts offer at least one restaurant that has a buffet which is usually a good option if you have picky eaters. Look for this feature to save yourself headaches when it comes time to eat.

As you can see, there are so many things to consider when looking for a resort. We can suggest the perfect one for you so you won’t have to spend time researching and Googling.

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