Grand Palladium Vallarta Resort & Spa in Riviera Nayarit, Mexico. Image courtesy of Palladium Hotel Group.
Travel journeys are an excellent way to “play together,” and when that journey is an all-inclusive family vacation, it dials-up the fun and take hassle-free to a new level. Fortunately, it’s easier than ever for today’s travel agents to sell all-inclusive family vacations because so many all-inclusive properties have significantly stepped-up their game with special offerings that truly engage parents, kids and extended family members. Here are the top five reasons why all-inclusive vacations equal all-encompassing family fun anytime of the year.
Spacious Rooms & Dedicated Spaces
Families typically spend most of their vacation outside their accommodations, but that doesn’t mean rooms are any less important. Think of lazy mornings, mid-day downtime, pre-dinner fun and early evenings that sometimes bring families back to the nest.
All-inclusive hotels that cater to families tend to have spacious accommodations and suites, multiple bedding options, and a kitchenette, so families have ample space to spread out and lounge in comfort, plus enjoy some conveniences of home. Connecting accommodations are another bonus for multi-generational groups or several families traveling together.
Family-friendly all-inclusive hotels are known for dedicated spaces for parents and kids, including separate pools, private beach areas, and restaurants with special menus. Kids can be kids without worry, from splashing in the pool, enjoying beach games, and having early dinners if needed.
Endless Activities That Excite & Inspire
At an all-inclusive, families can choose to be as busy or relaxed as they want to be, knowing that seemingly endless activities at no extra cost are available for them to experience.
The vast list of water and land-based diversions can include snorkeling, kayaking, parasailing, canoeing, windsurfing, swimming in multiple pools, floating on lazy rivers, thrilling waterslides, tennis, basketball, golf, and more. Hotels often incorporate the destination into activities, such as cooking classes, learning local music and dance, and special arts and crafts. With such widespread choice, parents and kids can opt for the activities most appealing to them, try new things, or do their favorite leisure pursuit almost daily.
Live daily and nightly entertainment is a high-point for parents and kids alike, and some all-inclusive properties go that extra mile to engage the younger set. For example, the luxury all-inclusive Grand Palladium Hotels & Resorts brand, which has locations in Mexico, Jamaica, and the Dominican Republic, presents live stage shows with colorful “Raggs” characters, based on the Emmy-award-winning TV series starring five musical pups.
Raising The Bar On Kid-Specific Amenities
All-inclusive hotels targeting families are not all created equal. Some are distinguishing themselves in the market by incorporating creative specialty services into an elevated all-inclusive experience.
The new Family Selection room category at Grand Palladium Vallarta Resort & Spa in Riviera Nayarit, Mexico and at Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres Resort & Spa in Costa Mujeres, Mexico features special amenities, including nightly turndown service for kids with milk and cookies; specially prepared bubble bath with bath toys; a “Family Boss” welcome kit for kids with mini slippers, mini robe and sunglasses; unpacking and packing services; dedicated personal Family Host throughout the guests’ stay; pillow menu for kids and adults; and personalized minibar with kid-friendly beverages.
Dynamic Kids Clubs
Kids Clubs with separate programs and age-appropriate activities are an excellent opportunity for children to enjoy independence from their families (and make new friends) while parents enjoy some adult-only time at the beach, spa or swim-up bar – all without worrying about additional costs.
There are nurseries and nannies for babies. Trained staff members supervise toddlers on face-painting, building sandcastles, scavenger hunts, and collecting shells. Pre-teens delight in watersports, culinary adventures, movie nights, ice cream and s’mores parties, and sleepovers. Teens can enjoy night clubs, karaoke, billiards, talent shows, and more.
Varied Prices For Varied Budgets
Exceptional value for money without sacrificing vacation quality is a key driver for booking an all-inclusive holiday. Fortunately, all-inclusive resorts come in a wide range of prices to fit the distinct budgets of traveling families, making the dream of vacationing in a beautiful beachfront location a reality.
Family time is precious time, especially when everyone is usually plugged-in to a device and often on-the-go. Diverse pricing options at all-inclusives offer families the opportunity to reconnect without feeling nickeled-and-dimed every step of the way. For added value, all-inclusives sometimes offer off-property dinners, excursions, and other special experiences into their rates.
Endless activities day and night, spacious rooms, and superb value mean all-inclusive vacations equal unrivaled family fun. And, thanks to the growing number of all-inclusive properties that have raised the bar with outstanding amenities reflecting their commitment to parents and kids, family bonding just got easier.