Did the headline give you pause? If you’ve never been to a really good all-inclusive resort, the hesitation is understandable. For many, they conjure up memories of bland buffet dinners of overcooked steak, crowded and horribly noisy pool decks, and, perhaps worst of all, far too many college kids on spring break.
But there exists another class of AI resorts—the kind that actually alleviates stress rather than causes more of it. You know, the thing a vacation is supposed to do. These resorts boast multiple restaurants with elevated food options like fresh-caught fish and dry-aged ribeyes, spacious and luxe suites with enough beds for the whole family, and unique activities like flying trapeze lessons that you’d be hard-pressed to find elsewhere. And, of course, everything is included in the room rate, making it that much easier for you to truly relax. Read on to discover five reasons why you should take your family to an all-inclusive resort like Club Med at least once.
Your Kids Will Actually Want to Hang Out With You
Ostensibly, vacations are a time for the family to reconnect. But once your kids are out of the toddler stage, they’re often more interested in hanging with their buddies (or their phone) than you. Initiatives like Club Med Amazing Family help bring everyone together with activities that everyone from the oldest to the youngest in your crew will truly enjoy. The program, which is part of every Club Med property, is divided into five sections: Splash, Play, Quest, Recharge, and Happy Family Time. Each section has its own set of experiences (like giant board games for Play or family yoga classes for Recharge) and helps families discover new hobbies together and make some core memories.
The Beaches Cater to Everyone
The perfect family beach is an elusive find: You don’t want to wrestle with someone over that last umbrella, but the very remote locales rarely have enough going on to keep kids occupied. That’s why a resort like Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda—the five-star property in the Dominican Republic—is a great choice. Located on an immaculate stretch of white sand beach dotted with palm groves, this resort lets kids try everything from stand-up paddleboarding school to kitesurfing to beach volleyball. Parents can join in on the fun, send photos of their little surfers back home, or kick back with a rum cocktail at the nearby Coco Plum Beach Lounge Bar.
Food Options Will Satisfy Even Your Pickiest Eater
There are enough dinnertime battles at home; vacation is not when you want to beg your kid to just please eat one more bite. But at the best all-inclusives like Club Med Cancún, the breadth of restaurants ensures no one willingly goes to sleep with an empty stomach (only to wake up 3 hours later crying over said empty stomach). The resort boasts four unique concepts, including Mexican at The Hacienda and chocolatey crepes at The Creperie. Then, if you’ve got hungry teenagers who can house a whole pizza by themselves, never fear: All your food, even if that means two rounds of dinner, is included with the all-inclusive model.
Your Kids Will Flip Over the Activities
One of the biggest draws of a quality all-inclusive are the unique and fun activities directly on property. Rather than schlepping the kids all over town to keep them entertained, everything is right outside your hotel room door. Club Med Punta Cana’s roster includes Circus School by Club Med, where guests learn activities like juggling and the flying trapeze. If the Big Top isn’t calling your name, there are also classes in archery, pickleball, windsurfing, and water polo.
Breaks Aren’t Just Allowed, But Encouraged
Many will joke that a vacation with children isn’t actually a vacation; it’s a family trip. But, as every well-traveled parent knows, that’s just because there wasn’t a children’s club. At the best all-inclusives like Club Med Québec Charlevoix these clubs aren’t just a place to park your kids while you head to the spa, but rather a stimulating and engaging program they’ll adore. This resort, located in a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, has not one but three clubs catering to 4-month-old infants all the way up to 17-year-olds. While enrolled, kids can participate in everything from an easy hike up the Massif de Charlevoix mountain to a theater show of their own imaginations.
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