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Family All Inclusive Resorts – The Facts

by Dana Ward on May 06, 2009 1

family all inclusive resortsIf family All Inclusive Resorts are such a good deal, what do you get for your money?

The services and amenities of all inclusive resorts vary as much as their destinations.  So how do you know you are getting a good deal?

The answer is with a little bit of research.  The words, “all inclusive” are subjective and vary from resort to resort.

So, make a list of the destination possibilities you and your family are interested in visiting.

Then find the resorts that either are exclusively all inclusive, or that offer an all inclusive package.

Then list what is included in each resort with the basic package.  It is important to note that most family all inclusive resorts do offer additional services and amenities for an additional charge.

In order to truly compare different possibilities for your family vacation, make sure you are leveling the playing field by comparing resorts that offer the same or similar services for the price.  Before making your final decision, make sure you consider the cost of travel to and from the destination.  After all, even if the all inclusive resorts are the same price, one may cost twice the airfare to get to than the other.

Below is a list of many amenities that are included in the more popular family all inclusive resorts.  Services are also listed.  Note that this list is a compilation of many different all inclusive resorts.

Family All Inclusive Resorts Amenities

Some resorts may offer an amenity as part of the package, where other resorts may charge and additional fee for that same service.  Make sure the resorts you are considering have the item as part of their included package.  This list is broken down by category.


  • Private rooms
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Air conditioning
  • Satellite TV
  • Direct outside telephone
  • Strong box
  • Mini-bar
  • Coffee and tea
  • Jacuzzi or Whirlpool
  • Private bath
  • Hair dryer
  • Shampoo, conditioner, soap
  • Top quality furnishings


  • Full menu at several on site restaurants
  • Non-alcoholic beverages
  • Snack stands
  • Pool side grill and refreshments

Recreation Areas & Activities:

  • Swimming pool – indoor, outdoor, childrens’, adults only
  • Water slide
  • Jacuzzi or whirlpool
  • Sauna
  • Solarium
  • Private beach
  • Tennis courts
  • Fitness center/exercise room/sports center/gym
  • Aerobics – land and water
  • Windsurfing
  • Catamarans
  • Kayaking
  • Paddle boats
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Diving and scuba (free demo class in swimming pool)
  • Bicycles has everything you need to ride your bike!
  • Golf
  • Putting green
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Squash
  • Volleyball
  • Aerobics
  • Cabanas
  • Childrens’ playground
  • Billiards
  • Childrens’ clubs
  • Ping pong
  • Miniature golf
  • Motorized water sports
  • Beauty Salon
  • Spa


  • Disco


  • Babysitting Services
  • Towel service
  • Service desk
  • Concierge service
  • Multilingual staff
  • Hospitality desk
  • Banquet room
  • Meeting room
  • Wedding site
  • Newsstand
  • Ice machines
  • Safe deposit boxes
  • Currency exchange
  • Tour desk
  • Medical services
  • Valet service
  • Laundry service
  • Internet service
  • Parking Facility
  • Physically Challenged Facilities
  • Physically Challenged Accommodations
  • Car rental desk
  • Gift shop


  • Umbrellas at the beach
  • Umbrellas at the pool

If family all inclusive resorts are what your family desires, an often forgotten option is family cruises.  They offer many of the same amenities as land resorts, and in many cases, offer even more.

This list should give you a good start as to what to compare when comparing which of the family all inclusive resorts will be best suited for you and your family.

Image credit: Heather Sorenson, for family all inclusive resorts

1 Comment

  1. Light Fittings

    December 03rd, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    when i was a kid, i really enjoyed going up and down on water slides, it is a very enjoyable experience ‘:`


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