10 All-Inclusive Resorts Where Kids Stay Free

Take advantage of wallet-friendly rates in fun and affordable retreats.

By Holly Johnson, ContributorJune 10, 2016
By Holly Johnson, ContributorJune 10, 2016, at 12:49 p.m.
U.S. News & World Report

10 All-Inclusive Resorts Where Kids Stay Free

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Discover where to plan a convenient and cost-effective vacation with the gang.

Anyone with kids knows that vacationing can be part pleasure and part work. You may get to enjoy yourself a little more than you do at home, but you still need to organize meals and activities and provide basic care while you're away. Fortunately, all-inclusive resorts are catering to clans with lodging, dining and entertainment included in one fixed price, allowing for a stress-free getaway. Still, some all-inclusive retreats are even more attractive to cost-conscious families, with promotions that make vacationing with youngsters not only more convenient but also more affordable. You'll find these properties next to some of the world's most beautiful beaches and within a short drive of the some of the largest airports in Mexico and the Caribbean. So, if you want to plan a budget-friendly escape with the kids, check into these 10 resorts.
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IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts

Mexico and the Caribbean

With pristine grounds, spacious and comfortable accommodations and world-class dining, IBEROSTAR offers enticing all-inclusive packages for families. IBEROSTAR is also known for its entertaining kid's clubs, which make it easy for parents to enjoy some quality adult time. Through October 2016, you can take advantage of a kids stay free promotion at properties across Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Jamaica. The IBEROSTAR Cozumel, for example, allows two kids to stay free for every two adults enjoying a full-price stay.
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Discover where to plan a convenient and cost-effective vacation with the gang.

Anyone with kids knows that vacationing can be part pleasure and part work. You may get to enjoy yourself a little more than you do at home, but you still need to organize meals and activities and provide basic care while you're away. Fortunately, all-inclusive resorts are catering to clans with lodging, dining and entertainment included in one fixed price, allowing for a stress-free getaway. Still, some all-inclusive retreats are even more attractive to cost-conscious families, with promotions that make vacationing with youngsters not only more convenient but also more affordable. You'll find these properties next to some of the world's most beautiful beaches and within a short drive of the some of the largest airports in Mexico and the Caribbean. So, if you want to plan a budget-friendly escape with the kids, check into these 10 resorts.

IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts

Mexico and the Caribbean

With pristine grounds, spacious and comfortable accommodations and world-class dining, IBEROSTAR offers enticing all-inclusive packages for families. IBEROSTAR is also known for its entertaining kid's clubs, which make it easy for parents to enjoy some quality adult time. Through October 2016, you can take advantage of a kids stay free promotion at properties across Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Jamaica. The IBEROSTAR Cozumel, for example, allows two kids to stay free for every two adults enjoying a full-price stay.

Holiday Inn Resort Montego Bay

Jamaica

Just a quick 10-minute drive (5 miles) northeast of Sangster International Airport, you'll find the Holiday Inn Resort in Montego Bay. With its own private island, calm, nearly wave-free waters and enormous pool, you and the kids can easily unwind and recharge. Up to two children under 12 can stay free with a paying adult, which makes this already affordable hotel even more budget-friendly. Drop youngsters off at the kid's club and enjoy a few kid-free hours on the property's dedicated area for adult guests, which includes a swim-up bar and a private beach.

Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort

Cancun

Palace Resorts is offering a promotion that lets kids stay free at certain properties through the end of August. One of those properties is the famous Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort, which enjoys a prime location in the Hotel Zone near downtown Cancun. Two kids (ages 12 and under) stay free with paid adults, and their free status includes access to all of the resort's amenities. At the property, you can count on all-inclusive meals, plenty of poolside fun and access to beautiful beaches.

Holiday Inn Resort Los Cabos All-Inclusive

San José del Cabo, Mexico

This beachfront Los Cabos resort makes family vacationing easy and affordable. Two kids can stay free with paying adults, and each member of the party gets to enjoy the property's versatile amenities. Enjoy a sunset on the perfect beach, swim with your children in the huge pool, play tennis or basketball or simply relax along the sand. And if you and the kiddos are yearning for more adventure, you can arrange a horseback ride or an ATV tour off the property grounds.

Playacar Palace

Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Located in the upscale gated community of Playacar in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, Playacar Palace offers amazing beach views along with a stress-free setting. You and the kiddos can splash around crystal clear waters and take advantage of the resort's amenities (including a kid's club) before taking a quick jaunt into nearby Playa del Carmen. Best of all, guests under 12 can enjoy a complimentary stay thanks to the resort's seasonal kids stay free promotion, which is valid through the end of August.

Gran Caribe Real Resort & Spa, Cancun

Cancun

Situated in the heart of Cancun, the Gran Caribe Real Resort & Spa offers all-inclusive dining at world-class restaurants, room service, pools, a private beach and even an on-site waterpark. During the day, younger visitors can enjoy mixing and mingling with other guests at the kid's club, and older kids can check out T-Zone, a designated teen's club. Meanwhile, grown-ups can enjoy beachside Zumba classes and pampering spa treatments. And thanks to the resort's kids stay free promotions, children under 12 can score a free stay when joining a paying adult.

Moon Palace Jamaica Grande

Jamaica

Families can take advantage of a promotion that allows two kids (ages 12 and under) to stay free at the Moon Palace Jamaica Grande in lively Ocho Rios. You and the gang can enjoy the area's beautiful beaches, dine on authentic local seafood and produce and enjoy plenty of kid-friendly amenities, including an on-site play area with games and organized activities. Apart from family-focused perks, the property also offers a variety of promotions, including resort credits. To snag the best deals, book your 2016 travel plans soon.

Crown Paradise Club Cancun

Cancun

Located in Cancun's Hotel Zone, the Crown Paradise Club makes a family vacation seamless. This resort offers free stays for children under 12 with a paid adult, plus one of the best spots along Caribbean Sea. Dine and drink at one of the property's seven restaurants, two snack bars and four bars, plus enjoy 24-hour room service. What's more, access to five different pools is also included in the room rate.

Hotel Riu Caribe

Cancun

Nestled in Cancun's Hotel Zone, the Riu Caribe offers a world-class beach and rooms that each include their own balcony or patio. There are a variety of activities included in the rate, such as kayaking, snorkeling, windsurfing and sailing, ensuring every family member is entertained at all times. Better yet, an on-site, supervised kid's club is offered free of charge when you need a break. The Riu Caribe in Cancun is currently offering a promotion that lets two guests under age 12 stay free with paying adults in the same room.

Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa

Jamaica

At the Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa, kids under 5 can stay free with a paying adult. You and younger R&R-seekers can enjoy a large stretch of private white sands, a pool with a lazy river, a game room and a slew of nonmotorized water sports. Just a 15-minute drive (8 miles) east of Jamaica's international airport, this Hilton outpost spans 400 lush beachfront acres. And since all of your meals and entertainment are included, you won't wind up with a dreaded bill chock-full of unanticipated expenses at the end of your stay.
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