- 1 Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort, Fiji
- 2 Steamboat Bay Fishing Club, Alaska
- 3 Club Med Samoens Morillon Grand Massif, France
- 4 andBeyond Sandibe Okavango Delta, Botswana
- 5 Eleven Experience - Deplar Farm, Iceland
- 6 Vista Verde Ranch, Colorado
- 7 Lily Beach Resort & Spa, Maldives
- 8 The Brando, Tetiaroa, French Polynesia
- 9 Jicaro Island Ecolodge, Nicaragua
9 All-Inclusive Family Vacations Worth Bragging About
Forget Sesame Street dinner shows and poolside Hokey Pokey. All that’s in good fun, of course, but for a cooler family vacation for everyone, opt for a different kind of all-inclusive—the kind of place you would brag about to your co-workers and friends. At these 9 family-friendly getaways, you hardly have to scale back on style.
Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort, Fiji
Stay in one of the family-style bure bungalows at this former coconut plantation turned Fijian resort and settle in for a luxury South Pacific vacation like no other. Beyond learning to scuba dive as a family (this is a Cousteau resort, after all), other adventures for your entourage include snorkeling excursions with the resort’s resident marine biologist and visits to traditional Fijian villages and markets to delve into island culture. Did we mention a personal nanny—appointed for all guests with kids under age six—is part of the all-inclusive rate?
Steamboat Bay Fishing Club, Alaska
There are many ways to experience southeast Alaska, including aboard one of the ubiquitous cruise ships plying the coast. But for something far more exclusive, consider checking into this secluded, 24-guest timber oceanfront lodge on Noyes Island, whose pristine landscape is shared by puffins, humpback whales, and bald eagles. After arrival by floatplane, you and your family can spend the rest of your days whale watching, hiking, or casting out a line for a fabled king salmon and bask in the bliss of being among the only human inhabitants on the island.
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Club Med Samoens Morillon Grand Massif, France
With its très Français attitude, Club Med manages to strike an easy balance between adult- and kid-friendly entertainment at its global portfolio of all-inclusive resorts. The best among them, arguably, are its all-inclusive ski vacations, which make the logistics of getting the whole family out on the slopes a cinch. This ski-in/ski-out newcomer in the French Alps is even open during the summer and features a virtual reality room for the kids as well as a dedicated restaurant where they can invite their parents out to dinner.
andBeyond Sandibe Okavango Delta, Botswana
The family that goes on safari together in Africa makes memories to last a lifetime. Go big with a stay at this super luxurious lodge in Botswana’s legendary Okavango Delta, where the elevated accommodations feel like a cross between a tree-house and a cocoon but with every luxury appointment (private plunge pools, cozy fireplaces, etc.). The safari playground at your doorstep is the largest inland delta in the world, and there, your family can spend their days spotting giraffes, elephants, hippos, and pretty much every other creature from your wildest safari dreams.
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Eleven Experience - Deplar Farm, Iceland
The epitome of the Nordic nature experience awaits families at this former sheepherder’s home turned 13-suite luxury lodge in the wilds of northern Iceland. If Deplar Farm’s top winter offering—heli-skiing tours in the snow-covered Troll Peninsula—sounds too hardcore for your brood, rest assured there’s more to enjoy. Winter’s other top activities here include soaking in the farm’s geothermal infinity pool while watching the Northern Lights. During the summer, it’s all about hiking and fly fishing with your gang in pristine lakes or offshore fishing in the Arctic Ocean.
Vista Verde Ranch, Colorado
For a wild west ranch experience with as much to offer in winter as in summer, this traditional dude ranch near Steamboat Springs, Colorado, delivers. Depending on when you stay, all-inclusive activities include snowshoeing, tubing, and sleigh rides or horseback riding, fly fishing, and barn dances. Wrangler-led programs can keep the kids busy all day, if you wish, while you’re sipping champagne in a hot tub on your cabin’s deck or hiking in the blissful silence of the nearby national forest.
Lily Beach Resort & Spa, Maldives
Settle into one of the spacious overwater bungalows or opt for a beach or lagoon villa for your family at this spectacular Maldives resort. The included kids club keeps your offspring entertained with activities like hermit crab races, treasure hunts, and water sports while you can be off scuba diving with manta rays or enjoying a quiet paddle in a glass-bottom canoe or SUP in the resort’s lagoon.
The Brando, Tetiaroa, French Polynesia
Leave Hawaii to the masses. A family vacation in the islands of Tahiti is as exclusive as the tropical island experience gets. At The Brando, Marlon Brando’s sublime all-inclusive resort occupying the private island of Tetiaroa, typical family outings might include snorkeling among sea turtles and reef sharks or paddling in a Polynesian outrigger canoe to reach a pristine motu. At night, go stargazing with your crew and learn how Polynesian mariners used the constellations to navigate the seas.
Jicaro Island Ecolodge, Nicaragua
For a family vacation in Central America that perfectly mixes culture and nature, this ecolodge, on a private island in Lake Nicaragua near the colonial town of Granada, delivers. Named among the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, the resort is perfect for families with older children as it’s open to kids 12 and up only (with kids 8 and older welcome during designated weeks). Bed down in one of the nine lake-view casitas and enjoy kayaking, paddle-boarding, and yoga classes onsite. Canopy tours and visits to local hot springs can also be arranged.
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