When you have a large family, vacation ideas can take a little more research to ensure there is something for everyone at your destination. The best multi generational vacations are the ones that appeal to all ages: from grandparents to grandkids and everyone in between. There’s nothing worse than having your worries washed away by the sea to encourage family bonding. Whether you’re travelling for a special celebration or just to get together as a group under the sun, there are many resorts that cater to all ages and diverse interests. For families that love the beach and are looking for a relaxing all-inclusive vacation together, here are some of our resort recommendations for a multigenerational vacation:
Beaches’ all-inclusive resorts in Jamaica (Ocho Rios and Negril) and Turks and Caicos bring family closer together with their impressive commitment to multigenerational vacations. Toddlers will love the Sesame Street® parades, performances, and character breakfasts. For kids, there is a Pirate Island Waterpark, Kids Camp, Xbox Play Lounge, Junior Golf Club, and Kids Scuba Program. (Plus, at Beaches Turks and Caicos, there’s the popular Choo Choo Train that takes you through the villages).
Teens will enjoy the Scratch DJ Academy to release their inner DJ, Trench Town Arcade, and Club Liquid teen night club, not to mention the free Wi-Fi all throughout the resort. Parents will appreciate the service of professional nannies, premium house wines and spirits, and activities like unlimited play and complimentary green fees at the golf courses, relaxing treatments at the Red Lane Spa, and adult-only restaurants for romantic dining.
Generations Riviera Maya by Karisma
This all-suite, all-butler hotel has 162 oversized oceanfront suites and offers services and amenities like a kids club and pool, library and reading area in the family lounge, and nanny services for families travelling with children. If you’re travelling with a baby, Generations Riviera Maya offers baby amenities like cribs, strollers, bottle warmers and sterilizers, baby food, monitors, changing tables with bathtubs, and bath robes so you can pack lighter. The Eko Kids Club™ is complete with ball pits, slides, video games, a movie area, toys and a full schedule of activities. Teens can take advantage of the movies, pool table, board games, Xbox, and social media center.
As part of Karisma’s Gourmet Inclusive® programme, food is celebrated at this resort. Young foodies can take part in the Little Eko Chefs™ program to learn basic cooking skills while parents can tour the resort’s 76,000 sq.ft hydroponic greenhouse. From seafood platters to chicken fingers, the resort serves it all (including an appealing kids menu). Parents will love the Wine Kitchen, a restaurant and tasting room that pairs food and wine. Plus, in the one, two, or three bedroom suites, options for a room service family continental breakfast or family themed night in-room dining are available. Besides snorkeling, kayaking, yoga classes at sunrise, aqua aerobics, cooking classes, dance lessons, off-site excursions and more, a visit to the spa is a relaxing way to pass time. It offers everything from hydrotherapy and herbal therapy to regular facials, massages and body treatments. Plus, there’s a fitness center, sauna, steam room, beauty salon – and even kids spa services.
Atlantis Paradise Island
Atlantis Paradise Island in the Bahamas is a mega resort with a ton of experiences and attractions to keep everyone entertained. Keep in mind that some of the activities here cost extra – and some visitors to this resort choose to forgo the all-inclusive meal plan. The resort’s most celebrated attractions include Aquaventure, a 141-acre waterpark; the world’s largest open-air marine habitat and Dolphin Cay, with 50,000 aquatic animals; 11 pools and over 6km of beaches; and a plethora of accommodation options, room categories, and villas to suit your family. For mom, dad and the grandparents, the resort boasts a Tom Weiskopf-designed 18-hole oceanfront golf course, the Atlantis Casino, an adults only pool area, Aura nightclub, comedy club, and 40 restaurants, bars and lounges.
Let’s delve into the activities for the little ones: At Paradise Island’s kids club, Atlantis Kids Adventures, kids can play lego, watch movies, enjoy board games and storytelling, play grocery store with fruits and veggies, host a tea party in the Victorian dollhouse with a baby grand piano and baby dolls, and enjoy an age-appropriate event schedule full of activities. They can also interact with marine animals and feed fish and turtles, plus create their own stuffed animal from scratch! Teens can enjoy the mini nightclub, arcade games, pottery studio, race track driving, snorkelling and scuba diving, and more!
Barcelo Bavaro Grand Resort
Those seeking a multigenerational vacation in the Dominican Republic should consider Barcelo Bavaro Grand Resort in Punta Cana for the two hotels within its complex: the family-friendly Barcelo Bavaro Palace and the adults-only Barcelo Bavaro Beach. Guests of Barcelo Bavaro Beach have access to all the amenities and services at the neighbouring property plus complimentary transportation throughout the resort. This way, if families want to travel together, but single travellers prefer an adults-only hotel, they can easily venture to the Palace side on occasion to see the family. Barcelo Bavaro Palace offers guest rooms like the Family Room or Family Junior Suite that sleeps up to 6 guests. Guests of either hotel can opt for the Premium Level with added benefits like free Wi-Fi and spa discounts.
Besides being located on the best beach in Punta Cana, 85% of the rooms at the Palace section have a hot tub and 80% face the sea. Barcelo Bavaro Palace has 11 restaurants, 4 pools, a Barcy Water Park, 24-hour sports bar, 24-hour casino, shopping promenade, spa, fitness center, and nightclub. Enjoy water sports together, evening shows in the theatre, on-site activities like mini golf, tennis, excursions to explore the island, or simply relaxing on the sand. Older family members may enjoy a visit to The Lakes Golf Course by P.B. Dye with 25 inland lakes and 122 strategically placed bunkers.
Hard Rock Hotels
Hard Rock‘s all-inclusive hotels are for families with a little edge. Their hotels in Cancun, Riviera Maya, Puerto Vallarta, and Punta Cana provide a nostalgic atmosphere of rock and roll for grandma and grandpa and a fun place to play for music-loving kids. Every member of your family will get the rock star treatment here. Parents will appreciate the personal liquor dispensers in-room, swim up bars, championship golf, and a glorious spa. Kids can take advantage of kids menus, video games, pint-size plush robes and a ton of fun activities.
The Sounds of Your Stay® program allows you to reserve a guitar, headphones, and amplifier to create a pop up studio in your room or take advantage of the in-room video lessons! Get your groove on with the curated collection of 10 iconic records on your turntable. In the Music Lab, take part in Jam Band to play 1 of 4 instruments and work with a Rock Specialist as your coach. Learn to spin with DJ tools and software, hit the recording studio to share your remastered version, or create your own music video from starring on screen to editing behind the scenes. For the younger kids, The Little Big Club™ features an interactive kids area with activities like a Bob the Builder Construction Zone, Barney’s Music Room, and Angelina Ballerina Dance Studio. There are live shows with favourite characters and more.
If you’re set on a multigenerational vacation in beautiful Cuba, Iberostar Ensenachos is situated on a white sand beach in the province of Villa Clara. The hotel has 506 rooms divided into three sections: the PARK section for families, SPA section for adults only, plus 46 luxury villas in the secluded Grand Village section perfect for larger families or VIP guests. The PARK suites are located close to the waterpark and children’s pool, playground, and Mini Club. There are Duplex Suites laid over two levels with one bedroom, dining area and sitting room or a Grand Village Family Room option with two bedrooms, kitchenette with microwave oven and refrigerator, sitting area, three bathrooms, and a private terrace with whirlpool tub.
Adults can rejuvenate at the Spa Sensations with wellness treatments, a visit to the sauna, hot tubs, fitness room, Vichy shower, Scottish shower, jet shower, or hot springs, or enjoy mindful activities like yoga and tai-chi. Parents will also enjoy the cigar lounge, dance lessons, scuba diving, nightclub and nightly entertainment at the theatre.
See you (and the whole crew!) at the beach.