Best All-Inclusive Resorts for Families: Islands 2020 All-Inclusive Awards

Adults and kids don’t always see eye-to-eye on what makes an amazing vacation. That’s why our favorite all-inclusive destinations offer something perfect for everyone.

January 13, 2020
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Read on for our 2020 All-Inclusive Awards winners. Islands staff

Our editors and writers scoured the globe to find the best all-inclusive resorts based on standout offerings, from top-notch dining options and cool bars to over-the-top suites and white-glove butler service. We also asked our readers to vote for their favorites in each category. We’re proud to present the winners of the 2020 Islands All-Inclusive Awards.

Tropical vacations don’t cater exclusively to adults, which is why there are plenty of all-inclusive resorts that have a wide range of activities for the whole family to enjoy. With waterparks, kids’ clubs, and even slick teen lounges, these resorts have something for everyone in the family.

Winner, Editors’ Choice: Ocean by H10 Vista Azul

Vista Azul
Ocean by H10 Vista Azul Ocean by H10

Those looking to get away with the whole family will fall in love with Ocean Vista Azul, a modern luxury resort situated along the legendary white sand beaches and crystal-clear waters of Varadero, Cuba. With five-star amenities, gourmet dining, and top-notch service, Ocean Vista Azul will provide a wholly satisfying experience for the most discerning of travelers. Its why the resort is described as truly a diamond in the rough.


Kids will have a blast at the resort’s Miniclub Daisy, a daily program designed for ages four and up, while parents indulge in some much-needed alone time. Attentive and experienced counselors oversee a myriad of fun activities for kids and tweens including beach recreation, exploratory walks through the tropical grounds, children’s shows and entertainment, and even a mini disco!

For families who like to play together, Ocean Vista Azul also provides a wide variety of land and water sports for kids and adults of all ages.

Winner, Editors’ Choice: Barceló Bávaro Palace

Bávaro Palace
Barceló Bávaro Palace Barceló

Located in the heart of Punta Cana lies Barceló Bávaro Palace, an all-inclusive luxury gastronomic hotel set along one of the finest beaches in the entire world. Here, the Caribbean Sea transforms into a crystal-clear, natural swimming pool thanks to a vibrant coral reef that protects the coastline.


In addition to the unique Dominican culinary experiences Barceló Bávaro is known for, there are also a wide range of activities perfect for families and kids of all ages. The swimming pool area features hammocks, waterfalls, and more for peak adult relaxation—while the Barcy Water Park allows kids to frolic among castles and water slides.

The resort also offers a new Pirates Island Water Park that’s perfect for the whole family to enjoy, complete with a wave pool and even more daring rides. When the sun goes down, adults can partake in evening activities such as a nightclub, casino and live entertainment.

Winner, Editors’ Choice: Grand Sirenis Punta Cana

Punta Cana
Grand Sirenis Punta Cana Grand Sirenis

The recently renovated, completely refurbished Grand Sirenis Punta Cana is a perfect destination for a family holiday. Consisting of two separate hotels—the Grand Sirenis Cocotal Beach Resort and Grand Sirenis Tropical Suites—this spectacular five-star resort nestled into the coconut groves of Punta Cana had a little something for everyone.


Kids, in particular, will have an absolute blast at the resort’s Sirenis Aquagames Punta Cana—a 40,000 square-foot water park boasting a 40-foot-tall tower, where adventurous guests can ride two water tube rides, two open toboggans, the kamikaze, and free fall twister. For the little ones, the park has a children’s area with water jets and sprinklers.

Winner, Readers’ Choice: Beaches Turks and Caicos

Turks and Caicos
Beaches Turks and Caicos Beaches

As Beaches Turks and Caicos proudly states, the last of the true exotics is first for families. You’ll find no shortage of activities for kids of all ages at this incredibly family friendly Caribbean getaway. This amazing all-inclusive resort boasts a 45,000-sq. ft. Pirates Island Waterpark, complete with waterslides, water cannons, whirlpools, lazy river rides, as well as kid-friendly pools and swim-up soda bars. Beaches, Turks and Caicos also comes complete with an Xbox Play Lounge, arcade, and disco for teens, and the little ones can cavort with their favorite Muppets at Caribbean Adventure with Sesame Street.

Meanwhile, moms and dads can unwind at the resort’s Caribbean-inspired Red Lane Spa, enjoy a romantic, private candlelight dinner served under the stars. At night, the teen disco transforms into an adults’ hot spot, where champagne bottles are popped and top shelf liquors are poured.


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