If the Griswold family didn’t put you off the idea, and you’re considering a family vacation for 2017, start planning now, and suit every member of your family with our list of best all inclusives for family reunions.
A time to remember
A full-on family reunion can be a fabulous and memorable occasion, with the whole tribe gathered together in one place – it makes perfect sense to make that a stunning location with an all inclusive vacation. Once the luggage has been unpacked, and everyone is relaxed, you’ll be looking for amenities and activities to pass the time, preferably tailored to keeping everyone entertained. Togetherness is just grand, but everyone needs their own special space too. It’s important to bear this in mind before you book – get the location right and you will be assured of a superb time, making memories for the whole family to cherish. Let’s take a look at some resorts and their speciality amenities, providing the perfect place for your all-generation family reunion.
Suiting everyoneSome of the separate facilities that you might want to check out, and check into, could be:
- Cool kids clubs
- Teen hang-outs
- Specialist water sports and instruction
- Angling or fishing
- Family friendly OR Adult only restaurants
- Great golf facilities
- Adult only nightclubs or areas
- Mobility-friendly resorts – use of motorised scooters or golf carts
All of these options, plus the usual superb swimming pools and beach accessibility, will ensure a fabulous time will be had by everyone. However, if you choose a larger resort check them out first to determine the ease or difficulty of getting around for older members of your family – for example El Dorado Royale or Casitas Royale are more spread out but offer golf-cart service for getting around. Those with severe mobility issues may prefer a more compact resort where cart service is unnecessary because there’s little walking needed. And check to be sure there’s an elevator and/or ramp wherever you find a staircase.
If you have older family members who can’t abide being around a lot of noisy youngsters, consider a family resort that has separate adults-only buildings and pools (such as the Hard Rock Riviera Maya, below), or co-located family/adults-only resorts, like the aforementioned El Dorado Royale/Casitas Royale (adults only), and it’s right-next-door Generations Riviera Maya (for families).
Finest Playa MujeresFinest Playa Mujeres is a carefully crafted and executed resort that is vacation perfection for family groups. “An all-inclusive world within a world” is how the resort is best described, and it certainly ticks all the requirement boxes on a multi-generation vacation. Start with your well equipped suite and then enjoy superb amenities such as:
- Cookery lessons
- Mini, Maxi and Teens clubs
- Amazing dining
Their relaxing ONE Spa “Rituals are the pathway to connection and celebration. That’s why ONE Spa at Finest Playa Mujeres offers treatments designed for all ages including a special menu just for families and kids.” There are also no less than 16 bars and lounges to choose from to wind down…
Our top mixologists know how to whip up your favorite ‘tini, smoothie or frothy libation. They’ll even create a signature drink just for you. Relax with the game in our sports bar or a enjoy a smoke at the cigar lounge. Chill out with a cold one by the beach or the pool. No need to even step out of the pool at our swim-up bar.
Villa del PalmarThe luxury beach resort and spa Villa del Palmar is an ideal base for that family bash. Luxurious accommodation, gourmet dining and relaxation are just the start of something beautiful for your big reunion. You will also be able to enjoy first-class amenities, cradled within a palm-studded all inclusive resort that offers extensive world-class spa and fitness facilities, five swimming pools, kids clubs, water-sports and spa treatments.
activities available, including lessons in dancing, Spanish and cooking. We love the idea of their specially set-up pro photo shoots – what better memory souvenir to take home from your family reunion vacation? Villa del Palmar Cancun offers stunning backdrops to your professional photographs, just imagine its white sandy beach contrasting the brilliant turquoise water of the Caribbean and the quaint wooden jetty where you can enjoy a photo-shoot as though you were floating out to sea.
Playa FiestaIt’s all in the name! Fiesta means party, and party is what you will do with an adult family reunion stay at the Playa Fiesta Beach Club and Hotel in Puerto Vallarta. In fact, they specialise in group gatherings, in a smaller and more intimate setting. Create your family fiesta gathering with a stay here, and you will be treated to rooms which have that unique ‘villa style’ feel, with individual rooms for privacy or multi-bedroom units perfect for families or close friends traveling together. Choose from standard rooms, ocean view suites or a penthouse for the optimum in a luxury stay. The pool area is your family backyard for your stay, albeit a lot nicer than you may be used to at home! A breath away is the beautiful beach, as Playa Fiesta sits right on the water. The restaurant and bar won’t disappoint, and the bartenders and waiters will soon feel like old friends. This choice is perfect for family gatherings with adult or older members, and there’s a great choice of optional things to do in and around the resort, such as:
- Deep sea fishing outside of the bay
- Golf and tennis
- Hiking to secluded waterfalls
- Surf trips to Sayulita
- Whale watching excursions
- Group boat tours with food and drink
- ATV trips into the hills above Vallarta
Hard Rock Riviera MayaWorld class dining, a teens lounge and disco, the Little Big Club for younger VIP’S, and a club exclusive to adults sounds better than holiday heaven. Throw in hammocks and private terraces to finish that book, a yoga temple, a fitness center, and spacious pool area and you are already booking up the Hard Rock Riviera Maya – because it ticks everyone’s wish list for a family reunion vacation with style. Love a round of golf? Enjoy championship play, world-class instruction, and stunning views just off the property with an 18-hole Robert von Hagge course. Live large at the Hard Rock Riviera Maya – the only problem is leaving – it’s just so good, but they even help you to remember your family reunion vacation… We love this – you know when you hear a song and it reminds you of your holiday? At Hard Rock resorts you’re the DJ!
Mix® is your opportunity to drop the bass and pick up the beat right in your own room! Every day you can check out a Traktor Kontrol Z1 controller and iPad that taps into a personal set of headphones. If you aren’t quite sure what to do with it, we have a Rock Specialist to show you. All you need now is a mirror ball and a doorman managing the velvet rope.
Beaches Turks and CaicosYou and your family will feel like you will travel the world with a reunion vacation to Beaches Turks and Caicos, which boasts the ambience and architecture of Italy, France, the Caribbean and Key West. That’s just for starter’s. Enjoy fun activities for every family member, as Beaches caters for all age groups. Little ones will be entertained by Sesame Street characters, tots to tweens and in-betweens will love this resort. There’s a teen disco, also an X-Box Lounge for idle thumbs. You might relax at the Red Lane Spa while the little ones expend energy at their fun club, or go deep and try scuba diving in some of the clearest water around. Indulge in a spot of duty-free shopping, or enjoy fine dining over a candlelit dinner. You certainly won’t be short of ideas when ordering, there are over 22 dining options at 19 restaurants – so something for even the fussiest of eaters! We rate Beaches as one of the best all-inclusive resorts in Turks & Caicos.
Have you had the opportunity to get the whole family together on an all inclusive vacation reunion? Where did you go? We’d love to hear all about it!