Best All Inclusives for Festive Holiday Fun


Another Christmas and New Year are looming, and right around the jingle bell corner are thoughts of extended families, office parties, and — let’s face it — trying to please everyone….not to mention the list of gifts that we have yet to choose and purchase.

Festive holiday fun is even better with sunshine. Say adios to the crowded shopping mall and head somewhere warm and sunny, instead of shoveling snow at home? Not just a vacation for you, but as a combined gift for the family too. After all, this is something they will really want!

Swap eggnog by the fire for a beachfront cocktail instead, and try one of these all-inclusive resorts, best for festive holiday fun.

Before you book

Make a wish-list of what you want from your Christmas vacation, and check it twice.

  • A quiet adults-only romantic escape for you and your sweetest?
  • A place where your kids will have a blast all day long and you don’t have to be the one entertaining them?
  • Memorable gourmet meals?
  • A great Spa where you can get pampered?
  • Nearby shopping, museums, art, and a little culture?
  • Pickleball?
  • A quiet lounger in the sun where you can catch up on those books you’ve been wanting to read?

Your list may be a long one, but you still don’t want to blow the yearly vacation budget, so…..head for an all-inclusive resort in Mexico.

If you’re taking the whole family, be sure to check out the kid’s entertainment, whether Santa will be on-site or paying a visit, and ask what holiday-themed activities will be offered. Don’t forget to browse the holiday menus too – availability of a few traditional dishes can make or break the festive fun.

Coupling up for Christmas? Then make sure it’s an adults-only romantic hotspot – and not teeming with three-year-old elves and helpers. Christmas themed cocktails should be more your concern!

For the kid-less, the best adults-only all inclusive resorts

Looking for somewhere festive but without the squeals of noisy children? These romantic adults-only all inclusive resorts will have you humming merry tunes while you relax, rejuvenate, and get recharged and ready for the coming year.

Couples Resorts, Jamaica

Couples Tower Isle
Couples Tower Isle
All of the Check PricesCouples Resorts are known for festive and romantic adults-only getaways, but several also have separate areas for topless and/or clothing-optional sunbathing, so you’ll go home with a lovely all-over mid-winter tan! We highly recommend Check PricesCouples Negril, Check PricesCouples Sans Souci, Check PricesCouples Swept Away or Check PricesCouples Tower Isle

Secrets Aura Cozumel

Secrets Aura Cozumel - A Best All Inclusive for Adults
Secrets Resorts
Check PricesSecrets Aura Cozumel is also on our Top 10 list of best all-inclusive resorts in Cozumel. Secluded, intimate, and offering a quiet undisturbed luxury, this resort is definitely romantic and perfect for couples who really want to get away from the larger, noisier resorts and avoid the kiddos.  

Need more suggestions?

The best all inclusive family resorts:

Finest Playa Mujeres

best all inclusive for christmas
Check PricesThe Finest Playa Mujeres resort has long been recognised and recommended as a leader in family all-inclusive resorts, it’s a Best All Inclusive Top “Editor’s Choice” winner and a firm favorite with travelers.

Here family members can design–and savor–their own experiences. Grown-ups can relax, recharge and indulge in the finer pleasures while the kids can play, learn and, most of all, laugh.

At Christmas time, there’s an extra-special reason to bring along another gift. Their “Christmas Share Party” means that you can join in at any time of the year. Bring a suitable toy, such as a soccer ball, doll, stuffed animals, games & puzzles, even clothes & shoes, school supplies are welcome. Then at Christmas, these gifts are given to less privileged local children between the ages of 3 and 17 years old. It’s a lovely way to give a little back. Besides giving, the resort offers a whole host of seasonal fun, and the kid’s activities are sure to keep your little ones busy, while you enjoy a relaxing time, working on your tan knowing they are safely amused.

Dreams Playa Mujeres

best all inclusive for christmas
Dreams resorts
Ten miles north of downtown Cancun sits the resort of Check PricesDreams Playa Mujeres where the entertainment is top notch all year round, and where you’re promised a Christmas and New Year to remember in a top rated resort that opened in 2016. A fraught Christmas will seem world’s away as you relax in their amazing spa facilities where you can be pampered, steamed and massaged away before hitting the gourmet dining experiences including seven à la carte restaurants, one buffet, a grill and a café with an ice cream parlor. Now, would you rather choose from that or run up a sweat in your own kitchen rustling up turkey and trimmings for your extended family? We thought so.

Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta

best all inclusive for christmas
Perhaps you’re looking for somewhere lively and boisterous, a really festive party spot? Then Choose a Christmas stay at Check PricesHard Rock Hotel Vallarta in Puerto Vallarta, where the kids and teens will be so busy having fun you might forget you have anyone with you but your spouse. Together you can rock hard to live entertainment, relax in the Spa or hit the shopping district. In fact, we like the Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta so much it made our list of Best All Inclusives in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Forget re-runs on TV and instead imagine the whole family rocking by the pool area after a long Christmas lunch – Mexican style.

Need both? Try a Family Resort with an Adults-Only Section…

Hard Rock Riviera Maya

Hard Rock Riviera Maya
Hard Rock Riviera Maya
One of our favorites in this category is the Hard Rock Riviera Maya, a sprawling resort with numerous options for activities and dining that can suit both families and adults. Featuring an Adults-Only side (called “Heaven”) that also makes our list of best all inclusive resorts for topless sunbathing, and a family-friendly side (called “Hacienda”), you can find opportunities for quiet romance and zen relaxation, or wild foam-parties and rock concerts.

…OR an Adults-Only Resort next door to a Family Resort

Generations Riviera Maya

Generations Riviera Maya - one of our best all inclusives in Riviera Maya
Generations Resorts Hotels
Check PricesGenerations Riviera Maya is a luxury all-suite beachfront resort, unlike anything else, for the entire family, our favorite feature is the villa-like family accommodations for larger families. While Generations does not have any adult-only rooms or amenities, adult guests (18+) can enjoy the facilities, restaurants, and amenities at Check PricesEl Dorado Casitas Royale and Check PricesEl Dorado Royale, both located right next door.

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Originally from Dublin, Carol has also lived in London and Wales before settling in Spain with her husband and family in 2006, and is published regularly on travel and more from her mountain-top home in the picturesque foothills of the Sierra Nevada. Driven by a passion for travel, history, other cultures, and sustainable living, she enjoys life with her family in a traditional and tiny village. She also blogs about her traditional village life, sparked by a passion for the diverse culture and history of Spain.

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