10 Best Resorts for Toddlers (With Childcare)

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My husband and I LOVE traveling. However, when we had our son, we assumed it would be many years before we would be able to enjoy a relaxing vacation (with him) again. That is until I discovered a whole new world of the best resorts for toddlers that offer childcare, many of which are FREE.

What’s nice about these resorts, is you really can have the best of both worlds. You don’t have the separation anxiety and guilt of leaving your toddler behind at home with grandma. But you’re also given the freedom to enjoy a massage or a cocktail (or two) by the pool. All while knowing your toddler is in good hands and also having fun.

I’ve come up with a list of the 10 best resorts for toddlers so you can once again enjoy vacations with the balance of quality family time you want combined with the rest and relaxation you deserve.

1. Franklyn D. Resort Hotel and Spa: Jamaica

Franklyn D. Resort personal nanny

This resort is considered the best all-inclusive for kids in the Caribbean. They offer one, two, and three-bedroom suites to give your family the space you need. Your family will have a personal nanny to pamper your kids throughout your entire trip.

All of the nannies are qualified members of staff, specially trained and assigned to only your family. She is your family’s vacation assistant who is happy to take care of your family’s every need.

She will be with you from check-in to check-out. From participating in activities with the family, to keeping your kids entertained while you take advantage of adult activities like kayaking, scuba diving or a game of golf nearby, she removes the hassles from your vacation. When you want to spend time as a family, she will keep your suite clean and tidy, and stock your refrigerator. Unlike other resorts, your nanny is exclusively yours as part of your all-inclusive package.

Your nanny is is warm, attentive and friendly, will laugh and play with your kids as she takes them to their daily activities, for a swim by the beach or pool, accompany them on the playground or to one of the many activities planned daily for kids of all ages.

Nightly Rates (all-inclusive):
One Bedroom Suites: from $325 per night/per family
Two Bedroom Suites: from $710 per night/per family

2. Beaches Resorts: The Caribbean

beaches turks and caicos kids club

Beaches Resorts are a trio of all-inclusive Caribbean resorts for families—two in Jamaica (Ocho Rios and Negril) and one in Turks and Caicos. For families with babies and toddlers, the chain gives you Certified Nannies on the job every day from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (and an infant to staff ratio of 3:1).

Beaches Infant Program caters to babies from newborn to 24 months.Your baby will be in good hands in luxurious, climate-controlled nurseries – filled with cribs, strollers, high chairs, rocking chairs and everything your little one could ever need in the loving care of Certified Nannies.

Beaches Toddler Program caters to kids from three to five year-olds. They will have a blast with their very own set of activities, supervised by Certified Nannies. Your tyke will have plenty of opportunities to have fun doing activities such as toddler pools, shell collecting, face painting, treasure hunts, puppets, costume time, magic shows, and sand castle building. Children must be potty-trained to participate in this age group.

Nannies are also available for babysitting in the evenings for an additional fee.

Nightly Rates (all-inclusive):
• Ocho Rios: from $216 per night/per adult and $38 per night/per child
• Negril: from $289 per night/per adult and $45 per night/per child
• Turks and Caicos: from $366 per night/per adult and $28 per night/per child

3. Club Med: Florida, Mexico, Dominican Republic

Club Med Kids Club

Baby Club Med is for children ages 4 to 23 months. Your little one will enjoy outdoor walks, nursery rhymes, motor skill techniques, music appreciation and more. The activities are geared toward the age of your child. Baby Club Med is available at an extra charge to your all-inclusive package: $82 for full day or $41 for half day.

Baby Club Med also offers babysitting services between 7 and 11 p.m. Your little one will enjoy nursery rhymes, stories, and games for falling asleep. The littlest ones are lullabied to sleep while you enjoy your evening without having to worry. You can also reserve a personalized babysitting service.

Baby Welcome is a service that provides baby beds, a bathtub, bottle warmers, trolleys, all the childcare equipment you need right in your room. Changing rooms are also available 24/7 in the resort communal spaces. Baby Welcome is included in your all-inclusive package.

Petit Club Med offers indoor and outdoor play. Mural painting, fun on the play equipment, treasure hunts, early learning, social skills and new discoveries are part of each and every day. There is also plenty of quiet time for your children to recharge with naps, story time and nursery rhymes.

Mini Club Med is for children ages 4 and up. children can try a range of land sports. They’ll hone their artistic talents in creative workshops.

Nightly Rates (all-inclusive):
• Sandpiper Bay, Florida: from $115 per night/per adult
• Mexico: from $135 per night/per adult
• Dominican Republic: from $116 per night/per adult

4. Omni La Costa Resort: Carlsbad, CA

Omni La Costa Kidtopia

This resort has an excellent supervised children’s program (for kids 6 months and up) in a 4,000-square-foot activity center called Kidtopia. For kids between the ages of 3 and 12 years old:

Monday – Friday:
Full Day: 8:00 to 1:00: $55 total or $17/hour

Saturday and Sunday:
Half Day: 8:00 to 12:00: $50 total (includes lunch) or $17/hour
Full Day: 8:00 to 3:00: $80 total (includes lunch) or $17/hour

Night Camp (7 Days/Week):
5:00 to 9:00: $60 for first child and $40 for second or $17/hour

Kids under 3 are limited to a maximum of two hours a day between the hours of 8:00 and 1:00 and costs $17/hour. It’s important to note that the parents have to stay on the resort property while your kids are in the kids club.

There are three pools, including the Sandy Beach Family Pool, whose zero-depth entry makes it ideal for those with small children who can build a sandcastle and safely dip their toes in inches of water, as well as a family-friendly playground called Splash Landing. There’s also an interactive water play zone that’s fantastic for the toddlers.

Nightly Rates (not all-inclusive):
• Standard Guest Rooms: from $300/per night
• 1 Bedroom Suites: from $516/per night
• 1 Bedroom Villas: from $637/per night

5. aulani disney resort and spa: O’ahu, Hawai’i

Aulani Aunty's Beach House

The Aulani Resort and Spa by Disney has a 5,200-square-foot, state-of-the-art supervised kids club for children ages 3 to 12. Your littles ones will explore Hawaiian culture, art and music, all with a touch of Disney magic. The kids club along with most activities are complimentary but select activities have a fee.

Each day Aunty’s Beach House has themed activities, which give your kids the opportunity to channel their inner superhero, explore the galaxy, celebrate the islands of Hawai’i and much more with games, activities and arts and crafts that change with each day’s theme.

The Aulani offers standard guest rooms as well as 1, 2, and 3 bedroom suites and villas for your family to spread out.

Nightly Rates (not all-inclusive):
• Standard Guest Rooms: from $494/per night
• 1 Bedroom Suites and Villas: from $796/per night
• 2 Bedroom Suites and Villas: from $1,164/per night
• 3 Bedroom Suites and Villas: from $2,284/per night

6. Grand Fiesta Americana coral Beach resort: Cancun

Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Resort Cancun Kids Club

The Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Resort is one of the best resorts for toddlers with its 40,000 square foot kids club called Coral KidZ Club. Children ages 3-5 years may enjoy daily supervised entertainment from 10:00 am to 06:00 pm. Activities include beachfront sand castle building, sea shell hunting, crafts and other interactive games. This kids club offers 40 activities that stimulate imagination and learning inside and outside the club. Children can choose their own environment: city, park or forest.

For outdoor activities, there’s basketball, a remote control track, Mexican traditional floor games and the innovative NEOS, the first electronic system in the world that combines speed and the fun of video games with the animated movement of aerobic exercise.

Families are given four complimentary passes to Coral Kidz Club (one morning, one afternoon, one all-day, and one night session); a fee applies for any visits after that.

Plus, guests can take advantage of 4 complimentary hours of babysitting during their stay.

One downfall to this resort is that they only have standard size junior suites that don’t have multiple bedrooms which could make it difficult if your little ones need a separate bedroom to sleep.

Nightly Rates (not all-inclusive):
• Standard One Room Suites: from $236/per night

7. azul beach hotel: Riviera maya

Azul Beach Resort Riviera Maya Kids Club

The Azul Beach hotel in Rivera Maya has a complimentary kids club, Azulitos Playhouse by Nickelodeon. Parents can join in or drop them off for hours of games, arts and crafts, and themed activities featuring Nickelodeon characters.

Your kids are greeted with a green slime smoothie. They also have character meet and greets, character dining, poolside slimings, and more.

In addition, they have a program called Toddler Inclusive, that provides toddler essentials during your stay. Strollers, cribs, pack ‘n plays, bottle sterilizers, and more are available at no extra charge so you can travel lighter.

Like the Toddler Inclusive program, the Toy Lending Library makes it easy to travel light and still have everything you need to keep the kids comfortable and entertained. Board games and toys are available at the Toy Lending Library or from the Nick Concierge.

One downfall to this resort is that they only one room and one bedroom suites that don’t have multiple bedrooms which could make it difficult if your little ones need a separate bedroom to sleep.

Nightly Rates (all-inclusive):
• One Room Suites: from $559/per night
• One Bedroom Suites: from $613/per night

8. Six Senses: Fiji

Six Senses Fiji

If you really want to splurge and have it all, the Six Senses in Fiji  is one of the best luxury family resorts!

The Six Senses kids club is complimentary for all children between the ages of 4 and 12 years old. Children under 4 years should be accompanied by an adult or nanny. Grow With Six Senses is open daily from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm daily. A weekly activity schedule outlines the activities for each day.

Nanny services are included with Residence guests for eight hours each day between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:00pm. Additional hours, or for hours outside of the complimentary times, are chargeable at FJD 15 per hour for the first hour and FJD 10 for every hour after that, per day. Residences are allocated one nanny with additional nannies chargeable at the previously same rate.

Nanny services are also available for Villa guests at FJD 15 per hour for the first hour and FJD 10 for every hour after that, per day.

Children aged five years and below stay and eat for free from the children’s menu.

Nightly Rates (not all-inclusive):
• 1 Room Villas: from $1,190/per night
• 2 Bedroom Residences: from $2,809/per night
• 4 Bedroom Residences: from $3,185/per night

9. soneva kiri: Thailand

Soneva Kiri Thailand

For the creme de la creme of resort kids clubs, look no further than Soneva Kiri in Thailand. The Soneva Kiri is one of the best kid friendly luxury resorts out there. They have something incredibly special for kids, called the Den and the Eco Den (both complimentary with your stay). This place is truly a toddlers vacation dream come true.

The Den caters to children 5 and up. It has a giant moulded bamboo playground shaped like a manta ray, it is dedicated to learning, excitement, and meaningful experiences. The professional staff will teach your children to play Thai instruments, unleash their creative talents with painting and the visual arts.

Private tutoring for primary and secondary school level exams can be arranged at our resorts upon prior request.

They also offer a special program aimed specifically at one to five year-olds in theEco Den, making Soneva Kiri the only resort that offers such comprehensive, age-specific facilities. The children get to play with toys and take part in activities, that meet Soneva’s stringent standards of social and environmental responsibility. All children are looked after by qualified childcare experts.

In addition to the Den and the Eco Den, they also offer child-friendly excursions and cultural exchanges to immerse your little ones in the destination. Rainforest walks and local school visits leave lasting impressions.

The Den and Eco Den are open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Soneva also offers a complimentary ice cream parlour open from morning to night, with up to 65 flavours to choose from as well as a Willy Wonka-style fantasy: never-ending chocolates, more flavours than you can ever try.

Nightly Rates (not all-inclusive but there are all-inclusive options available):
• 1 Bedroom Villas: from $629/per night
• 2 Bedroom Suites: from $1,900/per night
• 3 Bedroom Suites: from $4,776/per night

10. Atlantis: Paradise Island, Bahamas

atlantis kids adventure

The Atlantis might just be the best kid friendly resort. However, the programs aren’t included with your stay. The Atlantis Kids Adventures (AKA) is a supervised children’s program for ages 3 to 12. Kids are invited to choose their own adventure within themed spaces designed specifically for children’s imagination and enjoyment. Hosted by a staff of Adventure Guides ready to help with culinary lessons, interactive electronic art, theater, outdoor play – and more.

Pricing
Morning Adventure  – $48.38
10:30am – 1:00pm (inc. lunch)

Afternoon Adventure  – $48.38
2:30pm – 5:30pm

Evening Adventure  – $64.50
6:30pm – 10:30pm

Dinner  – $16.13
6:00pm – 6:30pm

Culinary Adventure  – $48.38
Hourly Rate  – $26.88

Nightly Rates (not all-inclusive):
• The Beach Atlantis: from $150/per night
• The Coral at Atlantis: from $230/per night
• The Royal at Atlantis: from $240/per night
• Harborside Resort: from $265/per night
• The Cove at Atlantis: from $470/per night
• The Reef at Atlantis: from $500/per night

 

I hope you found this article helpful for deciding which vacation destination best suits your families needs. If you enjoyed this article, you might also be interested in some tips for traveling with toddlers…

 

 

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