Hotels with on-site babysitting make getting the break you deserve a breeze.
Anyone who travels with small children knows how child-rearing can thwart your plans for relaxation and rest. You may believe the kids will stay busy playing quietly while you read romance novels and sip on mimosas all day, but the reality may be different than you expect—demands on your time, lots of crying, and (at least) 300 daily requests in the form of, “Mom, watch this!”
That’s why hotels with babysitting services are such a dream come true—especially if they include childcare in your room rate. Hotels and resorts with on-site kid’s clubs or babysitters for hire can give you a much-needed break any time, day or night. Hotel brands with babysitters go the extra mile to care for your children and give you, the parent, some downtime.
Beaches Resorts in Turks and Caicos and Jamaica offer kid’s camps that promise parents time off. These supervised daycares plan activities for children of all ages, including treasure hunts, “meet-n-greets” with cartoon characters, and water park fun led by certified nannies who have at least 2,000 hours of childcare experience.
Beaches Turks and Caicos offers insane amenities for kids as well, including a 45,000 square-foot waterpark and a teen club with an Xbox Play Lounge and a disco. Villas with up to four bedrooms are also available, making this resort perfect for families who need their own space.
Palace Resorts in Mexico and Jamaica also aim to keep children entertained. Supervised kid’s clubs at their popular Moon Palace properties in Cancun, Mexico, and Ochos Rios, Jamaica, include amenities like splash pads, arcades, movie theatres, and sports areas. Teens also have their own clubhouses with all-you-can-eat ice cream, free internet access, and video games. Beach Palace in Cancun may be especially perfect for families with kids thanks to their Family Deluxe rooms that consist of two connecting rooms complete with an Xbox 360—with games on request—and a DVD player— with movies on request. A special kid’s menu is also available, as is a fridge stocked with Hershey’s milkshakes and other tot-friendly drinks and snacks.
Four Seasons Resorts
Four Seasons Resorts around the globe offer kid-friendly luxury that includes supervised childcare for free or for a fee. Their Kids for All Seasons program varies in scope and specifics based on where exactly you’re traveling, but one thing is for certain—kids get to have fun and parents get a break. At the Four Seasons Resort Nevis in the Caribbean, kids ages 5 to 13 can discover nesting sea turtles, learn local folk music, play games, and enjoy the Caribbean Sea. At the Four Seasons Resort Maui, the expansive kid’s club helps kids learn to make leis and learn the hula. In Orlando, Florida, the kid’s club at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World is complimentary for children ages 4 to 12 with daily programming from 10 am to 6 pm.
Omni Hotels & Resorts offers an array of perks aimed specifically at families with kids, but it all starts with their Kids Crew program—a hotel freebie that includes complimentary milk and cookies at night and a backpack filled with crayons, activity books, and games to keep kids entertained. Select Omni Hotels in San Diego, Amelia Island, Asheville, Barton Creek, Orlando, Bedford Springs, Hilton Head, Hot Springs, and Mount Washington also offer kid’s clubs that offer supervised daycare for a fee—usually around $12 per hour and dinner is included. San Diego’s Omni La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, for example, has its own Kidtopia for bathroom independent children ages 3 and older with slides, books, puzzles, games, and more for $55 per day (with lunch included).
Ritz Kids is a child-friendly education program created by Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society with an emphasis on water, land, culture, and environmental responsibility. Program content varies based on the property and its location, although each club aims to introduce children to nature and our planet in a thoughtful, hands-on way without forgoing fun. During a stint in the Ritz Kids program at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, for example, kids can enjoy the outdoors, karaoke, arts and crafts, and nature-themed educational content. Hours for Ritz Kids can vary, but they are usually open during the day and around dinnertime.
Riu All-Inclusive Resorts
Riu Hotels and Resorts boasts properties around the world, yet their all-inclusive hotels in Mexico and the Caribbean offer extra amenities and help for parents with kids. RiuLand is available at Riu locations in some of the most popular beach destinations in the world, including Aruba, the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic, and Mexico. Children ages 4 to 12 can enjoy supervised play in these clubs plus organized activities such as treasure hunts, character meet-n-greets, waterpark play, and individual competitions. Some Riu properties also have kid-friendly waterslides and children’s pools available in their clubs, and everything is included in Riu’s nightly rates.
Hyatt has a handful of family-friendly, all-inclusive properties in destinations like Montego Bay, Cancun, Los Cabos, and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. These properties, dubbed Hyatt Ziva, include expansive rooms, gourmet dining, calendars chock full of family-friendly activities, and access to beautiful beaches just outside their doors. Hyatt Ziva’s “Kidz Club” has supervised play with games, arts and crafts, and water activities galore. Kids can take a break from the sun to play video games, play water volleyball, get their faces painted, or participate in a beach party while parents relax by the pool.
Club Med is an all-inclusive hotel brand that positions itself as the premier option for active families. They offer destinations in some of the most beautiful places on Earth, from the Caribbean to Mexico, the Mediterranean, and the French Alps. In addition to offering an array of sports and wellness activities including unlimited sailing, snorkeling, and paddle boarding, various children’s clubs are available for kids ages 4 and older—and for free. Club Med’s Mini Club for children ages 4 to 10, for example, introduces kids to flying trapeze, dance, games, horseback riding, and more as part of your all-inclusive stay. Families with children 3 and under can also sign up for supervised care at an additional cost.
Grand Velas is well-known for offering luxury vacations in destinations all over Mexico, including Los Cabos, Riviera Maya, and Riviera Nayarit. The hotel brand boasts elevated hospitality, gourmet dining, and family-friendly activities everyone in your crew will enjoy. And the rooms are huge. At the Grand Velas Playa del Carmen location, for example, family suites with 2,638 square feet and space for six are available. Children’s clubs at Grand Velas Resorts are typically open from 9 am. to almost 11 pm. for kids ages 4 to 12, making it easy for you to enjoy adult fun while the kids watch movies, play video games, work on craft projects, or play board games with new friends.
Palladium Hotel Group offers an array of hotels and resorts in stunning destinations like Spain, Italy, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, and Mexico. Their all-inclusive offerings in the Caribbean include family-friendly accommodations, access to world-class beaches, and supervised kid’s clubs for children of all ages. The Ranchito Mini Club at the Grand Palladium Colonial Resort & Spa in the Riviera Maya, for example, includes supervised games and activities for children ages 4 to 12 from 9 am to 11 pm. A club for kids, ages 1 to 3 years is even available from 9 am to 8 pm.
Considering a floating hotel for your next family getaway? Make sure to explore options with MSC Cruises—a kid-friendly cruise line that lets kids ages 11 and under cruise free on many itineraries. While MSC Cruises is the largest cruise line in Europe, they’ve also expanded into the Americas to offer Caribbean cruises out of Miami, Florida. Fortunately, MSC Cruises offers kid’s clubs for children of any age on their ships. This includes their Mini and Junior Clubs for kids and teens ages 3 to 11 years-old. Many MSC ships, like the newer Seaside, Meraviglia, and Bellissima, also have kid-friendly pools and giant water parks with towering slides.
Carnival Cruise Line
Carnival Cruise Line is another family-friendly option known for affordable fares on their Caribbean itineraries. Some Carnival ships offer roomy family cabins, and they all boast around-the-clock entertainment and dining options for the whole family. Carnival’s Camp Ocean offers supervised fun for kids ages 2 to 11, with different groups for kids ages 2 -5, 6-8, and 9-11. Drop off the kids so they can participate in arts and crafts, songs, games, and playtime while you catch a break or retreat to your cabin for some quiet time.