While the Caribbean islands and Mexico are famous for their many all-inclusive resorts, there are lots of great options right in the United States. And, you won’t have to worry about the hassle and expense of passports either. From tropical resorts that offer lots of fun in the sun to guest ranches and mountain lodges, we’ve got you covered.t
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An all-inclusive Western dude ranch, Tanque Verde Ranch is surrounded by soaring mountains and cactus-filled desert bordering Saguaro National Park East. It offers the opportunity to enjoy lots of active pursuits, including hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking, and then come back and relax at the spa. Look forward to a pampering massage or fabulous skin renewal treatment utilizing all organic ingredients including fresh fruits, vegetables, spices and herbs. Accommodation is in luxurious traditional adobe structures that all offer gorgeous views of the desert and mountain scenery.
The Grand Hotel is the most famous hotel on Mackinac Island, a beautiful tranquil place where cars are banned and the main form of transportation is a horse-drawn carriage. It opened its doors back in 1887 and not only boasts one of the world’s longest porches but its also been spotlighted in movies like the romantic 1980 film “Somewhere in Time.” Guests can enjoy the 220-foot-long swimming pool, two nine-hole golf courses, and a full schedule of children’s activities in the summer. The five-course dinner hosted in the Main Dining Room is a definite highlight and included in the all-inclusive rates, along with a breakfast and lunch buffet.
Travaasa Hana, formerly Hotel Hana Maui, is the first resort on Maui to greet the rising sun, overlooking beautiful Hana Bay. It was voted the No. 1 resort in all of Hawaii by Conde Nast Traveler’s Reader Choice Awards and is one of the few that offers an all-inclusive package in the islands. Rates include three meals daily, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages as well as a $175 resort credit per person per day that can be used toward spa treatments and private classes. Guests also enjoy unlimited access to a variety of programs and activities, and there are plenty of accommodation options to suite families, from family suites to cottages.
One of the few Florida all-inclusive resorts and arguably the top option in the U.S. for active families, Club Med Sandpiper Bay offers a bit of everything similar to properties in the Caribbean. It sits on an unspoiled stretch of beach between Miami and Orlando overlooking the St. Lucie River and features beautiful swimming pools and a variety of restaurants and bars for enjoying unlimited meals and drinks. Guests can also enjoy paddle boarding, sailing, tennis, golf and basketball as well as special programs for kids and teens.
Orlando is one of the most popular destinations for vacationing families and the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress offers convenient access to popular theme parks, while also having a luxurious getaway with plenty to do onsite. It hosts 45 holes of golf, a lagoon-shaped swimming pool with water slides, Camp Hyatt for the kids and five restaurants. The sprawling grounds include a private lake with a white sandy beach that offers water sports, while rooms feature private balconies that overlook Walt Disney World which is right next door. In 2018, Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress completed a $10 million guestroom renovation. The makeover included a new, sophisticated look, high-tech amenities and some additional comforts of home.
Vista Verde Ranch is an all-inclusive dude ranch in the mountains north of Steamboat Springs that offers accommodation in either lodge rooms or private cabins. It includes all meals and beverages as well as activities ranging from river rafting and horseback riding to fly-fishing, climbing and mountain biking. The adults can enjoy adult-only candlelight dinners while your kids get to take part in the fun “Dine and Dash,” a healthy but kid-friendly meal that’s followed by a treasure hunt, game of “Capture the Flag” or a hayride.
Marble Mountain Guest Ranch lies along the banks of the Klamath River between Eureka and Yreka, California, and is surrounded by the Klamath National Forest and Marble Mountain Wilderness. Accommodation options include 10 private cottages and two luxury homes while guests have access to the dining lodge, a swimming pool and game room. All meals and activities like trail riding, fishing and river rafting are included in rates. It’ll be easier for families with little ones to take advantage of them as babysitting services are available too.
Woodloch Pines is a family-focused resort that offers a wide range of activities all year-round, from hiking, sailing, bumper boats and go-karts to sledding, ice-skating and group contests. You’ll have lots of accommodation options to choose from as well, from basic motel-style rooms to private homes on the lake. Meals and most drinks are included in the all-inclusive rates.
Tyler Place Family Resort sits across 165 acres along the shores of Lake Champlain in northwestern Vermont. Its children’s program can’t be beat, offering something for nine age groups from babies to teens. There are lots of adult-only activities and classes too, along with mouthwatering farm-to-table meals. Plus every guest gets a loaner bike with a choice of mountain bikes, tandems, cruisers, choppers, banana seats and bikes for tiny tots with training wheels.
Take the 15-minute ferry ride down the Hampton River to this private barrier island, where you’ll land at the Lodge on Little St. Simons Island. The 10,000 intrusion-free acres of pristine natural beauty including maritime forests and marshlands offer a secluded, worlds away appeal that can only be enjoyed by up to 32 overnight guests at any one time. Without telephones or TVs, you’ll have the chance to reconnect with loved ones. There are seven miles of undisturbed, shell-strewn beaches and fun outdoor activities like fishing from the dock, swimming in the gentle surf or bird watching – complimentary expeditions are offered for the chance to see a bald eagle or one of the other 280 species or so that soar through the skies.