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While Club Med Sandpiper Bay is the only true all inclusive resort in Florida for families (there’s also an all inclusive Florida resort in the Keys for adults only), you’ll find several luxury resorts that offer vacation packages with added benefits or discounts. At these Florida resorts, inclusive may mean meal plans or amenities that can be purchased as add-on options to hotel costs. And this list of Florida all inclusives includes several that offer “Good Neighbor” deals to residents of Florida and Georgia.
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All-inclusive resorts are among my family’s favorite kind of vacation. We love that accommodations, meals, most activities and entertainment are all included in one flat rate. The kids love that there are so many things to do. Now that my kids are older, we all love that we can do things together or separately, and then catch up at meal times.
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All-inclusive resorts in Florida include my family’s favorite: Club Med Sandpiper Bay. But there are a number of Florida resorts that offer add-on options.
This roundup of all-inclusive resorts in Florida includes nine that cater to families and one aimed at grown-ups only. They’re all within a day’s drive of Disney World.
1. Club Med Sandpiper Bay, St. Lucie River
The first time we stayed at Club Med Sandpiper Bay was for my son’s ninth birthday. Having previously stayed at several other Club Med villages, we were excited to experience this all inclusive resort on the banks of the St. Lucie River in Florida. It’s where we learned to water ski and swing on a trapeze. We had so much fun that we returned a few years later.
Nestled between Orlando and Miami, Club Med Sandpiper Bay is a true all inclusive resort. It offers accommodations, family-friendly, activities, entertainment, dining and a top-notch children’s program – all included in one flat rate. Excursions and spa treatments are available for an extra fee.
Like in other Club Med Villages, it’s easy to make friends with the G.O.s (guest organizers) and G.M.s (guest members). It doesn’t take long to feel like you’re part of a fun club.
Activities Included at Club Med Sandpiper Bay
Not only did I feel comfortable leaving my kids in the care of G.O.s, my kids wanted to spend their days in their clubs. They spent hours sailing, water skiing, paddle boarding, playing tennis, and more.
But it’s Club Med’s signature flying trapeze that steals the show. Everyone is encouraged to give it a go. While climbing the ladder feels scary at first, it’s exhilarating to swing from the trapeze. You or your child (like my daughter) might even be a featured star in an evening show.
More family activities include arts and crafts. We still have our tie-dyed T-shirts that we made by the St. Lucie River.
The village also has three swimming pools – one family pool, a training pool, and an adults-only pool with a hot tub.
New at Club Med: a renovated championship golf course reopening this summer, and a 6,000-sq-ft Club Med wellness Spa by Sothys (the only one in the U.S.)
Dining at Club Med
Dining is a highlight at Club Med. Before Covid, Club Med had extensive international buffets. Now, modified buffet stations are available, as are single-plated dishes, and cooking demonstrations. Same great food, new presentation.
New for June 2021: an open-air terrace with river views at Riverside Steakhouse. The restaurant features diverse cuts of meat, vegan culinary options, and a selection of international wine and spirits.
Flexible Booking Policies
- Free Cancellation Policy. For new bookings, you can receive a full refund should you need to cancel your stay (up to 15 days prior to the anticipated travel date). Valid for for stays on or prior to Dec. 16, 2021.
- Emergency Assistance Program. All guests traveling before Dec. 31, 2022 will receive coverage for emergency medical expenses during their stay, including those related to COVID-19.
- Safe Together protocols. Implemented in all of the brand’s resorts as they reopen, including those in Florida, Mexico, and the Caribbean.
- PCR + Rapid Antigen Covid Testing. As required for re-entry into the United States from international destinations, Club Med offers complimentary Rapid Antigen COVID-19 tests on-site. PCR testing is also available at an additional cost.
2. The Four Seasons Resort Orlando
While not a fully all inclusive resort in Florida, the Four Seasons Resort Orlando offers an inclusive package, luxury digs and close proximity to Disney World. The resort offers the best of both worlds — a quiet residential location and easy access to Disney World.
Amenities include Explorer Island, a playground with a family pool and a lazy river, water slides, and more. The pools at the Four Seasons Orlando are legendary and paradise for parents and kids alike.
It’s easy to forget Disney World is minutes away once you’ve checked into the resort — until you hop onboard one of the resort’s plush motor coaches for complimentary transport to the four main Disney parks or have breakfast with a Disney character at “The Good Morning Breakfast with Goofy and Pals.”
Comps for kids: Kids for All Seasons camp for ages 4 to 12, and free dining for ages 5 and younger with a paying adult in resort restaurants.
Vacation packages include the Stay Longer – Fourth Night Free offer. The deal is valid through Sept. 30, 2021.
3. Key Lime Sailing Club & Cottages, Key Largo
This a good choice for big families looking to reconnect after more than a year apart. The resort promises an Old Florida Keys experience in a small, secluded resort featuring unique cottages. Large families can connect 3 cottages together to sleep about 15 people.
Included in the room price are unlimited use of a private sailboat, snorkeling gear, bicycles, kayaks, canoes, paddleboards, and fishing gear. In addition, there’s complimentary WiFi, and BBQ grills.
Deal ends Dec. 15, 2023.
TravelingMom Tip: Key Largo is a great stop on a Miami-Key West Florida road trip. Bring your snorkel gear to explore America’s first undersea park—John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in Key Largo. If you’d rather stay dry, take a glass-bottom boat tour to get a peek beneath the surface.
4. Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa
Situated on a private beach, the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa promises a relaxing getaway. The luxury resort has a calm beach, large heated pools, a spa, fitness center, year-round children’s program, and three restaurants.
But it’s the beach and array of water sports that completes a family vacation. For a reasonable fee, you can rent wave runners, kayaks, paddleboards, and Hobie cat sailboats. Also, sign up for para-sailing, snorkeling trips and banana boats.
The ocean is as flat as a lake in the mornings, so that’s when I felt most comfortable paddling a kayak through water so clear I could see reefs just beneath the surface.
Lounge chairs and umbrellas are included in the resort fee. Beverage service is available (but not included) on the beach from the comfort of your chair.
Book the Stay for Breakfast vacation package for an inclusive-style family getaway. The deal includes a breakfast buffet for two adults and children ages 12 and younger at the family-friendly Riva restaurant and a room with ocean views.
5. South Seas Island Resort: Captiva Island
The South Seas island Resort, about 30 miles southwest of Fort Myers on Florida’s Gulf Coast, promises a casual Florida beach vacation. Its location within a 330-acre protected wildlife sanctuary offers ample opportunities for exploring, kayaking, fishing and shelling.
The “Seas the Summer” getaway offers a free fourth night when you stay in one of the recently renovated one-bedroom guestrooms. You’ll also receive 15 percent off food and beverages at resort outlets, plus a coupon book that’s worth $250 in savings.
The package is valid through the end of September, 2021.
6. The Don CeSar, St. Pete’s Beach
Dubbed the Pink Palace of St. Pete Beach, the beachfront Don CeSar is situated on Florida’s Gulf Coast.
Before you go, watch the new original series on Amazon Prime called “Life’s Rewards.” It features a down-on-his-luck main character, Dan, who lives off a massive cache of hotel points while stranded at The Don CeSar.
Based on the show, the resort is offering a “Life’s Rewards” vacation package. Clever, right? The package includes two-night (minimum) luxury accommodations, and a $250 recreation credit for ocean adventures (think jet skiing) or relaxing treatments at Spa Oceana.
Plus, you’ll get a daily $150 food & beverage credit to eat and drink at the resort’s six restaurants and lounges, complimentary daily resort fee, and daily valet parking. Need more elbow room? The Beach House Suites by The Don CeSar offer a pool, private beach, and use of all resort amenities.
What Does the Resort Fee Cover at Don CeSar?
Resort fees cover bicycle rentals, premium WiFi, daily rental of up to three beach lounge chairs and an umbrella, daily yoga and aerobic classes, non-motorized water sports equipment (between 9 a.m. and noon), half-day access to Camp CeSar and more.
To book this deal, call the resort directly at 844-338-1501.
7. Sandpearl Resort, Clearwater Beach
Kick back at the resort’s private beach and lagoon-style pool, then gather around the beachfront fire pit after dinner. Customize your family vacation package with the resort’s “Build Your Own Vacation,” a flexible package with add-ons based on your interests. Shop for add-ons after you choose your room.
The resort becomes inclusive through a plan that allows guests to buy dining and spa credits in increments of $100. In addition, children ages 5 to 10 can learn about Florida’s wildlife in Camp Ridley.
For locals, the Good Neighbor Discount offers Florida and Georgia residents up to 30 percent off stays.
8. The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island
Situated on one of northeast Florida’s barrier islands, the beachfront Ritz-Carlton offers several packages for families. For example, the “Beach Road Trip” saves you up to 20% on deluxe beach accommodations, and includes complimentary valet parking, and a daily $100 resort credit. Valid through Dec. 31, 2021.
The key to making this a more inclusive vacation is to stay on the Club Level. Perks there include complimentary snacks and beverages (always important if you’re traveling with ravenous teens!), overnight valet parking, and personalized concierge service. And there’s a “stay four nights and only pay for three” deal.
More Club Level amenities: Children ages 5 to 12 can attend Ritz Kids’ Night Out every Friday and Saturday evening, which includes supervised activities and dinner.
9. Treasure Island Beach Resort, Gulf Coast
Enjoy three miles of a white sand beach at Treasure Island Beach Resort on Florida’s West Coast. This casual luxury property has 77 rooms and suites, some with ocean views and private balconies. Treasure Island is the place to enjoy the same soft sand and turquoise waters of Clearwater but with a quieter experience.
Located adjacent to St. Petersburg, the resort is great for families planning to visit the Clearwater Marine Aquarium and Central Florida’s theme parks.
The resort’s Opal Collection Family Package is its inclusive package. That deal includes discounted luxury accommodations, free breakfast for children under age 12 per paying adult, and a daily $50 resort credit.
The Good Neighbor Discount offers Florida and Georgia residents up to 20 percent off regular room rates.
Adults-Only All-Inclusive Resort
10. Bungalows Key Largo, Florida Keys
When you’re ready to travel without the kids (or if your kids are adults now), head to this all inclusive resort in Florida for adults only (21-plus). Fun fact: When we asked our readers who they most wanted to travel with when the pandemic ends, a surprising one-quarter of respondents said they wanted to travel without the kids after all those months of constant togetherness!
This oasis in the Florida Keys is home to 135 private waterfront or garden bungalows with private verandas outfitted with outdoor rain showers and soaking tubs. Plus, each bungalow comes with two cruiser bikes to explore the beautiful property.
All-inclusive pricing covers accommodations, all meals and premium drinks at three restaurants and a poolside bar. The rate also includes yoga classes, paddleboards, kayaks and other non-motorized water sports.
Not included are spa treatments, boat excursions and the onsite fine-dining restaurant. Bungalows Key Largo is accessible via car and seaplane.