Tips for Enjoying All-Inclusive Resorts with a Baby or Toddler
Maybe staying at All-Inclusive resort is the only way you travel. Maybe staying at an All-Inclusive resort is your idea of Hell. And, let’s face it, all All-Inclusive resorts are not Club Med or Beaches Turks and Caicos.
However, if you’ve got young kids, vacations at All-Inclusive resorts with babies and toddlers are some of the easiest ways to get away. Some All-Inclusives are especially family-friendly. Some so much so they are resorts with baby clubs.
So maybe it’s the only way you roll. Or maybe you snagged an amazing deal you just couldn’t pass up…
Tips for Enjoying All-Inclusive Resorts with Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers:
Eat, and Be Merry…
Once you’ve checked in and found your bearings, make note of all the restaurants and snack bars and their hours. Hungry kids aren’t happy kids, so as long as you always know a way to get them fed you’ve got that battle won. Pack a few plastic zippered bags or containers to keep snacks handy as well.
Fruit from the breakfast buffet is a great mid-morning snack and an extra roll snagged from lunch can keep the wolves at bay if dinner’s going to be a little late. Pack food and snacks from home if baby is new to solids or somewhat picky.
Although most resorts claim that tipping is included, a few extra dollars can make a big difference to the people working there. We always budget an extra $100.00 or to give away as tips.
There’s no need to be overt about it, but a buck or two at meals, at the bar, and for housekeeping, will keep you in good karma and good service.
We’ve never felt as though tipping was expected. However, we tip at home. Why not tip on vacation?
Be Creatures of Habit
Traveling with babies, toddlers, and small children often means that spontaneity is out the window. Those late, lingering dinners are history for now. But staying at All-Inclusive resorts with babies or toddlers means you’re free from the stress of finding a baby-friendly restaurant.
Chances are you’ll turn up at the dining room for supper at the same time every night, so try to find “your table“ for the week and stick to it. More than likely, you’ll have the same server every night (resort staff usually work six days a week) who’ll be very happy to see you again if you followed the previous advice about tipping.
It was nice to enter the restaurant every morning for breakfast and then again in the evening to find “our table” with drinks and highchair at the ready. With larger resorts that offer many options for dining this may not work. But, if your kids are picky and you find a place that suits, I’m willing to bet that’s where you’ll be eating for the week!
“Your Spot” at the Beach & Pool too…
Unless you’ll be out exploring every day (again, unlikely if you’re with little ones), you’ll also find “your spot” at the beach and at the pool. And you’ll probably find staff working in those areas look out for you too. Hit the beach early and you’ll probably avoid the dreaded towel game – loungers or palapas “reserved” by towels by guests who never materialize. If you’re by the pool, you’ll probably be wanting the unpopular shaded areas, so your chances of getting a lounger are better.
All-Inclusive resort vacations in a nutshell…
As with any kind of vacation, vacationing at All-Inclusive resorts with babies has its pros and cons. If you’re traveling with babies or toddlers, there are definitely more pros than cons.
Staying at All-Inclusive resorts with babies and toddlers means easy access to food and activities. Sometimes there’s even babysitting so the grown-ups can have their special time, too.
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