8 Family-Friendly All-Inclusive Resorts You Can Book With Points

When it comes to family vacations, I look for a beach resort
where the property offers an experience in itself, rich with
amenities. This is, by far, my favorite way to use points with a
family. Yes, staying at a nice high-end hotel in a city is great,
but typically it is just a place to rest my head. The majority of
my time is spent exploring the city — away from the hotel so I
don’t get as much value from that type of hotel redemption. With
two young kids, a relaxing beach vacation with a pool, kids
activity center and food easily at our disposal is just about
perfect.

The main problem with many Caribbean and Mexican resort
properties is that the cost of food can really add up. It makes me
cringe when I see my bill at the end of the trip, knowing that the
kids probably didn’t eat half of what we purchased. Feeding a
family of four for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks (and, of
course, drinks for the adults) is no joking matter! My “free”
vacation using points and miles does not end up anywhere close to
free.

This is when using your points at an all-inclusive property
comes in handy. There are many properties where all-inclusive is
the only option and is actually included when redeeming your
points. While some properties charge more after the first two
adults, the cost is minimal when you take into consideration that
you could potentially have a $0 bill at the end of your
vacation.


Cancun sunset

Top All-Inclusive Points Hotels in the Caribbean and Mexico

Here are eight properties in the sunny Caribbean and Mexico
where your family can use your hotel points at an all-inclusive
resort.

Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall

Montego Bay, Jamaica

The Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall is located just 15 minutes from the

Montego Bay airport
and that gives you a quick jump-start to
your vacation. The resort includes two separate pool areas — one
for relaxation and one with many pool activities, including a
swim-up bar. You can participate in anything from dance lessons on
the pool deck to water Ping-Pong. There are many beach activities
as well, all included, such as kayaking, Boogie boarding and
snorkeling. There is also a sister resort nearby, the
Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall
, which is
Hyatt’s adults-only resort.

Hyatt
Ziva Rose Hall pool. Photo courtesy of Hyatt Hotels.


There are eight choices for dining
, including a buffet, Italian
restaurant, Asian restaurant, steakhouse, a beach shack and beach
grill, a pub, deli and beachfront grill. That is on top of four
different bars for a variety of drinks and beach cocktails.

Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall beachfront dining. Photo courtesy of Hyatt Hotels.Hyatt
Ziva Rose Hall beachfront dining. Photo courtesy of Hyatt Hotels.

The kids club is definitely a highlight, where there is a game
room, playground and many other activities throughout the day. You
can drop off your kids, ages 4 to 12, throughout the day for as
long as you want. During this time, parents can visit the spa,
fitness center or just relax on the beach.

This property costs just 25,000 Hilton Honors points per night
for double occupancy. Any extra adult or child will cost 12,500
points per night, although kids 2 and under stay for free. During
peak dates, this hotel can easily cost well over $500 a night (for
two adults), so this redemption can get you more than 2 cents per
point. You can earn World of Hyatt points with the
World of Hyatt Credit Card
or
transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards
to your Hyatt account at a 1:1
ratio from cards such as the Chase Sapphire Reserve
or Chase Sapphire Preferred
Card
.

Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa

Montego Bay, Jamaica

The Hilton
Rose Hall Resort & Spa
, also in Montego Bay, offers not
only a private beach and multiple pools, but also an awesome water
park. The Sugar Mill Falls Water Park is included for all guests.
It features a 280-foot slide and a lazy river. This is a huge perk
of the resort as it is the only all-inclusive resort in the
Caribbean that has a water park where you can use your hotel
points. This resort also includes tennis (and tennis lessons), a
kids club, a Teen Zone and nightly entertainment.

Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa waterpark. Photo courtesy of Hilton Hotels.Hilton
Rose Hall Resort & Spa water park. Photo courtesy of Hilton
Hotels.

There’s a ton of dining options, from casual to fine dining.
The buffet also features a late-night snack open till 2am. There
are bars, a coffee shop and even a swim-up bar offering food and
drinks. Unfortunately though, room service is not part of the
all-inclusive experience. For my family, this would be the one
downside of visiting this property. I personally like ordering room
service while the kids are getting ready for the day and I
wouldn’t want to pay for it since you can get the same food for
free elsewhere on the property.

Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa dining. Photo courtesy of Hilton Hotels.Hilton
Rose Hall Resort & Spa dining. Photo courtesy of Hilton Hotels.

A free night at this property ranges between 63,000 to 70,000
Hilton Honors points per night for a standard room. Many reports
also show that when staying on a points reservation, they were not
charged any additional fee for kids in the room. This could be a
huge savings when staying as a family. Also, if you have Silver,
Gold or Diamond Hilton status, you’ll receive your 5th night free
when redeeming points. Having status with Hilton is quite easy
since any of their co-branded credit cards — such as the
Hilton Amex Ascend,
 Hilton
Amex Aspire
 and
Hilton Honors American Express Card
— will give you automatic
elite status.

Holiday Inn Resort Montego Bay

Montego Bay, Jamaica

The
Holiday Inn Resort Montego Bay
is the third all-inclusive
property in Montego Bay where you can use your hotel points.
Although you might not equate a Holiday Inn property with a nice
resort location, this hotel receives great reviews. And, many
travelers with IHG Platinum status have even reported being
upgraded to a one-bedroom suite. This property also went through a
facelift (and a name change) a few years ago, with many renovated
rooms. This property is on its own private island and features
crystal clear water. There are kids activities for the little ones
and a spa for the adults. This is also one of the only hotels on
this list where you’ll find a casino.

Holiday Inn Resort Montego Bay. Photo Courtesy of Holiday Inn Hotels.Holiday
Inn Resort Montego Bay. Photo courtesy of Holiday Inn Hotels.

This resort will cost you 50,000 IHG Rewards Club points a night
for double occupancy. This is actually one of the few properties
where kids 12 and under stay for free — no extra points or cash
required so you can really
maximize your IHG Rewards Club points
from cards such as
the IHG Rewards Premier Credit
Card
. If you don’t have enough IHG Rewards Club points, you
can
transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards to your IHG account
or wait for
a
really good sale on points
. Through April 2019, you can even
use your legacy free
night certificate
that you receive from the IHG credit card.
Starting in April 2019, the free night certificate will be capped
at properties costing 40,000 points or less, which means this hotel
will eventually be excluded. At more than $300 per night during
peak dates, this is a great redemption where all of your food and
activities are included.

Hyatt Ziva Cancun

Cancun, Mexico

The
Hyatt Ziva Cancun
probably wins the award for the nicest
all-inclusive property at which you can use your points. And, its
suites — like the
Pyramid Suite category
— are especially nice for families
that need a bit more space.

This property is the last hotel within the Hotel Zone of Punta
Cancun, which means there is beach everywhere you turn. While there
is no reason to really leave the hotel since there is everything
you can think of on-site, the location allows you to easily walk to
many restaurants and shops nearby.

Hyatt Ziva Cancun. Photo courtesy of Hyatt Hotels.Hyatt
Ziva Cancun. Photo courtesy of Hyatt Hotels.

This resort features three infinity pools, two separate beach
areas and complimentary pool cabanas. There are a ton of daily
activities on the pool deck as well as kayaks, stand-up
paddle-boards and snorkeling gear at the beach. There
is food and drink every which way you turn with 17 restaurants,
lounges and bars
. There is truly something for everyone, from
sit-down fine dining to your on-the-go food truck. I’ve been to
this property twice with my family and they really got it right in
terms of food.

Hyatt Ziva Cancun. Photo courtesy of Hyatt Hotels.Hyatt
Ziva Cancun. Photo courtesy of Hyatt Hotels.


Your kids will absolutely love the kids club area,
which offers
many games, arts and crafts, video games, movies and disco parties.
There is also an amazing pool area with a few different play
structures, slides and waterfalls. While the kids club is for
children between the ages 4 to 12, they have scheduled family time
where you can take your younger children to enjoy the activities
and the pool area.IMG_3632 2

Similar to the Hyatt Ziva Montego Bay, this property also costs
just 25,000 World of Hyatt points a night for double occupancy.
Kids 2 and under stay for free and any extra adult or child will
cost 12,500 points a night. This property will typically always get
you a minimum of 2 cents per point on your redemption.

Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

The Hyatt
Ziva Puerto Vallarta
is located on the south side in Conchas
Chinas, which is the quieter side of Puerto Vallarta. This means
you will not see as many vendors and outside tourists on the beach
and you are only a short taxi ride into Old Town. This hotel
includes seven (yes seven!) pools — five infinity pools and two
kid-friendly options. This means there is a pool for everyone’s
desire.

Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta pool. Photo courtsy of Hyatt Hotels.Hyatt
Ziva Puerto Vallarta pool. Photo courtesy of Hyatt Hotels.

What is great about this property is that every single room has
an ocean view. Some rooms even have hot tubs on the balcony, and if
your kids are old enough, you can ask about staying in one of the
swim-up rooms where you can walk right outside your balcony into
the pool. As with all Hyatt all-inclusive properties, your
mini-fridge is stocked with drinks and snacks — again all
complimentary. Room service will even replenish your fridge every
single day. Room service is also available for no additional fee
throughout the day.

Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta room. Photo courtesy of Hyatt Hotels.Hyatt
Ziva Puerto Vallarta room. Photo courtesy of Hyatt Hotels.

Families can enjoy the kids club, an oceanfront fitness center,
the spa and many food and beverage options. Possibly the best part
of this hotel are the food and beverage carts around the property
to ensure you are never hungry.

Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta spa. Photo courtesy of Hyatt Hotels.Hyatt
Ziva Puerto Vallarta spa. Photo courtesy of Hyatt Hotels.

This property only requires 20,000 World of Hyatt points per
night for double occupancy, which is 5,000 points less than the
Hyatt Ziva Cancun or Hyatt Ziva Montego Bay. This is definitely a
steal for this all-inclusive property that can easily be $600 a
night during peak times. While kids 2 and under stay for free,
additional guests will cost another 10,000 points per night.

Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos

Los Cabos, Mexico

The Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos is located in the relaxing area of San
Jose Del Cabo, which means you are closer to the airport but
further away from nightlife. While the property is located right on
the beach, which is great beach for building sandcastles —
similar to many other beach areas in
Cabo
— there can be a strong riptide. Swimming in the ocean
is typically not recommended there, but there is a beautiful
infinity pool to splash around in.

Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos. Photo courtesy of Hyatt Hotels.Hyatt
Ziva Los Cabos. Photo courtesy of Hyatt Hotels.

The kids club is something you will not want to miss due to many
activities inside the club and the pool right outside. The kids
club pool includes a mini water park with five slides. There is
also a playground with a jungle gym and motorized mini cars. Having
a playground at a resort is definitely unique and always a kid
favorite.

When using points, you can book either their Master King or
Master Double, which are large 584-square-foot rooms and even
include a pull-out couch. This means there is plenty of space for
everyone to sleep in comfort. These rooms also have an outside
balcony that is perfect for adults while the kids are sleeping.

Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos room. Photo courtesy of Hyatt Hotels.Hyatt
Ziva Los Cabos room. Photo courtesy of Hyatt Hotels.

Similar to the Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta, this property only
requires 20,000 World of Hyatt points per night for double
occupancy. Kids under 3 stay for free, but any additional child or
adult in the room will cost 10,000 points per night. Rates at this
property seem to be a little less expensive than some of the other
Hyatt all-inclusive properties, but it is still an excellent use of
your points.

Hilton Puerto Vallarta Resort


Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

The Hilton Puerto Vallarta Resort located on the Bay of Banderas
on the West Coast of Mexico is only about 10 minutes away from the
airport. While this is a smaller resort, there are still three
pools (one adult-only pool) and a beautiful beach.

Hilton Puerto Vallarta Resort. Photo courtesy of Hilton Hotels.Hilton
Puerto Vallarta Resort. Photo courtesy of Hilton Hotels.

This hotel features six restaurants, two snack bars and four
bars. However, one unique thing about this property is that many
restaurants require you to make reservations in advance and have
timed dining. They are also not open every day of the week. With
that being said, there are always a few restaurants available, but
your options will not be as plentiful as the Hyatt Ziva Puerto
Vallarta.

Hilton Puerto Vallarta Resort dining. Photo courtesy of Hilton Hotels.Hilton
Puerto Vallarta Resort dining. Photo courtesy of Hilton Hotels.

The kids club includes mini-golf, a wading pool, a large movie
and game room, and many other daily activities. Typical hours are
from 10am to 6pm, but on select weekends they have a pajama party
for the kids where they roast marshmallows. The hours are
definitely shorter than some other resort kids club and meals are
not served (just snacks in case kids get hungry). From the kids
club you can hire babysitters for kids starting at just 4 months
old at $10/hour per child, which is extremely reasonable for
baby-sitting services at a resort. Of course though, during peak
Christmas vacation dates, the fees increase.

When you use your points at this property you are charged
anywhere between 48,000 and 70,000 Hilton Honors points for double
occupancy. Single occupancy does cost slightly fewer points, which
is useful for those traveling solo, or solo with kids who do not
have to pay a surcharge. While some of the features of this hotel
definitely do not appear to be as expansive as the Hyatt Ziva
Puerto Vallarta, kids 5 and under stay for free, which is huge.
Children between ages 6 and 12 are charged $49/child per night.

Holiday Inn Resort Los Cabos

Los Cabos, Mexico

The Holiday Inn Resort Los Cabos is one of the closest beach
resorts to the airport, but unfortunately the beach is not
swimmable. This seems to be a hit or miss property, although there
are two pools (one adult only) and a gym.

Holiday Inn Resort Los Cabos. Photo courtesy of Holiday Inn Hotels.Holiday
Inn Resort Los Cabos. Photo courtesy of Holiday Inn Hotels.

This property definitely lacks in the restaurant department as
there are only two restaurants on-site. On the plus side, there are
six bars to enjoy a nice cocktail. The other main difference is
that you must be at least 5 years old for the kids club, which is
at least a year or two older than many of the other all-inclusive
properties.

Holiday Inn Resort Los Cabos kids club. Photo courtesy of Holiday Inn Hotels.Holiday
Inn Resort Los Cabos kids club. Photo courtesy of Holiday Inn
Hotels.

While this property seems to be lacking in dining and amenities,
especially compared to many of the other properties on this list,
it only costs 20,000 IHG Rewards Club points per night. This is an
incredibly low number of points, although it might be one of those
“you get what you pay for” situations.

Honorable Mention All-Inclusive Resorts

While there are a few other all-inclusive properties where
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8 Family-Friendly All-Inclusive Resorts You Can Book With Points