OK, so if you really need to kick back and lay by the pool, here are some good choices of resorts where there are kids clubs, which will keep your kids and teenagers happy and engaged. Some of them do get our thumbs up approval because they offer a nice balance of activities for both parents and adults. All-inclusive resorts would not normally be our choice, as they seem to actually exclude you from the rest of the world (after all why would you venture off to meet locals if all your meals are already paid for).
We do challenge to you to something though. If you do chose to stay at an all-exclusive resort, especially if it’s in a different country, do yourself a favor and try this - pack 20 small coloring books and small packets of pencils, pens and stickers and ask your hotel manager if there is an orphanage or a small village near by where you could find some families with kids. With their recommendation of where to go you can deliver your books to the destination. We promise that you will see that this activity alone will absolutely become one of the top experiences in your life!
First of all, you will find that the manager (and / or waitress) will suddenly see you as a human - not as the rich, spoilt tourist many see you as. From our experience also, they will personally get involved in making sure that wherever you are going – you will be guided and safe. And lastly, you will see that you will make new friends for life!
Come-on, try it!
And when you do, please make sure you write to us with your story – we would love to include it in our magazine!
Ok, so here we are - from our research, these are our recommendations: