All-Inclusive Hotels in Florida
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You can take the worry out of planning your next Florida vacation when you book an all-inclusive hotel package. The Sunshine State has plenty of hotel options to choose from, from traditional all-inclusive resorts to properties that offer meal plus room plans.
“I love all-inclusive packages because it takes so much stress off of having to budget for the trip once you arrive, and if you are traveling with children, it's so nice to lounge by the pool and enjoy the afternoon without worrying about your lunch and snack bill,” said Marisa Langford, a.k.a. Tampa Mama, a Tampa-based family travel blogger. “From sunrises over the Atlantic to sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico, Florida is such a beautiful state to explore with kids!”
“The greatest advantage of all-inclusive resorts are how hands off they are for families and large groups. I remember doing family reunions at resorts like this – with all the aunts, uncles, and cousins – and no one having to take time away from visiting to sort out logistics like meals and activities,” said Amy Lynne Hayes, travel writer and founder of Creatrice Mondial. “It's truly a vacation for all involved.”
Traditional All-Inclusive Hotel Options
Located on the St. Lucie River about an hour north of West Palm Beach, Club Med Sandpiper Bay prides itself as the only true all-inclusive resort in the United States, meaning that travelers pay a flat rate for the room, food, drinks and activities. Situated on a nearly 400-foot beach, the resort has plenty of things to do for the whole family, including sailing, paddle boarding, tennis, volleyball, and even a flying trapeze and circus school. Club Med organizes events throughout the week that will keep the family entertained and promises that there are no hidden costs or fees. Score the best deals when you book a weeklong vacation and expect prices to start around $240 for two adults per night.
On the west coast of Florida, Sirata Beach Resort in St. Pete Beach offers special all-inclusive packages that include food and beverages. Situated directly on the beach and the Gulf of Mexico, the resort features three waterfront swimming pools and two popular beach bars that provide a gathering spot for locals and visitors alike. Based on a four-night minimum stay for two, the all-inclusive package includes breakfast, lunch and a three-course dinner. Cocktails (well brands) are included too, but there’s an up-charge if you want a fancy brand or a frozen concoction. Prices start at $399 for two adults per night and make sure you inquire about possible extra fees like weekend and seasonal rates.
Luxurious Hotel + Meal Plan Options
For travelers who want the crème de la crème, but don’t want to look at the bill after every meal, then Little Palm Island Resort & Spa’s room + dining plan could be the perfect fit. The resort sits on its own private island in the Florida Keys and is accessible only by yacht or seaplane. A great locale for a romantic getaway, all guests must be age 16 and up. The full meal plan comes in quite handy since there are no other restaurants nearby outside of the resort. Starting at $1,650 for two adults per night, the package includes three meals, free valet, yacht transfer, welcome bottle of champagne, and a $100 spa credit per person.
With 10 locations across Florida, The Ritz-Carlton offers a unique opportunity for guests who want a luxurious stay and access to an exclusive selection of food presentations. Each of the Ritz hotels in Amelia Island, Bal Harbour, Coconut Grove, Fort Lauderdale, Key Biscayne, Naples (beach and golf resorts), Orlando, Sarasota and South Beach offers access to the Club Lounge for guests who book a VIP-style vacation. When you book a room on the Club Level, you have the opportunity to partake in five food presentations per day and you may come and go as often as you wish. There’s also a free selection wine, beer, spirits and non-alcoholic beverages. Each Club Lounge also offers a special concierge service that will customize experiences for the whole family. Club Lounge rates vary depending on the hotel location and season.
Walt Disney World Resort and Meal Plan Options
There’s nothing more exciting than a family trip to Disney World. To make planning a little easier for parents, Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando offers hotel + dining options that include more than 100 restaurants to choose from. When you book your vacation, you’ll purchase one of the “Magic Your Way Vacation Packages.” Then you simply show your MagicBand or card to your server before ordering and the card electronically monitors your family’s meals and tracks them for you. For example, the Disney Deluxe Dining Plan includes three meals and two snacks for everyone in your party over the age of three. Prices vary depending on the hotel you choose to book and the time of the year. Travel tip: we recommend making reservations for signature restaurants and character dining well in advance to guarantee a seat. Then sit back, relax and let the magic happen.
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