Courtesy of Casa Magna Marriott
The Casa Magna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa in Mexico is set along Banderas Bay.
It’s not too late to take advantage of a deal for the whole family this spring. Check out these five all-inclusive, warm-weather getaways in your pick of the Caribbean, U.S., or Mexico.
Morgan Bay Beach Resort, St Lucia
The volcanic island of St. Lucia is hardly your typical Caribbean vacation spot; it has a staggering variety of landscapes, from lush peaks and black-sand beaches to tranquil cocoa plantations. Morgan Bay Beach Resort, on a private cove around 25 acres of tropical gardens, makes a great base for those who want to explore the island some days, but hang around the resort on others. There are four pools, and tons of available activities like kayaking, sailing, hiking, aqua cycling, reef fishing, snorkeling, and banana boating.
The Deal: 7-night package includes all food and drinks (even alcoholic drinks), watersports and activities (including the kids’ club), and a $1,000 air credit on stays longer than six nights (or a $600 air credit on stays of five or six nights). $286 per night for a family of four (two kids 16 and under).
Puntacana Resort & Club, Dominican Republic
This resort on the D.R.’s eastern shore has grown from a tiny 10-villa hotel to a sprawling complex with a Six Senses spa, a 70-slip marina, a pair of Tom Fazio– and P. B. Dye–designed golf courses, nine restaurants, seven bars, a biodiversity center, and a 1,500-acre nature preserve. The main hotel’s beachfront casitas were recently made over with khaki-hued walls, dark wicker furniture, and throw pillows in graphic botanical prints.
The Deal: 4-night package includes accommodations in a beachfront casita, all meals and activities (excluding spa and golf, but does include golf clinics), and a $500 resort credit towards activities. $355 per night for a family of four (no age restrictions; could be four adults).
Omni Orlando Resort at Champions Gate, Florida
Six miles from Walt Disney World, this 720-room Mediterranean-style resort is surrounded by 1,200 acres of natural wetlands and distant orange groves. There’s an adults-only pool with private cabanas and meditation garden, while an 850-ft. lazy river resounds with the squeals of kids — of all ages — who coast along on tubes through its tunnels, gentle rapids and hidden canyons. A lighted nine hole/par 3 golf experience and 36 holes of walk-out golf is another treat.
The Deal: All-inclusive Spring Break Experience includes nightly accommodations, three meals a day at any of the resort’s seven dining experiences, and all activities (except for kids camp and golf). $399 per night for a family of four (two children under 12).
Wild Dunes Resort, Charleston, S.C.
Staying at a vacation condo rental at Wild Dunes Resort on the Isle of Palms lets you take a beach getaway that’s also within easy access of Charleston, with its historic neighborhoods and hot food scene. That is, assuming you can tear yourself away from the natural beauty of Wild Dunes, which occupies 1,600 acres of private property between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway.
The Deal: 3-night Spring Family Fun package includes accommodations in a vacation condo rental, three-day family bike rentals, meals (breakfast two mornings per person at Sea Island Grill; Lunch two days at Hudson’s Market; Dinner daily per person at The Lettered Olive family restaurant), and a Caper’s Island Exploration family boating excursion. $459 per night for a family of four (two kids 12 and under).
Casa Magna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort, Mexico
Set along Banderas Bay on the Pacific Coast at the base of the Sierra Madre Mountains, this resort offers 433 rooms with marble floors and private balconies that face an infinity pool, and gardens. The outdoor Marriott Kids area has playground equipment, picnic tables, and a large swimming pool all surrounded by sand. Better yet, there’s an on-site sea turtle program with a tradition of allowing children to name any tiny babies, then gather with family members at sunset to set them free in the ocean.
The Deal: The Escape! Inclusive Package includes overnight accommodations, three meals a day, and all drinks (beer, wine, cocktails, soft drinks). $339 per night for a family of four (two kids 12 and under).
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