Top 10 Family Friendly All Inclusive Resorts in Punta Cana

Review our top 10 list of the best family friendly all inclusive resorts in Punta Cana.


Imagine turquoise waters lapping at pristine shores, sunshine warming your skin, and the joyous laughter of your children echoing through a tropical paradise. Punta Cana offers families exactly this amazing scene, but with an added bonus – a variety of resorts catering to every need and budget. 

From luxurious escapes with world-class amenities to good-value, affordable options, Punta Cana has the perfect family oasis waiting to be discovered. While the little ones are busy creating their own vacation magic, parents can unwind by the pool, indulge in rejuvenating spa treatments, or explore the island's vibrant nightlife.

Ready to transform your family vacation dreams into reality? Our guide to the top 10 family-friendly all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana will help you find the perfect place to unwind, reconnect, and create lasting memories together.

Punta Cana Family Resorts Ranking:

  1. Hyatt Ziva
  2. Dreams Onyx Resorts & Spas
  3. Barcelo Bavaro Palace
  4. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana
  5. Royalton Splash Punta Cana
  6. Paradisus Palma Real
  7. Iberostar Selection Bavaro Suites
  8. Majestic Colonial Punta Cana
  9. Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana
  10. Club Med Punta Cana

Honorable Mention: Hilton La Romana

10. Club Med Punta Cana

Club Med Punta Cana Resort Family by the Pool

Average nightly rate: $329

Key Features:

  • Family friendly all-inclusive, all-day gourmet dining and beverages
  • Wellness Spa (L’Occitane Spa)
  • Kids under 4 stay for free
  • Dedicated kids club
  • Zen Oasis (Adults-only area)
  • 3 outdoor pools
  • Foam pool parties (every Friday) & shows
  • 25 sports and activities (tennis, pickle ball, yoga, sailing, etc.)
  • Circus school

Club Med Punta Cana sets itself apart with a unique twist on the all-inclusive family vacation.  Their renowned Circus School offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience, with the exhilarating flying trapeze as a major highlight. Kids of all ages will be enthralled by the dedicated clubs, ensuring non-stop entertainment throughout the day. Parents, meanwhile, can find their own slice of paradise at the adults-only Zen Oasis, perfect for unwinding and recharging.  Beyond the circus thrills, Club Med boasts over 25 sports and activities, from pickleball and tennis to yoga and sailing. Take a dip in one of the three refreshing outdoor pools, join the fun at the epic foam pool party, or be dazzled by the nightly shows and captivating entertainment.  This vibrant resort caters to every member of the family, offering a truly unforgettable vacation experience.

9. Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana

Nickelodeon Resort Punta Cana Family with Spongebob

Average nightly rate: $508

Key Features:

  • Family friendly all-inclusive resort
  • Nickelodeon character meet & greets
  • Aqua Nick (Nickelodeon waterpark) - waterslides + lazy river
  • Welcome “slime” drinks
  • 9 restaurants + 5 bars
  • 24-hour room service
  • 4 pools + spa
  • Swim-up suites + private plunge pools available
  • Hourly kid's activities + nightly shows
  • Direct access to private beach

Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana is a paradise for families with young kids! Reviews consistently praise the immersive experience, with character meet-and-greets, themed water slides featuring beloved Nick characters like SpongeBob and Dora the Explorer, and of course, the daily slime experiences that guarantee giggles and gooey fun. Parents appreciate the supervised activities at the resort's dedicated kids' club, offering a chance to unwind by the pool or soak up the sun on the beautiful beachfront. While the resort may not cater to the ultra-luxurious end, it more than makes up for it with an action-packed atmosphere. 

Dive into the epic Aqua Nick waterpark, boasting thrilling slides, lazy rivers, and splash pads – all themed around your favorite Nickelodeon characters. Cool off with a refreshing "slime" drink (don't worry, it's kid-friendly!), then fuel up for more fun at a breakfast featuring appearances by Nickelodeon stars. Awesome swim-up suites add another layer of convenience, while hourly kids activities and nightly Nickelodeon shows ensure non-stop entertainment. Direct access to a private beach and a choice of 9 restaurants and 5 bars on property round out this unforgettable Nick-tastic vacation experience.

8. Majestic Colonial Punta Cana

Majestic Colonial Punta Cana

Average nightly rate: $297

Key Features:

  • Family friendly all-inclusive resort
  • Renovated in late 2017
  • 400-meter river-style pool with swim-up bars
  • Jacuzzi suites and swim-up rooms available
  • Balinese furniture and beds
  • Splash Kids waterpark and kids club
  • Daytime activities and nighttime entertainment
  • 7 restaurants + 11 bars
  • Room service (7 AM - 11 PM)
  • Gym, tennis court, basketball court, and spa available
  • Free round of golf for adults (minimum 5-night stay)

The Majestic Colonial Punta Cana is a family all-inclusive resort with a little something for everyone. Imagine unwinding in spacious rooms, indulging in a variety of cuisines at their 6 7 restaurants, or soaking up the sun by the massive 400-meter river-style pool with swim-up bars for poolside refreshments. Looking for activities? They have daily pool sports, a splash kids waterpark to keep the little ones entertained, and a variety of other activities perfect for families. While some reviews mention the possibility of potential for seaweed presence on the beach (common in the Dominican Republic), guests consistently praise the resort's cleanliness, friendly staff, and delicious food.

7. Iberostar Selection Bavaro Suites

Iberostar Selection Bavaro Suites Punta Cana Pool

Average nightly rate: $310

Key Features:

  • Sustainable family friendly all-inclusive resort
  • Coral nursery laboratory
  • Prime location on Bavaro beach
  • Ocean-front suites + 2-bedroom suites available
  • Star Camp Kids Club
  • 12 dining options + 8 bars
  • 3-story fitness center
  • Golf + Spa available
  • Diving and water sports available

The Iberostar Selection Bavaro Suites in Punta Cana offers an all-inclusive experience ideal for families, couples, and friends. Nestled directly on the stunning Bavaro Beach, it boasts spacious suites with balconies, perfect for unwinding after a day of fun in the sun.  Foodies will be delighted by over 12 restaurants and bars serving diverse cuisines, while families can take advantage of the dedicated Star Camp for kids and children's pool. Relaxation options include the sprawling pool complex, the on-site spa, and a 3-story fitness center.  Water sports enthusiasts can enjoy snorkeling and diving adventures, while golfers can tee off at the nearby course. The resort is also focused on green sustainability. They have a dedicated coral nursery program, actively working to restore the beautiful Dominican marine ecosystems. This aligns with their wider "Wave of Change" movement that focuses on eliminating single-use plastics, reducing food waste, and promoting responsible fish and seafood sourcing.

6. Paradisus Palma Real

Paradisus Palma Real Restaurant Pool

Average nightly rate: $523

Key Features:

  • Luxury family friendly all-inclusive resort
  • Elegant colonial-style architecture with Dominican influences
  • Ocean-front and swim-up suites available
  • Pet-friendly hospitality program
  • 14 restaurants and bars
  • 24-hour room service
  • Wedding space with capacity for up to 1,400 guests
  • Unique experiences (immersive yoga, chocolate tasting experience, jewel stone carving, culinary classes, etc.)
  • Nightly entertainment with live music

The Paradisus Palma Real Resort in Punta Cana is an all-inclusive paradise that boasts stunning beachfront views and a luxurious atmosphere accentuated by its colonial-style architecture with Dominican influences. Take a dip in one of the many pools, including options for swim-up suites, or relax on the pristine beach. The resort caters to both families and couples, with The Reserve offering a private adults-only section for those craving a little more tranquility.

Paradisus Palma Real goes beyond just relaxation. Indulge in a culinary adventure with 14 restaurants and bars, each offering a distinct flavor. Foodies will appreciate the unique experiences available, including immersive yoga sessions, decadent chocolate tastings, hands-on culinary classes, and even the chance to try your hand at jewel stone carving. This luxury resort naturally comes with a higher price tag, but many have found the service and quality of the amenities to make the spend well worth it.

5. Royalton Splash Punta Cana

Royalton Splash Punta Cana Family Water Park Water Slides

Average nightly rate: $285

Key Features:

  • Family friendly all-inclusive resort
  • Marriott - Autograph Collection property
  • Unlimited reservation-free dining
  • 7 restaurants and 5 bars
  • Water park: 7 slides + wave pool + splash pad
  • Big slide height requirement (1.2m or 3’9”)
  • Babysitting services available ($20 per hour)
  • Kids club available
  • Butler service available

The Royalton Splash Resort in Punta Cana is an affordable all-inclusive paradise designed to keep the whole family entertained, especially the little ones. The centerpiece is a massive water park featuring seven thrilling water slides, a wave pool that will have you feeling like you're at the beach, and a splash pad perfect for younger adventurers. But remember, smaller kids who want to take a shot at the bigger water slides need to be at least 1.2 meters (3'9") tall to ride. While you splash and play, the kids can make memories at the supervised Seaside Summer Camp, offering a variety of fun activities.

This resort also happens to be a part of Marriott's Autograph Collection, so Marriott Bonvoy members can earn and redeem points during their stay. While you splash and play, the kids can make memories at the supervised Seaside Summer Camp, offering a variety of fun activities. 

Another bonus – guests have access to the neighboring Royalton Punta Cana resort,  expanding your dining options and overall resort experience. However, with all this space comes the consideration of the resort's size.  While some love the variety and sprawl, others might find it tiring to navigate. If you’re looking for a more intimate setting, Royalton Splash might not be the best fit.

4. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana

Hard Rock Punta Cana Villa Ocean View

Average nightly rate: $549

Key Features:

  • Family friendly all-inclusive resort
  • 9 restaurants
  • 13 pools + 4 swim-up bars + lazy river
  • Kids club and teens club available
  • Bowling alley + mini golf course
  • Flow ride surfing simulator
  • Pet-friendly program
  • Music lab + sound booth and guitar experience
  • Rockaway Bay water park: 26 water slides
  • Nightly entertainment (magic show, circus show, Michael Jackson show, etc.)

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana is a rockstar vacation destination for all ages. This family all-inclusive resort cranks up the volume on fun with a luxurious atmosphere and a rock and roll soul. Dive into paradise with 13 pristine pools, including 4 swim-up bars for poolside refreshments, or relax on the lazy river. Daily activities ensure there's never a dull moment, from poolside games to testing your skills on the flow ride surfing simulator or challenging yourself on the mini golf course.

The Hard Rock also allows you to bring your furry friend along with the pet-friendly program,  letting your dog or cat enjoy the Caribbean sunshine too.  For the ultimate water adventure,  head to Rockaway Water Park. This aquatic wonderland features a mind-blowing 26 waterslides, including 9 high-speed slides for thrill seekers, 9 kid and teenager slides, and 8 dedicated slides for the littlest adventurers.

Budding musicians can unleash their inner rockstar at the music lab with a sound booth and guitar experience. Nightly entertainment keeps the party going with magic shows, circus acts, and even a Michael Jackson impersonator show – there's something for everyone.  The expansive property can be a lot to navigate, but golf carts constantly shuttle guests around, ensuring a hassle-free vacation. If you crave a lively atmosphere with a touch of musical flair, then Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana might just be the perfect place to rock your next vacation.

3. Barcelo Bavaro Palace

Barcelo Bavaro Palace Family Pool

Average nightly rate: $199

Key Features:

  • Family friendly all-inclusive resorts
  • Family suites and duplexes available
  • 11 restaurants + 9 bars + 2 private wine cellars
  • Swim-up bars available
  • Water sports available (diving, snorkeling, kayaking, windsurfing, etc.)
  • Near world-famous Playa Bavaro beach
  • Athletic facilities (professional soccer field, semi-pro baseball field, pickle ball, golf course, escape room, etc.)
  • Daily + nightly entertainment
  • 2 themed water parks + 4 swimming pools
  • Large wedding facility with wedding planning service

Indulge in an all-inclusive paradise with excellent value at the Barcelo Bavaro Palace in Punta Cana. This expansive resort caters to families and those seeking a lively atmosphere. Guests love the beachfront location with its powdery sand and crystal-clear water.

Barcelo Bavaro Palace offers something for everyone. Families will appreciate the spacious options, including large family suites and duplexes, perfect for spreading out.

Guests typically enjoy partaking in a variety of water sports like diving, kayaking, snorkeling, and windsurfing. If you prefer dry land, there's a professional soccer field, a semi-pro baseball field, a pickleball court, an escape room, mini golf, and more! The resort also offers daily and nightly entertainment, keeping you engaged from sunrise to sunset. Planning a destination wedding?  The Barcelo Bavaro Palace has facilities to help make your dream a reality.

Parents craving a bit of romance? Splurge on a private cava experience, complete with a formal dress code and an exclusive wine cellar (extra charge applies).

While the resort boasts a seemingly endless list of activities and amenities, keep in mind its size. Some reviewers mention it can feel overwhelmingly large, especially during peak season.  There have also been mentions of crowded spaces and buffets that can be repetitive. It's also wise to make restaurant reservations as soon as possible upon arrival to avoid disappointment.  Overall, Barcelo Bavaro Palace provides a fun-filled Caribbean escape with excellent value for money, but if you crave luxury, intimacy, and seclusion, this might not be your perfect fit.

2. Dreams Onyx Resort & Spa

Dreams Onyx Resort Punta Cana Family Pools

Average nightly rate: $495

Key Features:

  • Family friendly all-inclusive resort
  • World of Hyatt collection
  • Swim-up suites + private pool suites available
  • 11 restaurants + 10 bars
  • 6 outdoor pools + children's pool + 3 swim up bars
  • Foam pool parties and night beach parties
  • Unlimited gourmet a la carte dining (no reservations required)
  • 24-hour room service
  • Rainfall showers + bidets
  • Jungle waterpark: water slides + lazy river
  • Access to neighboring sister resort (Breathless Punta Cana)
  • Explorer kids club and Core Zone teens club
  • Daily and nightly entertainment options

Dreams Onyx Resort in Punta Cana offers a luxurious and modern all-inclusive experience, perfect for families or couples seeking a stylish escape. Nestled amidst meticulously maintained grounds with a contemporary flair, the resort boasts multiple pools for splashy fun and a lazy river for relaxed tubing adventures.  Adults can unwind in the exclusive Preferred Clubs section, featuring upgraded amenities and swim-out suite options, while families with younger children will find joy in the supervised activities offered by the Explorer's Club.

This gem is part of the World of Hyatt collection, so you can leverage your existing Hyatt points or earn new ones during your stay. A huge perk for foodies is the unlimited à la carte dining, with no reservations required, letting you savor a variety of cuisines at your own pace with no stress. Guests also rave about the luxurious bathrooms, featuring rainfall showers and bidets for ultimate comfort.

Dreams Onyx also offers access to its sister resort, Breathless Punta Cana, just a 2-minute walk away. This expands your dining options by a whopping 10 additional restaurants, ensuring you'll never get bored with the culinary scene. Breathless Punta Cana also adds a touch of excitement with its renowned foam pool parties and fun night beach parties. But rest assured,  Dreams Onyx is known for its amazing service, so you can unwind and let the friendly staff take care of everything. Overall, if you prioritize affordable luxury, unlimited dining freedom, and fantastic service in a stylish setting, Dreams Onyx could be your perfect Punta Cana paradise.

1. Hyatt Ziva

Hyatt Ziva Punta Cana Family Pool

Average nightly rate: $603

Key Features:

  • Family friendly all-inclusive resort
  • World of Hyatt collection
  • Oceanfront dining available
  • 6 restaurants + 6 bars
  • 24-hour room service
  • Luxury infinity pools + swim-up bars + lazy river
  • Water park (big slide height requirement: 3’9”)
  • Pool parties and beach bashes
  • Swim-up suites and private terraces available
  • Daily activities (water volleyball, aqua gym, cooking demos, yoga, etc.)
  • Underground Larimar Stone Spa + Himalayan Salt Lounge
  • Deep-sea fishing excursions available
  • Wedding services available
  • Access to Hyatt Zilara (adults-only sister property)

Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana is a luxurious all-inclusive family resort renowned for its exceptional service, stunning beachfront location, and spacious accommodations. Guests rave about the beautiful infinity pools, the variety of delicious dining options, and the wide range of activities available. Families appreciate the kids club and water park, while adults can enjoy the serenity of the adults-only pool and spa.

The resort features 6 restaurants and 6 bars. Families and couples looking for an extra memorable ambiance can book a romantic oceanfront dining experience to savor a meal with the ocean waves as your backdrop. 24-hour room service also ensures convenience and caters to any late-night cravings.

Guests can also indulge in relaxation by the luxurious infinity pools, complete with swim-up bars for poolside refreshments. For family fun, the water park features exciting water slides and a lazy river for a leisurely float. The resort keeps the energy high with lively pool parties, beach bashes, and daily activities to keep everyone entertained.

For ultimate pampering, visit the world-class underground Larimar Stone Spa and the unique Himalayan Salt Lounge. Overall, Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana is meticulously maintained and known for its excellent service, making it a truly luxurious and family-friendly experience.  However, keep in mind the potential for crowds during peak season and the higher price point compared to some other less-luxurious all-inclusive options.

Honorable Mention: Hilton La Romana

Hilton La Romana Family Pool

Average nightly rate: $392

Key Features:

  • Family friendly all-inclusive
  • Hilton Honors property
  • Approximately 45 min drive from Punta Cana
  • 6 restaurants + 8 bars (no reservations required)
  • Eco-friendly private beach
  • Daily beach activities (Ocean Zumba, kayaking, water sports)
  • Beachside meals + brickoven pizza + coffee bar
  • Nightly entertainment (live music, shows, parties, etc.)
  • Swim-up suites available
  • Water park: water slides + splash zone + lazy river

Escape the typical Punta Cana crowds and discover the upscale family-friendly all-inclusive haven at the Hilton La Romana resort in the Dominican Republic. Nestled in La Romana, approximately a 45-minute drive from Punta Cana, this resort offers a unique alternative with a charming atmosphere.

Guests rave about the stunning beachfront location, the beautiful pools, and the delicious dining options. The resort caters to both families and adults, offering a kids club, water sports, and a serene spa alongside lively entertainment.

While the price point is higher than some Punta Cana options, many agree that the Hilton La Romana delivers great value for the cost. Guests particularly enjoy the fresh and flavorful beachside meals and the irresistible brick-oven pizza by the pool. Overall, the Hilton La Romana offers an upscale and well-rounded experience with something for everyone.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What are the best all-inclusive resorts for families in Punta Cana?

Punta Cana is a haven for all-inclusive resorts, making it easy to budget for your family vacation. Many top resorts like Dreams Resorts & Spas, Barcelo Bavaro Palace, and Royalton Splash Punta Cana offer unlimited meals, drinks, and entertainment, perfect for hassle-free fun.

What is the best time of year to go to Punta Cana?

December to April is consider the high season as most travelers like to visit the island to escape the colder weather from back home. This is also when you’ll see consistent sunshine, lower humidity, and generally comfortable temperatures. For the best deals, consider going during June - October where the weather tends to be a touch more humid. For a good balance of weather, rates, and crowds, consider going during the shoulder months in May or November.

Are there luxury resorts suitable for families?

Absolutely! Resorts like Eden Roc Cap Cana, Paradisus Palma Real, Dreams Onyx Resort, and Hyatt Ziva cater to families while offering luxurious amenities like butler service, world-class spas, and gourmet dining.

Which resorts have the best kids' clubs and water parks?

Several resorts boast fantastic kids' clubs with supervised activities and entertainment. Lopesan Costa Bavaro even partners with Nickelodeon for a character-filled experience! For water park enthusiasts, Dreams Resorts & Spas and Royalton Splash Punta Cana offers thrilling slides, lazy rivers, and splash pads.

What if I have children of different age groups?

Many resorts cater to various age groups. Look for options with dedicated kids' clubs for younger children, separate teen zones for older siblings, and activities that appeal to all ages.

How can I find the most affordable family-friendly resort?

Punta Cana offers resorts for all budgets. Consider resorts like Royalton Splash Punta Cana or Barcelo Bavaro Palace (Family Club section) for a fantastic value while still enjoying excellent amenities and family-oriented activities.

What are some family-friendly activities you can do in Punta Cana outside the resort?

Consider bringing your family on a fun ATV adventure that will allow you to ride through local Dominican trails or even hopping on a lively party boat with music and an open bar. Other popular activities include zip lining, a trip to Saona Island, or visiting the famous Monkey Land. Use our activity booking pages or send us a quick email and we’ll be more than happy to help you schedule any off resort activities!

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Michael Quach
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