Family Travel Association


Family Travel Association

Family Travel Association



By: Keryn Means

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Why All-Inclusive?

All-inclusive resorts and hotels are a staple in the family travel market. Clients love that the pricing is upfront, and — for the most part — transparent. Additionally, picky eaters have multiple food options; many activities are built right into the vacation package; different room configurations allow large groups to stay together; and some properties educate their staff on how to work with children with special needs.

These properties are also good for parents who want to unplug and spend more time with their children. Cooking classes, spa treatments, yoga classes and eco tours for the whole family are slowly being added to resorts’ weekly programming.

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What’s Hot in Kids’ Clubs

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While many kids’ clubs are still a free-for-all featuring some mixture of video games and a few optional activities, resorts such as Club Med and Beaches Resorts create camp-like atmospheres for children visiting with their families. Programming and spaces for children under four years old is also expanding, as millennials with small children travel with their parents and grandparents on holiday throughout the year. Sandos Resorts is taking it one step further by giving families access to its family activities schedule before they even arrive, so parents can start strategizing early.

Special activities and collaborations between well-known brands are also being introduced into kids’ clubs. Similar to what we have seen happening in the cruise industry (such as MSC Cruises’ partnership with Lego and Celebrity Cruises’ educational partnership with Anturus featuring STEM activities), Beaches has partnered with Sesame Street for character interactions and Real Madrid Foundation for soccer clinics; and Club Med has expanded its Cirque du Soleil circus program.

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A New Way to Look at Family Accommodations

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As larger families, grandparents traveling with kids and grandkids, blended families and single parents travel with their kids, room configurations are getting more complicated. Resorts such as Club Med are responding with guaranteed connecting rooms, which can create up to a three-bedroom suite. Beaches offers four-bedroom homes and two-bedroom condos with pull-out couches for families to share, or that can be booked next to each other. Many resorts still have a long way to go, but guaranteed connecting rooms is a great start for big family groups who don’t want to be separated across the property.

Family-Focused Packages and Services

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Family-focused services continue to roll out bit by bit. Allergies are being taken more seriously by chefs and dining services. Spa treatments for children and teens are becoming more prevalent, with specifically designed treatments for the younger crowd. Mommy-and-me pedicures, manicures, facials and massages are being added to spa menus so parents can still spend time with their children while being pampered.

Families traveling with children on the spectrum are seeing more kids’ clubs that are not only autism-friendly, but autism-certified.  Beaches is autism-certified by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards, creating a safe place for parents to bring their families. The resort takes it one step further by offering a One-on-One Beaches Buddy Program for children with special needs.

Some properties are offering packages specifically catering to grandparents, recognizing that this rising market of travelers is planning — and often paying — for the entire family’s vacation. Kids-Stay-Free packages are also popping up, which help those with larger families looking to cut down on costs when they travel with three or more children. Some properties are even offering packages for single parents traveling with children, a market many resorts are not specifically targeting yet.

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Panama Jack Resorts
Sandos Hotels & Resorts
Panama Jack Resorts

Panama Jack Resorts

All-Inclusive. Re-Imagined.™

At Panama Jack Resorts, the warm sun, the white sand and the  countless  shades  of blue invite travelers of all ages to a carefree beach vacation where everything is included!


  • Panama  Jack  Resorts  Cancun  is  a  picture-perfect  escape  for  couples,  families  and  friends  in  need  of  some  serious  fun  in  the  sun.  Guests can expect the unexpected  in  addition  to  consistently  friendly  staff,  delicious  dining  and  authentic  adventures.


  • Panama  Jack  Resorts Playa  del  Carmen  provides  couples,  families  and  friends  with  a  sunkissed  beach  backdrop  to  relish  unexpected  delights,  enjoy  genuine  hospitality  and  explore  the  region’s  vibrant  city  center,  steps  away.

There’s no wrong way to spend the day. Adventure seekers can catch a wave or learn to scuba dive while beach bums can camp out in a cabana, daiquiri in hand. It’s all included!

  • Upgraded coastal-inspired accommodations with  furnished terraces, minibars and wi-fi
  • Diverse dining and endless drinks at a collection of imaginative à  la  carte  restaurants,  brimming  buffets, beachside  grills and funky bars
  • Sparkling swimming pools with  sundecks,  activities  and  waiter  service
  • Caribbean beachfront with  cabanas  and  waiter  service
  • Daily activities including scuba  demonstrations,  beachfront  Zumba, cooking  classes  and  more
  • The Gym, offering daily  classes  and  fully  equipped  with free  weights  and  machines
  • Nightly  live  entertainment  including  music,  dance  and  theater performances  plus  themed  parties 
  • Camp Jack with supervised activities for ages 4 to 12, as well as mini golf and water park
  • #Hashtag teen zone with video games, activities and  more  fun  for  ages  12  to  17
SAVE UP TO 55% Plus Kids Stay Free
With sprawling swimming pools and fun daily doings ranging from beachfront yoga to culinary classes and live music, each carefree day promises new adventures and unexpected delights for all members of the family. The young (and the young at heart) will love Camp Jack’s mini golf and water park, while adults won’t be able to resist the seaside serenity at Aura Spa. Beyond the resorts, families can explore premier golf courses and excursions nearby or kick back in their spacious suites to take in the ocean vistas from the private balconies.

Don’t miss these special all-inclusive savings.

Register for our Preferred Agent Program and gain access to an online portal built specifically to help you sell! It’s free to join and grants you exclusive access to a variety of tools:

  • Earn AgentCASH: Register new bookings, review bookings and learn about our travel agent loyalty program
  • Review Special Offers: As an agent, you can vacation at any of our resorts at a discounted rate
  • Contact Your BDM: Your regional Business Development Manager is here to help answer questions
  • Access Sales Tools: Browse the media library, submit client amenity requests and become a wedding specialist
  • Access Learning Center: Complete our preferred travel agent certifications and explore the resource center
  • Access Group Information: Learn about corporate meetings and incentives, social groups and weddings, plus submit a RFP
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Sandos Hotels & Resorts

Sandos Hotels & Resorts
Family vacations beyond your dreams

At Sandos, our mission is to create amazing and unique memories for every guest that checks into our hotels, especially families, big and small.

At every corner of our hotels, guests will find new, modern, and incomparable ways to have fun and relax.

Every ingredient that goes into making a hotel spectacular comes together in perfect harmony at all Sandos Hotels, each resort boasts a passionate staff prepared to go to every length to ensure the needs of every guest are met, international menus in both buffet and à la carté restaurants, exciting daily activities, a kids club, and jaw-dropping nightly performances perfect for every age, always exceeding the expectations of every guest!  

Riviera Maya Vacations Designed for Families

Situated within the wonders of the Riviera Maya, two wondrous locations offering different but spectacular things for every type of traveler. Vacation where an endless white sand beach melts into the breathtaking Caribbean Sea at Sandos Playacar, or experience a getaway alongside monkeys in the jungle at Sandos Caracol, both locations offering guests an opportunity to immerse themselves in the region’s unbelievable beauty, local culture, and wildlife.

If you are looking to go beyond adventure and discover the true magic of Mexico, Sandos Caracol Eco Resort is the right option for you. From swimming and floating alongside turtles in the on-site cenote and mangrove river to zipping down the 29 slide water park in the middle of the jungle, the experiences Sandos Caracol boasts are unimaginable.

On the other hand, the breathtaking endless white sands at Sandos Playacar offer extremely tempting amenities. With a brand new family pool area, the options for relaxing and having fun doesn't stop there as Sandos Playacar also features facilities such as a kids' club with supervised games and crafts for the smaller kids, while teens can enjoy the arcade and video games at the Lite Teen Club. The paradisiacal spot for families.

What’s new for Sandos Hotels and Resorts?

As we are always looking for ways to make our guests experience better and more memorable, we are constantly changing and introducing new things to keep guests on their toes.

Just like at Sandos Playacar where a brand new Family Pool Area just checked-in! Perfectly situated steps away from the breathtaking beach, this new area is beyond incredible as it offers something for every age of guest. Boasting a thrilling kids waterpark, grand infinity pool with a swim-up bar, and an oceanfront snack bar, families can spend the whole day on the beach or at the pool and have everything they need to relax and have fun within seconds.

Sandos Caracol also got an upgrade, being recently equipped with brand new family suites boasting a spacious area for guests to spend on their “off” time during their vacation! Sleeping in the middle of the jungle has never been so comfortable as the imaginations of all wonder as the kids rest in a beautiful wooden bunk bed admiring the magical jungle inspired decor highlighting the suite.

Be a SMART agent with Sandos

Selling these unique experiences that the Sandos brand offers is what we define as: Being SMART! is a complete online portal where our agents can find special and exclusive deals all year-round, marketing resources and materials, personalized agent assistance in their region, earn points and get rewarded with free nights at the Sandos hotels for registering their bookings, as well as accessing guided training courses and webinars to become Sandos-certified agents.

In addition, our team of BDMs is in constant contact with the travel agent community through events, trade shows, conferences, training, sales calls, and plenty of quality time with our agent friends.

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