By Eileen Ogintz

White sand beaches…warm, clear water…plenty of activities for the kids and grown ups alike. (Ready to snorkel or kayak? Maybe a beach massage?)

If you thought a winter Caribbean getaway was out of reach this winter, think again. The all-inclusive Karisma Hotels & Resorts, known for their Gourmet Inclusive Experience, not only can offer the luxe vacation you want but deals that are 45 percent off  or more and in some cases, kids are free.

Azul Beach on Riviera Maya, Mexico

Azul Beach on Riviera Maya, Mexico


The key is to choose the right resort for your family and Karisma is a brand that can deliver whatever the ages in your gang.

Consider three of their most family friendly resorts I’ve visited myself:

Azul Beach Resort Riviera Maya by Karisma along the Riviera Maya in Mexico is just 20 minutes from the Cancun airport but a world away. It’s no wonder this resort is especially popular with young families. There are suites with everything you need for your baby—changing tables, baby baths, even bottle sterilizers and baby food–24-hour room service and rainfall showers. Let’s not forget the cozy beach beds with beach butler service, the kid-sized beach loungers, the Azulitos Kids Clubs starting at age four complete with a “My Gym Center” with trampolines, springboards and more, the Nickelodeon Experience in the Riviera Maya and a Vassa Kids Spa for those five and older. (You’ll find two other Azul Beach Resorts in Mexico and one in Negril Jamaica.)

Current offer: up to 45% savings with rates from $155 pp/pn. Kids stay free in 2018 travel.

GENERATIONS RIVIERA MAYA BY KARISMA  just 40 minutes from Cancun is especially designed for multigenerational groups with oceanfront infinity and swim-up 1, 2, and 3-bedroom suites. Parents and grandparents get some adult time (maybe a massage at the Mayan Inspired Naay Spa) while the kids are involved in their organized activities—even learning Spanish. All the amenities you need for a baby are available; If you need something, your butler is available around the clock.

Current offer: up to 50% Savings. Rates from $203 pp/pn.

Aqua Nick in Puna Cana

Aqua Nick in Puna Cana


NICKELODEON HOTELS & RESORTS PUNTA CANA is not only five-star but the only Nickelodeon resort in the world!  Each of the 208 guestrooms is decorated with a Nickelodeon™ twist.  You can even stay at the Pineapple Villa, inspired by Spongebob Squarepants’ Bikini Bottom house. At the Aqua Nick park, you’ll find water slides, a lazy river, and mass Sliming.  Guests will also enjoy live entertainment, and endless dining options at the Gourmet Village with eight restaurants.  Here’s what I wrote about my visit.

Current offer: up to 45% Savings. Rates from $260 pp/pn. Kids stay free

Don’t forget the sunscreen!