Great for families
Posted Feb 23, 2016
We really enjoyed our trip but it took a day or two to get accustomed to everything. Our prior experience with all-inclusive resorts included multiple bars, casinos, restaurants, pools, music, and action. FDR isn't like that. It is a small resort with its own special charm -- think a beach hotel on Fire Island on Montauk. You won't show up to a grand entrance (the entrance is actually pretty unimpressive) with a bottle of champagne waiting. That said, after staying at FDR, I think that what they offer is so much better.
We went in February which was the perfect time to get away from the cold and snow in the Northeast. We were traveling with 3 children - 1, 3, 6 years of age and, to be honest, hadn't had a truly relaxing family vacation in a few years. We had a 2 bedroom suite which made varying sleeping schedules easy. The daily scheduled for adults/kids/teens were great and our 6 year old had free reign. He loved being independent and would go to the kids club or play soccer on the beach with other kids. The nanny was a game changer. She stepped right in an started helping -- she would walk with the kids when they got tired of sitting at the breakfast table, stay with them when we went to dinner, and worked hard to make sure that the vacation was a success for each child.