Mexico has always been a dependable go-to destination for a quick getaway with the whole family. We don't have to go to remote places in Asia and Europe to bask in the sun, sand and the sea, we just have to head south. Destinations in Cancun, Los Cabos, Playa del Carmen, Huatulco, and Cozumel are some of the popular locations riddled with beach resorts of all kinds. If we look at our options, we find there are quite a lot, so how do we choose, especially if we have our little ones traveling with us?
Here are ten of the best all-inclusive resorts designed for the whole family in sunny Mexico to get you started.
10 Azul Beach Resorts - Cancun
If what you need is a luxury experience with everything available to you in a resort, then Azul Beach Resorts in Cancun is the right fit. The amenities for adults at this resort are complete, the whole nine yards. What we'd like to share is the stuff for the kids.
First, the Azulitos Playhouse, where trained professionals assist and take care of the children Azul Beach Riviera Resort style. To help guests travel lighter, the resort provides toddler essentials like bottle sterilizers, cribs, and strollers. Think you're the only one who can enjoy a day at the spa? Azul has Vassa Spa services for guests aged 5 to 17, so book them a Turtle Massage while you get that much-needed massage of your own.
9 Barceló - Huatulco
What more can you ask from a resort that has golden sands, crystal clear waters, warm breezes, and tropical gardens spread all around the place? Services and structures designed for our kids, that's what. Barceló Huatulco has all this and more. They have trained staff that watches over the kid’s swimming pool. The resort also provides babysitting services, time to have that romantic dinner by the beach. Barceló also has the Barcy Water Park, a games room, and a kid's club that offers endless fun for kids like slides, fun games, and water sports. They also have 24-hour room service for when you and the kids get hungry in the middle of the night.
8 Fiesta Americana Condesa - Cancun
Cancun's a city in Mexico popular for beaches, nightlife, and wild spring breaks. But at Fiesta Americana Condesa guests can lie back and just enjoy the stellar service and hospitality provided by the whole staff. Try the different traditional Mexican dishes or indulge in world cuisine at one of the many restaurants in the resort. The Fiesta Kids Club is bright, cozy, and entertaining. Don't let the kids leave without pretending to be Captain Jack Sparrow in that big pirate ship parked at the kiddie pool. For the adults, have a rejuvenating massage in the Miiluma Spa and feel at one with yourself again. The all-inclusive is great and not that steep, and always check out their promotions before booking.
7 Generations - Riviera Maya
Generations at the Riviera Maya is a resort that claims itself the quintessential family resort. They do not run out of activities to offer kids of all ages. Generations has the Eko Kids Club, a large space dedicated to children 12 and below, complete with games, slides, ball pits, and attendants. There's also Little Eko Chefs, a cooking program for kids interested in being the next junior master chef. No worries if your children are in their teens because Generations has the Family Lounge where they can socialize with a crowd their age. The resort has 10 pools, access to the beach, and all accommodations are beachfront.
6 Grand Velas - Riviera Maya
The Grand Velas Riviera Maya is a resort with an all-inclusive that provides toddlers, kids, and teenagers with the care, fun, and entertainment they need to prevent them from getting bored. Grand Velas has a Baby Concierge, a Kids Club, and a Teens Club. Parents can leave their children in these facilities, supervised, of course, to relax and enjoy their vacation.
You can get the Zen Spa Package or have a riot with the whole family with the Snorkeling Package which includes a cruise and an eco-tour. For parents who have their own parent tagging along, the Grand Velas also has the Grandparents Package that takes care of their needs and wants, like a spa or a mini-golf tournament.
5 Moon Palace - Cancun
It seems like everything in Moon Palace is big and extravagant. The horizon from the beachfront is wide and panoramic and the activities are more than a handful. Grown-ups can play unlimited golf or go to the club at night. But the best things in this resort are the ones enjoyed by both parents and kids. If your kid's old enough, they can ride the waves at the FlowRider. But if they're still young, they can play in the playroom that's so big they call it “The Playroom.” The Wired Lounge will entertain kids of all ages and the parents, too. It's a gaming center and arcade filled with all the kinds of games we could imagine.
4 Nickelodeon Hotels and Resorts - Riviera Maya
With the success of their Punta Cana resort, Nickelodeon sets up its newest addition to its growing business, the Nickelodeon Hotels and Resorts Riviera Maya. By the name itself, it's no doubt that this resort is truly a family resort. Imagine a penthouse suite with a Spongebob Squarepants or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles theme, that would just blow your kids' minds away! But Nick Resort's pièce de résistance is Aqua Nick, a great water playground for kids of all ages and kids at heart as well. The water attraction is almost 46,500 square meters, so there's plenty of fun to go around for a whole day. This is a resort that sells itself to children just by the mention of its name!
3 Royal Solaris - Cancun
The Royal Solaris Cancun is a resort with a packed all-inclusive deal, and it unlocks a lot of perks for children of any age. The Mini Club is a place to leave our older kids, supervised of course, as they explore their creative and artistic sides with various activities. Then mom and dad can explore the whole resort as a couple and relax or get pampered all they want. For younger children here parents have to stay with them, but there is a playground, Baby Park, and the Mini Water Park with a Noah's Ark theme. The all-inclusive also comes with buffet meals and unlimited beverages, kayaking, and windsurfing.
2 Sandos Caracol Eco Resort - Playa Del Carmen
The main attraction in Sandos Caracol Eco Resort is the All-Nature Experience. It's an immersive program where all activities are about nature. The rooms have solar panels for energy saving, guests can leave a lasting mark at the resort by planting their own trees, and there are other nature-inspired activities that can be enjoyed by the whole family. The resort has an organic garden and a Mini Farm with donkeys, peacocks, Xoloitzcuintli dogs (a Mexican hairless breed) and rescue animals. Families can participate in hands-on activities like underground Mayan cooking, Jade River adventure, eco-tour, a nature-inspired Kids Club, and romantic boat rides for the adults. It's not just a vacation, but an educational experience for the whole family.
1 Seadust Cancun Family Resort
At Seadust Cancun Family Resort, it doesn't matter if your kids are 6 months old, pre-teens, or in their adolescent years, they're all family. For the young ones, they have Play Room Disco filled with sports games, board games, and video game consoles. The place turns into a disco at night, perfect for teenagers. Got a little tyke with you? Leave them at the Baby Club where they can enjoy activities like coloring, water gymnastics, and the baby pool. Kids aged 5 to 12 can have fun at the Kids Club where they can paint, watch movies, or play sports. But of course, there's the resort's Treasure Island Water Park that appeals to family members of all ages!