The Best Kid-Friendly All-Inclusive Resorts in Mexico
Hyatt Ziva Cancun
The Hyatt Ziva Cancun kids club has a mini waterpark right-sized for children ages 4-12, and out-of-the-box kids activities include yoga and beach soccer games. The Friday night piñata party is a big hit, and kids can satisfy their sugar cravings anytime with milkshakes at the 50s-themed Chevy’s diner or cotton candy from the Pasteles dessert parlor.
Dreams Playa Mujeres Golf & Spa Resort
Spacious suites at Dreams Playa Mujeres have plenty of room for a family of five, and sibling rivalries can be settled with a race down twin, 328-foot waterslides in the resort’s waterpark. The Mayan-themed Explorer’s Club has a planetarium (the Maya were amazing astronomers) and a pyramid-shaped climbing wall.
The Grand at Moon Palace, Cancun
Get in on grand reopening deals at this luxe new Cancun resort-within-a-resort, where the kiddos can hang ten on a wave simulator or socialize in the Wired teen lounge, which includes a game room and unlimited ice cream. The indoor-outdoor Playroom has themed play areas, a mini soccer field, and a kids-only waterpark and splash zone.
Generations Riviera Maya
Kids who love pampering can indulge in Generations Riviera Maya's unlimited butler service to satisfy late-night snack cravings, and the resort’s Baby Beach Lounges keep toddlers out of the sun and into the fun with toys and nanny supervision. The Eko Kids Club includes cooking classes. Traveling with tots? Book a room kitted out with essentials like a crib, stroller, changing table, and bottle warmers.
Hard Rock Hotel, Puerto Vallarta
Swim-up bars aren’t for adults only at the Hard Rock, where kids can splash down for a “mocktail” and a snack. Circus performers entertain at a poolside amphitheater — the perfect distraction when kids need a break from the waterslide. Angela the Ballerina and Bob the Builder lead activities at the Little Big Club, while teens get their own backstage lounge at the Cavern Club.
Sandos Caracol Eco Resort & Spa, Playa del Carmen
With 29 waterslides, the waterpark at the Sandos Caracol is one of the biggest in Mexico and irresistible to adventurous kids. What really sets this resort apart, though, is its Xcalacoco heritage program, which includes daily activities like wilderness hikes, interactive traditional ceremonies, Mayan ball games, and classes on jungle survival skills.
Grand Velas Resort, Los Cabos
The $2 million Billionaire’s Birthday Party at the Grand Velas Los Cabos is the ultimate “quinceañeras” — newly crowned 15-year-olds are flown in by private jet, get a Presidential Suite all to themselves, and host a bash for up to 300. For less extravagant visitors, the resort has baby concierges on hand to help out new parents, a kids club with activities like Spanish classes and kickball tournaments, and a nightclub where teens can dance ‘til midnight.
Nickelodeon Resort, Riviera Maya
The first Nickelodeon resort in Mexico (and second anywhere, following the launch of the Punta Cana flagship last year) is scheduled to open in late 2018 and will feature appearances by Spongebob Squarepants and Dora the Explorer, and amenities like the immersive Studio Nick, a children’s spa, and the Pineapple Villa, themed after Spongebob’s Bikini Bottom home. Are you ready, kids?
Occidental Resort at Xcaret, Playa del Carmen
Easy access to the outstanding Xcaret eco-archaeological park gives families staying at the Occidental plenty of time to explore the park’s 40 attractions — everything from snorkeling and river cruises to dolphin swims and wildlife encounters. You’ll also discover Mayan ruins, a private swimming cove, and 18 holes of miniature golf on the lushly landscaped resort grounds.
IBEROSTAR Paraiso Lindo, Riviera Maya
Kids stay free at Iberostar’s Mexico resorts between May and November, and the five-star Paraiso Lindo offers elegant pampering for mom and dad while keeping the offspring entertained with a wave pool fed by a waterfall cascading from a Mayan temple. Guests also have access to four sister resorts arrayed along the beach.