10 Best All-Inclusive Family Beach Resorts in Mexico

Jocelyn Murray May 6, 2014 No Comments

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From its mild tropical climate and gorgeous beaches, to its gracious people and rich cultural heritage, Mexico is a country full of character, flavor and charm, making it a wonderful holiday destination.

Mexico is bordered by four bodies of water—the Sea of Cortez (also known as the Gulf of California), the Pacific Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Caribbean Sea—with a fantastic array of beach resorts found all along its eastern and western coasts. We’ve compiled a list of family beach resorts that include everything from meals and accommodations to recreational activities so you can plan your next family vacation.

 

Azul Beach Hotel, Cancun

Azul Beach Hotel, Cancun
photo by Azul Beach Hotel

Azul Beach Hotel faces the beautiful Caribbean Sea with white sand beaches and turquoise water. Its all-inclusive rates feature gourmet dining at several restaurants and bars with unlimited cocktails, wine, beer and non-alcoholic beverages. Children ages 4-12 can enjoy a variety of engaging supervised activities at the Azulitos Play House while parents go have some fun of their own. The hotel has a luxury spa (additional charges apply), fitness center, swimming pool, non-motorized water sports like paddleboats, kayaks and snorkeling gear, and live music and shows. Its location on the Riviera Maya by the Caribbean Sea boasts intriguing Mayan temple ruins and a variety of off-site tours (subject to additional fees)  to discover the hidden treasures of this part of the world.

 

Beach Palace Cancun

Beach Palace Cancun
photo by Beach Palace Cancun

This beachfront resort is located in Cancun’s prestigious Hotel Zone on a gorgeous stretch of white sand beach on the Caribbean Sea with enchanting views of the Nichupte Lagoon. Unlimited gourmet meals and beverages (including premier wines and spirits), and a host of activities like non-motorized water sports, a fitness center, swimming pools (including two rooftop pools), Jacuzzis and more are all included. Their supervised Kids Club (for youngsters ages 4-12) features a variety of activities, games, arts and crafts and even a kids’ pool.  There are daily activities, nightly shows, themed parties and entertainment to make a stay here memorable for everyone in your family.

 

Club Med Cancun Yucatan

Club Med Cancun Yucatan
photo by Club Med Cancun Yucatan

The Yucatan Peninsula is known for its rich Mesoamerican archeological zone, its pristine beaches, and its luxurious hotels. Those staying at the Club Med Cancun Yucatan can discover its splendor in a private peninsula setting between a crystalline lagoon and the Caribbean Sea that will simply take your breath away. The resort features colorful bungalow-style accommodations, unlimited dining and beverages, games, recreation, water sports, fitness classes, tennis, windsurfing, a trapeze school and much more. Golf and scuba diving are available for an extra charge. There is exceptional supervised childcare and children’s programs for babies, kids and teens with plenty of engaging fun, all of which are included in the rates. A variety of spectacular tours and excursions such as swimming with dolphins, or visiting the renowned ruins of Chichen Itzá can also be arranged (additional fee applies) for a memorable visit.

 

Club Med Ixtapa Pacific

Club Med Ixtapa Pacific
photo by Club Med Ixtapa Pacific

The resort town of Ixtapa is found on the shores of the Pacific Ocean where a former coconut plantation and mangrove estuary once flourished. Its golden sands and lush gardens give it a tropical feel against the backdrop of the Sierra Madre Mountains that make it so alluring. Club Med Ixtapa features fabulous hacienda-style accommodations, gourmet cuisine and beverages, and sports and recreation for everyone in the family including golf, tennis, a fitness center and classes, water sports, a trapeze school and much more. Childcare and activities for children from 4 months all the way to 17 years is included as well. The supervised activities are tailored to meet their needs according to their age/development, and will keep them happily entertained so that you can enjoy some fun and relaxation of your own. Babysitting services are also available at an extra cost.

 

Dreams Puerto Vallarta

Dreams Puerto Vallarta
photo by Dreams Resorts & Spas

Situated on a private beach where a golden shore meets the azure waters of the Pacific Ocean, Dreams Puerto Vallarta’s luxury accommodations all boast breathtaking ocean views. This all-inclusive resort features 7 restaurants, 5 bars with unlimited wine, beer and spirits, a fitness center, spa (additional charges apply), swimming pools and more. Activities such as golf, tennis, and non-motorized water sports like kayaking and snorkeling, and much more are also included. Kids ages 3-12 can participate in the fully supervised Explorer’s Club that’s also included, and have fun with sand castle competitions, Spanish lessons, a playground, kids’ theatre, arts and crafts, and weekly campout adventures on the beach. Babysitting is available for an additional charge. Excursions like fishing, scuba diving, swimming with dolphins, and a variety of tours can also be arranged for a fee. End each day with a glorious sunset as the sky is painted in vivid hues blending into the azure waters of the Pacific Ocean.

 

Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa

Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa
photo by Dreams Resorts & Spas

Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa offers the best of the Riviera Maya’s stunning white-sand beaches on the Caribbean Sea, and superb accommodations with spectacular views tucked within lush tropical gardens and slender palm trees. Its all-inclusive rates cover nine specialty gourmet restaurants, unlimited beverages including wine, beer, spirits, juices and soft drinks, and day and night activities and entertainment. There’s a fitness center, sprawling swimming pool, spa (additional fees apply), and endless water and land activities for limitless recreation and relaxation. Kids ages 3-12 can enjoy a wide variety of fully supervised activities at the Explorer’s Club like arts and crafts, a planetarium, playground area, theatre, weekly campouts, movies on the beach, and much more. Offsite tours and excursions can also be arranged for an additional fee, from deep sea fishing, to visiting the ruins of Chichén Itzá, Tulum or Coba, to scuba diving and snorkeling at Cozumel.

 

Iberostar Paraiso Maya, Cancun

Iberostar Paraiso Maya, Cancun
photo by Iberostar Hotels & Resorts

The Iberostar Paraiso Maya is nestled on the beautiful beach of Playa Paraíso near a tranquil cove in the Riviera Maya by the Caribbean Sea. This family-friendly all-suites resort boasts spacious accommodations, a lazy river, wave pool, several swimming pools, a water park, lots of restaurants and bars with unlimited service, live entertainment and shows, 18-hole championship golf, a spa (additional charges apply), 2 discos (1 for adults, 1 for teens), endless recreation, water sports and more.  There’s a game room, a kids’ club for children ages 4-12, and babysitting services (additional charge) as well. The hotel’s Mayan art, décor and style imbue an ancient allure to its architectural opulence.

 

Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort, Cancun

Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort, Cancun
photo by Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort

Blending beautifully along a gorgeous stretch of beach in Cancun’s south shore, Moon Place Golf & Spa Resort has something for everyone in your family. It boasts tranquil lagoon-style pools, 15 savory restaurants, 12 bars serving premium spirits, a kids club with dry playground and water playground areas, fitness center, luxury spa, tennis, 27-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course (within 2 miles of the resort), a FlowRider surf simulator (extra charge), water sports galore, wired teen lounge, nightclub, posh accommodations, shows and nightly entertainment and performances. Guests get $1,500 of resort credit good towards activities like scuba diving, tours of ancient ruins, golf, spa treatments, the Dolphin Discovery encounter and more.

 

Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Esmerelda

Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Esmerelda
photo by Melia Hotels & Resorts

Paradisus Playa del Carment La Esmerelda is an enchanting oasis, contemporary-styled within a tropical Caribbean setting of white-sand beaches, a private bay, and a preserved mangrove coastline. It features luxury accommodations, spectacular views, several pools including an activities pool, tennis, health club with dance classes like Zumba and salsa, 11 restaurants with exceptional dining, 10 bars, water sports and daily activities and enrichment classes like sushi making and more for the whole family. Guests can spend their included resort credits on offsite adventures and tour excursions including the Mayan pyramids, diving, golf, spa services, suite upgrades and more. Children can enjoy the supervised kids’ camp with plenty of craft workshops, themed parties, sports and water games, kids’ pool and playground. Like its name implies, Paradisus is a piece of paradise.

 

The Beloved Hotel, Cancun 

The Beloved Hotel, Playa Mujeres, Cancun
photo by The Beloved Hotel

This boutique all-inclusive hotel is a white-washed gem tucked along the shores of Playa Mujeres in Cancun by the Caribbean Sea. Every detail reflects an understated elegance that dazzles as it delights its guests. From its posh accommodations, to its delicious dining and bars with unlimited beverage service, to its vast array of recreational activities and water sports, The Beloved Hotel is certain to capture your heart and lure you back again. It has a wonderful kids club with lots of arts and crafts, toys, games and activities like cookie-baking lessons, piñata-making and aqua aerobics for children 4-12. The hotel features 3 swimming pools, a fitness center with yoga classes, golf, a spa (additional charge applies), and a variety of tours to discover the archeological and natural treasures of the region. Families that prefer peace and tranquility at the end of a long day of recreation or relaxation are certain to find it here.

 

 

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Jocelyn Murray is a travel writer and historical fiction novelist. She holds two university master's degrees in both English and Education, along with a bachelor's degree in Economics and European Studies. She also has a teaching credential and taught at the elementary school level.

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