With its rich cultural traditions, white sand beaches, and cuisine to die for, Mexico deserves a spot on every family’s travel bucket list. And whether your vacation plans take you to Cancun, Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen, Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta, or any other beloved spots, the best options for families are often the all-inclusive ones. As you look ahead to your 2021 travels, here are the Mexico all-inclusive resorts that’ll have you packing your bags for a family trip.
Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya – Puerto Aventuras, Quintana Roo, Mexico
At the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya in Cancun’s Hotel Zone, you can have your cake and eat it too with both adults-only and family-friendly resort experiences. Your big debate? The expansive outdoor pools or the private beach.
Kids will enjoy the ninja obstacle course, trampolines, and indoor concrete skatepark at the 29,000 square foot Woodward Riviera Maya action-sports facility. There’s also the Roxity Kids Club with daily activities for kids ages four to 12, plus the Rockaway Bay water park with high-speed slides for teens and adults and smaller slides for the little ones. Snorkeling and kayaking are other fun options.
The adults-only section of the resort, called Heaven, includes the Hard Rock signature Rock Spa with 75 spa treatment rooms and a variety of spa services, four restaurants, and seven bars and lounges, including a premium service nightclub.
Barceló Maya Grand Resort – Quintana Roo, Mexico
The Barceló Maya Grand Resort is comprised of six resorts in total: the brand new all-suite, adults-only Barceló Maya Riviera; the all-suite, AAA Four-Diamond Barceló Maya Palace; Barceló Maya Tropical; Barceló Maya Colonial; Barceló Maya Beach; and Barceló Maya Caribe. Combined there are 27 restaurants, 24 bars, 14 pools, three theaters, three water parks, a 33,000-square-foot spa (including a kid’s spa with specialized spa treatments), and bowling alley. Not to mention this spa resort has bragging rights for being the first and only Riviera Maya resort with its own amusement park, too.
At Ventura Fly & Ride Park, the options go way beyond ordinary ziplines. Try the AquaZip, which ends with a splash landing; Tarzania, a zipline/rollercoaster that suspends you below a rail as you soar 1,247 feet through the air; or the plane coaster, the bungee swing, the parachute landing, and more! Then there’s Ventura Ride, where kids and adults can show off their skills in Polaris Ace vehicles on a closed off-road circuit. And after you catch your breath, the whole family can chill at the resort’ mile-long white sand beach.
Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres Resort & Spa – Playa Mujeres, Quintana Roo, Mexico
The Family Selection at the five-star beachfront Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres Resort and Spa is like a hotel inside of a hotel, catering to families with personalized services and premium accommodations (including the Family Selection Ambassador Suite, which offers even more room, more luxuries, and more comfort). Amenities within the family area include private check-in and check-out, a personal Family Host assistant throughout the stay, a welcome kit for children, and preferential restaurant reservations.
There are kid’s clubs and entertainment options for babies (ages one to three), toddlers, preteens, and teens, offering everything from X-Box games and a pool table to an art room, trampoline, and kiddie park. (The resort’s kid’s clubs are temporarily closed due to COVID-19 restrictions.) Tennis lovers will enjoy the Rafa Nadal Tennis Centre on property. There are also three pools, swim-up bars, and a kid’s water park.
Grand Residences Riviera Cancun – Puerto Morelos, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Whether you’re two or 92, there’s something for you at the Grand Residences Riviera Cancun. Three themes prevail here: culinary, adventure, and relaxation. The resort’s vast array of amenities (think pillow choice options and a bottle of tequila or mezcal in every room) and activities (e.g., cultural experiences for younger guests at the drop-off Kids Club, Spanish language and/or cooking classes, guided yoga on the beach, bike tour through the downtown uncrowded area) offer big fun for multigenerational family vacations.
Keep the action going with tennis, Zumba, table tennis, dance contests, bingo, and domines. Another plus: The resort works alongside local tour operators to craft personalized snorkel, cenote, and water experiences in the Caribbean Sea to allow families to get back to enjoying nature–including exploring the world’s second largest coral reef (a quick drive from Grand Residences). Private round-trip car service to and from the airport is included for all guests.
The Black Bass Lodge – Punta Abreojos, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Looking for an off-the-grid experience? The Black Bass Lodge might be the Mexico all inclusive resort for you. Book the beachfront villa (it sleeps up to 15 guests with four private rooms) and literally have the place to yourselves. Stays include a private chef, all meals, and cleaning service. This resort is ideal for whale watching, hiking, biking, horseback riding, remote fishing, surfing, exploring tide pools, and enjoying walks along the beach. A private yoga instructor is available upon request, too.
Playa Viva – Petatlan, Mexico
If mega all-inclusive resorts aren’t your thing, consider the family- and dog-friendly Playa Viva resort, located on its own private beach along Mexico’s Pacific Coast. At this boutique all-inclusive resort, kids can boogie board, make sandcastles, and visit the on-site farm and garden to collect eggs for breakfast and feed the pigs. The entire family will enjoy horseback riding on the beach, kayaking in a lagoon, and learning to surf or snorkeling at nearby reefs. Parents can begin the day with complimentary morning yoga.
The hotel is situated at the base of the Sierra Madre Mountains on the Pacific Coast of Mexico and has 200 acres of nature preserve, including a turtle sanctuary where families can watch baby turtles get released into the ocean.
When you’re ready to relax, a variety of spa services await—as do cooking lessons, shore fishing, and hiking trails. Nearby excursions include snorkeling, visits to a local farm, shopping, a Temazcal sweat lodge, and more. Meals, snacks, and most beverages are included.
Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit – Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit, Mexico
You know a resort is family-friendly when there’s a Baby Concierge package that comes with a crib, baby seat, stroller, baby bath, and just about anything else you might need (think bottle warmers and a menu of baby foods). There’s also a Kids Club is for those four and over, and a place for teens to meet up as well. Babysitting services are also available.
With so many entertainment options for the kids, parents have plenty of opportunity to enjoy some guilt-free down time at the spa or on the beach. Grand Velas also has five restaurants (AAA four-diamond rated) and a 24-hour personal concierge (essentially a butler) who will make excursion recommendations for your family and take care of dinner reservations, notifying all restaurants of dietary needs and restrictions.
Margaritaville Island Reserve Riviera Cancun – Puerto Morelos, Quintana Roo, Mexico
The newly opened Margaritaville Island Reserve in Cancun is an oceanfront resort that combines all the amenities of a world-class all-inclusive resort with Margaritaville’s famously relaxed vibe. There’s a fully outfitted fitness center, and activities like stand-up paddle boarding, snorkeling, scuba clinics, cooking and cocktail classes, dance lessons, yoga, Aqua Fit, beach soccer, and volleyball abound.
The Parakeets Kid’s Club has supervised daily activities for children ages four to 12 years old, where activities include cooking classes, mad lab experiments, piñata making, dancing, pajama parties, and movie nights.
Club Med Cancun – Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Club Med is the only Cancun resort with three private beachfront spaces, which means there’s no shortage of water-based activities (sailing, scuba diving, water games, and more) to choose from. Feeling adventurous? There’s also a flying trapeze and archery. If your mood is chill, you can get private oceanfront massage spa services on the beach. And, the new Amazing Family Program offers all manner of entertainment, like life-sized board games, family story time, beginner yoga, treasure hunts, and pickleball.
Viva Wyndham Maya – Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico
At Viva Wyndham Maya, kids ages four to 12 have their own pool, sand box, swings, and endless activities, not to mention extended hours from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Kids Club. And when the whole family wants to hang out together, there’s dancing, trapeze, cooking lessons, oceanfront pools, paddle boarding, water aerobics, climbing wall, ceramic painting, kayaking, windsurfing, and tennis, among many other activities. When night falls, there’s entertainment at the theater, and before the show kids get a chance to show off their talent at the Mini Show with dance choreography they put together during the day.
The resort has connecting rooms for large families, and cribs are available upon request. You’ll have no worries about mealtime, either, as there are a variety of restaurants with many options for kids. When you’re ready to venture beyond the resort, downtown Playa del Carmen is just a short drive away.
Another popular nearby attraction is Xcaret, an eco-archaeological park that offers the opportunity to swim in underground rivers, float in lagoons, see exotic animals in their natural habitats, snorkel in cenotes, and browse through a botanical garden or visit a cool coral reef aquarium. Other options include snorkeling with dolphins or a visit to the famous pyramids at Chichen Itza.