5 Great All-Inclusive Family Resorts on the Riviera Maya

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Dreams Tulum

Dreams Tulum water slides

Courtesy Dreams Tulum 

This hacienda-style resort welcomes families (along with couples and groups) in an upscale environment that will please well-traveled parents as well as kids. Rooms are spacious and each has a private terrace.

What Makes it Special:

  • Along with the usual resort activities like windsurfing, ping pong, tennis, and snorkeling, the resort also offers high-octane adventures like a floating iceberg climbing wall and bungee jumping
  • Big screen outdoor movies on the beach each evening
  • The Mayan-themed Explorer’s Club for kids (ages 3-12) combines adventure and creativity, along with story-telling and treasure hunts
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AZUL Beach by Karisma

The pool at Azul Beach Riviera Maya

 Courtesy Karisma Resorts

This sophisticated boutique resort, located on a stretch of white sand beach near Cancun, has just 97 rooms, making it a good choice for those wanting a quieter, more intimate holiday experience.

What Makes it Special:

  • The “Gourmet Inclusive” concept offers all-inclusive dining that’s a few notches above the standard, from candlelit dinners on the beach to an all-lobster menu
  • The Azulito Kids Club offers diversions like balloon fights, sandcastle making, face painting and treasure hunts
  • The resort is located just 20 minutes from Cancun International Airport, making it a smart choice for parents with children tired from traveling
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Barceló Maya Palace Deluxe

Barcelo Maya Palace

Courtesy Barceló

Located on a beautiful beach with shallow warm waters and reef 25 minutes from Playa del Carmen near Puerto Aventuras, this family-friendly property is part of the Barceló Maya Beach Resort Complex (there are four other adjoined resorts) More of a mega-resort than a boutique experience, this all-inclusive is ideal for guests wanting to mingle with other families.

What Makes it Special:

  • Nightly family entertainment in the resort theater that seats 750
  • The spa offers treatments for both adults and children to enjoy
  • A host of activities for kids to enjoy, including a dedicated children’s water park, mini golf course, kids club and buffet
  • Family suites are spacious – around 100 square foot – and offer interconnected rooms for extra privacy
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Akumal Beach Resort

Lounge chairs on the beach at Akumal

Getty Images / Design Pics / John Kroetch 

Set on Akumal Bay (The Place of Turtles), a tranquil, sheltered lagoon and beach 20 minutes drive from Tulum, this 128-room oceanfront resort is laid-back and family-oriented. Its big draw is proximity to the ocean and the extraordinary snorkeling opportunities on the offshore reef.

What Makes it Special:

  • Each of the 241 rooms has an ocean view
  • Diversions such as snorkeling the crystal clear waters and exploring the offshore reef are mere steps away from the rooms
  • Lots of fun family activities like turtle viewing, beachcombing, and a dedicated kid’s club
  • Activities such as yoga, kayaking, swimming with sea turtles and archery are included
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Iberostar Paraiso Maya

Pool at the Iberostar Paraiso Maya

Courtesy Iberostar Resorts 

This beachfront family-friendly property, just fifteen minutes south of Playa del Carmen, is part of the Iberostar Paraiso complex (there are four other resorts on the property). Guests at all of the resorts can enjoy the main plaza area that has a town square that will remind the kids of the movie Coco, and there's a taco shop and ice cream parlor (all included!), as well as a playground. Guests at the Maya can make use of the pools, bars, and restaurants at three other resorts on the property (all except the Grand which is adult-only).

What Makes it Special:

  • A lazy river and wave pool provide hours of fun for kids and parents alike
  • Star camp not only entertains kids but also teaches them skills and values like protecting the environment. 
  • Access to the saltwater pool, sauna and steam room at the spa is included
  • Family suites are spacious with connecting rooms and have a large bathroom with a whirlpool tub 

Updated and additional information added by Suzanne Barbezat, 31/08/18.

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