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Best Overall: Beach Palace – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"When you need a break, leave your little ones to have fun at Playroom kids club while you head to the spa for a massage."
Runner-Up, Best Overall: Club Med Cancun – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"Take the family on a sailing or water skiing excursion, or sign your kids up for tennis and archery lessons."
Best Luxury: The Grand at Moon Palace – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"Take part in non-motorized water sports, or cool off at the water park with its lazy river and multiple slides."
"There’s a dedicated kids club, and a baby club for little ones as young as 18 months."
Best Facilities: Moon Palace Cancun – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"Play a round on the 27-hole Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course or enjoy a session at the full-service spa."
Best Entertainment: Hard Rock Hotel Cancun – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"The resort’s legendary evening entertainment includes world-class DJs, burlesque shows, and a casino night."
Best Views: Hyatt Ziva Cancun – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"Its unique location allows for unrivaled views of shimmering water and paradise beaches."
Best for Small Children: Paradisus Cancun – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"Kids Zone and Baby Zone clubs offer supervised activity programs for kids of all ages."
Best Out-of-Town: Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres Resort & Spa – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"This Grand Palladium Resort & Spa boasts a tranquil setting amidst the mangrove forests of the Costa Mujeres peninsula."
Best Overall: Beach Palace
Beach Palace enjoys an enviable location overlooking the picture-perfect beaches of the Hotel Zone and an all-inclusive rate means all meals, snacks, beverages (including top shelf liquors), and 24-hour room service are covered. Plus, you’ll have unlimited access to the resort’s facilities and can look forward to spending lazy afternoons sunbathing and swimming at the beach, or splashing about with the kids at one of the child-friendly swimming pools. Resort credits can be used for tours that range from dolphin swimming to Mayan ruin excursions.
When you need a break, leave your little ones to have fun at Playroom kids club while you head to the spa for a massage. The resort also offers daily fitness classes, nightly entertainment shows, and restaurants like Tequila for casual Mexican and international buffets, Wok for pan-Asian cuisine, or Bocelli for Italian fine dining. All room categories spoil guests with a double whirlpool tub and a complimentary mini-bar, but Family Deluxe Rooms also come with two connecting bedrooms, an Xbox 360, and a furnished balcony.
Runner-Up, Best Overall: Club Med Cancun
Located at the southernmost tip of Cancun and one of the most popular vacation spots in the world, Club Med Cancun is the resort of choice for adventure-loving families. You can make the most of its spectacular natural scenery, which includes three white sand beaches, a lagoon, mangrove forests, and colorful coral reefs. Take the family on a sailing or water skiing excursion, or sign your kids up for tennis and archery lessons. There’s even a flying trapeze course and when they're in season, you can watch turtles hatch on the beach.
Three kids’ clubs offer age-appropriate, supervised activities for children aged 2 to 17. Meanwhile, adults can enjoy some alone time at the spa or at one of six resort bars. There are three restaurants to choose from with all meals included: Taco Arte for beachfront Mexican cuisine, The Estancia for Argentinian fare, and The Hacienda for international and local buffet spreads and options specially-made for babies and toddlers. Family Superior Rooms include two separate rooms and a furnished sea view balcony.
Best Luxury: The Grand at Moon Palace
The Grand is the exclusive 5-star enclave of Cancun mega-resort Moon Palace. Located just south of the Hotel Zone on the mainland beachfront, it offers flawless service, world-class dining, and generous packages that include top-shelf liquors and an amazing array of activities like non-motorized water sports and a water park with a lazy river and multiple slides. Teens will love the Wired Lounge with its trendy arcade games while younger kids can hang out at The Playroom, where they'll fin mini-golf, bumper cars, and more to entertain.
Parents can unwind at the spa, on the 27-hole golf course, or may decide to use resort credit on a family snorkeling excursion or Mayan cultural tour. The resort has a wealth of restaurants serving cuisine from all over the world like Tavola for family-friendly Italian fare or La Cantina for laid-back Mexican favorites. Grand Family Deluxe Suites sleep up to six people and have separate bedrooms, a furnished balcony, an Xbox, and a special mini-bar just for kids.
Best Budget: Seadust Cancun Family Resort
Located in the center of the Hotel Zone and surrounded by the azure waters of Nichupté Lagoon and the Caribbean Sea, Seadust Cancun Family Resort is one of the city’s most affordable all-inclusive resorts. Family Suites include separate sleeping areas for adults and kids, a furnished balcony, and a smart TV with children’s programming. There’s a dedicated kids club, and a baby club for little ones as young as 18 months. Teens can enjoy their own lounge complete with pool tables, Xbox games, and nightly discos.
In addition to exploring the five swimming pools and Treasure Island water park, you can practice your backhand on the tennis courts, play a round of mini-golf, or fly through the trees on a zip line adventure. Special highlights for adults include a full service spa and a theater where shows and plays are hosted every evening. With 10 restaurants and nine bars, you can find something you like every night, from award-winning French cuisine to authentic Mexican staples.
Best Facilities: Moon Palace Cancun
With more than 2,000 rooms, Moon Palace Cancun is one of the largest all-inclusive resorts on the Riviera Maya. It can’t be beaten for the sheer variety of its facilities and activities, making it a great choice for families in search of the ultimate mega-resort experience. You can explore swimming pools and tennis courts, go swimming with dolphins at the dolphinarium, or surf the Double Wave Simulator. Surreally, there’s even an outdoor ice-skating rink.
Indoor facilities include a gaming arcade and bowling alley, while the Kids Club centers around two playrooms. While the little ones are busy making new friends, adults can enjoy a quiet meal at one of the over 20 restaurants and bars. Packages include all meals, gourmet snacks, and top-shelf drinks. Alternatively, sign up for a round on the 27-hole Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course or splurge on a treatment at the full-service spa. There are rooms to suit families of all ages and sizes, with double whirlpool tubs, Wi-Fi, and 24-hour room service, which is included.
Best Entertainment: Hard Rock Hotel Cancun
Parents who want adult entertainment as well as access to plenty of family amenities will find what they’re looking for in the Hotel Zone at the Hard Rock Hotel Cancun. In addition to swimming pools, golf courses, and a full-service spa, the resort hosts a jam-packed daily activity schedule with options ranging from foam parties to athletic contests. Meanwhile, the kids will have the time of their lives at Hard Rock Roxity Kids Club, where themed activities may include anything from sand castle competitions to talent shows and treasure hunts.
Check out the complimentary Ultimate Playtime package for babysitting options that will leave you free to enjoy the resort’s legendary evening entertainment that includes world-class DJs, burlesque shows, and a casino night. All meals and drinks are included and you'll have six restaurants to choose from. Family-style rooms will provide the best night's sleep and are equipped with kids' menus, video games, and kid-sized bathrobes.
Best Views: Hyatt Ziva Cancun
Hyatt Ziva Cancun sits at the northernmost point of Cancun, surrounded on three sides by the Caribbean Sea. The unique location allows for unrivaled views of shimmering water and paradise beaches; especially if you book a sea-facing room or suite with its own private balcony. Many floor plans accommodate families with a king bed and a queen-sized sleeper sofa, while all offer a complimentary mini-bar and 24-hour room service.
There are 17 restaurants and bars on-site, including Habaneros, for beachfront Mexican food, and Chevy’s, for family-friendly American diner fare. The resort even has its own microbrewery. In addition to all meals and drinks, your rate includes access to three infinity pools, an oceanfront spa, and unlimited activities that range from snorkeling and scuba diving to dance classes and Spanish lessons. There’s a KidZ Club with a mini water park, and the @Moods teen club with karaoke and mocktails every evening. For a special night out as a family, you can get everyone together to watch musicians, acrobats, and dancers perform at the al fresco amphitheater.
Best for Small Children: Paradisus Cancun
Ideally situated in between the sea and lagoon of the Hotel Zone, Paradisus Cancun goes out of its way to make younger children feel like honored guests. In addition to having one of the most family-friendly pools on the peninsula, the resort offers an exclusive Family Concierge service, which includes the help of a butler to arrange personalized family activities, and access to the private Family Concierge Lounge with its children’s playground and computer room for teens. Private check-in and check-out is another major perk and the resort has a wide choice of restaurants with plenty of options for younger guests.
Kids Zone offer supervised activity programs for kids. Little ones are given the VIP treatment in Family Concierge rooms and suites as well, where added amenities include a welcome beach kit, kid-sized bathrobes and slippers, and turndown service with milk and cookies. For the most privacy, choose a Family Concierge Suite with a separate lounge, oversized bathroom, and two ocean-view terraces.
Best Out-of-Town: Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres Resort & Spa
A 25-minute drive north of Cancun, and closer to some of the archaeological sites nearby, the Grand Palladium Resort & Spa boasts a tranquil setting amidst the mangrove forests of the Costa Mujeres peninsula. Offering direct access to the beach, it’s perfect for families looking to escape the hubbub of the Hotel Zone. Choose the Infinite Indulgence package for an all-inclusive stay and enjoy unlimited meals and drinks at eight a la carte restaurants like the Italian Portofino and the Mexican La Adelita.
Children will be well catered for with a dedicated kids’ pool, an outdoor playground, and three age-appropriate clubs. The Baby Club takes little ones as young as a year old, while the Junior Club tempts teens with video games, a pool table, and a music room for band practice. Book a Family Selection room or suite and you can benefit from exclusive family-friendly amenities, which include a welcome kit for each child, pillow menus for adults and kids, and a special children’s turndown service. The largest room can accommodate six adults and two children.