Mexico has always been a popular destination and with so many resorts to choose from, it can get somewhat overwhelming. When adding the challenges of vacationing with children it becomes that much more important to select the best resort that meet everyone’s needs.  As a Family Travel Specialist, I plan many family vacations to the Cancun & Riviera Maya area and these resorts are consistently rated as the top most family friendly resorts.

Azul Beach Hotel – the only truly boutique resort in my favourite picks is the charming and cozy Azul Beach Hotel. This resort is small and compact with only 148 Suites however it offers 5 pools, 5 restaurants and kids and tweens clubs.  The Azulitos Playhouse features programs from “My Gym” to the “Nickelodeon Experience” which allows families to dine with SpongeBob SquarePants.  With a full service spa for the parents and abundance of beach activities for the whole family, it is sure to please everyone.

Hyatt Ziva Cancun –  this truly 5 star resort located in the heart of downtown Cancun offers a playful family escape to keep everyone happy.  With some of the most stunning beaches in all of Cancun, entertaining KidZ Club & splash park, beach and pool cabanas, roaming food and ice cream carts, you never want for much at this resort. With service from the heart, you will feel like family from the moment that you arrive.

Hard Rock Riviera Maya – with The Little Big Club Experience that features kids favourite characters like Angelina Ballerina, Thomas the Train, and Barney for children 4 and up, this resort is always a family pleaser. Multiple dining options, amazing entertainment, various room categories  and splash pad area make this resort a popular choice for those looking for action. With unlimited WiFi, teens can also enjoy the lounge and disco area. The best part is the two-bedroom family suite filled with kid friendly mini-bar (juices and milk), a kid’s room service menu, beach toys and kid-size bathrobes.

Dreams Playa Mujeres – one of the newest resorts in the Cancun area, this resort has so much to offer.  This family friendly resort chain has 5 Dreams resort in the Cancun/Mayan area, all of which deliver great experiences.  Playa Mujeres is located within a gated community and offers massive swimming pools, onsite water-park & lazy river, endless activities including archery, batting cages, and beach football making sure that there is something for the whole family.  The Explores Club for ages 3 to 12 experience camping adventures on the beach, treasure hunts, and games rooms, The Core Zone Teens Club offers weekly social events, bonfires, disco mixers, foam parties, kayak and bike tours, and nature expeditions.

Generations Riviera Maya this resort perfect for multi-generational families.  It offers Gourmet Inclusive a la carte cuisine, infinity pool balcony suites and butler service in each room category.  Whether you are looking for a 1,2 or 3 bedroom ocean front suite there are accommodations to satisfy the smallest to largest families travelling together. The Eko Kids Club offers services until 11pm and the Little Eko Chefs program is perfect for the budding foodie in the family.

Grand Velas Riviera Maya – The Mini Club here offers a slew of fun, special activities to create an unforgettable vacation experience for little ones. Kids will have the time of their life, enjoying everything from Mayan shows and Amy’s Cinema (the club mascot) to bungee jumping and dance contests. The club is also open longer than most, from 9 am to 11 pm. This resort is set on what feels like a jungle with tropical trees and mangroves that it feels worlds away from reality. Your kids will never be bored.

Paradisus Playa Del Carmen La Esmeralda – the very popular Family Concierge Suites here know how to treat the little ones. With access to private heated swimming pool, private beach area, kids beach kits, children bath amenities, in-room PlayStation or Wii, children’s pillows…..etc etc, you can see how quickly you will feel spoiled. The resort also offers a pirate ship and obstacle course in the swimming pool plus lots of adult activities to keep everyone happy.  Add a great location and fabulous food, you have the making of a very memorable holiday.

So now that winter is here in North America, it might be time to start thinking about a warm getaway. Which resort suits your family best?  If one interests you, maybe we should talk about the Air Canada BOGO sale that is currently available until January 29th !