They have waterslides, kids’ clubs, nighttime performances, and top-notch restaurants all included with your stay
Escaping to an all-inclusive resort means guaranteed fun and ease for every member of the family, with everything you and your kiddos would want from a vacation—great dining, exciting and engaging activities, and more—available at your leisure. Mexico is a beautiful and affordable country to visit, easily accessible from most destinations in North America and beyond. Read on for some of our favorite Mexico all-inclusive resorts perfect for families.
Royalton Splash Riviera Cancun
This all-inclusive family-friendly Cancun resort opened in late December 2022. Ideal for generational vacations, the property welcomes you with sweeping, open views of the ocean and pools, as well as the main stage, which sits in the center of the resort. There are 12 restaurants that range from French cuisine to Indian food, Hunter's Steakhouse (a Royalton resort classic), Italian food served overlooking the Caribbean, a food truck serving up freshly-made quesadillas and tacos, and much more. The beach is a short step away from the pool, and there's a show every night that starts with kid-friendly activities and evolves into a party for adults. Read more about it here.
Kids will love: the Royalton Splash is home to one of the largest water parks in Mexico, offering 14 waterslides and two lazy rivers to guests. There is a three-story kids' club and activities happen around the resort all day.
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Hotel Xcaret México | Riviera Maya
Grupo Xcaret, the sustainable tourism company responsible for the Mexican Caribbean’s most famous parks and tours (all bearing signature X-letter names), is essentially the Disneyland of Mexico, and staying at their flagship resort is as magical as if it were Cinderella’s Castle itself. Beyond a beautiful beach and numerous pools, Hotel Xcaret also has still, glimmering rivers running through the property for guests to swim in, boat along, or simply gaze at. In addition to the amenities expected at any all-inclusive resort, you also get unlimited access, with transportation, to all of Xcaret’s pricey (but priceless) parks. Get ready for an active family vacay!
Kids will love: swimming in cenotes and meeting exotic wildlife at Xcaret, snorkeling, cliff jumping, and watersliding at Xel-Há, and the Mexican candy station at one of the resort’s many restaurants, Chibalí
Hacienda Encantada Resort & Residences | Los Cabos
This is a dream resort to visit for extended families who want to travel together but might have different budgets at their disposal; rather than uncomfortably splurge or step down from the luxuries you are used to, Hacienda Encantada offers an incredibly wide range of accommodations with prices that suit everyone, while never compromising on quality and comfort. The property sits atop a lovely cliff outside of town (the views of the famed rock formation, El Arco, are stunning), but there’s ample opportunity to explore Cabo San Lucas between a free shuttle and a number of outside restaurants included in the resort’s all-inclusive dining plan.
Kids will love: splashing in the many pools available to them, whether that’s by the sand with family or with new friends at the water playground. The Residences also have private backyards and pools, perfect for rambunctious munchkins to run around in.
Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen Resort | Riviera Maya
Both you and your niños will be enchanted with this resort upon arrival, as you’re immediately greeted by striking views of the horizon and sea, alongside lifesize whale shark wall illustrations that seem to cry out a friendly “Hello!” The kids club, Tortuguita (“little turtle”) has daily programming themes, ranging from guaranteed crowd pleasers like pirates and superheroes to more local specialties: the Mexico theme day includes piñata making and catrina (skull) face painting. Since you won’t be able to drag your brood away from the kids club, use the opportunity to visit the spa: it’s designed to look and feel exactly like a cenote, Mexico’s sacred natural sinkholes.
Kids will love: exploring Playa del Carmen, the cool beach town that the resort sits in the middle of. Take a walk down the main drag, Avenida Quinta, to see lots of cool shops and performers, or join the resort’s weekly bike tour around town.
Planet Hollywood Cancun, An Autograph Collection All-Inclusive Resort | Cancún
Whether you’re a parent to a budding Spielberg, or simply a kid who can recite their favorite movies line by line (by line… by line…), then the Planet Hollywood Mexico all-inclusive resort is bound to knock their socks off. Costumed characters will happily pose with fans young and old, sans any sort of line you would find at an amusement park, and classic memorabilia line the walls and fill the common spaces—the guest rooms even contain director chairs, mirror lighting worthy of Marilyn Monroe’s dressing room, and more. There’s an impressive restaurant list, of a higher caliber than the average all-inclusive, and nightly entertainment is full of Hollywood-level pizzazz, of course; their “Mexico night” features performances from traditional fire dances by Mayan warriors dressed in full regalia.
Kids will love: exciting attractions like Hollywood Fast Drivers, which lets anyone at least 4.6 feet (1.40 meters) tall “drive” (on a safe and short track) a rare, classic sports car from 0-62mph in less than 3 seconds! Shorter kiddos can ride in the passenger seat with an adult behind the wheel.
Grand Palladium White Sand Resort & Spa | Riviera Maya
Grand Palladium is, through and through, the classic type of all-inclusive resort you imagine visiting in Mexico. But while other brands may have gotten too big or crowded, with the quality of food and service inevitably decreasing, these guys do it right. White Sand is one of four resorts on their Riviera Maya compound (sister resorts “Colonial” and “Kantenah” are also family-friendly, whereas the fourth, TRS Yucatan Hotel, is adults-only), which allows guests the unique opportunity of having both an intimate resort feel while being able to access the amenities (restaurants, pools, and more) of the neighboring resorts. If your kids (or spouse!) tend to get bored in one place quickly, this is the perfect answer.
Kids will love: the interesting animals they encounter, whether real (there is a large flock of flamingos that live on the property, as well as plenty of cute coatis, iguanas, and more) or “Raggs” (the resort mascots, colorful dog characters that entertain children throughout the resort by singing, dancing, reading stories, and posing for photos)