Best Inclusive for Little Ones
Heading out to a beach vacation with little ones isn’t exactly a stress-free option for travel when the surf rises. However the natural geography of Provodenciales and its shallow shelf makes it an ideal spot to splash and have fun with the kids, without concern about them wandering into deeper water. The white sand in front of the gorgeous Grace Bay Club is soft for baby’s sensitive feet and if your crew gets too salty, ten waterslides, a lazy river and endless pool options await.
When kids get a little older (5-12), they will be begging to head to Kids Town for a variety of complimentary on-site activities, as well as afternoon “kids only” excursions. Kids might paddleboard, surf, kayak, snorkel or go to the local conch farm to learn about aquaculture. (Having the kids in good hands gives mom and dad the perfect opportunity to head to the spa to rekindle over a couples massage or enjoy a fresh mint frozen mojito to cool down.)
Best Inclusive for Multi-Generational Travel
IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Paraiso/Hotel Paraiso Maya
This combo of adjacent properties can either treat grandma and grandpa, or mom and dad, to the ultimate in pure white sand beach and light aqua water luxury…while the other luxuriates in the wide eyes of the joyful littles when they set sights on the impressive Maya-inspired pyramid lobby of the upscale family-friendly resort next door. (Which happens to have a lobby bar that is quite the scene every happy hour!)
Guests of the Grand can enjoy all the amenities of the Maya resort, so joint meals, the quirky but talented evening entertainment and poolside bar service can be enjoyed as a family (while preserving a bit of privacy and downtime to enhance the vacation). A massive splashpad, lazy river and wavepool add to the allure of Hotel Paraiso Maya for kids of all ages.
Best Inclusive for the Whole Family
Grand Velas Los Cabos
With incredible culinary experiences, wide expansive pools for every taste, suites which feature two bedroom so the whole family can spread out, and service that is tough to top — this one is a winner.
Designated Kids Club and Teens Club, daily activity program and even a Baby Concierge to attend to the littlest guests’ needs are a few of the perks that keep the whole family in mind. Entertainment for kids ranges from sand castle building, Spanish lessons, piñata making and kickball tournaments to mermaid and sea lion shows, cooking and baking classes, drive-in movies, eco-cycling tours, and more. If they didn’t have such an incredible spa, we wouldn’t blame mom and dad for being a little PB and Jelly…
Best Inclusive for Romance
Palafitos Overwater Bungalows and El Dorado Maroma
If grandma and grandpa hijacked your mini-me’s for the post-holiday school break, you better not pout, and I’m telling you why…. Palafitos Overwater Bungalows and El Dorado Maroma. These adjacent inclusive properties in the Riviera Maya are perfect for a romance revival with El Dorado’s friendly, fun pool scene, swim-up suites, top shelf spirits and wealth of complimentary hammock and luxe bed loungers. Guests at the exclusive Palafitos not only enjoy bungaows with plexi-clear flooring to watch the fish and stingrays cavort below, but private lounging docks with instant sea access. The Palafitos chef is particularly talented, his cuisine made all the sweeter by a sunset view and the melodic stylings of live violin and piano.
Best Inclusive for Teens
The Grand at Moon Palace
This hotel within a Cancun resort will break through even the crankiest teen’s “not impressed” face. With over the top design and style (the steakhouse has an entire dividing wall made out of a 10 foot tall chef’s knife set) with pools for days and food or drink on command, it will be easy for everyone to find their favorite spot to hang. Just don’t be surprised if your older kids find it tough to bypass the excellent Teen Club. This seven room labyrinth of teen fun includes a free arcade, disco, massive movie room with comfy chairs to lounge on, a cupcake counter, a burger and pizza counter, a gelato counter, a free computer station and walls upon walls of video games. If they do venture out, they can pick between a giant waterpark with racing waterslides, surfing, embarking on a water therapy journey at the spa or talking part in an eco project. If they packed their natural “bottomless pit” side for the trip, a patisserie with crepes, donutes, truffles and stands awaiting their every whim.