Cancun is one of the most gorgeous places in the world, with shopping, dining, and miles of perfect beaches with white sands and warm, translucent waters.
Digging deeper reveals more than nightclubs and adults-only resorts. Many resorts across the island cater to families, especially kids and teens. These vacation destinations have awesomely themed rooms, kids’ clubs and programs, varied dining menus, and some even offer all-inclusive amenities.
Keep reading for a rundown of 12 of my favorite family resorts in Cancun.
The next time you yearn for a family getaway to Cancun, make it a Hard Rock vacation.
This all-inclusive resort has great family amenities for crafting a vacation the kids won’t soon forget.
The Music Lab is an experience for the ages. Your teens can play out their rock star dreams with accelerated music training and instruction in this program.
Teens can play in a Jam Band, singing or choosing from four instruments as they rock out in groups of up to seven.
The Mix program within the Music Lab is for aspiring DJs. Work in groups of no more than six as you use an iPad and Traktor Kontrol D2 to create special effects, vocals, and beats.
Rocktube is a chance to make your own music video, while the Recording Studio is an audio recording of your radio-ready work.
The Hard Rock Roxity Kids Club includes plenty of music, crafts, games, and activities for your younger ones. The themes change daily, ensuring the available activities aren’t the same for any two days.
The Kids Club also grants the kids’ pool access with slides, but that’s not the only pool on the resort grounds. Far from it! There’s also a freestyle pool, outdoor hydro spa tubs, and swim-up bars for adults.
The all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotels culinary experience invites your taste buds to sample five restaurants on the hotel grounds.
Frida serves Mexican flavors, Zen is an Asian fine dining establishment, Ciao makes Italian dishes, Toro is a delectable steakhouse, and Pizzeto’s specialty is brick-oven style pizzas. In-room dining is also available.
Your lodging options include deluxe rooms, Rock Royalty rooms, and Rock Suites.
The Rock Suites have up to two bedrooms, one offering a king-sized bed and another with dual double beds. The Rock Suites also boast a dining and living area, a private bathroom with a shower, and a private terrace with furniture.
I’d recommend these rooms if you’re traveling with a larger group.
The all-inclusive Club Med Cancun Yucatan resort is a paradise for families. Its white-sand beaches, proximity to the Riviera Maya, and connections to Mayan culture make this the ultimate vacation destination.
Over 20 family-friendly activities await as part of the Club Med Amazing Family program.
You can search for treasure, play fun games, make crepes, splash around in the Aguamarina Pool, sail as a family, go sky-high on the net trapeze, play mini golf, run around at the playground, partake in family yoga, and so much more.
Club Med’s children’s clubs are inclusive, with clubs offered for kids between zero and two years, two to three years, four to 10 years, and 11 to 17 years.
The Club Med Baby Welcome Kit has facilities and services designed to make caring for little ones on vacation easy. For instance, you get a stroller, umbrella bed, changing table, bottle warmer, and baby bathtub.
The Petit Club Med for children between zero and 23 months includes hands-on athletic, artistic, and musical games and activities. Kid-friendly meals will be provided, as will Evening Service and walks.
Mini Club Med+ for older kids offers archery training (with a safety lesson), yoga, storytelling, parades, nature exploration, ninja bootcamp, and Super Pilot, a blindfolded activity about building confidence and trust.
Club Med Passworld for kids 11 to 17 adds flying trapeze group lessons, snorkeling lessons, and talent shows.
The accommodations include Deluxe, Superior, Suite Exclusive Collection, and Deluxe Exclusive Connection rooms.
The Family Superior Room for up to four people is 538.2 square feet and includes separate rooms, a balcony, bright décor, and a proximity to the Aguamarina buildings.
Dine at La Creperie for breakfast and lunch, as it serves fruits, crepes, wraps, sandwiches, focaccia, hot dogs, and salads. La Estancia Restaurant specializes in Argentinian dishes, while the Taco Arte Beach Lounge combines Asian, Italian, French, and Mexican cuisines.
La Hacienda Restaurant has plant-based and healthy fare and includes a baby food corner, an adult-only dining room, and high chairs as needed. You can also opt for in-room dining during your stay.
Baby dining services include a reserved spot for kids to eat, refrigerator access, jarred baby food, a microwave, and mixers.
Families shouldn’t miss the Kids Sweet Festival, a daily snack experience with fruit, cupcakes, cookies, and mocktails.
Imagine escaping to an all-inclusive Cancun resort with enough family amenities to entertain kids of all ages. Moon Palace Cancun offers precisely what you’re looking for.
The Dreamery is a kid-catered vacation experience that includes everything from amenities to activities, drinks, food, games, and plenty of surprises.
The Candy Girl is The Dreamery’s ambassador. Hailing from the Kingdom of Caramel, she’s sometimes spotted in the hotel’s lobby, where she pushes her Candy Cart.
Kids are welcome to pick their favorite candy without paying a cent!
I’m just getting started. The Dreamery also includes water balloons and water blast battles. A Playroom for kids four to 12 offers a Mini Movie Theater, a Video Game Area, a kid-friendly store, arts and crafts, a Fashion Room (complete with a catwalk), a Mini Disco, dollhouses, and face painting.
Staying in the Family Suite at the Moon Palace ensures kid experiences extend to your room courtesy of The Dreamery.
For example, children can enjoy shaped soaps, robes designed for their small frames, slippers, room bracelets, a L’Oreal Kids’ Kit, and a Beach Fun Kit.
Further, rubber faucet covers, bliss lights, squirt toys, Pirate Kits, and Princess Kits make any family experience fun.
Families can make cookies together for an additional fee, and children will love the mascots roaming the hotel grounds.
The family-centric activities continue, with everything from mini golf to spacious swimming pools, talent night, an Awe-Princess mother-daughter makeover for girls 4 to 12 (for an additional fee), arcades, and magic shows.
Oh, and did I mention kids under 17 stay free? That makes a vacation to Moon Palace cost-effective for any family.
Experience the best Cancun has to offer at the Finest Playa Mujeres resort. This all-inclusive family resort offers entertainment day and night. The kids will certainly proclaim it as the best vacation ever.
The Imagine Kids Club includes three groups: the Mini Club for children zero to two and three to six, the Maxi Club for kids seven to 11, and the Teens Club for kids 12 to 15.
The Mini Club offers a nap room, changing rooms, a kitchenette, a multipurpose room, and a bathroom. Water slides, a mini pool playground, and games will keep your young’uns busy having a blast.
The Maxi Club opens up activities, including video games, air hockey, ping-pong, an outdoor palapa area, books, and board games.
As for the Teens Club, its itinerary is full to the brim with bonfires, movie nights, kickball, water balloon fights, and so much more.
If you need to drop the kiddos off for a while, the Imagine Lounge is a breakfast and dinner daycare for potty-trained kids three and older.
The baby services include homemade pureed baby food, cribs, baby tubs, high chairs, baby monitors, bottle warmers, electric kettles, and bottle sterilizers.
When you and your family inevitably feel those rumbling pangs of hunger, know that Finest Playa Mujeres offers no shortage of exquisite dining options.
The Market Kitchen has casual fare, Insieme Trattoria whips up authentic Italian meals, Shoji is a Japanese restaurant, and Legends is a sports bar.
You can enjoy fresh flavors at Duke’s Lobster & Seafood, Tinto & Tapas, Las Dunas Beach House, Gusto Club Restaurant, Surf & Turf, and the La Cocinita Food Truck.
The Finest Club Family Suite is a perfect accommodation for families, as it’s 950 square feet with a king-sized bed, separate bedrooms with single beds for the children, double vanities, a water closet, and a rain shower in the bathroom.
The suite also offers an L-shaped sofa bed, a private terrace or balcony, a Jacuzzi, and a 46-inch flat-screen television.
The all-inclusive family vacation experience of your dreams awaits at the Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun. The exceptional range of family activities will make your days fly by in a flash but in the best way.
Spend time taking in live shows, playing mini golf and other recreational activities, soothing yourselves in the water, or catching a pop-up event.
The Presidential Suite for up to six is 2,906 square feet, so it has more than enough room for a large family.
Deliciously luxurious, this room with floor-to-ceiling windows will greet you every morning to picturesque views of the Cancun sea you’ll take with you forever.
The Mexican design elements are delightful, as are exclusive features like a steam room, sauna, indoor Jacuzzi, sofa bed, dining room for groups of eight, sizable terrace, outdoor garden furniture, full kitchen, and a king-sized bed.
Your taste buds will dance when dining at the Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun.
The kids will love eating at El Mexicano, Pizzeria, and the Sushi Corner. Mom and Dad can enjoy an adult meal at Rosato or Trattoria for Italian fare, San Telmo for Argentinian food, Kalmia for Mexican and international dishes, and La Cevicheria for seafood.
The Grill is a casual dining spot for drinks and snacks, so you can stop by whenever your family needs to fuel up in between all the fun!
The Caribbean Ocean has never looked so lovely than when gazing upon it from a premium vantage point in your Paradisus Cancun room.
The Nikte Upgrade will take your family hotel package to the next level, offering exclusive hotel rooms, destination concierge, and inclusive experiences. Your room will boast a king-sized bed, ocean views, a separate lounge, and a whirlpool bathtub.
The all-inclusive aspect of this trip extends to nearly everything, from tennis court and gym access to buffet-styling dining at eight a la carte restaurants, unlimited imported and domestic beverages, free golf, and 24-hour room service.
The children can also enjoy the Kids’ Zone, an activity club if Mom and Dad want to get away for the nighttime live entertainment this resort boasts.
The Seadust is a can’t-miss when seeking family togetherness in Cancun.
This resort in the Cancun Hotel Zone is an all-inclusive experience with 10 restaurants, children-friendly activities, and an award-winning reputation.
The fun never stops here with a children’s water park, gym, water sports, playroom, shows at the theater, ziplining, pools, the Treasure Island water park, mini golf, tennis, and beach activities.
Seadust also has two clubs for children, the Baby Club and the Kids Club.
The Baby Club for kids between 18 months and four years old offers kid-friendly activities like coloring, water gymnastics, magic storytime, and a baby pool.
The Kids Club for children aged five to 12 has more advanced activities, including sports, cooking, painting, water games, and treasure hunts.
The family-friendly suites have room for at least four, and some can fit five. The dazzling selection of suites offers mood-setting amenities like natural lighting, HD DTT television, a private balcony, and room service.
The family-centric collection of restaurants is as follows: La Creperie (coffee bar), Waves (poolside snack bar), Carousel (snacks), Manhattan (deli), Lighthouse (Mediterranean dining), El Maguey (Mexican dining), Samurai (Japanese dining), Big Ben Grillhouse (steakhouse), Florencia (Italian dining), and the Food Gallery (buffet).
Iberostar Cancun is what family vacations are made of. Kids stay for free, which is the incentive you need to book your getaway today.
This all-inclusive, kid-friendly resort is the home of Star Camp, a leisure and educational program with an eco-friendly edge.
The camp caters to young ones and teens, with activities from cooking to face painting, sports, and water games.
The Monkey group is for kids four to seven, the Dolphin group is for kids eight to 12, and the Eagle group is for teens 13 to 17.
The onsite children’s pools and water slides will keep the kids entertained all day while you catch up on your sun or finally get through your email inbox (or maybe pick up a good book).
The family rooms at the Iberostar Cancun create a sense of privacy since the rooms interconnect.
However, you can still easily check on the kids whenever you wish. The room includes a sofa bed and a television, and you can add extra beds or a crib if traveling with babies.
Family-friendly, all-inclusive, and utterly breathtaking, a stay at the Wyndham Alltra Cancun resort will create memories your family will cherish for a lifetime.
This Yucatan Peninsula vacation within the Hotel Zone overlooks the Caribbean Ocean. The pools sprawled across the hotel will keep you cool, while a candy shop will make the kids’ eyes as large as dinner plates.
Clubs for children and teenagers have age-appropriate activities for each group, including access to the #Hashtag Hangout Room for teens.
The Kids Club is for kids four to 12 and includes mini golf and a pirate-themed water splash and play zone.
Water slides and water parks are other great entertainment. How about learning to cook as a family or maybe taking some yoga on the sand while listening to the rolling ocean waves behind you and feeling the salty sea air in your hair?
Live performances after the sun goes down are one way to spend the night. Families will also enjoy watching a film together under the stars or seeing a magic show.
Fill your bellies with cuisine at 10 restaurants around the Wyndham Alltra Cancun.
Ventanas serves three meals a day and has eclectic global menu items. Azul is a waterfront buffet that serves breakfast and dinner daily.
Viaggio is an authentic Italian dining experience. Casa de Rosa serves the finest Mexican food this side of the Yucatan Peninsula. At Sunset offers al fresco dining, and Café Mexico has tantalizing pastries.
Lounge in a room or suite, with options for double beds available. A Junior Suite Double is nearly 400 square feet and includes an additional king-sized bed, furniture, a flat-screen HD television, and a full bathroom.
Experience the world of Hyatt at the Hyatt Ziva Cancun, an adventuresome, all-inclusive resort with so much included in your stay.
For instance, your family can partake in watersports, swimming, children’s clubs, live entertainment, daily activities, and more, all at no additional cost.
So what is there to do at the resort? How does diving underwater to see the creatures sound? Or learning a new language as a family, or perhaps playing virtual golf or swimming?
The fun doesn’t stop there. The KidZ Club includes supervised activities like beach days, video games, arts and crafts, beach volleyball, and a mini waterpark.
Teens can chill at the @Moods Lounge and Club, which boasts a virtual reality simulator, foosball, and a swimming pool.
Select from a luxury suite with smart Caribbean design, décor, and unbelievable ocean views. Double suites that are nearly 500 square feet apiece should have enough room for your entire family.
The included amenities are a private balcony, queen-sized beds, a sitting area, floor-to-ceiling windows, a satellite flat-screen HDTV, a rollaway bed, and a luxury bathroom with a magnified mirror and separate shower.
I haven’t even touched on the dining experiences awaiting your family.
El Mercado is a gourmet buffet that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The Moongate is a teppanyaki grill, Tradewinds is a daytime-grill-turned-steakhouse-after-dark, Lorenzo’s serves Italian food, Habaneros has Mexican meals, and Chevy’s specializes in American food like burgers.
The kids cannot miss Pasteles, a dessert parlor open between lunch and dinner. Takeaway is available.
Cancun’s Panama Jack Resorts is a five-star, all-inclusive family resort within the Hotel Zone on the Yucatan Peninsula’s northeastern coast.
The colorful architecture of the area is as enchanting as the beaches, setting the mood for family fun.
Your family’s all-inclusive stay includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with options like show cooking, buffet style, and a la carte dining.
You can access the All-Inclusive Club’s games and snacks anytime, swim at the two freshwater pools, take an introductory scuba lesson, and partake in non-motorized water sports.
Play at the squash court as much as your heart desires and enjoy fun days at the Oki Splash Water Park with water slides followed by Oki Fun World amusements and mini golf.
The T-Zone Club for teens has video games daily between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m.
So many exquisite dining options await you.
For instance, the El Gran Azul Buffet serves breakfast and lunch, Hot Diggity Dogs is a food court specializing in hot dogs (as you probably could have guessed), and Jack’s Shack whips up yummy Mexican dishes.
The Family Junior Suite is 387 square feet and has some of the most incredible ocean views in all of Cancun. The furnished terrace (which may have a hammock, depending on the room) is the perfect place to watch the ocean at all hours.
Inside your room is a sofa bed, a table and chairs, a sitting area, and a full bathroom.
12. Hotel Riu Cancun
The Hotel Riu Cancun is open 24 hours, and it’s all-inclusive to boot.
This family resort in Cancun includes complimentary snacks and meals as part of your booking, including continental breakfast, live cooking stations, and a varied breakfast buffet.
For lunch and dinner, you and your family can sink your teeth into meals prepared at live cooking stations, buffets, and special dining evenings thrice per week.
The hotel has a daytime entertainment program for kids between four and 12 years old.
Drop the kiddos off and enjoy the Hotel Riu Cancun’s daytime entertainment program for adults. Live shows and music in the evening cap off an enchanting day.
Sample the best of the Caribbean at La Toscana Italian buffet and restaurant. Other dining choices are a steakhouse, Kawachi Asian restaurant, and the Kulinarium gourmet restaurant.
The rooms and suites have a sea view and include one king-sized bed or two double beds. The rooms boast a beverage dispenser, terrace or balcony views, a lounge area, air conditioning, and satellite television.