Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Choosing a Family Resort in Cancun

Traveling with your family to Cancun, Mexico can be a fantastic adventure or a total bust. Different ages have different needs. I help travelers figure out is which resort would be fit their needs. Most family all-inclusive resorts have a kids’ program for kids aged 4 -12. Luxury resorts tend to set themselves apart with the programming and amenities they offer to the under 4 and over 12 children.

Here are some tips and recommendations for choosing a great resort for your family:

Under 4 years old
The big considerations here are food and activities. Does the resort offer in-room babysitting if you’d like an evening out? Is there open play time when you could accompany your toddler into the kids’ club to play with the toys? Does the resort offer baby food or would you need to bring your own?

One resort really stands out to me for how they accommodate families with young children: Azul Beach.
Azul Beach offers a terrific set of baby amenities: Strollers, Cribs, Bottle sterilizers, Bottle warmers, Changers, Baby monitors, Pack n' Plays, Sterilizers, Baby baths, Baby robes, Baby sleepers, and High chairs.  Gerber baby food is available in all restaurants and room service. Natural baby food can be prepared with previous request.

For couples who want a boutique atmosphere with babysitting available and a play area for kids - Beloved Playa Mujeres is a great option. It's a small, quiet, all-inclusive resort that just happens to allow children. 

4 -12 years old
This is the age where many of the resorts offer great options for kids in this age group. Kids’ Clubs offer supervised programming.

One distinction between some of the resorts is if the resort has a water park on site. For instance, Sandos Caracol Eco resort in Playa Del Carmen has a water park with 17 slides and various water games. Plus they just opened an Aqua Wark for adults and teens with five new water slides.

Another great kid-friendly property close to the airport is Iberostar Cancun.  I’m offering a $25 - $225 credit if you book a vacation to Iberostar Cancun through me visiting between July 9th and July 19th.  

Over 12 years old

Here is where the programming starts to change. Some resorts will have scheduled activities for teens. Others have a teen area and the resort offers a lot of activities teens would enjoy. For instance, Moon Palace Cancun has a flowrider, mini-golf course, Wired teen area, and lots of water sports. Here's video I took when I stayed there: 

Hard Rock Cancun has a music program where teens can check out DJ equipment or guitars. They can join a program where they form a band with other guests. 

Azul Fives has a rock climbing wall, teen area and organized teen activities.

Sorting through all these options can be a little overwhelming. That’s why I’m here to help. Remember - my vacation planning services are free if you book through me. I’d love to chat with you about your next vacation. Click here to schedule a time.

Happy Traveling! 

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