Programming at this well-landscaped Puerto Vallarta resort in Marina Vallarta is largely geared towards families. The kids’ club is a major draw—they host plenty of events for kids and teens, from craft workshops to sports tournaments to pool activities—but programming extends to other parts of the resort, too, such as milk and cookies in your room. Adults and children alike can enjoy other resort amenities like the lagoon-style pool, tennis courts, a rock-climbing wall, and an archery range. For adults, there are plenty of wellness offerings, too, from the spa to yoga and stretching classes.
Mia Reef Isla Mujeres, Isla Mujeres
The vibe: Private island
Top amenities: Spa, swim-up bar
What’s included: Meals, beverages
Price tag: $$
This colorful all-inclusive resort is located on a private island off Isla Mujeres, itself just a 20 minute ferry ride from Cancún. Although it’s not very hard to get to—it’s connected by a footbridge to the main island and is just a few minutes from downtown—it does have a secluded feel. With fewer than 200 rooms, it’s not an overly large resort, so it’s a somewhat quiet atmosphere, but it is family-friendly and the small beach can get a little crowded. It gets even quieter at the small spa, which has just three treatment rooms, including a couples suite.
Iberostar Tucan, Playa del Carmen
The vibe: Beachfront garden escape
Top amenities: Spa, archery range, kids’ club
What’s included: Meals, beverages, non-motorized water sports
Price tag: $$$
This five-star property is definitely on the upper side of affordable, but you can definitely find good deals for stays outside of peak travel periods like winter break. While it has a fine-sand beach that’s definitely a draw for most guests, the property stands out for its lush gardens. You’ll find much local flora throughout, and quite a bit of local fauna, such as monkeys, colorful birds, and even turtles. There are 16 restaurants and bars, including an ice cream shop, a cigar lounge, and a Texas-style smokehouse. Wellness is a big focus, between free aerobics and yoga classes for adults and the spa.
Hotel Xcaret Mexico, Playa del Carmen
The vibe: Artisan-driven, eco-minded
Top amenities: Spa, lagoon, 12 restaurants
What’s included: Meals, beverages, entrance to Xcaret parks, airport shuttle
Price tag: $$$
This is a massive property with 900 rooms, but the layout of the resort is such that it doesn’t feel crowded anywhere—they’re spread across five distinct “casas” that are smaller in scale. There are 12 restaurants here, all of which are included in the rate, as well as a variety of pools and a spa that also offers yoga classes and meditation lessons. The best part about staying at any Xcaret property is that you get free entrance to Xcaret parks where you can see Mayan ruins, swim in cenotes, and go snorkeling. There’s even an on-property lagoon for snorkeling, kayaking, and swimming.
Occidental at Xcaret Destination, Playa Del Carmen
The vibe: Jungle fun
Top amenities: Spa, lagoon, nightclub
What’s included: Meals, beverages, entrance to Xcaret park
Price tag: $$