Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort Rating: 4.5 Pearls
Moon Palace Golf and Spa Resort is a gigantic all-inclusive luxury resort along Cancun's Mayan Riviera. With 2,433 rooms across three resort sections -- each with their own decor, design, amenities, and appeal -- it's no shock that this is the largest Palace property in the world. The fabulous kids club by Nizuc has a number of separately decorated and designed rooms with different purposes, giving kids a buffet of imaginative options to keep them entertained. Some of our favorite spaces include the mini racetrack complete with kid-sized small plastic cars to take for a spin; the glamorous and glizty, all-pink beauty salon/fashion runway room; the arcade; the art room; and life-sized doll house room -- just to name a few. There's also a snack bar, outdoor playground, and mini-theater.
The Westin Lagunamar Ocean Resort Rating: 4.0 Pearls
The Westin Lagunamar Ocean Resort is located along the turquoise waters of the Caribbean. With a lovely beach, attractive facade, and well-groomed property, this resort offers quality in the heart of Cancun's Hotel Zone. Rooms are either studios or villas, and both are complete with living areas, balconies, kitchens, washer/dryers, great for those traveling with kids. There are on-site restaurants serving international cuisine and the Tierra Market provides ingredients for guests to cook in fully equipped kitchens. Plus, there's a nice staffed kids' club with daily activities, and an all-inclusive dining program for children ages 12 and younger.
Paradisus Cancun All Inclusive Rating: 4.5 Pearls
The Gran Melia is an all-inclusive Cancun megaresort on a wide, clean beach. It features 678 updated rooms with bright pops of colors, comfortable beds, balconies and modern amenities. Great family-friendly amenities include water sports, a 9-hole golf course, and a number of pools, both for adults and for children. The Mini-Club is staffed all day and has a long list of activities for kids five to 12 years old. For parents, there’s an impressive spa with outdoor treatment rooms, three bars, and a modern fitness center.
Gran Caribe Real Cancun Rating: 4.0 Pearls
The massive Gran Caribe is a four-pearl all-inclusive resort in Cancun's Hotel Zone with 487 suites. This beachfront option features a great location with bright white sands and clear waters just steps from the room. All rooms here are suites with living areas, balconies or terraces, and updated marble bathrooms, and some even have bunk beds. Family-friendly amenities include a wonderful kids' club, a high-tech teen club and fun waterpark for kids, plus a lovely spa, squash courts and a fitness center for adults.
Omni Cancun Hotel & Villas Rating: 4.0 Pearls
The Omni chain is known for its great kids’ program, and the Omni Cancun is no different. Upon check-in, kids receive a backpack with games, books and toys, and get milk with cookies on the first night. The hotel is located along an expansive beach along the Nichupte Lagoon, which has calm, clean waters. There’s also a kids’ pool and daily activities for the little ones. Overall, it's a comfortable family-friendly option, and grounds include tropical gardens surrounding three pools, and the mega-Jacuzzi with seating for up to 35 guests, tennis/basketball courts, a fitness center, and spa.
Villa Del Palmar Cancun Rating: 4.0 Pearls
The Villa Del Palmar is a family-friendly resort set in one of the calmer locations of Cancun. Rooms are charming, with homey decor, and feature modern amenities such as iPod docks and flat-screen TVs. All units sport kitchenettes (full kitchens in suites) and large bathrooms with marble showers. The hotel features a playground, babysitting services, and daily activities for the youngest guests. For family fun, there are non-motorized water sports and five outdoor pools with poolside activities.
Hyatt Ziva Cancun Rating: 4.0 Pearls
The all-inclusive, family-friendly Dreams Cancun is in a convenient location near shops and restaurants, but still maintains a relatively tranquil atmosphere. Family-friendly features include a cheery kids' club, massive pool, and -- most significantly -- a saltwater lagoon where families can swim with dolphins. Rooms are large, but could use an update: Some have old tube TVs, and the beach-inspired decor in some rooms verges on kitschy. However, all-inclusive rates include just about everything, and there’s 24-hour room service, as well as a wide array of restaurants and lounges.
Hard Rock Hotel Cancun Rating: 4.0 Pearls
This property screams “all-inclusive Caribbean megaresort” in every possible way, with its gorgeous infinity pool featuring ocean views and a swim-up bar, five restaurants serving international cuisine, four bars, live entertainment, tennis courts, and a spa with outdoor treatment rooms. Rooms are decent-size, with open bathrooms, double Jacuzzis, balconies with either ocean or lagoon views, modern amenities (flat-screen TVs and iPod docks), and contemporary decor. Plus, it’s a great place for families -- there’s an outstanding kids’ club with daily activities and a kiddy pool with slides.
Royal Solaris Cancun Rating: 3.5 Pearls
The 300-room, Mexican-owned Royal Solaris is an upper-middle-range property with a ton of resort features, including a water park in the kids club. This resort is best-suited to families on a budge and it boasts itself as a resort for families. Royal Solaris doesn't drop the ball when it comes to the kids' club. After following a set of tiny colorful footprints, kids are led up a small set of stairs toward an animal-themed water park, full of slides, fountains, and adventure courses. If they ever leave the water, there is also an indoor area with activities for most kids up to 12.
Fiesta Americana Villas Cancun Rating: 3.5 Pearls
Compared to neighboring properties, the 179-room Fiesta Americana is a small hotel that offers a great value for families. It's less party-oriented than most of the Hotel Zone properties, and has a wide range of activities and amenities designed for travelers with kids: a kiddy pool, a playground, a kids’ club; plus large, clean, multi-roomsuites with at least a kitchenette with a mini-fridge and a microwave.