Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit Rating: 4.5 Pearls
This luxurious, 267-room all-inclusive resort in Nuevo Vallarta is a sophisticated and serene family-friendly option. Young guests will probably love the pools and the beach, but there are a wide array of daily activities available -- everything from kids' cooking classes, to English-Spanish lessons, to arts and crafts, to movies. The Dolphin Encounter is a 45-minute activity for the whole family. The gorgeous spa, wonderful restaurants, and modern suites will make it possible for parents to feel like they’re on a romantic getaway while the kids are busy having fun.
Marival Residences & World Spa Rating: 4.5 Pearls
This property is an excellent option for families seeking a little sun-soaked spoiling. It is comprised of 169 residential-style suites, penthouses, or private villas, ranging from one to four bedrooms, and a wide array of all-inclusive features, including adults-only and kiddy pools, a great kids’ club, and a playground. For parents, the world-class spa, the fitness center and the restaurants are all great for some time alone.
Sunset Plaza Beach Resort and Spa Rating: 4.0 Pearls
This upscale property clearly has families in mind. It not only features a wonderful spa, a high-tech gym, a lively lobby bar and an adults-only pool great for grown-ups, but there’s also a lot of things for kids too. The staffed kids’ club features fun daily activities and a playground, and the kiddy pool is the perfect place for them to make new friends. Plus, the beach, though narrow and busy, has mostly calm waters.
The Grand Bliss Rating: 4.0 Pearls
This is a chic, high-end time-share property with hotel options available at adjacent resorts. Going from resort to resort might not be the most convenient option to some, but there’s certainly a lot to choose from. Suites are spacious and modern, with high-tech amenities and contemporary kitchens. Kids will probably love the kiddy pool -- complete with a playground -- the wave pool with a slide, the lazy river, and the daily activities at the kids' club. There is also a golf course and several tennis courts available.
CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa Rating: 4.0 Pearls
CasaMagna Marriott features top-notch restaurants, pools, and meeting rooms, as well as lovely guest rooms and suites that feature modern amenities and contemporary furnishings. Housed in two towers, this upscale hotel is memorable primarily for its sumptuous Ohtli Spa and adjacent fitness center with indoor lap pool, but it is a solid pick for families too. Great kid-friendly amenities include a kiddy pool, table tennis, volleyball courts, kids' and teens' clubs, and a seasonal sea turtle rescue program.
Costa Sur Resort & Spa Rating: 3.5 Pearls
The 202-room Costa Sur Resort and Spa is a multi-story property that offers guests a lot of bang for their peso: a private beach, spacious suites with kitchens and ocean views, optional all-inclusive meal packages, and a fun kids' club. Located 10 minutes outside of Puerto Vallarta's main strip, this hotel is distanced from noise and pollution but still well placed for exploring with a car. Rooms could use a refresh, but there is a peaceful adults-only pool, a separate big pool for families, fitness center, and water sports all on-site.
The Westin Resort & Spa Puerto Vallarta Rating: 4.0 Pearls
The Westin is a sprawling property with lots of family-friendly amenities, including an all-inclusive dining program available for children ages 12 and under. The property offers babysitting services, a supervised kids' club with daily activities and a turtle nursery for kids, plus wonderful features for adults such as a large free-form pool, an extensive fine art collection and an attractive spa. But there are fees for most of them.
Sheraton Buganvilias Resort & Convention Center Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Don’t let the business-friendly vibe and the convention center discourage you—the Sheraton is great pick for families who like the action close at hand, but also feel the need to be somewhat removed from the heart of the hustle. The property boasts a comprehensive children’s program for kids between 5 and 12, including great daily activities and workshops, four tennis courts, a great pool with a kid zone, and several dining options for all tastes. Rooms, though a bit dated, are comfortable and functional, and come with convenient amenities for families, such as empty mini-fridges (most), and flat-screen TVs.
Now Amber Puerto Vallarta Rating: 4.5 Pearls
The 327-room Now Amber Puerto Vallarta is a family-friendly, four-and-half-pearl oceanfront property. The features at Now Amber Puerto Vallarta are focused on kids and families, with some nice extras for parents. Little kids can spend the day doing fun supervised activities at the Explorer's Club while teens have their own dedicated space with Xbox, computers, foosball, and air hockey. Wi-Fi is free and dependable throughout the property. Guests get free green fees at nearby Vista Vallarta Club de Golf. Snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, and parasailing can be arranged for a fee. Live shows, big screen movies, and theme nights are regular occurrences.
Holiday Inn Puerto Vallarta Rating: 3.0 Pearls
This Holiday Inn delivers pretty much everything you could expect from a mid-range hotel in the middle of Hotel Zone. There's a large free-form pool and a separate kids' pool with mini water slide. Additionally, there are two tennis courts and a game room with Fusbol, air hockey, and X-Box stations. The Kids' Club has supervised crafts and activities for children ages 4-12. There's also suites and Kids' Suites available for families.
Melia Puerto Vallarta All-Inclusive Beach Resort Rating: 3.5 Pearls
A true all-inclusive in the prestigious Marina Vallarta area, this place does kids well. With special family rooms, and tons of activities to keep the kids busy -- a huge pool, a climbing wall, karaoke, volleyball, and nightly shows are just the beginning. Kids’ & Co. Family rooms include 2 double beds, bunk beds in a small alcove, and kid-friendly amenities like small bathrobes and kid-friendly toiletries. There's a Flintstone Land club for kids with fun indoor and outdoor activities, as well as a batting cage and mini golf on-site.