Rosewood Mayakoba Rating: 5.0 Pearls
This luxurious, 128-room property boasts the most comprehensive (and high-end) kid-friendly program in Riviera Maya. The Rose Buds for Kids program includes offers a wide selection of age-appropriate activities, and a kids’ club complete with a TV and game room, a quiet room for napping and reading, and an arts and crafts area. Kids (and parents) can take part in sand castle-building contests, piñata-making sessions, Mayan jewelry classes, and talent shows. The hotel also offers babysitting services, adjoining rooms, select children’s spa services, and a wide array of products for use during your stay, including baby toiletries, wireless baby monitors, and in-room baby proofing items.
Azul Fives by Karisma Rating: 4.0 Pearls
This hotel is well suited for all occasions (weddings, reunions, honeymoons), but caters especially to families with children, with extensive services and amenities for kids. There’s a loan program for baby toys and equipment, a kiddy pool, and an excellent kids’ club by Fisher-Price complete with a kid-size gym and daily activities. Suites are spacious, and offer a separate living area with a sleeper sofa, as well as kitchens.
Fairmont Mayakoba Rating: 4.5 Pearls
The Fairmont is popular with couples for the level of privacy it offers, but it is also geared towards families, with a kiddy pool, and wonderful daily activities such as cookie-making sessions, arts and crafts, boat tour adventures, Mayan language classes, and sand castles contests. The hotel also offers babysitting services, connecting rooms, free baby toiletries, loaner bicycles, and kids’ menus at all of its restaurants. For parents, there’s a high-end spa, and adults-only pool, and a Greg Norman-designed golf course next door.
Azul Sensatori Hotel, by Karisma Rating: 4.5 Pearls
The ultimate family getaway, the all-inclusive 438-room Azul Sensatori megaresort offers lots of amenities and services for those traveling with children, including a fabulous kids' club with daily activities, a kiddy pool, a kid-size gym, a Fisher-Price toy lending program, and even a life-size Dora the Explorer running around. For the adults, the spa is airy and luxurious with soothing decor, and the adults-only pool is relaxing and serene.
Azul Beach Hotel Rating: 4.5 Pearls
In addition to a kiddy pool and kids’ menus at the on-site restaurants, the hotel offers a bright and fun kids’ club by Fisher-Price and a toy lending program, great for parents who want to pack light. There’s also a child-size gym with ropes, parallel bars, a springboard and floor pads, and daily activities for kids of all ages. Front desk can book babysitting services, so that adults can enjoy the private beach, three beautiful outdoor pools, and even the tequila lounge while knowing their kids are safe and having fun.
Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa - All Inclusive Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Treasure hunts, ocean trampolines, arts and crafts, and sand castle contests are just a few of the activities offered at the fabulous “Explorer’s Club”, complete with a playground, an indoor game rooms, and videogames. The club organizes weekly camps out on the beach, and outdoor movie nights for kids three to 12. In addition, the hotel also offers guests of all ages 45-minute swims with dolphins at its sister property Dreams Cancun, located a 30-minute drive away.
Banyan Tree Mayakoba Rating: 5.0 Pearls
The ultra-luxurious Banyan Tree Mayakoba feels more geared towards well-heeled couples than families with young kids, but the hotel does have a great club for children 12 and under that's open until 5 p.m. It offers great daily activities, video and board games, and even a wide selection of classes, such as kayak, snorkel, boogie board, and Latin dance. Plus, it features a designated room for movie nights. Rooms are huge and most have at least a small outdoor space; multi-bedroom villa options are available, as are rollaway beds and cribs.