Four Seasons Punta Mita Rating: 5.0 Pearls
The Four Seasons brand is known for its outstanding children's program, which includes not only kids' menus at the restaurants and free use of cribs, but also welcome gifts, free baby toiletries, a fun lazy river, large suites and villas suited for families, and babysitting services. Up to two children 18 or under, or three children under 12, may share their parents’ guest room at no extra charge. The wonderful kids' club, with a tree house, a playground, and a movie theater, is a favorite among young guests.
The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort Rating: 5.0 Pearls
This luxurious, 120-room property boasts the most comprehensive (and high-end) kid-friendly program in Riviera Nayarit, including a children's spa and an all-inclusive dining program. The Tortuga Childen's Club offers wonderful activities for kids ages five to 12, such as treasure hunts, piñata-making workshops, and board walks. Young guests will also probably love the gorgeous private beach and the beautiful pools. For some family fun, there resort features tennis courts and family-friendly activities such as scuba diving and a number of excursions.
Palladium Vallarta Resort & Spa All-Inclusive Rating: 3.5 Pearls
This family-friendly resort occupies a lush swatch of manicured jungle overlooking a private beach. It's large and busy, but is packed with amenities great for the kids, including a kids' pool, a theater with nightly shows, daily activities like archery and tennis, and a fun on-site zoo with monkeys and a crocodile habitat with weekly feeding. The spa with Turkish baths, the non-motorized water sports, and the private beach with grass palapas for shade guarantee parents will enjoy their stay too.
Royal Decameron Costa Flamingos All Inclusive Rating: 3.0 Pearls
A festive vibe pervades this sprawling, seven-acre property, which features a bright color scheme, live shows, numerous amenities, and lots of activities for kids and adults. There's no kids' club, but great amenities geared towards families include a kiddy pool, outdoor tennis courts with free lessons available, free use of non-motorized water sport equipment, and open-air theater with live performances nightly, a soccer field, and loaner bicycles.
Starbay Suites Resort Rating: 3.0 Pearls
There is little about the look of this mid-range hotel that says "Mexico", but the nearness of the tranquil waters of Banderas Bay, the great ocean views from every room, and the convenient amenities make this a popular pick among families. There's no kids' club, but the hotel boasts a fun pool complex with a fountain, a bridge, and a kids' pool, plus a quiet, pretty little beach with palapas. Most rooms are one-, two- and three-bedroom suites with fully equipped kitchens and drinking water dispensers.