Pros

  • In the Hotel Zone, right on a beautiful stretch of white-sand beach
  • A big tiered oceanfront main pool, a swim-up bar pool, an adult-only pool, and three whirlpools
  • Clean rooms, all with balconies and many with excellent ocean views
  • No reservations required at the 10 restaurants
  • 11 bars, and 24-hour room service
  • Lots of activities for the whole family, including an evening show
  • Kids' club, teens' club, and water park with pirate ship and small slides
  • Mini-golf course
  • Fully equipped gym and spa
  • Meeting and event space
  • Free Wi-Fi in the lobby
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Cons

  • Fee for in-room Wi-Fi, per device
  • Rooms are older and rather small, with spare decor
  • Rooms close to the pools can be loud during high season
  • Rooftop adult-only pool doesn't face the ocean and can get windy
  • Strong waves at the beach (typical for the area)
  • Outdoor whirlpool tubs not always hot
  • Maintenance issues such as chipped pool tiles and some damaged loungers
  • Pools not heated and a little chilly to some
  • The active, kid-oriented vibe isn't for everyone
  • Many common spaces not air conditioned
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Bottom Line

This 525-room upper-middle-range resort has been around the block -- but it's still one of the better kid-friendly all-inclusives for the price in the Hotel Zone. The rooms are on the bare side and showing wear, but they're clean and almost all have at least partial ocean views from the balconies (a few suites face the lagoon). The features are more impressive: There are four pools (including a kiddy water park), 10 restaurants, two kids' clubs, a constant barrage of activities, and a gym and spa. Just note that there are some minor maintenance issues, and in-room Wi-Fi isn’t free. The Royal Solaris and GR Solaris Caribe are both similar properties with a similar busy, family-oriented vibe, so it may be worth comparing rates.

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Amenities

  • Casino
  • Cribs
  • Fitness Center
  • Internet
  • Jacuzzi
  • Kids Club
  • Pool
  • Spa

Oyster Hotel Review

Seadust Cancun Family Resort

Scene

An older all-inclusive resort in the Hotel Zone of Cancun

The Seadust Cancun Family Resort is an older all-inclusive resort set amongst dozens of other all-inclusives in the heart of the Hotel Zone of Cancun, and it doesn’t disappoint in terms of activities and services. It’s a massive building with 12 stories of rooms rising above the beach. The central corridor contains the shops and restaurants, and at the front are the kids' clubs and the water park that was remodeled in early 2016. The resort footprint isn't as massive as some in the area, and lacks sprawling grounds and gardens, but many families find this convenient as it makes it easier to keep an eye on the little ones. It's easy and quick to go back and forth between the main pools and the beach -- but the location of the water park means that parents who want to supervise have to accompany their kids there.

This big, feature-packed resort is a lot of things, but serene it is not. Expect loud music and lots of water games at the main pool, which is often filled with little kids and floaties. Most guests her love the fun and festive atmosphere, though party-oriented couples may want to look elsewhere, as the entertainment here definitely is geared toward families. There's not much entertainment in the evening besides the show around 9 p.m. (options may include a Michael Jackson show, games, or karaoke) -- fine for many families who want to put their kids to bed afterward, but not ideal for adults who want to stay up later. Some of the typical all-inclusive hassles are present (wristbands, towel cards, and during the very busiest seasons, occasional jostling for a palapa on the beach), but no reservations are needed for the a la carte restaurants, which is a definite upside. 

There’s a lot of wear and tear visible in the exterior areas, though the water park had been remodeled shortly before our visit in early 2016. The ownership switched hands less than a week prior to our visit, and more improvements may be on the horizon. But unless a massive renovation takes place, it's probably safe to expect some minor issues such as chipped tiles by the pool and spots that could use with a fresh lick of paint. For the price, though, the hotel generally hits the right notes for a family-friendly, upper-middle-range all-inclusive. 

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Location

On the southern end of the Hotel Zone, closer to the airport and farther from the party scene

The Seadust Cancun Family Resort is on the southern end of the Cancun Hotel Zone, about a 20-minute drive from the airport in one direction and the hopping nightclub area (home to Coco Bongo, Senor Frog's, and the like) in the other. This is not exactly a private beach, but it has the fine white sand and views of turquoise water that Cancun is known for. For those who want to get out and explore the rest of the Hotel Zone or downtown Cancun, there are buses on the avenue in front of the resort, plus taxis are readily available. There’s nothing within walking distance apart from other resorts.

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Rooms

Smallish, older, and plain rooms, but they're clean and have balconies, many with great ocean views

There are 525 rooms here aren't going to win any design awards -- they're quite bland, with cream tile, white walls, white bedding (accented by anchor-themed bed runners and pillows), and wood furniture stained cherry, including a big headboard stretching almost to the ceiling. There are five categories, and most come with two doubles or a single king-size bed, but the Family Room has additional bunk beds for the kids. Odd-numbered rooms are away from the Iberostar side of the hotel, which guests report can be noisy. 

All of the rooms have a small balcony, typically furnished with a bistro table and two chairs. Almost all have at least partial ocean views, and many ocean views are excellent -- though a few suites only face the lagoon. Rooms that face the pool and ocean beyond may have some of the best views, but can also suffer from the most noise during high season due to pool traffic. The minibar items, coffeemakers with coffee and bottled water, and 24-hour room service are included in the all-inclusive rates. On the technology front, there are flat-screen TVs, streaming music, and safes, but the Wi-Fi is not free.

Bathrooms have either shower/tub combos or walk-in showers; Club Rooms add jetted tubs in the bedroom by the balcony. We noticed some water stains on the fixtures during our visit. 

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Features

Four pools, water park, gym and spa, and meeting space

The pools are a major focal point. The three-tier main pool faces the beach, and right next to it is a swim-up bar pool (where adults can expect children to present). There are plenty of blue mesh and white plastic loungers set up around the perimeter, some with umbrellas, plus more on the beach beyond (where there are palapas instead of umbrellas). There are usually plenty of activities at the pool, such as water basketball or water polo, and animals such as birds and monkeys may be present poolside for kids to take photos with (note that the photos from the hotel photographer cost a fee). The adult-only pool unfortunately faces the road and lagoon rather than the ocean, and the rooftop location means it can get windy. The water park at the front of the resort is popular, though parents of children of different age ranges should note that it is divided into two sections by a wall, and only kids above a certain height are allowed into the one with the bigger waterslides. There are a few plastic chairs, loungers, and umbrellas, but not many. 

By the water park are the baby club (for children 18 months to 3 years), kids' club (4 to 12 years), and a teen's club (13 to 17 years). The clubs are supervised and there are organized activities, but kids must call every hour to check on their child, and kids can't be left for more than three hours. For those who like to stay active, there are two tennis courts that have seen a lot of action over the years and are a bit worn out. There’s also a mini-golf course set up on the side of the resort. The cinema-style theater for evening shows is a bit small and can fill up, though it has air-conditioning, unlike some common spaces at the hotel. 

The central core of the resort is a massive, long sprawl, and it’s lined with shopping centers and restaurants. There’s a spacious gym with a lot of equipment, but the views of a wall are less than impressive and there are no TVs. The subterranean spa is nicer, and there’s a Buddha statue in the center of the reflecting pool and a glass-tile walkway across the water. Facilities include a beauty salon, treatment rooms, and saunas. 

There is also meeting space that can fit up to 800 people across various rooms. 

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All-Inclusive / Food

Plenty of choice, and no reservations required at the a la cartes -- plus room service is 24/7

With 10 restaurants at the hotel, guests have plenty of choices -- and the no-reservations policy means that guests can just show up to the a la cartes and be seated on a first-come, first-served basis. Magnus Restaurant is the buffet option, serving all three meals, and has a number of different stations, including made-to-order sushi, a grill, a veggie section, fruits, salad, bread, seafood, poultry, "oriental", and more. There are self-serve wine and beer at the drinks station. Food quality is what one would expect from this type of large cafeteria-style space, but with the number of choices most are able to find something to fit their tastes. There's also a kids' lunch buffet located by the water park. A la carte options include Italian, Mexican, Japanese, steak, and French (this spot is for adults only). A burger bar is open for lunch and dinner. There's a lunch and snack restaurant poolside, and Creperie focuses on deserts, and crepes, as well as ice cream. Sanctorum is the adults-only breakfast restaurant, which has amazing ocean views. 

Bars are throughout the main corridor of the resort and have themes, such as Paola’s Sport Bar, the Karaoke Bar, and Oktoberfest.

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Things You Should Know About Seadust Cancun Family Resort

Also Known As

  • Great Parnassus Resort and Spa

Address

Blvd. Kukulcan Km 17, Zona Hotelera, Cancun 77500, Mexico

Website

Oyster Hotel Review

Seadust Cancun Family Resort

Scene

An older all-inclusive resort in the Hotel Zone of Cancun

The Seadust Cancun Family Resort is an older all-inclusive resort set amongst dozens of other all-inclusives in the heart of the Hotel Zone of Cancun, and it doesn’t disappoint in terms of activities and services. It’s a massive building with 12 stories of rooms rising above the beach. The central corridor contains the shops and restaurants, and at the front are the kids' clubs and the water park that was remodeled in early 2016. The resort footprint isn't as massive as some in the area, and lacks sprawling grounds and gardens, but many families find this convenient as it makes it easier to keep an eye on the little ones. It's easy and quick to go back and forth between the main pools and the beach -- but the location of the water park means that parents who want to supervise have to accompany their kids there.

This big, feature-packed resort is a lot of things, but serene it is not. Expect loud music and lots of water games at the main pool, which is often filled with little kids and floaties. Most guests her love the fun and festive atmosphere, though party-oriented couples may want to look elsewhere, as the entertainment here definitely is geared toward families. There's not much entertainment in the evening besides the show around 9 p.m. (options may include a Michael Jackson show, games, or karaoke) -- fine for many families who want to put their kids to bed afterward, but not ideal for adults who want to stay up later. Some of the typical all-inclusive hassles are present (wristbands, towel cards, and during the very busiest seasons, occasional jostling for a palapa on the beach), but no reservations are needed for the a la carte restaurants, which is a definite upside. 

There’s a lot of wear and tear visible in the exterior areas, though the water park had been remodeled shortly before our visit in early 2016. The ownership switched hands less than a week prior to our visit, and more improvements may be on the horizon. But unless a massive renovation takes place, it's probably safe to expect some minor issues such as chipped tiles by the pool and spots that could use with a fresh lick of paint. For the price, though, the hotel generally hits the right notes for a family-friendly, upper-middle-range all-inclusive. 

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Location

On the southern end of the Hotel Zone, closer to the airport and farther from the party scene

The Seadust Cancun Family Resort is on the southern end of the Cancun Hotel Zone, about a 20-minute drive from the airport in one direction and the hopping nightclub area (home to Coco Bongo, Senor Frog's, and the like) in the other. This is not exactly a private beach, but it has the fine white sand and views of turquoise water that Cancun is known for. For those who want to get out and explore the rest of the Hotel Zone or downtown Cancun, there are buses on the avenue in front of the resort, plus taxis are readily available. There’s nothing within walking distance apart from other resorts.

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Rooms

Smallish, older, and plain rooms, but they're clean and have balconies, many with great ocean views

There are 525 rooms here aren't going to win any design awards -- they're quite bland, with cream tile, white walls, white bedding (accented by anchor-themed bed runners and pillows), and wood furniture stained cherry, including a big headboard stretching almost to the ceiling. There are five categories, and most come with two doubles or a single king-size bed, but the Family Room has additional bunk beds for the kids. Odd-numbered rooms are away from the Iberostar side of the hotel, which guests report can be noisy. 

All of the rooms have a small balcony, typically furnished with a bistro table and two chairs. Almost all have at least partial ocean views, and many ocean views are excellent -- though a few suites only face the lagoon. Rooms that face the pool and ocean beyond may have some of the best views, but can also suffer from the most noise during high season due to pool traffic. The minibar items, coffeemakers with coffee and bottled water, and 24-hour room service are included in the all-inclusive rates. On the technology front, there are flat-screen TVs, streaming music, and safes, but the Wi-Fi is not free.

Bathrooms have either shower/tub combos or walk-in showers; Club Rooms add jetted tubs in the bedroom by the balcony. We noticed some water stains on the fixtures during our visit. 

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Features

Four pools, water park, gym and spa, and meeting space

The pools are a major focal point. The three-tier main pool faces the beach, and right next to it is a swim-up bar pool (where adults can expect children to present). There are plenty of blue mesh and white plastic loungers set up around the perimeter, some with umbrellas, plus more on the beach beyond (where there are palapas instead of umbrellas). There are usually plenty of activities at the pool, such as water basketball or water polo, and animals such as birds and monkeys may be present poolside for kids to take photos with (note that the photos from the hotel photographer cost a fee). The adult-only pool unfortunately faces the road and lagoon rather than the ocean, and the rooftop location means it can get windy. The water park at the front of the resort is popular, though parents of children of different age ranges should note that it is divided into two sections by a wall, and only kids above a certain height are allowed into the one with the bigger waterslides. There are a few plastic chairs, loungers, and umbrellas, but not many. 

By the water park are the baby club (for children 18 months to 3 years), kids' club (4 to 12 years), and a teen's club (13 to 17 years). The clubs are supervised and there are organized activities, but kids must call every hour to check on their child, and kids can't be left for more than three hours. For those who like to stay active, there are two tennis courts that have seen a lot of action over the years and are a bit worn out. There’s also a mini-golf course set up on the side of the resort. The cinema-style theater for evening shows is a bit small and can fill up, though it has air-conditioning, unlike some common spaces at the hotel. 

The central core of the resort is a massive, long sprawl, and it’s lined with shopping centers and restaurants. There’s a spacious gym with a lot of equipment, but the views of a wall are less than impressive and there are no TVs. The subterranean spa is nicer, and there’s a Buddha statue in the center of the reflecting pool and a glass-tile walkway across the water. Facilities include a beauty salon, treatment rooms, and saunas. 

There is also meeting space that can fit up to 800 people across various rooms. 

See More Features

All-Inclusive / Food

Plenty of choice, and no reservations required at the a la cartes -- plus room service is 24/7

With 10 restaurants at the hotel, guests have plenty of choices -- and the no-reservations policy means that guests can just show up to the a la cartes and be seated on a first-come, first-served basis. Magnus Restaurant is the buffet option, serving all three meals, and has a number of different stations, including made-to-order sushi, a grill, a veggie section, fruits, salad, bread, seafood, poultry, "oriental", and more. There are self-serve wine and beer at the drinks station. Food quality is what one would expect from this type of large cafeteria-style space, but with the number of choices most are able to find something to fit their tastes. There's also a kids' lunch buffet located by the water park. A la carte options include Italian, Mexican, Japanese, steak, and French (this spot is for adults only). A burger bar is open for lunch and dinner. There's a lunch and snack restaurant poolside, and Creperie focuses on deserts, and crepes, as well as ice cream. Sanctorum is the adults-only breakfast restaurant, which has amazing ocean views. 

Bars are throughout the main corridor of the resort and have themes, such as Paola’s Sport Bar, the Karaoke Bar, and Oktoberfest.

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Best Rates

Amenities

  • Air Conditioner

  • Airport Transportation

  • Babysitting Services

  • Balcony / Terrace / Patio

  • Basic Television

  • Beach

  • Beauty / Hair Salon

  • Business Center

  • Cabanas

  • Cable

  • Casino

  • Children's Pool

  • Concierge

  • Cribs

  • Dry Cleaning

  • Fitness Center

  • Free Breakfast

  • Gameroom / Arcade

  • Golf Course

  • Internet

  • Jacuzzi

  • Kids Allowed

  • Kids Club

  • Laundry

  • Meeting / Conference Rooms

  • Mini Bar (with liquor)

  • Pool

  • Poolside Drink Service

  • Rental Car Service Desk Onsite

  • Room Service

  • Separate Bedroom / Living Room Space

  • Spa

  • Supervised Kids Activities

  • Swim-Up Bar

  • Tennis Court

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