One of five Princess properties in the area, the upscale 270-room Punta Cana Princess All Suites Resort & Spa is an adults-only all-inclusive geared toward couples and groups of friends. The property is set on a beautiful white-sand beach dotted with loungers and daybeds, and features a pleasant spa with couples’ massages and a sauna that guests can use free of charge. Rooms are well-equipped with free minibars, separate living areas, balconies (some of which offer ocean views), and jetted tubs, but decor is a tad generic. The nicest units are the Honeymoon Suites, which come with more stylish decor and great perks, such as free bottles of rum, free massages, and gourmet dinners. There’s plenty to keep guests entertained during the day — from competitions to water aerobics and dance classes — but nights are quieter than at neighboring sister properties, to which Princess guests get full access. Food is good and varied. Couples seeking something more upscale may prefer the quieter Le Sivory Punta Cana By PortBlue Boutique.
Set against the North Mountain Preserve and the Sonoran Desert, the upscale Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort is a sprawling, family-friendly property with 584 suites. Its units are all one- or two-bedroom suites with separate living areas, sofa beds, and small, furnished balconies. In-suite amenities are decent for the price (including flat-screen TVs, stocked minibars, and coffeemakers), but decor is a tad plain and feels dated despite the 2017 renovations. The main draws here are the Falls Water Village — a large water park with a 138-foot waterslide, a 40-foot waterfall, two pools, and a cafe — and the 18-hole golf course. There’s plenty to do on-site for all types of travelers, but rates can be high in the peak season and there’s a daily resort fee. Sister property Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort has slightly lower rates but lacks a golf course.
Designed for families with kids and teens, the all-inclusive Beaches Negril Resort and Spa is a beautiful, upscale property with a wide variety of activities and facilities. It has a stellar location, sitting on a wide stretch of the beautiful Seven Mile Beach, with tons of water sports – even scuba diving – available for free. A water park, kids’ camp, teen hangouts, and specialty activities provide children with plenty to keep busy, and adults can utilize the spa, swim-up bars, or candlelit dining for two. Daytime fun and live evening entertainment are also well-regarded. A wide variety of room options are available, though all are spacious and contemporary, and have terraces, iPod docks, and coffeemakers. Buffet and a la carte restaurants are plentiful, with standouts including sushi, Italian, and frozen yogurt options. Premium liquor and wine are free. Since the majority of guests are families, the resort can get noisy. Couples may be happier at the adults-only Sandals Negril Beach Resort & Spa just up the road.
The 591-suite Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos is an upscale all-inclusive resort situated along a pretty beach near San Jose del Cabo, which unfortunately isn’t swimmable (common for the area). This family-friendly property has a fresh style plus a luxury-hotel-worthy spa and tons of dining and entertainment options, including a theater. Pools form the heart of the resort, and there are options for families, kids, and adults, plus a lovely pond dotted with fire pits. Rooms are attractive, albeit simple, and feature whirlpool tubs, rainfall showers, and furnished balconies. Swim-up suites with direct pool access are available. Note that there’s some noise from neighboring resorts in certain rooms. For Los Cabos all-inclusive resorts, the Hyatt’s a find, but it’s worth considering the more affordable Royal Solaris, a mid-range, family-friendly resort just down the road.
The upscale, all-inclusive Panama Jack Resorts Cancun is a family-friendly beachfront property in the Hotel Zone, and one of the best values in Cancun. The competitive prices draw a fair number of partiers, and there are lots of poolside activities such as tequila volleyball. But the resort draws plenty of families as well, thanks to its two pools (neither very large or with a swim-up bar), kiddy splash park with a pirate ship and slides, and evening entertainment. Multiple restaurants and bars include buffet and Italian options, and food receives mostly positive reviews. Updated in 2017-18, the 458 rooms are stylish and beachy, all with hammock-equipped terraces (some with stunning views) and showers. On the downside, walls are a bit thin and shade is limited around the beach. Those looking for more and larger amenities should consider the luxurious Hyatt Ziva Cancun, though rates are higher.
Hands down the most amenity-packed resort on Maui, the upscale, beachfront Grand Wailea – A Waldorf Astoria Resort is a destination all its own. With 780 rooms, two massive pools, four restaurants, frequent fun luaus, and a 50,000-square-foot spa, the Grand Wailea wows with its immense scale. Rooms are beachy and modern, and well-equipped with furnished terraces, bathtubs, and separate showers. Numerous suite and villa options are available, and those in Napua Club rooms get extra perks. The property attracts all kinds of travelers, and guests can expect nonstop crowds at any time of year. While the resort is certainly upscale, it’s not as luxurious as its neighbors, the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea and the Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui. Additionally, the hefty daily resort fees and fees for mandatory valet parking and kids’ club access add to the already pricey nightly rates.
The upscale, 601-room Hard Rock Hotel Cancun is a large family-friendly, all-inclusive resort along a beautiful beach in the Hotel Zone, with tons of features for all types of travelers. A gorgeous infinity pool with ocean views and two popular swim-up bars, a great spa, and daybeds along the beach provide relaxation opportunities, while daytime activities, live nightly shows, and a kids’ club offer entertainment. Multiple well-regarded restaurants serve Mexican, Asian, Italian, and international buffet fare, while seven bars serve top-shelf liquor. All of the spacious, contemporary rooms have attractive decor, open bathrooms with double jetted tubs, furnished balconies with ocean or lagoon views, and flat-screen TVs. It’s a solid choice for couples and groups, but families should note that it can get rowdy at times, especially in the swim-up bar areas. Additionally, past guests have complained of maintenance issues and a lack of loungers by the pool. For a more low-key kid-friendly resort, consider Panama Jack Resort Cancun.
The upscale French Leave Resort is a secluded, romantic property comprising a collection of 20 villas studding gorgeous, green grounds that overlook Governor’s Harbour. The cottage-like villas feature beach-chic decor and are well-equipped with amenities like iPads, free Wi-Fi, and flat-screen TVs, plus most have full kitchens and living rooms. All open onto lovely private decks. Villas also come with golf carts. The hotel has a lovely infinity-edge pool for all guests to use, with gorgeous views over the bay and poolside drinks and dining service. 1648 restaurant serves all three meals and has an outdoor terrace with striking views. Another highlight here is the stunning stretch of beach, plus the hotel has its own marina. Travelers wanting a luxury resort in a more convenient location should consider The Ocean Club, A Four Seasons Resort, Bahamas.
Made up of five interconnected pyramids, the 525-room Paradisus Cancun is an upscale, all-inclusive mega-resort geared toward families, offering a stellar setting along a beautiful stretch of beach in the Hotel Zone. The well-equipped rooms are spacious and have furnished balconies with sea or lagoon views, free minibars, and free Wi-Fi, but decor is a bit outdated. While breakfast can get busy, there’s no shortage of restaurants and bars to choose from and the huge freeform pool with a swim-up bar never feels too crowded. The impressive Yhi Spa, large fitness center, and nine-hole golf course are also notable features here, as is a kids’ club with supervised activities. Family Concierge services include extra in-room perks and family-friendly activities. Despite the property’s size, its interior tropical gardens also provide a lush, even secluded ambience. Prices are competitive for this level of luxury, but couples may want to splurge for the adults-only Royal Service at Paradisus Cancun, or consider the adults-only, and sometimes slightly pricier, Live Aqua Cancun.