The Best Resorts For Kids in the Sun
PHOTO: The waterpark at the Gran Caribe. (Courtesy Playa Resorts)
When you’re on vacation, you may want to be pampered one day and become adventurous the next. And, of course, if you’re traveling with family you want to keep the kids entertained. Finding the right destination that does everything you want seems like an impossible task, but Playa Hotels actually has two locations that check all the boxes on your travel list.
Kids will feel like the Gran Porto, located in the Caribbean, right near Playa del Carmen’s famous Fifth Avenue, was made just for them. The little ones can enjoy arts & crafts, swimming, and outdoor games at the Oki Kids Club, while the teens and tweens enjoy the T-Zone, where they play video games, perform karaoke, and dance the night away.
Adults enjoy a respite from the parenting and job responsibilities with a trip to the Gran Porto spa, or take a bike tour to Fifth Avenue where they can shop till they drop. The entire family can tour the local ancient Mayan ruins to learn about local history. For guests who want to say I Do, Gran Porto is the perfect location for your destination wedding with its oceanfront gazebos, romantic gardens, intimate indoor salons, and grand ballrooms.
Located right in the heart of Cancun, Playa Hotel’s all-inclusive Gran Caribe Resort has something for everyone -- including a water park for the kids, an amazing turtle release program and ultimate spa treatments.
The resort’s Caribe Cancun’s Oki® Splash Water Park includes six waterslides, a fountain, two splash zones and a family pool. The kids will never be bored because there’s also a kids’ club with a fashion and science room, cooking factory, mini golf course and organized, supervised activities. Teen gamers have their own place to play other teens.
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Guests who stay from April through November will enjoy an extra special treat, as it’s the season for the resort’s turtle release program, where over 10,000 eggs are hatched and the hatchlings are sent off to the waters.
Activities abound with such options as a beach volleyball, Zumba class, a tour of downtown Cancun, or a night of musical entertainment. The resorts also offers culinary adventures, such as wine and tequila tastings with on-site sommelier, and guacamole and bartending lessons. For some much-needed rest and relaxation, Grand Caribe also offer guests complimentary access to the hot tub, steam room, and sauna.
There are accommodations at both resorts for families of every size, from the 387-square foot standard room and junior suites to the exclusive 1500-square-foot penthouse suite comes with an amazing ocean view and a butler to tend to your every need.
When you need to eat, both resorts have a good selection of restaurants to choose from that serve vegetarian, low calorie, and other specialty options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. For example, you can enjoy a meal cooked in front of you at Gaviotas, sit down at Maria’s for authentic Mexican cuisine, or mangia at Il Pescatore, the resort’s Italian eatery. You can also choose a private in-suite dining option. All-inclusive at these resort means unlimited domestic and international selections for beer, wine, and cocktails at multiple bars and lounges.
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