Trip Plan Details
- recommended Blue Diamond Riviera MayaRecommended for:
recommended SayulitaGorgeous little town an hour or so north of Puerto Vallarta. Easy to get to given the airports in Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta, but with its dirt roads (at least as of 2001), you'll feel as far as ... read morepossible from the tourist scene. We rented a great, open-air house facing the ocean, and walked along the beach to get fish quesadillas every day. A little slice of heaven.Recommended for:
- recommended Rosewood MayakobaGorgeous, gorgeous property in the Playa del Carmen hotel zone. The Rosewood Mayakoba is both secluded yet can be as connected as you want to be. There are numerous suite villas to choose from from ... read morefor couples only to family friendly. We especially love the island villas where we had to take a little boat ride to get to the villa. The service is fantastic (very sincere and very professional), the food is wonderful, the public areas are beautifully decorated, and the room suites are very comfortable and very homey in a good way (I would model my dream home after this place).Mel S Wong
Hello Travis, although we didn't use their kids' program, the Rosewood brand runs a very well organized rosebuds for kids program that may be worth looking into. I think most of their properties also have dedicated kid's club house which I think the Mayakoba has. Happy searching and have a wonderful vacation!
- XcaretHighway Km 282, Playa del Carmen, ROO 77710 Mexicorecommended XcaretWhat a fun water fantasy world for adults and kids alike! The lazy river flow is awesome as the river with gentle current carries people in special floatation devices down the meandering river that is ... read moreopening air at times, grotto others. There were caves and cenotes. That was adventurous and leisurely at the same time. If more action is required, there's kayaking, sea lung underwater walks, swimming with dolphins, water biking, water sliding and of course swimming. In addition to water activities, visitors could learn more about aqua marine life in the aquariums, sea lions dent, sea turtle habitat, and shark tank. Visitors can purchase an inclusive meal deal where yummy buffet style food is served. There are also multiple restaurants service different cuisines. The water park is very well managed. The changing areas clean. Grounds are kept very beautifully and "authentically" designed. The scheduled land shows fun to watch. We had such a fun time here, we didn't want to take the hour long car ride back to Cancun. Our day there also included an open air massage and a visit to their beautiful Orchid nursery. It was a perfect day in paradise!Mel S Wong
This is about an hour from Cancun, 15-20 minutes from anywhere Playa de Carmen. Also close to Tulum. So if staying in Playa de Carmen, a visit To Xcaret should be easy and it is a TON of fun there! Have a great vacation!
recommended Puerto Vallarta and the Pacific CoastIf you fly from SFO it is only a 4 hour flight and there are non-stops. Really great destination for families because it has both the Jungle and the Sea. There is the main tourist area for beach. ... read moreThere is horebackriding and ziplining and a dolphin habitat. If you are looking for upscale there is the Punta Mita Area which also has great surfing. The Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita has a great children's program. There are some great condo properties as well.Recommended for:
- The Lodge on Little St. Simons Island1000 Hampton Point Drive, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522recommended The Lodge on Little St. Simons IslandIf you have time then this is a well worthwhile detour. You have the run of the island with a few others. Five star service. Gorgeous accommodation. Food is great. If you don't want to splash out on ... read morethe cost for the entire week, then split time between St. Simons or Sea Island.Recommended for:
recommended Pawleys IslandA silver of an island that probably has a full time population of 100. Fantastic old southern beach cottages. Super surf, beautiful sand, great inlet where you can go crab trapping. In town you'll ... read morefind the Fish House, and a few true fishmerman "joints". A great place for kids! Really relaxed and super nice without being super expensive.Recommended for:
recommended Orcas IslandNot particularly warm but what a magical place. Part of the San Juan Islands, it's great for canoeing, bike riding, hiking, etc. Gorgeous surroundings. Cool, organic restaurants. Groovy art galleries. ... read moreRecommended for:
recommended CancunRecommended for:
- recommended Azul Fives by KarismaMy husband and I stayed at Azul Fives for a week in February 2012. The resort is family oriented – there were many families with children but it didn’t bother us most of the time, there wasn’t much ... read morenoise or screaming kids, as you may typically encounter at family resorts. We spent most of our pool/sun time by the pool next to our building. The layout of this resort is pretty interesting. It’s a fairly large property with a narrow access to the beach. The smart thing about the layout is that all 14 buildings (3 stories high, with penthouses on top of each building) are located along two long curving pools with little islands and palm trees everywhere – the rooms on the first floors have direct access to the pool. Each pool has a couple swim-up bars and a sit-down place to eat. It’s pretty quiet around these pools (unless some guests with loud voices get too much to drink at the bar).The third pool (infinity pool) is located next to the beach and that area is very crowded with loud music playing and activities happening around there. We preferred our low-key pool. The grounds are beautifully landscaped and well maintained. It’s lovely to walk around. Sometimes you get to see monkeys in the trees or a huge iguana. There are interesting and colorful birds to look for in the trees. This resort has deluxe rooms, 1 and 2-bedroom suites, some with a penthouse. All rooms/suites have a balcony or a patio. We stayed in a deluxe room which was big and nice, with modern furniture and comfortable bed. From glancing at the apartment style accommodations through the open doors on the first floor you could see very spacious living room with nice furniture and open style kitchen with breakfast bar. There is Wi-Fi everywhere on the property, including pool and beach area. They charge $50 per week or $10 a day. The gym is pretty small but it’s only crowded for a couple of hours in the morning. There is Health Bar next to the gym – you can get delicious fruit and veggie drinks and smoothies there (my favorite was Green Power – orange juice, spinach, celery and parsley). There was some kind of entertainment every night - tequila tasting, Mexican folk show (we really liked it - 4 men and 4 women in beautiful costumes, changing with every dance, gave an impressive performance), Michael Jackson show, Fire show on the beach... There are several restaurants and pool-side grills. The Italian restaurant (Arezzo) was our favorite. Breakfast is served buffet-style in a restaurant with huge windows (covering the whole curving wall) overlooking jungle-like woods. All restaurants and public areas have interesting architecture and beautiful decorations. The staff everywhere on the resort is very attentive and helpful, always smiling. Before I write about the best thing about this resort, let me mention a couple of negatives: • The beach is pretty nice but it’s almost impossible to go into the water – the bottom has rocks and seaweed • We wanted to re-use our bath towels for a couple of times before getting a clean one but there were no hooks in the bathroom area (except for one) or bars to hang then on to dry • The food wasn’t always gourmet, as being advertised The best part of this resort is their incredible spa. I have been to many spas but this one really stands out – it’s so beautiful and inviting inside, very clean, has spacious but cozy rooms where they do various treatments, including services for couples. I did their signature 80 minutes “Vitamin C” facial. Before any treatment, you get to experience “water journey” – going in sequence trough sauna, steam room with eucalyptus, massaging shower, hot and cold jaccuzzi. It helps you relax and prepare your body and mind for the treatment. Then, while you relax a bit before your treatment in a relaxation room, drinking cucumber and lemon drink, they put warm “pillow” on your shoulders (you get the same after the treatment). You are so pampered and relaxed that you never want to leave this place.Elvira Vanag
Read on the resort's website about their kid's club - it's amazing.
recommended Four Seasons Resort Maui at WaileaHotel is set in Wailea, which gets the least rain on Maui. You and your wife get 5 star dining, impeccable service and most importantly, a fantastic play area for your kids in addition to activities ... read moreoverseen by the staff to keep them busy, should you decide to break off for a hike, adventure through the roads of Hana or just relax on the beach. The beach itself is in a protected area where the waves don't get too crazy. The staff will attend to drinks, sprintzes of evian should it get too hot and haul all the annoying stuff. You can also easily rent beach items (for a fee) such as snorkel gear, boogie boards and paddle boards so you don't need to pack these from home. On days where you don't feel like the beach, they have three pools. One is an infinity pool (adult pool), which offers an amazing view an idyllic pasture of palm trees against the backdrop of the open sea, sprinkled with an island here or there. The other, is a huge pool centered by a fountain where you can live "european beach culture." Finally, there's the kiddie pool, which is equally well adorned. About 10-15 minutes, the public beach of Big Beach is nearby, which offers some bbq space and a huge stretch of clean sand. Very well maintained, but lacks overhang for shade, so you would need to bring your own. There is also shopping nearby in addition to a fantastic small sushi joint called Koiso. They have amazingly fresh fish and the sushi chef is a really good and sociable guy. If you have an Amex Platinum (or thinking of getting one), you get an automatic one category room upgrade plus breakfast credit (something like $30/day). This really adds up.Jon Lee
Hope this helps. I think you'll really enjoy it. Kinda spendy, but even though I know how much of a cheapskate you are, you're a white hot silicon valley exec and you deserve it :)
- Xamach DosKM 32 Boca Paila | Quintana Roo, Sian Ka'an, Mexicorecommended Xamach DosThis little slice of paradise sits just off the crater-riddled dirt road to Punta Allen in the Sian Ka'an Biosphere. Although the bumps on the road can be quite maddening, Xamach Dos will quickly ... read morepacify with its beauty and solitude. The property has three comfy cabanas made from materials found on the beach and in the jungle and a restaurant where Francisca the cook whips up delectable dishes of fresh fish and Mayan favorites. With an unspoiled reef system, pristine mangrove forests, and overgrown Mayan ruins as a backdrop, you'll never have trouble finding something to occupy your time.Recommended for:Gregory
Although a little remote, this place is amazing. Probably have to rent a car, but that makes it a lot easier to explore all the great things in the area.
- Zulum Beach Club + CabanasCarretera Tulum, Boca Paila Km. 6.5 | Quintana Roo, Tulum 77780, Mexicorecommended Zulum Beach Club + CabanasHammocks on the porch, beds hanging from the ceiling, and sand under my feet at the restaurant are reasons why I loved this place. It also doesn't hurt that the place is absolutely gorgeous!Recommended for:Gregory
this place, and many others around Tulum would be great. Ruins, cenotes, and awesome beaches are fun for all ages.
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We are looking for the exact same thing. When are you going? Trying to think of the least travel time possible. Belize, Outer Banks N. Carolina, Malibu?! =)
recommended TulumTulum, in general, is a great place to visit, though I am not sure you would stay in the central town. However, any of the resorts along the beach are great for the family. The adults will enjoy the ... read morepristine nature of the beaches, the quiet, and the beautiful turquoise water. You can take the kids up the road to the Tulum ruins, some of the most interesting in Mayan history. Food is great, and nearly everyone speaks English. I also caught a 55lb king mackerel just off the coast. That's worth the price of the flight.Recommended for:Doug Crets
Tulum is both romantic and quiet, easygoing and exciting.