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The 25 Best Playa Del Carmen Family Hotels & Resorts

The Best Family Hotels In Playa Del Carmen can satisfy the wishes of children of all ages; sea, sand, watersports, and good weather. Coastal resorts are the favorite holiday destination for many people and family friendly resorts have something for everyone. All inclusive hotels in Playa del Carmen are readily available.

This stretch of the Yucatan in Mexico faces out into the Caribbean. The Caribbean has been popular with holidaymakers from North America for some decades. Playa del Carmen developed as Mexico’s tourist numbers grew  with the international airport in Cancun bringing in large numbers of visitors all year round.

Best Family Hotels In Playa Del Carmen: Tips & Info

If you are looking for a 5-star hotel, you have plenty of choice in Playa del Carmen. You can find a luxury family hotel in most parts of Playa, some north of the center, others to the south. Mayakoba close to the heart of the heart of the community is on the coastline and still within a beautiful natural environment of pristine jungle and white sandy beaches.

Downtown has the most bars and restaurants with 5th Avenue the place you will find the best shopping. The beaches are just a short walk away while if you select a family hotel, you will find a swimming pool. Rooftop panoramas are a feature of most.

Choosing all inclusive family hotels makes perfect sense to many holidaymakers. A kid friendly hotel where all food and drink is included in your bill allows you to budget for your holiday. If you want to shop for souvenirs, that will be extra. Everything else, including airport transfers, is paid for in advance.

If you prefer to go out to restaurants in your neighborhood, all inclusive does not represent value for money. While a large luxury family hotel is likely to have plenty of restaurant choices, eating away from the resort is a great idea. It is a way to get to know the local area, eat traditional cuisine, and observe local life.

Here are some ideas for you to investigate if you are considering a holiday in Playa del Carmen. They range from huge resorts with hundreds of rooms to smaller places with individual suites suitable for six or more people comfortably. 

The 25 Best Hotels in Playa Del Carmen for Families

Based on my research, and overall customer reviews, here are my top 25 choices on the best Playa del Carmen Hotels for Families.

1. Andaz Mayakoba – a concept by Hyatt

Best family hotel in playa del carmen:  Andaz Mayakoba
Andaz Mayakoba – a concept by Hyatt

Andaz Mayakoba, part of the Hyatt Group prides itself for the quality of its accommodation, service and cuisine. It has 41 suites amongst its 240 rooms making it a family hotel worth investigating. It is found right on the beach, a gated complex in lovely surroundings.

The kids club has plenty to maintain their interest while parents can relax, sunbathe, play golf or walk the trails in the immediate area. This luxury family hotel then ensures that dinner is a real experience for all. 

2. Grand Velas Riviera Maya – All Inclusive

all inclusive hotels in playa del carmen for family Grand Velas Riviera Maya
Grand Velas Riviera Maya @Grand Velas Riviera Maya

There are several all inclusive hotels in Playa del Carmen for families. This one in Mayakoba deserves inspection because of its setting on the shoreline of the Caribbean and surrounded by the Yucatan jungle. 

Each of the suites enjoys privacy with a terrace where you can enjoy lovely views. The plunge pools are an additional feature. 

Older kids may like to explore and they can do that in perfect safety. Mayan ruins are certainly interesting and good swimmers will certainly enjoy the underground caves which they can visit under supervision.

All with all other all inclusive family hotels, guests enjoy fine spa and health treatments and gourmet food with something for all. 

3. Banyan Tree Mayakoba

Playa del carmen hotels for family: Banyan Tree Mayakoba
Banyan Tree Mayakoba @Noticaribe

If you want a kid friendly hotel, Banyan Tree in Mayakoba is good for families, they rated the facilities 9.1 for a stay with kids. This private gated resort is a 5-star hotel found right on the beach with the natural jungle surrounding it. 

The new kids’ club has added to its appeal as an alternative to enjoying the white sand and clear warm water. Open air dining under clear skies is a real treat for all the family after a busy day simply having fun.

4. Grand Riviera Princess 

Best Family Hotels In Playa Del Carmen: Grand Riviera Princess – All Inclusive
Grand Riviera Princess – All Inclusive

This 5-star hotel with more than 650 rooms is one of the largest resorts in Playa del Carmen. It is just a 10 minute walk to the heart of Playa del Carmen. Whether you want to go there depends upon whether you want to shop on 5th Avenue. After all, all your food and drink is covered in such all inclusive family hotels. 

Mexican and international cuisine is available in the restaurants on site.

There is quite a choice of rooms. You can be right on the beach if you wish or close to the pool. When it comes to children, the Family Club is a place where they can meet new friends. Activities include discos and craft lessons so your youngsters will never get bored.

5. 5th Coral Suites

Playa del carmen family hotel: 5th Coral Suites
5th Coral Suites

These suites in the Quintana Roo are close to Playa del Carmen Beach and Kool Beach Club. There is an indoor swimming pool for guests to enjoy. Each suite has satellite TV, private bathroom and kitchen facilities.

Newly renovated, there is an elevator for access to suites with common areas for reading and relaxing. The rooftop has a bar  and pool and the panoramic views are spectacular. Enjoy the solarium and the personal attention of your hosts during your stay in Playa del Carmen.

6. The Fives Downtown Hotel & Residences, Curio Collection by Hilton

Best family friendly resort in playa del carmen Fives Downtown Hotel
The Fives Downtown Hotel & Residences, Curio Collection by Hilton

Downtown also has family friendly resorts with the Hilton Group offering the Fives Downtown Hotel & Residences. The advantage of being in Downtown is that you are in the heart of Playa, close to bars, restaurants and shopping on 5th Avenue. Kids may not be bothered about shopping but worry not; the beach is just a short walk away. 

The rooftop spa and pool are wonderful facilities that the whole family will enjoy in this luxury family hotel.

7. Quinta Margarita – Boho Chic Hotel

Family hotel Quinta Margarita – Boho Chic Hotel
Quinta Margarita – Boho Chic Hotel

This family hotel is just a short walk from 28 de Julio Square in Downtown with the beach being an equal distance away. It is suitable for parents with a couple of small children with a sofa bed in the lounge and an extra bed in the double bedroom.

Satellite TV is provided in each room and the outdoor pool is very popular with all guests. Those wanting a day tour can use the friendly tour desk and if you want some exercise, use the sports complex on-site. It includes basketball courts as well as a running track.

8. Fairmont Mayakoba Riviera Maya – All Inclusive

Best Family Hotels In Playa Del Carmen Fairmont Mayakoba Riviera Maya - All Inclusive
Fairmont Mayakoba @Everett

Imagine the setting of a tropical jungle in which you find a 400 room family hotel. The beaches and lagoons add to the lovely natural setting and within the hotel itself, you will find excellent amenities. Enjoy the spa and fitness facilities and the babysitting service provides a chance for time to yourselves.

The Greg Norman designed El Camaleon Golf Course is a good test for all. You can snorkel and see life under the waves or just relax, sunbathe, and swim. Many guests enjoy the nearby trails within the jungle where you can perhaps see some of the native saunas.

9. El Taj Oceanfront and Beachside Condo Hotel

El Taj Oceanfront and Beachside Condo Hotel Playa del carmen
El Taj Oceanfront and Beachside Condo Hotel

El Taj’s recognition for quality by the US media has led it to become popular as a luxury family hotel. There are 57 units in the Oceanfront and Beachside properties. They range from a single bedroom up to 4 bedroom accommodation which makes it an ideal kid friendly hotel.

Some of the units have private jacuzzis with the health and fitness amenities popular with parents. 

There are cooking facilities within the units for those who want to self-cater. Three restaurants are available for those wanting a complete break from cooking. 

10. The Royal Haciendas Resort & Spa

Luxury family hotel The Royal Haciendas Resort & Spa
The Royal Haciendas Resort & Spa

This luxury family hotel in North Playa has plenty of flexibility. You can just book room only, take a bed and breakfast deal, or an all inclusive package. 

There is plenty of space for all. You may like the dive center, play tennis, or enjoy the 6 pools on site as an alternative to swimming in the warm waters of the Caribbean. 

As a kid friendly hotel in Playa del Carmen, kids will have the chance to make new friends in the hotel’s kids’ club.  Anyone wanting to go on tours in the immediate area can just go to the tour desk and make an inquiry.

11. Mareazul by Moskito

Best Family Hotels In Playa Del Carmen: Mareazul by Moskito
Mareazul by Moskito

The two and three-bedroom apartments, Mareazul, give independence to families who want to do some self-catering. Each has a kitchenette, an area where you can dine, and a private bathroom with a spa bath. The apartments are located in Quintana Roo with views of either the pool, the garden, or the sea.

The family hotel complex has a hot tub for use of the guests and is close to the heart of Playa del Carmen. The Coyote Golf Club is nearby if you want around while the children are elsewhere enjoying themselves in perfect safety. 

12. Antera Hotel & Residences

Best Family Hotels In Playa Del Carmen: Antera Hotel & Residences
Antera Hotel & Residences

If you wish to have a family hotel in Downtown, Antera is an accommodation you should consider. There are 30 rooms in the hotel and a further 39 residences on the site. Located very close to 5th Avenue, Antera puts you very close to bars, restaurants, and shopping.

The beach is just a short walk away so there is plenty for children to do without going around the shops.

This establishment is committed to the environment and sustainability with solar panel electricity and biodegradable products where possible. 

13. Riviera Maya Suites(Condo Hotel)

Antera Hotel & Residences Hotel Playa del carmen
Antera Hotel & Residences

Another Downtown option for a family hotel is Condo Riviera close to the beach as well as 5th Avenue. There are one 4 bedroom house, bungalows and 2 and 3 bedroom apartments to choose from.

Each is well-furnished and equipped with all the essentials you need for a comfortable, independent break. You can dine at a different restaurant each night without walking any distance. Likewise, the beach and the Caribbean are just a short distance away. 

14. Petit Lafitte Hotel

Best Family Hotels In Playa Del Carmen: Petit Lafitte Hotel Playa del carmen
Petit Lafitte Hotel

If you want a quiet holiday with the family, Petit Lafitte on Xcalacoco Beach is certainly a place to consider. The immediate vicinity remains pristine with some lovely walks available.

You can book a detached family cabin/bungalow from where the children can run out to the beach in seconds. Each unit is well-equipped and comfortable while food is available day and night. 

Depending on the time of year, you may be able to see turtles hatching and heading down the beach to the sea. The Hotel’s staff are keen to ensure their care and survival. Definitely, a kid friendly hotel if your children are keen on nature.

15. Maya Villa Condo Hotel and Beachclub

luxury family hotel Maya Villa Condo Hotel and Beachclub
Maya Villa Condo Hotel and Beachclub

This accommodation is ‘’boutique-style’’, offering a tranquil setting. It definitely passes as a luxury family hotel with Indigo Beach Club next door. There are 17 condos located within the natural jungle with some having great panoramas of the Caribbean. Each is fully equipped and they range from one to three bedrooms.

The condos are just a short walk from 5th Avenue in Downtown.

Waterfalls are a prominent feature on the site with flowers offering a splash of color. The river pool is heated meaning that it remains warm throughout the night.

16. Porto Playa Condo Hotel and Beach Club

Porto Playa Condo Hotel and Beach Club Playa del carmen
Porto Playa Condo Hotel and Beach Club

There are 21 units in Porto Playa which definitely qualifies as one of Playa del Carmen’s family friendly resorts. Guests can enjoy the private beach club and the vibrant nightlife that some are seeking is just a short distance away.

The environment is one of jungle, waterfalls, and colorful flowers. There are 2 pools, one with two jacuzzis, and they are both heated. Health and fitness amenities and a restaurant are features of Porto Playa.

17. Apartment Playa Riviera Tendenza

Apartment Playa Riviera Tendenza Hotel Playa del carmen
Apartment Playa Riviera Tendenza

If you are looking for accommodation that can take a large family, this may just be the place for you. There are 4 double beds and a sofa bed in an apartment furnished to include a TV, a kitchen with everything you could need, and a bathroom with a shower.

Kids will enjoy the outdoor pool if they don’t want to visit the beach. If you want to rent a car for a day or two, Tendenza will oblige. With a location in Downtown, with all its facilities, there is plenty to do minutes away from the apartment.

18. Opal Suites Apartments

These two-bedroom apartments in the heart of Playa del Carmen offer a fitness center and swimming pool for guests. If you have very young children, you can take advantage of the babysitting service if you want to head out for dinner without them.

You have a private bathroom, kitchen, and dining area, plenty of room to make this a good family hotel.  The Kool Beach Club is just a 5-minute walk away. 

19. Hacienda Paradise Boutique Hotel by Xperience Hotels

Best Family Hotels In Playa Del Carmen: Hacienda Paradise Boutique Hotel by Xperience Hotels
Hacienda Paradise Boutique Hotel by Xperience Hotels

This boutique hotel is comfortable and spacious. Its location close to the beach and Downtown Playa means that there is always something for the family to do. The hotel’s outdoor pool is somewhere for kids to make new friends if they don’t want to go to the beach that day.

The front desk can organize tours, make dinner reservations, and help with any of your questions. Shoppers love the nearby 5th Avenue as well as the many local bars. 

20. Condohotel Fabiola

Guests will enjoy the Mexican style decor in Fabiola. Each of the apartments has 2 bedrooms, a spacious lounge and dining areas, and a well-equipped kitchen. The sofa can be changed at nighttime to a further double or twin beds. 

Located just 2 blocks from 5th Avenue, these deluxe apartments are in the heart of the action yet not too far from the beach either. You can enjoy free parking on-site while staff will arrange any transport you require.

21. Be Playa

Best Family Hotels In Playa Del Carmen: all inclusive luxury family hotel
Be Playa

If you want the quality of a 5-star hotel, you need not look further than Be Playa in the center of Riviera Maya. The rooftop lounge has an infinity pool and great panoramas over the city and the Caribbean. Add a gourmet restaurant and what more do you need?

Each suite is of modern design with white walls and marble and hardwood flooring. There is everything in the suites that you would expect of a luxury family hotel.

If you need any assistance with tours, local attractions, etc., just ask at the desk.

22. Palmaïa – The House of AïA 

Best Family Hotels In Playa Del Carmen: Palmaïa – The House of AïA
Palmaïa – The House of AïA

One of the top all inclusive hotels in playa del carmen for families is the Palmaia in South Riviera. Beachfront accommodation means you awake each morning to the sight of white sand and clear blue seas. It is a setting that makes your dreams a reality.

This luxury family hotel prioritizes health both in terms of its health amenities and the cuisine on offer. There are many vegan and vegetarian dishes on the menu with chefs using the freshest of local products, including the seafood. 

23. Serenity Hotel Boutique

This Downtown boutique luxury family hotel has 30 suites which are both comfortable and elegant. The Roof Club with its pool is a popular meeting place with lovely panoramic views, especially impressive at sunset.

Downtown is the district with the most bars and restaurants. While the kids may not be interested in shopping, women on holiday do like to shop, and where better than nearby 5th Avenue? Kids have just a very short walk if they want to get to the beach.

The Concierge will arrange any tours the family wants to do and point to the amusement parks for children. 

24. Occidental at Xcaret Destination 

Best Family Hotels In Playa Del Carmen: Occidental at Xcaret Destination - All Inclusive
Occidental at Xcaret Destination – All Inclusive

Another of the all inclusive hotels in Playa del Carmen for families is also in South Riviera, the Occidental. It is a huge resort with 765 rooms but with 10 bars and 11 restaurants there is room for all. 

The cove where the resort is situated is exclusively for the use of guests. The nearby eco-archaeological park is very interesting and certainly educational for the kids. The dolphinarium, rivers and 7 pools are other features of this luxury family hotel. 

25. Anah Luxury Condos by Baitna

Best Family Hotels In Playa Del Carmen: Anah Luxury Condos by Baitna
Anah Luxury Condos by Baitna

The hot tub and fitness center are highlights of these luxury condos in Quintana Roo within walking distance of most attractions. The condos are suitable for anything between 2 and 5 guests so they make good family accommodation.

Spa and massage treatments are excellent and very enjoyable after a busy day. The local golf course designed by Australian ‘’Major’’ winner and former World Number 1 Greg Norman is nearby.

The kitchenettes allow you to self-cater if you wish but there are plenty of restaurants nearby to sample the local cuisine.

FAQs on Best Resort in Playa del Carmen for Families

Is Playa Del Carmen Good For Families?

Have you ever met a child who does not want to play in the sand and splash in the sea, especially when the water is warm? Probably not, making family resorts in a warm climate a popular destination, especially when the kids are small

Playa del Carmen has plenty of hotels that you would include in lists of family friendly resorts. They are found in each area of Playa with those located right on the beach is the most popular.  

Is Playa Del Carmen Kid Friendly?

Every child loves playing in the choosing a holiday by the sea makes perfect sense for families, especially those with small children. Playa del Carmen has long stretched of sand and many of the resort’s hotels front straight on to the beach.

The facilities that luxury family hotels inevitably provide for guests include swimming pools and kids’ clubs with plenty of activities. There is minimal pressure for parents to keep their youngsters amused.

Older children can explore, enjoy water sports or visit the many local attractions that are interesting and educational.  So the answer to the question is ‘’yes!’’

Best Things To Do In Playa Del Carmen With Kids?

Kids will love the beach and the warm Caribbean so you do not need to worry about their getting bored. However, there are a number of things locally that offer a change during your holiday. Here is just a selection of them.

  • Xaman-Ha with its Mayan ruins and tropical birds including flamingoes is a nice day out.
  • El Arbol is a wonderful ‘’green space’’ with waterfalls, impressive gardens, a manmade river, a bamboo dome, and a cafe.
  • Parque la Ceiba has a jungle gym for energetic kids, a number of different classes, and boats for sailing.
  • 3D Museum of Wonders has a number of optical illusions that are likely to fascinate kids. Take your camera.
  • El Acuario de Playa is the local aquarium with around 10,000 different species including sharks and rays. In total, there are 45 different exhibitions to see.
  • La Panaderia is a cafe with a kids’ zone while parents enjoy a relaxing coffee. In the zone, they can make and decorate their own sweets and cakes.
  • Parque Los Fundadores close to where the ferry heads to Cozumel has a pirate-themed playground
  • Xplor is for older children with its zipline and the chance to go rafting down the river.

You will now understand there is plenty for the kids; this is just a selection.


Playa del Carmen has something for all ages. It begins with its Caribbean coastline which is the reason for its growth in the first place. All-inclusive resorts in Playa del Carmen for families provide the chance to budget for a holiday in everything but shopping. Such hotels tend to be right on the beachfront.

Downtown has plenty of accommodation alternatives; 5-star hotel, luxury family hotel options and kid friendly hotel choices. The beach is no distance away from Downtown. Many of the family friendly resorts are set in lovely grounds, surrounded by jungle with the beach straight ahead. 

There is much to consider once you have decided upon Playa del Carmen. 

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