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10 Awesome Hotels for Families of 5+ in Playa del Carmen – Mexico
(Last Updated On: September 14, 2017)

10 Awesome Hotels for Families of 5+ in Playa del Carmen – Mexico

Finding hotels that cater to families of 5 can be a pain in the butt, we hear you!

We’re not afraid to admit that the travel industry is failing large families.

We agree that the vast majority of accommodations around the world are geared towards families made up of mom, dad, and two children.

Here at PlayaDelCarmen.com, we realize you’re not all made with the same cookie-cutter.

So, if you’re a family of 5 and you’re starting to get overwhelmed with all of the complications of booking somewhere to stay, take a deep breath and keep reading this article.

We’re here to make planning and taking your next trip much easier and enjoyable.

It’s what we do best.

The problem most families of 5 face is that most hotels sleep only four, either on two beds or a standard bed and a sofa bed.

That’s why we’ve rounded up the top 10 hotels in Playa del Carmen that cater to families of all sizes.

You’re welcome ;)!

1. The Royalton Riviera Cancun

The Royalton Riviera Cancun is a 5* all-inclusive resort guaranteed to impress guests of all ages. Perched on a dazzling strip of powdery white sand, it’s the perfect setting for your family vacation.

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With 24-hour, all-inclusive service you can rest assured that your every need will be taken care of.

Every aspect of your stay is designed to deliver a personalized experience that you and your family will remember forever.

This all-inclusive vacation features a selection of luxury accommodations and thoughtful touches throughout, including the DreamBed™ designed exclusively for Royalton Resorts.

This hotel can sleep families of 5 or 6 comfortably. 

The family-friendly area of the hotel boasts a water park, numerous activities for kids (supervised, and designed just for their entertainment, while you enjoy some well-deserved R&R), a gelato bar and much more.

Rooms: 840 rooms
Kids Club: Yes, for children aged 4-12 + Teens Club for children aged 13-17
Water park: Yes
Activities for kids: Yes
No. of pools: 11
Restaurants: 12
Babysitting services: Yes
All-inclusive: Yes
Beach: A gorgeous stretch of beach just footsteps away from the resort.

If you are interested in learning more read our honest review of The Royalton Riviera Cancun here.

2. The Iberostar Hotels

The Iberostar hotels in Playa del Carmen are a great option for large families.

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The family-friendly ones include:

All of the 3 listed above accommodate families of 5+.

These impressive, all-inclusive, family-friendly resorts are all located on the beautiful beaches of the Riviera Maya. Many of them are an ode to Mayan culture, everything from the architecture to the statue replicas of Mayan gods.

The family standard rooms are made up of one room with a double bed, and a connecting room with two double beds. Sleeping 6 comfortably.

The Iberostars are recognized worldwide for their delicious food, first-class service, and comfortable rooms.

Rooms: Varies
Kids Club: Yes
Water park: No
Activities for kids: Yes everything from windsurfing, volleyball, tennis, ping-pong and much much more.
No. of pools: Varies
Restaurants: Varies, but there is a great range of food at all of the Iberostar options.
Babysitting services: Yes
All-inclusive: Yes
Beach: White glistening sands.

3. Marina El Cid

Marina El Cid is a charming, family-friendly resort that has a boutique look and vibe.

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This all-inclusive, beachfront resort is a relaxing departure from more crowded Cancun hotels.

It’s situated near the charming, bohemian fishing village and featuring an abundance of amenities, Hotel Marina El Cid is the perfect, low-key getaway.

Retreat to a paradise of turquoise Caribbean waters, soothing breezes, Mayan cultural sites and beautiful, aromatic flora and fauna.

If your family loves adventure then look no further. Engage in water sports like kayaking and snorkeling, or visit the health and wellness center for a vigorous workout or deep tissue massage.

Onsite there are also opportunities to go scuba diving and sports fishing.

The resort boasts a massive swimming pool which is spread over a whopping 22,000 square feet and includes a swim-up bar, several cascading waterfalls, children’s slides, in-water loungers and a diving pool area.

Rooms: 342
Kids Club: No
Water park: No
Activities for kids: Yes, snorkeling, paddleboats, tennis, kayaking and much more.
No. of pools: 1
Restaurants: 4
Babysitting services: Yes
All-inclusive: Yes
Beach: Yes

4. The Barcelo Hotels

This huge complex is located only 90 minutes from the Cancun Airport and is on one of the most beautiful stretches of beach found in the Riviera Maya.

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The complex includes three spectacular family-friendly resorts.

Styled with Mayan-inspired architecture and contemporary Mexican-style accommodations, Barceló Maya Grand Resort offers guests the privilege of an array of fine services and amenities.

Famous for their dining options, bars, and on-site entertainment, there’s heaps of fun to go around for all ages.

Impeccable service is guaranteed at all of the Barcelo hotels.

The Maya Mall is open to all guests within the complex and is accessed via the express trains. Local handicrafts and artwork are for sale as well as clothing and accessories. There are several restaurants to choose from as well as a water park for kids, a bowling alley, and miniature golf course.

Rooms: Varies
Kids Club: Yes
Water park: Yes
Activities for kids: Yes, snorkeling, tennis, kayaking and much more.
No. of pools: Varies
Restaurants: Varies
Babysitting services: Yes
All-inclusive: Yes
Beach: One of the most beautiful stretches of beach in the area.

5. Sandos Caracol

An eco-adventure awaits for all the family at the Sandos Caracol Eco Resort!

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Experience the best of the Riviera Maya at the Sandos Caracol: beach, cenotes, wildlife and lush vegetation.

Designed for nature lovers and explorers, this hotel is nestled in amongst the jungle, surrounded by cenotes, mangroves, and natural lagoons.

Perfect for family fun the Sandos Caracol resort has a specific family section specially dedicated to daily activities, nightly entertainment, and sports that are readily available and include snorkeling, kayaking, tennis, and more.

Their newly renovated rooms are great for accommodating large families. They feature a large double bed for mom and dad, two bunk beds in a separate room and a pull-out double sofa bed.

Read our honest review of the Sandos Caracol here.

Rooms: 956
Kids Club: Yes
Water park: Yes
Activities for kids: Yes, snorkeling, tennis, bike path, kayaking and much more.
No. of pools: 4
Restaurants: 8
Babysitting services: Yes
All-inclusive: Yes
Beach: Located on a beautiful, unspoiled white-sand beach.

6. Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya

Expect nothing less than rock star treatment at the new Hard Rock Riviera Maya.

families of 5

The Hard Rock Riviera Maya boasts lavish comfort and a service to all guests.

This modern hotel is dressed with exotic traditions of the local culture, so what are you waiting for step inside the ultimate crowd pleaser and your rock star out.

Live it up in style! This hotel offers up heaps of fun for the whole family in an entertaining and vibrant environment. Lounge by the pool bar listening to your favorite tunes, kayak in the lagoon type beach area or pamper yourself at the Rock Spa.

The water slide, Little Big Club and games room will keep your little ones entertained and allow you to spend some quality family time together.

If you need some grown-ups only time, head over to the adults-only Heaven section where you will also have full access to all services.

We can package this hotel with airfare from the U.S & Canada, and we will provide free private airport pick up with any stay over 5 nights.

Rooms: 678
Kids Club: Yes
Water park: Yes
Activities for kids: Yes, bicycles, games room, pool tables.
No. of pools: 2 + kids pool
Restaurants: 7
Babysitting services: Yes
All-inclusive: Yes
Beach: Lagoon style beach and natural sea caves.

If you would like to read more about this particular hotel read our honest review of the Hard Rock Riviera Maya here.

7. Grand Palladium

Grand Palladium Riviera Resort & Spa is an eco-friendly, all-inclusive resort. Situated within the Palladium complex, it is built on an expanse of land directly next to the sea and the beautiful, white-sand beaches of Kantenah.

families of 5

Guests of all ages can enjoy the spacious and elegant gardens. Surrounded by exuberant tropical vegetation, you’ll find an extensive network of jungle trails and wooden bridges inviting you in for a relaxing stroll.

The design is the perfect blend of modernity and nature. At this hotel, you can experience luxurious facilities in a calming and beautiful natural habitat.

The complex also shelters an ultra-modern spa, a mini-club, several pool areas and an incredible array of restaurants and bars. Guests have access to all the services and facilities of four resorts within this mega beachfront complex.

Their family suites accommodate up to 8 people, and their Junior Suites up to 5 people.

Rooms: 678
Kids Club: Yes + Teens Club
Water park: No
Activities for kids: Yes, mini-golf, basketball, kayaking and more.
No. of pools: 7
Restaurants: 14
Babysitting services: Yes
All-inclusive: Yes
Beach: Complex was built directly next to the sea and white sandy beaches.

8. Gran Porto

Gran Porto Resort is an all-inclusive, picturesque resort, located on a protected stretch of beach right in the heart of Playa del Carmen.

families of 5

This vibrant resort offers a wide array of activities for guests of all ages.

There is a nonsupervised children’s program, two free-form swimming pools, and a host of day and nighttime activities. If you crave relaxation there is a full-service Spa and fitness center.

When it comes to dining options,  there is something for everyone. This resort is perfect for families seeking a socially active, tropical vacation experience.

Rooms: 287
Kids Club: Yes + Teens Club
Water park: No
Activities for kids: Yes, giant chess, ping pong, snorkeling and much more.
No. of pools: 2
Restaurants: 5
Babysitting services: Yes
All-inclusive: Yes
Beach: Ideal location in downtown Playa del Carmen, just footsteps away from the beach.

9. The Paradisus – La Esmeralda

Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Esmeralda is a luxurious, all-inclusive resort, located in Riviera Maya.

families of 5

This resort has successfully combined a tropical Caribbean setting with world-class facilities.

Families will have their own Family Concierge who will attend to your every need. Situated on the oceanfront, the ambiance is relaxing, with an incredible view of Cozumel Island.

The beautiful beach is accessed via quaint wooden bridges that span over the lush mangroves and vegetation.

Boasting eleven restaurants serving delicious cuisine from all around the world and ten bars serving unlimited international premium brand drinks, Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Esmeralda is sure to please even the most selective palette.

Rooms: 512
Kids Club: Yes
Water park: Yes
Activities for kids: Yes, dance classes, volleyball, golf and much more.
No. of pools: Several
Restaurants: 11
Babysitting services: Yes
All-inclusive: Yes
Beach: Beautiful beach with soft white sands.

10. The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun

The luxurious Grand at Moon Palace Cancun is located just 10 minutes from Cancun International Airport and 20 minutes from downtown Cancun.

families of 5

This family-friendly resort has everything you could ever want.

Double Whirlpool tubs and balconies in all rooms and suites, 7 unique pools, including two adults-only pools, beautiful white-sand beach, kids’ water adventure area, Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course, world-class Awe Spa and daily and nightly activities for non-stop family fun during your entire stay.

Rooms: 512
Kids Club: Yes
Water park: Yes
Activities for kids: Yes, dance classes, volleyball, golf and much more.
No. of pools: Several
Restaurants: 12
Babysitting services: Yes
All-inclusive: Yes
Beach: Beautiful beach with soft white sands.

Why not read our honest review of the Moon Palace Cancun here.

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Sarah Barlow Sarah is a travel enthusiast from England, who swapped the rainy clouds of Manchester for beachside bliss in Playa Del Carmen. If she’s not salsa dancing by the shore, you’ll find her soaking up the sun in one of her favorite rooftop party pools. Sarah is the content and social media manager here at PlayaDelCarmen.com


    1. Hey Cara, we haven’t done a blog review just yet, it’s on our list 😉 however, if you’d like to speak to one of our Travel Gurus about this particular hotel we do regular site inspections of all the hotels in the area, and it’s likely someone stayed here, call us on our toll-free number +1 888-537-9797 or +44 20 3880 9797 if you’re from the U.K. Alternatively, you can email us at customercare@playadelcarmen.com and we’d be happy to answer any questions or queries you may have. 🙂 Hope that helps!


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