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6 Best Family-Friendly Hotels in Playa del Carmen 2017
(Last Updated On: September 15, 2017)

6 Best Family-Friendly Hotels in Playa del Carmen 2017


I recently wrote an article about the top 13 things to do with kids in Playa del Carmen.


Here’s a post for kid-friendly hotels and they’re all-inclusive!

You probably wouldn’t know where to start considering all the hotels and resorts in Playa del Carmen.

But I did all the hard work for you. Enjoy!

Family-Friendly Hotels Your Kids Will LOVE

#6 Gran Porto Real

You’ll like the Gran Porto Real because it has something for everyone and all ages.

The hotel offers a small pirate ship in a little kids pool and activities for teens too.

While your kids are playing in the sand on the beach you’ll be just feet away having drinks in your lounge chair 😉

I love that the hotel is compact, which is great for parents (if you forget something in the room, it only takes a couple of minutes to retrieve).

It has elevators, so if traveling with little ones and strollers, this makes life much easier!

It even has family suites that can accommodate families of 5 and feature bunk beds in addition to a king size bed for the parents.

The hotels’ locations is awesome!

You’re just steps away from 5th avenue which is THE walkable strip with shops and restaurants in Playa. A perfect evening stroll.

Overall, this hotel wins in terms of finding the right balance for all ages.

  • Prices starting at: $285 per night for 2 adults and 2 kids aged 3-12
  • Rooms: 287
  • Kids Club: Yes, and one for teens too
  • Playground: A small but neat little area called Oki Splash Park (up to age 6)
  • Activities for kids: Yes
  • No. of pools: 2
  • Kids Pool: No
  • Restaurants: 8
  • Food: More to satisfy the adults
  • Babysitting services: Yes ($)
  • All-Inclusive: Yes
  • Beach: The beach here is close to the hotel but is a fairly busy stretch. The water is generally calm to the south of the pier. It can be rockier and there are sandbags to prevent erosion in some spots. Water shoes are recommended.
  • Reservations: Save on the Gran Porto Real

#5 Playacar Palace

Don’t you love a hotel that allows kids to stay for free? Look no further than the luxurious Playacar Palace.

This hotel is a 200-room all-inclusive resort located just south of downtown Playa del Carmen in the gated community of Playacar Phase 1.

A BIG plus is the hotel’s location and stunning stretch of beach. For those who put an emphasis on access to the beach and being able to swim, Playacar Palace is a great option.

Kids have their own supervised club that runs daily activities.

There is also a playground on-site, and the pool too offers fun family entertainment. The resort also offers a credit (amount depends on length of stay) that can be used towards activities off-site, such as the famous Mayan Ruins of Chichen Itza.

Like Gran Porto Real, this hotel is adapted to ensure that families have a great time.

You’ll love this hotel due to the size and ease of getting around, the elevators and the 24-hour room service. You are also steps away from small Mayan ruins which are a 5-minute walk away.

The included bicycle tour is sure to be a hit with the entire family.

Plus, it is steps away from Playa del Carmen’s 5th avenue, so it makes exploring the town that much easier with the kids in tow.

  • Prices starting at: $640 per night for 2 adults and 2 kids, aged 3-12
  • Rooms: 201
  • Kids’ Club: Yes, but small
  • Playground: no
  • Activities for kids: Yes
  • No. of pools: 1
  • Kids Pool: YES
  • Restaurants: 3
  • Food: Kid-friendly options available
  • Babysitting services: Yes ($)
  • All-Inclusive: Yes
  • Beach: Great stretch of beach
  • Reservations: Save on the Playacar Palace

#4 RIU Yucatan

Riu has 5 great properties spread out through the Playacar residential area just south of downtown Playa del Carmen.

Of those resorts, all with great activities for kids, Riu Yucatan gets the nod here thanks to its nice kids’ water park and Riuland Kids Club with childcare services.

RiuLand is an activities program for kids up to 12 years old.

Some of the great daily activities include:
  • pool games
  • sports
  • pirate contests
  • treasure hunts
  • ecology
  • etc etc

Nightly entertainment will amuse everyone of all ages.

PLUS non-motorized water sports are included like windsurfing, kayaking, body-board and snorkeling equipment which is awesome to keep kids active, exploring life and building their confidence.

Here’s the fun part…

You can switch it up by visiting a any sister Riu resort. If you stay at the Riu Yucatan, you can also dine, drink and play at the Riu Playacar and Riu Tequila, both walking distance. Or plan a day-trip to Cancun and take advantage of the Riu Caribe or Riu Cancun.

Set in the gated community of Playacar, kids can find their fun in the resort, and adults are just a short walk away from Playa del Carmen shopping, nightlife, and family-friendly activities.

  • Prices starting at: $349 per night for 2 adults and 2 kids aged 3-12
  • Rooms: 507
  • Kids Club: Big! land and aquatic activities
  • Activities for kids: Riuland activities depend on the weather, the season and the number of children/ages, they can go from coloring and movies to mini soccer, beach volleyball etc.
  • No. of pools: 5
  • Kids Pool: A big one with fountains; good space for adults nearby
  • Restaurants: 5
  • Food: Kid-friendly options available
  • Babysitting services: Yes ($)
  • All-Inclusive: Yes
  • Beach: Prime real estate
  • Reservations: Save on the Riu Yucatan

#3 Paradisus La Esmeralda

Paradisus La Esmeralda goes all out for kids. Happy kids = happy parents.

The best kid-friendly hotels are the ones that keep the kids entertained, offering a variety of attractions and activities just for them.

Kudos to Paradisus La Esmeralda.


Have kids ages 1-4? They have supervised nanny care for infants!!!.

Many family-friendly resorts tend to forget the toddler age, so even at an extra cost, this option is a fabulous one for those parents needing a well-deserved break.

You’ll find a supervised kids club offering extended opening hours from 9am through until 10pm, so even a romantic kid-free meal is possible.

Activities for the kids include:
  • Beach games
  • An adventure
  • Climbing wall
  • Various themed parties from pirate party to piñata night!
  • A mini-spa with a selection of kid-friendly services ($).

The kids area in the pool has a selection of water slides and an obstacle course for the older ones looking for a little more adrenaline.

Teens will enjoy the video game room and a selection of activities planned just for them.

Larger family suites are also available for those wanting more living space or a little more privacy.

For an additional cost, parents can opt in and splurge on a “Family Concierge”, though the reviews are mixed as to whether or not it’s worth it.

  • Prices starting at: $350USD per night for 2 adults and 2 kids aged 3-12
  • Rooms: 510
  • Kids’ Club: Yes, a Babys’ Club, Kids’ Club and Teens’ Club
  • Playground: They even have an obstacle course in the pool
  • Activities for kids: Yes, and tons of ’em
  • No. of pools: Several
  • Kids Pool: Yes
  • Restaurants: 14
  • Food: Kid-friendly options available
  • Babysitting services: Yes
  • All-Inclusive: Yes
  • Beach: Not the best beach in Playa del Carmen, a little rocky at spots, but still decent enough.
  • Reservations: Save on the Paradisus La Esmeralda

#2 Sandos Playacar

Both Sandos properties in Playa del Carmen deservedly make this list.


Because they have created a great family-friendly concept that promises good times for all ages. And, they have rooms that can accommodate families of 2 adults and 3 children.

The best aspect about both Sandos Playacar and Sandos Caracol is the numerous local animals roaming around freely throughout the grounds.

Moreover, the hotel has great clubs for babies, kids, and teens so that they can have fun while the adults do, well, adult things.

Add to that great activities and a prime stretch of beach, and you’ve got one awesome family-friendly hotel.

Plus, it’s not too far from downtown Playa del Carmen. Located in the gated Playacar community, it is easy to get out and about, especially with the included bicycles you can acess at the resort.

  • Prices starting at: $249 per night for 2 adults and 2 kids aged 3-12
  • Rooms: 839
  • Kids Club: Yes, yes, yes
  • Playground: They even have a mini eco-park
  • Activities for kids: Yes, and tons of ’em
  • No. of pools: 9
  • Kids Pool: Four of them
  • Restaurants: 10
  • Food: Kid-friendly options available
  • Babysitting services: Yes
  • All-Inclusive: Yes
  • Beach: Prime real estate
  • Reservations: Save on the Sandos Playacar

#1 Sandos Caracol

I can’t mention Sandos Playacar without mentioning its sister resort, Sandos Caracol.


Because Sandos Caracol is simply the best Playa del Carmen hotel for kids.

The reasons are simple.

The jungle-like atmosphere offers all the highlights of the Riviera Maya, without ever having to leave the hotel!

PLUS, the pricing is so family-friendly, it makes planning a family vacation easy on the bank.

The Sandos Caracol has
  • an on-site cenote (freshwater sinkhole) where you can swim and snorkel
  • an eco-park where you can see all sorts wildlife
  • an amazing water park with 17 different water slides!
  • animals roaming freely (monkey’s, coati’s, birds)

Some of the kid-friendly amenities available at this sprawling resort of almost 1,000 rooms. Plus, they have rooms that can accommodate families of 5!

Something for ALL Ages.
  • baby club for the little ones to play (parents must stay),
  • a supervised kids club for children 4-12 with a wide range of activities
  • teen program geared towards the older ones.

The sports bar is a great place for families to spend time playing games together while enjoying a few drinks and snacks.

Head to the beach for some kayaking, boogie boards or snorkeling equipment and explore the turquoise water. Tennis courts, bicycles, an eco-tour…. the list goes on.

This place is really geared to kids and parents having the time of their life.

For more insight, you can read our honest review of the Sandos Caracol.

  • Prices starting at: $204 per night for 2 adults and 2 kids aged 3-12
  • Rooms: 956
  • Kids’ Club: Clubs for toddlers, kids, and teens
  • Playground: The whole resort is like a playground
  • Activities for kids: That would be an understatement
  • No. of pools: An entire waterpark plus several pools
  • Kids Pool: Main pool has special section for kids
  • Restaurants: 8
  • Food: Kid-friendly options available
  • Babysitting services: Yes
  • All-Inclusive: Yes
  • Beach: Awesome
  • Reservations: Save on the Sandos Caracol

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We get it. It’s near impossible to choose.

We, PlayaDelCarmen.com, can help you narrow down the hotels and choose one that’s right for you!

You’ll also get you the best prices on family-friendly all-inclusive hotels with us.

I’m sure you have questions and our travel consultants are here to help!

Call us at 1-888-537-9797 or email our team at customercare@playadelcarmen.com.

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Lisa Wright Lisa is a travel expert who lives and works in beautiful Playa del Carmen. A native Montrealer who has successfully escaped winter for 15 years straight, she's all about helping people organize awesome vacations as a travel agent for PlayaDelCarmen.com.


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