Updated: February 9, 2018
Playa del Carmen Family Hotels – Tips and Recommendations
- Booking.com – The best website for finding family hotels in Playa del Carmen.
- I highly recommend staying in the downtown area of Playa del Carmen – lots of great food and a fun safe vibe. If you stay at one of the resorts north or south of PDC you lose the atmosphere but gain larger pools and more kid-friendly amenities.
- The best all-inclusive in Playa del Carmen is the Grand Velas Riviera Maya (but not in the downtown area).
The Best Hotels for Families in Playa del Carmen Area
1. Grand Velas Riviera Maya – Luxury
All-inclusive resort with three pools, kids and teens clubs, incredible restaurants, and a spa. Their kids club is open until 11:00 p.m. with activities and crafts all day; the teens’ club is open until midnight, with a dancefloor, karaoke, and video games. Rooms and suites all include whirlpool tubs and private terraces, some with plunge pools.. Located at the edge of an unspoiled beach with soft sand and gentle waves just south of the Mayakoba resort complex.
2. Hotel Esencia – Luxury
Elegant boutique hotel on a gentle beach with two pools, generous suite options, a Maya-inspired spa. Suites and villas for up to nine can include soaking tubs, plunge pools, or full-sized pools. Babysitting and family activities are offered onsite. Restaurants feature fresh, local, seasonal ingredients in a range of cuisines. Located in South Riviera Maya (Xpu Ha), halfway between Playa del Carmen and Tulum.
3. Banyan Tree Mayakoba – Luxury
All-villa boutique, where each boasts its own private pool, an outdoor whirlpool tub, and a terrace. The resort has two shared pools, a Thai spa, an active kids club, and boat service to the beach. The food here suits all tastes, with strong Mexican and Thai influences plus great options for picky eaters. Set in the exclusive Mayakoba resort and golf complex on a sun-drenched beach in a mangrove jungle.
4. Rosewood Mayakoba – Luxury
Five-star resort with three pools and a wide range of accommodations. Suites and villas all include a plunge pool, outdoor shower, and butler service. Unique kids experiences feature tree planting, eco adventures, botanical tours, and movies under the stars. Located next to the golf course in the Mayakoba resort complex on a soft beach with gentle waters.
5. Fairmont Mayakoba – Luxury
Beachfront resort with five pools, great kids’ amenities, and amazing food. Rooms and suites all include soaking tubs and private terraces; oceanfront and beachfront rooms feature butler service. Most suites are one bedroom units, but connecting options are available for families needing extra space. Residences have up to four bedrooms with full kitchens. The kids club offers cooking classes and crafts, while their adventure camp keeps tweens active with kayaking and beach sports.
6. Paradisus La Esmeralda – Luxury
All-inclusive resort on a gorgeous beach with a coral reef, three pools, a baby club (ages 1-4), and a kids club (ages 5-12). Suites range from junior up to two-bedroom connecting units; the Family Concierge upgrade adds a private terrace with a Jacuzzi, kids’ minibar items, a gaming console, a private restaurant, and club lounge access. This resort is only fifteen minutes’ drive or twenty-five minutes’ walk to downtown Playa del Carmen.
7. The Fives Beach Hotel & Residence – Luxury
All-inclusive resort with six pools, a lazy river, and twenty restaurants and bars. Spacious suites all have full kitchens, some with jacuzzis, rooftop terraces, or swim up access. Baby amenities include cribs, pack ‘n plays and strollers, plus Gerber foods in all restaurants. For kids they offer a playhouse, a pool, and gym center, while the teens’ club has video games, a climbing wall, and daily activities. Located on a stunning beach at north end of Playa del Carmen, just fifteen minutes’ drive from downtown.
8. Playacar Palace – Luxury
All-inclusive, downtown resort with expansive rooms and suites, exceptional restaurants, and a huge pool overlooking the sugary sand beach near the Cozumel ferry. Family amenities include a kids club for ages four to twelve and free bicycle tours. Guests have signing privileges at all Palace properties, with free transfer to the water park at The Grand at Moon Palace. Their stellar resort credit program can be used toward dolphin encounters, excursions, and more.
9. Grand Palladium Riviera Maya – Luxury
Beachfront resort with nine pools, a host of restaurants, and a spa. This resort is made up of four hotels, with White Sand being the best for families, being closest to the water park and kids clubs (one each for babies, kids, and teens). Upgraded suites can add whirlpool tubs, private pools, or connecting rooms. Located in South Riviera Maya, near Akumal.
10. Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen Resort – Mid-range/Luxury
Downtown Playa del Carmen beach resort (steps from a wide range of restaurants, shops, and bars) with two pools, a kids club, and a teens arcade. Their large rooms include balconies; suites add soaking tubs; options include swim ups or private plunge pools. Babysitting and kids club access are available for a fee, while the teens arcade is open for all. Upgrade to Club Level to add daily breakfast, snacks, an open bar, and evening apps (totally worth it since it’s not an all-inclusive!)
11. Mahekal Beach Resort – Mid-range/Luxury
Bohemian-style, beachfront resort with four pools, superior restaurants, and a variety of accommodations, including fun treehouse rooms or penthouse suites. Some suites add private plunge pools, outdoor showers, full kitchens, and butler service. Be advised that their nature-centric vibe means no TVs in most rooms. Located on the active main beach in downtown Playa.
12. Thompson Playa del Carmen – Mid-range/Luxury
Stylish, pet-friendly boutique with a rooftop infinity pool. Rooms and suites all feature jetted tubs, many with private terraces and Jacuzzis. Its restaurant Catch is a gourmet hotspot, featuring local ingredients and craft cocktails. Though not beachfront, guests have signing privileges and beach access at their sister property Thompson Beach House, two blocks away.
13. Omni Puerto Aventuras Beach Resort – Mid-range
Cozy, boutique hotel with all junior suites and two pools on a kid-friendly beach with kayaks. Rooms all include a private terrace with a hammock and whirlpool. The beach is as calm as a pool, with a coral reef for snorkeling and barriers to block the waves. Located in South Riviera Maya, right next door to a marina and Dolphin Discovery aquatic center.