Top Multigenerational Picks in Cancun-Riviera Maya
Boomers are healthier, more physically active and living longer than ever before. So it is not surprising that the popularity of multigenerational vacations (three generations of the same family traveling together) is soaring.
The Cancun-Riviera Maya area offers a wide choice of family-friendly all-inclusives for grandparents, adult children and grandchildren who want to flexibly spend quality time together as well as relaxed time apart.
“Many people consider Cancun to be a nightlife mecca, but the destination offers a wide variety of activities and excursions that make for a well-rounded vacation for the whole family,” says Jesus Almaguer, CEO of the Cancun Convention & Visitors Bureau.
With near perfect weather, miles of sandy beaches, world-class spas, aquamarine waters, sophisticated gastronomy and a well-developed tourism infrastructure, this region has emerged as a mecca for multigenerational getaways.
All-inclusive resorts in Cancun offer a wide range of accommodation types, dining options, water sports, and other activities, making them especially well-suited to meet the differing needs, interests and energy levels of family members of different ages. Three top multigenerational traveler picks in the Cancun Riviera Maya region are Generations Rivera Maya by Karisma, Dreams Sands Cancun Resort & Spa and Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort Cancun.
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Located on a secluded beach on the Caribbean, this posh resort has 10 categories of all-suite oceanfront rooms with, butler service, swim up infinity suites, and four gourmet restaurants catering to the most discriminating foodies. With only 144 suites in total, it is intimate and welcoming in size. In addition to dining at “Gourmet Inclusive” restaurants, families can arrange private dinners at the ocean pier, or take advantage of personalized room service meals when a younger child needs a nap or an older person needs a respite from the group.
The Eko Kids Clubs offer supervised activities for children ages 4-12 including a movie area, craft station, cooking station, gaming consoles and more. The resort offers Baby Beach Lounges for sun-sensitive infants and toddlers, and provides guests with all the equipment that make packing and travel easier for young families, such as strollers, cribs, pack & plays, changing tables, monitors, bottle warmers and more.
“Nothing signifies vacation like having everything taken care of for you,” says Mandy Chomat, Vice-President of Sales and Marketing for Karisma Hotels & Resorts.
With its own 650-foot sandy beach, multiple pools and Jacuzzis, six specialty restaurants, a buffet, a café/ice cream parlor, and a grill, Dreams Sands Cancun is also appealing to families and multigenerational groups. Formerly the Grand Oasis Viva, the property reopened in November 2014 after an extensive renovation. Located in the heart of the Cancun hotel zone, it’s only a stone’s throw from downtown attractions, shopping experiences and nightlife.
Tastefully updated rooms and suites have contemporary furnishings, many with views of the Caribbean Sea and Isla Mujeres. Spacious family suites accommodate up to 4 adults and 2 children, or 3 adults and 3 children. (The resort also offers seasonal “kids stay free” deals.) If a couple is celebrating a milestone birthday or anniversary, they may enjoy staying at The Preferred Club, a VIP area with upgraded amenities and services.
The resort’s daily newsletter describes a range of activities for guests of all ages. Kids from 3-12 years of age can participate in the professionally supervised Explorer’s Club, which includes a once a week camping adventure on the beach. (Staff are Red Cross certified in both CPR and First Aid.) If adults want a “grownup” dinner without kids, supervised meals are available at the Club. The teens club offers age-appropriate activities for 13-17 year-olds from early morning to midnight, including bonfires and disco mixers supervised by the resort’s entertainment team.
Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort, the signature property of Palace Resorts, is a lively destination with more than 2400 rooms, 14 restaurants, 11 bars, and a spa with 39 treatment rooms and hydrotherapy facilities. The sprawling resort is set on 123 acres of jungle foliage with a white sandy beach, golf course, meditation gardens and concert arena. The rooms are subdivided into three discrete sections: Nizuc (with concierge services), Sunrise (more active) and Moon Grand (more sedate). The deluxe family suites with connecting rooms in the Sunrise are a great option for multigenerational groups.
In addition to multiple pools with swim-up bars, whirlpools, a children’s pool and two kids’ clubs, guests can swim with the dolphins at a dolphin aquarium or enjoy a ride on a Flowrider® with simulated surf waves. Themed parties or shows are held nightly. Guests can also join in with Karaoke, relax at a piano bar or play slots while younger guests visit the teen lounge (WIRED). Some world-class entertainers that have appeared at Moon Palace arena include Shakira, Enrique Iglesias, Usher and Ricky Martin. With so much available, there’s no reason to leave the property!
Too much of a good thing?
Stress-free multigenerational vacations tend to create memories of a lifetime. But even among the closest of “tribes,” there can be too much of a good thing. In that event, Cancun-Riviera Maya is rich with adventures off the grounds of its lush resorts, too. Visitors can swim with whale sharks; climb Coba, the tallest pyramid in the Yucatan Peninsula; visit the Mayan History Museum; explore the Cancun Underwater Museum; snorkel in an underground river; or take a ferry to picturesque Isla Mujeres.