Where to stay in Mexico
Family-friendly accommodation in Mexico runs from all-inclusive 5-star beach resorts and boutique hotels to simpler family-run ranches and lodges. We tend to find that a mixture of all types works well for most family holidays and allows you to enjoy a variety of both accommodation and locations – and budgets. We know that many children still prefer a swimming pool to the sea, so we try to include these where possible even when at the beach.
What is a typical Mexico hotel like?
One of the most unusual and fun places to stay is the Sotuta de Peon Hotel, south of Merida. This unique property is located on the site of a fascinating restoration project. The original hacienda was built at the end of the 19th century and its grand architecture has been lovingly restored along with the original henequen plant and machinery. Accommodation ranges from thatched cabanas with traditional Mayan features to deluxe rooms with their own private terrace and dip pool.
Kids will love roaming through its magnificent gardens and swimming in either the pool or (for added excitement) the crystalline waters of its own cenote. The hotel’s restaurant offers traditional Yucatecan cuisine, a combination of Mayan and Spanish food that even the fussiest eaters will try. Who could turn their nose up at a panucho, a delicious corn tortilla stuffed with refried beans and turkey or papadzul, handmade tortillas covered in cream. Mexican food is not known for its low calorie count! Fish lovers will salivate at the garlic mojo and vegetarians and vegans are also well catered for. For the ultimate encounter with tradition why not try the cochinita pibil, (slow roasted pork), prepared underground.
For water-lovers the Rancho Encantado is the ideal spot. The lodge is situated on the shores of the pristine waters of Laguna Bacalar in the southern Yucatan, 4hrs south of Cancun and 2.5hrs south of Tulum. For those looking to escape the more developed areas of the peninsula this is the perfect destination.
From your casitas, surrounded by lush vegetation, you can explore Bacalar Lake, known as the Lake of Seven Colours. Cruise, kayak or swim in this beautiful lagoon, try snorkelling the ‘Pirate’s Channel’ and then slap on some mineral mud (kids you will look years younger, honest). The mangroves are home to an array of tropical birds, orchids and bromeliads and the hardest decision will be which dish to choose from in the shorefront palapa (thatched) restaurant. Or who gets to swing in the hammock first!
Where to stay on the Caribbean Coast
No family trip to Mexico is complete without time on the Caribbean coast. But there are beach resorts and beach resorts. We prefer a little-known resort far removed from the glitz and glamour (and noise and neon) of Cancun. Akumal rests on a calm bay on the Riviera Maya a short drive to the south of Playa del Carmen and an hour from the international airport. It is everyone’s idea of the quintessential Caribbean resort with beautiful white sand beaches and aquamarine safe water – perfect for both water sports and swimming.
Hotel Akumal Caribe has been owned by the same family for over 50 years and is the resort’s very first beach club. It offers a wide variety of water sports, including diving, sailing and fishing. And you can enjoy some idyllic snorkelling at one of three great snorkel sites, Akumal Bay, Half Moon Bay and Yal-Ku lagoon. You can swim in the ocean or the fresh water pool – so everyone is happy. There are also several refreshing cenotes close by for those who want a cool fresh water experience.
Dine with your toes in the sand right on the beach at the Beach Bar. Seafood lovers can devour authentic Mayan fresh fish dishes and kids are specially catered for. The house specialty is the Lol-Ha Burger stuffed with Poblana peppers and cheese and topped with bacon (sssh, just don’t tell them there is avocado in it…). With a great choice of rooms including bungalows, villas and the family-friendly condos from which to enjoy virgin beaches, untouched reef and lush jungle, this is the ideal way to round off your family holiday.
What will work best for you and your family?
As always, we will select hotels that will suit your family and fit your budget. Do ring us, or email to find out more about where to stay in Mexico and we can put together an itinerary for you that is tailored to your family’s needs.
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Mexico in pictures
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