July 25, 2021 / 5 mins read / FAMILY

Family Matters | Our 3 Fav Family Resorts

Family vacation is back on! Some parents want to chill out. Others will want to explore coral reefs. The kids want to hang out with anyone that isn’t their parents. […]

Family vacation is back on! Some parents want to chill out. Others will want to explore coral reefs.

The kids want to hang out with anyone that isn’t their parents. And everybody just wants to get out of the darn house! But how do you find one destination with something for everyone?

We’re here to help. Here are three of our favourite resorts that are great for the whole family.


You simply can’t go wrong with Hyatt Ziva Cancun. It’s conveniently located near the airport, which should save a few Are we there yet?s from the kids. And while they may be family friendly, they’re designed with everyone in mind.

WHERE IT IS: On the pristine coast of Cancun in the Mayan Riviera

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Their eco-holistic, Mayan-inspired sanctuary offers no less than 13 treatment rooms and six beachfront palapas.

WHY THE KIDS’LL LOVE IT: The KidZ Club has not one but two kid-friendly pools, a beach playground and supervised activities for kids. And hard-to-impress teens can sulk, or maybe even make some new friends at @Moods Lounge and Club, Cancun’s exclusive teen-only hangout.

HOW THEY’RE KEEPING YOUR FAMILIES SAFE: Across all Hyatts, their Global Care & Cleanliness Commitment is focused on keeping both staff and guests safe.

Yes, You Cancun: The Hyatt Ziva is family-friendly Mexican splendor.

The name pretty much says it all. Finest Resorts’ Punta Cana location offers families that sweet spot between relaxation and excitement, style and comfort—on all the magnificent coast of the Caribbean.

WHERE IT IS: on Dominican Republic’s most spectacular region, Punta Cana

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Get your choice of incredible, comfortable, and stylish suites, including Swim-Up Suites, Private Pool Suites, or Family Suites—complete with an extra bedroom for kids. And they can even come stocked with baby care items should you need them.

WHY KIDS’LL LOVE IT: The Imagine Kids Club, mini theatre, water parks, and mini massages, fruit scrubs, and mani-pedis designed for the youngest guests at ONE Spa.

HOW IT’S KEEPING YOUR FAMILY SAFE: They’ve been awarded the safe travels stamp by the WTTC, a leading global forum for the travel and tourism industry committed to achieve traveler confidence and ensure safety.

GET TO THE PUNTA: The name says it all at Finest Punta Cana’s ONE Spa.

Shake off your misconceptions about what Hard Rock is. The secret is out that they do family travel well (and all inclusive)! (We covered it extensively here.) Their same approach to high-energy fun extends to every age group on the magical Baja coast.

WHERE IT IS: Los Cabos, on Mexico’s rustic west coast.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: You’ve never heard anything like it! The Sound of Your Stay® program is their exclusive audio experience that lets you enjoy specially curated playlists for every mood, have your own jam session with Fender® guitars, or choose from carefully selected vinyl in your room!

WHY KIDS’LL LOVE IT: So, so much! Kids can enjoy expert instruction and accelerated stage training at the Music Lab (12 and up for this area only). At Roxity Kids Club™, they can make crafts, play games, rock out at live concerts, and make new friends from around the world. And the Cavern Club is loaded with Air Hockey, Pool Table, XBox One, Board Games and arcade games. Basically, you won’t see the kids for your entire stay.

HOW IT’S KEEPING YOUR FAMILY SAFE: Their Safe + Sound hygiene protocols ensure you enjoy a peaceful vacation.

two boys swimming
LOS BOYS: Fun in the sun at Hard Rock Los Cabos
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