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Palace resorts are alluring, beachfront retreats located along Mexico's Riviera Maya, in or near the coastal towns of Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Cozumel. In Cancun, Le Blanc Spa Resort is kids-free while Sun Palace and Isla Mujeres Palace are specifically geared toward couples.
Iberostar offers numerous options in the Dominican Republic and Mexico, plus three resorts in Jamaica. They provide relaxing atmospheres in well-preserved natural settings, with spacious pools, lush gardens and sandy beaches. In some locations, several Iberostar hotels are in one complex, and guests have exchange privileges at neighboring properties.
Hard Rock Hotels brings its unique brand of entertainment and hospitality to its all-inclusive resorts in Mexico, Panama and the Dominican Republic. Among the included features is "The Sound of Your Stay," which provides musical amenities like in-room DJ equipment, the loan of a Fender guitar and free downloadable playlists. They welcome guests of all ages, but the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya has a kids-free section called Heaven, with separate pools and beach.
Hyatt recently entered the all-inclusive market with two new, distinct brands: Hyatt Ziva, for vacationers of all ages, and Hyatt Zilara, which provides kids-free environments. Three new Hyatt all-inclusives are scheduled to open in Jamaica and Mexico this November and December.
Palladium was founded more than 40 years ago. Its brands include the Grand Palladium properties in the Caribbean and Mexico, with pools, spa treatments, age-appropriate kids' activities and restaurants from Spanish to Brazilian to Italian. The Royal Suites by Palladium are kids-free retreats with an intimate ambience and personalized butler service complemented by full access to the services, dining venues, bars and activities of the adjacent Grand Palladium resorts.
Occidental is comprised of three distinct brands: Allegro, Grand and Royal Hideaway. Allegro Resorts in Costa Rica and Mexico are moderately priced, with upbeat moods and a broad array of daytime activities followed by lively nighttime entertainment. Occidental Grand Resorts in Aruba, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic and Mexico are a notch above. Dining options are more upscale and varied, and some accommodations feature the additional perks of the Royal Club, such as private check-in and an exclusive restaurant and lounge. Occidental also operates the Royal Hideaway Playacar in Mexico's Riviera Maya; it has six restaurants, a dinner theater, spa, six pools and a kids-free atmosphere.
Riu has dozens of all-inclusive options, mostly in the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Mexico, plus two options each in Costa Rica and Aruba and one property each in the Bahamas, Panama and St. Martin. Often three or four Riu properties are located in one large complex, where guests enjoy exchange privileges at the sister resorts.
Karisma has all-inclusive resorts along Mexico's Riviera Maya and in Negril, Jamaica. It includes four kids-free El Dorado resorts and four family-friendly Azul properties. Azul Fives is a nice option for large family groups, with one-, two- and three-bedroom suites with fully equipped kitchens. The Generations Resorts feature all-suite accommodations (including two- and three-bedroom options) and butler service.
Three of our Excellence properties in Mexico and the Dominican Republic offer an elegant, kids-free atmosphere. Each has a multitude of restaurants, bars and lounges, plus 24-hour room service. In March 2015, the company will open its newest resort in the Cancun area, Finest Playa Mujeres, which will have the same upscale experience as other Excellence properties but will be geared to guests of all ages: families with young kids, couples, multigenerational groups and friends traveling together. Excellence also offers The Beloved Hotel Playa Mujeres, a 109-room, family-friendly option north of Cancun.
The Sandos hotels in Mexico provide guests with an array of diversions, from water sports and tennis to a daily activities program and live entertainment at night. Its Sandos Caracol Eco Experience Resort in Playa del Carmen emphasizes Mayan culture and the natural surroundings of mangroves and jungle (you might spot a macaw or spider monkey).
Oasis Resorts in Cancun and Tulum offer value-packed vacations. Most Oasis properties are great for families, while one is kids-free. Each hotel offers multiple restaurants, bars and activities.
The all-inclusive properties of Melia Hotels International are found in the Bahamas, Dominican Republic and Mexico. The company operates three brands, and all properties are rated 4 to 5 stars. The Paradisus hotels feature all-suite accommodations and include Royal Service rooms with butler service and additional amenities. Melia resorts offer a well-rounded tropical escape with a variety of restaurants, bars, water sports, pools and kids' programs. Meanwhile, ME Cancun is a stylish, contemporary spot offering exciting nightlife and a sophisticated ambience.
Club Med is a pioneer in the all-inclusive resort industry. Of the 11 Club Med properties we represent, one -- Club Med Turkoise in the Turks and Caicos -- offers a kids-free setting. Club Med also has the only all-inclusive resort in the U.S., Club Med Sandpiper Bay in Port St. Lucie, FL.
Barcelo has all-inclusive resorts in Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic and Mexico. One is kids-free -- Barcelo Bavaro Beach in Punta Cana at the eastern tip of the Dominican Republic.
Dreams resorts are family-friendly getaways in the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Mexico and St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Explorer's Club for young guests ages 3 to 12 has weekly beach campouts and sand castle competitions, and the Dominican Republic properties have Core Zone Teens Clubs.
Secrets provides upscale, kids-free experiences in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; Montego Bay, Jamaica; and on both coasts of Mexico. They offer elegant decor, multiple restaurants and lounges and 24-hour room service.
If you're seeking an intimate, couples-only atmosphere, check out the Sandals resorts in Antigua, the Bahamas, Barbados, Grenada, Jamaica and St. Lucia, or the four Couples resorts, all in Jamaica.
Finally, families might consider a vacation at Beaches in Jamaica or Turks and Caicos, where younger guests can participate in supervised, age-appropriate programs at the Kids Camp -- like Sesame Street-themed activities and treasure hunts for little ones, or glass-bottom boat rides and beach volleyball for tweens. Teens can try out the Xbox Play Lounge or Scratch DJ Academy.
Top All Inclusive Resorts In The Riviera Maya
There are several beautiful resort areas within the Yucatan, each offering pristine beaches and soothing turquoise waters. From the boundless energy of Cancun to the easygoing pace of Playa del Carmen to the Mayan archaeological treasures of Tulum, there's a destination to fit almost every type of traveler.
Below wwe have suggested several properties in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula to suit specific travel styles and desires. Each one is all-inclusive, which means that meals, nonalcoholic and alcoholic beverages, activities, entertainment and some water sports are covered in the upfront rate.
Royal Hideaway Playacar by Occidental -- Enjoy barefoot elegance at this kids-free resort in Playa del Carmen. Your stay at the 5.5-star Royal Hideaway starts with a welcome glass of champagne on arrival. Then you're free to take advantage of the six pools, two tennis courts, spa, fitness center and array of land and water sports. There are six a la carte restaurants, including the Chef's Table at Las Ventanas, which offers guests the opportunity to interact with the executive chef and his team.
El Dorado Seaside Suites -- This 5-star spot in Puerto Aventuras also offers a kids-free ambiance. Indulge in an al fresco massage near the ocean, relax on a canopied beach bed, go snorkeling or kayaking, join an outdoor yoga class and take in the nightly live entertainment. Some suites front a river-like pool that winds through the property, so you can step right off your patio into the water.
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Oasis Tulum -- At this writing, a weeklong stay in mid-September at this 4-star resort is $448 per person, based on double occupancy. As it's all-inclusive, the rate includes access to seven restaurants (including Asian, Italian and Mexican specialties), several pools, various bars and on-site sports, activities and entertainment. There's an 18-hole golf course next door, and the Mayan ruins of Tulum are about 10 miles away.
Royal Solaris Cancun -- A seven-night stay at this 4-star property in Cancun is $476 per person in mid-September, based on double occupancy. It's on a narrow strip of land between the Nichupte Lagoon and the Caribbean Sea. All-inclusive amenities include enticing cuisine at three dining venues, nightly shows, a Noah's Ark-themed children's water park, a kids-free pool and many activities.
Le Blanc Spa Resort -- Relax and rejuvenate at this 5.5-star, kids-free property in Cancun. The spa merges Asian and European traditions in its treatments, and facilities include a sauna, herbal steam room, whirlpool, pool, relaxation lounge and couples suites for dual massages. The pampering continues in your room, where you can select the perfect pillow from a variety of options (like a lavender-scented version) and order aromatherapy bath salts from the "Comfort Menu." Resort credits of $500 to $1,500 per room can be used toward spa therapies.
The Royal Playa del Carmen -- Also kids-free, the 5-star Royal offers Mayan-inspired treatments at SPAzul. Try out the traditional temazcal steam hut or indulge in a moonlight massage for two. Many treatments can be enjoyed in your room or beachside cabins. The hydrotherapy areas feature sauna and steam rooms, Jacuzzis and a cold plunge pool.
Azul Beach Hotel By Karisma -- This 5-star Cancun resort has the 1,600-square-foot Azulitos kids' club for children ages 4 to 12, with Fisher-Price educational toys and My Gym equipment. Scheduled activities include cookie decorating, pinata making, movie nights and soccer matches. Baby gear like cribs, changing tables, monitors, bottle warmers and strollers are available on loan. The "Perfectly Pink" suite at the spa caters to tweens and teens.
Dreams Puerto Aventuras Resort & Spa -- This 4.5-star property south of Playa del Carmen entertains guests ages 3 to 12 at the Explorer's Club. They can hunt for hidden treasure, watch movies under the stars and get creative in arts and crafts sessions. Weekly campouts in tents are held on the beach.
Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort -- The 5-star Moon Palace is home to a Jack Nicklaus signature course. Golfers navigate native vegetation, wetlands and strategically placed bunkers on the par-72, 7,165-yard layout. A Jack Nicklaus Golf Academy offers instruction. Resort credits of $500 to $1,500 per room, depending on the length of your stay, can be used toward golf outings.
Iberostar Paraiso Resorts -- The five resorts of Iberostar's Paraiso vacation complex, north of Playa del Carmen, provide access to the Iberostar Playa Paraiso Golf Club. Designed by golf architect P.B. Dye, it challenges guests with deep traps, narrow passages and undulating greens. Group and private lessons are offered, and there's a pro shop, indoor practice putting green and other clubhouse amenities. The resorts are rated with 4 to 5 stars.