Multigenerational travel continues to be one of the fastest growing segments of the travel industry. In today’s world, you can have up to four generations of family members traveling together from the youngest adventurers to active grandparents. So how do you pick a resort that will satisfy everyone?
More and more resorts are catering to this growing travel trend with room selections that offer spacious accommodations and common areas for families to gather. Dining options and activities are often geared to offer something for everyone from nine months to 90 years.
Mexico’s beaches are a year-round playground for families looking to get away, relax and enjoy time together. Here are four of our favorite Mexican resorts that offer the most for multigenerational families.
The best accommodations for families
Cancun’s Grand Residences Riviera Cancun, a member of The Leading Hotels of the World®, offers spacious suites that are perfect for multi-generational families. The options for private or adjoining suites include one-bedroom, 1,798 square feet, master suites that can accommodate up to five guests. Two-bedroom (2,400 square feet) and three-bedroom suites (3,025 square feet) are great for larger families; they offer spaciousness and privacy with expansive terraces. For larger families looking for a memorable experience, luxury penthouse suites accommodate up to 13 guests, some with private gardens and swimming pools. All of the resort’s suites are beautifully appointed with elegant furniture and offer the convenience of washers, dryers, and full kitchens. Living areas are equipped with Murphy beds to provide additional sleeping options without taking up valuable gathering space. The resort is small, intimate, and secluded and offers something for everyone.
The best activities for multigenerational travel
Barcelo Maya Grand Resort is located on the Yucatán Peninsula’s pristine stretch of Caribbean coastline south of Cancun known as Riviera Maya. This all-inclusive resort offers 2,700 guest rooms, ranging from oceanfront suites to family-friendly apartments. There are 16 restaurants including themed à la carte specialty restaurants (Mexican, Asian, Italian), four buffets, and four grilles.
The resort is a playground for all ages with seven swimming pools, a pirate-themed water park, and playground. An entertainment center features a 24-hour sports bar, bowling alley, mini golf course, and a zip line. There are two theaters with live entertainment and two discos, one for adults and one for kids. The luxury spa offers relaxing treatments for adults while a kids’ spa pampers the little ones. The resort is one of the first to have its own adventure park onsite, with zip lines, a hybrid zipline/roller coaster, a free-fall experience, bungee swing, and rope courses.
The best dining options for multigenerational foodie families
Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Spa & Golf Resort in Los Cabos has the solution for multigenerational families who can’t decide where to eat. The Market, an urban dining hall, offers seven dining choices (think upscale food court) that will win over even the pickiest eaters with gelato, pizza, Italian, artisan chocolates, and diner food. All this is in addition to Quivira Golf Club, one of the world’s top 100 golf courses, a luxury spa, kids’ club, and nighttime fire pits built in the sand where the entire family can gather at night. There’s also a brand new sports bar with big screen TVs and karaoke that’s open to all ages before 9 pm. Grandparents will appreciate the extra help of butlers in the adults-only Pacifica Resort while the family-friendly Sunset Beach offers a teen club, complete with billiards, foosball, and PlayStation tournaments.
The best on and off-water sports for multigenerational travel
For families looking to get away from it all, Villa del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa on Baja California Sur is the spot. The resort’s spacious suites, which can accommodate both large and small families, feature fully equipped kitchens. The all-inclusive resort gives guests the option to do nothing or do everything. The beach on Danzante Bay is quiet and secluded and is the perfect spot for pure relaxation and tropical cocktails. For low-key activity, the Bay’s tranquil waters are great for paddleboarding and kayaking. Take a boat ride and explore the Loreto Islands for bird watching and snorkeling. The golf course offers great hiking trails, but you’ll probably opt to bring your own clubs since TPC Danzante Bay was named one of 2018’s Best Golf Resorts in Mexico And Central America. The award-winning spa features one of the country’s best hydrotherapy circuits. There are endless activities for kids from arts and crafts to games and movies.