If there's one hotel that gets more consistent rave reviews from families than all others, it's the Riviera Maya's Rosewood Mayakoba. Thanks to direct flights from both coasts and a blend of eco-adventure plus beachfront bliss, this resort — and this destination — remains one of our all-time favorites.
- The Rosewood has 128 rooms and the trappings of a larger complex - multiple pools, restaurants, bars and a Greg Norman-designed championship golf course.
- All resorts in the eco-friendly Mayakoba complex are divided between rooms built over the natural mangroves and rooms on the beach.
- All accommodations have private plunge pools and patios.
- Lagoon studio suites are the least expensive room but are huge, beautiful and have a few double queen options that fit a family of four.
- Deluxe lagoon view suites are the most economical way to have a separate living room and sofa bed.
- Beachside suites are closest to the beach.
- Top-notch kids’ club is complimentary and has great activities, from Spanish lessons to eco tours to Mayan story telling with a local shaman.
- Rosewood’s suites are some of the area’s biggest, with entry-level rooms boasting 700 square feet indoors with more than 1,000 extra square footage of private outdoor space.
- The gym and spa complex are serious enough to satisfy both fitness buffs and spa aficionados.
- The lagoon and beach sides of the resort are a ten-minute buggy ride apart.
- The resort’s less pricey rooms sell out over school vacations, so book well ahead of time to avoid the more expensive suites.
- The beaches in this area aren’t as wide as farther south in Tulum, and they can be windy.
Passported Perks: $100 spa credit, daily buffet breakfast for two, and a room upgrade plus early check-in and late check-out, subject to availability.