Playa del Carmen is a popular resort destination on Mexico’s east coast. If you want to spoil your family with a luxury holiday, this is the ideal location. Besides beautiful beaches, there are fun theme parks and unique natural landscapes to explore. Along the coast, we’ll show you 5-star resorts, all-inclusive properties, and the best suites with private pools. If you’re traveling with young kids, you may even want to stay close to Xcaret Park. Continue to find out which luxury resort in Playa del Carmen is best for your family.

1. Palmaïa – The House of AïA

At Palmaïa – The House of AïA, contemporary architecture and lush foliage are mixed into a magical resort. They have a range of rooms including ocean views, beachfront location, and even swim up access. Some of the popular options for groups are the Oceanfront family king suites that have bunk beds. With the hot weather though, it’s better to opt for the Swim out family master suite. You can jump straight into the pool from your private terrace. Around the property, there’s a big focus on sustainability and vegan cuisine. You’ll find delectable plant-based dishes on the menu in their 6 restaurants. For more relaxation, join their wellness classes or get a spa treatment in the jungle. Music is another essential aspect, with DJs and bands performing regularly at night.

  • Guest Rating: 9.5
  • Star Rating: 5 stars
  • Best Room: Swim out family master suite
  • Address: Paseo Xaman – Ha Manzana1, Fracc Playacar, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Mexico

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2. Banyan Tree Mayakoba

Awarded 5 stars, the Banyan Tree Mayakoba aligns with one of the region’s stellar beaches. All their rooms have private pools, furnished outdoor decks, and views of the natural surroundings. For families, you can choose from 2 to 3-bedroom villas. If you want complete luxury, make sure you check out the Harmony three-bedroom beachfront pool villa. Foodies will find their heaven here, with ten dining options and unique experiences onsite. Have an in-villa barbecue feast served by personal chefs, or ride a boat at sunset while enjoying a tapas-style banquet. For adults, Banyan Tree Mayakoba has a jaw-dropping wellness menu. Choose from a diversity of massages, facial treatments, hair treatments, pedicures, and manicures. Otherwise, pick a reclining chair on the resort’s private beach and watch the day go by.

  • Guest Rating: 9.3
  • Star Rating: 5 stars
  • Best Room: Harmony three-bedroom beachfront pool villa
  • Address: Carretera Federal Chetumal Puerto Juarez, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Mexico 

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3. Chablé Maroma

Chablé Maroma is one of the class-leading resorts in Playa del Carmen and hosts a collection of astonishing villas. They have a collection of luxury rooms, but the Presidential villa is the ultimate for families. This two-storey mansion has 3 separate bedrooms, a huge living space, and a private terrace with a pool. There’s enough space to bring extended family and friends if you like. Apart from snuggly villas, Chablé Maroma has onsite activities like yoga classes and access to their gym. Or, head down the beach for sea kayaks, paddleboards, snorkeling excursions, and dive trips. For food, phenomenal culinary adventures await at Chablé Maroma. You can enjoy modern Mexican cuisine and fresh seafood all prepared through the hands of skillful chefs. If you’re an active family, Chablé Maroma is one of the best resorts to stay in Playa del Carmen.

  • Guest Rating: 9.3
  • Star Rating: 5 stars
  • Best Room: Presidential villa
  • Address: Carretera Federal 307 Km 51 Punta Maroma, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Mexico

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4. Hotel Xcaret Mexico

Hotel Xcaret Mexico is the best place to stay if you have young kids in the family. It’s based in the large Xcaret theme park so you’ll have easy access to all the fun. This all-inclusive resort has 900 luxury suites catering to small and large groups. If you’re after luxury, there are large suites with hot tubs on the balcony and even swim-up access. But since most of your time might be spent at the theme park, the oceanfront family suites are more than enough. Also, included in the stay are excursions to cenotes and the Chichén Itzá temple. The resort has 12 restaurants, each with creative menus assembled by renowned chefs. For adults, Muluk Spa is the spot to go for facial treatments or full-body massages.

  • Guest Rating: 9.2
  • Star Rating: 5 stars
  • Best Room: Suite oceanfront family
  • Address: Carretera Federal Chetumal Puerto Juarez, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Mexico 

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5. Grand Velas Riviera Maya

Grand Velas Riviera Maya lies directly next to a wonderful beach north of downtown Playa del Carmen. Home to massive family suites, this resort is a sublime pick for a ritzy family adventure. You’ll find a furnished terrace in all the rooms, while some even have private plunge pools. But if you just want space, have a look at their 2-bedroom suites. During the day, you can go snorkeling, kayaking, bike riding, or just laze around on the beach. There’s a Kids Club with crafts, video games, and board games. There’s also a Teens Club with a karaoke bar, pool table, and even a bar with kid-friendly drinks. If you’re relaxing by the pool, waiters approach you with delightful beverages and snacks. All the activities create an appetite, and fortunately, Grand Velas Riviera Maya has 8 high-end restaurants.

  • Guest Rating: 9.1
  • Star Rating: 5 stars
  • Best Room: Ambassador two-bedroom family suite
  • Address: Carretera Cancun Tulum Km 62, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Mexico

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6. Fairmont Mayakoba Riviera Maya

Spread over 40 hectares on the beach, Fairmont Mayakoba Riviera Maya has plenty of luxury rooms. Their three to four-bedroom residences are the most spacious, catering to large groups. But for small families, their 5-star suites will be more than enough. The Camaleon presidential suite is the most impressive with its infinity pool and huge living space. If you need a massage, check out Willow Stream Spa for a range of treatments. During the day, explore the surroundings on an excursion or head to the beach for jet skiing and scuba diving tours. With their all-inclusive packages, you can eat as much as you want at their restaurants. In the morning, a breakfast buffet spread can be relished in the intimacy of your room or on the balcony. Other cuisines include Mexican at La Laguna Restaurant, Ki Beach Bar & Korean BBQ, and Italian fare at El Puerto Restaurant.

  • Guest Rating: 9.1
  • Star Rating: 5 stars
  • Best Room: Camaleon presidential suite
  • Address: Ctra. Fed. Cancun – Playa del Carmen KM 298 Solidaridad, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Mexico

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7. Andaz Mayakoba – a concept by Hyatt

Andaz Mayakoba – a concept by Hyatt is home to 214 guest rooms, 41 of which are suites. The Presidential Suite is the most luxurious room at this resort. Thanks to its private pool, a home theatre with speakers, and two floors of living space. While the adults will enjoy the resort’s 5 restaurants and bars, kids will feel at home at the Kimbo Kid’s Club. Andaz Mayakoba has two pools for relaxation, with a large hot tub and reclining deckchairs on the side. Most eateries at the resort are specialized in Mexican food, including upscale dining rooms and beachside bars. Alternatively, you can enjoy a meal with the family in your room, available 24/7. Besides unlimited dining in the all-inclusive package, there are complementary activities like yoga classes and mangrove cruises.

  • Guest Rating: 9.0
  • Star Rating: 5 stars
  • Best Room: Double rooms
  • Address: Carreterra Federal Chetumal-Puerto Juarez KM 298, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Mexico 

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8. The Royal Haciendas Resort & Spa

The Royal Haciendas Resort & Spa is one of the resorts that’s very close to the town center. Footsteps away from the Caribbean Sea, you’ll find luxurious and cozy suites. For a family of four, check out the two-bedroom suites fitted with full kitchens. There’s also a private hot tub on the balcony to enjoy the water views. In the resort’s main outdoor area, there’s a huge pool, a swim-up bar, and a kid’s waterpark. With daybeds around the pool and by the beach, this is one of the best resorts to relax. For dining, you can choose from Mexican, Japanese, Thai, and Chinese cuisines. Our favorite is the Los Murales, where all their dishes are displayed like a work of art.

  • Guest Rating: 8.9
  • Star Rating: 5 stars
  • Best Room: Deluxe two bedroom master suite beachfront
  • Address: Km 289 Carretera Federal Chetumal – Puerto Juarez Lote 2 Mz 70, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Mexico

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9. Mahekal Beach Front Resort

Mahekal sounds a bit like ‘magical’, and that’s how we’d describe Mahekal Beach Front Resort. From the gorgeous pool complex to the tastefully designed rooms, you’ll be impressed on arrival. Many of the rooms are inspired by native Mexican culture. You’ll see stunning roof designs, jolly pops of color, and ornaments carefully made out of wood. They have two-level Beach Houses, penthouses, and luxury suites. But if you’re looking for a cozy family retreat, the Deluxe oceanfront bungalows are perfect. Book the all-inclusive package to benefit from the best perks. All food, (alcoholic) drinks, yoga classes, use of bicycles, kayaks, paddleboards, and snorkeling gear are covered. If you’re traveling with kids, the Ice Cream Corner may just be their new happy place.

  • Guest Rating: 8.7
  • Star Rating: 4 stars
  • Best Room: Deluxe ocean front view
  • Address: Calle 38 Norte con Zona Federal Maritima, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Mexico

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10. Paradisus Playa del Carmen

Paradisus Playa del Carmen is a fun resort ideal for families with young kids. They have luxurious suites with double beds and sofabeds. Try to book a room with direct access to the pool so you can jump straight into the water from the terrace. But if you prefer more space, have a look at the two-bedroom master suites. Outside, the kids will love the waterpark with slides and water fountains. For adults, you’ll get more enjoyment at YHI Spa – they have the best wellness facilities. Other unique experiences include cocktail-making, dance classes, and entertaining night shows. When you’ve worked up an appetite, there are 23 classy restaurants and bars to choose from.

  • Guest Rating: 8.6
  • Star Rating: 5 stars
  • Best Room: 2 bedroom master suite
  • Address: Quinta Avenida Esquina Calle 112 Norte Lote 1 Manzana 569, 77719 Playa del Carmen, Mexico 

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11. Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen Resort 

Located right on the beach in central Playa del Carmen sits the Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen Resort. Inside, the rooms and suites are very modern. Most have large ensuite bathrooms, spacious living areas, and private balconies with ocean views. If you want the ultimate stay with your family, check out the Presidential or Executive suite. Besides all the luxuries inside, you’ll love the plunge pool on the balcony. If you prefer to swim, you can always book a swim-up room or head to the main pool onsite. For dining, there are several restaurants onsite.  Some of the favorites include Mexican at La Cocina Restaurant & Terrace, and Japanese at Sushi “n” Raw Seafood Bar. There are other spots for a quick snack like the lounge bar, pool bar, and cafe.

  • Guest Rating: 8.3
  • Star Rating: 4 stars
  • Best Room: Presidential
  • Address: 1a. Avenida esquina Calle 26, Colonia Centro, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Mexico

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12. Iberostar Tucan

Iberostar Tucan is an all-inclusive 5-star resort in a very peaceful location along the coastline. For large groups, it’s best to book a two-bedroom suite that can sleep up to 6 guests. But if it’s just a small family, the Junior suites might be sufficient. Most rooms have a simple design and a furnished balcony. Around the property, Iberostar Tucan has 4 pools with a small water park designed for kids. Meals will be covered at their 8 restaurants and drinks can be enjoyed at 7 different bars. The most popular hang-out spot is the La Cascada Pool Bar, but the kids will drag you to the Ice Cream Parlor. For breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the buffet venues are busiest throughout the day.

  • Guest Rating: 7.9
  • Star Rating: 4 stars
  • Best Room: 2 bedroom family
  • Address: Ave. Xaman Ha Lote Hotelero no. 2 Fracc. Playacar, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Mexico

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Playa del Carmen Family Resorts Map

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Find More Family Resorts in Playa del Carmen


What’s the best family resort in Playa del Carmen on the beach?

Most of the resorts on this list immediately border the stunning blue ocean of the Caribbean Sea.

The most highly rated resort along the beach is Palmaïa – The House of AïA.

With it’s own private beach, you won’t have to fight the crowds for a spot to relax.

Also check out our guide for the Best 5-Star Playa Del Carmen Hotels on the Beach

What’s the best all-inclusive family resort in Playa del Carmen?

Many resorts described above serve guests on an all-inclusive basis.

Mahekal Beach Front Resort is one of the places that stand out, as all food, drinks, and specific activities come for free.

Snorkeling gear, kayaks, paddle boarding, yoga classes, and bicycles are all included too.

What’s the best family resort in Playa del Carmen with private pool?

A couple of resorts have rooms with a private pool, but the ones at Banyan Tree Mayakoba truly stand out.

Their massive villas all come with a private pool, ranging from plunge ponds to comfortable lap pools.

You can find more options in our article 11 Best Playa del Carmen Hotels with Private Plunge Pools.

You may also consider checking out the 8 Best Playa del Carmen Hotels with Swim-up Rooms.

What’s the best family resort in Playa del Carmen near Xcaret Park?

As the name suggests, Hotel Xcaret Mexico is closest to Xcaret Park.

On top of its convenient location, Hotel Xcaret Mexico provides guests with unlimited free entrance tickets to each of the theme parks.

Fabulous restaurants and exquisite spa facilities contribute to the allure of this resort.

For other resort and hotel options, you can read: What’s the Best All-Inclusive Hotel in Xcaret Park, Mexico?


Playa del Carmen Family ResortsBest Rooms
Palmaïa – The House of AïASwim out family master suite
Banyan Tree MayakobaHarmony three-bedroom beachfront pool villa
Chablé MaromaPresidential villa
Hotel Xcaret MexicoSuite ocean front family
Grand Velas Riviera MayaAmbassador two-bedroom family suite
Fairmont Mayakoba Riviera MayaCamaleon presidential suite
Andaz Mayakoba / All-inclusiveDouble rooms
The Royal Haciendas Resort & SpaDeluxe two bedroom master suite beachfront
Mahekal Beach Front ResortDeluxe ocean front view
Paradisus Playa del Carmen2 bedroom master suite
Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen ResortPresidential
Iberostar Tucan2 bedroom family
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