While it was once considered a luxury to travel without kids, today everyone from grandparents to millennials to single parents are booking luxury beachside getaways. Gen X travelers, who are now the largest group of affluent consumers, are also the most likely to travel with kids.
The fact that it’s easier to find hotel experiences that appeal to the diverse and discerning tastes of luxury travelers young and old is a major factor behind the surge in luxury family travel. And few places deliver on those travelers’ needs as well as the Mexican Caribbean. In fact, the destination took the number one spot for family vacations among travel advisors in a recent industry survey on Caribbean travel forecasts.
Apart from an abundance of AAA Five Diamond all-inclusive resorts that can comfortably accommodate larger families (think villas and multi-bedroom suites), the region offers a variety of immersive activities that go well beyond kids pools and building sandcastles at the beach.
Many of the luxury resorts feature activities like scavenger hunts, on-site dolphin habitats, chef-led cooking classes, children’s activities, babysitting services, kids menus, and even baby-proof rooms or mini-bars stocked with kid-friendly drinks and snacks. Further, kids clubs have morphed into separate age-appropriate play zones for babies, kids and teens and family pool areas have been revamped to include multiple waterslides, wave machines and swim-up bars.
In addition to the below roundup of leading luxury resorts, the Mexican Caribbean is replete with cultural attractions, like Mayan ruins, nature preserves and animal sanctuaries, museums and aquariums, that will deliver the type of authentic, immersive family getaways that today’s luxury travelers demand.