Trends research from our 2013 Family Travel Summit underscored just how much families enjoy vacations with simple pricing, easy access, and no unexpected add-ons or hidden fees. That’s why when deals come in from all-inclusive resorts we like – where all ages have access to activities, great cuisine, watersports, nightly entertainment and more – we want to share them. And what better place to start than by shining a light on Mexico, with its fantastic range of all-inclusive, kid-friendly resorts currently offering some great autumn travel deals sure to please every traveling family.
Pacific Mexico All-Inclusives along Riviera Nayarit
Starting with a posh all-inclusive resort that caters to families, the Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit is offering a Family Fun package. Guests can enjoy their very posh Pool View suite, the all-inclusive AAA Five Diamond service, meals and activities, and will also receive the following perks: 1 Vallarta Marine Encounter with a sea lion or dolphin during your stay, personal activities coordinator, airport pickup service (Airport-Hotel), professional family portrait, and free WiFi. For multigenerational families booking a minimum of 4 suites, one grandparent pays just $65 USD per night in double occupancy. Rates for “PACK2” start at US$366/N per adult, plus US$160/N per child under 16 during the January to May high season, and range up from $338 the rest of 2015. Rates inlude tax and gratuities and suites sleep up to two adults plus two kids under 16 plus a toddler 0-4 years; minimum stay 3 nights. Please call 888/261-8436 or check out the Velas Resorts website.
In another promotion at this beautiful resort, the Pool View Special available until December 5, 2014: families can enjoy a suite priced from US$562/N double occupancy, (a 20% reduction from regular rates) as well as free stays for two kids ages 2 to 12, and 50% off for teens ages 13-16 when sharing a suite with their parents. All guests receive a 10% savings at the resort boutique, and a resort credit that can be used for spa or golf. Contact the resort at 800/223-6800, your travel professional or checkout this deal at Leading Hotels of the World.
The Occidental Grand Nuevo Vallarta is another all-inclusive choice, albeit a more modest one, with modern and sophisticated guest rooms, tasteful cuisine, daily activities and lots of nightly entertainment. Their Fall promotion includes: 44% off your stay in total, plus first child stays, plays and eats free; Kid’s Club supervised activities for children ages 4-12 (open 9am-noon and 3pm-5pm daily); and rates that start at US$80/N per person based on double occupancy. Valid for travel through October 21, 2014 if booked by September 30.
Mothers and daughters start your engines: the Marival Residences & World Spa, a recipient of the 2013 Trip Advisor Traveler’s Choice Awards, is offering 40% off their regular rates if you book a two-bedroom residence suite. It will sleep up to three younger kids plus one teen, all of whom stay and play free with two paying adults. Perks include unlimited golf, local tours, a Family Dinner at Nicksan (their Japanese restaurant) and lunch at D-Stock Gourmet Deli. These savings are valid for travel through October 31st. Spa facilities are separate but think how much you’ve saved.
Palladium Beach Resorts in Eastern Mexico & Caribbean
This fall and winter, little fans of the Emmy Award winning children’s show, Raggs, will have the chance to meet their favorite characters at Palladium’s Riviera Maya and Riviera Nayarit resorts as part of the “Play at Palladium with Raggs” program. Children can sing with them by the pool, share a dance in the lobby, interact with them through the supervised Kids Club, or pose for photos on the beach. The Grand Palladium resorts even feature live nightly rock n’roll shows with this rockin’ band of furry friends. Palladium resorts are all-inclusive with a wide range of dedicated age-specific activities –- from spas to water-sports to discos –- ensuring everyone in the family can take part in the vacation of a lifetime.
Of great interest to families traveling with anyone’s food allergies, Palladium has made a commitment to helping guests with dietary restrictions — a real boon to parents of kids with allergies. Given that all 14 all-inclusive resorts have adopted the new policy, we’ve heard that the chefs and kitchen crew have been trained to prepare meals for the gluten-averse and guests with Type 2 diabetes, and alert everyone to dishes that contain nuts; fruits and vegetables; seafood; egg; dairy and lactose, fish, and MSG. Guests with allergies wear a color-coded wrist band, and that corresponds to dishes on the buffet line that are healthy for them to eat. Additionally, these guests are given a bilingual medical card explaining their particular dietary need.
For savings which vary by each of the resorts, it’s best to check their website. For autumn packages, they are showing 30% off their Puerto Vallarta hotel and 20% off at the Riviera Maya resort outside Cancun. Offers booked online at their site include 15% off all spa treatments, a welcome gift bottle of tequila, late checkout and a fruit basket in the room. To take up these offers, visit the Palladium Resorts website or call 800/961-7661.
Iberostar All-Inclusive Resorts on East & West Coasts
For another beach-side destination, try the Iberostar Playa Paraiso Resort complex) on Mexico’s Riviera Maya, south of Cancun. The complex comprises several 5-star all-inclusive resorts –- the Paraiso del Mar, Paraiso Beach, Paraiso Lindo and Paraiso Maya resorts. Each has bright and airy rooms, their own large swimming pools, a splash park and a range of watersport options. Kids clubs cater to 4 to 12-year-olds and teens have their own club space, too, while parents can enjoy 24-hour room service, specialty restaurants, a full-service spa, an 18-hole Championship golf course and an on-site casino.
The Iberostar Cancun resort boasts seven swimming pools, a new wave pool and a lazy river that kids, parents and grandparents will enjoy. Over on the Pacific coast in the very posh Punta Mita complex along the Riviera Nayarit, there’s a brand new Iberostar Playa Mita that combines the best of all these resorts. Keep in mind that several hotels have junior suites and family suite configurations as well.
Through September 20, 2014, the Iberostar resort chain is offering 60% off at several properties, if you book through the Iberostar resorts website or call 305/774-9225. Autumn values are on at each property as well, with rooms from only US$77/N per person at their pretty all-inclusive resort in Cozumel off the Riviera Maya coast.
This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question, and stay up to date with current events to ensure a safe and successful trip.