Review of Club Med Cancun Yucatan and Family Facilities
Calm & shallow beach at Club Med Cancun, south of Zona Hotelera.
The 5-trident wing, Jade, has its own pool and beach access.
Mangrove surrounding the resort keeps the beach & lagoon pristine.
Night Markets showcase Mexican folk arts, great souvenirs for all ages.

I didn’t think the words remote and Cancun would ever be in the same sentence, but the Club Med Cancun Yucatan is a convenient, all-inclusive resort that is so peacefully isolated and eco-friendly, that guests feel far, far away.

For one of Cancun’s first resorts in 1976, Club Med wisely chose 22 acres of beach, reef, and mangrove on the Nizuc Peninsula to create a signature village.  An adults-only resort for decades, it was remodeled to accommodate families and opened the deluxe Jade wing in 2009.  

After this recent $14.4 million renovation and expansion, the 436-room resort is one of the brand’s tops for families, a favorite on TripAdvisor, and’s pick for Mexico’s Top 10 Resort.

The Club Med Difference

If you’ve never been swept up in a Club Med experience, it may be tough to understand how the gracious G.O.s (their staff), a roster of activities and classes, delicious food, and joie de vivre make for a special vacation. The Cancun Village, for example, operates on Club Med Time: they ignore daylight savings Time in order to have more hours of sun for their guests.

It’s all-inclusive of course, so you don’t have to worry about what anyone’s spending on food and booze. There are three indoor-outdoor bars, with plenty of mom Margaritas and Coronas, but the emphasis is more on fun than on getting smashed. There’s live nightly entertainment and, at midnight, a signature line dance that guests are encouraged to join, as the Club Med theme song is played at resorts around the world.

Accommodations to Suit Every Style and Budget

Choose from a variety of rooms and suites catering to different preferences and budgets. The original Cancun Yucatan wings showcase a charming retro-Mexican style with vibrant colors and traditional accents.

For a more luxurious experience, the newly built Agua Marina wing offers spacious family suites with modern amenities and stunning ocean or garden views. The Jade wing provides an exclusive retreat with private facilities, elegant rooms, and an infinity pool.

Jade is Precious, Even at Club Med

Going up in price brings us to the very chic Jade wing, the area of the resort you would expect to see reality TV stars and investment bankers.  The “get” here is privacy, plenty of it. There’s a separate reception and concierge, a separate lounge with snacks, beverages and treats and an elegant infinity pool.

The Jade oceanview room we saw had a romantic interior bathing area lit by candles, inspiring romance. Only a few of these rooms connect to two-bedroom family units but the single rooms are ideal for new parents who want to cuddle while baby naps.

Dining is a Big Part of the Club Med Experience

Indulge in the culinary offerings at Club Med Cancun, where healthy and delicious dining takes center stage. The resort features several restaurants serving a variety of cuisines, including Mexican and international specialties. Las Cazuelas, located in the Agua Marina wing, offers a tempting buffet with both indoor and outdoor seating.

Activities for All Ages

Club Med Cancun caters to all ages, with engaging programs for children and teens. The Petit Club welcomes children aged 2-3, while the Mini Club caters to ages 4-10, and the Passworld caters to ages 11-17. The resort offers a wide range of activities, including water sports, tennis, trapeze arts, and even scuba lessons at the pool.

Embark on exciting family adventures, such as exploring the rich Mayan culture at nearby historical sites like Tulum and Chichen-Itza. The resort also offers various excursions, from swimming with dolphins to shopping in Playa del Carmen.

Active Recreation for All Ages at Club Med

One great Club Med benefit for athletic types is the availability of sports that usually cost a fortune at other resorts. Water skiing, windsurfing, wakeboarding, kayaking, snorkeling, sailing, trapeze arts, tennis — even scuba lessons at the pool — are part of the deal here.  (Golf, deep sea fishing, and scuba are off-site and cost extra.)

The well-trained G.O.s work with willing guests regardless of their skill level, or even their physical ability, making it a great place for grandparents to introduce grandkids to a sport they love.

When you want to play together, there are open courts for basketball, beach soccer, bocce and beach volleyball, and facilities for ping pong, foosball, and water polo. If you don’t want to show off in front of the kids, go off on your own.  At Club Med, we’ve found the counselors are so terrific that kids would rather be in the program with new friends than hang out with parents.

All in the Family Pursuits at Club Med

It’s silly to go all the way to Cancun and not experience the extraordinary Mayan culture in evidence at Tulum and Chichen-Itza, among many other Mayan sites. There are a few half and full-day sightseeing options every day, ranging from swimming with dolphins to shopping in Playa del Carmen, visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Chichen-Itza, or going out in a power boat.

We took the guided, half-day excursion to Tulum, followed by a fun waterborne tour of the Kantun Chi cenote (underground river) and a delicious taco lunch catered by Club Med G.O.s.

Planning your Club Med Cancun Yucatan Family Vacation

To plan your ideal family vacation at Club Med Cancun Yucatan, visit the official Club Med website or consult a travel agent. Be sure to book well in advance, especially during peak seasons, to secure your preferred accommodations and take advantage of any special offers.

So, the Club Med difference should be evident after 1,500 words. In closing, I suggest you reserve a massage on arrival so you can dive right in, and another one before departure… to work out any sore muscles from discovering the new you.

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