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Travelling as a family with children or taking a grown-up holiday?  Super five-star, all-inclusive packages - at top hotels, is the way to go!  Mexico expert Dave Carter, shares his insider knowledge, and helps you differentiate between these terrific luxury resorts.

Are all all-inclusives the same?


No! But we only choose the best of luxury all-inclusives to include in our programme – you can be guaranteed a high level of included benefits - at any one.


Food and drink

All the hotels featured in this selection have outstanding all-inclusive packages. They elevate the food and drink offering to include premium brand alcohol, fine wines, a la carte as well as buffet – and very few restrictions.



Your all-inclusive in Mexico will invariably give you all your sports, activities and entertainment. The only extras are things like spa treatments – but look out for resort credits which can be spent on treatments and therapies.

Moon Palace Cancun

Dave says ‘This is for everyone, a great all-rounder, so perfect for multi-generational trips. The complex is large, and the Resort-Credit system is incredibly popular’


For - adults, families – everyone!


Highlights - a large complex with 12 restaurants, 5 swimming pools, 123 acres of gardens, spa, nightclub, teen lounge, kids’ club.


We love – the hotel offers a Resort Credit of USD$1,500 for a 7-night stay. Spend it on spa treatments, golf, scuba diving, premium food & wine, excursions such as Zip line at Piston Pueblo, Chef’s Kitchen at the Grand, the Tulum Express and Pony Experience.

Dining and Drinks

Dining – options include Italian, American, Mexican, Pan-Asian. There’s a ‘farm to table’ policy ensuring super-fresh ingredients.

Drinks – top shelf drinks, delicious signature cocktails, wines and beers. Throughout the resort and in your mini-bar brand names. There are 5 bars – we love Los Columpios Bar with its swaying swing seats!

Snacks – finger food, pizza and Mexican.


For the kids – 'Playroom,' packed with fun, opens at 09.00. There’s a fashion catwalk, creativity area & outdoor play plus X-box & Playstation.

For the adults - laze by the pool or beach. Spa treatments, golf sports, excursions.

For the whole family who want to get wet - included are all your non-motorised water sports - that is scuba tours, swimming with dolphins, paddle board yoga and FlowRider® Double Wave Simulator. In the evening there are musical acts, karaoke and the not to be missed Mexican Fire Show.

In Your Room

Minibar - top shelf items and 24-hour room service.

Upgrade to a Grand Pass

Access to The Grand and its majestic dining, state of the art leisure and water park facilities - an option definitely worth considering.

Dreams Playa Mujeres

Dave says ‘This is my recommendation for young families. It’s modern, spacious and has tonnes to do. There’s a great kids club, catering for 3 to 17 year-olds. Don’t miss the Ice Cream Parlour, absolutely amazing ice cream and really good coffee!’


For – families with young children or families with teens

Highlights – for the kids - bonfires, beach camping, disco’s & foam parties.

We love – Sip, Savor and See – an opportunity to explore nearby resorts – all included! Adults can enjoy dinner and drinks at nearby Dreams, Now and Sunscape resorts – even your culinary requirements can be forwarded before your arrival!

Dining and Drinks

Dining – limitless access to a la carte dining including Brazilian, French, Japanese and Mediterranean.

Drinks – unlimited, hence the name, international and domestic top-shelf spirits, natural fruit juices and soft drinks.

At the Pool and Beach – prepared to be waited on.


For the kids - Explorers Club is open 10 ‘til 10 – there is a camping adventure on the beach, a theatre, interactive park and playground. Teens have their own Core Zone, with sports, games, disco mixers & bonfires.  

For the adults - daily activities such as cocktail and cooking classes, yoga, pilates, Caribbean dance – or learn Spanish!

For the whole family – all sorts of sports plus archery and a fun-filled water park. Evenings bring live music, stage shows, beach parties and theme nights.

In Your Room

Daily refreshed minibar including soft drinks & beer plus 24-hour room service.

Grand Velas Riviera Maya

Dave says ‘This is my Luxury recommendation. It has everything you’d expect plus that touch of Mexican style and elegance. When you’re done with gourmet, chill out in the buffet restaurant. It’s defined as ‘Beyond All Inclusive’, and has been recognised as a revolutionary interpretation – I can’t argue’

For – families, adults, lovers of luxury.

Highlights – one of the world’s most luxurious spas - fabulous darling!

We Love - the variety of dining venues, the ambiance and mood in the bars and the combination of Zen peace and lively activity.

Dining and Drinks

Dining – there are 7 gourmet restaurants including French, Asian fusion, Italian and fine dining. Cocina de Autor is an interpretation of Mexican and Caribbean at its most elaborate. There’s also service at the beach and pool.

Drinks – There are 6 bars serving cocktails, craft beers and premium wines. We recommend the rooftop Sky Bar at sunset, the Sen Lin Bar where live music accompanies your sips or you can hit the microphone at the Karaoke Bar which is lively and open until late.


For the kids - The Grand Velas Kids’ Club is open until late for 4 – 12 year olds with all sorts to keep them entertained including beach soccer, cinema & dancing. The Teens’ Club is for 13-18 year olds, has a karaoke bar.  

For the adults – when you get bored having drinks delivered to your pool lounger, check out the LifeFitness Centre with its classes including yoga and pilates.

For the whole family - water sports like snorkelling, kayaking and boogie boards are perfect family levellers.

In Your Room

There are suites with pools which are fab, but for something a little different try a Zen Grand Suite, with a view of a Koi fish pond. Whatever suite you opt for you’ll have 24-hour gourmet & concierge service.

Haven Riviera Cancun

Dave says ‘This is one of my adult-only recommendations. It’s a brand new, modern resort, close to Cancun. It’s popular with couples who like a contemporary style and relaxed atmosphere. The excellent service reports are a TripAdvisor constant – great start Haven!’

For – adults, romantics, couples who like a contemporary, relaxing resort.

Highlights – brand new and fresh – pastry shop to die for! Great cooking classes.

We Love – scuba dive try-out in the safety of the swimming pool.  If you’re unsure if scuba is for you then this is a terrific first step.

Dining and Drinking

Dining – there are 4 a la carte restaurants, 3 snack bars and a coffee bar with pastry shop. Styles include Mexican, Asian, Mediterranean. Vora Mar boasts a charcoal grill and classic wood-fired oven to cook the fish of the day.

Drinks – 6 bars and 2 swim-up bars ensure plenty of thirst-quenching options. High quality drinks plus cocktails which can also be served beach and pool side.  


For adults only. The pools of course are included but here there are 15 exclusive swim-out pools which can be heated if needed! Activities include tennis, beach volleyball, yoga classes and Spanish lessons. For something different you can try spirit tasting or cooking classes. At night the place to head is Moons it is the hub of entertainment. Here you can have after dinner cocktails, socialise with friends, old and new and be entertained by live bands, comedians or stage shows. It is open until 02.00am.

In Your Room

Personalised minibar replenished daily – perfect. A 24-hour food and drink room service. Your Nespresso machine comes with capsules and menu and of course there’s that lovely nightly turndown service with your choice of pillow.

Secrets Akumal Riviera Cancun

Dave says ‘This is my other adult-only recommendation. It’s very different to Haven Riviera Cancun as it’s located about 1.5hrs outside of Cancun and is much more Mexican in style with lots of thatched roofs and exposed woods. The stand-out thing here is the beach and water. Akumal means “land of turtles” and you will usually find Green, Loggerhead and Hawksbill turtles feeding on sea grass just off the beach, easily within snorkelling distance (snorkel equipment is available from the watersports team).

For – adults wanting more of the real Mexican vibe.

Highlights – snorkelling here is fantastic and available straight from the beach

We love – the beach and clear water – the activities get you out and about - the cycling especially. The theme parties are fun

Dining and Drinking

Dining – an impressive 9 restaurants including speciality seafood, French and Pan-Asian. Coco Café for late night bites. Secrets also run the Sip, Savor and See experience so you can taste food and drink in some of the neighbouring Dreams, Sunscape and Now hotels.

Drinking – top shelf of course, plus cocktails, beers etc. There are plenty of bars for sports, music, poolside convenience and theatre. The pool and beach concierge will never let your glass get empty.


Snorkelling with sea turtles is a must, then there’s kayaking, volleyball, aqua spin, archery, rifle shooting and lots more. The bike tours should not be missed. In the evening there are theme parties, oceanfront bars plus live music and theatre.

In Your Room

24-hour room service is a given. Your minibar will, of course, be refreshed daily.

In Mexico very little is not included so, if you want to relax without the worry of where to go, what to do, where and what to eat and drink then one of these 5 all-inclusive hotels could be for you.


Feeling inspired? Let us help you to arrange your dream trip to Dreams Playa Mujeres Golf & Spa Resort, Moon Palace Cancun or Haven Riviera Resort & Spa Cancun;

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