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Old 12-29-2015   #1 (permalink)
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Resort with kids 6 and 9--

Looking for opinions and recommendations we prefer smaller property, at least 4 stars, AI, great kids club for older kids meaning they take them around the resort to do activities and have night activities, nice beach. Up to around $600/night not a strict budget

In past have visited:

Sandos Caracol Eco- new building was nice and great kids activities on site but food was very bad as was beach.

Paradisus la Esmerelda- kids club and facilities great but I don't love the way the beach is so separated from the property by the buildings and it is very big. Cenote was nice.

Dreams Tulum- hard to say because there was a tropical storm but kids had fun.

One of the Now resorts can't remember which one and kids were much younger.

Would return to dreams or paradisus but would prefer to try something new.

Love the el dorado maroma for adults (except the beach now) but seems like the kids clubs at Azul properties are geared towards young kids.

Thanks for any recommendations!
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Not sure what ages you're talking about when you say "older kids". Fact is, there is a disconnect by the time kids get to about age 9 or 10 (and up). They're a bit too old for the typical kids club stuff, and most that age don't want to go to a kids club anyway. They're too "mature" to be led around and occupied by the kids club staff and typically prefer to do their own thing, assuming they can find an activity to join in with. I see kids this age left at the clubs sitting around playing video games! The usual kids club you find at resorts really do better with the younger ones, there is that older age group that tends to get lost in the shuffle.

Having said that...

The best resort for older kids and teens, in my opinion, is the Hard Rock. There is one in Cancun and one in Riviera Maya. They have so much for kids to do, kids of all ages. They'll even let you check out a guitar and make your own music video! All included, plus they offer a big resort credit that you can use for tours, spa, golf, etc. If an older kid/teen is bored there, then they're going to be bored anywhere.

Many of my clients enjoy the Royalton Riviera Cancun. Always good feedback on the food and service, great kids water park. Dreams Riviera Cancun is the best Dreams in the area IMHO. The Grand Palladium is nice but is a very big property with multiple sections. But at this level of resort, they don't require dinner reservations which is a hit with my clients. Barcelo Maya has a great beach and very good on site snorkeling. New teen club and all ages water park too (they charge for that water park). But if the beach is a top priority, you wouldn't be disappointed. The Moon Palace has a flow rider (no charge!) which is also a big hit with clients I send there.

And if you're willing to go out of Riviera Maya, the Hyatt Ziva in Cancun, which recently opened, is very good as far as overall quality (food, drinks, service, room), as is Finest Playa Mujeres.

*edit* I just now saw the title of your thread, that the kids are 6 and 9. Any of the suggestions above should work!
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Thanks Shammy! Yes I guess 6 and 9 isn't old but they like to leave the kids club and do actives at the resort. I was looking at royalton but noticed their special camp doesn't start until June 20 and we would be there the week before that. Do you know if they have good kids activities all year round?
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I don't know what their "special camp" is - do you have a link that mentions dates and inclusions? But they have activities for all ages year round.

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http://www.sunwing.ca/promo/summer-camps-caribbean.asp
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Ok, well, that "summer camp" is something exclusively mentioned by Sunwing...but this hotel is owned by Sunwing. I don't think those activities are only offered Jun-Aug, leaving the other months of the year without kids activities. Max & Ruby and Mike the Knight are there all the time. I think Sunwing is just building up the info for their own hotel, I'm pretty sure these events happen all year.
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Thanks! How is the beach compared to paradisus la esmerelda? We stayed there last time in a one bedroom master suite and loved it except for the beach and the way it is blocked by the buildings. Kids loved kids club though and room was great! Does Royalton compare well?
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The Royalton doesn't have THE best beach, it's not like Playacar. But it is better than the Paradisus.
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Thanks. One more comparison...we have a friend that offered her membership benefits for Azul fives. We loved El Dorado Maroma before the beach problems. What are you thoughts in Azul Fives V Esmerelda v royalton?
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I like Azul Fives but it's similar to a condo complex - a lot of time share guests and even owners. Beach is rather small for the size of the resort imho. I think there is more for kids to do at Esmeralda and for sure, Royalton, because of their water parks.
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