If you’re looking for a family-friendly resort in Mexico that offers authenticity, amenities, and activities for all ages, look no further than Grand Residences Riviera Cancun.
On a recent visit, I had the opportunity to explore the resort’s family-friendly offerings. Rooms are spacious and the resort offers a full slate of activities for families. Grand Residences Riviera Cancun really goes out of its way to keep guests of all ages entertained, from a complimentary sunset cruise, to aqua-aerobics classes, to relaxing spa treatments, to the free kids’ club, to a guided family bike ride into Puerto Morelos, a nearby fishing village.
Families can either stay in the resort and enjoy their life-sized pools, go snorkeling in the ocean, or simply partake in authentic Mexican life right outside the resort. In addition, guests wear bracelets, which power their doors and reduce parental worry about holding keys.
Grand Residences Riviera Cancun is 25-minutes by car from Cancun International Airport. The hotel offers free shuttle service both ways. The relatively new resort is located between Cancun and Playa del Carmen, protected by a coral reef and National Marine Park nearby. A short drive or bike ride away is Puerto Morelos and families can also venture a bit father to Playa del Carmen for a bit of a stroll, shopping and a meal. The concierge is available for advice on day trips to Mayan ruins and other popular attractions in this area.
The 103 suites range from studios to multi-room suites. Each suite is well-appointed and spacious enough for a family, blending all the comforts of home with the amenities of a five-star hotel. The Master Suites, for example, have fully equipped kitchens, a living room with two single murphy beds, a dining room, full bathroom, a half bathroom and laundry room.
They also have every modern feature children will want – flat-screen TVs, a DVD player, an iPod dock and several outlets for charging tech. The rooms are cleaned several times a day. At the end of the day, families receive a special note and gift from the hotel: a wind-up toy in the form of an animal Mexico is known to have a lot of. I have to admit a mad fondness for these gadgets, too.
Families get a daily activity calendar that features activities for the entire family such as a kid’s pool, tennis, snorkeling, kayaking, Bingo, games and more, most of which are complimentary. They also offer a free kids’ club for kids ages 4-12, a kids’ pool, playground, treasure hunts and more. the kids’ club entertains children with pool games, sandcastle building competitions, treasure hunts, beach walks, piñata games, bracelet making, board games and traditional Mayan games.
For parents with older kids, the resort offers a teens club. Security is tight in both clubs; parents get an iPad with a live cam to keep an eye on their children from a distance.
For families who want to sit by the pool and eat tacos and watch sunsets, the hotel offers food by the pool or by the beach, as well as room service or quick options at the Lobby Café and Bar. El Faro Grill is a luxurious restaurant open for all meals, offering fresh seafood, meat and salads. They offer a buffet choice during each meal or a la carte items, along with a kid’s menu, both of which includes options kids will love.
Chef Yann Cozic teaches cooking demonstrations throught the week. We were lucky to catch a demo of his sublime guacamole with apples and pomegranates.
Editor’s Note: Holly was offered a media package to review the Grand Residences Riviera Cancun. As always, our opinions on Ciao Bambino are our own. Photos by Holly Rosen Fink except where noted.
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