Hotels Look to Family Business

Throughout Mexico, hotels offer family perks, deals

By: Lisa Jennings

Hotels and resorts throughout Mexico are targeting families with special deals and festivities.

Families that book the Avalon Grand Cancun or Avalon Reef Club Isla Mujeres before Aug. 23 will receive a free pass to the “Wild Things Kids Adventure Program.” Kids can participate in a full schedule of “wild adventures,” such as beach Olympics, Mayan clay sculpture class, learning ancient hieroglyphics and more. Room rates start at $99 per person, and children 12 and under stay free.

Families will also receive an Avalon Adventure Pass worth more than $400 in savings with discounts for rental cars, meals and area attractions, such as jungle tours or a catamaran charter, which families can enjoy together. (

Kids 12 and under stay free when sharing a room with an adult at Palace Resorts through Aug. 31. Special rates are also available for children ages 13 through 17.

In Cancun, for example, rates start at $137 per person at the Beach Palace or the Cancun Palace, and $165 at the Sun Palace. On the Riviera Maya, rates at the Moon Palace Golf Resort or the Xpu-Ha Palace, start at $165.

The price includes accommodations, taxes and tips, all meals and snacks, beverages, non-motorized watersports, a supervised kids’ club at select properties, nightly entertainment and selected tours. (

Pleasant Holidays is offering a number of “Family Values” deals to Mexico offering free nights, reduced rates, complimentary breakfasts, food-and-beverage credits and children stay free at a number of resorts around the country.

Children 18 and under stay free at the Presidente InterContinental Cancun Resort, for example, with rates for a five-day stay starting at $575 per person. At the Presidente InterContinental in Los Cabos, families can enjoy an all-inclusive plan, plus reduced room rates, room upgrades, and children 5 and under stay free with rates for a five-day stay starting at $565 per person. And at the all-inclusive Xpu-Ha Palace in Cancun, Pleasant is offering a five-day package starting at $945 per person that includes unlimited tours, a $50 per person golf credit, a $25 car rental credit, a $15 spa or beauty salon credit, and children 3 and under stay free. (

And in Los Cabos, the new Grand Baja Resort & Spa offers suites with fully equipped kitchens, which are ideal for families. The all-inclusive price also includes two hours of “baby care” per day to allow parents time alone. (