Riviera Maya is a wonderful vacation spot with an astounding selection of kid-friendly day trips. Located along Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, it’s home to long stretches of sandy beaches, tropical jungles, coral reefs, diverse wildlife, and natural wonders like cenotes and lagoons where you can explore Mexico’s aquatic underground. There are plenty of luxurious all-inclusive resorts to choose from, including Generations Riviera Maya, a premier resort that’s perfect if traveling with extended family members or friends. Generations, by Karisma Hotels & Resorts, is located in Tulum in the heart of the Riviera Maya, 25 minutes south of Cancun International Airport.
Guests staying at Generations can book sightseeing tours through Lomas Travel in the lobby or on their website. The exhilarating Mayan Adventure tour is about five hours and includes three extraordinary ecosystems of the Mayan world that are ideal for families such as snorkeling in lagoons and exploring cenotes. In the Yucatán Peninsula there are over 6,000 cenotes, named after the Yucatec Maya word “D’zonot” – a place with underground water. These incredible sinkholes range in size and are natural, deep-water formations formed by collapsing limestone bedrock and the percolation of rainwater and currents of underground rivers.
Explore Natural Cenotes
Our first stop was Cenote Abierto, a stunning open air cenote with lots of fun and daredevil activities. After all, is it really a vacation if you haven’t jumped off a cliff screaming? While my son jumped immediately it took me several (over ten) false starts, but I finally leapt into the refreshing water below and was so glad I did. It made my next activity a tad easier, ziplining into the cenote.
Next up was a magical cavern cenote called Aktun Koh, which means Cave of the Puma. It’s located in the heart of the highest concentration of underwater caves in the world. The water was unlike anything I had ever seen and we were surrounded by magnificent limestone. We swam in the frigid, yet remarkably refreshing and clear water towards our guide off in the distance holding a flight light. Back on land we were welcomed by iguanas that crawled into the jungle when they saw us.
Snorkel In A Lagoon
After lunch we headed to our last stop, snorkeling in Yal Ku Lagoon, a tropical paradise. The freshwater lagoon is connected to the ocean and provides a magical marine environment for all sorts of sea creatures and perfect for young snorkelers due to the relatively shallow waters. This Mexican gem is hidden among villas and jungles and not a place we would have likely found had it not been for our guided tour.
Large Family Accommodations
Generations has 159 luxurious suites all facing the stunning Mexican Caribbean Sea. Rooms have an oversized balcony or terrace, hot tub, large smart TV, double sinks, plush bathrobes, and enough closet space for everyone. The mini fridge is customizable and includes snacks for kids. If traveling with a baby they have strollers, cribs, changing tables, monitors, bottle warmers and even tiny bathrobes, so everyone can lounge in comfort. Multi-generational groups will love the oceanfront three bedroom swim up suite specifically designed for large parties with incredible views, ultimate privacy, and your own infinity pool.
Entertainment, Activities And A Spa
Eko Kids Club offers supervised activities for kids aged four to twelve and has a movie area, craft station, library, and gaming consoles. Kids can join the little Chefs program to learn about local cuisine, eco-friendly food basics, and gain hands on cooking skills.
Drop the kids off to meet new friends from around the world and head to the Naay Spa for luxurious pampering. Their Mayan inspired spa has both traditional and alternative spa therapies designed to soothe the senses for ultimate relaxation, inspired by native Mexico. (Kids Spa services are also available for ages four to twelve.)
Generations has two sparkling pools on site and the family lounge is a great place for teens to to meet others their age over a game of pool or board games. Resort activities include dance lessons, Spanish lessons, yoga classes, ping pong, basketball, soccer, pool or beach volleyball, and there is snorkeling equipment and kayaks. Come nightfall there is nightly entertainment for all ages including dancing and local performances.
Gourmet Inclusive Restaurants
With 5 restaurants on site everyone in your group will enjoy their favorite foods. The Karisma Gourmet Inclusive Experience includes innovative new restaurant concepts featuring farm fresh ingredients sourced from their own greenhouse at nearby El Dorado Royale, another Karisma property. It’s the first resort greenhouse in the region and produces organic vegetables and fresh herbs using a fertilization process made through a hydroponic system.
Chef Market – Grand Café & Deck is a modern family restaurant serving world cuisine with several healthy options to choose from. Haab serves authentic Indian Cuisine and there is an Indian Chef on property creating dishes using a wide variety of spices and dynamic meals such as famous Daal Tadka, a popular Indian lentil dish. Other restaurants include Jade for Asian cuisine; a cocktail bar called Sling (family friendly from 5pm-10pm, after that it’s adults only); and Wine Kitchen, a restaurant and tasting room where adults can try wines from around the world. For nights you want to stay in as a family, Generations has in-room dining 24 hours a day so you can enjoy a private meal with views of the Caribbean Sea.