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You don’t have to choose. Can­cun is big enough for both of them. You can vis­it one and the oth­er won’t get jeal­ous. The oth­er will know that soon you won’t be able to resist and you’ll vis­it her too. Plus, you’ll bring your fam­i­ly because there’s so much to do and they’ll both love that. They’re wel­com­ing like that.

I’m talk­ing about the sis­ter prop­er­ties of the Park Roy­al Gold­en Can­cun and the Grand Park Roy­al Can­cun Lux­u­ry Resort. Two miles apart, in the hotel zone of Can­cun, both offer Los Ange­les fam­i­lies con­ve­nient beach fun that promis­es to hit the reset but­ton in a style that’s per­son­al­ized for your tribe’s vibe. Both sit by the crys­tal blue ocean, framed by Can­cun’s leg­endary fine white sand. Both are fam­i­ly-friend­ly and all-inclu­sive but that’s where their resem­blance ends.

 

 

Park Royal Golden Cancun

 

Best Hotel in Cancun for Families Park Royal Golden

Rooms

 

I took a moth­er-son trip with my nine-year-old son, Knox and our first stop was the Park Roy­al Gold­en Can­cun, the more casu­al, easy-going of the two sisters.

 

 

The two tow­ers of her 310 rooms are con­nect­ed by jun­gle-lined, con­crete paths. Our sprawl­ing, one-bed­room  Mas­ter Suite Room had a liv­ing room with a bal­cony view of Lagu­na Bojorquez. There was a cozy sec­tion­al sofa per­fect for loung­ing and two bath­rooms which showed she real­ly under­stood about trav­el­ing with kids, boys espe­cial­ly. A mini-bar was stocked with sodas and Mex­i­can snacks. Plus there was a pil­low menu, which makes every­thing great.

 

Best Hotel in Cancun for Families Park Royal Golden

Water Park

 

Best Hotel in Cancun for Families Park Royal Golden Cancun Water Park

 

She encour­ages you to go ahead and get your hair wet when you play with your kids at her water park. From begin­ner, bit­ty slides and sta­tion­ary ocean ani­mals to dark, windy chutes, and water guns, her liq­uid oasis has enough to keep any child beg­ging for more. My son, Knox had me con­tort­ing myself in all kinds of chal­leng­ing posi­tions to go down the slides since his broth­er was­n’t there to take them on.

 

Best Hotel in Cancun for Families Park Royal Golden Cancun Water Park

Rep­re­sent­ing

 

I felt I had to rep­re­sent the girl I had been when I was play­ing at his age. He loved it. He invent­ed all sorts of games for us and could­n’t have been hap­pi­er that I was all in with him.

 

Best Hotel in Cancun for Families Park Royal Golden Cancun Water Park

Kid’s Club

Final­ly, the time came for me to have a bit of down­time. Adja­cent to the water park, a staff of hap­py and will­ing coun­selors wait­ed in the col­or­ful kid’s club to take over with crafts and games. Par­ents could use their free time to wan­der over to the adults-only pool, com­plete with bar and lounge chairs or just relax with a book, enjoy­ing thoughts they can actu­al­ly think. Across the street is the La Isla Can­cun Shop­ping Vil­lage with a giant fer­ris wheel and plen­ty of high-end shops to enter­tain the most ded­i­cat­ed shop­per (or grab what­ev­er you forgot!).

 

Mexican Family Memories Experience

To encour­age your fam­i­ly to plant mem­o­ries into her wel­com­ing soil, the Park Roy­al Gold­en Can­cun offers every­thing you’d need to cre­ate the per­fect pho­to album of your entire trip, includ­ing the pho­to album! The Mex­i­can Fam­i­ly Mem­o­ries Expe­ri­ence pack­age is geared for fam­i­lies with kids from ages 5–12 and includes addi­tion­al expe­ri­ences to bring the cul­ture of Mex­i­co clos­er to your fam­i­ly’s heart. Enjoy either an elab­o­rate beach din­ner for the whole fam­i­ly that includes a beau­ti­ful dis­play of Mex­i­can art­work and cloth­ing or take advan­tage of the Kid’s PJ Club to enjoy a roman­tic din­ner for two.

Best Hotel in Cancun for Families Park Royal Golden Cancun Restaurant

 

Join your kid­dos in a typ­i­cal Mex­i­can fam­i­ly activ­i­ty in the cre­ation of a piña­ta. Yes, you’ll even get a pho­to ses­sion and can­dids of your stay and activ­i­ties so that’ll be one less thing you need to do when you get back. Prices start at $329 for two adults and two kids under 12, per night.

 

Best Hotel in Cancun for Families Park Royal Golden Cancun Kids Activities

Grand Park Royal Cancun

 

Rooms

 

Best Hotel in Cancun for Families Grand Park Royal Cancun

 

And while the Grand Park Roy­al Can­cun is a bit fanci­er, you’ll still feel right at home in one of her 311 lux­u­ry rooms and suites, spread across her vast prop­er­ty. The first per­son you’ll meet, if you opt to stay in one of the vil­las, is your but­ler. He will assure you that none of your needs are too small, to please call upon him for any­thing. For instance, if you get hun­gry and you’re too com­fort­able inside your per­son­al plunge pool, right out­side your beach­front room, he will make the walk to one of the six on-site restau­rants to grab you a bite. If you desire some­thing which the hotel does­n’t pro­vide, he will make sure you get it. He’ll check in on you in your reserved, canopied Bali Bed, just out­side your room, to make sure you’re not too parched or in need of a snack.

 

 

Kid’s Club

Mean­while, your kids can swim with you in the warm, clear water or swing on the indoor tree­house in the kid’s club, with her dot­ing staff watch­ing over. Her staff might even take them to El Jardin, the snack restau­rant by the pool, to make their own piz­zas while you take a yoga class in the spa.

 

Best Hotel in Cancun for Families Grand Park Royal Cancun Kids Club

Spa

Speak­ing of the spa, when it’s time to relax there, her masseuses offer a kid’s mas­sage and after I treat­ed Knox to his first ever, he said he had nev­er felt any­thing so won­der­ful. The adult ver­sion was pret­ty spec­tac­u­lar too. The spa shares a build­ing with the fit­ness room, which is like a lit­tle gym, much larg­er than typ­i­cal hotel work­out options with a wood-pan­eled yoga room look­ing onto palm fronds and foliage sway­ing slow­ly out­side. The gym is includ­ed in the price of your vil­la but is extra for every­one else.

Day Activities

The Park Roy­al Gold­en Can­cun has a pool­side DJ, play­ing ener­getic music, entic­ing guests to play bin­go or oth­er high-ener­gy games while the Grand Park Roy­al’s activ­i­ty leader is more like a camp coun­selor, chal­leng­ing you out of your com­fort zone. Games like “water-polo” at the Grand Park Roy­al con­sist­ed of teams stacked with adults and kids who some­times had to be car­ried to the ball. Knox’s team appoint­ed him to be the offi­cial goal­mak­er, a posi­tion he took very seriously.

Evening Activities

Nightlife at each prop­er­ty can be a fam­i­ly out­ing, a roman­tic retreat or a girl’s night out. The Park Roy­al Gold­en Can­cun opened a sky­bar on the 10th floor of her main build­ing called Ekinox. Ekinox has near­ly unob­struct­ed city views encom­pass­ing the lagoon and ocean. Ekinox is a great place to get the fresh­est air with sky­scraper beach views. While Knox hung out at the kid’s PJ Par­ty, I checked out the view and lis­tened to a duo play­ing live music as groups of peo­ple gath­ered to talk. The Grand Park Roy­al has her ver­sion of Ekinox perched on the roof of her Ital­ian restau­rant, El Mirador, over­look­ing Lagu­na Nichupte. It’s not as high but still a nice retreat. The Grand Park Roy­al also has dai­ly evening enter­tain­ment in its three spe­cial­ty restaurants.

 

Best Hotel in Cancun for Families Grand Park Royal Cancun Night life

Restaurants

A fam­i­ly din­ner at the Grand Park Roy­al can be a fiery expe­ri­ence if you have it at El Ori­en­tal. El Ori­en­tal offers fam­i­lies a seat at one of their tep­pa­nya­ki tables as long as they eat before 9:30 pm. Our tal­ent­ed chef not only filled our bel­lies with life-fuel­ing food but also put on a live­ly show, carv­ing rice into words then con­jur­ing them into an erupt­ing vol­cano. Knox loved it even though he was already exhaust­ed from all the pre­vi­ous fun.

 

Best Hotel in Cancun for Families Grand Park Royal Cancun Restaurants

 

Anoth­er ele­gant option is the Ital­ian restau­rant, El Mirador. The ser­vice staff at every restau­rant was fab­u­lous and this was no excep­tion. Even though the choic­es were a bit com­plex for my usu­al­ly coura­geous eater, our wait­er offered an off-menu plain ver­sion of a pas­ta dish that suit­ed him fine. Then the dessert buf­fet made up for every­thing. There are Break­fast at each sis­ter prop­er­ty offers a pletho­ra of choic­es includ­ing omelet stations.

Museo Maya de Cancun

Between the two sis­ters is a Mayan muse­um, Museo Maya de Can­cun, that has arche­o­log­i­cal ruins and col­lec­tions dis­played inside and out. The small muse­um retells the sto­ry of the Mayan peo­ple and offers expla­na­tions about the dis­burse­ment of this pro­lif­ic civ­i­liza­tion. Between the fun and relax­ation, it’s nice to get a glimpse into the lives of the peo­ple that inhab­it or once lived in the areas we visit.

 

Museo Maya de Cancun - Best Hotel in Cancun for Families

 

Despite their dif­fer­ing traits, the sis­ters come from the same great fam­i­ly that strives to help the com­mu­ni­ties around their hotels through the Roy­al Hol­i­day Foun­da­tion. The Roy­al Hol­i­day Foun­da­tion has cre­at­ed pro­grams for kids who live with their moms in jails, kids who have dis­abil­i­ties and adults who also have hand­i­caps to give them a break from their lives and take them on beach vaca­tions. They also work with Mex­i­co’s envi­ron­men­tal depart­ment to res­cue tur­tles and pre­serve the nat­ur­al envi­ron­ment that makes their loca­tions so spe­cial. These sis­ters and their rel­a­tives around the world are not only beau­ti­ful on the out­side but on the inside as well.

 

Best Hotel in Cancun for Families

 

 

Getting There

There are five dai­ly flights from LAX to Can­cun, they fly for about five hours. Los Ange­les is also served by Hol­ly­wood Bur­bank Air­port, and Long Beach Air­port (LGB.) All direct flights from Los Ange­les to Can­cun depart only from LAX. Unit­ed, Delta, Inter­Jet, Amer­i­can, Vir­gin Amer­i­ca and South­west each have non-stop flights from Los Ange­les to Can­cun. Spir­it, jet­Blue, Volaris, Fron­tier and Aeromex­i­co each offer one-stop flights, but book­ing one of these flights typ­i­cal­ly won’t save you any mon­ey unless the stopover is many hours long and who needs that with fiesty kids?

Best Hotel in Cancun for Families

 

Best Hotel in Cancun for Families