After vacationing with my husband in Jamaica, I took my two kids (ages 7 & 10) to the Riviera Maya south of Cancun in Mexico. We visited two resorts, the first of which was the NOW Jade Riviera Cancun. Located outside of Puerto Morales, this resort has something for everyone! Part of the AM Resorts Brand, NOW resorts cater to singles, doubles and families. The resort is split into two halves, one side of regular junior suites and a Preferred Club side. We were booked into a Junior Suite Preferred Club which had a separate living area and a gorgeous bedroom and bathroom. We enjoyed a beautiful ocean view overlooking the adults only pool area and the best part of the beach is on the this side of the resort as well. The pool is just for adults, but the beach is open to all guests.
We enjoyed the family pool located on the other side of the resort with a great swim up bar, pool activities and lots of seating. The fruit "smoothies" from the swim up bar were my kids favorite part of each day! The beach on the family side is rocky (water shoes are highly recommended) but we made our way down to the other side of the resort and the beach there was spectacular. There is a Kids Club with great activities for ages 4-12 and also a teens club with video games and other activities.
On our day of arrival we enjoyed a la carte lunch at a wonderful restaurant "Castaways" next to the family pool. We ate at the international buffet, "Carnival" most days for breakfast, lunch and dinner but we did have a delightful Italian Dinner at "Capers" one evening. My favorite part of the resort was the evening atmosphere. The lobby is surrounded by shops, restaurants, bars, a theater and there is live entertainment each evening. Movies under the stars are shown each evening for the kids outside the kids club and two nights a week they set up a beautiful open air market for all the local vendors to sell their wares.
We enjoyed a couple of great excursions while in Riviera Maya, the first being "Selvatica" which was an amazing zipline tour that my kids absolutely loved. The staff and team at "Selvatica" are amazing to work with and really helped make it a safe and fun experience for my kids. Their favorite part was the Water Zipline at the end of the tour that shot them out over a beautiful cenote and a thrilling drop of 20 feet! They must have done this 30 times each!
On our last day, we took a cab into Puerto Morales with another family we had met and did a snorkeling tour with a local Diving Company that specializes in tours for kids. "Aquanauts" (http://aquanautsdiveadventures.com/home.html) is a first rate dive company on the beach in Puerto Morales and they did a great job making my kids comfortable with all the equipment and helping them see some amazing underwater sealife. Amazing trip!