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Thanksgiving Family Vacation by alexey ,  Nov 24, 2016
I researched several options for a Thanksgiving vacation at the beach based on various Internet ratings and recommendation:

Puerto Vallarta
  • Direct flight about 3 hours $600-900 pp from San Francisco
  • Melia Purto Vallarta Resort about $200-260 per night
  • Yellow sand beaches
  • All inclusive
  • Average food at the resort (some bad reviews)

  • Direct flight 5-6 hours, $1000-1600 pp, 1 stop flight 8-10 hours $900-1000 pp  from San Francisco
  • Crown Paradise Club Cancun, $200-$300 per night (average food)
  • Grand Palladium Riviera, $200-250 per night (average food)
  • Ritz-Carlton Cancun $260-400 per night (better food)
  • All inclusive
  • White sand beaches


  • 1 stop flight 10-12 hours $900-1000 pp  from San Francisco
  • Personal speaks English
  • Franklyn D  Resort $500-$600 per night
  • Better food option than Mexico
  • All inclusive

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

  • 1 stop flight 10-12 hours $900-1000 pp  from San Francisco
  • Better food than in Mexico, personal barely speaks English
  • White sand beaches
  • Club Med  Resort $350-$400 per night
  • Better food option than Mexico
  • All inclusive

Melia Puerto Vallarta All Inclusive

A place to call your own...

Meliá Puerto Vallarta all inclusive resort is the perfect beachfront resort for all-inclusive family vacations on Mexico’s Pacific coast. Innumerable choices are available whether you are looking for a relaxed escape from your day to day or whether you are looking for a fun-filled vacation with your family. From quiet beach spots to action-packed water sports, Meliá Puerto Vallarta offers it all; always all-included and always with the Meliá standard of service.

This Puerto Vallarta all inclusive hotel, located right on the beach and designed with a U-shape for picture-perfect views, offers 316 barefoot-friendly guestrooms featuring furnished and private balconies where you will behold spectacular views overlooking the Pacific Ocean or the areas of the pool and beautiful hotel gardens.


  • - Individually controlled air-conditioning system
  • - Mini-bar (soft drinks, beer and water)
  • - Cable TV
  • - In-room safe
  • - Direct-dial telephone
  • - Private bathroom with amenities including a hair dryer
  • - Private balcony
  • - WiFi (extra charge)
  • - Iron with ironing board

Deluxe Garden View – This 407 sq. ft. spacious room features colorful views of the resort’s gardens and pool areas. Each room is decorated with bright colors and has access to a private balcony. All rooms are conditioned with one King size bed or two double beds.

Deluxe Ocean View – Featuring spectacular ocean views, this 407 sq. ft. guestroom is equipped with all the amenities expected of our spacious rooms. The private balcony is the ideal spot to sit back and watch the sun disappear into the Pacific. All rooms are conditioned with one King size bed or two double beds.

Kids & Co. Family Room – Discover the new concept of the Kids & Co. Family Rooms designed exclusively for families! Comfortable 407 square ft. family rooms located on the ground floor of the resort. Because we care about the little ones these rooms are specially equipped for everyone to fully enjoy their vacation. These rooms also feature special amenities and exclusive benefits to pamper the whole family.

Family fun on beach in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Kids', teens' clubs

This beachfront Puerto Vallarta all-inclusive resort in the residential/golf community of Marina Vallarta is exceptionally family-friendly and offers supervised activities/clubhouses for toddlers, children, and teens.

All-Inclusive resort

Buffets, à la carte dinners, a pool with a children's section, a toddlers' pool, a batting cage, rifle and archery ranges, and a climbing wall are among amenities included in Melia Puerto Vallarta's room rates.

Balconies, views

Barefoot-friendly guestrooms at Melia Puerto Vallarta feature furnished balconies with garden/pool or ocean views, compact refrigerators stocked with bottled water, and marble floors and bathrooms.


Meticulous service. Modern accommodations. Magnificent views. The M-Experience at Meliá Puerto Vallarta all inclusive resort promises this and much more.

Experience the M-Experience rooms! A new addition to Meliá Puerto Vallarta Resort, these rooms are sure to meet your every expectation with spectacular views, amenities and services.

Take your Puerto Vallarta all-inclusive vacation to the next level and stay in the M-Experience rooms! A step above the rest, our M-Experience rooms are equipped with several extras that will surely make your vacation unforgettable. These rooms are located in a privileged location within the resort and feature spectacular ocean front view. M-Experience Rooms are conditioned with the very best amenities and feature several unique benefits, exclusive to M-Experience guests.


Crown Paradise Club Cancun All Inclusive

Cancun Mexico All Inclusive Resorts | Crown Paradise Club

Enjoy a perfect beach vacation at our All Inclusive Resort in Cancun, Mexico

The perfect Cancun Vacation starts here

If you’re searching for the perfect beach vacation, look no further than the Crown Paradise Club All Inclusive Resort in Cancun, Mexico. Start with beautiful warm weather year-round and powdery white sand beaches, add a modern resort with well-appointed accommodations, special children’s activities, unlimited golf, a spa, and the fact that all of your food and beverages are included, and you’ve got the ultimate Cancun resort getaway!

Room to Relax

Our variety of accommodation options — including rooms and suites — provide all the space you need whether you are visiting as a couple, family, or group of singles. Most rooms are ocean view and provide all of the modern amenities travelers have come to expect.

A Resort full of activities

Resort facilities and activities include 4 swimming pools, tennis courts, basketball, mini golf, a game room, children’s areas and activities programs, evening entertainment, and a full-service spa. And since all meals and beverages are included at the Crown Paradise Club All Inclusive Resort, you can dine on everything from the finest cuisine served in an elegant dining room to casual poolside snacks at the resort’s seven restaurants, two snack spots, and 7 bars. The cuisine ranges from authentic Chinese and Japanese, to Mexican, French, Italian, to fresh seafood at our Fisherman’s restaurant.

Meet or wed in style

For those coming to Cancun for a meeting or wedding, our resort features a total of 3,300 square feet of event space with a maximum capacity of 700 attendees. Additionally a variety of wedding packages can help you to design the wedding of your dreams in Cancun including a ceremony on the beach or at our wedding gazebo.

No matter what kind of magical moments you are looking to create on your next Cancun vacation — from a romantic honeymoon to a fun-filled family getaway — the Crown Paradise Club All Inclusive Resort & Spa in Cancun, Mexico is at your service.

If you’re traveling with the family, you’ll be glad to know we feature a Kid’s Paradise Program with daily activities for kids aged 4 to 12 as well as a Baby Paradise Program for babies aged 18 months to 3 years.

This gives Mom and Dad the opportunity to play golf or tennis, indulge in some spa treatments, or just enjoy some quiet time alone.

Cancun Mexico Activities | Crown Paradise Club

And don’t forget that the action doesn’t stop when the sun goes down. Each evening, kids of all ages can enjoy the different nightly themed shows, which take place from 9 to 10 p.m. and include favorites like Barney, The Little Mermaid, Shrek, and more. Other evening entertainment shows feature special themed acts.

Ritz-Carlton Cancun
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87%families recommend183 family reviews Families will love:
  • Two AAA Five Diamond restaurants
  • Cook with your kids at the Culinary Center
  • Itzy, Bitsy Ritz Room comes with baby amenities
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About The Ritz-Carlton Cancun

The Ritz-Carlton Canun, one of the few oceanfront, triple AAA Five Diamond resorts in the world, garners the top rating for the hotel plus two of its restaurants. Stepping from the street into the lobby, we shed the Hotel Zone bustle, for reserved elegance. Crystal chandeliers, pink marble floors, Oriental rugs, antiques and 18th and 19th century portraits of grande dames against idealized landscapes create a formal feel. This could be a city hotel in Europe. As much as we admire the decor and dignified ambiance, we miss the sense of a Mexican beach resort. Some of that comes when the bellman points out the Ritz's Very Important Kids registration desk. At the child-sized, red and blue desk, youngsters sign-in with crayons and are handed a scavenger hunt sheet. Questions such as "What are the hours of the Kids Camp?" and "How many sculptures are in the pool area?" help familiarize kids with the hotel. Ages 3 to 12 also receive a bucket with a plastic rake, watering can, fish molds and other beach toys. When children turn in the quest's answers to the front desk, they receive a pinat with Mexican candy plus either a doll or a valero, a stick-like toy with a wooden top attached by a string. As we try to figure out how to move our arms so that the top lands on the stick, a bellman tells us that he will bring citrus iced tea to our room so that we won't have one more thing to carry in the lobby. Such thoughtfulness is part of the Ritz panache. After all, a hotel has to be more than a pretty face to earn her diamonds. Guest rooms are oversized, tasteful blends of light woods and beige fabrics. Pool concierges keep you supplied with cold face cloths and the bath butler can draw you a Margarita bath, an Energetic bath or even a Kids Bubble Bath. The food is wonderful, even at the poolside grill, an eatery that, at most properties, you expect little finesse and get, sometimes, even less. All 365-rooms have at least a glimpse of the ocean, a result of the Ritz's E-shaped, two tower configuration. The shops off the lobby sell Escada and La Perla. In addition to its "beach club", a lot sized section of sand alongside the building, the Ritz, like most of the hotel zone resorts, had only a thin sliver of beach in front of the property. As a result of the December 2009 beach reclamation project, the Ritz, along with many other hotels, has added a wide stretch of sand between the resort and the ocean.

Written by Candyce Stapen

Grand Palladium Riviera Resort & Spa


Welcome to Grand Palladium Riviera Resort & Spa!

Located only 20 minutes from Playa del Carmen and 7 minutes from the village of Akumal. It shares facilities with the Grand Palladium White Sand Resort & Spa, the Grand Palladium Colonial Resort & Spa and the Grand Palladium Kantenah Resort & Spa, except for the VIP area “The Royal Suites”.

Living up to its location’s name, the Grand Palladium Riviera Resort & Spa is located in one of the most touristic areas in the Mexican Caribbean: the Mayan Riviera. Built on a beachfront estate of over 1.220.000 m2, this Resort offers amazing views of the Caribbean Sea along an 800 meter long beach of fine, white sands. It’s important to point out that the Resort was constructed respecting the flora and fauna of the area, with all buildings blending into the surroundings. The design is an example of how the most modern and luxurious facilities can be built in perfect harmony with the natural environment of the area.

4-star all-inclusive resort with 9 outdoor swimming pools in Kantenah (Akumal - Kantenah)

Yal-ku Lagoon nearby

This all-inclusive resort is located in Kantenah (Akumal - Kantenah), close to Yal-ku Lagoon and Half Moon Bay. Area attractions also include Xpu-ha Beach and Akumal Beach.


Onsite meals and beverages are included in the room rate at Grand Palladium Riviera Resort & Spa. Amenities include a private beach and a full-service spa.

Balconies, beach views

Guestrooms open to furnished balconies with beach, sea or garden views and feature plasma televisions with cable channels and air conditioning.


Franklyn D. Resort & Spa All-Inclusive

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261 family reviews
Families will love:

94%families recommend

  • Kids' club with craft center, computer games, toddlers' play room, kiddies disco and more
  • Personal vacation nanny for your family, included in room rate
  • All-suite accommodation with kitchenettes

Club Med Punta Cana

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  • New waterfront Family Suites
  • Beautiful beach, water sports abound
  • Warm and welcoming staff
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About Club Med Punta Cana

Pioneers in catering specifically to the needs of families with children, the folks at Club Med were kid-friendly long before being kid-friendly was cool. The GOs ("gracious organizers") who play host to Club Med guests are genuinely that, welcoming and warm. So when their Punta Cana resort recently underwent a $36 million renovation, which included adding some very impressive and high-end waterfront family suites to the property, my 6-year-old son and I decided to head down for a few days to check it out. We weren't disappointed. Located on the Atlantic coast of the Domincan Republic, on a private stretch of white beach just 10 minutes from the Punta Cana airport, the resort is ideal for folks who don't want to venture too far afield; but are looking for a peaceful, tropical respite.