Working Woman Magazine: Top resorts
If the words "all-inclusive" have a nice ring… Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya, Mexico
Champagne and lime smoothies welcome you and the kids as you arrive at this palm-tree-kissed all-inclusive on Mexico's western shore. A quick trip from Cancún International Airport, Azul Fives boasts 360 one- to three-bedroom luxury suites with oversize balconies or terraces, as well as a buffet of daily activities. Get your mojo working with Spanish and salsa dance lessons; go wet and wild on the beach with games and water sports like kayaking, paddleboating and snorkeling; and channel your inner chef with cooking classes—including pizza and burrito making for kids. The resort also features three pools, a tennis court, table games and aqua aerobics. Award-winning cuisine includes Mexican, Italian and Asian, fresh catch and paella (served on the beach), and on-site eateries include the family-oriented Flavours, which overlooks the jungle, and Tsuki, where you and your sweetie can enjoy an intimate beach view from indoors while enjoying sushi. After dinner, there's entertainment and music for all at Zky nightclub. Ready to venture off-site? Explore the charming Playa del Carmen, then dip into the ancient culture of Mayan temple ruins, snorkel among exotic fish and coral, zipline through the jungle—even ride a camel on the beach!
Essentials for kids
Azulitos Playhouse, with Fisher-Price toys and play programs (ages 6 months-5 years) and My Gym's Fitness Center (ages 4-12), plus arts and crafts, cooking and water fun.
Vassa Spa, offering an array of treatments, hydrotherapy, fitness center and yoga classes by the sea; massage lessons on the beach; babysitting available.