Fun for the Whole Family: 10 Best Kid-Friendly Hotels in Los Cabos

Cabo San Lucas may be best known for its romantic luxury resorts, but the Los Cabos area also boasts many family-friendly lodging options, including hotels that offer everything from toddler supplies and baby-sitting and nanny services to specialty menus and supervised kids clubs.

Hilton Los Cabos is home to the area's most impressive array of child-related services and amenities, showcasing fun and informative activities like ice cream parties and socials, movies under the stars, cake and cookie decoration, and interactive Spanish lessons through their Cabo Kids program. Yoga classes and spa services are also available to kids, as are Mother/Daughter and Father/Son spa treatment packages.

Dreams Los Cabos also offers outstanding children's programs and services, particularly through their onsite Explorer's Club. The club is open daily from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. for kids ages 3 to 12, and features arts and crafts, treasure hunts, and other fun activities based on science, nature and exploration. Dreams even offers special dinners when Mom and Dad need a little vacation time to themselves.

In Cabo San Lucas, Solmar properties like Playa Grande and Ridge Luxury Villas are great options for visiting families. Ridge amenities like mini-golf and a twist water slide will appeal to the younger set, while Playa Grande's kids club offers pool games, beach volleyball, dance lessons and other stimulating activities.



Ridge Luxury Villas are perched cliffside above Playa Grande, and feature stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, Cabo San Lucas Marina, Bahía San Lucas and the entire downtown area. The décor is Mexican, and one may choose between one-bedroom Master Villas, two-bedroom Luxury Villas, and three-bedroom Presidential Ultra Luxury Villas. All villas feature kitchen and living areas. Amenities include Infinity pools and a water slide, fitness and spa services, a tennis court, a jacuzzi, and personal concierge service. The Ridge Restaurant has terrific food, and specializes in Mediterranean cuisine and fresh local seafood. The mini-golf course will appeal to the kids, and separate kids' pool area with a twisty water slide is also a popular play option. Additional activities for the younger set are available through the Playa Grande kids club.



This expansive Médano Beach based all-inclusive resort boasts a whopping 642 guest rooms. Lodging options include doubles, suites, and jacuzzi suites, with virtually all of their accommodations featuring superb views of the Sea of Cortés. Resort amenities are likewise voluminous, with six swimming pools, excellent gym and sauna facilities, and a spa offering massages, treatments and beauty salon services. There are also six themed onsite restaurants and lounges. All-inclusive plans include all meals and snacks, 24 hour room service, and poolside drink service. The RiuLand Kids Club offers young ones access to a playground, children's pool, and other supervised activities.



All-inclusive packages are available at this spacious 460-room resort on Médano Beach in Cabo San Lucas. The property's pampering amenities include two restaurants, onsite shops that include an art gallery, market and pharmacy, and 10,000 square feet of state-of-the-art spa and fitness facilities. In addition to its expansive swimming pools, the resort offers easy access to safe swimming and waters sports from the city's most popular beach. Horseback riding and scooter rentals may also be arranged through the concierge. Kids activities are offered 9 a.m. - 8 p.m., Sunday through Friday, with special kids' night programs available on Tuesdays and Thursdays.



Set on the shores of Playa Solmar on the Pacific Ocean side of Cabo San Lucas, guests at Playa Grande enter through a beautiful domed lobby, before proceeding to one of 260 artfully decorated suites. Pool and spa services are very good, and the staff here is both helpful and friendly. There are a number of excellent onsite dining choices, including the restaurants Brigantine and Calima. A kids club for children ages 5 to 12 is open daily, and offers pool games, beach volleyball, dance lessons, cooking demonstrations, Spanish lessons and more. Playa Grande is under the Solmar umbrella, a resort and restaurant group with a long-standing reputation for quality in San Lucas.



The luxurious Médano Beach-based resort Casa Dorada combines magnificent Sea of Cortés views with richly appointed suites and penthouses featuring marble bath appointments, private terraces, chic interior design and upscale amenities such as plasma screen televisions and wireless internet service. The onsite Saltwater Spa is of first-class quality, as is the restaurant Twelve Tribes, one of only two restaurants in México mentioned in Centurion's members only publication Black Ink. The spa focuses on revitalizing body and wellness treatments utilizing the curative powers of the mineral rich waters of the Sea of Cortés. Painting workshops and dominoes tournaments headline the kid-friendly activities list, and the resort also boasts child-sized chaise lounges for sunning by the pool.



Las Ventanas Al Paraíso means the windows to paradise, and this Rosewood managed seaside resort delivers the expected spectacular views, as well as luxurious accommodations showcasing exquisite attention to detail. There are well over a dozen varieties of suites available, from Garden View Junior to Presidential, with special touches that include lovely terra cotta fireplaces. Baja Mediterranean-style cuisine is the focus of The Restaurant, the simply named signature onsite restaurant. Spa features include elemental therapies derived from earth, air, fire and water. The Rose Buds program offers special activities, services, menus and amenities for kids. Culinary, tequila and tennis lessons headline the activities options for adults. World-class golf is available at the nearby Cabo Real course.



The 270 guest rooms at tourist corridor standout Sheraton Hacienda del Mar showcase old world Mexican charm and décor, as well as gorgeous views of the Sea of Cortés. Onsite dining highlights include Pacific Rim fusion cuisine at Pitahayas, steak and seafood at De Cortez Grill and Restaurant, and traditional Mexican fare at Girasoles de la Hacienda. Weddings and cocktail parties may be arranged beachside, and a number of excellent meeting services are available, including high speed internet access in all meeting rooms. There is also a complete range of children's programs and babysitting services, with kid-friendly activities supervised by their bilingual staff.



One&Only Palmilla is regularly rated by travel magazines as the best resort in México, and deservedly so. The resort has been around since the 1950s - it was founded by pioneering Los Cabos developer Rod Rodriguez - and has remained the area's benchmark property since receiving the One & Only imprimatur in 2004. In addition to its excellent accommodations and amenities - private butlers are standard - the resort hosts two world-class restaurants: Agua by Larbi from acclaimed chef Larbi Dahrouch, and the newly minted steakhouse SEAR from celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Recent upgrades and renovations following Hurricane Odile include an all-new 22,000 square foot spa and fitness facility, with The OBO Salon from Beverly Hills stylists Jonathan Antin and Amanda George, Barber&Blade for men, and manis and pedis in a studio designed by famed French podiatrist Bastien Gonzalez. The KidsOnly Club offers a range of entertainment and activities for kids ages 4 to 11. Babysitting and nanny services are also available.



A romantic getaway of the first order, Dreams offers an array of amenity laden suites, as well as three large pools, a jacuzzi, five onsite restaurants and four lounges. The suites are elegantly appointed, with terrace views. Restaurant highlights include steaks at Seaside Grill, seafood at Oceana, Italians cuisine at Portofino and Asian offerings at Himitsu. There is also a Just the Two of You option, with a table set up beachside for a romantic candle light dinner. The spa offers whirlpools, saunas and steam baths, as well as several varieties of massages, and beauty treatments like manicures and pedicures. Kids can enjoy activities from the Explorer's Club, while Preferred Club members have access to special privileges, including spectacular ocean views, a private lounge and other exclusive amenities. NOTE: Dreams is currently undergoing repairs and renovations following damages caused by Hurricane Odile. It is expected to reopen October 1, 2015.



Hilton's large and well-appointed Los Cabos resort has 375 lushly-appointed rooms situated on the Sea of Cortés, as well as private beach access and a host of high-end amenities, including tennis courts and spa and fitness facilities. The resort received a massive makeover following Hurricane Odile, and now offers a swim-up bar called Mio, a subzero tequila and mezcal bar called Azul, and a beach bar called Onda. Dining options include the restaurants El Meson and Madero Bar and Grill. The Spa Oasis continues to provide a full menu of treatments, massages and beauty services, including services for children. Hilton's onsite kids club, Cabo Kids Camp, offers an array of fun activities for children ages 4 to 12, ranging from movie nights under the stars to cake and cookie decoration and Spanish language classes. La Vista Club, a new hotel-within-a-hotel concept with 65 rooms and suites, is scheduled to open later this year.


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