What’s the secret of a successful family get-together? According to Caribtours it’s down to expert planning, a great location and the magic mix of something for everyone, all in one place.

If that sounds like a tall order, or close to impossible, you’ll be pleased to know that Caribtours has been achieving the seemingly impossible for four decades. In fact this year is their 40th birthday, but instead of popping corks and having a party, they’re celebrating by creating even more heavenly holidays for families of all shapes and sizes in most of the world’s loveliest places.

As always, their luxury resorts are handpicked and personally tried and tested by award-winning travel experts. Practical details like UK airport lounge passes and private transfers are included in every holiday. The support of a personal travel adviser along with Caribtours’ complete concierge service also comes as standard. And anything else you need (or want) from hiring private nannies to chartering a private yacht, Caribtours can do, you only have to ask.

So if this is the year to plan a big (or bigger than usual) family holiday, here’s where Caribtours highly recommend for all-round excellence whether you’re travelling with active kids, tricky teens, golfers, escapists, adventurers, toddlers, babies, grandparents or all of the above.

1/5 Grand Velas Riviera Maya, Mexico

Few all-inclusive resorts get rave food reviews, but Grand Velas is the exception and actually described as, ‘perfect for foodies’, by Caribtours. If gourmet greatness is nudged down your list of priorities by other practicalities, you’ll be pleased to know Grand Velas also has a thoughtful ‘baby concierge’ service to provide essentials for littler guests. Its kids clubs are superb and open late, every night. And the resort’s designed across three separate areas, two of which are devoted to giving families heaps of space as close as possible to activities, Caribbean beaches, relaxed family pools and all those raved about restaurants.

A luxury resort for kids of all ages

  • Spacious family suites with terraces or balconies, views and private plunge pools.
  • Range of two bedroom and interconnecting suites for larger or multi-gen family groups.
  • The Ambassador Experience is the family-friendly resort zone close to kids clubs and perfect for younger kids.
  • The Zen Experience is super-chilled and sits on the edge of the resort’s lush, jungle-y grounds: great for older kids and teens.
  • Three all-day restaurants, six bars and five fine dining restaurants give Grand Velas its foodie heaven reputation.
  • Fully supervised Grand Velas Kids Club for four to 12 year olds is open from 9am until 11pm.
  • Supervised Teen Club will satisfy independent 13 to 18 year olds and it’s open from 11am until 11pm.
  • Parents with time-off can try holistic soothing at award winning Se Spa by Grand Velas.


Grand Velas’ family activities

  • Pioneering and fabulous Xcaret theme park is 20 minutes from Grand Velas.
  • The amazing beachfront Mayan ruins at Tulum are only an hour’s drive west.
  • Spend a day exploring the legendary Chichén-Itzà pyramids a couple of hours’ drive inland.
  • Try anything from snorkelling and SUP to scuba on nearby Playa del Carmen.
  • Older kids will adore swimming the Rio Secreto caves – another Grand Velas’ neighbour. 
  • Families can join a guided ecological tour around the property to discover the cenotes, as well as mini golf, cookery classes and cinema on the beach

Save up to 44%, enjoy free kids places and receive spa credit worth US$50, when you book a family holiday at Grand Velas Riviera Maya with Caribtours.