location: mountains standard: upscale style: traditional
city/region: San Ignacio accommodation category: resort
cb! age rating: baby ready, school age action, cool for teens
Chaa Creek is located in a private nature reserve and offers cottages, suites and tents. We stayed in a cottage and a tent and the kids loved the tent!
There are wonderful services and activities including horseback riding, canoeing, a butterfly farm, day trips to ruins, miles of trails for hiking and birding and a swimming pool. The meals were filling and delicious.
|location: countryside standard: simple style: old world|
cb! age rating: baby ready, cool for teens
Lamanai offers small cabanas with thatched roofs in a jungle setting. Cabanas have ceiling fans, indoor plumbing and double beds on wooden frames with very comfortable mattresses. Lighted pathways lead to the open air dining room where all meals are communal but not family style.
The property has lush vegetation, and paths that lead into the jungle where you can see and hear howler monkeys, beautiful birds and wonderful Mayan ruins. It is very civilized but kids can still swing on vines and feel like Tarzan! You are also allowed to climb some of the ruins which was great for all. The views were beautiful.
Lamanai is rustic but upscale for anyone who wants a "jungle experience".
|location: countryside standard: upscale style: traditional|
cb! age rating: toddler fun, school age action, cool for teens
Mystic River Resort is located 7 miles from San Ignacio and Santa Elena and is one of the best places to do absolutely everything or absolutely nothing. The service is bar none, one of the best I've ever encountered. We spent 4 nights there recently with our three school-aged children who range between 9 and 14 years. The crew at Mystic River did everything possible to make our children feel welcome. From the private tour the first evening with Tom to the special meals and great child friendly guides, we felt spoilt the whole time! They are currently building two bedroom accommodations. The single only drawback was that we were all in one large single room, but honestly, we were so exhausted most nights, going to bed with the kids was easy.
|location: seaside standard: upscale style: traditional|
cb! age rating: baby ready, toddler fun, school age action, cool for teens
The Roberts Grove is one of those properties that is kid-friendly, but caters to grown-ups too. Every age is happy at the nice beach and pools where kids can be kids. The beach is shallow with small waves and beach toys. We like the 2-bedroom units with kitchens and hammocks for families; located close to the beach, they have roof-top hot tubs and wonderful views. The staff is accommodating and focused on making sure kids feel welcome and have fun at the property. The restaurant is laid-back and has indoor and outdoor sections so kids can easily come and go.