With March Break fast approaching and travel restrictions easing, many families are looking to trade snow and ice for sand and sun. If you want to stay at a kid-friendly resort that’s also sustainable, look no further than the Iberostar Selection Cancun in Mexico. Their commitment to the earth with Wave of Change sets the standard for what it means to be eco-friendly and protect the oceans. From healthy vegan food options, eliminating all single-use plastics, supporting local initiatives and helping sea creatures, you can stay at Iberostar knowing you and your family will leave smaller footprints behind when of this trip. Younger children can learn to care for the planet and create their own works of art at the innovative on-site kids camp. For families traveling with children over the age of ten, there are spa services aimed directly at them and the opportunity to learn to scuba dive. Iberostar Selection Cancun, an all-inclusive resort, is located along the popular and beautiful beachfront Hotel Zone of Delfines Beach, next to a lagoon and a short drive from the airport. With stunning views of the turquoise Caribbean Sea and long stretches of white sand in both directions, this is the perfect location for your next family vacation.
Mexico remains open to travelers and you do not need to provide a negative Covid test or quarantine upon arrival, although you should complete health questionnaires and follow resort rules to keep everyone safe.
Star Camp is Iberostar’s exciting children’s activity program for children aged 4 to 12 and divided into two sections: monkeys for 4 to 7 years old and dolphins for 8 to 12 years old. Children can learn to cook, record a short film, take part in a recycling workshop and appreciate what it means to take care of the planet in a vegetable garden. Located just steps from the main lobby, Star Camp is educational and fun and a chance for children to learn Spanish from smiling staff members. There are Mexican games, scavenger hunts, arts and crafts, and opportunities to learn about Wave of Change and how kids can make a difference for the earth, like reducing their use of plastic with water bottle filling stations throughout the resort. Children can also learn about coral reefs and the role they play in the world and mingle with other children from different countries.
Toddlers will love all things Aqua Fun. Whether they choose to fly down the pirate ship slides, race around the paddling pool, swim in the pool all to themselves, or even under a makeshift shark, it’s designed for endless fun. There are mini versions of lounge chairs for adults so kids can get up and relax just like their parents. The resort has direct access to the beach, so once everyone is done with the pool, get your gear ready and walk a few minutes to the shore where the whole family can relax under a beach hut made out of coconut leaves. .
Scuba diving lessons
Older kids looking for water adventures can take a free mini scuba lesson right in the resort pool. It was my son’s first time trying out gear and the Dressel Divers instructor explained how everything worked and taught him how to swim underwater and how to breathe properly. The dive center is staffed by international certified instructors and offers chargeable off-site dive excursions after participating in a more intense dive lesson. Although we didn’t make it on this trip, we hope to return one day and join a snorkeling tour in the coral reefs of Cozumel and swim among turtles and colorful fish.
It’s not easy being a kid these days and after closings and school closures, they deserve a day of spa treatments too. Children aged ten and above can visit the modern spa and wellness center when accompanied by their parents and experience ultimate relaxation and rejuvenation. Children can choose between a facial that uses natural and hypoallergenic products, a vanilla and strawberry body wrap or a teen massage. While my son was getting a massage, I snuck in for my own luxury treatment and felt the worries of hectic city life melt away. Adults can choose from a more diverse spa menu that includes hydrotherapy treatments, chocolate scrubs, and hot stone massages that work on the chakras to rebuild the body’s self-healing properties. When we reunited after our spa treatments, we were totally refreshed and topped it all off with a cold lemonade at the Starcafé.
Daily activities and events
There is always something going on at Iberostar and no customer will ever be bored. The Star Friends team schedules daily activities for families such as sports tournaments, bingo, Zumba classes and unique workshops such as cake decorating. When the sun goes down, the entertainment team puts on energetic musical performances, dancing, theater and magic shows. In addition to kid-centric activities, there are themed events in the evenings where everyone comes together to have a good time. We loved the Mexican Fiesta night with live music by the pool and a chance to chat with other guests from around the world. Locals set up kiosks selling art, jewelry, wood carvings and an artist was making beautiful glass ornaments with fire. Fiesta night is a wonderful opportunity to purchase gifts and souvenirs from the artists themselves. We left with several treasures to remember our trip to Cancun long after our tan had faded and the last bits of sand had washed off our clothes.