As you step up into the lobby of Azul Beach Hotel, the clear blue water of the Caribbean is framed by rows of candles, white flowing fabric, and the scent of aromatherapy that makes you feel as though you've walked into a spa, not a hotel. That is, until you notice all the kids roaming around. This hotel isn't just kid-friendly; it really was designed with families in mind, particularly young families. Azul Beach is very charming and cozy, where you're assured friendly and personal service. If you're so inclined, can easily get to know the other families staying with you, most of whom will have children.
The hotel is located in the quiet town of Puerto Morelos, about 20 minutes from Cancun International airport, and about a half hour from Playa Del Carmen. The architecture is simple and modern, with white two-story buildings facing the sea, and the decor is similarly chic and understated.
Azul Beach is an all-inclusive hotel, though you'd never know it judging by the food. It's what they call a "Gourmet Inclusive" which means there are added amenities and dining options that you wouldn't expect to find at an all-inclusive resort, like a la carte menus in all of the restaurants, an all-lobster menu, an amazing fish fry on the beach, and 24-hour room service, all included. Another unique feature of Azul Beach is its size. While it offers the amenities you'd expect to find at a large resort, it's an intimate place, with a little bit over 90 rooms. The hotel completed a renovation in 2011.
Large private beach with quiet lounge areas
3 beautiful outdoor pools, plus a kiddy pool
Charming shaded oceanfront cabanas with hanging beds
Pristine rooms -- some with swim-up pool access
4 on-site restaurants, 2 full bars and a tequila lounge
Family-friendly, with a great kids' club
Very cute kids club
Beach butler brings around drinks and "gourmet bites" ; beach butler is for all room categories
All-inclusive plan can feel limiting when dining
Expensive compared with other area resorts
Internet for a fee
All-inclusive plan does not include certain higher-end wines