Tested by Corinne McDermott & Family
When I tell people that I’m not really a fan of all-inclusives, occasionally one will ask if I’ve ever “done” a
Club Med. My answer was always an emphatic “No!” but as the founder of havebabywilltravel.com, an online guide for travel with babies and toddlers, I was curious to see how a resort chain with a reputation forÂ attracting swinging singles could cater to families as well. So when the opportunity arose, during a particularily harsh winter, to visit Club Med’s newly renovated Ixtapa Pacific family resort, about a 150 miles north of Acapulco my answer was an emphatic “Yes!”.
Why it’s family friendly
Down the road is Playa Linda — a lovely public beach with a small marketplace, as well as a pier from which to visit Isla Ixtapa, the small island facing you. Next to Playa Linda is the Cocodrilario, where lots of large crocodiles hang out in a protected reserve. Ixtapa seems like just a hotel strip, but Zihuatanejo just minutes away is a charming fishing village. We spent a lovely morning strolling around and absorbed the authentic Mexican charm, which has been slowly removed from the more touristy spots in Mexico. We negotiated with our cab driver to hang on to our car seat, and he picked us up at a designated spot and time. It’s a lot cheaper to take the public bus, but we liked knowing we wouldn’t be waiting at a bus stop with a tired toddler ready for her nap!
Approximately $9,200*, one week, including airfare, all-inclusive for a family of four. clubmed.ca
*at the time of writing