by Amanda Norcross
You don’t have to stay at an all-inclusive resort in Cancun. The popular vacation destination offers a wonderful selection of vacation rentals, as well as traditional beach resorts with a la carte activities and restaurants. If you’re looking for a non-all-inclusive experience in Cancun, the Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach is our pick.
The undeniably luxurious family resort features a beautiful, intimate beach, with calm waves that are perfect for young children. It also offers one the best kids’ clubs we’ve ever encountered, with age-specific activities and even a water park! Stunning pools, delicious restaurants, deluxe suites and a world-class spa (re: hydrotherapy ritual) make it one of our favorites, too. Another perk? You can hop a ferry to Isla Mujeres right from the resort!
Fun Fact: Jordin Sparks babymooned at this resort in 2018!
Our Editor Loves
- Luxury family resort
- Easy access to Isla Mujeres
- Gem Spa for parents
- Water Parks
- Water Sports
- Children Programs
- Connecting Rooms
- Family Room 5+
- Free Wi-Fi
- Meal Plan
- Onsite Dining
Rooms & Rates
The Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach is an all-suite resort, with 602 suites available. All suites have balconies and ocean views. Suites come in four variations:
Junior Suites span 560 square feet. They offer one king or two double beds, with oceanview or oceanfront vistas.
Master suites are 860 square feet in size and equipped with one king bed and a Jacuzzi tub. These rooms are best for solo travelers or couples; some of them connect to other suites to easily accommodate large or multigenerational families wanting to be together.
Upgrade to the Grand Club for access to the VIP Penthouse Lounge. There, you'll find complimentary snacks and premium beverages all day. Grand Club rooms are available in Junior Suites or Master Suites and feature the resort's best views.
The resort's two Presidential Suites span 5,140 square feet! They can sleep four guests, as there is one master bedroom with a king bed (and Jacuzzi tub) and another bedroom with two twin beds. Presidential Suites also feature full kitchens, dining rooms and living rooms.
Connecting rooms, cribs, and rollaway beds are available.
This was our third trip to Cancun, and while we’ve enjoyed them all, each trip has been better than the one before. This time we stayed at the Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach, and WOW! It was luxurious. The rooms are all suites and they really go out of their way to make guests feel special. We treated ourselves to the “U” Club which granted us entry to the VIP area on the beach with cushioned chairs, cabanas, upgraded liquor, hydrotherapy, and spa discounts. We loved our beach time. But we also loved the pools. I’m always a bit worried when booking these trips that we’ll be fighting for a chair like on a cruise ship but it’s not like that at all. There’s plenty of chairs and plenty of space in the pools. You never feel crowded. We loved the boxes to keep our things in, just a nice extra touch. Our favorite meal was breakfast because we loved the restaurant, the view, the servers, and the great buffet selections. But we also loved the outdoor restaurant for dinner. Sitting in the elegance they’ve built right on the beach with the perfect breeze...it was so hard to leave at the end of our stay. We’ve decided this will be our new spring break tradition, and we’ve already talked other teachers into making it an annual trip. Can’t wait to return next year!
by Teresa S
We loved our 8 night stay at the Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun. The hotel and staff are amazing. We were upgraded to the Presidential Suite. Our family had the most wonderful time. Onsite food is great too! No need to leave the hotel! Highly recommended!
The beach is very private; you won't find pesky vendors here. Another feature we love about it? The waves are calm -- perfect for families with young children. Loungers and umbrellas are available.
The resort's pools interconnect to weave throughout the back of the property. Kids will love floating underneath the bridges and walkways. Bring your own (flamingo-shaped) float or purchase one at the resort.
Coral Kidz Club
Coral Beach's kids' club is one of the best kids' clubs we've ever encountered -- seriously. Designed for children between 3 and 12, Coral Kidz Club offers age-centric activities, from a make-believe grocery store for toddlers to costumes and a performance stage for tween superstars. All kids will love the dinosaur-themed land, where they can dig for "fossils" outside, as well as the water park.
Coral Kidz Club also offers organized activities, such as cooking classes and night camps. Note that many of these require a reservation in advance.
Bonus: Families are given four complimentary passes to Coral Kidz Club (one morning, one afternoon, one all-day, and one night session); a fee applies for any visits after that.
Note: All children must be potty trained to attend the kids' club.
The hotel provides kayaks, paddleboards and other non-motorized equipment to enjoy on the water. Use of the equipment is included in the daily resort fee (see Planning & Tips).
You can literally see Isla Mujeres from the resort. Better yet, you can visit by hopping on a ferry from the resort's marina! Spend the day exploring this unique island with a real sense of Mexican culture before returning to Coral Beach at sunset.
The resort features several a la carte restaurants. Bonus: Children ages 12 and under eat free at all of the the restaurants, with kids' menus or kid-friendly entrees and highchairs available.
Vina Del Mar
The breakfast and brunch buffet at Vina Del Mar is not to be missed! The decadent spread includes all of your favorites -- from made-to-order omeletes and pancakes to fluffy pastries and fresh fruit -- plus local delicacies. It's open 6:30 a.m. to noon daily, with both indoor and outdoor seating available.
Coral Cafe resembles a French bistro, with light fare for lunch and dinner. You can also grab a coffee and pastry to go. It's open 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. Indoor seating only.
Enjoy your meal with a view at Isla Contoy. The restaurant overlooks the teal-blue ocean and serves lunch (11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and dinner (6:30 to 11) daily. Seafood and Mexican dishes are the specialties.
La Joya is ideal for a date night, but is equally family-friendly. The dim-lit restaurant serves authentic and delicious Mexican fare for dinner. The highlight? Live Mariachi music! It's open 6:30 to 11 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday.
Room service is available 24/7.
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
The resort fee is $25 per day. It covers access to and amenities at the gym, pool, and beach, including towel service, fruit kabobs and ice cream. It also covers all organized activities, such as live entertainment and morning yoga classes (twice weekly); use of non-motorized water sports; and in-room amenities.
The resort's fitness center provides all the necessities for your vacation workouts. Bottled water, fresh fruit and chilled towels are available.
The hotel provides baby amenities such as sterilizers, highchairs, and baby beach chairs.
Babysitting services are available via a third-party vendor.
The Best Time to Visit
You'll find the hotel's lowest rates mid-May through mid-December. The crowds pick up around the winter holidays, when families like to trade the cold temps for warm days by the beach.
The hotel provides shuttle service via a local transportation company; the cost is approximately $70 (USD) for up to four passengers, one way. Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Resort is about 20 minutes from Cancun International Airport. If you decide to rent a car and bring it to the resort, parking is complimentary.
Many resort guests cross the street to explore local attractions and restaurants. The resort's 24-hour concierge can also help you arrange excursions to popular attractions such as Xcaret. And you can easily hop a ferry to Isla Mujeres right from the resort for a cultural experience on the tiny, beautiful island.
Do not miss Gem Spa. We repeat, DO NOT MISS GEM SPA! The spa is widely known for its Hydrotherapy Ritual, a 10-step treatment that includes a steam room, sauna, mineral soak and more. All of that takes place before you get to your massage, facial, or scrub.
Le Basilic is an AAA Five Diamond restaurant -- one of very few restaurants in Mexico with that distinction. It serves French-Mediterranean fare from 6:30 to 11 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Kids are welcome, but if you ask us, this one calls for a babysitter.