A stay in an overwater bungalow/water villa in Mexico might sound like something only for couples - the ultimate romantic getaway, but this is not always the case.
They can also be an incredibly memorable experience for children, and many resorts will have child minding services, kid's clubs and even educational programs (mainly about marine life, the environment etc.) for children. Check on the booking page for each resort for all the fine details.
So then, for an alternative vacation experience for your family, here are our choices for the best family friendly/child friendly overwater bungalow resorts in Mexico in 2021!
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Overwater Bungalows in Mexico - An Overview
Mexico has long been a hugely popular tourist destination with many top class resorts especially around Cancun and the Mayan Riviera.
It only has two resorts with overwater bungalows/water villas though - Palafitos El Dorado and Rosewood Mayakoba. This is certainly not from lack of demand, just the lack of suitable - very calm shallow, sheltered bay or lagoon like - venues.
So not a lot to choose from and strangely enough both overwater bungalow resorts are just a couple of miles away from each other in the upmarket resort town of Playa del Carmen. Both are also really fabulous 5 Star resorts and thus very suitable venues for Mexico's only overwater bungalows.
It is very hard to judge which resort might be better for you in general but, in terms of the overwater bungalows, for us the Palafitos overwater bungalows are superior.
They were the first ones to be built in Mexico and though Rosewood's bungalows are sleek, classy and luxurious for us they stray too much away from the classic Pacific style and so lack much of the associated romantic, rustic charm.
They also line up alongside the edge of the lagoon, whereas the Palafitos overwater bungalows are more out in the open sea giving you more of that nice floating on the water feeling.
Finally the Palafitos', but not the Rosewood's, have glass floors to allow you to peek at the sea life below - a popular element of the overwater bungalow experience.
Palafitos El Dorado is all inclusive and the entire resort is adults only. Rosewood Mayakoba is a family friendly resort but the overwater bungalows are strictly adults only.
Check out the reviews below plus plenty of photos, booking information etc. - all you need to know.