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World's Best Family Hotels and Cruises

On deck on one of Disney Cruise Line's Ships.

Photo: Buff Strickland

Mexico

1. Esperanza, an Auberge Resort, Los Cabos

Score: 94.44
On the Sea of Cortés, a luxe Cabo compound (kids are allowed in villas only) with an expanded spa. Doubles from $675.

2. Barceló Maya Beach, Riviera Maya

Score: 89.41
Five hotels on a white-sand beach, plus more than 37,000 square feet of pools and water-park features. Doubles from $314, all-inclusive.

3. Ritz-Carlton, Cancún

Score: 89.38
Refined Atlantic-facing rooms, and all-inclusive meals and snacks for the 12-and-under set for just $39 a day. Doubles from $469.

4. Four Seasons Hotel México, Mexico City

Score: 89.33
Central location and the city’s largest standard rooms; borrow a retro urban cruiser bike by Paul Frank. Doubles from $415.

5. Meliá Cabo Real All-Inclusive Beach & Golf Resort, Los Cabos

Score: 88.57
For clans looking to laze around a lagoon-like pool but who still want some on-site action (a rock-climbing wall and a zipline across a white-sand beach). Doubles from $400, all-inclusive.

Central + South America

1. Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, Peru

Score: 91.25
The only hotel adjacent to the ruins, with guided treks to hot springs and hidden jungle temples. Doubles from $1,022.

1. Palacio Duhau – Park Hyatt, Buenos Aires

Score: 91.25
A 1930’s-era palace evoking a bygone Buenos Aires, from chandeliers in guest rooms to tango lessons in a boiserie-paneled salon. Doubles from $505.

3. Llao Llao Hotel & Resort, Golf-Spa, Bariloche, Argentina

Score: 90.44
Classic lodge in the midst of mountains and lakes in Patagonia’s Nahuel Huapi National Park. Doubles from $396, including breakfast and some activities.

4. Los Sueños Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort, Playa Herradura, Costa Rica

Score: 90.35
Central America’s largest pool and a kids’ club with a 10-hour itinerary that includes water polo. Doubles from $289.

5. Paradisus Playa Conchal, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Score: 90.00
All-suite beach hideaway with a golf course on the northern Pacific coast. From $319 per person, all-inclusive.

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