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For fam­i­lies where sport and ac­tiv­ity is at the core of a hol­i­day, there are few bet­ter lo­ca­tions than Club

Med’s Yu­catán resort, set on the Yu­catán Penin­sula fur­ther­most away from the less salu­bri­ous parts of Cancún.

As one of the first ho­tels built around Cancún in 1976, it oc­cu­pies a huge area, en­com­pass­ing a sprawl­ing pri­vate beach, a millpond-still la­goon for water­sports and an en­clave buf­feted by rocks that’s ideal for stand-up pad­dle board­ing. As with all Club Med prop­er­ties, water­sports ac­tiv­i­ties are cov­ered in the cost and in­clude tuition, which at all lev­els is first class. Qual­ity sports fa­cil­i­ties are found all over the ho­tel. Ten cham­pi­onship­grade ten­nis courts are busy from morn­ing un­til evening, a trapeze wire teaches kids cir­cus skills and snorkelling is avail­able on the world’s sec­ond-largest coral reef, which teems with beau­ti­ful ma­rine life with min­i­mal cur­rent.

Three restau­rants are on site: a good-qual­ity Mex­i­can serv­ing lo­cal spe­cial­i­ties, a truly ex­cel­lent steak­house and a buf­fet that serves fresh, glo­be­trot­ting dishes all through the day. For a bit of added lux­ury cou­ples should book into the Jade Club with its pri­vate pool, bar and fewer chil­dren. For fam­i­lies, the new Agua­ma­rina area of­fers huge, brightly coloured suites with di­rect ac­cess to the beach, where wind­surfers ma­raud the coast­line all day. With fa­cil­i­ties as ex­ten­sive as these, you won’t need to leave the resort. MS. Seven nights from £1,275 adults, £1,117 chil­dren (kids un­der six go free). 020 3811 1507,

This month, we prac­tice yoga and play golf ex­plore ma­rine life in Mex­ico’s Yu­catán and

Clock­wise from top: beach life; Las Cazue­las restau­rant; the penin­sula; a strik­ing sea view from one of its rooms; the Leela, on the Sal River; one of its 206 rooms and suites

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