We have kids almost same age. We’ve been to the Riveria Maya in MX twice and just Mrs. VdP and me once to Punta Cana. We are now just 22 days away from 7 nights at the Majestic.
A few personal observations if you’ll allow me:
-Mexico is better if you are heavy into snorkeling, scuba and exploring off the resort.
-if you are more interested in full time beach and pool each day, lounging, eating and drinking and just having fun with the sand and salt water, then Punta Cana is the place
-I beleive that regardless of the resort, ‘kids clubs’ are a big hit with kids ages 3-8 or so. older than that and they’ll be bored. Therefore for pre-teen and teen age girls/boys I beleive that its best to be proactive on your own and seek out and find similar aged kids on the first day you’re there and make your own ‘kids club’.
-food…all these joints are alike…fair to average food- set expectations low and you’re be pleased
-if you’re a boozer- stick with the Presidente and drink Brugal straight as a chaser…I stay away from the foo foo drinks…Presidente and Brugal…and I know exactly what I’m getting.
And you may want to get a bottle or two to suck on in the room while the wife and kids are showering and getting ready for dinner. (i think of everything don’t I?)
- bring stuff for the kids on the beach- kites, frisbee’s, paddle and ball games etc., floaties too (we get the cheap ones and leave them behind when its time to go home)
If I think of more I’ll add to it. Please ask more questions if needed. Good Luck