Spring Break 2016
Wow, it’s been two years since we spent Spring Break at Azul Beach Resort. This was our first trip as Exotic Traveler Members and we brought another family of friends. We have since been to the partner property Nickelodeon Punta Cana which I reviewed in a previous post. Both were great family vacations however if I were choosing between the two, I would go back to Azul Beach Resort in Riviera Maya. Let me tell you why this is our #1 pick for a family vacation.
The Karisma brand of resorts makes an effort to create the perfect mix of adult luxury amenities and accommodations for kids. Azul Beach Resort is the essence of this theme. Crystal clear blue water, an easy to navigate layout and amenities galore. How could you not have a great vacay? At the time of our visit, Misha was 2 years old, Giana was 5 and our friends brought a 4-year-old. All three girls had the time of their lives.
Kid’s Amenities and Character Experiences
What this brand of resorts does well makes it easy for parents to travel light. They provide around the clock entertainment for kids. Moms and dads can sit back on the beach with a novel while their kids soak up the sun, dig in the sand and splash in the kid’s pool. This resort is not as spread out as some resorts that we have stayed at. They provide strollers for your use, pack and plays, highchairs and even baby monitors.
We opted for swim-up suites a couple doors down from our friends and the girls spent a lot of time swimming back and forth from our pools which were right next to the Chil restaurant. When Misha napped we could crack the patio door and still have water play for the older kids. The wait staff circled around and brought us piña coladas/strawberry daiquiris to our personal lagoon. How Laufty!
Characters can be found easily throughout the day and give performances at night. Unlike Disney World, you don’t have to walk miles to find them or wait in long lines. Giving your kids the character experience without the exhaustion. If you are doing Disney see my post on how to save your wallet while your there.
Gourmet All Inclusive!
People’s biggest complaints when it comes to all-inclusive traveling is bad food. The idea of serving food in bulk on buffets and cutting corners. I will say, there is more waste that happens when everything is included. Travelers feel a bit more comfortable ordering more food than they need, sipping on a drink and letting the ice water it down and then walking away. You don’t have to force your kid to finish every meal because you’re not paying a la carte or tipping the server. The food at Azul was above average and actually quite impressive!
The kids loved the Scoops Ice Cream Shop for an afternoon cool down or after dinner treat. Not being a sushi fanatic, we don’t know all the tasty rolls to order. The sushi river at Tainan, had a rotating table with different rolls you could grab and try. Also note worthy the chicken wings at Blue and the wraps at Chil. We were hired a nanny one evening to take the kids to dinner and the nightly show. During that time we dined with our friends on a double date. The Nanny rate was $20 an hour, split between two couples, a steal for a date night in the Caribbean. Here is a break down of our impressions, we always give you the extraordinary and the unfortunate aspects of our visit.
Travel Tip: If your willing to purchase upgraded wine bottles you can ask for a private dining room.
Azul Beach Resort review wrap up!
Mexico is having a rough patch of bad news. Violence and tainted alcohol recently hit headlines which created apprehension for travelers. I am hoping they find a resolution to those issues because our last two vacations to Mexico were outstanding. If you are traveling to Mexico in the current climate please read the Mexico Travel Advisory.
Reclining on a beach chair and watching my husband and kids play in the ocean puts me in a warm dream state. Azul Riveria Maya has great food, strong drinks and accommodations for children of all ages.