The Tropical Travelers Travels the Yucatan
After a chilly winter, Jennifer Byrne and Kristy Hall of The Tropical Travelers decided their families needed a little beach time. So with family and friends they headed off to sunny Mexico!
Their 10-day vacation began as the entire group was whisked off to Beloved in Playa Mujeres by private, non-stop transfer. Beloved is a boutique family hotel consisting of 90 suites. On a lovely beach, this hotel caters to families who enjoy beautiful landscaping, an infinity pool, spacious accommodations and several dining options. Complete with kids club, this hotel works well for families with families of smaller children (kids club is for 4-12 year olds). We found the kids club to cater more towards the 4-8 year old set.
With several restaurants to choose from and room service, we enjoyed the dining options here. Service and staff were very friendly and quite helpful. The kids were happy the options available here. The Beachfront Casitas are lovely and offer a beautiful private pool on the patio.
From here we moved on to Generations Maroma in the Mayan Riviera. Here we found another boutique property geared towards multi-generational groups. The resort offers only 25 rooms and adjoins El Dorado Maroma, which is an adults-only property.
The accommodations at Generations Maroma are more than adequate in size. Most boast a full kitchen, living room, dining room and bedroom area. The hotel offers one pool and one restaurant. Keep this in mind, the hotel does have exchange privileges with El Dorado Maroma for adults which means that the adults can utilize the onsite kids club at Generations so they can dine and play at El Dorado Maroma.
El Dorado Generations Maroma sits on famed Maroma Beach, named one of the top 10 beaches in the world by Travel Channel. And rightly so, it is a gorgeous stretch of sand. Service is top notch at both resorts and due to their small sizes, the attention to detail is exceptional and very personalized. Should you need some popcorn for the kids for movie night, no problem. Would you like to order something not on the menu, the chef is more than happy to accommodate any dietary needs you may have.
During our stay at Generations, we did have the opportunity to try a number of different restaurant options at El Dorado Maroma. We had a most delicious and surprising dinner of surf and turf at Papitos, enjoyed a Caribbean buffet at the pool one evening while listening to a steel drum band, a lovely tapas meal at Sabores and private party in our suite catered by Mio Cuccina, which featured Italian specialties.
By far one of the most outstanding meals we’ve ever had (this was agreed on unanimously by the group) was had at Le Chique restaurant. This restaurant is featured at Azul Sensatori, a family property by Karisma Resorts. This restaurant far exceeded any culinary expectations we had. Watch for our next blog post which will describe our culinary experience in detail.
During our stay at Generations we also decided to partake in a spa treatment at the El Dorado Maroma Spa. Truly one of the best treatments I’ve ever had. A combination deep tissue and relaxation massage, it was just what the doctor ordered.
After many conversations about which excursion to choose with children in mind (5 and 6 year olds), we finally settled on Xel-ha. The kids are water babies through and through, so this seemed like the optimal choice for them. And a great choice it was. A natural waterpark offering snorkeling, tubing, swimming with dolphins and manatees, dining options, hiking, cliff diving, zip lining, rope swings and more, this will be a full day to enjoy and explore. The kids loved swimming and snorkeling, as well as having an afternoon siesta in a hammock. Definitely a must do for adults and kids.
Our 10 day Mexican Spring Break extravaganza was a success. The kids are already planning next years’ getaway. Hawaii? Turks and Caicos? St. Lucia? The Tropical Travelers are sure to head off towards the next great beach destinations.
Stay tuned for our blog post about Le Chique… our most outrageously amazing dinner experience yet!
Kristy Hall and Jennifer Byrne