Fun Trip Idea: Mexico’s Riviera Maya

By Bekah Wright

During its development, the Azul Sensatori Hotel had a goal for its future – family togetherness. Indeed, the resort’s devotion to families is evidenced not only by a section of family-specific accommodations, but numerous programs for guests of all ages. The result – full-fledged fun.


Celebrating its first anniversary this October, Azul Sensatori recently became a fixture on Mexico’s Riviera Maya for family getaways. The Gourmet Inclusive® property provides guests with perks like beach butlers, concierge services and gourmet cuisine. Special treatment abounds with soap and aromatherapy choices being proffered along with a glass of champagne when checking in. Kids, too, are taken into consideration every step of their stay starting with a VIP check-in complete with smoothies and amenities such as bathrobes and beach hats.

As for accommodations, rooms and suites are spacious and decked out in comfy, contemporary décor. Many are designed with families in mind, including those with swim-up access from a lazy river swimming pool to connecting suites for larger families. In lieu of a bathtub, giant, hydro jet Jacuzzis kick up bubbles. A mini-fridge is stocked with goodies like chocolate milk for taking in a DVD on the 32” plasma television. An iPod docking station makes it possible to listen to favorite tunes. Perhaps best of all are balconies and patios situated for staring out at dolphins playing at sea.

Other things kids can look forward to in their rooms – toys. Unique to the property is their “loan” program. Waiting in guest accommodations is everything from cribs and strollers to bottle warmers, monitors and bath toys. There’s also a Fisher-Price “Jugueteca” Toy Lending Library with rotating toys available that fit myriad interests like the Laugh & Learn™ Smart Bounce & Spin Pony™ and Spike the Ultra Dinosaur.

When mealtime strikes, there’s more than chicken fingers and mac n’ cheese on the menu. Azul Sensatori features six restaurants and eight lounges. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner are both Spoon and Zavaz restaurants. Spoon is airy and bright with an open kitchen serving buffet-style and a la carte, international cuisine. This, of course, calls for a globetrotting breakfast of Belgian waffles and Mexican chilaquiles.

Zavaz is situated at the foot of a swimming pool just across a walkway, making it appear almost an island unto itself. Apropos is fare with a tropical bent, though guests craving a burger will also be satisfied by the diverse menu. Dinner patrons at Zavaz will want to indulge in flavorful colada cocktails that cement memories of the region.

Accessed via a bridge that leads to a spot on the lazy river swimming pool is Zocala. The Mexican restaurant’s nautical décor will appeal to young patrons, as will buffet offerings that make for speedy service. A la carte is also available. Adult-only dinner service is on tap at Le Chique with Chef Jonatan Gomez’s eight-course Author’s Dinner. Almost as exciting as courses that combine ingredients like lobster, yogurt, peanut butter and watermelon is the groovy, yet cosmopolitan interior that would get a nod of approval from debonair sorts like Austin Powers. 

All ages will enjoy dinner at Tapaz and Sienna restaurants. The lazy Susan at Tapaz spins flavorful, bite-sized portions of dishes that may be a bit sophisticated for some younger palates. Tuscan dishes are highlighted on Sienna’s menu. A plus for teens dining here – easy access to the Breeze Teen Club for late night revelry, including its weekly “White Carpet” event.