Fun Trip Idea: Mexico’s Riviera Maya




KID & FAMILY FUN

No complaints of “I’m bored” are heard at Azul Sensatori. Right away, guests can be spotted recreating in the resort’s two main pools. Toddlers have their own place for taking a dip—splashground, a pool for the pint-sized with water canons, elevated buckets that dump water and a water slide that all evoke squeals of laughter. In the area, too, is a 21-foot-tall rock-climbing wall available for use by guests of all ages.

The piece de la resistance for toddlers is Azulitos, a program developed by Fisher-Price for kids under five (children under four must be supervised by an adult). Shoes are deposited in the lobby as tykes stop by the reception desk that masquerades as an aquarium filled with tropical fish. Pure delight awaits just beyond the entrance in the Azulitos Kid’s Club Room. A central space is abuzz with basketballs being aimed at their targets, a balance beam being teetered on and parallel bars and slides that call for feats of derring-do.

Though this central area is the hub of activity, there are numerous rooms to explore as well. Wee ones will be entertained in the Fisher-Price Room where instructors read stories, lead sing-alongs and introduce kids to toys that create theme play. A doll room with a kitchen is the place for “brewing” high tea for Barbie and Ken. A games room tests mettle and skills with Wiis and other games. Impressive is the Azulitos Kid’s Club Theatre with stadium seating for prime viewing of puppet and “fashion” shows. Last, but not least, is a room with rows of “sailboat” beds for the weary to rest and re-energize.

Additionally, Azulitos leads structured outings on property such as story time under a palapa on the beach or a visit to the hotel’s Back to the Past Museum – the world’s largest trilobite exhibit with fossils dating back 500 million years. Also afoot—sandcastle building contests, face-painting and piñata parties

Parents are encouraged to accompany their offspring to activities. Popular with mothers is the Mom’s Morning jogging/yoga program where a jogging stroller is provided. Both parents and grandparents can join in programs like Ritmo de la Manana for ages six to 18 months where music is the focus, Mundos Maravillosos to unlock the imaginations of 18- to 36-month-olds and Planet Heroes Aventuras Azulares, or solar adventures, for children between three- and five-years-old.

Instructors of the My Gym® program rally the troops into a circle for games, songs and introductions. Though this fitness and tumbling-based activity program is geared for ages six to 13, the instructors do host interactive games for parents and children from ages six weeks to 13 years. Older kids can get adrenalin boosts with My Gym’s ropes course, magic carpet swing, trapeze and trampoline.

Looking to escape the younger set, 13- to 17-year-olds can check into the Breeze Teen Club. Beyond daily scheduled activities, games of billiards, air hockey and Wii are ongoing. At night, teens try their hand at deejay mixing sessions when the club transforms into a disco.

Though it may seem like all the “fun stuff” is geared towards kids, there’s plenty for adults to do at the hotel as well. Making this possible—babysitters available through the hotel. Active adults will want to engage in dance, yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi, and water aerobics classes. Other challenges lure on the driving range and grass tennis courts.

Of course chatting over cocktails at a swim-up bar or napping on beach butler serviced bed to the sound of the surf may win out when it comes to scheduling itineraries. More pampering can be had at Vassa Spa with a Diamond Dust Scrub. For those parents feeling selfish, a specific area has been set aside with treatment rooms that allow for visibility between one another when five to 16-year-olds get treatments such as Strawberry Ice Cream Manicures and Chocolate Body Wraps while their parents de-stress in another room.

As a saxophonist plays poolside at sunset, couples may be inspired to indulge in Azul Sensatori’s one night of free childcare for a romantic, candlelit dinner. The perfect follow-up – tastings at the Mojito Lounge, then a performance of the Rhythm Show. Later, practicing moves learned from the show by moonlight brings togetherness, yet again, to the forefront of this family vacation.

To learn more about the Azul Sensatori Hotel and other Karisma properties with children’s programs visit www.karismahotels.com target=“blank” or phone 888-280-8810.