6 Favorites from My All-Inclusive Experience at Azul Beach Resort Riviera Cancun
What a joy to be sitting at my desk this morning reliving my family vacation at Azul Beach Resort Riviera Cancun just a few short months ago. I was excited to explore this family-friendly spot with my eight-year-old having gotten engaged to my husband at their adults-only resort 10 years ago. I had every inkling it would be spectacular, and the resort did not disappoint.
It’s located just 20 minutes from Cancun International Airport and 35 minutes north of Playa del Carmen in a beautiful Caribbean beachfront location.
At first glance, the resort grounds were immaculate. And, although it features four pools, six restaurants, and the Nickelodeon Kids experience, it still felt very intimate and relaxing.
1. A Welcomed Arrival
The very attentive team greeted us in royal fashion—ushering us quickly to the VIP check-in area where we whisked through a quick introduction of the resort and a personal introduction to Benjamin, our butler for the week.
Yes, I just said butler!
This service was just one of the perks we received by booking a Presidential-level Suite. We also chose our pillows and aromatherapy to enjoy during our stay, and had luxury L’Occitane bath products, champagne, and a top-shelf bar waiting for us on arrival.
Benjamin literally waited on us hand and foot, often finding us by the pool or beach to see if he could bring us anything or send something to the room. For my husband, who does most of the domestic heavy-lifting at home, being spoiled was a real treat. He’s definitely missing the lavender aromatherapy on his pillows each night!
2. Unbeatable Beaches
If you’ve spent time in the Riviera Maya, you know the beaches can be hit or miss. After all, it’s home to the second largest coral reef and, for this reason, some spots can be rocky, murky, and even un-swimmable. The waves at this resort, however, are very calm, which is perfect for small children. Best of all, when it’s a pretty day, the water is a beautiful aqua blue.
When it’s windy, naturally there is more seaweed, and thus the water isn’t as clear. Though, teams work around the clock to rake the beach and get rid of seaweed, which worked very well to create a beautiful beach experience. The teams also mark off specific areas recommended for swimming due to the rocky-ness in some areas.
Overall, the beach is lovely compared to the dozens of other resorts we’ve visited in Mexico. There are lifeguards on duty, plenty of chairs, thatched palapas or Bali beds, and the resort is located on a long stretch of shoreline for those that love long walks on the beach.
3. Delicious Dining (and not the ho-hum all-inclusive kind you might be used to!)
Azul Riviera Cancun’s big draw is its gourmet-inclusive experience—the dining program is front and center, and not at all compromised in the interest of profits. Each time we had a meal at the resort, it felt like a true dining experience complete with a beautiful setting, ambiance, excellent tasting food, and fun top-shelf cocktails. One day, I did splurge on the Hendricks Gin bar for an $8 upcharge. But, let me tell you, it was totally worth it!
Spoon—the buffet that’s open all day and night—was where we ate breakfast and most lunches. Honestly, the food was so good! I loved that it had a kids station where the mini-mes of your travel tribe can help themselves to all the typical favorites, along with healthy items like fruit cups and veggie sticks.
It also had plenty of healthy options for grown-ups. Think an omelet station, salad bar, and grilled seafood. Yum!
Other dining highlights include the beachfront barbeque each day with fresh grilled hamburgers, on-site Starbucks with hanging beds, and an adults-only mojito bar with 21 different flavors.
Dining at Le Chique was indeed a once-in-a-lifetime culinary adventure for my husband and me. The 10-course meal was unlike anything we’ve ever experienced. And, this was all while our eight-year-old was safely playing back at the Kids Club. We couldn’t believe we had one of the best meals of our lives as part of an all-inclusive package.
Tripbound Tip: Get reservations early! The restaurant naturally books up fast. And, if you’re having trouble getting in, put your butler on the task! That’s what they’re there for.
4. Kick-Butt Kids Club
VIP service, five-star dining, a beautiful beach—what else could you ask for? Oh yeah, a supervised Kids Club, of course! There’s so much I love about this program, which is perfect for little ones and school-aged kids.
The family area at the resort has a splash pad area, pizza place, and Azulitos Playhouse. The playhouse is one of the larger, more exciting Kids Club centers I’ve ever seen. It has a doll area, toddler area, My Gym soft play tumble area, gaming station, and kitchen for cooking classes and experiments.
Parents are invited to bring kids in and out of the sun anytime throughout the day (ages 4-12 can be dropped off for structured, supervised play anytime from 10 a.m. and 12 p.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., and 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.). They don’t take them swimming, however, but they do all kinds of fun things such as making candy, water balloon fights, Spanish lessons, and games. Our daughter could’ve stayed there the whole trip. She loved it.
Additionally, the Nickelodeon team hosts all kinds of activities around the resort for families to participate in. I know my daughter will remember her and her Dad getting slimed for many years to come. She also went to her first after-dinner kids’ dance party and met Dora the Explorer and her trusted sidekick, Boots.
5. Parents-Only R&R
There’s no shortage of fun and rejuvenating activities for mom and dad. For starters, the spa is beautiful. My daughter and I enjoyed the mother/daughter massage in a shared parlor, which I’ll remember forever. We left with matching braids and giant smiles.
Tripbound Tip: Wait until you arrive to make your appointments. We got 40% off by doing this, which made it super reasonable.
There’s a variety of fitness activities to enjoy as well, including daily yoga, boot camps, salsa lessons, and free watersports. For those looking for more leisurely pursuits, talk it up with friendly travelers at the resort’s swim-up bars.
And, if you’re looking to explore a little outside of the property, you can plan excursions directly with the resort. The most popular are the Xcaret Park, Xel-Há Park, and 5th Avenue in Playa Del Carmen.
6. Travel Crew Under Two
This resort is perfect for new parents who are thinking about venturing out with little ones for the very first time. It offers a variety of suites that feature plenty of space and configurations with families in mind.
Also, you can borrow everything from baby monitors, bottle warmers, bathtubs, cribs, little inflatable baby pools for patios, and strollers from the resort, so you don’t have to lug all that baby equipment to Mexico! Gerber Baby food choices are also available at every on-site restaurant.
Personally, I loved how close the family suites were to the pool. Not to mention, the big balconies where mom and dad could relax and enjoy the sun while the little ones nap.
Oh, and not to be forgotten: two kids under the age of two stay free of charge when vacationing with two adults!
If you used to think of terrible slushy cocktails and overcrowded beaches when the word “all-inclusive” came to mind, I hope I’ve inspired you today to reconsider—especially when searching for the next perfect vacation for your family.
Azul Beach Resort Riviera Cancun is the place to be if you’re dreaming of a tropical escape filled with the perfect mix of fun and relaxation. Just give your travel BFFs at Tripbound a call at 1-888-816-5214 when you’re ready to book your suite stay!
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