Yes it’s true, it exists! A tropical hideaway of adult luxury infused with an amazing kids resort!
I searched long and hard to find the winning combo for our March family vacay, a swim up suite was high on my requirements and finally settling on Mexico, I stumbled upon Azul Beach Resort by Karisma. The reviews were as wonderful as the photographs and as it’s a Nickelodeon hotel, it features characters like Dora the Explorer, which really sealed the deal! Dora was Maisie’s cartoon of choice at the time. Now we’ve moved onto a Paw Patrol obsession, such is the fickle world of three year olds!
We booked 11 nights in a family swim up suite through Thomson and flew direct from Birmingham (super duper handy for us) on their new Dreamliner. Although Maisie is a frequent flyer, the 10 1/2 hour flight time did make me stop and think but our 8ish hour flight to Florida in October went like a dream so why not push the limits, eh! You might remember I posted my Top Tips for Flying with Toddlers last year so I will post a fresh Top Tips post for longer haul flights soon. I needn’t have worried as Maisie in true mini explorer fashion sailed (or rather flew) through the trip with ease and a super short transfer time on the other end was a real treat. (20 minutes!)
On arrival we were greeted with a champagne check-in and a ‘slime’ smoothie for Maisie. The ‘on the ball’ receptionist was also on hand with a Paw Patrol toy to occupy her. (mmmmh now I wonder if the latest obsession began there!) For those with babies, the resort has all the conveniences you might need, prams, toys, monitors and baby food, what a luxury not to have to lug those half way across the world! There’s also a beach playground as well as bundles of beach toys to keep the little ones occupied.
Azul Beach is a self prophesised ‘For Everyone Concept Resort’ and I couldn’t agree more, they’ve really got the balance spot on. The resort itself is gorgeous and the most maintained I’ve ever been to, there are constantly staff manicuring the gardens and clearing seaweed from the beach. It’s also intimate which is always a must on our holiday checklist, we prefer to avoid the big resorts!
The resort is a white beachfront oasis with Gourmet restaurants, oodles of bars including an adult only Tequila lounge, pools everywhere you look, one complete with mini sun loungers (the cutest thing I’ve ever seen), a kids club and play room. For the kids there were various Nickelodeon character experiences, we opted to have breakfast with Dora one morning which was a wonderful experience for Maisie. For the adults, Chris and I took advantage of the Zen inspired spa and had massages looking over the beach-bliss! There were also lots of events and activities which you could take or leave without any pressure including carribean beach barbecues, water sports and beach parties.
The kids club was age 4+ so Maisie didn’t attend but we did visit a few times to play or see a show. As luck would have it, our swim up suite was directly across from the swim up Bubbles bar so we literally had mojitos on tap. The staff were unbelievably attentive and the variety of cuisine (Italian, Asian, Latino, European) and quality was so impressive that we never felt the need to leave the resort apart from our swimming with dolphins day trip. One really impressive aspect for me was the attention given to food allergies. I’ve recently discovered I have several food intolerances and the staff couldn’t have been more clued up and attentive where allergies are concerned.
Another perk was the included 24 hour room service. Maisie took a while to adjust to the 5 hour time difference so we suffered a few 3 am wake ups in the beginning, being able to just order coffee and breakfast at 3am was a boon!
All in all a blissful sun filled 11 days were spent swimming, eating, swinging on beach cabanas, sipping cocktails, building sandcastles and memories alike. We were so impressed we’ve looked into the group owned resort’s other locations, Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Croatia to name a few and we will definitely follow up with a few visits-it seems only polite!