Little known fact – we were supposed to go to Azul Beach Resort Sensatori Mexico in the summer of 2016. But I got pregnant, and at the time there was a travel ban for pregnant women because of the Zika virus. There aren’t too many things I let get in my way of traveling but life-altering mosquitoes are definitely one of them. I followed the resort on Instagram for most of the year, salivating over their pictures and longing for the day to come again. I postponed it a year and people kept asking me the same questions “How are you going to travel to another country with a newborn and 2 kids?” “Aren’t you worried about security in Mexico?” I met a woman in the airport during our layover who changed her trip from Mexico to Disney after reading that American tourists were being targeted in this country. My biggest fear in Mexico was that my breast pump might stop working after a few too many Margaritas. But hey, enjoy Disney lady…
After a 15 hour day full of airport delays coupled with long battles over bare necessities (you know like food and going to the bathroom) we finally arrived. (I think my son’s expression says it all.)
A short drive in an air conditioned van compliments of Azul, got us to a huge gate with a guard that diligently checked off our names on a clipboard after reviewing our passports. We passed through another security checkpoint and I quickly noticed the entire resort was gated, barricaded by impenetrable plant life, and stalked by uniformed armed guards. We were more safe here than an upper middle class suburb. At the entrance of the resort we were greeted with friendly smiles, champagne, and hot towels, which the kids got a huge kick out of. I winked and told them not to get used to it. But I was wrong: they would be getting very, very used to it.
A private butler (yes you read that right) gave us a quick tour and walked us to our suite in the premier section. The room came equipped with a King size bed, two twin beds, a crib, a large bath, an infant bath seat, baby food, a stationary activity center, a bottle washer, a diaper genie, and the most gorgeous wrap around deck you ever did see with an ocean view. “This will do” my husband and I nodded our heads in agreement as we helped ourselves to the all-inclusive libation offering in the fridge. The premier section was great with perks like nightly surprises for the kids: animal shaped towels, a bunch of colorful balloons, or an aromatherapy “sweet dreams” scent sprayed all around their beds and pillow treats plus the butler. Yes, private. butler. The wrap around deck was pretty hard to beat. To give some perspective, we are sitting in about 1/10th of the amount of outdoor space it provided.
Don’t discount the family section on the other side of the resort, though. There is something to be said about opening your door and letting your kids play in the pools while a little one is napping near by.
Azul Beach Resort Sensatori Mexico is owned by Karisma Hotels which pride themselves on treating guests like royalty. A day did not go by where we didn’t feel that way. I think the best part about this particular vacation spot is feeling like you are in a world-class adult resort that kids will love to. The Nickelodeon and My Gym experiences (Azulitos Clubhouse) were a perfect play space for kids 0-12.
To be honest, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a nicer play area. I took a My Gym class with the younger boys and it was as if we were down the street at our own My Gym. They did a great job of keeping up with the franchisee standards. (PS: If you HAVEN’T experienced a My Gym class here in the US, you are seriously missing out. I take my 6 month old every week and my older 2 kids love it there, as well. We just had my 4 year old’s birthday party at our local My Gym and everything was taken care of from start to finish. And I could tell by his expression that he had one of the best times of his life that day.) The My Gym franchise offers classes for kids 0-10 years old.
I loved all of the little amenities and details Azul thought of like: chilled Chlorophyll water at the gym, diaper changing tables in all of the bathrooms, and healthy Gerber baby food options in all of the restaurants. Our infant tried his first apples in Mexico! We loved grabbing a 3pm coffee at the open-air Starbucks in the center of the resort. I practiced my Spanish with the baristas and they practiced their English while the kids got some much needed rest swinging in the hammocks and floating benches.
Other highlights of our trip included eating. Everywhere and anywhere. All day. All inclusive. All gourmet. The kids loved the restaurant, Spoons. They had their own section where they could choose their own foods and help themselves to a frozen yogurt machine at their level which ranks very high in a 6 year old’s book.
I was very impressed by the healthy food offerings and the kids were very impressed with the donut dessert peg board! Another important note – if you have a food allergy, or if you have a sensitivity to foods like Gluten or Dairy, then this resort is for you. They take pride in offering really good options for allergies and sensitivities and will ask you about both in every restaurant you walk in to. We normally think of “all inclusive” as “eh” on the quality level but this resort is a step above the regular all-inclusive by offering 24 hour room service, dietary accommodation for special needs, a variety of in-room dining cuisine options, including Mexican, World Cuisine, Italian, and Asian, Fresh vegetables and spices grown in their El Dorado Royale 70,000 sq ft Greenhouse, various dining venues from à la carte restaurants to mouthwatering food displays, and award winning wine list to complement their gourmet cuisine. We had a really fun family dinner at Zocalo (is it just me or am I the only one that looks blurry? #tequila)
And a delicious adult lunch (thanks to the drop-off play times at Azulitos Kids Club) at Zavaz. They should package up their Japanese Burger and sell it everywhere; it was seriously one of the best things we’ve tasted and that wasn’t just the daytime all-inclusive wine talking. The food overall at Azul Beach Resort Sensatori Mexico is 5 star, anywhere you go. We tried every restaurant including the adult-only Le Chique (thanks to the in-room babysitting service provided by Azulitos Kids Club) which was truly a “cultural gastronomical experience” and deserves its own blog post. People come from all over the world to try this AAA Five Diamond Avant-Garde Modernist cuisine; which was really a multi-sensory dining adventure. We had a fun character breakfast with Dora, Boots, and Spongebob. The kids had a blast and wondered why every morning couldn’t be that fun. Go figure.
Every day we played and splashed in the pools and played on the beach (you can eat lunch on the beach while your kids play on the playground in the sand or swing from the bar seats while you enjoy a cocktail).
We ate pizza from “Pizza Dude” with the Ninja Turtles, we got slimed, we kayaked, we painted pottery, we dug for treasure…and through the entire time not once did we think “This is nice but I’m on a little kid’s vacation.” Azul Beach Resort Sensatori Mexico achieves what seems like the impossible – they mastered the technique of meshing together a high end resort leaving nothing to the imagination, with a truly unforgettable experience for the kid in all of us.
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