I wrote before that this summer has been so fun and a big reason for that is it finally feels like things are a little more normal in the Welsh household-- making it much easier to get out and about!
We also felt that this year it was time for a much needed vacation!
Like a real "real" vacation where you actually stay somewhere more than two nights and it takes a plane ride to get there. ;)
We spent a lot of time planning our "perfect" vacation- which I realize does not exist anywhere or for anyone, but for us a slice of perfection can merely be a few days of stress free relaxation.
After googling many "kid friendly beaches/resorts" we found the Azul Beach Resort in Mexico's Riviera Maya- just a short 20 minute drive from the Cancun airport.
We toyed with the idea of brining a sitter for some extra help, but decided it might be too costly and possibly take away from the intimate family experience we were going for.
So long gone (at least for now) are the days of fearless excursions and adventures- and instead we say hello to the idea of an "all-inclusive" resort. - our first I might add.
It was a bit like being at camp, but in a good way.
Everything right there, everything taken care of-- and VERY family friendly.
Easy=Stress Free=RELAXING, our perfect family vaca.
Of course our plane rides were quite "entertaining" traveling with a 'not quite two year old!'
....And quite an active one at that. geez (even Elmo couldn't hold her attention!)
So after a long day's journey this is what we were greeted with:
|milkshakes for the kids and champagne for the adults- home!|
|we got to pick out our pillow texture, room scent and linen scent|
each night they would spray the room down!
We picked "sensual" of course lol!
|this greeted us in our room, a variety of flavored milks and cookies for the kiddos|
and more champagne for mom and dad!
|we switched rooms after a couple nights but our first room|
was the Fisher Price family suite- it had lots of cute touches
including a stroller
|special towels for the kids|
|so everyday we pretty much made one of these our home away from home|
|there were lots of activities for the kids|
including this really cute puppet show
|breakfast was a kids dream|
there was a special table just for the kids set up with
all kinds of treats including cookies and muffins with cute faces and drawings
every morning Penelope would wake up and beg to go to breakfast!
|restaurant Chil on the water- every restaurant had kids toys|
|panorama shot of our swim up suite|
|our deck with pool attached|
|one day they set up a coconut cocktail bar on the beach|
fresh coconuts with at least six different types of liquor- crazy!
|they also set up beach bbqs right on the beach|
they would grill up fresh flank steak and you could just eat there or take it back to your cabana
|I love the Carribean for its powder white sandy beaches|
turquoise water and super warm water temperature!
The water was warmer than the pool!
|Penelope drinking a "virgin" coconut of course ;)|
We put the kids in the kids gym each day from 10-1
It worked out great because the staff was super fun.
Not only was the facility awesome, but they did cool activities each day like
face painting, guacamole making, piñata parties, puppet shows, swimming etc
Penelope and Violet would start chanting each morning "Kids Gym! Kids Gym!"
|our swim up suite patio|
|we wore those kids out!|
|some of the cabanas had these really cool swings|
the beach butlers were so accommodating they would ask us each day if we wanted it for the next day
this way we didn't have to wait in line
|this was the swim up bar right outside our room|
when the kids were napping we were floating by on rafts with cocktails
|the staff at the kids gym, love them!|
|this is how they navigated their way through the airports|
|our first day, it didn't take them long to get into the spirit|
|having a zen moment at dinner time|
|the kids facilities had a my gym room as well|
|one morning James and I treated ourselves to a couples massage on the beach!|
|fire show on the beach|
|and since the kids gym opens up at night too we paid for a sitter to hang out with them while we had a date night|
Ahhh a dinner without a toddler jumping on you every 2 minutes
now that's a vacation!!!