Getting away with the family can help everyone recharge but planning a trip that appeals to everyone can be stressful. Will my kids avoid feeling bored? Will the food appeal to everyone’s varied taste buds and live up to my high expectations? Will I actually get some vacation time instead of making sure everyone else is happy? I’m sure I’m not the only one who has these thoughts as they submit their credit card number for the big family trip. Unlike past travels, I decided to look into an all-inclusive destination, with Sunwing Vacations as a way to give everyone a vacation, including myself.
Sunwing Vacations has a number of signature resorts exclusive just to them depending on your travel needs, such as the more value oriented Starfish Hotels & Resorts, Memories Resorts & Spa, and the higher end Royalton Luxury Resorts. I had the opportunity to visit the newest addition, the Royalton Riviera Cancun Resort and Spa.
Room for the Family
As a family of five I’m always on the lookout for resorts with larger rooms and many of the rooms available within the Royalton Riviera Cancun are designed with families in mind offering pull-out couches and even a family suite.
I loved my spacious Diamond Club Luxury Junior Suite and even put together this short room tour to give you a peek:
As a resort that is making efforts to go green, all hotel information usually found printed in the room is now accessible through the television and it’s even personalized to me. It’s the little things. Having the luxury of checking in from the privacy and comfort of my own room was a nice Diamond Club perk too.
Food to Appeal to Everyone
I might as well get it out in the open. One of my biggest concerns about going to an all-inclusive resort, and the reason we haven’t visited many, has to be the food quality or my perception of food quality. Visions of food containers sitting under the red heat lamp glow filled my head; not very appealing. I was assured that food wasn’t an issue at the Royalton Riviera with its 8 reservation-free al a carte restaurants and one international buffet so of course the first thing I did was sit down to eat after checking-in.
I didn’t get a chance to visit all of the restaurants on my visit but the ones I did visit impressed me in both food quality and presentation. The staff was always a pleasure; quick to address food allergies, make food and drink suggestions, or answer any questions. You can read more about my dining experience at the Royalton Riviera Cancun Resort and Spa.
Keeping the Kids Entertained
The kids’ splash pool is bound to impress kids and parents. We have stayed at a few resorts with an interactive pool area for kids, like Hawks Cay in the Florida Keys, but nothing has yet to compare to the splash pool I discovered at the Royalton Riviera Cancun. It’s actually quite big with slides, climbing structures, fountains and bridges accessible from zero entry pools. The pool area goes a step further to separate the toddler and preschooler area from the slightly older kids, joining them by some fun waterslides.
I put together a quick video taking you through some of the various pools available to families at the Royalton Riviera Cancun:
The activity pool is right next door for older family members who are interested in some organized games and competitions. The loungers surrounding the pools give you the perfect vantage point to observe your child’s play without getting wet.
If you’re looking to lounge by the beach or visit the spa without the crazy kid energy, the Royalton Riviera offers both a kids club and teen club at no cost. Plus your little summer travelers can join in on Sunwing Vacation’s Summer Camps by the Sea where they can participate in scavenger hunts with Max and Ruby, sing karaoke around the camp fire, maybe try their hand a learning new skills in a cooking class. It’s all part of your all-inclusive fun, no additional fees required.
A Break for Mom & Dad
Hanging out at the pool with the kids can be fun. As a Diamond Club guest you have access to the splash, activity pool and various pools located throughout the property but you also enjoy your own private swimming oasis. Spread the whole gang out on a pool bed and enjoy your butler service. I especially like the mini safes located by your lounger so you can instagram your favourite moments and lock the phone away before going for a swim.
Pools are great fun but I love to hear the sounds of the waves and feel the ocean breeze on my skin, all accessible by a walkway from the various pool areas. The fact that the Royalton Riviera Cancun is the first to build in this area means the beach is practically all yours (well all the Royalton guests). I especially enjoyed the Diamond Club perk of having our own beach area with butler service.
You’ll also find an onsite disco and casino if you are looking to enjoy some adult time together but my absolute favourite “me time” moment has to be a visit to the resort’s spa. Each service includes two-hours using the hydrotherapy pools with head massage but honestly the pools alone are worth the visit (and can be booked on their own). What a blissful moment on your own.
They do offer couple treatment rooms if you wanted to enjoy some time with your partner or maybe a mom and daughter moment. I loved visiting the spa after an adventurous day cave swimming, one of the many excursions offered by the on-site Nexus tour group.
Added Luxury with a Diamond Club Upgrade
The Royalton Riviera Cancun has the ability to make all its guests feel welcome as soon as you step into the spacious and airy ocean front lobby but for a little added luxury you might want to consider the Diamond Club. There are so many perks for being a Diamond Club guest but some of my favourites have to be:
Separate check-in and easy checkout – After you’re greeted with a chilled towel and refreshing drink your personal butler will take you to your room to handle your check-in. No lines. No crowds. Now that’s the way to start a vacation. Checking out is easy too in the private lounge area where you can enjoy light snacks and drinks while finalizing details.
Your own personal butler – I’ll be honest, I didn’t use my personal butler often during my stay beyond in-room check-in but it was nice to have someone I could call for special requests like preparing the Jacuzzi tub on my balcony for after dinner.
Restaurant reservations – Although the Royalton Riviera Cancun’s al-a-cart restaurants don’t require reservations, if you plan to dine during popular dinner hours you could wait a bit for your table (especially larger families). Being able to have a table put on hold when you have kids on a schedule is a huge perk as a Diamond Club guest. And you’ll want to enjoy as many of the great dining options as possible.
Exclusive areas – During our visit the resort was at high capacity but it never felt over crowded in anyway. It was still nice to escape to an exclusive pool area (with a swim-up bar, butler service, and lounge-side lock boxes for personal items) as well as a private beach area. Even our rooms were in a separate building away from the action (and noise). There was even the Dimond Club Lounge where you could enjoy continental breakfast or even drinks and hors d’oeuvres.
These are just a few of the perks I enjoyed but the Diamond Club offers guests so many other privileges.
A Resort and More
With eleven spectacular pools, a lovely beach plus food and drink galore, it’s easy to see how you can enjoy your whole holiday without leaving the resort but I like to mix in a little adventure and cultural fun too. The Royalton Riviera Cancun Resort and Spa exclusive tour partner, NexusTours.com, has an onsite office to help you plan an off-site adventure. We tried a little cave swimming and even visited some of Mexico’s archeological sites. Getting out and discovering a little about the community and country you are visiting should be part of the adventure and of course enjoying a visit at the spa when you return makes the experience that much sweeter.
My visit to the Royalton Riviera Cancun Resort and Spa was short but it did one important thing. It proved to me that a family vacation could mean a vacation for me too at the right destination. It also proved that not every all-inclusive resort is the same and some do take food expectations seriously. I can’t wait to plan a visit someday and bring my whole family so they can experience the fun and luxury first hand.
My trip was provided for the purpose of this review though the opinions expressed are purely my own.