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The Way a Relaxing Vacation Should Be!

I love to travel. Who doesn’t, right? There is something about stepping away from your everyday life and getting to see somewhere new that is exciting, fascinating, and so much fun! However, nearly every time I head off on a “vacation,” I end up coming home more tired than I left and wishing I had time to just relax, sleep, unwind, and de-stress while I was traveling.

We have taken two family trips this year – one a long and extremely exhausting though very memory filled road-trip across 10 different US states. The trip involved a 15-passenger van, nightly tent set-up, and a slew of eight kids all under the age of eight. Exhausting is an understatement. I’d crash on my air mattress at the end of the night and be ready to fall asleep by about 8pm, always waking up in the middle of the night to pump up the air mattress again and struggle back to sleep.

On our other trip my husband and I took our two older boys to Disneyland. We literally ran through the park each day trying to squeeze in as many rides as we could and ended each night at the hotel with aching feet and complaining kids, despite the fun we had.

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It was time to take a relaxing vacation. A trip where I could truly unwind. Just me and my hubby. A “babymoon” seemed like a great excuse. When I got invited on a press trip to visit Generations Riviera Maya – a Karisma Gourmet Inclusive hotel in Cancun, Mexico, there is nothing that could have held me back, (other than a passport, had it not arrived in time). The date was set, and we were beyond excited – counting down the days. My husband, Danny, and I met on a cruise that sailed to Cozumel, which is just outside of Cancun, almost exactly 10 years prior to our trip. What a perfect time to getaway together!

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When we arrived in Cancun and at our resort it was like we were entering a whole world set aside just for us. We were greeted with a cool towel, a nice reprieve from the humidity, as we checked in. A butler took care of our bags and we were shuttled over to the property and given a tour of where the restaurants and services were located and reminding us that everything during our stay was complimentary and included, except spa services, excursions beyond basic water sports equipment, and select wines that were available for purchase.

 

I heard what the butler was saying, but it didn’t all start to sink in until we had spent that first day at the resort. I no longer carried my purse – or really anything but my room key – with me anywhere we went. We could get just about anything we needed anywhere we went on the property.

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Our absolutely stunning rooms had a bedroom area and a room divider that separated a living room seating area that could be converted into a pull-out bed, if you needed the extra space. Following that, led to a large and full bathroom suite with a waterfall style shower and an enormous jacuzzi tub. The rooms are a very generous 900 square feet for the smallest rooms on the property giving you plenty of personal space.

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Your space doesn’t end inside your room. Right outside our room was a private balcony that led to an infinity pool that spans the length of about 12 rooms. I slipped into that pool just about every day, followed by a nice long soak in the jacuzzi tub.

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The highlight feature of a Karisma Gourmet Inclusive hotel, outside of their outstanding staff and rooms, is the dining experience. They pride themselves on top quality dining options and we were able to try some really exquisite meals. Traditional all-inclusive resorts have the reputation for long lines and poor quality food, but you won’t find that at Generations or the other Karisma locations.

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It was definitely a whole different dining experience than what I am used to with really fine dining menus. There was one dish in particular that really stood out to me – a wild mushroom soup. It was a warm creamy soup with a cool scoop of white truffle oil in the center. When you took a spoonful of them together it was amazing how well they blended to create a whole new taste and texture.

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When staying at Generations, you are able to visit either of the two sister resorts which triples your dining options and beach front. The other two resorts are adult-only, which will afford you the opportunity to stay at a family resort, check the kids into the kids club, and then escape for an afternoon with your sweetheart. The beach-front across the three resorts is about 2 miles, so you could walk between the properties or catch a golf cart shuttle that runs about every 10 minutes. I even got a whole fresh coconut at one of the bars!

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We snuck over to one of the sister properties for lunch at Jojo’s, a Caribbean cuisine restaurant, where Danny ordered the fresh catch of the day – Mahi Mahi. On our walk back, we stopped for an extremely relaxing nap in a private, beach-front cabana. The sound of the ocean and the cool breeze with the warmth of the sun but the shade of the cabana made for an amazing stop that was the highlight of my trip. It felt like a literal slice of Heaven on earth.

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There is no reason to ever leave the resort, there is so much to do, but if you have a certain excursion in mind they are easy to book with Lomas Travel group located at the resort. Danny has been dreaming of swimming with the Whale sharks for four or five years now, asking me to head to Cancun every August. We finally made it, right in their peak season.

Danny booked an excursion that picked him up right from the resort lobby and included his meals and transportation all through the day. The excursion started with the Whale sharks where the boat with 10 passengers took turns two at a time snorkeling with these massive 15-20’ long sea animals. He reported that there was more than he could even count, but guessed that there was probably close to 100 whale sharks all around the area they stopped to snorkel. He absolutely loved the excursion and his experience.

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We can’t wait to take our next trip back to a destination where we can play, enjoy, and relax together as a family or alone as a couple. There is nothing that compares to a vacation like the one we just experienced at Generations Riviera Maya. I absolutely recommend Karimsa hotels when you’re planning your next getaway.

I received a complimentary press trip to visit Generations Riviera Maya. All opinions are my own. 

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Thursday 16th of October 2014

[…] we absolutely loved our getaway for two, and you can read all about the fun we had on our stay, Generations Riviera Maya is an absolutely perfect place to bring along your kids, too. We […]

Melissa @ This Girl's Life Blog

Friday 10th of October 2014

Definitely sounds like a vacation made in heaven. That is a awesome pool too.

Amanda

Thursday 9th of October 2014

Oh my! This looks fantastic! I need a vacation with my hubby and this looks perfect!

Mary

Wednesday 8th of October 2014

This looks like the most beautiful place. These are the types of pictures that you dream about when you go on vacation, lucky for you they were true!

Liz Mays

Wednesday 8th of October 2014

What an absolutely amazing escape! That infinity pool looks like heaven.