This past week, I was invited down to Aventura Cove Palace, an all-inclusive resort in the Riviera Maya. It had been years since I had been to Mexico. In fact, if you don’t count a quick over the border trip to Tijuana, my last trip to Mexico was to Cancun when I was in high school.
So I really didn’t know what to expect. Obviously what one wants out of a Mexico vacation in high school is a lot different than when you have two kids! Hubby didn’t know what to expect either and we scrambled to get passports and do a few things to get ready.
In short, we had a fabulous time. Before I go extolling the virtues of the all-inclusive, let me tell you why I was invited. Aventura Cove Palace and several other of the Palace Resorts in Mexico have partnered with Hard Rock Hotel and are in the process of rebranding. This particular resort will be rebranding and is in the process of undergoing a major overhaul as it changes over to the Hard Rock Hotel and what you would come to expect out of the Hard Rock name. There will be four Hard Rock Mexico & Dominican Republic resorts – Punta Cana, Cancun, Riviera Maya and Puerto Vallerta.
I attended several media events while I was there and I was really excited to hear about the changes. While we had a fabulous time, some of the very small things I would have changed about the resort are all being addressed and improved upon with the changes!
Well for starters, they are adding the Little Big Club. I’ll post more pictures and add more about that in another post but in short Hard Rock has partnered with HIT Entertainment to bring some great activities and characters in for your little ones. (Namely Barney, Bob the Builder, Angelina Ballerina and Thomas the Train!) Daily visits and shows from these characters in the Little Big Club (their day care) will be sure to entertain and enthrall the kids!
Then, of course Hard Rock will add the music flair. Random but cool – the back of your hotel key will have a number on it. You can write that number down and when you can get home from your vacation, you can log onto their website and download all the music they were playing while you were on vacation. Awesome, right? You’ll also be able to take an electric keyboard or guitar to your room and learn how to play! Just totally fun. Plus of course nightly music shows and entertainment as you’d expect.
Bottom line, it proves to be an awesome new resort in the Riviera Maya. Stay tuned for more reviews and pictures and in the meantime, if you want to visit Aventura Cove Palace – it will be open all throughout the renovations! They were already underway while we were there and it didn’t bother us at all. We had a fabulous time – from hanging poolside with poolside drink delivery (I mean does it get any better than that?) to snorkeling in their natural lagoon that opens to the ocean and holds a whole host of fish (ask my hubby about the 5 foot barracuda that sent him running for the hills) to staying up nightly to watch one of their evening shows (my kids are still talking about the circus performance!), it’s just an incredible family-friendly resort that is worth your time and money. (And ps – want kid free? Stay on the Aventura Spa Palace side, just right next door – no kids allowed!)
Disclaimer: This was a media trip and my travel costs were comped. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.