Riviera Maya, Mexico

Dec 2016

Mexican has been on our list forever. We have seen the country on the Internet, in the magazines and heard so much from our friends what a beautiful country it is. What attract us most is that Mexico is not only a destination for beautiful ocean and beach (which is perfect for the kids), but also a great diving spot (for my husband) and a country with much culture and history, Mayan Ruins, Cenotes, Mexican food and more (for me). It has just everything we are looking for as a family for holiday. And we were not disappointed! 

During our 6-day trip, we stayed at the Azul Fives hotel, which is a part of the famous Karisma collection. It is a stunning all-around family and adult -friendly hotel and offers a good selection of restaurants, swimming pools, and most of all a stunning beach. We were on its Gourmet All-Inclusive Package, which meant we could order anything we like whenever we like. It has 24-hours room service on top of various dining venues (Mexican, Asian, Italian, etc). Apart from the food and beach,  what we enjoyed most was its Spa. We tried a family massage package (which I did with our daughter and my husband with our son), and it was so serene and relaxing. Since the hotel offers babysitting service, my husband and I went on the date night at the Le Chique of Azul Sensatori. We were offered 22 tasting courses and the matching drinks. And truth to be told, it was one of our best dining experience! All the dishes were sourced with local ingredients and take a new approach to the Mexican food. They de-construct traditional dishes and reinvent them with cutting-edge cooking techniques. They play with diner's perceptions of how food should look, feel and taste. A normal white vase has a red rose on the dining table turned out to be a jar of self-made syrup for the dessert (and the red rose was for the female guest, of course! ) Every course was a pleasant surprise! PS: Not only their wines (accompanied each course) were excellent, but their non-alchohol drinks were fantastic.

As hard as it was, we decided to step outside the hotel and explore Rivera Maya . Through Azul Fives hotel, we booked a few excursion. We swam with the turtles at Acumal Beach and visited and dived in the Cenotes.  We drove water ski, ATV and rode horses on the beach at Marina Maroma. We spent a relaxing day at the beautiful Tulum beach. Our last and most amazing excursion was to Bagalar, the lake of seven colors. It was a rather long drive from our hotel, three hours one way. But it was totally worth it.  Bacalar is an amazing lake in the southern tip of Quintana Roo State. It is called the lake of seven colors because of the white sandy bottom that gives the effect of having so many shades of blue, as you can see from the photos below.. This is a fresh water lake feed by underground cenotes, but it does look like the ocean. The lake is about 55km or 34  miles from tip to tip and 2km or 1.2 miles at its widest point. This size makes it a huge place to visit and explore. 

All in all, our short and eventful trip in Rivera Maya was amazing! We still felt like so much be explored and experienced and can't wait to go back there again. Also check out my separate post on Tulum (coming soon).  Feel free to leave any questions regarding our trip in the comments below and I will answer them. Thanks for reading! 

Jungle Walk at Azul Fives, Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Jungle Walk at Azul Fives, Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Looking for Spider Monkeys, Azul Fives, Mexico

Looking for Spider Monkeys, Azul Fives, Mexico

Sunrise at Azul Fives, Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Sunrise at Azul Fives, Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Azul Fives Beach, Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Azul Fives Beach, Playa del Carmen, Mexico

At the beach of Azul Fives, Mexico

At the beach of Azul Fives, Mexico

Azul Fives, Karisma, Mexico

Azul Fives, Karisma, Mexico

Catch of the Day, Azul Fives, Mexico

Catch of the Day, Azul Fives, Mexico

Fresh Catch from the Sea, Azul Fives, Mexico

Fresh Catch from the Sea, Azul Fives, Mexico

Ceviche in the Making, Cooking Lesson, Azul Fives, Mexico

Ceviche in the Making, Cooking Lesson, Azul Fives, Mexico

Grilled Fish at the Cooking Lesson, Azul Fives, Mexico

Grilled Fish at the Cooking Lesson, Azul Fives, Mexico

Mayan Ruins, Tulum, Mexico

Mayan Ruins, Tulum, Mexico

Tulum Beach, Mexico. 

Tulum Beach, Mexico. 

Mayan Temple, Mexico

Mayan Temple, Mexico

Bacalar, Mexico

Bacalar, Mexico

Bacalar, Mexico

Bacalar, Mexico

Clear Water of the Cenote at Bacalar, Mexico

Clear Water of the Cenote at Bacalar, Mexico

White Sand Beach of Bacalar, Mexico

White Sand Beach of Bacalar, Mexico

Snorkelling at Bacalar, Mexico

Snorkelling at Bacalar, Mexico

The Living Stones of Bacalar, Mexico

The Living Stones of Bacalar, Mexico

Street sweets at Bacalar, Mexico

Street sweets at Bacalar, Mexico