Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Riviera Maya Vacation

Riviera Maya. Beach.While it’s typically very hard for me to organize all my vacation thoughts and put them into a meaningful narrative, this particular trip is going to be much easier in that regard. It was a recharging and relaxing vacation and not an exploration one, as on of my friends puts it. We enjoyed each other’s company, did a lot of swimming and even more eating.

Resort at night.We were not sure how the flights would go, since this would be Anna’s first time on a plane. But everything went well. Arosha was fine as always, although he did suddenly throw up on the way back. He was OK, then threw up, then was OK again. Anna decided to enable her previously unknown to us robot mode. She decided she doesn’t need any sleep. She wasn’t fussy or anything. She just stayed in Alёna’s arm looking around.

Kid's pool.When we got to our resort (about 50 minute drive from the airport) we got quickly checked in, but all their promised room upgrades turned out to be a useless gimmick. Our rooms actually ended up probably in the farthest possible location away from the beach, but we got used to it fairly quickly and it wasn’t a big deal.

Orange family.The first evening gave me quite a bit of frustration since I had to call 5 (!!!) times before the actually gave us a roll out bed for Arosha to sleep in that was promised to us during the booking as well as check-in. Poor Arosha at one point figured that it’s not looking good for his bed and he’ll just have to not sleep while on vacation. They also promised us a king size bed, but instead there were two doubles. The did end up moving them together, but it’s still not quite the same thing.

Three generations.On the first evening we went out to explore the territory, find a place to eat and figure out the general layout of things. Anna insisted that she must not be carried (we didn’t bring the stroller either) and that she must explore the whole place on her own feet. We were super tired by then, but she kept going and going and going. Arosha didn’t lack any energy either. I have no idea how they do it.

In the pool.The general routine of our days was pretty simple. We would wake up at around 7am (kids decided on the wake up time) and got to the buffet for breakfast. After breakfast Alёna, my mom and kids would go right to the beach while my dad and I would go back to our rooms for our morning procedures. After that I would come down from the room and Alёna would be come back from the beach and we would swim a bunch in the pools.

Parents.The hotel had a large number of pools. My favorite one that went alone all the buildings (first floor rooms actually had balconies with stairs leading right into the pools) since there was always one with shade. I hate putting sunblock on my skin more than anything. So having a pool in shade allowed me to escape that nasty procedure except for a couple of times where I did swim in the sea.

Dinner at Italian.My dad would reserve a cabana by the pools every morning (you’re not supposed to reserve, but everyone is doing it) and we would spend the rest of the morning sitting there and swimming in the pools. Kids loved it. Anna wasn’t so sure at first and didn’t want to go into the water with Alёna, would for some reason happily agreed to go swimming with me. After the first time she actually understood that it is quite enjoyable.

Little woman.Arosha would either play in a large kids pool in the center (it had a large pirate ship in the middle and all kinds of slides) or would actually swim in the adult pool. He had shoulder floaters that allowed him to swim. At first he couldn’t figure out how to do that. He would move his arms and legs and spin in the same place. Eventually he figured it out and started swimming back and forth through whole pool.

Day rest.All along I kept trying all kinds of cocktails. I went through Bloody Mary, Long Island Iced Tea, Apple Martini, Miami Vice, Tequila Sunrise, Tequila Sunset, Margarita and something else that I’m forgetting. I love Bloody Mary, but it’s not very good for my stomach, so I could drink it much. Tequila Sunset was probably my favorite out of the rest. Their beer selection though was much to be desired. When asked what kinds of beer they had their general response was — beer. Yup.

Mexican restaurant.After the pools we would eat lunch at the placed called Sunrise Grill by the pools or would go to buffet again. Then we would go up to the room and jump into a giant bath tub where all four of us would fit. And into the shower and then a daily nap. Anna would sleep every day, Arosha did sleep on some occasions and did Alёna and I. Also we played a whole bunch of Hearthstone. After our daily quite hour somebody would take kids down to the pools again — mostly Alёna and my dad.

Brazilian restaurant.In the evening we would go a restaurant for dinner. The property had a good number of different restaurants. Some of them were adult-only, but most allowed kids. So we made reservations for a different place for the duration of our stay. We went to Brazilian, Tex-Mex buffet, Japanese, Mediterranean, Italian, Mexican and I think Brazilian again. I must note that the food was excellent. The service was exceptional. Waiters (with 1 exception) were extremely polite and courteous. Only one guy (Mexican restaurant) was what appeared to be bad, but that’s just in comparison to the rest of them.

Family units.I thought that maybe I was crazy that I thought food was mediocre in Dominican Republic and Costa Rica, but I was right. We all liked the food here much more. It was always interesting to see what new stuff they have for us on each day. And naturally all of that was accompanied by some nice cocktails, beer or wine.

At the pools.A couple of words about the resort itself again. It was very large. Many pools, many eateries, a really nice series of ponds filled with all kinds of fish and turtles. Arosha wouldn’t be Arosha if he didn’t fall in into one of them at one point. Everyone ran to his rescue, but they were shallow enough that he wasn’t at any risk, so we started laughing. All the hotel employees started laughing. Only Arosha didn’t find it funny at all for some reason.

Kids.The beach however wasn’t very good. As on our previous time in Mexico there were a lot of hidden rocks in the water. But Alёna went there with kids so they could play with the sand. And my mom thought that she’ll get a better sun tan there for some reason. None of us figured out why.

Path to the beach.The resort also had a bunch of activities for the kids, but it didn’t seem nice to pawn your kids off to somebody to take care of them so you could do your own things. With respect to the kids that is. We wen there to spend time with them and they would be pretty upset if we were to get rid of them. We did take part in one of the activities — Easter egg hunt. Arosha had fun.

Pools.That’s pretty much eat. Good, boring, relaxing family vacation. Kids loved it, so I’m happy. Good resort for adults and families — they had an adult only part as well. Time well spent with our great family. Now we’re looking forward to our summer road trip.

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