Yesterday, I posted the first part of our first ever family tropical adventure to Sandos Playacar Resort & Spa in the Mayan Riviera. Check it out HERE. I’m posting a ton of pictures for those who are also researching the resort and want some visual eye candy and tips.
There was so much to see and do at Sandos.
We spent most of our days lounging and swimming under swaying palm trees at the main pool.
My kids loved the mini golf which snaked it’s way into an eco sanctuary under the canopy of vegetation where monkeys would jump from tree to tree, iguana’s would scurry past, and the sounds of a peacock floated in the humid breeze. Check out the archery and tennis courts as well.
tip: climb up the treehouse, and there’s a couple of comfy seats up there to relax in and read a book.
Beside the mini golf in the La Bambola bar, there is THE BEST Crepe station filled with the ingredients of your choice made by the kindest woman named Rosalinda. She was so good to my kids, and they came back often, thank you!
Tip: Try Nutella or Chocolate with peanut butter topped with soft ice cream. So good!
We booked a Hacienda suite so all 5 of us could stay together (2 double beds, and a pullout, there’s also a 2 bedroom option). The Hacienda’s are a block of 8 suites centrally located with shared access to a private pool, hot tub, and swinging hammocks. We felt like we had our very own pool, as it wasn’t occupied by other families most of the time.
Tip: there are golf cart transports around the resort if your room is further away from the beach.
If you need some further relaxation, book a massage either in the Spa or right on the beach. There’s also a gym by the spa if you’d rather work than relax 😉 The trainer there is very helpful and will give you tips/advice on your workout.
Tip: before you go for your massage, visit their steam room and hot tubs.
The entrance to the spa…
I had read that it’s a bit of a walk from some of the rooms to the beach. I loved every second of the walk and often took the long way through trails of lush green vegetation greeted by the sounds of monkeys and birds. This trip may have cured my illogical fear of birds 😉
Another favourite part for my kids was the cupcake cafe and the Teen club (next to the meeting point). I think they ate their weight in cupcakes and enjoyed the arcade in the evening.
Tip: try the “Michael Jackson” cupcake, the cheesecake, fresh fruit smoothie, and the iced mocha coffee.
If you are looking for something to do Ocean side, try the daily Zumba, beach volley ball, collect seashells, enjoy some drinks & food at the Bagel Cafe, or kick back for a siesta on a lounging bed while you listen to the gentle ocean waves.
Tip: try the Miami Vice slushy drink or order a Dirty Monkey
The food! There were many options to eat from Buffets to a la Carte. We loved the food there. You will never ever go hungry. Like ever. Breakfast was our favourite and kept us going right until supper.
Tip: Try the Brazilian and the Steakhouse a la carte, and if it’s busy at the Festival buffet, go around the corner to the Italian buffet where you have access to both buffets (they are connected). We loved the atmosphere at the Italian Buffet.
The entrance to the Italian buffet…
I saw this on my walk, and I assume it’s used to cook.
We checked out bikes one day (included in your all-inclusive) and road them to the local market in Playacar which is very close (there’s even a Starbucks at the market).
Tip: We found just as many treasures at the Playacar market than at 5th Avenue in Playa Del Carmen. I enjoyed the no-hassle atmosphere of the smaller Playacar market and the bike ride there was so pretty.
Our biking trip before and after…My husband was so excited to find the biggest fishing hat, I laughed all the way home watching that big hat flop around in the breeze. ha!
In the evening there are shows to enjoy in the Theatre or by the Festival buffet.
Tip: Check out the Circus show, we absolutely loved it.
We ended our trip with a family photo shoot on the beach at sunset. Because I’m a photographer, we asked someone to take a photo for us, but there is a Photoshop there with great photographers who are excited to capture your family experience. What’s a family vacation without photos to remember it?
There’s so much more you can do in Mexico that we didn’t even get to in our week there. We will definitely be back to explore some more!
Thank you to the wonderful staff at Sandos Playacar, you made our stay perfectly memorable. I will always treasure ever memory we made there as a family.
If you want to book yourself a little trip, check out their website: http://www.sandos.com/hotel-playacar-in-playa-del-carmen.htm
or find them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Sandos.Playacar.Resort?ref=br_tf
From my happy heart to yours,