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Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya

FIT FAMILY TRAVEL

HARD ROCK HOTEL | RIVIERA MAYA

Riviera Maya

Mexico

Must Sees:

  • Chitchan Itza: 1 of the 7 wonders of the world

  • Rock Spa: Couples massage on the beach in private palapa <3

  • Tight Rope walk over the ocean

  • Feeding the fish (think: 100s of brightly colored fish around your feet in 10 seconds)

  • Reserve a Private ocean front Cabana with waiter service

  • Fresh picked coconut, cut for you to sip

Every Morning: Tight Rope Walk & Feed the colorful Fish

In Riviera Maya:

  • Chichan Itza: one of the 7 Wonders of the World

  • Tulum

  • Drive the Yucatan Jungle & swim in a Cenote (natural swimming pool in the Yucatan Jungle)

  • Main street shopping

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Kiana Tom | FIT FAMILY TRAVEL | RIVIERA MAYA HARD ROCK HOTELS

Healthy food & fresh fish

Chichan Itza | 1 of the 7 wonders of the world

Kiana Travel Review & Journal Aloha! What a wonderful trip to the Riviera Maya in Cancun. I had never been their before, but I did my homework. It's often referred to as the French Riviera of Mexico. It was much newer, cleaner and nicer than most parts of Mexico, with dozens of fabulous hotels, resorts, shops and restaurants.

(It's not like the actual French Riviera, but still beautiful. I visited the real French Riviera to attend the Ferrari / Porsche Races at the Concourse de Elegance in Monaco. That's a different post.)
At the Mexican Riviera, Hard Rock Hotel International in Riviera Maya, There are 2 Hotels: One for Adults. One for Families. Guests get access to BOTH hotels and all restaurants at BOTH hotels. #bonus
The hotel grounds are beautiful, lined with palm trees and windy paths. Turquoise ocean as far as you can see. Delicious restaurants and lots of spots for photo ops & memories. Great for families and couples.

MUST ENJOY AT THE HOTEL:
The Ocean front Cabanas There are 2 Hard Rock Hotels: one for Families and one for Adults. I loved the adults only side with the beautiful cabanas over looking the ocean. The ocean is such a different color blue in Cancun then in California or Hawaii. So gorgeous. I sat here all day and enjoyed being served cold drinks and fresh seafood. Make sure and reserve one for the whole week, as soon as you get there!

One of the "Must Do" things at the Hard Rock is the Couples Beach Side Massage in a cabana. You are literally on the beach, in a shady palapa. LOVE!

Rock Spa: Okay I have to be honest. Next to the gym, pool and beach, I spent most of my time at the Rock Spa. I had to try 99% of all the facials, massages.... Before any of the services, you meet in the beautiful spa beforehand. I thought it resembled a sexy lounge you'd see at Hard Rock in Vegas

Walking the Ocean Tight Rope We loved walking the ocean tight rope! It was so fun! We even had contests to see who could stay on the rope the longest while we tried to knock the other off!

The hotel was all inclusive meaning all food and drinks are included. Being the Fit Mom Fitness Queen I am, it took discipline to eat healthfully! I loved the fresh fruit bar and fresh squeezed juices every morning esp. the green drink with banana, greens, pineapple and mango.For breakfast, I always had a fresh egg white omelette and avoided the pastries and bacon etc. I prefer my food be prepared fresh for me, as opposed to food that has been sitting out. Lunch and Dinner: fresh grilled fish. Loved the Seeds and Nuts Bar to sprinkle on toast and oatmeal.  So many healthy options to enjoy. I loved the fresh papaya every morning with a fresh squeeze of lime. Toast topped with raw seeds and nuts.

Many nice restaurants and perfect to get a little dressed up!

The property is gorgeous and beautiful place to walk or jog along the ocean. The gym was terrific, not crowded at all and a great variety of machines and free weights.

You've got to take a day and drive to Tulum. I recommend a private car vs the tour bus. The drive is long and its' nice to stop when you want.

Stop along the way at the cute shops for souvenirs

We stopped along the way and had a fresh coconut. The man used a machete and chopped it open for us. so yummy & healthy!

Walking the ruins in Tulum is an experience. Gorgeous. You used to be able to run up the steps at Chichan Itza, but not anymore, it is crumbling.

It's very hot, wear a hat, bring a sun umbrella, wear light colors and lots of water. Many people didn't bring water and were very dehydrated and surprised there wasn't anywhere to buy water. I used a back pack / cooler I found on amazon (below)

Interesting people we saw at the Ruins. Got to pet their pet cobra 😛 EEK

The pools are beautiful. They have an adults only pool and family pool. The adults only pool has "spring break" type things like filling it with bubbles and shots. The kids and I enjoyed the slides, suntanning and practicing diving.

 

Loved the swings to relax and have a glass of wine.

And some grapes, cheese and crunchy bread sticks

The Music bars to check out new tunes and the game rooms. Rock and Roll Memorabilia all over the resort. Loved the huge boots from Paul Stanley from KISS

Beautiful Pools to lounge, swim and relax

Our Hotel Room: Beautiful Mexican Style 2 Story, 2 Bedroom Suite

We had a beautiful spacious 2 bedroom suite. It is 2 floors. Has a connecting room for the kids. Private balcony with little pool. Stocked bar. 24 hour room service. Very nice complete with Adorable Hard Rock themed nightly treats on your pillow 🙂 Love these touches.

MUST ENJOY AT THE HOTEL:

The Ocean front Cabanas

There are 2 Hard Rock Hotels: one for Families and one for Adults. I loved the adults only side with the beautiful cabanas over looking the ocean. The ocean is such a different color blue in Cancun then in California or Hawaii. So gorgeous. I sat here all day and enjoyed being served cold drinks and fresh seafood. Make sure and reserve one for the whole week, as soon as you get there!

The Gym. Yes you read that right. We’re Fit Moms, right?

The Adults side had a wonderful gym, complete with racks of free weights, barbells, dumbbells and a complete line of machines. I had the gym to myself since most people were there to party! Tip: Workout early. On the pretty walk to the gym, put out towels, hats, magazines to hold your chairs on the beach or by the pool. The best spots are taken by 7 am! The Gym is fully a/c which is so nice as it was over 100 degrees mid day.

Bicycles waiting and ready to ride around the grounds

Couples Beach Side Massage at the Private Palapa

One of the “Must Do” things at the Hard Rock is the Couples Beach Side Massage in a cabana. You are literally on the beach, in a shady palapa. LOVE!

Rock Spa

Okay I have to be honest. Next to the gym, pool and beach, I spent most of my time at the Rock Spa. I had to try 99% of all the facials, massages…. Before any of the services, you meet in the beautiful spa beforehand. I thought it resembled a sexy lounge you’d see at Hard Rock in Vegas. BTW: The resort offers “points” that you can use toward massages and other things. I used ALL of our points at the Spa 🙂 OOPSY. My bad.

Of course, they have rock star themed zebra blankets 🙂

Kayaking

There were so many fun activities to do there! Our favorites were the Kayaking. What a fun way to see the ocean while being active with the kids. The only downside is that it’s a small area to paddle. We’re used to paddling in Hawaii where you can go anywhere.

Pools and Pool Slide

Many pools to pick from and a fun water slide too! Yes, Kiana Jr. throwing yet another bicep pose 🙂 (proud Fit Mom moment.)

Loved spending time with my Mom, aka Mom Tom as the cast of Kiana’s Flex Appeal call her

Feeding the Fish

 

Every morning I loved feeding the fish! We would save some of our toast and get extra crackers to feed the FISH! It’s truly amazing how many dozens of colorful fish, large and small, that gather in 5 seconds!

Foamy Bubbles Pool Party: Adult Pool

Okay, this did NOT appeal to me. It seemed as if you would be taking a bubble bath with dozens of sweaty strangers. But that obviously appealed to everyone else!? Fun to watch everyone though! Hilarious! Basically they take a huge blower and fill the whole pool with bubbles

Must Do Things in Riviera Maya

Chichen Itza

Even though we live at the beach, going to another beach across the country is a fun option. I took the kids to see 1 of the 7 Wonders of the world: Chichan Itza or as they call it “Chicken Pizza.” We hired a private car and driver to take us there, about 3.5 hours away but worth it. Driving thru the Yucatan Jungle, make SURE you have ROAMING on your mobile phone in case of an emergency. Remember, there’s NO AAA in the Yucatan Jungle! Chichan Itza was really impressive. It was much larger than I expected and you could feel the history just standing next to it. You used to be able to run up the steps. Not any more since it started to crumble.

TIPS:

  • It’s a drive, but worth it. I recommend MAKING SURE you confirm it’s an air conditioned private car, taxi or tour bus. We opted for a private car because we (um, okay I) didn’t want to be held to staying out there for 6-8 hours with a group. I wanted for us to be able to leave when we wanted to go and stop along the way to see the Cenote and buy souveniers if we saw a small town. The Hotel offers tours and all sorts of options.

  • Bring your own cooler back pack loaded with ice and water. Bring an umbrella to shield from the sun. When we went in June, it was over 100 degrees. Much to hot for my mom and mother in law. They stayed back at the hotel. You are in the jungle, only shade is under a tree. Really hot. We could have sold all of our water to the tourists who weren’t prepared.

Visit Tulem

Tour the ruins puzzle maze and hike to the ocean view cliff. Tulum was built late in the thirteenth century, during what is known as the Mayan post-classic period. With a little imagination and knowledge, the ruins become a giant puzzle waiting to be pieced together.

(Wearing my Strong is Sexy tank in Ocean blue available here.)

Swim in a Cenote

It’s a gigantic natural pool with long vines hanging from the trees above. It’s a Natural sink hole / swimming pool….NOT the kind of sink hole you see on the news in Los Angeles…that’s what I thought too! Really beautiful, but beware of the tiny catfish. Just don’t look at them and you’ll be fine. It’s really amazing but for me, I kept thinking a sea snake would grab me! Quick dip and that’s it! Kids and hubby had so much fun jumping off the steps!

Tips: yes. public bathrooms. public group rinse off shower. wear your swimsuit. don’t bring valuables. rental life vests. small souvenier shop.

Great photo opps and selfies 🙂

Downtown Shopping

One afternoon, after a fun day at the beach and pool, we went into town and did some shopping. The kids loved buying souveniers and I loved haggling. Tip: Put everything you want into one big pile. Give them a low offer for all of it. You get a better deal than 1 at a time.

Tequila Tasting

I am not a big Tequila drinker, but really enjoyed learning and tasting all the different types of Tequila. They were all really delicious but my favorite was the $225,000 / bottle of course 🙂 My mom, aka Mom Tom, as the cast of Kiana’s Flex Appeal ESPN call her, loved it too! She usually loves champagne, but ended up loving the tequila! So much, she hit the dance floor for hours!

Thanks to the Hard Rock International Resort & Spa Riviera Maya for hosting my family and me during our stay. Thoughts and opinions expressed here are entirely my own.

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