I love the water. It doesn’t matter if it’s the ocean or the pool. I have found, however, that i’m no longer a fan of direct sun for hours on end. So, as long as there is an umbrella or some natural shade that I can perch under, i’m good for hours. Having said that, I think we all can get a bit “burned” out with the water scene. Luckily for us, the Fairmont Mayakoba had just enough extra entertainment to keep our family occupied while we weren’t in our swim attire.
There was a pretty cool outdoor kids play area that we checked out. It’s located at the main pool area and was easy to spot. The big attraction was a rope ladder that linked the main play area to an upper deck. This upped deck allowed the kids to walk around the perimeter of the play area, giving them a great birds eye view. Alexa and Hayden were happy to pause in this “bucket” for a moment (photo above) while I grabbed my camera. After that, we spent a few minutes meeting some local monkeys and playing hopscotch.
The biggest hit (with all of us) was the boat tour of the property. They run it every hour on the half hour (just make a reservation first). Not only was it entertaining for the kids, but Marissa and I enjoyed it as well. In another example of the small world we live in, our captain had lived in Brooklyn while he studied English. He was very informative and super nice. We saw tons of fish, some cool reptiles, and even a small crocodile. There is also a stunning golf course that Greg Norman designed called the El Camaleon. The El Camaleon will even host a PGA tour this November!
Another thing we do well is just enjoying each others company. Whether we are hanging out at the lunch table or walking about, we try to keep it light and fun. It really helped that the staff were so nice and accommodating. The kids were welcome everywhere, and some folks even knew their names by the end of the trip. Thinking back, I think the staff around the pool area came to know us best. With an amazing bar facing the ocean and multiple pools, it was a spot made for us.
Ohh the golf carts. The golf carts really brought it all together. The grounds are massive, and the only way to get from the lobby to the pool to the beach and back is by golf cart. They run these carts 24/7 and they really make it easy to get to where you want to be. The kids enjoyed waiting and watching as the carts would come over a bridge or from around a blind corner. Alexa insisted that they were called go-carts. It was so cute.
When it was time to say goodbye to Mexico, the kids gave us little to no push back. We realized after day 3 that we may have pushed our trip a couple days too far. Alexa started to miss her toys and, more specifically, “Brooklyn”. If it weren’t for the pool and the beach friendly toys that Marissa had packed, we would have had a tough time with Alexa. Maybe Hayden is too young to care or just too chill to care, but you could tell he too was ready when we finally headed to the airport. I also have to give full credit to Marissa for packing for this trip. I can barely pack for myself, so the idea of packing for kids is daunting. Luckily, I married a great woman that can handle this. She loaded (and I mean loaded) us up with snacks and toys and coloring books. In the beginning it seemed like overkill, but we really used everything we brought…right down to the last snack.
For me, I take away from this trip a lot of great memories and the concept of “bring more than you think you will need”. If not for the latter, our trip would not have been nearly as relaxing. Remember…If your kids are relaxed, you are relaxed! — Nate