Guest Blog Post by Tara Berger
One of my favorite parts about vacationing at Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa is that you don’t have to sacrifice luxury to gain access to family-friendly amenities and activities. As parents of two rambunctious boys (ages 5 and 3), our vacations tend to revolve more around the kids’ interests than our own, but this time our Unlimited-Luxury ® vacation at Dreams Riviera Cancun proved to have something for everyone. For starters, I’m pretty sure that the resort has the world’s largest kiddie pool. And if it’s not, then it’s surely the largest one I’ve ever seen! I’ve spent more vacations than I’d care to admit hovered around a small circular kiddie pool, which, although not ideal, was still the best alternative to having two toddlers latched on to me in a large swimming pool or holding my breath anytime the kids would get too close to the edge of the pool without me. The children’s pool at Dreams Riviera Cancun is a large, glorious semi-circle that is less than 2 feet at the deepest point. My boys absolutely loved this pool and since they were completely self-sufficient, we could be more than an arm’s length away while watching them and relaxing in the sun. The resort staff members are very aware that by keeping the little ones happy, it naturally keeps the parents happy too. At breakfast every morning, our kids would look forward to a special balloon animal from the wait staff once they completed their meal. And at the pool, you can bet that the unlimited soft serve ice cream cones and “red slushies” (aka virgin strawberry daiquiris) were on repeat all day. Meanwhile, my husband and I were able to indulge in a mango daiquiri from our favorite bartender and snacks from the Barefoot Grille or Preferred Club lounge. In the afternoon and evening, we’d break up the day with one of the many activities hosted by the event staff such as the Euro Bungee, magician show or movie night on the beach. And with so many restaurant choices on property, we looked forward to trying out a different cuisine every night. The servers were able to keep a pace that kept the kids happy (think bottomless chocolate milk and kids meals served within 10 minutes of sitting down) which allowed my husband and I to relax and enjoy a gourmet meal. Stay tuned…in my next blog I’ll be talking about some the ways that Preferred Club can enhance your trip to Dreams Riviera Cancun! Tara Berger is a stay-at-home mom of two young boys and a former “Travelista” for AMResorts. Prior to staying home with her children, she managed the social media program for Zoëtry Wellness & Spa Resorts, Secrets, Dreams, Now and Sunscape Resorts & Spas and had the opportunity to experience many of the properties in the AMResorts portfolio. She now spends her days managing logistics for preschool, t-ball, basketball and playdates and is often found playing referee to the occasional wrestling match between her two boys. Tara is also the owner of an online party boutique, One Stylish Party, which gives her an outlet for creativity in the midst of chaos.