Pros: Loved the hotel! Wonderful service! Our 2 story suite was amazing! Complete with it's own private pool and large balcony. Hubby loved that the suite bar was stocked. Kids had their own room with connecting door to our room. Loved the tight rope over the ocean, feeding the colorful fish every morning and being able to venture thru the Yucatan Jungle see one of the 7 Wonders of the World: Chichan Itza and also swim in a Cenote. Cons: Quite a far airplane ride from Southern California when Cabo is 2 hours away, but so worth it once you're there!
Hard Rock Hotel Cancun
At the Hard Rock International Hotel:
In Riviera Maya:
Aloha! What a wonderful trip to the Riviera Maya in Cancun. I had never been their before, but we did our 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. Having been to the actual French Riviera to watch the Ferrari / Porsche Races at the Concourse de Elegance in Monaco, the only thing missing were the Jean Claude Van Damme & his $60,000,000 yacht.
Adults on the Left. Family Hotel on the Right. You can use BOTH.
The hotel grounds are beautiful, lined with palm trees and windy paths. Turquoise ocean as far as you can see.
We flew out of LAX which was convenient. A limo picked us up. We took our Moms with us and wanted to spoil them a bit. Gotta love my 9 year old Mini Me, Kiana Jr., throwing a sleepy bicep pose in the limousine at 5am. Love my little Fit Kid.
When we arrived, it was mandatory beers for the adults is what every tourist does in Mexico I'm told. A short drive from the airport, we arrived at the Hard Rock International Hotel. Beautiful resort.
The 1st thing I noticed was the iconic Hard Rock Guitar at the entrance to the Resort. Gorgeous entrance that really stood out like an oasis.
The 2nd thing I loved was the guard(s) gated entrance. Guards confirmed you are on the Guest list before entering. Safer this way
The 3rd thing I noticed, (being the Diva Traveler I am ) were the HUGE ants on steroids! Wth? Literally the size of a soda pop top. Yikes! No barefoot walking for us!
Love the iron gates and private entrance.
Then... we see a little wild monkey run by in front of us!? Haha! If you look carefully, there are monkeys all over in the trees
The Hotel Lobby is really fun and all Rock and Roll with a Mexican touch. Fun costumes, concert collectibles, instruments to look at and read about.
Beautiful art on the ceilings too!
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.
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
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.
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 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
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!
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
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.
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
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!
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!
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
Even though we live at the beach, going to another beach across the country is a fun option. We 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.
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.)
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
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.
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!
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