Azul Fives Hotel: Cool for Couples and Fab for Families

By  June 20, 2011

There’s a little piece of paradise 10 minutes from Playa del Carmen where couples and families co-exist in peace and harmony. It’s a luxurious resort that doesn’t discriminate against singles, newlyweds, or rug-rats. It’s a rarity — an anomaly, and a perfect place for travelers of all ages.

With 360 elegantly-appointed suites, magnificent restaurants, stunning infinity pools, festive swim-up bars, tennis courts, and other fabulous facilities, Azul Fives is a “gourmet inclusive” with all the pampering perks of a luxury hotel and the warmth of a family-friendly destination.

The Suite Life

All accommodations boast ultra-chic interiors decorated in bright white, rich woods, and natural textures. The cozy king-size beds are almost as alluring as the ambient sounds of the ocean; and the deluxe bathrooms are equipped with over-sized Jacuzzi tubs and walk-in showers.

A large kitchen and dining area are perfect for families or large parties looking for a quiet and decadent night in. And the mini bar is fully stocked for a fun adults-only fiesta (remember – it’s all inclusive!).

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry

All inclusive resorts are as common as margaritas in Mexico, but Azul Fives (and its sister Karisma properties) are unlike any other all-you-can-eat hotel in this tourist-heavy location. Azul Fives puts an emphasis on the finer (and yummier) things in life, and foodies will fall for the epicurean experience and deliciously diverse menu.

Flavours … With its exotic global cuisine, Flavours features an open kitchen and a casual, family-oriented atmosphere with enormous glass panels overlooking the jungle. Guests can enjoy spectacular views (and the occasional monkey sighting!), in this naturally majestic setting.

Sea Olive … Showcasing authentic Mediterranean cuisine, this restaurant is surrounded by a gorgeous reflecting pool, and overlooks the hotel’s largest swimming pool and the beach.

Tsuki … The unique flavors of Thailand, Japan, China and the Pacific Rim are the gourmet highlight at this amazing Asian-inspired eatery.

Senses … Diners can feast under their own gazebo floating on an island platform in a reflecting pool reached by a bridge at this restaurant catering to all five senses. The custom menu features eight courses combining interesting ingredients and a visual flair.

Zky Bar … Guests can enjoy live music, entertainment, and dancing every night of the week at this sophisticated bar and lounge. King-size lounge beds line the outside terrace.

A Vacation for the Kiddies

Your idea of a good time probably entails some sun block and a Corona (or four). But don’t be fooled, your kids have big plans too.

In the Azulitos Kid’s Club, children can play in a room designed by Fisher-Price and interact with the newest and most entertaining and educational toys. The My Gym Center features ropes, parallel bars, trampolines, and other gymnastics equipment. There’s also a positive reinforcement room, interactive game room, doll room, and mini-movie theater for enthusiastic younger guests.

Spa-nctuary

The 10,000-square-foot Vassa Spa is truly a place of pure tranquility. Technicians use local elements like obsidian, clay, and honey in many treatments to relax the body and mind. Guests can opt for a beachfront cabana massage so that they can soak up the sun and feel a subtle breeze and tight squeeze. The complimentary hydrotherapy suite alternately shocks and soothes guests with hot and cold plunge pools.

Even the little ones can partake in the rejuvenating rituals at Vassa Spa. (After all, these days our children are over-scheduled too.) There’s a specific suite designed for children ages five to 16. There, they can experience massages, facials, manicures, and makeovers.

So grab the kids (or don’t!) and make reservations at this dreamy destination. Whether you want to sun on the beach with your honey or splash in the pool with your honeys, you’ll have a magical, memorable vacation at Azul Fives.

Disclosure: Glam was a guest of Azul Fives Resort. Accommodations, flight, meals, and activities were all paid for.