Behind the scenes this week here at Vacationkids, I'm getting ready for my own "vacation" to several Mexico All Inclusive Family Resorts next week. I use the term "vacation" very loosely in this sentence. This started out to be a relaxing family vacation. The problem is the Mexico All Inclusive Family Resorts that we work with are constantly growing, improving and changing. Whenever I visit, I feel obligated to find out all of the latest news and updates for our clients. If I try to kick back and relax by the pool or beach I end up feeling guilty. Instead of wasting time with a great book I get to thinking "shoulda, woulda, coulda".
Striking a balance between work and vacation is really hard when you're a travel agent. When word gets out that I will be "in the neighborhood", the invites arrive in my inbox. Vacationkids has so many amigos in Mexico that it becomes hard to say no. Even if I was successful declining invites, it still doesn't mean I can actually relax. When you're in the travel & hospitality business, your radar is always on. You're constantly watching service and operations, making mental notes for future blog posts and webpages, even taking photos of your meals before you can actually eat them.
Besides the normal trip planning that one does for any family vacation, we travel agents have a few more logistics. Our additional invites need to be scheduled, confirmed, timed, transportation arranged etc. One hiccup in the schedule could cause a domino effect. Trying to coordinate colleague schedules obviously effect quality family vacation time. Yes folks, it's a major juggling act!
So at the moment, this is what I have planned for my "non-working vacation" to several of our Mexico All Inclusive Family resorts -
Sandos Cancun - This resort has been evolving. Suzie Sturm and I stayed here last year so I am looking forward to seeing all of their progress. Sandos Caracol & Sandos Playacar are big favorites of Vacationkids clients and I expect the same will be soon for Sandos Cancun very soon.
Secrets The Vine - Right next door to Sandos Cancun. Vacationkids normally sells AMresorts Dreams Resorts and generally not their Secrets resorts for Adults only. That said, we've been in business so long now many of our Vacation"kids" have not grown up and are asking us to do their Destination Weddings. Rumor has it, Secrets the Vine is going to be the new it spot for Cancun Destination weddings.
Hard Rock Cancun - We know this resort from when it was the Cancun Palace. Would like to see the updates that occurred since it was taken over by Hard Rock. Also would like to see the new kids program there with Barney, Dora the Explorer, Thomas the Tank and Angelina Ballerina.
Dreams Cancun - Speaking of Weddings, Vacationkids has a destination wedding planned here for clients in January. The bride has asked me for specific photos and wants me to have a laundry list of questions answered in person by the wedding planner here.
Paradisus Cancun - The Melia Cancun has been rennovated and upgraded to the Paradisus Cancun. Word has it that they will be having another baby club here that we can offer to our clients so certainly want to check this out.
Paradisus La Esmerelda - Vacationkids used to sell a ton of the Paradisus Riviera Maya resort before this property was sold to AMresorts. AMresorts turned this the old Paradisus into Now Sapphire Resort. During this time, the Paradisus built two brand new resorts a bit further south in the Riviera Maya. The Paradisus La Esmerelda is a family friendly property and Paradisus La Perla is an adults only property. Our staff has tried to visit during our last two visits so hopefully third time is the charm.
Azul Beach - Can't wait to stay here again. This resort was beautiful three years ago when Suzie and I did our video. Since that time, they've added on an entire new section complete with family suites and swim out rooms. Suzie & I got a quick hard hat view while it was still under construction but I can't wait to see the finished results.
Azul Sensatori & Azul Fives - Again, because I'll be right "in the neighborhood" I'll be stopping by to update our photos.
El Dorado Generations - This is a brand new condo style property that I am very excited to see. It offers studio, 1 2 and 3 bedroom units that supposedly can be either all inclusive or EP where you are responsible for your own meals. It is located on the GORGEOUS Maroma Beach near the adult only El Dorado Maroma, one of the most beautiful stretches of beach in the Riviera Maya.
Hmmm...10 Mexico All Inclusive Family Resorts in 7 days. Actually this is a vacation compared to many of our work trips. In any case, this is the plan. It may or may not all pan out depending on factors like weather and my family's patience. Wish me luck