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Postcard from Riviera Maya, Mexico

Deputy editor Leah Rumack chills at Azul Beach Hotel, a boutique all-inclusive resort that puts its smallest guests first.

By Leah Rumack
Postcard from Riviera Maya, Mexico

Postcard from Riviera Maya, Mexico

Postcard from Riviera Maya, Mexico

“We're not the lone pariahs anymore,” my husband, Jason, sighs happily in the groovy Latin fusion restaurant while feeding tortilla soup to our food-throwing 14-month-old, Ben. It may feel like we’re dining in the latest urban hot spot, but really we’re in one of the restaurants at Azul Beach Hotel, a recently renovated resort in Bahia Petempich in the Riviera Maya, Mexico.

Catering to pariahs — er, I mean, families with toddlers and babies! — the small property has only 147 rooms, sidestepping the mall-like vibe of some of the mega resorts (and better for that inevitable trek back to the room for the sippy cup). And even though it’s as stylish as a grown-ups-only spot, here you can you get Fisher-Price toys sent to your room, which can be equipped with everything from a bottle sterilizer to a stroller.

A version of this article appeared in our August 2012 issue with the headline: Azul Beach Hotel (p. 26).

Postcard from Riviera Maya, MexicoPhoto courtesy of Azul Beach Hotel.

The best ...absurd room amenity

Toddler-sized white, fluffy spa bathrobes, natch.

Postcard from Riviera Maya, MexicoPhoto courtesy of Azul Beach Hotel.

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The best ...must-do indulgence

A beachfront sky massage in a palapa right on the ocean.

Postcard from Riviera Maya, MexicoPhoto courtesy of Azul Beach Hotel.

The best ...intentions

Mom’s Morning, where a fitness instructor leads moms (with their toddlers in jogging strollers) in a running-and-light- yoga circuit around the property. SO was going to go.

Postcard from Riviera Maya, MexicoPhoto courtesy of Azul Beach Hotel.

The best ...way to spend the day

In one of the highly-coveted beach beds while the beach butler brings you tacos. You have to line up the day before to book, but it’s worth it.

Postcard from Riviera Maya, MexicoPhoto courtesy of Azul Beach Hotel.

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What to do

Foodie fiesta
Azul’s “gourmet inclusive” concept means good food. While they had Ben at the chocolate milkshake he got at check-in, we cheerfully munched our way through the five restaurants, including Asian and Italian options. The breakfast buffet was huge; a snack counter doled out smoothies and jars of baby food. Our beachside waiter had our order of “Two mojitos, and an apple juice straight up!” memorized, and after a fussy toddler refused to eat his dinner, 24-hour room service suggested that they could send up yogurt, a banana and a carton of milk. Well, if you insist!

Postcard from Riviera Maya, MexicoPhoto courtesy of Azul Beach Hotel.
This article was originally published on Jul 04, 2012

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