As a family, we like to pick one or two activities to do together each day. We take turns picking activities, so that everyone has a say, and sometimes that’s easier than trying to get the kids to agree on one activity. Part of the fun is just relaxing and being spontaneous, but having a few specific things planned is always a good idea, especially if they’re high-energy activities that will tire the kids out!
The best children’s activity at the Riviera Maya?
We love exploring the Mayan ruins! Ek-Balam is bit more off the beaten path than Chichen Itza or Uxmal, so it’s a fun site to visit. Afterwards, we might go kayaking or take a bike ride through the jungle – the lush scenery makes even a quick ride an adventure.
Which was your most memorable family activity at Rosewood Mayakoba?
One of our favorite things to do together is cook as a family. We recently had a family dinner at Rosewood Mayakoba where we picked herbs and vegetables from the resort’s garden and helped the chef prepare an authentic meal. It was such a fun night for the kids, and it was also educational since they got to learn about traditional Mexican cuisine.
What’s your favourite cocktail, snack or local dish?
I like to start my day with a green chaya juice – it’s the perfect way to refresh before heading to the beach! For a special treat, the kids and I love a scoop of Yucatan honey ice cream.
For first time visitors, what is the one “must-do” activity?
Swimming in the cenotes, which are natural swimming holes. We didn’t actually get a chance to do this on our first trip to Playa Del Carmen so we jumped at the opportunity this year. We went to Cenote Azul and swimming in the fresh water through the underground river systems is something I will never forget. It was magical.
Do you have a favourite local spa treatment?
For something really local and authentic to the area, try the Mayan Healing Hands Experience. It’s inspired by a traditional Mayan healing practice and is not only detoxifying but restorative.