April attended a FAM trip (a trip to familiarize herself with several properties) in Riviera Maya, Mexico. This FAM showed her many resorts and wedding locations that she loved!! And now she wants to share her experience with you, in her own words and pictures:
Where did you travel?
I traveled to the Riviera Maya in Mexico, which is just south of Cancun. We visited several resorts including: Secrets Maroma, Barcelo Maya Palace, El Dorado Seaside, RIU Playacar, Secrets Silversands, Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita, Dreams Riviera Cancun, Now Jade Riviera Maya, Generations Riviera Maya, El Dorado Maroma, and Azul Sensatori.
What dates were you there?
I was there from Monday, November 30th – Friday, December 4th. So a total of 5 days, 4 nights.
How long did it take you to get there?
The air time from Atlanta (where my layover was) to Cancun was about a 2 and a half hour plane ride.
Have you been there before?
I have never been to the Riviera Maya or even Mexico so this was a first for me.
Tell us a little about your trip.
I went on this trip for work to not only learn about the area, airport, etc., but to also get a feel of different resorts around the Riviera Maya. This trip also focused on weddings so we were able to check out all the wedding venues at each resort and learn about the wedding packages they each had to offer. There were about 40 travel agents on this trip along with me! We all stayed at two different resorts during the trip and did site inspections at other resorts in the area over the 4 days we were there. We stayed at Secrets Maroma, an Adults Only resort, the first two nights and Now Jade Riviera Maya the second two nights. I loved Secrets Maroma! It had that romantic and intimate feel, yet there were many activities that you could do throughout the day. Now Jade was more family-friendly. This property was more active and had more of a condo feel you would find in Florida. So if you like the activeness of a vacation but also want all-inclusive, this would be a good property for a family. After visiting all the different resorts, we learned that they each have their own different benefits a person or group might want out of their vacation. There were resorts for more romantic getaways, and there were some that were more focused on children and some in between. It was definitely a great experience to see how each resort you go to has a different feel! Everyone at these resorts were very kind and generous to go out of their way to make sure we were all enjoying our stay and visit. All-Inclusive resorts are definitely the way to go for any family vacations or romantic getaways!