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    10 Reasons Why You Have To Visit Karisma Generations Riviera Maya In Mexico

    ** BONUS: USE CODE LADYBLOG when booking between now and 8/14/14 to receive $100 resort credit ($50 pp towards spa service, or other hotel experiences) **

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    Guys! You want a fabulous vacation? You want gourmet inclusive? You want white beaches and crystal blue skies? Well, I have the perfect place for you!

    I finally made it to Mexico. Sure, Lady and the Blog has reviewed this sunny destination time and time again, but never through my own eyes. I’ve always sent a writer. Three weeks ago, I flew down south with all the maxi dresses my suitcase could fit and attended a press trip I will never forget.

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    Where did I stay? Karisma Generations Riviera Maya. It’s a brand new property and totally WORTH checking out. The hotel property was WIDE and not LONG which meant that there was PLENTY of beach front space to claim and pools to dive into. They weren’t messing around during the pre-plan developments.

    I mean … just look at this pool. Palm trees and happiness.

    I wanted to write up a little bit about my stay and tell you why you should head on down to Karisma Generations Riviera Maya. I rounded up my top 10 reasons… my favorite moments!! Ready?

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    (a look at the kiddie pool — check out the kid-sized seats)

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     (great kid fountains)

    #10 – Pools throughout the property

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    A resort wouldn’t be complete without a spa, right? We had the opportunity to test out a massage and I had a wonderful experience jumping in and out of all the different pools (hot and cold). You have access to the spa the entire day you book your appointment. Take advantage!

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    The one thing that I regret not doing was the spiritual cleansing ritual. You need four people to do it and my group just wasn’t interested. I was devastated (on the inside). I understood that everyone wanted to get some sun… but I kept thinking that the sun will always be around. How many times will we be faced with such an opportunity? ONE!!!! Sadly, I left without taking part in the experience. I didn’t say anything because I didn’t want to ruin their fun, but BOO!!! If you do happen to make it to Karisma Generations Riviera Maya – do this!!

    #9 – Spa

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     (the pool off the balconies attach – if you come with friends make sure to ask for rooms next to one another)

    If you look outside of your room… you will find a fantastic surprise. Every room has a swimming pool off their balcony – and they all connect. WHAT?! Yes, you read that correctly.

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    Think about if you were at this resort with your children and you didn’t have the energy to take them down to the big pool. You can just let them go out here! Or how about if it’s just you and your spouse? What a romantic evening! Champagne by candlelight.

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     (Mediterranean small plates to start)

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    (from another night – Japanese trio: creme brûlée)

    Now, let’s talk about the food. The food is considered “gourmet inclusive” – not just inclusive. It’s a step up from the rest. If you’ve gone to all inclusive hotels… you know that sometimes the food can be blah. Well, at Karisma Generations Riviera Maya I had one amazing meal after the next. And with 13 restaurants to choose from, you won’t be complaining come meal time. There’s so many different options including sushi, Mediterranean, Latin fusion, classic Southwest and more.

    #7 Gourmet Inclusive

    I am a SUPER picky eater. Let me just get that out there. And I enjoyed every single meal that I ate at this resort. If you don’t want to eat at the Karisma Generations, you can always walk over to one of the other two properties and pick from there. That’s right! If you stay at one property, you get to enjoy the amenities of the other two sister properties. So easy considering they are right next door to one another.

    What else does Gourmet Inclusive mean?

    • Includes 5 star services such as beach butlers
    • 24 hour in-room dining
    • sommeliers
    • all meals are prepared with the freshest ingredients

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    Now, let’s talk about that last bullet point. The freshest ingredients. How fresh is fresh? F-R-E-S-H! I went to the greenhouse where most of the vegetables, herbs and fruits are grown. And they aren’t kidding! They’ve dedicated over 100,000 square feet to guaranteeing you have the best experiencing when dining on property.

    #6 The Greenhouse

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    (the beach – you can see the yoga studio overlooking the water)

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    (the girls after our yoga class)

    If you wanted to take part in a morning activity, there is a complete schedule for you to leaf through. If you want to go canoeing, you can go canoeing. If you want to do yoga, you can go ahead and do that instead. You know which one I opted for! It was so unbelievably pleasant to do yoga and hear the sounds of the ocean surround you. My goodness – if only I could bottle that up and take it home with me!

    #5 Yoga on the Beach

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    Wine pairing dinners were so much fun! Not only did you get to enjoy an amazing meal, but you got to learn a little bit about which wine worked best with which flavors. I LOVED IT! This particular night, we enjoyed a meal that was being cooked right before our eyes… on a big screen! Yes, it was a virtual show. Cameras were on the chef so the entire audience had a front row view. So much FUN! ( * this is extra)

    #4 Wine Pairing Meals 

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    I am not even going to FAKE THE FUNK. I was petrified on this horse. Scared out of my mind. Ask me how long I lasted. Ask me. .0425 seconds. I was like… OK TAKE ME OFF! I’m from the city!!!

    Actually, I’m pretty sure that’s what I told the cowboy. And I’m not being funny. I think I really did scream that to him. But the rest of the group walked off into the sunset (ok, it was like 2PM but it sounds better when you write “sunset”) and they enjoyed their trail. Me? I hung out by the pool safely on the ground. I couldn’t do it. I have trust issues. Nothing personal against the horse. Why is this one of my reasons why you should visit  Karisma Generations Riviera Maya in Mexico? Because it’s right on property! You don’t have to leave the resort!!! You can enjoy something fun like this without venturing too far away from your home base. I really loved that.

    #3 Horseback Riding

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    Relaxation should be number 1 but this list isn’t in any particular order. I cannot tell you how many different places there are to just lay down. Cabanas, beds, chairs, lounges – everywhere! They want you to let it all go and just enjoy. How can you say no to that kind of request?

    #2 A million ways to relax

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    The kids club. Let’s talk about it! There’s services available at the center and then there’s services available on the actual beach. So, let’s say that you and your husband want to run into the water for 15 minutes but you have your baby with you and you don’t want to take her. You can put your baby in the babysitting area for 15 minutes just so you can go and take a dip. I thought that was BRILLIANT! And it’s included! You don’t have to pay extra for that service. Come on!


    For more information about the Karisma Generations Riviera Maya, visit their website. If you are planning a trip to Mexico, you NEED to check this one OUT.

    ** BONUS: USE CODE LADYBLOG when booking between now and 8/14/14 to receive $100 resort credit ($50 pp towards spa service, or other hotel experiences) **

    Vera
    Vera Sweeney, mom, blogger, social media influencer and New York resident, is the founder of LadyAndTheBlog.com. She is considered one of the top female digital influencers in today’s social media space. Her lifestyle and parenting brand helps busy women stay on top of the latest trends in fashion, food, family and travel.

    8 Comments

    1. What a fab review. looks like paradise and those pools.Amazing green house. love the photo of you girls in the ball pit adorable

    2. You so captured the essence of Generations with this post – the Gourmet Inclusive (so RARE!), the beaches and pools, the FOOD, the kid’s area. Everything about this resort is extraordinary. I would go back again and again!

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