We booked a week at the Crown Paradise Club. My requirements for booking a resort were these: not too far from the airport, super kid-friendly, serves daiquiris, and has hot weather. The Crown Paradise Club met all of these, even beyond our expectations. This resort is perfect for families. I actually would probably not go here unless I was with children, because there were kids everywhere. In a great way though. There was a ton for them to do.
Here's a quick recap of our trip according to my iPhone!
This was me mid-packing. I spent more time thinking about the books I wanted to bring than I did about the clothing. I ended up reading Queen of Shadows, Empire of Storms, and The Girl Who Chased the Moon throughout our trip.
While in Mexico, I pretty much lived in this J. Crew bathing suit and cover up, and these Gap shorts (in blue denim). I also brought and loved this dress from Old Navy and a tank similar to this one from Lululemon.
#becauselife, I ended up insanely ill the morning we left for Mexico. I was nauseous and sick and I, quite honestly, barely made it onto the plane. I'm not sure if I ate something bad the day before or what, but I spent the first two and a half days of our trip basically living in our hotel room, drinking water, and eating soda crackers. Thankfully, this was the view from our balcony.
Rob and Sebastian did a ton of fun activites at the resort though. The kids club there has organized and supervised activites all day long and a massive kids waterpark. They had water ballon fights, piñata-making, a chocolate eating contest, cookie decorating, and different movies in a real movie theatre each night. The staff there were very friendly and knew Sebastian by name within a day or two.
Tip - if you want to leave your child/children for the themed evening activity, you need to pre-register. There's no cost, but that is the only time the kids club is not drop off.
Sebastian especially loved the rainbow drinks and elephant towel!
Finally, on Day 4 of our 7-day trip, I was feeling better.
The last four days we swam, beached, and played a boatload of mini golf. There was a course right at the resort, and it was one of Sebastian's favourite activities.
The water was beautiful and warm and the sunsets were extraordinary. There was bar right on the beach, and often we could get service right to our beach chairs. You do need to play the game of reserving your lounge chairs by the main pool or the beach (if you want a cabana to provide some shade) by 7 or 8am. We also really loved the covered pool. It's not as busy, and still has plenty of sunshine.
We would absolutely go back to the Crown Paradise Club. There was a whole teen section we didn't even get a chance to explore with a larger waterslides, a rockclimbing wall, and a zipline.
And, mostly, it was so lovely to get away somewhere warm together as a family.