How to cope with another relaxing day on the beach
At the Sensatori with rooms that walkout into the pools and jacuzzis

How to cope with another relaxing day on the beach

It’s 7:15 am and I snag the last “beach bed” at the pool area closest to our room at the Azul Sensatori Hotel (www.karismahotels.com) south of Cancun. You can see why they are in demand -- comfy oversized mattresses that are covered.

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An up-close look at the Azul Sensatori near Cancun
Inside the kids club at the Azul Sensatori

An up-close look at the Azul Sensatori near Cancun

This might be the best kids’ club I’ve seen. Certainly one of the best-thanks to partnerships with My Gym and Fisher Price at the Karisma Azul Sensatori resort just south of Cancun (www.karismahotels.com). There is a big play room complete with trampoline and balls to jump in.

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The future of family travel?
Rooftop area at Azul Fives

The future of family travel?

I think I’ve seen the future of family travel. It’s called Azul Fives and it’s about a half hour south of we’re staying just outside of Playa del Carmen. Originally, we were supposed to stay here -- I liked the location (plenty of action in town for the young adults, Mayan ruins a short drive away, good diving and snorkeling right from the resort).

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Dance lessons, Spanish lessons or yoga?
A beach butler at the Azul Sensatori

Dance lessons, Spanish lessons or yoga?

I walk down the beach. A toddler is snoozing in the spacious covered “beach bed;” a grandfather is playing cards with his granddaughter; a dad is tossing a football along the beach with his sons. There is a beach volleyball game going on at one end of the beach and a kids’ soccer game at the other.

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A vacation on the Mexican Riviera
Poolside view of the Azul Sensatori

A vacation on the Mexican Riviera

My mission: seeing if a vacation with teens and young adults can be successful at an all-inclusive resort. When they were younger, I liked all-inclusives for the organized kids’ activities that gave parents a break and the fact that I didn’t have to pay $4 every time they wanted a soft drink.

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Disney’s private island and our last night on the cruise
Ethan and Mike check out a stingray

Disney’s private island and our last night on the cruise

The sky is blue, the water clear turquoise. We step off the Disney Wonder onto kids vacation heaven -- a great big beach, a play structure anchored in the water. Machines dispensing all the ice cream and pop parents will let the kids have (as well as fresh fruit).

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