Sunday, June 19, 2016

Karisma Resorts Introduction to Generations in Riviera Maya

Karisma Resorts asked me to go to the opening of the first Nickelodeon Resort this summer in Punta Cana. It looked like it was going to be quite a place, and I’m always a fan of the Dominican Republic.

Unfortunately, the resort wasn’t open in time for me to go, but it worked out just fine: I got to check out some of the resort company’s Riviera Maya offerings.

To make things a bit more complicated, just before the trip I injured my ankle. At the time, I didn’t know how serious it was, but I did know that I could not walk much.

That left me with the terrible job of having to lay back, relax, and enjoy Mexico for a few days!

My friend Roberta was flying from Tennessee to meet me at Cancun airport. We were going to stay in Riviera Maya at Generations Resorts.

It’s a luxury family resort next door to the chain’s El Dorado Royale and El Dorado Casitas adults only properties we would also be able to enjoy.

We arrived at Generations quickly and the lobby was inviting. It was early in the day and our suite wasn’t ready yet. I repeated my requested for a ground level swim-up suite as it would have the least amount of walking.

While we waited, we enjoyed our first cocktails with lunch at the only buffet restaurant at Generations All Inclusive Resort , the Chef Market. Roberta picked up and assortment of food while I decided to ask the waiter to bring me the Carnitas Tacos from Palms Gourmet Terrace so I didn’t have to walk around.

We enjoyed a leisurely lunch and then our butler came to escort us to our suite.

It was the room I had requested, a one-bedroom swim-up suite. It had two queen beds, a view of the Caribbean Sea, a jacuzzi, 24-hour room service, a stocked mini refrigerator, and a butler to serve our every need. What more could we want?!

Roberta decided to explore and I was more than happy to put on my bikini and lay down on the couch on our patio. The butler brought some ice for my ankle and I enjoyed the view and a book I had waited a long time to read.

It was Roberta’s first trip to Mexico -- I had been many times before, including five trips to the Cancun and Riviera Maya area)-- so she was gone a while checking out the landscape.

When Roberta came back, she helped me down to the lounge chairs in the water below our patio – one step closer to the resort’s main pool.

It had been a long day and I wasn’t feeling like a big swim. Instead, I showered and took a nap before dinner.

We were having dinner the first night at Generation’s Wine Kitchen Restaurant. It was a menu filled with small plates, and, of course, lots of wine.

It was a very relaxing atmosphere and there was even a water view from our table at Generations Resort .

We started with a tasting of a watermelon and cheese bite, followed by fresh vegetables on flatbread, carpaccio and shrimp linguine for Roberta, and soup and risotto for me.

Everything was delicious and that's a great way to start out at an all-inclusive resort.

Like the courses, the desserts were small. We weren’t complaining as we had plenty to eat and were close to falling asleep.

We made it back to our room and quickly drifted off, excited for the upcoming full day at Generations Resort in Riviera Maya.

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