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All-ages fun at Sensira Resort & Spa

Head to this Riviera Maya resort for your next multigenerational family vacation

Article by Jenny Hart

Photography by Tony Powell

Originally published in Potomac Lifestyle

With travel back in full swing and kids of all ages finally vaccinated, we’re seeing one of our favorite family trends skyrocket in the DMV: multigenerational travel. After being apart for so long, this summer is all about connecting and making memories with our loved ones, and what better place to do so than in a tropical paradise?

Choosing a destination is easy: a 3.5 hour direct flight will deliver your brood to Mexico’s Riviera Maya, the charming stretch of beach just south of Cancún. Choosing a resort, however, can be more of a challenge: you’ll want a place that will appeal to every member of the family, regardless of age.

Enter Sensira Resort & Spa Riviera Maya, home to clear, sunny skies, soft, sparkling sand, and something fun for truly everyone. Potomac Lifestyle recently visited with a group as diverse as they come: families with children as young as eight through college-aged, and even some child-free adults, to boot. Here’s what we loved most about the resort:

The location

Sensira is located in the town of Puerto Morelos, immediately south of Cancún at the start of the Riviera Maya. The beachfront property is surrounded by jungle, with none of the Cancún crowds. Puerto Morelos is an under-the-radar and tranquil destination, with open space and amble lounge chairs for the picking. It’s an easy 20-minute drive from the airport, which is a better commute than most of the Hotel Zone. The resort partners with Amstar DMC to provide private and shared transfers, which will get you from baggage claim to beach in the blink of an eye.

The pools

Sensira boasts several gorgeous pools: there’s the infinity pool, located steps from the sand, that has a swim-up bar and daily water activities like volleyball and aerobics; the family pool, which overlooks the property and has the best access to sunshine; and the adults-only pool, surrounded by sultry daybeds and complete with hot tub. There’s also an aqua park for kids from 4-to-12 years old to climb on and splash in. This was a favorite spot of Antonio, age 8, who loved racing his new friends down the water slides.

The food and drink

The resort has eight restaurants and five bars, offering variety for each day of your trip. During the day, dine at the expansive buffet or have lunch fare (and drinks!) delivered to you by the pool or beach. You can also grab a beverage from the stylishly designed Lobby Bar, which has an extensive drinks menu for children. At night, your family can choose between steak, Italian, or Mexican cuisine at Sensira’s specialty restaurants – our group unanimously declared the Mexican restaurant, La Finca de Ana, our favorite on-site. Potomac Lifestyle publisher KC Cole could not stop raving about the dessert tamales!

For adults, there’s also Galerie Des Sens, a reservation-only French restaurant designed to look like the Louvre that serves an exquisite tasting menu by renowned Mexican chef, John Bertrand. After your meal, head to England-inspired The Knights Pub for a nightcap; top shelf liquor, refreshing A/C and billiards tables await. Elena, 14, had no problem letting her parents have a night to themselves, as that meant she could stay in and order room service – the 24-hour amenity was a highlight of her stay!

The entertainment

Beyond the sun and sand, there is plenty going on at Sensira to joyfully fill your time. While younger children will love the personalized attention they receive at the Adventure Club, kids of all ages can enjoy foosball and air hockey, a trampoline room, and an outdoor zipline and climbing wall. Ramon, 17, most enjoyed shooting hoops at the resort’s rooftop basketball court, as well as playing miniature golf with his family.

Sensira’s entertainment team puts on family-friendly performances each evening; their magic show, which incorporated over a dozen children and adults from the audience (the kids’ reaction when their parents were selected to participate was priceless) was magnificent and puzzling, and without a doubt the best performance of our stay. Afterwards, the 18+ crowd can make their way to S-Club, the on-site nightclub that spins a variety of Top 40 hits and Latin dance music.