Deciding whether or not to escape the cold is usually not a difficult choice to make. Where to go and where to stay, on the other hand, can be a little trickier. If you’re ready to trade snow for sand and soak up the sun, Punta Cana and Cancun/Riviera Maya should be at the top of your list. As for where to stay? Well, our friends at Ocean by H10 Hotels have you covered there, too.
The highlight of Ocean Blue and Sand is its prime location on the spectacular white sands and crystalline Caribbean waters of Bavaro Beach, making it perfect for beach lovers. Water activities here are endless, including two large free-form pools to choose from (complete with swim-up bars, of course). For families, the kid’s club, teen clubs, or bowling alley will keep the younger ones entertained while parents can treat themselves to an afternoon escape with scuba diving lessons or a relaxing spa treatment. Top it all off with eight bars and eight restaurants, and you’ve got the perfect recipe for that much-needed escape.
Beautiful beaches in Punta Cana are abundant, so the locale of the newest of the Ocean hotels – Ocean El Faro – is equally idyllic. For families looking for more space, and more activities, this is the place. Home to 10 restaurants, 13 bars, a theater, bowling alley, casino, four separate pools, a lazy river, AND a family water park, the list of activities is never-ending. Lavish suite-style rooms provide the perfect opportunity to rest and relax during downtime, and everyone is sure to find something to make the trip one heck of a memorable getaway.
You’ll find the Ocean Coral and Turquesa nestled along the sea in Puerto Morelos, a quaint area just 20 minutes south of Cancun. Not unlike its Punta Cana relatives, this resort also offers abundant activities and excellent accommodations. Active travelers will love the host of available non-motorized watersports like windsurfing or kayaking, the onsite dive shop, running track, and tennis court. Oh, and there’s a brand new waterpark to enjoy, too. As an added bonus, the town of Puerto Morelos is a short three miles from the resort, making exploring the hidden gems, restaurants, and shops of this former fishing village the perfect day trip.
The Ocean Riviera Paradise sits beachfront in Playa del Carmen and has everything you could need for a dream vacation – including separate sections designed for families, adults, and an exclusive section for guests staying in Privilege rooms. Spend your time sunbathing at one of four outdoor pools, get pampered at the spa, try your luck at the casino, or catch a show in the evening at the theater. Be sure to also leave time to explore the nearby area of Playa del Carmen for a day of shopping the pedestrian-friendly and oh-so-charming town square.
Traveling without the kids? Then the Ocean Maya Royale is calling. This unique resort offers an adults-only experience and is comprised of small, two-story bungalows that give it the aura of a private, exclusive retreat. While it may feel like an intimate resort, it’s still big on amenities including six restaurants, a full-service spa, and beautiful beach, just to name a few. Similar to its Riviera Paradise counterpart mentioned above, it’s also near a town perfect for exploring, so be sure to check out the area of Playa del Carmen while you’re there.
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