We enjoyed spring break on the beautiful west coast of Mexico with Mam, Pap, Mark, Elis and all the kids. Although Puerto Vallarta has much to offer, we found ourselves basking in the sun and playing at the pool for most of the week. The kids were old enough to play independently, and between the snorkel gear, football and floating toys in the pool, there was not a moment of boredom.
The adventure began on Monday night at the stunning Fairmont YVR where we all met for the official launch of the vacation. At the pool, the girls were entertained by watching the people walking through the airport below. Once everyone had arrived (Mam and Pap were coming from Calgary), we enjoyed dinner at the Globe YVR restaurant and drinks on the Fairmont Gold floor, keenly watching the planes arrive and depart from the gates.
The flight to Mexico was relatively easy and the time passed quickly. To be honest, I don’t think that the kids moved from watching their tablets the whole 5 hours! For once in my life, I had a super relaxing, no-stress flight with kids!
The hotel we stayed at was one that we’ve been to before, Crown Paradise Club, so we knew what to expect. The hotel is a quick shuttle ride from the airport and is in a great location. It is small enough that the kids could roam around a bit on their own with new friends and we didn’t have to worry about where they were. They even had a zipline over one of the pools which the boys loved!
We ate all our meals at the buffet which offered a range of foods that appealed to all of us. We often ordered the grilled catch of the day, but there was always a nice selection of different dishes. Of course, the best part was probably the self-serve ice-cream station for the kids (and adults!). Oh, and the kids’ drink menu, which was available at every bar. Willem’s record for one day was 11 smoothies!
Honesty, the majority of our time was spent lounging beside the pool, playing with the kids, reading and catching some of that beautiful sunshine that we’ve missed all winter. The sunsets were spectacular almost every night. We just couldn’t get enough.
One evening, we took a pirate dinner cruise through Banderas Bay on the Marigalante Pirate ship and although it was a very late night, everyone had fun. There was an epic sword fight, drama with our guide “Fish” and it all ended with a huge fireworks display!
The second last morning there, Mark, Chris, and I (with the kids), hopped in a cab to old town Puerto Vallarta to walk down the Malecon. I think the kids enjoyed the change of pace and it was nice to see the sights in town, go through some of the shops, and visit the very beautiful, Our Lady of Guadalupe church.
The end of the week came much too fast. We all agreed that 10 days would have been even better! It was a lovely time together with family, and we look forward to next time!