THE place for a rockin’ good vacation!
My recent visit to the Hard Rock Riviera Maya was a rockin’ learning experience. I learned that the Hard Rock brand pays homage to the past while embracing the future. I learned that Hard Rock is a company built on philanthropy, and takes its generous roots very seriously. I learned that Hard Rock’s goal is to provide authentic experiences that rock, day and night, for all age groups. I learned that the Hard Rock collection of music memorabilia consists of over 75,000 pieces, and that at a Hard Rock property, music is the always foreground, not the background.
When you check in at a Hard Rock, one of the first things YOU will learn, besides your room number, is about Hard Rock’s Sound of Your Stay program featuring three amenities that are free for each and every guest: Tracks, Picks and Mix. You can download free music to the device of your choice; you can check out a Fender guitar and play along with the free lessons on the TV in your room, or use it as a prop in your own rock-star photo shoot; and, you can learn to be a DJ. That sounds like a good time before you even hit your room, right? Speaking of rooms, there are several room categories to choose from, and at the Hard Rock Riviera Maya, EVERY ROOM has a double Jacuzzi. Some are in the room, and others, like the room I had, are up a flight of stairs and on its own private rooftop terrace. Now THAT’S rockin.’
Have you ever stayed at a resort that employed a “vibe” manager? If the answer is yes, then you’ve stayed at a Hard Rock. If you don’t even know what a vibe manager does (and I didn’t), it is a person whose sole focus is making sure that the music at any part of the resort – pool, club, restaurant – matches the mood of the people currently in that part of the resort. If it’s a loud, young, hip crowd around the pool, the music is loud, young and hip. If it’s a more sedate crowd, or maybe only a few people, the music gets changed to something quieter and more relaxed. That is the level of attention to detail you will find at a Hard Rock resort.
It’s hard not to have fun at a place where everyone is a rock star. Whatever your taste in music, everyone likes being treated like rock royalty, and that is how you will be treated at a Hard Rock. From the Woodstock-goer to the MTV generation to today’s babies growing up with iPods, there is literally something for everyone.
For families with small children, there’s the Little Big Club and its character mascots: Barney, Bob the Builder, Angelina Ballerina and Thomas the Tank Engine. Of course you can do the character breakfast, it’s included! Of course you can have a tea party with Angelina, story time with Thomas or build sandcastles with Bob, they’re all included!
For older kids, the teen lounge at Riviera Maya is almost complete, as is the awesome-sounding Music Lab. Music Lab activities take place at night when teens come alive — featuring Spin Session, where teens learn to DJ; Jam Band, where teens lean to play an instrument in a band with other teens; Rock Tube, where teens work together to make a music video, and Song Recording, where teens lay tracks.
If kids aren’t your thing, Hard Rock Riviera Maya has an adults-only side called Heaven, home to the Heaven lounge and night club. With its own pools, coves and zero-entry beach, Heaven achieves an easy balance for guests who just want to quietly relax and guests who want to party the night away. Or, guests who want to do both!
Want to get married at a Hard Rock? Good choice — your guests will have a great time and your wedding will be ultra-chic. Hard Rock’s wedding designer is none other than the super stylin’ Colin Cowie, event planner extraordinaire for stars like Oprah Winfrey. He has designed the Hard Rock wedding collections to please every personality, and I got to see every one of the collections up close and personal. Speaking of up close and personal, Colin is very much a hands-on collaborator with Hard Rock, and it shows. Yours will be a beach wedding to remember, and one that definitely rocks to your special vibe.
For a vacation experience that totally rocks, I recommend Hard Rock Riviera Maya. Totally.