CANCUN: Kid-friendly beachfront escape at CasaMagna Marriott Resort

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Jen Leo Cora Cancun Weekend

 

The stretch between spring break and summer vacation can seem to drag on when your kids first start school, especially if you’re used to being able to travel with the family whenever you want. When Cora made the jump from preschool to kindergarten, I was already feeling restless.  In May, I took her out of school for a couple of days to do a long mommy-daughter weekend in Cancun at the CasaMagna Marriott. Now that school is starting again, the calendar looks equally long between now and Thanksgiving. As luck would have it, The CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort is offering a value-studded family travel package called “Family Fun with Kids Club” that you don’t want to miss.

DEAL: BOGO room deal! Plus there’s a bunch of kid-friendly amenities to make sure mom, dad and the little ones have a blast in Cancun! Make sure you use the Promo Code: MAJ

  • Buy one room and get the 2nd (connecting room) free per stay
  • 100 USD in resort credit daily
  • Kids Club access (for up to two children aged 12 and under)
  • Free breakfast for 2 children under 12 from kids menu when dining with adults
  • Daily internet access (two devices for one room)

DATES: Valid through Dec. 3, 2015 – see rate details for rules.

TESTED: The deal page says that rates vary between $249-$619/night; however, I used the flexible date link for a three-night stay in a resort view room for a family of three and found all of the rates to be $987, plus tax, for a total of $1,174.53. I found that to be the rate both during mid-week and on the weekends. If you bumped up to four nights, the total came to $1,566.00. Ocean view rooms were only $20 more per night and definitely worth it.

 

CasaMagnaMarriott Cancun Bed Jump from Jen Leo on Vimeo. Our room had two pillow top queen beds with a balcony and view of the pool and beach. There was air condition, strong Wi-Fi, and Cora delighted in the towels that were always folded into cute animals and left waiting for her. But we barely spent any time in them.

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A resort that has a Kids Club is great for both parents and kids!

There is no doubt that moms and dads (and especially the kids!) will appreciate having their own room with this special family travel deal. It might be the best part of the whole package! However, the fun doesn’t stop in the room nor does it end at the beach. Here is a closer look at the CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort Kids Club.

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Cora really had fun there and loved the chance to play with other kids. It’s a cozy club that is half indoors for arts and crafts and half outdoors that includes a play structure and a bouncy. She really enjoyed making the paper mâché globe and painting but the programs vary daily. The staff was fantastic! You can tell that they really care about the kids and are as patient as they are fun. After I left they did even more crafts and got to enjoy some freshly baked cookies.

Did someone say resort credit?

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This deal offers you $100 resort credit PER DAY. One of the amenities that we enjoyed was the spa and beauty salon. It is actually in the JW Marriott right next door, but the two properties are connected and it was a short walk worth taking. Here are some photos of Cora and I getting princessified before we went out to dinner at their super fun on property teppanyaki restaurant—Mikado Japanese Teppan Yaki. Eating there was really fun as a group, as was the steak house, La Capilla Argentina Steakhouse. But when we return, we’ll be spending our first night in the room ordering their thin crust gourmet pizza via room service! It was soooo good!

 

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Of course, you don’t have to spend money to have a great  vacation in Cancun The beautiful beaches are right there waiting for you. Some people find steeper deals at hotels across the road from the beachfront hotels. For me, having your room right above the sand is worth it when you are traveling with kids. Especially little ones. It can be the difference between a going back to the room for a nap and a public meltdown while you’re crossing the street.

CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort: Cora at the beach

Besides, what kid doesn’t want to spend every last minute combing the beach for treasure? It’s no surprise the CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort gets a 4.5 star rating on TripAdvisor and is one of the top 20  of 178 hotels in Cancun.

CasaMagnaCancunCorafriends The thing we will remember most about our time at CasaMagna Marriott was the opportunity to make new friends. Kids love playing with kids wherever they go, and when you go to a family-friendly resort like this one, your chances improve. But it felt different this time. Playing with London and Sofia and their parents made us feel like we wanted to continue the friendship, if not travel together again and again. Being in Cancun brought out the best in all of us and that was as magical as how far away from school, work, and household duties we felt.

Our hotel stay at CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort and some of our meals and entertainment were provided free of charge for purposes of this review. As always, all options are my own.

Don’t forget to tell us if you are able to take advantage of this deal and have fun in Cancun with the kids!

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