The Hard Rock Riviera Maya

The Hard Rock Hotel in Riviera Maya is a nice place to get away that is just a short drive from Cancun, Mexico. I had never been to an all-inclusive resort before, and it was a really nice treat. Food and snacks are laid out around bars and kitchens all around the resort, and you are welcomed to just take from them as you please. Staff travels around and asks you if you’d like a drink as you relax by the ocean. While most rooms don’t give you a view of the water, the balconies all have hammocks for you to swing on, and that was a nice touch. I really thought the rooms were modern and clean, and the room I stayed in had a sky terrace. While the stairs up to the sky terrace along with the extra rooftop balcony was cool, it wasn’t worth the extra money if you only went in on it for the Jacuzzi that’s up there. The Jacuzzi up on the roof is a bathtub-like Jacuzzi, and the water doesn’t get very warm. I’m not sure if that’s a cultural difference or just a danger since it gets so hot and humid there, but all the Jacuzzis on-site are luke-warm at best. So, your rooftop Jacuzzi isn’t going to be what you’re thinking it is if you are anticipating a steaming hot soak.

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That aside, it was truly a luxury experience laying around the beach-side covered by huts with straw roofs. That being said, it is a VERY LARGE resort, so you will get your exercise, too. There are two sections- Heaven, which is adults only, and Hacienda, the family side. Both are very spread out across the beach, and you need to ride on a golf cart to get from one side to the other, unless you’d like to walk the distance yourself. So, you can relax and get a nice workout in if you’d really like to see it all.

The Hard Rock Riviera Maya is definitely a party place, so I wouldn’t expect it to be too quiet, but I actually liked that it had a nice balance between quiet getaway and fun event.

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The restaurants on site were fantastic. There was a wide variety of food options from burgers to sushi to hibachi. The room service was included in the all-inclusive services, as well. All of the food I had was delicious.

And, you can easily find a multitude of getaways and excursions, many of which your room credits will cover. The technicality of going through an outside vendor can be very challenging, as my excursions were booked through Lomas Travel Agency, and they were nowhere near as organized as I had hoped, causing me to loose hours of my vacation chasing them down. If you go through the hotel, however, it is much easier and clear. Luckily, the concierge was able to help me figure everything out.

All in all, if you want to have an easy vacation in an all-inclusive resort, I’d give the Hard Rock a try! Especially if you’re looking for a fun getaway.

Malorie Mackey is an actress, published author, and adventurer. Malorie grew up in Richmond, Virginia where she loved sports, the outdoors, animals, and all forms of art. She took to acting at a young age, so it was no surprise when she decided to go to college for theatre. While in college, Malorie studied body movement with the DAH Theatre in Belgrade, Serbia, voice in Herefordshire, England with Frankie Armstrong, and the business of theatre in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Malorie moved from the East Coast to Los Angeles after receiving her BFA in Theatre Performance from Virginia Commonwealth University. Upon arriving in LA, Malorie participated in the Miss California USA 2011 Pageant where she won the “Friend’s Choice” Award (by popular vote) and received a beautiful award for it.

While living on the West Coast, Malorie accumulated over 40 acting credits working on a variety of television shows, web series, and indie films, such as the sci-fi movie “Dracano,” the Biography Channel show “My Haunted House,” the tv pilot “Model Citizen” with Angie Everhart, and the award-winning indie film “Amelia 2.0.”

Throughout her experiences, Malorie found a love for travel and adventure, having journeyed to over a dozen countries experiencing unique locations. From the lush jungles of the Sierra Madre mountain range to the Arctic Circle in Finnish Lapland, Malorie began adventuring and writing about her unique travels. These travel excerpts can be found on VIVA GLAM Magazine, in Malorie’s Adventure Blog, in Malorie’s adventure show: “Weird World Adventures” and in the works for her full-length travel book.

In 2022, Malorie was thrilled to become a member of the Explorer’s Club through her work on scientific travel. Her experiences volunteering on archaeological and anthropological expeditions as well as with animal conservation allowed her entry into the exclusive club. Since then, Malorie has focused more on scientific travel.

Malorie’s show “Weird World Adventures” releases on Amazon Prime Video in the Spring of 2024! Stay tuned as Malorie brings the strangest wonders of the world to you!

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