Special Attention For My Other Child: A Getaway For A Day
My 7-year-old has a thing for pina coladas. Actually, my husband and I were the ones who introduced her to them during a recent trip to the glorious Cozumel Palace resort in Cozumel, Mexico.
OK, OK, they were virgin pina coladas! No matter, the point wasn’t really the drink, as yummy as they were. One major truth about our family: Sabrina’s brother, Max, gets a whole lot of attention because of his special needs, and I can tell that gets to her sometimes. We’d planned to bring Max to the resort—we were docked in Cozumel on our Disney Cruise—but when he decided he wanted to stay in the kids club on the ship, off we went with Sabrina. And she was psyched.
We took a five-minute taxi ride from the pier. Visitors can get a day pass to the resort, which gives you complete access to its amenities including the stunning infinity pool overlooking the ocean and the other freshwater pool, unlimited snacks and dining, snorkeling, the kids club and top-shelf wine and beverages.
In the lobby
Dave and Sabrina jumped into the pool and soon after hit the swim-up bar and started sampling the pina coladas, the first one Sabrina ever had.
While we were swimming a rainstorm hit, and so we hung out in the lobby. A staffer from the kids club had set up a bracelet-making stand there, and Sabrina tried macramé as we talked about our trip and her upcoming sleepover party. Dave, meanwhile, was downing copious amounts of guacamole he’d ordered from the bar.
She was so thrilled with her handiwork
For lunch we hit the international buffet in the hotel’s Turquesa restaurant. Besides the extensive salad bar there was a hot-foods section, made-to-order pasta, and a make-your-own pizza area for kids.
One of the most gourmet buffet lunches I’ve ever had
The desserts! OMG, the desserts!
And then, back to the pool, where Sabrina downed another pina colada (but who was counting?) and we had this fascinating exchange:
Sabrina: “Do you like alcohol?”
Sabrina: “Daddy said ‘no alcohol’ to the guy who made the drinks!”
Me: “Oh. Yes, that’s for some grown-ups.
Sabrina: “Alcohol makes you talk funny!”
Me: “What makes you think that?!”
Sabrina: “It’s what Miss Hannigan drank in Annie!”
For the rest of the afternoon, until we had to board the ship at 5:30, we swam, vegged out on the lounge chairs and basked in the sun. Sabrina seemed so happy…and I know it wasn’t just the sugar high.
Disclosure: We received a complementary day pass, but the opinions expressed here are my own.
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