The Malcolm family, maxin' and relaxin' in Mexico (look at those smiles!)

The Malcolm family, maxin’ and relaxin’ in Mexico (just look at those smiles!)

The Malcolm family’s luxe, family-friendly trip to the Nizuc Resort & Spa proves that there’s more to Cancun than misbehaving college students

This WHAT A TRIP! piece comes from Gayle Malcolm, a Minnesota native, a woman of excellent taste, an adventurous traveler and one smart cookie. For this piece, Malcolm we’re lucky enough to get her take on the luxurious Nizuc Resort and Spa in Cancun, Mexico, but honestly, we’d follow her anywhere!

KU Where did you stay?
GM Nizuc Resort & Spa

KU Why Nizuc?
GM It was actually a recommendation from my travel agent. We’d been to several different places in Mexico over the years but this one seemed different. Sort of posh but in a very friendly way, and one that felt like it brought in a lot of local culture. It billed itself as kid friendly and I’d have to say it was with it’s white shallow sand beach, beach toys, paddle boards and kayaks, a kids club if you wanted, full size roll away bed, small kiddie pool and a kid friendly big pool. The rooms were AMAZING and super luxurious but not stuffy. Since this year we were traveling with just immediate family, it felt like we could lean into a more adult friendly trip vs a typical all-inclusive kid-focused place like we’d been to before.


KU What were some highlights of the trip?
GM The golf course nearby was awesome for Phil and the beach felt really special. It had everything we could ask for with loads of lounge chairs with umbrellas, sand toys, beautiful white sand and the water was so shallow you could go way, way out and still touch. The paddleboards and kayaks were also great. Peyton loved being taken out on the paddleboard which meant she was happy and I got to get in a workout, so I was happy too. The pool was gorgeous and had 3 sets of shallow steps so Peyton could swim, which she LOVES to do, and we could have a cocktail while lounging poolside.
And again: the rooms. We had a fantastic balcony overlooking the ocean that stretched practically across one entire side of our room. Also 12′ ceilings gave the rooms such a fresh, wide-open feel. The bathroom had a luxurious, free-standing tub where you could have the staff draw you a bath. Yes, of course you could do it yourself, but it’s part of the ‘all inclusive’ deal, so why not treat yourself?

 KU Any other pointers or suggestions for families visiting this area?
GM There is a ton to do off the resort especially as the kids get older: Swimming with dolphins, a huge water park and Cancun central where you can eat and hang at night. For the golfers there are two amazing courses super close by and the concierge can arrange everything for a great day on the links. Whatever you do make sure you include breakfast when you book. The buffet has a million choices and you can get a to go container for the little ones so when hunger strikes you’ll have some easy eats ready.

 KU Any other nearby resorts you’d recommend?
GM Some other locations to consider would be Azul Beach in Mexico. If Nizuc is adult friendly and kid-tolerant, Azul is kid friendly adult-tolerant. Azul’s all-inclusive package doesn’t scrimp on quality. The bars are stocked with top-shelf alcohol and they have a great snack bar that’s open pretty much all day where you can get sandwiches, smoothies, fruit etc. along with a daily kids lunch menu offering pastas, vegetable, chicken and fruit. They line up various forms of kid entertainment every day including movies at night. Another adult friendly, kid-tolerant option is the Radisson in Aruba. They have a gorgeous hotel with fantastic pools, a beautiful beach and tons to do right outside the resort doors.