For some parents, the decision to travel internationally again feels almost insurmountable. After two years of illness, fear, masks, social distancing and spotty childcare, the added risks of schlepping kids across the globe can simply seem like too much.
But, as the latest COVID surge recedes, and the world opens, many families are ready to turn off the Cocomelon and take the plunge—and they’re looking for trips that feel both luxurious and easy, adult-oriented but kid-friendly, all-inclusive but uniquely-inspired.
This is exactly the balance the recently opened Garza Blanca Cancun is hoping to strike. I went there in February with my husband and kids—my first airplane ride, let alone international vacation—since the pandemic, and dare-I-say, it reaffirmed my commitment to family travel.
The Cancun, Mexico resort is actually the third in the Garza Blanca line, with other properties in Puerto Vallarta and Los Cabos. This newest iteration sits half an hour north of the Cancun airport, on a stretch of sand that feels decidedly away from the tipsy college scene. Here, the beach is pristine, the pools are abundant (each one calibrated to a different temperature), and the vibe is palm-tree-casual meets penthouse-luxury, with ratan chairs and woven hammocks against marble floors and gold deco flourishes.