Bridging The Generations Down Mexico Way

Multi-generational Family Vacations

Have you ever seriously considered taking a multi-generational family vacation? Absent the influence of any adult libation, I mean. In case you are not familiar with the term, it describes some combination of the Silent Generation, Baby Boomers, Generation X and Generation Z seeking common ground in an uncommon setting.

If you are a boomer like me, your first challenge will be the internal clash of two primal instincts. On one hand, we all love our children and grandkids and long to forge stronger bonds by spending quality time with them. On our less altruistic side, ever since emptying the nest of the last boomerang, we baby boomers have also grown exceedingly fond of… borrow a song title from our generation… The Sounds of Silence. So you are probably wondering, would a family vacation be pure nirvana or closer to one of the outermost rings of Dante’s Inferno?

Insu Sky Lounge

Take heart, fellow boomer. Having had such an experience, I can happily report that with proper forethought, such a venture can prove much closer to the former than the latter.

My personal multi-generational jaunt was spent at the Marival Residences and World Spa in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. Nuevo Vallarta, or Riviera Nayarit as the entire region is called, is just north of Puerto Vallarta and is very similar to the more familiar Mayan Riviera south of Cancun. In addition to Nuevo Vallarta, exciting new resorts have sprung up in Punta Mita and Litibu.

Insider Travel Tips

For all sorts or reasons which I enumerate below, I could not have made a better choice. There are six adults and five children in my immediate family with the children ranging in age from eight to thirteen. We selected a four bedroom, four bathroom residence (Insider Tip #1: every additional bathroom is worth its weight in porcelain.) with a large living area, fully furnished kitchen and a balcony overlooking the Bay of Banderas larger than my first starter home. It took my family roughly 15 minutes to discover the complimentary 24-hour room service and the beleaguered staff 15 weeks to recover.

The property offers numerous activities without ever leaving the resort. There is a swimming pool half the size of Lake Michigan. It is no more that four feet deep which proved perfect for the grand munchkins. The pool is bordered on one side by a

Family fun around the pool.

wide section only six inches deep which was extremely popular with one of my sons-in-law. Corey spent a significant portion of the trip giving a credible simulation of a beached whale and became quite the topic of conversation among other guests. “Is he alive?” I heard one mutter. “I’m sure I saw him move.” chimed in another.

The Marival Residences is located within walking distance of their sister property called the Marival Resort and a private section of their beautiful beach is reserved as a private Beach Club for Residences guests only. Not that you have to walk – cart shuttles are always at the ready for the two minute ride. This cozy private area is staffed by entertaining waiters eager to see if they can magically replace your piña colada between your downing the last swig and setting your glass on the table. (Insider tip # 2: The guacamole and chips make a great afternoon snack. Corollary to this rule: Make sure your table is level if you prefer your guacamole sans sand.)

Next post, I will share some more insider travel tips from this great family adventure. A shorter version of this experience appeared earlier in Fort Worth, Texas Magazine, a great read by the way. As always, a Follow and a Forward are greatly appreciated. Until next time, travel safe!