Perhaps, dear reader, you are not yet familiar with the string of jewels that comprise the incomparable Karisma Hotels & Resorts. That will not be the case once you have read this riveting little blog post. You will not only be fully informed but thoroughly charmed . . . I’m sure!
The name Karisma is derived from our English word charisma and has come to mean the sort of charm that others find alluring or irresistible. You will soon discover that the entire family of Karisma Hotels & Resorts are dripping with charm like a Cocker Spaniel caught in a summer storm dribbling puddles of water on your kitchen floor.
Above I compared this collection of resorts to a string of jewels but, exercising my writer’s prerogative, I am shifting the metaphor more appropriately to a bracelet festooned with charms. By way of full disclosure, my objective for the next several blog posts is to inspire you, like an ingénue with her first charm bracelet, to start your own personal collection of Karisma Hotel & Resort visits.
Let’s start with the basics, shall we? Karisma Hotel & Resorts is a family of gourmet inclusive adults only and family friendly properties situated in Mexico’s Riviera Maya south of Cancun. You really need to begin adding charms to your bracelet immediately (if not yesterday) since there is a new Nickelodeon in Punta Cana and there will soon be additional resorts in Puerto Vallarta and Jamaica.
I spent the past few days inspecting all nine of the Karisma properties in the Mayan Riviera. (OK, we didn’t actually tour Hidden Beach. They have naked people running around over there . . . seriously!) I even graduated from Karisma Groumet Inclusive Experience University where I squeezed the entire four year bachelors program into two hours! I even have the sheepskin to prove it. OK, it’s actually paper but sheep are a little rare in that part of Mexico and sheep tanners even more so.
I only share this nugget with you to establish my bona fides as a Karisma expert. (I will gladly show you my diploma but I am a tad shy when it comes to flashing my bona fides in public . . . not that they aren’t quite respectable, mind you!).
OK, we are starting to drift a bit. Back to the matter at hand. Karisma Resorts is the parent company with Azul Hotels being the family friendly properties (along with the new Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts), the El Dodados are the adults only resorts where children, if you hear them referenced at all, are usually described by the guests in muted tones as “the coming barbarians”, “street urchins” or “rug rats”. Generations Riviera Maya is a fairly new brand for those families where every generation actually enjoys each other’s company. The high occupancy rate never ceases to amaze me. (Just a little travel agent humor, dear family. Hugs and Kisses!).
With so many resorts in the destination, what makes Karisma Hotels & Resorts unique? Pretty much everything. They are not like any other hotel chain nor do they aspire to be. From their partnerships with Jackson Family Wines, Canadian Beef, My Gym, and Nickelodeon to their pioneering transformation of all-inclusive into Gourmet Inclusive to artificial reefs and over water bungalows, they are setting the standard for the entire destination.
There remains barely enough time in this post for a listing of the Karisma properties located in the Mayan Riviera. For a complete list of all the Karisma Hotels & Resorts brands and properties click here.
Hidden Beach (You’re on your own here. I am not allowed to speak about this place, much less visit. I had to wear blinders when we drove by.)
I know this has only whetted your appetite. Don’t worry, when you come back (you will be back, right?) there will be oodles of great information delivered in the same soaring prose you have come to expect from this blog.
So if you want to learn about Palafitos (not to be confused with Piles of Fritos) where you are able to watch fish swim by without getting out of bed, which resort has one of the top ten beaches in the world and where you can consume 23 courses at one sitting (more if your dining mates are not as adventurous as you), come back soon.