Trick or treat? A vacation at an all-inclusive resort is always going to be the latter, but what about a trip during the festivities of Halloween?
A short break for all the family at the end of October is so beneficial. It’s welcome as the first vacation since summer and prepares us for the onslaught of Thanksgiving and the festive season that follows, hot on its heels. Leave the pumpkin carving at home. Relax and rejuvenate with a welcome injection of vitamin D, and a trip to ever-popular Mexico. It has so much to offer, especially at Halloween.
Get your scariest face on – we’re heading down Mexico way — with our list of the best all-inclusive resorts to celebrate Dia de Las Brujas and the following days of observation – Mexican style.
All about HalloweenHalloween hails from Pagan beginnings – the Celts know it better as Samhain. Falling the day before All Saint’s Day – it is properly known as All Hallows’ Eve. As in much of the world, Mexican kids love to celebrate this ghoulish festival and go door-to-door knocking for treats – dressed up in the scariest best. Candy and toys are manufactured to resemble skulls, coffins and skeletons – all in the best possible taste! All Saints’ Day is celebrated on November 1st, and All Souls’ Day follows on November 2nd. Many resorts give out free candy to residents over the Halloween break and the Walmart in Cancun stocks a full range of spine-chilling costumes – or pack your own. Let’s take a look at the best all-inclusive resorts in Mexico, for the whole family celebrating that late October Halloween break.
Finest Playa MujeresFor an upmarket ghoulish experience, Finest Playa Mujeres is hard to beat. However, there’s nothing formidable or frightening here. There’s a Mini Club a Maxi Club and a Teen Club, for terrors of all sizes. The Imagine Lounge is where they may be dropped off for childcare whilst their parents enjoy a leisurely breakfast or dinner. Not just for Halloween, come along for the adventure at Finest Playa Mujeres, where “Junior guests get to design their own vacation experiences” with all-day activities for all ages–from toddlers to tweens to teens. Away time is play time at the children’s pool with its own built-in playground. There’s even a pool just for babies and toddlers, and three indoor areas that are grownup-free zones. Plus a kids plaza, mini spa and mini theater that offer up big-time amusements.
Hard Rock Hotel VallartaA rock star vacation and online booking means 35% discount? Dress your little VIPs up as Harley Quinn and Co, and head down to the Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta. There’s nothing remotely frightening about the fabulous rooms at suites at the Hard Rock, but you can bang out some terrible tunes if you wish, as there’s not just free Wifi, but also a selection of guitars (PICKS® program) and Crosley turntables (wax® program) available upon request and availability. Adults can dress up as their favourite dead rock star ….Just don’t throw the TV from the balcony!
El Cozumeleno Beach ResortKnown as Ah-Cuzamil-Peten (Island of Swallows) by its earliest inhabitants, Mexico’s largest and most populated island is home to El Cozumeleno Beach Resort. It’s also the perfect base for witches, ghouls, and skeletons for the Halloween break. Dressed up pirates will also feel at home here, as it’s a world class diving reef, and was highlighted in a Jacques Cousteau TV documentary. There are ancient Mayan ruins in the north and south of the island, which are worth visiting and may be packed with the ghostly remains of former residents…depending on your imagination! Ghostly happenings aside, the resort is jam-packed with things to do, including a children’s activity center, giving the bones of the older skeletons a bit of a break.
Park Royal CozumelSticking with Cozumel, we’re moving on to the Park Royal resort, as it’s simply one of the most kid-friendly all-inclusive resorts around. Even Casper the friendly ghost would be happy here, with special swimming pool games, water slide races, a playground and even a mini theater, where there s sure to be some ghostly showings. Cakle over the cauldron at the thirteen restaurants and bars of the resort – there’s nothing bloodcurdling about the food on offer here.
So, head down Mexico way for ghoulish, ghostly fun and games, for your Halloween vacation!