This luxury hotel likes to do things on a grand scale. There are 3 main pools plus a pair of swim-ups, and a long list of activities including yoga and cooking lessons. Sporty types have kayaking and volleyball, and little ones have a fully-loaded toy room. You can fine-dine in 5 stylish à la carte restaurants and grab a drink in a choice of bars, including a tequila lounge.
SPORTS & ACTIVITIES
Classes top the list of activities and there’s always something going on. Sign up for poolside dance lessons, or become a tequila expert at a tasting session.
Youngsters are completely spoilt, with a hotel-run kids’ club that’s filled to the rafters with the latest toys and games consoles.
- Daytime activity programme
The daily activity programme can tick off anything from dance lessons to bingo, aqua-aerobics to board games. There’s also usually handcraft-making, language lessons, volleyball or football and pool games dotted throughout the week. Plus, the chefs run cooking demos and the bar staff host tequila tastings.
- Scuba lessons*
Introductory scuba diving lessons are held in the pool to give you a taster of what to expect on a day out. When you're ready, you can book with the PADI approved scuba diving school. There's also snorkelling for those who don't fancy gearing up.
- Non-motorised watersports
Kayaks are available from the beach. You can also take a reef trip – subject to a small National Park fee – by kayak, when the weather allows.
- Beach playground
A mini playground that's right on the sand.
- Hand crafts
- Aqua aerobics
- Stand up paddleboarding
- Snorkelling at the hotel's beach
FOOD & DRINK
Foodies are sorted here. There are five gourmet restaurants to choose from, Roma is a top pick for kids. And the Asian place has a revolving sushi bar.
Chil is spot on for sea-view dining – it sits right on the sand. Lunch options include things like burgers, wraps and tacos. Ocean vistas are on the menu at Blue restaurant, too, which offers up both a la carte and buffet breakfasts.
- Roma Italian restaurant
Opening Times: [17.30-22.00]
Chefs prepare Italian-inspired cuisine in an open kitchen at this elegant à la carte restaurant. The menu ticks off antipasti, soups, pasta, risotto, gourmet pizzas and mains from the grill. Typical dishes can include mozzarella with black olive pesto, roasted mushroom soup with truffle foam, brie and gorgonzola fettuccini, and pork medallions with prosciutto ham. Families especially love this restaurant for its big booths and lively atmosphere.
- Agavero tequila lounge
Opening Times: [17.00-01.00]
This adults-only tequila bar serves more than 30 different tequilas – straight, mixed, frozen or in cocktails. The bar itself has a frozen ice surface to keep your drinks chilled. The hotel’s expert bartenders host weekly tequila tasting sessions here, so you can get to know your Reposado from your Blanco.
- Blue à la carte restaurant
Opening Times: [06.30-11.00, 12.00-17.00, 17.00-23.00]
Beachfront à la carte restaurant Blue does all-day international gourmet dining. At breakfast there’s everything from huevos rancheros to eggs benedict. Lunchtimes tick off Mexican specials and super-food salads, plus pizzas, pastas and paninis. And there’s a collection of gourmet meals available to choose from for dinner.
- Tainan Asian à la carte restaurant
Opening Times: [18.00-22.00]
You can sit at a table in this stylish Asian restaurant, or pull up a stool at the sushi river – a circular bar where sushi is prepared by the chef and placed on the revolving surface for diners to pick and choose from. The à la carte menu features the likes of noodles, spicy soups and tempura.
- Latino à la carte restaurant
Opening Times: [17.30-22.00]
This stylish, design-led à la carte restaurant serves dishes inspired by the flavours of Latin America, so expect to see things like spicy seafood and soups made with tortilla and chorizo on the menu. Mains usually include the likes of Mexican slow-roasted pork, mango and Pisco chicken, and grilled prawns with smoked chilli and cactus sauce.
- Chil à la carte restaurant
Opening Times: [12.00-17.00]
Chil is a beachfront lunch venue with views of the sea and a laid-back menu of salads, ceviche, tacos, burritos and burgers. Homemade pastries and cakes are also available – and there’s a full menu of fruity lemon and lime chelada drinks, too.
- The Scoop
Opening Times: [10.00-17.00]
The Scoop is a daytime café serving paninis, crepes and ice-cream.
- Aquanox bar
Opening Times: [10.00-23.00]
Laid-back luxury is the theme at this thatched-roof bar, where you can enjoy premium-label drinks and cocktails on chair beds suspended from the ceiling. It looks out on to the sea and it’s connected to the activity pool, so it also has in-water loungers.
- Chil bar
Opening Times: [11.00-18.00]
Joined to the Chil Restaurant, Chil Bar serves local and international premium-label drinks, cocktails and cheladas.
- Bubbles bar
This swim-up bar has in-water loungers and a full menu of local and international premium-label drinks and cocktails.
- A la carte dining
All five of the restaurants in this hotel are à la carte.
- Kids' dining
Special dishes designed for kids, like chicken breast, plain pasta, cheese pizza and hot dogs, are served with fruit, vegetables or fries and followed by mini desserts and ice cream. They’re listed on a special menu that’s covered with games and puzzles and available in all restaurants. Organic Gerber baby food is available in all restaurants.
- Dinner on the beach*
This candlelit dinner is served at a private table on the sand with views of the sea and can be arranged as a romantic experience for couples or a treat for the whole family. The menu is usually made up of four gourmet courses, selected at the time of making your reservation.
- House wines
A selection of 9 red, white and sparkling wines are available as part of the Gourmet Inclusive® package.
- Restaurant dress code
Just so you know, most of Karisma’s gourmet restaurants have a dress code. At breakfast and lunch, it’s casual, but beachwear and headgear aren’t permitted. And at dinner, the dress code is casual elegant, which means no baseball caps or sports shorts. Smart shoes or sandals, trousers, skirts, dresses and formal or capri shorts are encouraged, and gents need to wear sleeved t-shirts or collared shirts instead of tank tops.
- Gourmet Inclusive®
Gourmet Inclusive® The dining side of your Gourmet Inclusive® package includes a glass of sparkling wine on arrival, all à la carte dining, and unlimited local and international premium-branded alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. You’ll also have access to a full-service concierge and a beach butler.
HEALTH & BEAUTY
Al fresco massages are the Vassa Spa’s* forte, held in locations like hibiscus-filled gardens and 12-feet-high palapas overlooking the sea. There’s a night-time option, too – on the beach, surrounded by torches.
The spa’s* treatment menu ticks off luxury facials, couples’ experiences that finish with chocolate-dipped strawberries, and kids’ specials like berry body wraps and mini facials.
Opening Times: [08.00-20.00]
A Vassa Spa by Karisma, this retreat features a luxury treatment list and beauty salon, plus a steam room, sauna, whirlpool and cool-water plunge pools, an experience shower and relaxation lounge.
The gym is air-conditioned and equipped with music, flat screen TV, weights and modern cardio machines. Hand towels, plus bottled and infused waters, are also available at no extra charge.
- Sea-view sky massage*
These beachfront massages for two take place side-by-side in over-water cabanas.
- Water journey*
This hydrotherapy treatment includes a circuit of pressure and lagoon showers, sauna and steam rooms, and sessions in the whirlpool. This treatment is included when booking a 50 minute or longer massage.
The facials menu includes hydrating treatments with vitamin A, collagen-stimulating anti-ageing facials and deep-cleansing for problem skin and a sports facial for men.
- Beauty salon and body treatments*
Manicures, pedicures and waxing can be booked in the beauty salon. Make-up application, including the option for eyelash extensions, is also available. You can go for body treatments too, these include scrubs and wraps enriched with the likes of mango and papaya or chocolate and coffee.
- Hair salon*
Appointments can be made for cuts, blow dries, styling, extensions, and braids in the hair salon.
- Kids' treatments
The spa’s Kids’ Suite offers a special menu of treatments for youngsters. Five to nine year olds can choose from aromatherapy massages, mini facials, honey scrubs and chocolate or berry-flavoured body wraps. And there are massages, mud wraps, manicures and pedicures for 10 to 17 year olds. There’s also a Princess For A Day package, which includes a treatment for hands and feet, make up and treats like a marshmallow massage and blueberry facial.
Brides are pampered with special packages that include facials, massages, make-up and hair styling. There’s also a groom’s special that ticks off a massage, sports facial and reflexology. Treatments take place in the bridal suite and include gourmet bites from the chef.
- Bridal suite*
Bridal spa packages include use of the spa bridal suite – complete with whirlpool bath and comfy treatment chairs – for three hours, with up to three guests.
- Fitness and wellbeing classes
Group classes include the likes of aqua-aerobics.
Nothing beats a tequila on its home turf. And the hotel’s Agavero tequila lounge pours over 30 different varieties. There are three more bars, including a beachfront one with live music and hanging lounge beds.
- Evening entertainment programme
Movie nights and live shows are the type of family entertainment laid on in the evenings.
- Kids' club
This hotel-run kids’ club has a gym with a trampoline, Wii and X-Box consoles and LEGO® zones. Activities change daily, but usually include mini yoga, pool games, face-painting, cooking sessions, craft making and beach games. In the evenings, there are piñata parties, video game marathons and dinner and movie nights. For 4 to 12 year olds. Under 4s are welcome if accompanied by an adult.
- Kids' entertainment
You'll find a kids' entertainer as well as films, video games and quizzes.
Pools are what this place does best. As well as a big main pool, there's a peaceful one that's fringed by cushioned sunbeds. You can also plump for a swim-up suite* that opens directly onto one of the river-like pools that wind around the hotel grounds.
The hotel’s right on the beach, where plush daybeds are dotted along the sand and beach butlers make the rounds with cold drinks and cooling facial spray.
- Pool towels
- Outdoor Activity pool
A beachfront activity pool sits right at the heart of the resort, with sea views and swim-up access to the Aquanox bar.
- Premium outdoor pool
A stylish and peaceful pool surrounded by cushioned wicker sunloungers.
- Kids' pool
A spacious family-friendly pool with mini sunloungers and parasols specially designed for youngsters.
- Swim-up pools
Two big pools snake around the hotel’s swim-up suites, lapping right up to their terraces. One of the pair has its own swim-up bar, Bubbles.
- Beach butlers
Beach and pool butlers take orders for drinks and nibbles from the comfort of your sunlounger or daybed, and hand out refreshing towels, magazines, and sun cream as and when you need them.
- Beach beds
The beach is lined with shaded, four-poster double daybeds, which are now bookable once per week.
- Wi-Fi zones
Wi-Fi is available at no additional cost through the Karisma app. If its high speed internet you're after, this will be at an additional charge. If you don’t have your own device, there’s also an internet station in the lobby.
- Gift shop
- Internet area*
- Laundry service*
- Baby equipment
The hotel can supply buggies, cots, bottle warmers and sterilizers, baby monitors, baby baths, beach games, colouring books, mini bathrobes for toddlers and beach toys – all at no extra charge.
- Personal concierge
Included as part of the Gourmet Inclusive® package, a personal concierge service is available to answer questions, assist with special requests and provide information about the resort and surrounding area.
- Jewellery shop
- Room service
Room service is available 24 hours a day. Expect the breakfast menu to include platters of fresh fruit and dishes like scrambled eggs with chorizo or lobster, American classics like waffles and bagels, and Mexican specials like egg and chilli burritos. Lunch and dinner options include salads, pastas, sandwiches and baguettes, burritos, quesadillas, burgers and desserts.
- Greener and fairer hotels
Recycling’s king at this hotel. Employees are encouraged to bring in their own waste from home to recycle it. Any income generated by the scheme is used to support staff in need, whether it’s medical treatment or housing.
Items marked with * incur extra charges which are payable locally
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