This year, I’m looking forward to a special anniversary vacation: Cancun. At the Ritz-Carlton. Hell yeah, 20 years! Beach. Pampering. Decadence. Luxury. Sun. The Ritz earned extra point from HubbyMine and me because we’re expecting to enjoy a dual pool set-up: one for “families”, one just for adults.
I share this factoid in hopes of sparing another NotMom a few minutes from mindless Googling. And here’s a BIG PLEA to you out there to drop us a note when you experience a no- or low-kids getaway. Meanwhile, here’s what I know about resorts and ‘adults only’ pools:
All ‘adults only’ resort pools are not equal.
We’ve been to at least 2 locations, most recently in the Dominican Republic, where adults with children from toddlers to 8-year-olds have camped out at the grown-up pool. The kids’ screams were happy, but loud nonetheless, shattering the previous poolside peace. Complaints were met with, “Yes, but they are guests here, too.”
Seriously? Then why waste the money on ‘Adults Only’ signage?
Six years ago, we discovered the bliss of an enforced 2-pool policy at the Ritz in Naples, Florida. A gorgeous property on the ocean that’s pricey, but worth it. We went back as soon as we could.
Only once did I see a child, unescorted, attempt to enter the pool. Hotel staff seemed to appear from the bushes to escort him away. Only once did I see a parent deliberately bring her middle-schooler to the Adult pool (“because she only wants to do laps”). Again, the bushes rustled with handlers. Nice.
We had great 2-pool enforcement at another hotel in Naples, too. Maybe it’s a U.S. thing? Hope not, though I’ve found several reviews at TripAdvisor where childless travelers felt duped when website hype didn’t match kids-at-the-pool reality.
I don’t know if what we had at Ritz Naples will be replicated at Ritz Cancun, but I sure hope so. And I’ll report back. I’m not looking for a child-free vacation, just a child-free oasis. Kids are at the beach and, of course, in the larger pool and kiddie pool. It can truly be all good.
Please don’t keep your vacation treasure to yourself.