Generations Riviera Maya

A sign on the side of a building, in mexico

Karisma Hotels just opened their new resort, Generations Riviera Maya in the beautiful relaxing Mexican destination of the Mayan Riviera.

This resort with 144 suites caters to families of all kinds and sizes, with all the modern luxuries to make your vacation experience, the best it can be.

A large pool of water at generations resort

From the Cancun airport, the drive to Generations Riviera Maya is about 30 minutes with traffic. When you arrive at the lobby, you are greeted with warm smiles and immediate care for your check in and introduction to your butler. Not to mention the offering of Prosecco and a cool towel – perfect.

A group of lawn chairs sitting on top of a sandy beach at generations resort

While there, I stayed in the ‘standard’ room at Generations Riviera Maya which is the luxury suite, comparable to the generous sized rooms that my family of 5 stayed in at Karisma’s Azul properties. 

The luxury suite bathroom has separate toilet and shower areas. I love that there’s a standard shower head plus a rain shower as well. Divine!

A room with a sink and a mirror at generations resort

There is also his & her sinks, plenty of counter space and a two person Jacuzzi tub. The icing on top is the heated floors in the in the bathroom, I never thought this would be needed in Mexico, but it is!

A large tub next to a sink at generations resort

There is a 2 lit closets, ample drawer space, an in-room safe, ironing board, housecoats and plenty of space to move around – even when you toss in luggage and people.

I very much like the sleeping area, with the movable dividing wall which separates the king sized bed {or two doubles} and the living room area which has a couch that folds into another bed. When traveling with your family, even though you are not in your room a lot, this divider does give privacy and comfort – trust me.

I can say with much certainty that the luxury suites is designed with families in mind.

A room with a couch and a table at generations resort

The luxury suite either has one king bed or two doubles, and is complete with 2 LCD TV’s, a coffee station, a mini fridge {stocked daily}, an iPod docking station, a table with two chairs and more. I couldn’t think of anything else to make this room better!

A bedroom with a bed in a hotel room at generations resort

When looking at the 3 main buildings that are the accommodations at the resort, you’ll immediately notice that the bottom suites are swim outs that lead directly into the main pool, which is awesome.

Yet, Generations Riviera Maya took this one step farther to also provide guests with the option of swim out rooms on the next 3 floors! Keep in mind that there are rooms without the swim-outs, if you prefer.

generations maya at night

Aside from the luxury suites, this resort also has one and two bedroom suites that also have kitchen and dining room areas, in addition to the everything that the luxury suite has. These multi-room suites and the adjoining luxury suites allow for the comfort and convenience for multigenerational travel and large groups.

A living room filled with furniture and a flat screen tv at generations resort

One feature I can’t help but appreciate is that there is one main entrance per 3 suites. So, large families can book all 3 and have their own space, not coming out into the main hall to go from room to room. Yet, this design also really limits noise from the hallway, into the rooms.

During my stay, I heard nothing from the main hall whatsoever, which is a welcome change compared to all other hotels and resorts. I’m sure families traveling with napping babies will really appreciate this!

As you can see, there are plenty of options for any size of family. In addition, each and every room at Generations Riviera Maya has an ocean view. The standard of a luxury room with ocean view is just one aspect of the gourmet inclusive service of Karisma Hotels. You needn’t pay extra nor upgrade to get that top notch stay.

A view of a pier next to a body of water at generations resort

This extends to the fact that Generations Riviera Maya is an an all-butler resort. Meaning, your butler checks you in, caters to your every need and even brings you food and drink on the beach if you desire. They have sunscreen if you run out, will bring you a towel and even set up a beach picnic for your family {just to name a few of their services}.

Generations Riviera Maya has one tall main building, that conveniently houses all the resorts restaurants and lounge, Eko Kids Club and the spa {set to open in June 2014}.

A large building

Generations Riviera Maya has one large pool that extends the full length of the property, and has one fully stocked swim up bar. There is also a small splash park and the most adorable pint sized lounge chairs with umbrellas for the kids.

A pool and chairs at generations resort

At Generations Riviera Maya there is ample lounge chairs at the pool and many cabanas both on the grass facing the ocean and on the beach.

A sun bed at generations resort

Eko Kids club is located in the basement of the main building. At this club you’ll find Lego, video games, crafts, cooking lessons, a ball pit and more. There is a dance floor and even separate napping rooms for the wee ones.

A group of people in a room

 Open from 9-5 pm and 7:30-9 pm daily, kids aged 4-12 can go as often as they like yet note that parents have to stay there with kids aged 4 and under. 

kids play area at generations resort

I cannot forget the fantastic food and dining, right? While the ‘gourmet experience’ that Karisma Resorts offers includes so much, I tend to think of this idea more when it comes to the cuisine, and Generations Riviera Maya is no exception.

restaurant at generations resort

A table topped with plates of food on a plate

Each restaurant and each meal is truly a gourmet experience. From the plating to the uniqueness all the way to the taste – Karisma really has it going on when it comes to food for their guests.

A plate of food on a table

Normally I do break down and remark on each restaurant bar {or room service, since that is available as a standard to every guest}. Yet, in this case, It’s so hard to pick favourites and state specific recommendations. When it comes to all Karisma Hotels – you just must try it all.

A bunch of food on a table

Go to each restaurant, try a favourite and try something new – you won’t regret that decision. Savour the fine cuisine and then thank me later.

Generations Riviera Maya is right next to 2 other Karisma properties, the adult only resorts: El Dorato Royale and the El Dorato Casitas. Yes, I also visited these 2 resorts daily as well, so I can share a little recommendation when staying at Generations Riviera Maya – wander.

A sign on the side of a tree at generations resort

Walk over and see what these resorts offer by way of pools, bars and restaurants because when you stay at Generations Riviera Maya, you have access to everything at the 2 sister El Dorato resorts. While you children cannot go to these properties {they are adult-only}, you can explore while your kids are at Eko Club.

generations el dorato riviera maya property resort travel

I highly suggest their spa, their nightly entertainment and plan for an experience like no other at the Fuentes Culinary Theatre.

Don’t forget to watch my Generations Riviera Maya Video in this post, and read more of my travel reviews. If you have any other questions about this resort, please ask away!




  1. Beautiful resort, it’s so modern looking! That kid’s club is amazeballs!

  2. omg; what a fabulous review; the video is totally amazing! Great job Tammi! Everyone will want to go there

  3. Oh my heart! I have never visited a place with so many fancy amenities! I love that tub and sink and beds and food! Oh my goodness, I could go on and on! And the water looks amazing! I’d definitely love a getaway at this riviera!

  4. :O My jaw has dropped. WOW! πŸ™‚ I am stunned that your room was the STANDARD room.. That is pretty impressive πŸ™‚

  5. Oh my word! You get to visit some of the prettiest places ever. I so want to take my husband here for a get-a-way!! I never even knew about this place before reading your blog. The photos are gorgeous. I need to book, now!

  6. Sold!!! You have totally convinced me that I have to take a vacation and this looks AWESOME.. after each picture I said “WOW” and one picture is more stunning then the other.. what a great relaxing place.. thanks for sharing, sooo will have to show hubby and talk him into a trip…

    1. Let me know if you have any questions Melanie, hope you guys decide to take that vacay! Life is too short not to travel! πŸ™‚

  7. I love every single one of your pictures. That place looks amazing!!! I would probably never want to leave there if I went for a visit.

      1. Very nice details all around! I was very impressed with the entire resort, can’t wait to see when the last additions are completed!

  8. Okay, you so totally take the most awesome vacas EVER! I love, love, love that you can swim out of your rooms! This looks like a fabulous place to visit and the rooms look perfect, even for a larger family like ours!

    1. I think it would be so cool to get one of the swim out rooms, too. I can totally imagine my family on vacation here, it would be awesome.

  9. I am dreaming of hopping on a plane right now and flying to Mexico. Oh my goodness this looks heavenly. I could curl up in a beach chair for hours and be happy just looking at the view.

  10. Looks like an awesome place to visit! I will have to check it out for the next time we take a trip to Mexico.

  11. Wow, everything looks amazing! The kids area and that view of the pool were my favorite (besides the food of course).

  12. Such wonderful photos, Tammi…the food looks delicious! The sand looks so soft and luxurious. I would love to take my daughter and Mum…it would be the perfect ‘girls only’ vacation. One question…Do the restaurants offer gluten free items on their menus?

    1. Yes they do Teresa! Each time you walk into a restaurant, you get hand sanitizer and they ask if you have any allergies. They are totally capable to take on any and all food requests!! πŸ˜‰

  13. That pool is amazing. What a cool idea to have a swim out even on the other floors. It all looks amazing. Considering it is snowing outside right now (middle of April!!!!) I think I need a week here!!

  14. such gorgeous photos, I’m amazed! I need to look into this place next time we go to Mexico. We try and go twice a year, I can’t wait until the next trip!

  15. Oh my goodness what a gorgeous property. Definitely a place I would escape to for a family getaway. Looks incredibly serene.

  16. Okay. Hands Down. . . no discussion. . . this is THE nicest resort I have seen. My hubs and I are talking about taking a trip to Mexico in the next few months and THIS is the place!!! WOW. I cant wait to see that pool :P)

  17. It looks like you had your own little slice of paradise! I can’t imagine being able to swim out of your room. That is so cool!

  18. WOW every last detail is breathtaking! That pool is out of this world, the beaches amazing and the food looks drool worthy! What an incredible place to visit!

  19. This place looks so beauriful it almost seems unreal. What a wonderful place to get awsy from it all. I’m not sure I’d want to leave.

  20. This place has got to be the coolest place I’ve ever seen! It is so stunningly beautiful!

  21. I really want to go away on vacation. We actually want to plan a tropical trip and your posts make me really want to plan a trip!

  22. Wow! I travel a ton and you have made me want to be there now. The resort is incredible! The views, the rooms, the food, everything! Wow! Just wow!

  23. Tammi, do you happen to know anything about accessibility there? I checked the website but could find nothing about accessible rooms or features for guests with disabilities. In particular, I am wondering if I would be able to use the swim-out exit or window or whatever it is. It sounds sooo amazing!

  24. What a great review, you had me at the 1st bathroom photo! My girls would love it there, from the swim up room to the kids club not sure if I’d ever see them!

  25. This place looks AMAZING! I would love to visit here with the family. It looks perfect for travelling with a 2 year old. That kids area is unreal!

  26. I had the pleasure to visit GENERATIONS RIVIERA MAYA in NOV 2013 just before it opened. The rooms really are beautiful. Karisma Hotels knows hotel design- and food. I can hardly wait to visit this property. There are some excellent opening promos at rates I suspect will not be this low next year. Travelers looking for a very good summer vacation should contact me: 678 904-8008 /Expert Honeymoons, Atlanta GA
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    1. Hi Carl!

      Lucky you! This sounds like an amazing place!

      Did you happen to notice or do you know anything about the wheelchair accessibility of the property? I’ll admit, I’m especially interested in whether or not I would even be able to use the swim-out feature of the rooms. (I am quite mobile and capable, but I can’t walk.) My husband and I are trying to decide where to spend our vacation fund, and this just might be it–if it is properly designed to allow us to both enjoy it without the hassle of accessibility issues.

      Thanks for your insight!

  27. Ummm… swim out rooms? Those are crazy amazing! Not to mention, the entire place looks incredible. I would love to be able to visit the Generations Riviera Maya one day!

  28. Awesome review. Just wondering if you felt the sliding wall was sufficient enough of a sound barrier. We have a 3 yr old traveling with us and am debating between a one-bedroom or the standard luxury suite as we do not want to have to sit in the bedroom in silence after 9pm…


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