It’s a great time to be a parent—especially one trying to plan the perfect vacation. Resorts around the world are amping up their offerings to make sure every member of the family has an absolute dreamy time. Azul Hotels by Karisma are leading the pack with their latest partnership with Nick Jr.. From play dates and dance parties with Dora, Sponge Bob and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, to the opportunity to get slimed just like the kids on TV, the new Nick Jr. Experience will give the whole family a vacation they will never forget. Read on for all the slimey details.

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The Easiest Vacation Ever
Azul Hotels by Karisma is an all-inclusive resort brand with 3 different properties dotting the Riveria Maya (Azul Sensatori, Azul Fives and Azul Beach). The luxurious yet family-friendly resorts have already garnered a loyal following from parents thanks to their gourmet restaurants, spacious rooms, miles of sparkling blue pools, white sand beaches and kid-friendly perks such as kids clubs, movie nights and splash parks— and now their new partnership with Nick Jr. has them upping the ante.

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From the moment you enter the resort and are handed your choice of sparlking wine or a fruity, green “Slime” smoothie, your life gets unbelievably uncomplicated. The 24-hour concierge shows you to your room, directs you to the closest pool and points out the selection of restaurants, bars, coffee stands and activity coordinators who can get you out surfing, snorkeling or paddle boarding (or doing absolutely nothing at all). And while it may seem strange at first, the “all-inclusive” aspect grows on you quickly: what it means is you can duck into any restaurant, saddle up to any bar or even order a smoothie (or cocktail) poolside and enjoy it without ever whipping out your wallet.

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A Date with Dora (and More!)
Attend one of Azul’s weekly Orange Carpet events and you will immediately understand the fandom surrounding Nickelodeon’s star characters. Kids fill the picturesque terrace and line up behind the velvet rope as Dora, Boots, Sponge Bob, Patrick and all four Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles walk the carpet and pose for photo ops with eager fans. Everyone gets a chance to pose with their favorite star, and a handful of Nick Jr. “helpers” are there to get the kids pumped up and make sure it all goes smoothly. Next comes a dance performance by characters, before everyone out in the audience is invited onto the dance floor to shake a leg with their TV heroes.

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If wild nights aren’t your family’s thing, take in a character breakfast at one of the resort’s more intimate restaurants (This event requires a separate reservation and a $17-per-person extra charge). A fun performance and meet-and-greet comes with your omelettes and hash browns. For a hit of Nick Jr. fun any time of day, head to the Azulitos Playhouse, where a wall stocked with theme toys is waiting for little players. There’s also a weekly Slime Time party where, in addition to dancing and other fun performances, guests are invited to sit in the slime seat and get doused with the famous green goo ($175 for up to 4 people). Have those cameras ready!

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And for super fans, arrange to have a Nick Knack Pack ($49) dropped off in your room: a backpack adorned with your kiddos favorite character and filled with other fun, Nick Jr.-themed surprises.

Fabulous for Families
While the kids will be wide-eyed with excitement over getting cozy with their favorite stars, parents (and grandparents) will be gaga over having all the work of traveling with kids taken care of for them, so all that’s left to do is enjoy each other’s company. Forget schlepping all the bulky necessities: the rooms can set be set up with everything from cribs to bottle warmers to strollers—even high powered monitors that work poolside. And the Azulitos Playhouse is more than just a wonderland filled with toys, My Gym equipment, crafts and video games—it’s also staffed with child care providers who can watch over and entertain your little ones whenever so you can hit the spa or simply lounge by the pool without being on constant lifeguard duty (little ones 4 and up can be dropped off at the Kids’ Club at no extra charge).

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The variety of eateries includes cuisines from all over—Italy, the Carribean, Mexico and more—so everyone will be able to find a dish they love. And of course, crayons, high chairs, booster seats and even stools in the restrooms can be found at all restaurants.

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Rates
Standard rates at Azul Hotels by Karisma begin at $309 per adult, per night with two children including the Gourmet Inclusive® Experience with complete a la carte dining, premium alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, full-service concierge, and 24-hour room service.  A la carte pricing for select elements of the Nickelodeon Experience starts at $250 for private birthday parties (up to 10 people), $145 for weddings and other private group events, $49 per person for Nick Knack Packs, and $17 per person for character breakfasts. Reservations can be booked through a GI Vacation Consultant, or by calling Azul Hotels at 866-527-4762, or by visiting karismahotels.com.

Good to know: While there will be rarely any need to pull out your wallet, we recommend bringing cash (US currency is fine) to tip shuttle drivers. 

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Getting There
Direct flights to Cancun are offered on more than a dozen airlines, and the resort will assist you in arranging a shuttle to the property, so no rental car is needed. If you are requesting a car seat in the shuttle, it’s best to confirm the request just before your trip.

Azul Fives
Riviera Maya, MX
Online: karismahotels.com

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Azul Sensatori
Riviera Maya, MX
Online: karismahotels.com

Azul Beach
Riviera Maya, MX
Online: karismahotels.com

Have you vacationed at Azul Resorts in Mexico? Tell us about your experience in the comments below! 

—Erin Feher