Q: Hi Playground! I have been looking at travel options for spring break with my family (my kids are 9 and 12), possibly joining a club called Inspirito. In particular, we’ve been looking at Banyan Tree Mayakoba in Riviera Maya, Mexico. Any insights? Thanks ~ Mary T.
A: Hi Mary, Riviera Maya is a great family destination. I took my son Aidan to the area when he was little and we had a great time — we stayed very close to Banyan Tree, the Fairmont Mayakoba, in fact I think it’s pretty much on the same road.
I’m not familiar with Inspirato, but I know other similar luxury vacation services (Indagare is a well-known option) and they definitely make life easier; it’s like having a travel agent with access to speciality properties — in this case Inspirito specializes in private villas, making them a good fit for families looking for luxury spaces to spread out in. When you use a membership or subscription vacation service, they should be able to take care of everything from airport transfers to day trips in addition to booking your accommodation. One note: I notice that Banyan Tree has a “best price guarantee” on their website; I’d familiarize yourself with the prices that the hotel has for the dates you’re traveling (simply plug them into the “reservations” field and you’ll see a calendar with prices) for villas before booking with Inspirito — if they’re using options that you can book directly through the property (I can’t tell from looking at the site) their prices should include perks such as free breakfast, guaranteed upgrades, free transfers, or other value-added services to make joining them worthwhile since they can’t offer a lower price; otherwise a well-informed travel agent could offer the same service without the fees.
Have a great trip!
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