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Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya Bucket List

Hard Rock Riviera Maya Bucket List

Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya is such an insanely awesome resort that it requires its own bucket list. With a stunning tropical setting, private white sand beaches, legendary hospitality, scrumptious food, and superlative amenities, it’s a one-stop shop for awesomeness. Check out our Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya bucket list for the best experiences that the resort has to offer.

Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya Bucket List

The Rock Spa

The Rock Spa


While you can’t go wrong with any service at the Rock Spa, the Smooth Operator needs to be on your Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya bucket list.

Retunes the skin and rocks the soul with a two-part treatment removing impurities and invites new nourishing elements in. Starting with the rhythmical Sweetgrass inspired dry brushing, a ritual that softly sloughs rough skin away and closing with a soothing detoxifying wrap, to release toxins, hydrate, and smooth the skin – wrapping it up on a high note.

During the experience, the massage therapist synchronizes movements with an expertly curated playlist as guests embark on a journey of the senses. Utilizing Hard Rock’s differentiator –music– each treatment connects the healing power of music with the artistry of message therapy.

***Tip – add a facial to the Smooth Operator treatment for the full-body experience. 

Rockaway Bay Water Park

Rockaway Bay Water Park 

Just to guarantee you the most epic family vacation of all time, I’ve added Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya’s very own water park, Rockaway Bay to our Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya bucket list.

I’ll admit, I’m a big kid. I love water parks! Even without Athena with me on the trip, I spent a significant amount of time at Rockaway Bay Water Park.

It has attractions for all ages. There are 9 slides of different sizes for children and teenagers. There are an additional 8 slides of different sizes for children, and 6 high-speed slides for teenagers and adults. A pool snack bar and drink bar allows you to refuel and access to the water park is free so you can visit as many times as you’d like during your stay.

The Hibachi at Zen

Zen's hibachi dining

Zen’s hibachi dining is a bucket list must during your stay at Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya. The expertly prepared Asian cuisine is served with a flare that will have your whole family smiling.

Private Beach

Private Beach 

At some resorts, the beach waves are too big or the sand is too full of seaweed or shells to really add it to your bucket list, but not at Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya.

The private beach at Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya is surrounded by a natural sea cove. The warm, white sand is perfect for building sand castles and the crystal blue waters create the ideal environment to snorkel, kayak, swim, and relax.

It’s perfect for children to play near the water or in the soft sand. Adults love the comfy lounge chairs that can be found in abundance and the beach food and beverage service makes your time there even more enjoyable.

Family Pool

Family Pool at Hard Rock Riviera Maya

At the Family Pool, you can enjoy endless water activities for all or just relax with a cool drink from the swim up bar and poolside service.

The waterfalls were tranquil and mesmerizing, while the waterslide added an adventurous element. When the sun was too hot overhead, there were plenty of shaded areas to keep us covered. When we were thirsty or hungry, there were always staff members available to take our order. Additionally, ample lounge chairs and seating surrounded the pool to make being poolside just as enjoyable.

HDC Photo Sessions

HDC Photo Sessions

Located on-site, HDCPhoto is a Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya bucket list must for capturing images that you will remember for the rest of your life.

As parents, we often spend a lot of time taking pictures of our kids but we forget to be on both sides of the camera. HDCPhoto provides professional photographers who know the property well. They will make sure the memories from your trip last a lifetime, and they will be captured as a family.

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