On one of our last nights in Cancun, we decided to go to see JOYA Cirque du Soleil. It was amazing! The show included dinner and a bottle of champagne for the two of us. They provided pre-show entertainment for dinner as shown above. Everything there was so beautiful. It was such a magical experience. Getting there however, was a little rough. We booked our tickets through our hotel, Cancun Westin Lagunamar which included transportation and the dinner and show experience. The pick up location was right across the street from the hotel. Getting to the pick up location was easy, however, the transportation provided was on a coach bus which was not handicap accessible. Unfortunately, they didn’t have any accessible buses or transportation provided to the show. It would be very difficult for most people in a wheelchair to be able to get into the bus. Luckily, there were a couple of nice people that helped carry Gary onto the bus. But if being carried unto a bus is not your thing, your best bet would probably be to get a cab from your hotel to the show. I’m assuming that might be pretty pricey depending on where you are staying. The show’s location is in Rivera Maya, not Cancun.
When we arrived to the show, they had someone guide us from the parking area all the way into the building where the show was held. They also let us go into the show before everyone else to get situated. We booked the show the night before, so unfortunately the handicap accessible seats were already booked. The dinner area they found for us was down a couple of steps, so a couple of the workers helped carry Gary down the stairs. This actually went very smoothly and everyone was very nice and helpful. I don’t know how it would work if you were in a power chair though. So I would suggest to book early to ensure you have handicap accessible seats and don’t run into that problem. There were areas you could sit that didn’t involve stairs. They weren’t handicap accessible seats and they didn’t serve dinner there, but you could get a bottle of champagne or wine and could probably make it work for you. The dinner service and food were fabulous and the atmosphere was even better with the wonderful pre-show entertainment. We didn’t get any pictures of the dinner but we did get a picture of the dessert. It came inside a book!
The actual show was amazing. So much talent! The whole experience is highly recommended by us! Go check it out!
It was so nice to get away from the gloomy midwest and head to sunshine at the Westin Lagunamar. Cancun was beautiful and the weather was pretty much perfect. It could have been just a little bit warmer for our taste, but definitely nothing to complain about. The picture above shows the busy swim-up bar at the main pool. Generally it was pretty easy to get a drink except at their happy hour. The pool lift was right next to the bar, which made it pretty convenient to pop right in a grab a drink.
The beach was beautiful. The water wasn’t as clear as some places in the Caribbean, but nevertheless it was perfect for us. More people were at the pool than the beach and most days you couldn’t even get in the ocean due to the heavy winds.
There wasn’t a paved path from the hotel to the water, which made us hesitant to go on the beach because it was so hot. We wanted easy access to get back to the pool water incase either of us got too hot. Most beaches do not seem to have a paved path through the beach to the water, but it really would be a plus if they started incorporating them! The picture below is the ramp that butted up against the beach.
On the ramp.
The hotel had two pools. A main pool and a slightly smaller pool. Both had swim up bars. Since it was a crazy busy week with spring breakers, it was hard to find chairs near the main pool, so most days we ended up hanging at the smaller pool. Less people and less noise and better seats!
Chair lift at smaller pool. Notice the lip on edge of the pool. Made a little more difficult to balance for transfers.
Here is one of the hot tubs. Unfortunately, there was no lift but we did have a couple of very nice people to help us to get in and out. People always seem more than willing to help. It is always refreshing to realize most people really do want to help out their fellow humans.
View from our room.
Overall, the resort was very nice. It was crowded during spring break, but I’m assuming most places in Cancun would be. It was easy for Gary to get around and the room was accessible. Every hotel’s version of accessible is a little bit different. This one was definitely approved by Gary, however the shower bench was on the smaller side which might be more difficult for some. The hotel was in a perfect location. A mall right across the street and close to tons of restaurants. It isn’t an all-inclusive resort, so we did venture out to quite a few restaurants off the resort and ate in our room a bit. We did have a kitchen in our room, so we were able to cook. We do recommend to buy your own booze at a grocery store, because you are allowed to bring it down to the pool. Of course, you could always have one of the bartenders make you a fabulous frozen drink instead of making your own.
Thanks for joining us! We hope you enjoy our blog. Our names are Kristin and Gary. Two souls consumed by wanderlust. We would like to share our adaptive adventures from everything to travel, food, concerts and daily life.
Not all who wander are lost ~ J.R.R. Tolkein