I gulped. I was face-to-face with the Wreck Tangle, a Ninja Obstacle Course at Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya’s brand-new Camp Woodward facilities. I would conquer it, no doubt; there were trampolines, ziplines, cargo nets, balance beams, and rope swings to master—easy-peasy. Conquered it? Not so much, but there were plenty of fun falls, lots of laughs and just all around silliness. And that’s the point of the 29,000-sq.-ft. Camp Woodward facility that debuted recently at this Mexican property: it’s all about pure entertainment, whatever your client’s age. If they like skateboarding, there’s an indoor concrete skatepark. Cycling enthusiasts? They’ve got a pump track for indoor biking. Your clients can even call on their inner Simone Biles when they enter the trampoline and spring floor zone. And for those who just want to say they skied and went snowboarding while vacationing in sunny Riviera Maya, Camp Woodward has just the thing—a ParkBoard and ParkSki indoor snowboard and ski zone with launch ramps to foam pit and resi landing.
“We’re always looking to deliver an experience like no other and offer something for every type of traveler and each age group,” says Frank Maduro, v.p. of marketing for AIC Hotel Group. “With Woodward, we are offering an out-of-the-world experience for each age group including kids, tweens and teens (the ever so hard to please age group), and even adults. Having a facility like Woodward only adds to the experiences you can find at our property, and is another way to plug you into both fun and music (which is what the Hard Rock brand does so well)—we do it with Sound of Your Stay in the guestrooms, Rhythm & Motion at the Rock Spa, through weddings, our world-class concerts, Music Lab, and now through Woodward.”
Professional skateboarder Tony Hawk put it best during the opening celebrations, which took place late last year, when he said, “I have not been this happy to be somewhere in a long time. It’s great for kids because you have a lot going on and there’s a crazy amount
If your clients want to dig a little deeper they can also opt for private lessons for skateboarding, BMX biking, snowboarding, skiing, Parkour, trampoline and tumbling, as well as cheer and dance. And as a complement to all of the over-the-top activities, there’s also an interactive Digital Media Lab, and GoPro cameras are available for rent at no charge.
The camp is open to ages 7 and up, of all skill levels, with micro sessions available for guests 7 and under. Safety equipment such as helmets, knee pads and elbow pads are available for rent and helmets are required by everyone using wheeled equipment. Rates are $129 for the Double Stack Session, which includes a 1-hour introductory session with an hour of free play and another 2-hour drop-in session to use within seven days of purchase. Although located at the Riviera Maya property, guests of both Hard Rock Hotel Cancun and UNICO 20°87° (as well as HRH Riviera Maya) can use their resort credit toward Camp Woodward.
I loved my uber-modern, intimate Deluxe Platinum Sky Terrace accommodations that offer access to a private second floor sky terrace with lounge chairs and hydro spa tub. Those are in the resort’s adults-only Heaven area, but to be closer to the Camp Woodward action, recommend clients stay in the family-friendly Hacienda area, with its own Sky Terrace option, the Deluxe Platinum Grand Sky Terrace with two connecting rooms—one room with a king bed and a second room with two double beds, as well as two bathrooms.
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