Solo travel is my first love. But after becoming a parent, I naturally started to travel in a pack with my husband, two young children, and mom often in tow. In these situations, I’m the family travel planner. After a summer of traipsing from destination to destination with the whole family, I returned home from our epic adventures exhausted, needing a vacation after our vacation.
TRS Yucatan Hotel, a luxury adults-only resort in Riviera Maya, Mexico, was the solution. I found a sweet spot on my calendar between the last dregs of summer and the first day of school for my kids. And while I was a bit nervous about staying alone at an all-inclusive resort popular with honeymooners, it turned out this was exactly the solo experience that I needed.
Located about a 90-minute drive from Cancun International Airport, the TRS Yucatan Hotel is a kid-free oasis within the Grand Palladium Hotels consortium made up of White Sand Resort & Spa, Colonial Resort & Spa, and Kantenah Resort & Spa. TRS is a resort within a resort and offers 454 suites with 24-hour room service and adults-only pools that overlook jaw-dropping views of the Caribbean Sea.
Within minutes of arriving, TRS staff relieved me of my bags and ushered me out of the sweltering heat and into the cool lobby. At the check-in desk, I was offered a warm towel to clean my hands and a cool glass of sparkling wine as a welcome.
After check-in, a chauffeured golf cart transported me to my villa, where the assigned butler greeted me. I stayed in the junior suite garden view room with two full-sized beds, a sofa, and a coffee table. The room was cozy, decorated in oatmeal tones with teal and gold accents. Each morning, I enjoyed a strong cup of coffee while sitting on the terrace balcony overlooking a mangrove forest, listening to the ocean crashing onto the nearby beach.
The peace I found was exactly what I needed after stacked family vacations.
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Food options at TRS Yucatan Hotel
Five restaurants offer a la carte menu options, and six bars serve up bottomless libations. Although Grand Palladium Hotel guests cannot access the adults-only offerings, TRS guests have access to all the Grand Palladium’s 21 restaurants.
Breakfast: Caprichio is an a la carte breakfast and lunch restaurant that’s set up so you can grab a quick bite. You can order a full breakfast or lunch from the menu if time is not an issue. I nibbled on mini fruit tarts and cold meats and drank freshly squeezed grapefruit juice as a saxophonist serenaded the diners.
Lunch: The Ibiza-inspired Helios is a beachfront bistro that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The a la carte restaurant is next to the adults-only infinity pool and has both outdoor and indoor seating. I grabbed a taco and enjoyed a mimosa while waiting for my cooking and mixology class to begin.
Dinner: I enjoyed a stick-to-your-ribs, multi-course dinner at El Gaucho on my last night at the TRS. I ate my fill at this Argentinian restaurant, sinking my teeth into a beef creole turnover, rib-eye steak, grilled vegetables, and lemon pie.
What to do as a solo traveler at TRS Yucatan Hotel
While eating is understandably paramount at many all-inclusive resorts, TRS also has a trove of activities for solo travelers.
One highlight is the pool bike class. The class title is befitting, but for some reason, I was unclear about what I signed up for until it got underway. As the name suggests, it’s a spin class where the bikes are submerged in the pool, and a very energetic teacher took me and the rest of the class through paces of cycling, dancing, and splashing about to the music.
On the other end of the activity spectrum, there are a few cooking and mixology classes offered on the resort. I opted for the Mixology and Mexican cooking course, where I created and sipped on mezcal-infused concoctions while learning the art of tortilla making.
The Chic Cabaret & Restaurant is an experience not to be missed. For this upscale event, I donned my best dress and heels. Savory dishes and drinks were served throughout the three-hour dinner show. The group of uber-talented singers and dancers took us on a chronological music show, using American pop hits during the performance’s first half. While I enjoyed singing along to the English tunes, the troupe’s Celia Cruz and Gloria Estefan’s covers stoked my nostalgia and transported me back to my childhood growing up in Miami.
I could not leave the resort without spending a day at the Zentropia Palladium Spa & Wellness. I took a liking to the hydrotherapy circuit, which employs the alternating use of hot and cold water to decrease inflammation and pain while improving mood. I oscillated between a sauna, cold plunge pool, and lazy river twice before being escorted into the spa, where I had a transformative 50-minute massage that left me relaxed, sated, and reluctant to ever return home.