This year’s Mother’s Day was nothing short of amazing. I’ve been wanting to sit down and get this post up but the wedding has literally consumed all of my time. Now that wedding is over, I feel like I need to catch up on what’s been going on with The Burks.
It just so happened that I needed to head to LA for my first wedding dress fitting and what better excuse than to turn it into a family trip. Growing up in LA, I wanted to take Cayden to all of the places I used to have fun as a kid— starting with Disneyland and the beach.
Steven booked us a room at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach because we wanted to be close to the ocean, and at the same time, be close to the amusement park without being in Anaheim. From the moment we drove up to the hotel’s valet, I was obsessed with the property. As you walk into the grand lobby, you can see the long corridor that leads you outside, with a beautiful fountain in the middle that leads to the view of the beach.
To your right, you have Watertable. The cutest, kid friendly restaurant, that based on their decor, I would have never guessed. My mom brought Cayden down there every morning and I loved how many options they had for him.
They had a variety of cereals, oatmeal toppings, pastries, and juices. Whenever I travel with Cayden, his level of comfortability is my first priority. Y’all know I love my boojie hotels, but I find that the problem with these types of hotels is that they focus on the luxury part so much that they don’t really cater to kids, and kids don’t really enjoy their surroundings anyway. This hotel was both luxurious and kid-friendly.
One thing I learned about traveling with a toddler is that you want to keep them as close to their normal routine as possible when traveling. Anything helps from the food that they eat, to their naps, and playtimes. Since Cayden usually has oatmeal for breakfast, I was excited to see the big crockpot and the toppings next to it. Cayden’s eyes lit up as he saw something very familiar and appealing to him. He’s also big on fresh juices and just his luck, they had so many to choose from, he got a different one every day of our trip.
If you’re Latina, you know our breakfasts usually consists of a pan dulce (bread) and a cup of coffee. My eyes lit up just as much as Cayden’s did when I saw the different pastry options I had for myself.
This hotel, I thought, catered to all of us. Let me tell you why.
As we walked to our room we passed these super relaxing sitting areas that had the fireplace running all day. It looked so cozy at night, I invited my mom to have a glass of wine with me in the evening while Steven stayed with Cayden (he’s not big on drinking).
As we opened the door to our suite, I was surprised to see how spacious it was. It had 2 full bathrooms so that my mom could have her own. It had a large living area with a pull out bed that my mom shared with Cayden, two separate balconies, and a huge bedroom and master bath. I believe it was called The Catalina Suite. I was in heaven.
The best part about walking into the room was the surprise Steven had waiting for me. A champagne bottle waiting on ice, chocolate covered strawberries, with a card for one of my Mother’s Day gifts.
Waking up in the mornings to a view of the beach was seriously my favorite. I loved seeing the look on Cayden’s face as he tried to figure out what the beach was sitting on top of his dad’s shoulders. He loved pointing at the palm trees and the greenery that surrounded our balcony. On the next balcony over, my mom would enjoy her cup of coffee listening to the waves come in and out.
Remember how I mentioned this property catered to all of us?
Their kids pool area was so insane, we could have easily spent the whole weekend just at the pool. The kids had their own pool area located on another side of the property. I love how they had cabanas for the grown ups where us moms could enjoy food and cocktails while daddy takes the kids on the waterslides, mini pool, big kids pool, and a kids hot tub next to a fire pit.
The adult pool was massive and the most enjoyable one I’ve been to because of how serene it felt. There wasn’t any splashing, no yelling, not one annoying sound… Now I know why they had put the kids pool on the other side… Very clever.
This hotel really put a lot of thought into their layout because another area that I thought was really neat was the hot tub area. It was not in the pool area, it had it’s own section with three separate hot tubs so that you could enjoy peacefulness and the tropical-like scenery. It was beautiful at night. I couldn’t wait for some alone with Steven in this part of the hotel (wink,wink).
I was sad when we had to check out because we didn’t get the romantic dinner Steven had wanted to do with me at the restaurant on site, but I figured, at least I got to enjoy my strawberries by the pool with a cocktail, and both of my babies next to me. It’s only been my second Mother’s Day but it’s been my most favorite one yet!
Thank you to the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach for thinking of every little detail and making it such a memorable stay. This was a Mother’s Day for the books and we’ll be back real soon.