You know when something is so pretty that pictures don’t even do it justice? That’s how I feel about my vacation to Mexico. My family and I just returned from seven marvelous days in Mexico, split up between Cancun and Playa del Carmen. It was the epitome of relaxing and culminated a months worth of graduation/Christmas/birthday/New Year festivities. Every new year should start with a beach vacation, in my opinion.
Today I will recap our time in Cancun and tomorrow will cover Playa del Carmen.
We stayed at the Hyatt Ziva Cancun, an all-inclusive resort located at the tip of Cancun. It is surrounded by water on three sides, making for amazing views from anywhere on property. It is 30 minutes from the airport and about a five-minute walk to the clubs and bars in Cancun (think “typical” spring break venues). However, you don’t need to leave the resort at all.
The brand-spanking-new-hotel has eight restaurants (all food + drinks included), seven bars, a spa, three pools, water activities and nightly entertainment. The staff was incredibly friendly and attentive, always responding with “my pleasure” instead of “you’re welcome.”
Each of the restaurants were a different type of cuisine (French, Asian, Italian, American, etc.). Lots of fresh fish, fruits and tacos. The avocado was especially excellent, although I had to ask for it a lot because it wasn’t listed on the menu…I though that was weird in Mexico, no? The staff was very knowledgable about gluten-free and I managed to eat something (usually off the menu or with many substitutions) at every restaurant.
We ordered the fruit plate from room service a few times and ate it on our balcony overlooking the water. *Pinch me*
You can do everything or nothing at the resort. We choose the latter; most of our time was spent sitting at the pool. We all brought books and magazines and stayed out from practically 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. enjoying the sun. I am the laziest active person ever and will very happily camp out by the pool for hours without being bored. It’s a favorite quality of mine. The hotel offered kayaking, scuba diving lessons and paddle boarding, but the days we were in the mood for activity, the water was a little rough. Most nights after dinner we watched the hotel entertainment, usually acrobats or dancers.
One night, at my sister’s request, we walked into town to experience the “nightlife.” The best way to describe it is stereotypical spring break…all. year. round. We went out on a Monday night and you would have thought it was a weekend. The venues were not the nicest (I’m being generous with that statement) but the people were a sight to see.
-Celebrating my mom’s 50th. The entire trip was to celebrate my sister’s 18th, my 21st and her 50th, but we were away for her actual birthday.
-Swimming Walking in water that was literally the color of my sister’s shirt (the perfect aqua). No swimming for me…that water was freezing.
-Disconnecting. We had Wi-Fi at the hotel but I really only checked Instagram occasionally (and to participate in the BGB challenge). I read a few blogs and emails but didn’t respond or comment much. We barely knew what was going on in America news-wise and, for one week, that was fine by me. Although it did feel nice to catch-up on everything when we returned. Hello, Bloglovin’ feed of 100+ posts…
Tomorrow I’ll share the highlights of our stay in Playa del Carmen, the more active part of our vacation.
*Linking up to MIMM. Thanks, Katie!*