sun-kissed by Mexico
Oh, the Monday Blues. It doesn’t help with a storm strolling through Tomball, TX this morning. It’s so gloomy outside with roaring thunders and flashing lightnings and to think that I was tanning just last week in Mexico… Take me back, pleaseeee!
I flew out on Christmas, which did not fly with my family because I’d miss Christmas lunch/dinner and the kiddies unwrapping their gifts. Sometimes, being selfish is acceptable because you are responsible for your own happiness, no one else, but you. I wanted a mini vacation/romantic getaway without using too many of my PTOs [paid time-off]. Obviously, the best time to travel is during the holidays. You have to be strategic when utilizing your PTOs because I got paid for Monday, December 26, and took only three PTO days off to have a 5 days, 4 nights vacation! I mean, I could’ve traveled for longer and fly out on Saturday, but it would’ve been a heftier bill. I would probably need a visa along with my passport, lol. Plus, 5 days and 4 nights was a perfect duration. Just enough and not too much!
When traveling internationally, I seek for small, dainty boutique resorts/hotels over the enormous resorts with hundreds of rooms. I like the quietness and privacy, especially when I am trying to get a romantic getaway with my significant other. However, my TWO requirements are an all-inclusive package available and adults only. Why you may ask? Don’t get me wrong, I love kids, but they can be quite frankly a handful – annoying, loud and obnoxious. Also, it is so much more of a nuisance when it is not your kid kicking, screaming and crying. I just need tranquility. All-inclusive because I LOVE food, and when I travel, I hate having to think about monetary budget on/during my vacation. All of that stressful tasks should’ve been done before the R&R. I worked in the expenses of an all-inclusive package into my budget preceding booking, so I can order whatever, drink whatever and room-service whatever without worrying about the costs. All taken care of! Also, I booked all the tours before vacationing. Once again, if you plan in advanced, your time away will be much more relaxing. You don’t really have to decide, plan and think too much when all the chores are done. Just go and enjoy, literally!
First, let me brag about my beautiful boutique hotel called ‘Senses – Riviera Maya by the Artisans’ with only 38 beautiful rooms and three floors plus a rooftop. I mean with the resort being fully packed, there would only be less than 100 people there! There would be less of a chance that another guest is causing a scene and dampening your time there. [As you read more of my blogs, you’ll come to learn that I LOVE, which is an understatement, my alone time, so I can be antisocial at times but still courteous and polite.]
Ahh, let’s mention this beautiful room! The room is large, chic, modern and romantic, including a balcony with the view of the ocean (like literally, the ocean is right there) and has a private plunge pool just for y’all two! LOVE LOVE LOVE! The shower and tub are only separated with a glass wall from each other, bedroom and actually everything. Every spot of the room is practically transparent to y’all, other than the commode and dining area. Other than that, baby, there is no such thing called privacy in these rooms, which make them ideal for a romantic getaway with my accomplice. Oh, and if you want to whip something up yourself, there is a kitchen and dining area right when you enter the room.
The only downfall of this resort was the food choices in the one restaurant they have. There was one menu for breakfast and one for lunch and dinner. So you only have practically two menus to eat from the entire stay. Yeah, it gets ehhh after the third or fourth day, but I have to say, they have perfected every item off that menu though. [I mean with all that practice of making maybe 40 different dishes.. I would expect them to!] I mean, the hotel is still thriving and relatively new. We spoke to the manager there and they plan to expand the menu options soon while they grow into a more well-known resort. If they continue with their spectacular services, I am sure that in no-time everyone would book a stay there. You kinda get the hospitality and friendliness in small resorts. The staffs really do try their best to build a rapport with the guests there and make you feel like you are their only guest.
I am not sure of y’alls experiences with larger resorts, but all that booking mumbo jumbo for restaurants or even a cabana is ridiculous! I don’t know about y’all, but I like doing what I want when I want and don’t have to continuously ‘book’ things to enjoy my stay there. The restaurant is open seating and you can practically dine there whenever its open from X am to 10pm without any off periods. [I can’t remember the exact time and don’t want to give y’all false information.] There are a total of 8 cabanas with four being on the main floor next to the infinity pool and four on the rooftop overseeing the resort. On the rooftop, there are four jetted tubs [if you want it hot, just ask the staff.] Surprisingly, there is a staff at the rooftop to take care of all your needs from drinks, foods to any special requests without being too farfetched, of course.
I booked two tours for us: Isla Mujeres Catamaran by Cancun Sailing and Chichen Itza, Cenote Hubiku and Valladolid sightseeing.
The catamaran one was by far my favorite of the two. It was about a 7 hours excursion vs the sightseeing one, which was 12+ hours [way too dragged out…]. As most excursions or tours go, the itinerary is what you booked, but most importantly are the group of tourists and the tour guides. Like the saying goes, it’s not what you are doing, it’s who you are doing it with. If you have a terrible group, everything will be a drag and you’ll just frustrated. The catamaran one includes sailing to Isla Mujeres, snorkeling and lunch + open bar included. The sightseeing one is self-explanatory [pictures will explain].
So the snorkeling activity during this tour was not what I expected. It was my first time snorkeling as well. Mother nature played a role because it was too windy and the currents were too strong, instead of seeing the underwater museum, we saw some fish and reef. It was not the prettiest sightseeing, but it was a learning experience for me. One thing is that we had to stay with the group and couldn’t go ahead of the tour guide. It was a pretty big group with everyone’s flippers hitting me and bumping into one another, snorkeling traffic!
My favorite part of this tour was our free time to explore the downtown area of Isla Mujeres. We decided to check out some of the tourist-trap souvenir shops and ended up only buying ice creams, which were delicious and amazing! Best part was walking together along the beach with my boyfriend. It was just simply relaxing with the winds blowing in your hair and the smell of the ocean. Nature has a raw beauty that you’ll never get bored with.
Oh, and I was a touristy tourist and got myself a coconut to drink out of. However, I think they scam people with this gig. Actually, I just thought of this. I mentioned to David, the boyfriend, that the coconut looks different from the one I picked and bought in order for them to cut open. Now, recalling the event, I honestly believe that they recycle people’s coconuts at the restaurant and just pour canned coconut water in it. Omg, that is very plausible! I really think that happened because the one I chose was tiny and ugly, but the one I received was super green and big, practically perfect! What a good scam! Hmph! Below is an image of me enjoying my ‘scammed’ coconut drink…
Now, the sightseeing tour with three main sights: Cenote Hubiku, Chichen Itza and Valladolid [no pictures available-really pointless stop]. Pictures are in chronological order.
The Cenote Hubiku is a natural sinkhole. You are allowed to swim in the water behind me. Life jackets and lockers are available to rent. There is a lifeguard on duty as well!
Ahh, the picture just above this text is my favorite picture. In this image, it tells a story about history and the sporting event that they played for the kings to watch and enjoy. As the captain of the winning team, he would get decapitated and sacrificed to the Gods. Why would someone try to win? It is all a part of their religion and beliefs to obtain eternal life with the Gods. In this image, it captures the ritual where the captain of the losing team is holding the head of the winning team’s captain. In his hand is a dagger and right in front of him is a headless body with blood gushing out. There is also an enigma of the God of death in between the two captains. I love how we discover history my images left by our ancestors, engraved into stones preserving the stories for generations to come.
Leaving the sun and oceans behind was hard, but it is only a ‘see ya later’ and never a ‘goodbye’. I will be back in no time with the rays kissing my skin and the oceans under my feet.