Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Wow. I am back in the real world and am happy to be here! The trip to Cancun/Riviera Maya was fantastic and wonderful, but to be home with my 3 guys is incredibility grand.
I took over 500 pictures. Hundreds of them are of the 27 properties I inspected, i.e., pools, rooms, restaurants, spas. After awhile, those all start looking the same! I took a picture of each property's name before entering, so it is somewhat organized on my camera.
There are many pros to Cancun. There are some pros and many cons to Riviera Maya. It really depends where you stay down that way. Cancun properties for the most part have lovely beaches, gorgeous blue/green water and modern and clean resorts. The beaches further south are more rocky and the water not so blue. Also, RM has bugs because they are still surrounded by mangrove. The locals call the mangroves "jungle" but I call it brush in the water.
Right now, it's the rainy season and as you can see from some of the pictures, the hotels have very low occupancy. The hotels that were also timeshares had more clients. A lot of families were at the Moon Palace and the Grand Mayan. The high season is January-April. And during Spring Break, I guess it's almost impossible to get a place by the pool or a palapa by the beach.
I visited the biggest disco in Latin American, called The City. It was fun, but I had horrible high heels on that killed my feet. I ended up walking back to the hotel barefoot in the rain!
We got to shop on 5th Ave. in Playa Del Carmen which was super fun! I bought a sarong, coffee, etc. I treated myself at the Moon Palace by getting a pendant with my initials in the Mayan alphabet in gold on a lapis background surrounded by silver. Gorgeous!
At Secrets Silversands, I had a manicure at the spa. It was the least expensive on the menu at $70! She gave me a neck, face and head rub in addition to a wonderful manicure, but still!
The food was all inclusive in the resorts we stayed at (Dreams in Cancun, Secret Silversands in Riviera Maya) and we took advantage! Plus, they stock your fridge everyday with beer, soda, water, juices. I put guac on everything I ate. That and the beer explains why I put on 7 pounds. Cripes!
We walked over 5 miles a day and each hotel we visited was a 60-90 min. presentation/tour. They are all beautiful, and the Mexican people are so nice and service oriented. I will certainly go back, and take the kids and Jeff. I think we'll stay at the Grand Mayan, since it's included in our travel club membership. Even though it's down in the RM, their beach is much better than some of the newer resorts who haven't had time to get rid of rocks and bring in sand. Overall, it was fun, tiring and a bit expensive, but very well worth it!
The highlight for me was swimming in the azure waters of the Caribbean. It was like bath water, so warm and clear. The sand was like brown sugar mixed with powdered sugar. I didn't want to get out of the sea!--it was a dream come true for me to be there.
Here are some pictures.
The ones at the end are of leaving Mexico City...a city that seems to never end.
Posted by Julie Summers at 12:15 PM