Mexico- Riviera Maya
Hola mis amigos!
I’m baaaaaack (sorry for the delay), but where do I begin?! Mexico was incredible with 10 days of pure bliss.
Myself and my partner recently stayed at Grand Sirenis Riviera Maya Resort And Spa after a few friends recommendations and could not of been happier with it Thank you Ben & Sam.
The resort is absolutely massive! so took a few days of exploring, but there are many shortcuts and has everything you could possibly want for a relaxing holiday; I would say its definitely a couples or family kinda thang. But there are three large pools on site, (2 family fun ones with plenty of activities throughout the day and a adults/quiet one for those who don’t want to hear ‘belly flop’ 1o times a day) most with swim up bars- I personally would recommend the ‘Miami vice’ cocktail- half pina colada and half strawberry daiquiri.. it is heavenly. Or if you don’t want to get wet, the staff are always up and down around the sunbeds to take orders. I can not tell you how fantastic the service was at the resort, the staff always had a smile on their face and couldn’t do enough for you, so praise be to them! And for those who don’t want to lounge around the pool then you’ll fall in love with their beach, stretched out for miles and with spectacular views, beach BBQ’s everyday and even a little ruin! (also if you get up early enough at around 7am-10am you can snorkel with sea turtles who graze on the sea grass) an experience not to be missed.
There are 11 restaurants on site and being all inclusive I took FULL advantage of these. 2 are your usual buffet restaurants available day/night, whereas your other restaurant’s are all themed and have to be pre-booked as they fill up quickly! there is an Italian, Mexican, French, Brazilian, Steak house, Japanese, Mediterranean and Thai. As we were there for 10 days we got a choice of four and chose The Japanese, Italian, Mexican and Brazilian. I would highly recommend the Japanese as they cooked it all freshly in front of you and made it quite a show! The Brazilian was also fantastic with so many meats on offer… you did not leave hungry. However my favourite meal whilst away was the valentines special arranged by my other half (this was not included with all inclusive) but was beautiful. We had a four course candle lit dinner down on the beach with bottomless champagne, your own personal waiter and live singer and it was just perfect, honestly like a scene from a movie. And then returning to our room to find MORE champagne, the double bath filled to the brim with bubbles with candles and rose petals everywhere. Then awoken to full Mexican breakfasts delivered to our room, ALSO room service is free!! so any nights we were tired and stayed in bed this was a life saver.
But enough about the resort, Mexico is a beautiful place with plenty to see and do! My favourite excursion was Xcaret park, the best way I can describe it to you is as a wildlife theme park! Again this place is massive, we didn’t manage to explore it all but were there from 10am-10pm! There are many trails to follow around the park which tell you all about the history of Mexico, the conservation of wildlife, natural pools, caves, rivers.. the works! We also paid to do an activity called ‘sea trek’ whilst we were there and that was an incredible experience, a weighted helmet is placed upon your head so you can breath completely normal and not even get your hair wet! You walk along the sea floor following a bar with your designated scuba diver and the view is amazing, we saw so many wild fish and even had stingrays inches from us! Also being on ‘xcaret plus’ tickets we got free lunch/drinks and life jacket, flippers and locker! So got to explore in all the rivers and caves in a way you wouldn’t usually get the chance too! In the evening they do a 2 hour show which told by the locals is a must, a very high end production explaining Mexico through history with all singing and dancing show! However my favourite part out of all this is how much Mexico wants to conserve its wildlife, you have to use bio-degradable sun cream not to damage the animal/plants, all straws come with a warning of how they take 10 years to degrade and the amount of wildlife is incredible! even at the hotel you can find animals everywhere you look (many taking you by surprise).
All in all I could not fault this holiday, if your looking for the perfect relaxing break for you/your partner/family then look no further, it may not be super modern but who wants to spend all their time indoors when your away! and at 29 degrees everyday in February with only 5 minutes of rain the whole time of being there I definitely can’t complain. There’s something for everyone whether it be a night with the themed evening shows or having lots of cocktails and dancing the night away at the sky bar! I promise you wont be disappointed.
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