Happy happy happy Monday!
Well, last Sunday, Erika and I set off for a few days in beautiful Mexico to scout out some properties that our clients have been asking about. (It’s a tough job, but somebody has to do it, right?! 😉 )
Here’s the thing…we talk to people all day long about trips to Mexico. It’s a great destination because it’s easy to get to from most US cities, it’s affordable and it’s gorgeous. All of that being said…pictures can be deceiving and sometimes info you read on the internet isn’t accurate, so we are always so hesitant to send people places that we don’t have a lot of first hand knowledge about (or family, friends and clients have knowledge about), so we decided to set out and scout some properties that we were hopeful would be good fits for our clients.
1. We did not tell the resorts we were there as travel agents, did not ask for things comped/special treatment/etc because we wanted the real experience and not the “you’re a travel agent, so we’re going to spoil you” treatment.
2. There are a whole slew of resorts we want to check out, but we didn’t want to be gone forever, so on this trip we checked out three…but we have subsequent trips planned to check out some more.
3. There are a lot of random pictures in this post. We would randomly take a picture and then forget for hours and then randomly take another. So, please excuse the poor photography/abundance of selfies. We were really busy taking notes, asking other vacationers questions (why did you pick this place? where else in Mexico have you stayed? where do you love to go the most?, etc.) and checking out stuff…so the pics are definitely a hot mess here.
4. We picked an adult-only resort and a family resort…but the family resort was so bad that we left after two hours and moved on to another resort that people often ask us about. THIS IS WHY WE SCOUT! The pictures of this one particular resort were VERY deceiving.
So, I’m not going to go into a million details about each individual resort (we have so many notes that it would be way too much for one little old post!). I’m going to share some pics, a bit of info and if you want more or would like us to plan a vacation for you, email us at email@example.com. Right now, we are sending new clients to Mexico, Walt Disney World and on cruises departing after October 1.
And as always, if I’m wearing something that is still in stock, I’ll link to it. The fun thing about Mexico is all of the bright and colorful stuff you get to away with wearing 😉 !
On Sunday morning, we headed to the airport and boarded a flight to Cancun! Our flight was delayed by two hours (boo), so our day was a little off and we didn’t get to spend as much time as we would have liked at our first stop…Excellence Playa Mujeres.
We got there, we checked in and we immediately went to scope out the property. This is an adult-only all-inclusive that is known for among many things, golf. We have had several people want to stay here because they wanted (or their hubbies wanted) a little golf along with their trip. We checked out all of the restaurants (10) and bars (9), made spa reservations for the next day, went to the pool and beach, saw the tennis court area and overall, the vibe was very CHILL. We asked the front desk how full it was and they said 95% full…but seriously, it felt empty because it was so laid-back, peaceful and calm. We loved this place!!
Because of our flight delay, we weren’t there for very long before it was time to head to one of the restaurants for dinner. After asking around (both staff and other guests), we landed on their Italian restaurant for supper that night…
When your clutch has pom-poms, you know you’re in Mexico! Ha!
Enjoying our dinner at the Italian restaurant.
It was so pretty there! This resort was about 35 minutes from the Cancun airport and well worth the drive. It was gorgeous!
We laughed because the only thing we didn’t love about our room was…the lack of privacy. Hello?! The potty and the shower are completely exposed. We took turns not looking 😉 . And PS: us tired moms loved being in bed by 8:00 😉 !
Our room had a view of the property with a little ocean way out to the side. It was a lovely place to do a little work the next morning.
This was our only full day there, so we took the daily guide that they leave in your room every night and tried to do some things off of there…including water aerobics 🙂 . It was actually a blast!
And since this won’t be my last trip to Mexico…I bought a fun beach bag that we used so much while we were there. Isn’t it cute?!
Just two girls exploring.
Oh so chill at 8:15 in the morning 🙂 .
What I loved about this place was the fact that it was small and walkable. No trams or golf carts needed…you could easily walk everywhere you went.
We get a lot of complaints about beaches and water…and so much of that is out of everyone’s control because it’s all weather-related. That being said, our experience here was beautiful! The beaches were white and the water crystal clear.
We had to try the spa services, right?! During my massage, she pulled my hair back and added a flower 🙂 .
We did water aerobics, we ate by the pool, we walked around and checked out every detail of the property (we even went to see the medic/doctor’s office). It was a full day!
We were told by almost every single person that the number one restaurant on property was their French restaurant inside the lobby, so we went!
Two girls full of yummy French food and heading back to read books in their rooms. #winning
And then the wheels fell off…
We got up early the next morning to check out of this resort and check in to a second one. We were so excited because this next one was a family resort, and we often get families that want to head to Mexico. So, we had a car waiting to take us over at 9:00 AM…
…and it was BAD. So, so, so not good.
And this is why, we’re going to scout more often.
The pictures of this place were very deceiving.
Now, I’m not going to say which resort it was because I don’t want to slander it and get myself into trouble, but it will be a place that I personally tell clients to avoid.
We got there, we checked in, we headed out to explore and it was a complete BUMMER. At one point, we were sitting by the pool just looking at each other like “what now” when Andrew texted me to see how we were doing and when I told him he said “Are you ever going to send people here?” and I replied back “NO!!” and he said “then get the heck out and go somewhere else”.
He is so wise.
So, two hours after checking in, we checked out.
We had one other spot on our list of places we wanted to see this trip, so we decided to check in there instead for our last night in Mexico. We got in a cab…and headed to…
The Ritz-Carlton,Cancun. We have had several people ask us about this place because you can take your kiddos, it’s not an all-inclusive (not everyone likes all-inclusives), it’s right by the airport and it’s located in the hotel district of Cancun (which is really popular). It was just as wonderful as we had hoped it would be!
Things were on an upswing! After a crazy morning, we finally settled into our new room and had lunch a little after 1:00.
We had very little time here because our flight was the very next morning, but here are some pics…
The view from our balcony.
It was lovely.
So, we went. We saw three resorts. We loved two and not one. It was all very helpful for us as we plan more and more Mexican vacations for our clients!
If you want more info on where we stayed or other places we love to send people to in Mexico, email us for a chat! Mexico in the winter/spring is BOOMING, so now is the time to start planning that!
And don’t forget! Tomorrow morning, I announce the winner of this…
…so to get all of the details and to enter to win, click HERE.
See you tomorrow!