Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Riu Hotel Palace Peninsula Cancun

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We stayed at Riu Hotel Palace Peninsula in Cancun and I could not rave more about the resort.

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OMG. THE. FOOD.

I am not a fan of buffets, like at all. I'm not kidding when I say they had the best buffet at Las Olas. The selections were just too good so I tried to eat everything. Churros everyday is the life. The restaurants that we tried at the resort were also incredible.

They had their own coffee shop called Capuchino where you could pick up your morning coffee to go. Their iced coffees were amazing. Vanilla ice-cream with the best hot coffee and when you mixed it together, it just made the most perfect combination. Seriously the best iced coffee I've ever had. It tasted like my mouth had gone to taste bud heaven!

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Before dinner we would stop at Cabanga for either a pina colada, Miami vice, appletini, wine or tequila shots. The drinks they whipped up throughout the resort were so good.

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Sean and I had an hour long couple massage at Renova Spa. It was so relaxing that we had to be woken up when it was over. The first time either one of us has ever fallen asleep during a massage. I think it was the lavender they had us inhale before they started.

A few things to note:

- When we would come back to our room they would create a new towel animal each time and our niece loved it.
- A mini-bar in your room at an all inclusive resort is what dreams are made of ;).
- I loved how bright the hallway was as it had wall to wall windows.

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There is also a Mayans ruin on the property which was really amazing to see in person.

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There is complimentary wifi and the service was impeccable. The grounds are gorgeous and so clean. They don't exchange money at the resort so just make sure you exchange prior to checking in. If you don't happen to do so before checking in you can take the short walk to a bodega that exchanges money which is what we did. Speaking of that, I loved our location because we were able to walk off the resort and see the locals go about their everyday lives, taking the bus, grocery shopping, etc.

The beach was beautiful and if you woke up early enough you would catch the staff sweeping away the seaweed each morning. There was live music (we caught an Elvis show and a cover band that played all 80s music), beach parties at night, an amazing fire show that we caught one night and just so much to entertain you throughout the day. You could snorkel, kayak, jetski and so much more while on the resort as well. Many of it already included so you don't have to pay extra to do water activities.

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We were also allowed to go to the other sister Riu resorts, which was nice because we were able to join in on their fun. They had a soap suds pool party which was so ridiculously college but so much fun!

There are also tons of things catered for children. Throughout the day there are all sorts of games. Beach bingo, music/singing time, water games, etc. There are also babysitters on staff if you feel comfortable leaving your child for several hours for alone time. I didn't feel comfortable since our niece is not our child but I think it's a wonderful thing if you want to have a kid-free dinner, etc.

At night, we would wander down to the beach, roll into a hammock and listen to the waves. It was truly a wonderful resort and I could not recommend it more! I have a ton more to post about the trip and will try to do it in order now since I'm almost done organizing the pictures. I even decided to delete some if it didn't "speak" to me to make it easier, ha. Happy Hump Day!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Cancun, Mexico 2017

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The amount of pictures I took in Mexico are beyond ridiculous but I don't think any of you expect less. I could not control myself. The first time Sean and I went to Mexico, I had a $50.00 point and shoot. Phone cameras weren't like they are now and let's just say that those pictures did not capture Mexico's beauty at all. So this time around when I would take a picture, I'd smile because it came pretty darn close. Because of this I could not stop snapping away. Get ready for several posts on Mexico because ... pictures!

Last November, Eric sent a group text asking if we wanted to go to Mexico. With no hesitation we responded with a YES! There were discussions on where to go and we decided on Cancun.

When we learned that Joey was coming on the trip too we thought it would be a good opportunity to introduce our oldest niece to traveling. She often hears of places we've gone and now that she's 9 we figured she could go a few days without crying or feeling too homesick. We asked Sean's sister if it would be OK and she said yes and then we asked Nadiyah. She was ecstatic and immediately asked when we were going.

We made sure to keep her excited for the months to come. We made a big deal about her getting her passport and all the stamps she would get for every country she visits. We bought her the cutest suitcase and gave her homework about Mexico. When we were boarding the plane to leave Mexico she said that she can't wait to travel all over the world and is excited for all the places she will visit when she is older. She also demanded that we take her on all our future trips. Hmmm, we'll see about that!

I'll admit that bringing a child with us on vacation is quite a different experience and surprisingly I really enjoyed it! So many people thought that she was our child and it was funny when she would say we were her aunt and uncle and they would tell her how lucky she was. Because we were with a kid we were able to get through lines quicker and went to bed earlier which meant that we woke up earlier as well. That wasn't so bad as it meant that we had more of our days to enjoy.

This trip was all about relaxing and I think it's the first one that I didn't need a vacation from! It was also the first one where I wasn't ready to come home. Usually when we are nearing the end of a trip, I'm ready to get home. This often happens on the fifth day which is why we're never anywhere more than five days. This time around I could have done several more days.

The beach. The ocean. The hammocks. The food. The relaxation. The sunrises and sunsets. The fun. The service. The amazing company. I want to do it all over again. The exact same way.

Here's a few pictures in the meantime. Trust me, there's a lot more pictures to share
but even I'm a bit overwhelmed going through all of them.

We were on the first floor and this was our view from our balcony.

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Colleen was on the 9th floor and this was her incredible view from her balcony.
I'll share more details of where we stayed in a future post.

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I don't know anyone who likes to be in front and behind the camera as much as our niece so trust me I took advantage of it this trip! Any picture you see of me this recap she most likely took it. Sean said we should take her on all our trips for this reason alone, haha. He'd do anything to not have to take pictures.

Lame ;).

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I hope you all had wonderful weekends! ♥