Tuesday, July 6, 2010

The much anticipated Mexico Vacay Recap 2010

Yes, I do realize it has been a month and a half since my vacation to Mexico. But, my friends, I did this on purpose. See, now I can re-enjoy my vacation by posting about it and looking back. Atleast that's what I'll tell myself... I know this post has been greatly anticipated by my faithful 5 readers, so here ya go:

Playa Del Carmen - May 21 - May 25, 2010

Mexican vacations seem to be a habit for the boyfriend  (hereinafter referred to as "PT", i'm a lawyer, can you tell?) and I. We went on our first once two years ago right after the bar exam. We spent 8 days in the glorious Cancun sun after 2 months in the unglorious bar exam sun. Last year we went to Playa Mujeres and spent a week lounging around after spending a year lounging around (hardly) as baby attorneys. This year, we went to Playa del Carmen for 4 1/2 days, a mini vacay after another years as quasi baby attorneys. This time, however, we didn't go alone. PT's brother and his wife, my sister and her hubby, sister's hubby's mom, dad, brother and his gf all went. And what a good time we had! We went to Secrets Capri in Playa del Carmen (or Riviera Cancun)...

Day 1:

We flew in Friday afternoon to Cancun, and hopped on our own fancy 15 passenger van for the 30 minute car ride to the resort. Thanks to PT and I's warnings, we were able to successfully avoid the "welcome to cancun" aka timeshare stalkers as we left the airport.

Upon our arrival at the resort, we were greeted by a friendly staff, but more importantly some champagne, yum (and a wet towel, that I always feel like Adam Sandler in The Wedding Singer when I get it). We checked into our room - which happened to be next door to PT's brother - TT (ha, laugh away). The. room. was. awesome.
View from our balcony.

And being the absolutely wonderful gf that I am - I had communicated with the concierge the week before and arranged for the room to be decorated for PT's birthday (which was the day before). He was surprised!

We quickly put on our swimsuits, and headed down to the pool to meet up with my sis and the rest of the group (they had been there since Wed.). The rest of the afternoon was spent lounging and sipping on Pina Coladas. Ah, we were in paradise.

That night we grabbed dinner at the "Mexico Buffet". The food was delish (you'll sense a pattern here).

Me and PT

TT and Kara

Katie (the sis) and Steve

Day 2: (Saturday)

We grabbed some breakfast buffet (a fave of mine at these resorts), and the headed to the pool. From there we proceeded to spend approximately 12 hours laying by the pool, swimming in the pool, floating in the pool, and drinking in the pool. I'd like to say that we did something more productive this day, but we didn't.

My view from the lounge chair I basically used until we left on Tuesday.

That night, however, PT and I went to the Italian restaurant with TT and Kara. It was tasty. The food at this resort was a lot better than the other two resorts we went to. And there was no diet on this vacay, so I sampled almost all!

Day 3: (Sunday)

Today was another lounge day that began with breakfast at the buffet. Between breakfast and lunch, I layed by the pool (see above). We got lunch at the outdoor taco stand. It was delish. Aftwerwards, PT and I went to the spa and did a couples massage. It was very relaxing. My favorite part (other than the massage) was that along with the massage, we spent about 30 minutes in the "hydrotherapy" area of the spa. It started with 10 minutes in the steam room (where I sweat by a** off), and then a cold shower, followed by 10 minutes in the sauna. I'm pretty sure after that 20 minutes by pore were pretty wide open. After the pore cleansing, we went into a pool and spent time under 3 different water massagers, followed by a foot treatment, then 10 minutes in the hot tub, followed by a quick dip in the coldest water i've ever been in. I'm not sure what the point was for that, I'm sure they told us, all I know is that PT made fun of me for how I reacted when I got in, until he got in.. I felt completely relaxed after that little water episode. And we still had the massage to go, which itself was 80 minutes of heaven. 

After we finished pampering ourselves, me went back to the pool and hung out for a while longer, and then headed to dinner at the International Buffet. This turned out to be a tasty buffet with food from all over. 

Brothers at dinner.

Day 4: (Monday)

This day we said goodbye to Kate and the gang, as they headed back to Houston. We decided to venture off the resort this day and went to Cancun. We went on a jungle tour on these speed boats, and then went snorkeling on a reef. It was really fun until I got back to the resort that night and had a nice life jacket tan on my back, oops. But the actual adventure was pretty fun. Not as many fishies as I hoped but I did get to hold a baby starfish in my hand.

After snorkeling we had about 2 hours to kill in Cancun so we went next door to "El Shrimp Bucket" and partook in the seafood buffet (did I mention I was off my diet?) and watched some Mexico soccer.
You can tell PT looks thrilled I took this picture, and probably thrilled I put it on my blog. Atleast he doesn't have a tomato forehead.

After that, we went back to the resort and hung out in the pool till 8 p.m. and grabbed a late dinner at the steakhouse. It was a great final night, and we were all wishing we had one more day.

The next day, we woke up and ate more breakfast, then caught a flight back to the real world.

It was a great vacation, very relaxing and I had an awesome time. Can't wait till next year when we go back!

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