Hola amigos! I am now officially officially back from our 5 year anniversary vacation to Mexico
boohiss. 5ohHubby haven't really gone on a "just us" vacation since our honeymoon unless you count trips back to Florida to visit family which I dont because we all know sometimes that can be very unvacationy indeed. I was originally planning on booking at a Sandals resort but was seriously disappointed to find that they give a 10% discount to military and fire but NOT to police. Now, if you just plain dont give discounts I get it... but if you give discounts to all the other first responders and not to police that seems a little discriminatory in my opinion, but i digress.
My sweet and now obviously totally trustworthy friend Sarah from RacingTowardsJoy suggested another resort group, Excellence Resorts. They do not give discounts to police
or anyone else so don't get your hopes up but they are cheaper than Sandals and were a true all inclusive resort.
Oh, did we have the most amazing time ever.
twitter you may have seen me tweet out that I lost my phone in the airport. You guys, we had people everywhere looking- from check in to security to the gate agents. All my information for everything plus irreplaceable pics & vids of 5ohBaby were on that phone and 5ohHubby was upset and it was too early for AT&T to be open to help us and my plane was boarding and I am seriously seriously not a crier, but I was SOBBING.
Embarrassing really. Especially when I found out that I had actually left my phone on silent under a seat in my car and all that carrying on was for nothing. Either way, I have very few pictures from our vacation, which makes me a very bad blogger but a very good wife.
But let me try to do the Excellence Playa Mujeres Review with what pics I do have because y'all they blew.us.away.
This resort was seriously amazing. I have never been somewhere that was as clean, as well manicured, and as large as it looked in photographs. The staff helped us set up a transfer from the Cancun Airport and our driver was waiting right where he said he'd be with wet washcloths and water bottles waiting for us. The trip to the resort was quick and easy. To get to the resort itself you had to go through 3 guarded gates (super safe!) and were met at the door by a bell hop
and yes I already felt like a spoiled brat. We were taken to our room that had a little "Anniversary" banner on the door. It was very spacious, with a huge bed covered in rose petals, an L shaped couch, TV, ipod dock, HUGE shower, completely stocked bar and mini fridge, jacuzzi bathtub that opened both inside and outside as well as a huge porch. It was GORGEOUS.
Our days were spent either eating room service breakfast on our porch or eating at the huge breakfast buffet restaurant. Then we would go out to either the main pool or the beach. There were chairs every time we went out and often were chairs under the little tiki huts. There was a swim up bar in the pool as well as waiters in both the pool and beach areas. You could have unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks (I tended to start with a nonalcoholic miami vice and work my way up) as well as any food you wished. They even had handmade pizzas made to order out by the pool. YUM! All the restaurants were seriously amazing. My most favorite was the lobster house
and I am still dreaming of the Caribbean bleu cheese lobster.
I am not kidding you when I say that seriously every member of the staff was kind to us the entire time we were there. Even people just passing us in the resort smiled and said hello. It really kept the mood of the entire resort up. They also cared about little things, like when our anniversary was, and made it very special. On our actual anniversary we went out to eat at the French restaurant which was super romantic. They had a special table picked out with roses petals spread out on it. When we went back to our room after the nightly entertainment they had drawn us a bath full of bubbles and again rose petals during the turn down service. It was such a nice little touch!
The first day we were there we met a couple at the pool, Tara and Patrick (bottom right- gorgeous girl in pink) from Missouri who had come to EPM on their honeymoon and were back for their 1 year wedding anniversary. Patrick served as an MP so you know he and 5ohHubby got to talking. He was so hilarious, I cant even tell you. His wife owns and runs her own salon and was so sweet and fun. That night after dinner, 5ohHubby and I sat next to an adorable british couple on their honeymoon, Glynn and Melody(top left- lovely lady in the stripes) . They are major travelers and love to "holiday" so we naturally got to talking. And wouldn't you know it, Glynn is a correctional officer in Britain and his wife is a wedding planner (That lucky girl). Their American accent was as horrible as my English accent and we laughed and laughed with them.
If you know 5ohHubby at all then you know that he arranged for all of us to hang out
for basically the rest of the trip. We spent a fun night out with a fire show, tequila, dinner of tapas, tequila, an amazing singer, laughs, tequila, cigars and late night swimming did I mention the tequila?
All in innocent fun, friends.
On our last day 5ohHubby and I went to Selvatica for ziplining, ATV riding, a swim in a natural spring, and an amazing lunch. I cannot even tell you how worth it that trip was. The ziplining made my heart sing (I went 3 of the 12 lines completely upside down), the ATV riding through the jungle was thrilling (I flipped my ATV showboating, jumped off and tried to look as blonde as possible to not get in trouble) and the ziplining and diving into the natural spring at the end of it all was so refreshing (if you don't count my awesome 15 foot belly flop)
I cannot even tell you how sad we were to leave. I would recommend The Excellence Play Mujeres to anyone, any time, for any reason. 5ohHubby and I will absolutely go back, even if it does take us another 5 years.