I’ve decided to write another travel blog, as I am really missing the sunshine and feeling tanned, I love the winter when its crisp fresh days, and Christmas time, but other than that there isn’t much to love about winter is there?
Last January we went to Mexico for two weeks, we flew on the Thomson Dreamliner and we had upgraded to premium economy and were so excited to see what it was all about! Because we had booked premium seats we got the lounge at Birmingham airport included and this really was a treat, you get all food and drinks included, it was a really nice way to start your holiday.
The one thing we liked about flying premium was that you didn’t have to wait around to ge on the plane as we were the first people to board. The second thing was when we arrived in Mexico the airport is so busy but we had our own lane which made it so much easier. This was also a bonus for on the way home as the had two flights home in one que line which would of taken forever.
The flight was nice we had booked the very front seats so we had extra leg room, as Ciaran is tall he found this very comfortable. The food was ok however they didn’t bring round drinks often and we only had one meal in a 10 hour 45 min flight, so by the time we arrived we were starving! The cabin crew really weren’t great on this flight and I did complain when I got home, because on the way home the cabin crew were constantly round with drinks and that was a night flight.
Once we landed we were going to Riviera Maya, our hotel was El Dorado Seaside Suites the transfer was about 2 hours long as we had to drop other people off but it wasn’t too bad, once we arrived at our hotel we were greeted with fresh drinks and a hot towel which was a really nice touch.
The hotel itself was nice it was very clean the rooms were huge it had a jacuzzi next to the bed and we had a personal concierge to help us with any questions we had, the room service was also free which was a bonus! The hotel had a manmade beach which had a lot of seaweed but the staff were constantly trying to clean it. The sea was also full of rocks and I dont mean little stones you would walk about and bang you leg on them or swim and bash your knee, painful! The pools were nice, the one we used most of the time had double beds around it and there were only 8 so the pool was never busy, the bar staff were great constantly giving you drinks and they had swings to sit on which was nice in the shade to chill and have a drink.
There were a few different restaurants they were –
- Mexican (obviously)
- Pub (our fave!!)
- Outdoor terrace
The food places were mainly sit down restaurants where you ordered like normal however because you’re all inclusive you don’t have to pay. We really loved the outdoor terrace for breakfast it was a buffett which was just off the beach so the view was beautiful, the waiters brought round fresh orange juice and it was amazing. For lunch we usually went to the BBQ the food was lovely big juicy burgers, fresh salad, just what you want on holiday. Dinner time we tried most of the restaurants but we kept going back to the pub as it had the most variety and the biggest portions, when we went to the Italian we ordered ravioli and we had 4 pieces very small portions which we heard others complain about, even though there wasn’t a limit on how much you could order. They did advise you to book them but we would turn up and usually be seated within 20 minutes so there wasn’t much waiting around.
A few times we went to Playa De Carmen which was the town it had lovely shops and restaurants, and the beach there had beautiful white sands and the sea was lovely. One of my favourite days was Xcaret! You got to swim through caves, snorkle, bathe in natural pools, see different animals it was amazing and you got a full 12 hours there, I wouldn’t hesitate to go it is a definite must. We also went to Tulum where the Mayan ruins were, this day was so hot and we went early so I really would recommend either early morning or late afternoon as the que was huge as we left at lunchtime at the heat was unbearable we were searching for shade.
Overall we did have a wonderful time in Mexico and I dont want to end this post on a downer however I will always be honest with you. The hotel was an adult only hotel and we did expect it to be amazing however the Jacuzzi tiles were all falling off, there was a lot of building work and rubbish thrown on the sides of the paths which made the place look untidy. Also there was a whole different section of the hotel which we had access too that we hadn’t been told about which we found on the last day , it had a Starbucks and a infinity pool, a bar, such a shame we never knew about it. Also some of the people I went with got food poisoning as the chicken was raw and you couldn’t tell as most of the meats were smothered in a sauce and we found out too late unfortunately and this made two people severely ill which ruined part of the holiday! Riviera Maya is nice but you cant go off the complex unless you get a local bus or a taxi the busses are a lot cheaper so would recommend getting them however you do have to run across the main roads so be careful.
We do really want to go back to Mexico but we want to go to Cancun and see that part and discover more, so please don’t let the last paragraph put you off Mexico or the hotel we stayed in unfortunately these things happen, we still had an amazing time.
Have you been to Mexico? Let me know!