Life is pretty good.
From July 4-21 (essentially much of the month of July) Steve and I had the luxury of taking an 18-day vacation to Playa del Carmen, Mexico, where we stayed at Ocean Maya Royale, an adults-only all-inclusive resort. I found a steal of a deal through United Vacations back in December and we anxiously anticipated the vacation for the next seven months.
Rich was kind enough to pick us up at 4:15 am for airport drop-off. Check-in and security were quick, so we made our way to the United Club for a light breakfast. We had a layover at the Dulles airport where we enjoyed another trip to the much larger United Club.
We finally arrived at the Cancun airport at 11:30 CST where they whisked us away in a private shuttle and by 1:00 pm, we were stepping onto the resort. Once we arrived, we navigated our way through the beautiful grounds and found our way to the room. The villa (vs. hotel) set-up gave the resort a very comfortable, personal and private feel.
There was wildlife on the premises who made themselves very comfortable. We saw a deer and her fawn, coaties, raccoons and lots and lots of iguanas. The raccoons freaked me out a little bit, but the rest were harmless and have clearly made a home at Ocean Maya.
We were VERY pleasantly surprised with our upper level oceanfront room (room 1207). As you can see from the layout of the grounds, these rooms are difficult to come by and it was a welcomed surprise. The rooms were a nice size with a king sized bed, sitting area and large balcony.
Also in our room was a personalized note, chocolate-covered strawberries and a bottle of red wine.
On July 8th, we celebrated my 34th birthday in the best way possible…at the pool doing nothing! I was surprised with a cake, champagne and balloons in the room.
The party pool had a swim-up bar that opened at 10 am daily. They played several games throughout the day and although loud, the vast majority of people were just having fun with friends and were not rude or obnoxious. Our room overlooked the party pool so we did some great people-watching!
Following his performance, we celebrated at the bar on our final night and Giovanni and David posed for a picture with us.
Well, there you have it! 18 days...we did it once and we can't wait to do it again. It's never enough time and no time is too long. Cheers!