So I 100% thought I’d be able to get this post up yesterday for Mondays with Mo, but hey life happens and instead I went kayaking with my fiance and his dad (pics to come!). I decided to work on it a little bit more last night since there was so much to cover. And alas, here is every detail about my latest trip to… MEXICO! The who, what, when, and where of it and an accompanying vlog below also on our youtube. Be prepared and get your snacks because its a long one.
The who• My fiance’s brother, Tyler, proposed to his gorgeous girlfriend, Jackie, last year on Easter and they told us from the get go that they wanted a destination wedding. They decided Mexico because it is their favorite place to vacation. So last week Ethan, his parents, and his brother Jake loaded up and headed to the airport to meet about 40 of Tyler and Jackie’s closest friends and family (lucky for me these people over the past five years have become the same to me).
The what• A wedding silly!
The when• We left early Sunday morning from Pittsburgh international and stayed all the way up to Wednesday. I know, I know. Only a few days, but when you are an all-inclusive newbie like me, that is all you need. Trust me. I was worn out and overly tan (maybe a little sunburnt…). The rehearsal dinner was Monday night and the wedding on Tuesday. Honestly some of the most fun days in my life.
The where• In Mexico we stayed at a Dreams Resort. Dreams Riviera Maya to be exact. This resort was more than gorgeous! You walked into a huge open lobby with the sea breeze blowing in. We were greeted with warm, aloe towels and a glass of refreshing champagne. Quite the start to vacation. A quick check in led us to our hotel room. Saying hotel room doesn’t do this place justice. The huge open room housed a Jacuzzi tub, a shower that could fit ten, a long double vanity, and a massive king sized bed. Off of the room was a cute balcony perfect for a morning coffee (we decided to skip this because the beach and pool were calling our name bright and early each day). The pool area was massive with three different pools. A shallow pool perfect for the kiddos and for the ping pong tables that they had, a pool equipped with basketball hoops and volleyball nets, and a massive pool with a pool bar extending the one end of the pool. Off of the pool area was a ramp to the beach. Coming off the ramp you are greeted by the coolest bar in the resort, The BARacuda, a cool, shack like bar with swings standing in for traditional bar stools. Swinging with a drink in hand on the beach was one of my favorite parts about the trip. After the bar the beach is filled with just about anything you could need. Personal cabanas that anyone can use, a beach volleyball court, soccer nets, crystal clear water, and hammocks hanging everywhere for you to lounge around. During our trip we ate at just two of the several restaurants available at the resort. The first night we enjoyed a delicious meal at their Hispanic restaurant, El Patio, with stuffed poblano peppers and Don Julio galore. The second night, rehearsal dinner night, we dined at the Seaside Grille, I ate their grouper meal while my fiance Ethan ate a seafood linguine that I have been craving ever since (stay tuned for my attempt at recreating it later this week).
I never thought that I would fall in love with Mexico. I was prepared to have a lot of fun, but I did not prepare for the experience I had. I got to share some incredible moments with equally incredible people. I got to share in a magical day for two people that I love dearly. I got to finally unplug and spend quality time with Ethan, something that I rarely get to do with our busy schedules.
Along with the gorgeous resort, the staff of Dreams was unlike any other. I never needed a single thing, anytime I could think of something I needed they were already right there with it in their hand. The second day we were there, the pool bar server ran up to me and asked if we enjoyed the rest of our night and brought over the drinks we had ordered the day before (HE REMEMBERED EACH OF THEM!). I lost my brand new GoPro the first night, I know I cringe thinking about it too, but when I went up to the front desk they had it safely tucked away for me. True angels!
To wrap it all up, I give Mexico a thumbs up and Dreams two huge thumbs up.
I am already ready to plan our next trip!
And as promised… My vlog of the trip! And make sure to subscribe to our Youtube! We have a ton of cool videos coming up soon.