Team JP Christmas en MX

We did something in 2015, I’ve never done before, not spend the holidays with either of our families. Before you go judging us, let me explain…

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We still felt the Christmas spirit @ RIU Emerald Bay Resort in Mazatlan, MX.

We currently live in Houston, TX, our parents live in Minnesota and Indiana. We’ve gone home for every Winter for the holidays, since I’ve moved away. Let me tell you something about Winter, it sucks! No, seriously. Maybe, the first days of snowfall are beautiful, but once I moved away after “surviving” 30 something Winters, I realize I’m over it. Done. I said it, “I hate Winter!” I no longer look forward to going home for the holidays, at the absolute coldest times of the year. Last Winter, I told our families, “we’re not coming back next year… who wants to go to Mexico, instead?”

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I almost felt bad for not going home, but then I got here and got over it. Riu Emerald Bay Resort, Mazatlan, MX.

By August, we’ve usually already purchased our tickets home for the holidays. We spend 1 week with my family, and 1 week with my in-laws, as they are a short flight from one another. It’s exhausting just thinking of going through 3 flights destinations during the holidays. Instead, we purchased tickets to Mexico for Christmas. Our gift to ourselves.

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Ready for Christmas dinner @ Riu Emerald Bay Resort, Mazatlan, MX.

I have to admit, I was hesitant I’ve never been away from my family during the holidays. That’s not what “good” Latinas or daughter do. Then, I remembered the previous Winter. I thought, what would really make me happy this Christmas? An all inclusive resort? Yes. Sand in my toes? Yes. Finally getting to wear those cute bikinis? Yes. Margaritas and Piña Coladas from the pool swim up bar? Yes. Fun in the Sun? Yes.

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Where we actually spent Christmas, at the Swim up bar. Riu Emberald Bay Resort. Mazatlan, MX

Relaxation and avoid all holiday stress? Yes and Yes. Sunsets on the beach with my husband? Yes. It didn’t take much more to convince me. We booked our 1st holiday vacation in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico. Best. Decision. Ever.

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I like this kind of Santa @ RIU Emerald Bay Resort in Mazatlan, MX.

We spent 7 days and nights at the RIU Emerald Bay Resort. It’s not an adults only resort, as we’ve become accustomed to, but Mazatlan, doesn’t have any adult only resorts, yet. To my surprise the resort was at capacity, filled with families that had children of all ages. Not to worry, there was an adults only pool.

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Enjoying life on Christmas at Riu Emerald Bay Resort. Mazatlan, MX

We spent our days at the beach or by the pool bar, enjoying the sunshine, water, and tequila.

My husband used to live in Mazatlan, he showed me his old apartment, which was 2 blocks from the beach. I see why this American boy from Minnesota loves Mexico so much, and why he/we can’t stay away. We visited his old stomping grounds, which mostly included beach bars with beautiful views of the ocean.

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Cristina and my husband have been friends for 20yrs. They met in a student exchange program in H.S.

We spent Christmas eve with friends. We still received a homemade Christmas dinner by the generosity of our friends and their family.

After our week in Mazatlan, I feel we came back rejuvenated and not stressed for the 1st time during the holidays.

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Wishing all our friends and family a Feliz Navidad from the beach in Mazatlan, MX.

Would I do it again? Absolutely! I know we’ll have to go “home” for the holidays, sometimes, but I’ll always dream about our beach Christmas vacation.

 

TEN.

Italy. Poland. The United Kingdom. Spain. Germany. Mexico. Argentina. Uruguay. France. Peru. When my husband told me back in 2012, “the only requirement I have of you, you must be willing to travel the world with me.” I said, “yeah, o.k. sure.” I mean, what woman would say, “no.”?

I never considered myself much of a traveler. Now, I guess I can’t deny it. I’m no longer a tourist in the world. Yes, there’s a difference between being a traveler vs. tourist. I’ll save that debate for another time.

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Sleeping on the train in France. The best way to travel throughout Europe. April 2015

This is how I found myself being a traveler in love. Most people start their world travels in college. They either do a study abroad, peace corp, or take a year off during or after college to travel throughout Europe. I didn’t do any of that, nor was I interested in it at that point of my life. I crazily enough knew I was going to wait to see the world with the love of my life, my husband (even though I didn’t know who that would be). I didn’t grow up privileged. I also wasn’t going to take out loans to travel and pay for it for years to come. I spent my 20’s trying to survive and pay my everyday living expenses on a non for profit salary, not finance dream trips around the world. I worked for everything I had, my apt, my car, my bills… Which is why I completely understand the struggle of plenty of 20 year-old’s.

My husband has always had a travelers spirit. As long as I’ve known him, he has wanted to see the whole world.

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My favorite travel buddy! On our way to Strasbourg, France. April 2015

To this day, he has probably been to double the amount of countries as I have. I’m still not interested in seeing the whole world, as silly as that sounds. Each country has a different purpose or meaning to us whether it was to fulfill a dream, eat or drink their food, or to celebrate a friend’s wedding. There’s no doubt in my mind we’ve been blessed to have traveled to 10 countries in 3 years together.

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Sopot, Poland. May 2012

We’ve learned so much about one another through traveling the world together. Foreign places challenge each and every one of us in different ways. By foreign, I mean, when neither of us speaks or understands the language, doesn’t know a soul for thousands of miles around, and completely out of our comfort zones. My husband shines in these situations. There has yet to be a country where I haven’t felt safe with him.

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Rome, Italy. May 2012

In Rome, Italy, May 2012, I decided I was going to marry this man. It was under a church awning, while he held an umbrella over my head, while he got soaking wet, so I could eat my gelato. I said to myself, “this is the man I’m going to marry.” This was our first trip together, and he told me, I could pick any place I wanted to go to. I picked, Rome, Italy, as it was always a dream of my grandmother to visit Rome and The Vatican. It was my pilgrimage for her.

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The Vatican. St. Peter’s Basilica. May 2012

In Poland, overlooking the Baltic Sea, I asked him, “Do you think we’ll ever return here?” He said, “I don’t know?” I said, “Maybe, we’ll have kids one day, and they’ll marry someone from here and we’ll return.” He said, “I’d like that very much.” That was after 3 months of dating. Crazy! I never thought about going to Poland, but now that I have, all I want to do is go back.

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Sopot, Poland. May 2012

The U.K. aka United Kingdom, was also the 1st country I had visited outside of North America. My husband used to live in London. To our delight we continue to have friends we consider family there. Which is why every trip to Europe requires a trip to London. At this point, London, is starting to feel like our European home away from home. We do such normal things there like dinner and plenty of pub nights with friends.

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Our 1st time in London together. May 2012.

In Spain, I watched my husband carry a conversation in French for the 1st time and then talk politics in Spanish.

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Dancing the night away in La Garriga, Spain. October 2012

I learned there is no such thing as too much jamon iberico. I seen one of the most beautiful churches I’ve ever seen in my life, La Sagrada Familia, and I’ll never forget that for as long as I live.

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Walking around Poland. May 2012

In Germany, I remember, for the 1st time everything being completely foreign to me. I didn’t recognize the language, the street signs, the words on the menu, nor the train map.  It might as well have been Chinese for all I knew. Again, having my husband, who dabbles in German, was a lifesaver. He was able to at least explain the menu to me and get us around town via train. I remember asking our waitress, “what do you recommend?”, as I would in an American restaurant. To which she responded, “I don’t know what you like!”, but with a firm and stern German accent. I think I ordered something based off of a picture because she slightly scared me.

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Tulum, MX on our Honeymoon. May 2014

If I only could visit one country for the rest of my life, I will always choose Mexico. Mexico, will forever hold some of our most beautiful memories. We celebrated our engagement, we were married, honeymooned, and my husband surprised me with a 6 month anniversary trip, all in Mexico. Mi querido Mexico. Mexico Lindo. 

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Our Wedding. Riviera Maya, MX. May 2014

In Argentina, we ate what would probably be the best steaks in the world and drank more Malbec than I’d like to admit. Every stomach ache was worth it, because as we learned, our bodies aren’t meant to to process that much meat everyday. We didn’t eat red meat for at least a month after that trip. I’ll also never forget my first professional soccer aka futbol match in Argentina.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina. May 2013 @ my 1st soccer match

The energy of the crowd was infectious and had the whole stadium moving.

Uruguay, was a welcomed surprise. We took the ferry from Buenos Aires, Argentina. For those who have visited B.A., you know it’s considered the Paris of South America, which is true in many aspects. Which is why, once we got off the fairy in La Colonial, Uruguay, I was excited to smell wood burning and walk on cobblestone streets. It reminded me of my hometown in Mexico. It has a  welcoming small town feel. Almost like it was hugging us and letting us know it will wait for us to go back.

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The top of the lighthouse in La Colonia, Uruguay. May 2013

I learned there’s so much more beauty to France, than just Paris. I mean, Paris, lives up to the hype, but I hope everyone gets to experience other parts of France, as well. For the lovers in the world, Paris, does not disappoint. Paris, is romantic and sexy, without trying to be, it just is. A fabulous place to have celebrated our 1st year wedding anniversary.

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Paris, France. April 2015

Very few places and countries have captured my heart, but I have to admit, aside from Mexico, Peru, has come a close 2nd. Besides fulfilling a lifelong dream of going to Machu Picchu, this country is abundant in history. They have ancient ruins in the middle of their modern day cities. The food is some of the BEST of the world. Lima, has become the true culinary capital of the America’s. We ate and drank our way to bliss there for sure.

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Machu Picchu, Peru. November 2015

I didn’t know, wait, yes, I did, that traveling the world with the love of my life, my husband, would be a dream come true in itself. I guess, I just didn’t really believe it could come true for me. However, God, had a greater vision for me than I could even dream possible.

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Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun. May 2014.

Getting to experience the world with the person you know God created for you is a Blessing. I’ll never take that for granted. People tell us to travel while we’re young and don’t have children. I have to agree to an extent. If we should ever be blessed with a child or children, one day, we’ve already promised to keep traveling. Maybe, the trips will be shorter? Maybe, the trips will now be all in the United States? Who knows? Before we exchanged our marriage vows, we discussed and continue to discuss the importance of us taking time for our relationship.

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Rome, Italy. May 2012

Nothing makes us more present in life than traveling, meaning nothing makes us more present in our relationship than travel. I’m fortunate that I chose to wait to experience the world, every new adventure, every awe struck moment, new foods, different cultures, ancient history, and every once in a lifetime experience with one man, my man, my husband. Who to this day, continues to promise and deliver me the world and a lifetime of adventures. He has turned me into a true traveler in love. I can’t wait to see what the next 10 countries will be. Our list is always growing. That’s the beauty of travel, it’s has no expiration date. It’s a lifelong journey full of adventures. Wherever we go, it will be my favorite, until the next place. As long as we’re there together, that’s all that really matters.

 

 

 

 

Je t’aime Paris!

In early 2012, my husband (then boyfriend) invited me to Europe for the first time. He asked if I wanted to go to Paris? We were in the early stages of falling in love and I think he was surprised I didn’t want to go. Who doesn’t want Paris in the Springtime with their lover? Isn’t it the most romantic place on Earth? Isn’t it the city of love?
Truth be told, I never bought into all that Paris mumbo jumbo. I didn’t dream of going to Paris as a little girl, teenager, or adult. You would think, me, of all people would. I’ve always been a hopeless romantic. Because of all of my hopelessness in all things romance, the idea of Paris seemed so cliché and cheesy, for our first trip together.
Fast forward to 2015.
We were trying to decide where to celebrate our first wedding anniversary. After traveling to several other European countries and South America together, I told my husband: I think I’m ready for Paris now. Our decision was made. I didn’t want just Paris, though. I wanted to experience more of France. Half of our time was spent in Paris, but we also ventured to Versailles, Reims, Lyon, and Strasbourg.

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These 3 books helped us plan our Team JP Tour de France. The Lonely Planet book has the best pull out map of Paris, that we’ve found. Highly recommend.

However, for this blog, I’m strictly going to focus on Paris and some of the things I learned along the way.

I’m happy I waited for Paris with my husband because she does not disappoint. She is an antique city filled with culture, history, and mouth watering food. Her architecture is gothic and at times surreal. What I did appreciate there, is that people take their food and dining experiences seriously, almost religiously, which is fine by me, because so do we.

Which reminds me of where we spent our first-anniversary dinner at L’atelier Saint-Germain de Joël Robuchon,

Anniversary celebration dinner at L'atelier Saint-Germain de Joël Rubuchon.

Anniversary celebration dinner at L’atelier Saint-Germain de Joël Rubuchon.

which at the time was a 2 Michelin starred and #31 ranked restaurant in the world. Amazing! Only 2 other restaurants voted above it in Paris, which were 3 Michelin starred and booked way in advance. If you’re going to have some of the most spectacular food experiences, make sure you book your date(s) way ahead of time.

TIP # 1 While Paris is full of Michelin star restaurants, where you can dine like royalty and have foodgasm after foodgasm, I suggest finding the local spots, as well. Ask someone on the street or at your hotel what they recommend. Don’t be surprised how close you will be sitting next to your neighbor. The best way to experience a new country is through their food.

My breakfast everyday was either a croissant or pain au chocolat. Yum!

My breakfast every day was either a croissant or pain au chocolat. Yum!

Although, no matter where you go in Paris, you’ll find delicious croissants, pain au chocolat, and macaroons on every corner.

For the Best Macaroons, Laduree, is a must. You'll find macaroons, but so many other beautiful desserts.

For the Best Macaroons, Laduree, is a must. You’ll find macaroons, but so many other beautiful desserts, as well.

TIP # 2 When you think of Paris you think of the Eiffel Tower. Yes, it’s a Must!

And this right here is what you come to Paris for, Eiffel Tower, built in 1889. No matter what angle you look, it's Spectacular!

And this right here is what you come to Paris for, Eiffel Tower, built in 1889. No matter what angle you look, it’s Spectacular!

You can buy your tickets ahead of time. If the winds are too high you won’t be able to go to the very top. Which is fine, because the Best views are on the 2nd level. Do yourself a favor and experience the Eiffel Tower at night, if you can. Starting at 8pm and for 5 minutes each hour after that, it lights up and sparkles. It’s definitely worth the show and crowds it gathers.

Eiffel Tower at night is stunning! Do use flash on your camera, unlike what we did.

Eiffel Tower at night is stunning! It’s just as magical, if not more at night.

TIP # 3 My favorite thing we did in Paris, the Bateau Mouche Cruise. What an absolutely gorgeous way to see this beautiful city than on the Seine River. It doesn’t matter where you sit, because you’ll get the same views on either side, upstairs or downstairs.

If you get the opportunity to view Paris from the Siene River, do it! Boards daily between Pont Des Invalides and Pont de L' Alma. Cruise lasts about 1.5hrs.

If you get the opportunity to view Paris from the Seine River, do it! Boards daily between Pont Des Invalides and Pont de L’ Alma. The cruise lasts about 1.5hrs.

TIP # 4 If you’re not interested in spending hours amongst the crowds inside the Musée du Louvre, go on a Tuesday. It’s closed this day. Outside of the Louvre and Palais-Royal is open. It’s a great way to explore and take pictures up close and personal, while not being surrounded by a ton of other tourists.

Look at the crowd on a Tuesday! Perfect way to see the Louvre and Palais-Royal without the crowds.

Look at the crowd on a Tuesday! It’s the perfect way to see the Louvre and Palais-Royal without the crowds.

TIP # 5 If you plan on experiencing a show at the Moulin Rouge, buy your tickets ahead of time. This is a must. You can buy online or during the day at the ticket window. These shows are almost always sold out in advance.

Ahhh... the way this lights up at night! You just know you're in for a great time!

Ahhh… the way this lights up at night! You know you’re in for a great time!

They have two shows a night. We went to the earlier show, which for us, was a normal time. The later show was sold out. Arrive as early as possible to get into line, as there are no assigned seats. I also suggest skipping dinner, only go to the show. Do buy a bottle of wine, sit back and get ready to enjoy the night!

TIP # 6 Do walk through my favorite neighborhood, Montmartre, to get to the Bisilique du Sacré-Coeur aka Sacred Heart. You’ll bypass all the steps and walk through a real Parisian neighborhood, where the likes of famous artists such as Picasso, Monet, and Dali frequented.

Monmartre is my favorite by far! You'll find 2 remaining original windmills made famous by the painters, Renoir and Van Gogh.

Monmartre is my favorite by far! You’ll find 2 remaining original windmills made famous by the painters, Renoir and Van Gogh.

Enjoy the historic and 2 remaining windmills left in Paris located in Monmartre. Don’t forget to enjoy some of the yummy treats below the steps of Sacré-Coeur or while walking back enjoy the gelato, as I did. Also, please be respectful when they ask for no pictures inside of Sacré-Coeur.

Basilique du Sacré-Coeur completed in 1914. Is majestic and considered holy ground. They also ask that you please don't take pictures while inside, please be respectful.

Basilique du Sacré-Coeur completed in 1914. Is majestic and considered holy ground. They also ask that you please don’t take pictures while inside, please be respectful.

TIP # 7 Want to visit the Arc de Triomphe? Please don’t try to cross the street to get to it. There is an underground walkway which will get you there safely. Do I think it’s worth spending the extra money to go to the top of the Arc de Triomphe? No.

Arc de Triomphe. Napoleon I's triumphant Arc to commemorate France's victory in battle.

Arc de Triomphe. Napoleon I’s triumphant Arc to commemorate France’s victory in battle.

You’ll still get to see the Arc up close from the ground.

TIP # 8 While you’ll be lucky to find most people or waiters can speak English, please try to speak a little bit of French. I used Duolingo to help me prepare best for France. Here are some of the words I lived by in France:
Yes = Oui
No = Non
Excuse me = Excusez – Moi
Hello = Bonjour
Goodbye = Au revoir
Please = S’il vous plaît
Thank you = Merci
Good night/evening = Bonsoir
Sorry = Pardon
Do you have a bathroom? = Avez – vous une salle de bain?
Where are the restrooms? = Où sont les toilettes?
A table for two please = Une table pour deux, s’il vous plaît
The check/bill please = L’addition, s’il vous plaît
Do you speak English/Spanish? Parlez-vous anglais/ Espagnol?
I love you = Je t’aime

TIP # 9 Many times wine is cheaper to drink than H2O. My tip to avoid dehydration while you’re getting your wine life fulfilled, buy water at a local market or store. You’ll need plenty of it while you’re wandering around Paris. After all, this is the best way to see the city. Don’t be afraid to get lost. Go off the map, just don’t forget to drink water.

TIP # 10 The most Important tip, is to wear good walking shoes.

I went with these Clarks Wave Walk shoes. Great purchase on my behalf.

I went with these Clarks Wave Walk shoes. Great purchase on my behalf.

It’s easy to walk up to 5 miles a day in Paris. Women in Paris do not wear heels. Flats are completely acceptable anywhere and everywhere you go in Paris. My best advice, break in your walking shoes before you go. Having comfortable shoes will make all the difference in determining how much you can or can’t see in one day. Keep your feet happy and the rest of your trip will be happy.

Maybe it's because it's, The Flame of Liberty, which sits above where Princess Diana tragically died. Maybe, it's because of the view of the Eiffel Tower from here. Maybe, it's because of the lovers in the picture, but it was a beautiful day and moment to be captured.

Maybe it’s because it’s, The Flame of Liberty, which sits above where Princess Diana tragically died. Maybe, it’s because of the view of the Eiffel Tower from here. Maybe, it’s because of the lovers in the picture, but it was a beautiful day and moment to be captured.

Paris means something different for each person who goes there for the first time or tenth time. While my husband has been going to Paris, since he was a teenager, even he discovers something new each time he goes. One thing I know, while, this may have been my first Parisian experience, I’m certain it won’t be my last. As my darling, Audrey Hepburn said, “Paris is always a good idea.”

Welcome Home @ Secrets Resorts

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Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun

It’s no secret, we love our Secrets Resorts and Spas. Most recently, my sweet husband, surprised me with a vacation to the Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun, for our 6 month wedding anniversary.

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Happy 6 months to us!

This was our 3rd Secrets trip in the past year and a half. The first time we went was in May of 2013 for my mom’s birthday celebration. It was also perfect timing as we had gotten engaged weeks before.

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    Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun

The Secrets Resorts and Spas, is owned and operated by AMResorts. “AMResorts is a collection of luxury destinations, each with its own personality”, according to their website http://www.secretsresorts.com. I suggest you visit it. There are eleven Secrets Resorts and Spas throughout Mexico. There is one in the Dominican Republic, and two in Jamaica. All Secrets Resorts and Spas are all-inclusive, and adult-only. No children allowed! It’s the perfect adult vacation.

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Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun

We’ve had the privilege to stay twice at Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun, in May 2013 and November 2014. We stayed at Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun, for our honeymoon in May 2014. We took advantage of the Secrets Eternity Honeymoon Package.

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Our swim out suite at Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun.

I highly recommend this package if you are looking for the ultimate honeymoon experience. I suggest using a travel agent to help plan, book, and handle your honeymoon. The last thing you want to stress about is your honeymoon, let your travel agent help you.

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Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun.

Each Secrets Resorts and Spas experience starts off as such, a greeter who says, “Welcome Home”. You think, yes, I want this to be home. Then, you are given a scented and cooled towel, which is perfect as it’s usually warm, hot, or humid in Mexico. Then, as if that isn’t enough, you are offered a glass of champagne, all before even entering your room or completing check-in.

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Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun

Someone will bring your bags to your room, you don’t have to lift a finger. You start to get the idea, this is what vacation is all about. If you are celebrating a special occasion, ex. birthday, anniversary, or honeymoon there will be a banner across the door to welcome you.

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Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun

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Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun

Once inside you’ll notice the bright red rose petals across your bed on a beautifully made lush bed.

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Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun

Each time we’ve stayed, we’ve had a king size four poster bed. I want one. I need one. Just like from the Secrets. Every detail in each room is as lovely as the next.

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On the balcony at Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun.

The balconies in the room are spacious enough to fit a table and chairs for two. I suggest sitting there and enjoy morning room service, or, a nightcap and cigar, as my husband likes to do.

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Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun

Speaking of room service, it’s a must here. It’s 24hrs a day, and it’s already included. While the gourmet dining is exquisite, and it’s truly gourmet, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the chilaquiles in the morning, or the “Pepito” sandwich, I enjoy in the afternoon.

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Room service at Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun.

Of course, room service is even made fancy by being wheeled in, set wherever you wish, on a silver platter, and white linen napkins. When they say, “unlimited-luxury” they mean it. Everything and everyone here is made to feel special and unique.

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Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun

Between the Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun and Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun, there are 16 dining options. We dined on everything from
seafood to Italian to Japanese. You won’t go hungry or even get bored from the food selections. Everything is high restaurant quality food and service.

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“Fusion” restaurant at Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun

We did have one of the best meals at the Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun.  We were on our honeymoon, it was our first night, and we were looking for something to eat. We walked up to a “pop-up” restaurant they only have three days out of the week called “Fusion”. I can’t begin to describe how unexpected this “Fusion” experience was for my husband and I. We are foodies. We will and have traveled the world for exceptional food. A great chef and his/her team will transform a meal into edible art. This is their gift to us. We were told, “it’s a chef’s tasting menu and it’s a two hour dinner.” The woman at the front had us at chef’s tasting menu. As foodies, we know that’s the best the chef has to offer. However, I understand a lot of people wouldn’t understand that, and would be turned away by the length of time during dinner. All I can admit is, we savored every bit of our 9 course chef’s tasting menu with wine pairings, and specialty cocktails. The service was amazing. We couldn’t stop complimenting each course as it came out and devoured it. Our waiter was kind enough to bring the chef and his staff to our table to meet us. It was with great joy we complimented and

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Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun

thanked them face to face for an unforgettable dinner. In any other place, we would have paid hundreds of dollars for that type of service, meal, and overall experience. Plus, it was all included in our stay. Amazing!

Aside from all the delicious food and drinks, you’ll never be bored. If you’re bored it’s your fault. Each night there is entrainment. The Excelente Entertainment Team makes sure everyone is having as much fun as possible from day to night. If you’re there for pure relaxation and romance they will know to let you enjoy that experience, as well.

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I will be remiss if I forget to gush about the SPA! Everyone loves a great spa experience. I can honestly say, I’ve had the best massages of my life at the Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun, and, Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun. From the hydrotherapy circuit to the massages

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Getting ready for our couples massage on our honeymoon at Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun.

expect at least a 2hr spa experience. The spas all carry Pevonia products. They are fully equipped to do massages, facials, manicures, and pedicures. Please, treat yourself, your spouse, or enjoy the spa together. You can also choose to enjoy a massage on the beach, which I’m determined to do, one day.

I have to admit the real shining stars of this whole resort experience are their staff. Every waiter, every poolside waiter, every bartender, the cleaning staff, the concierge, the Excelente Entertainment Team, are kind, friendly, and work long long hours always with a smile on their faces.

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Wonderful brick oven pizza being made at Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun.

These people truly deserve the accolades. It’s because of them we get to experience the unlimited-luxury experience. I don’t take that or them for granted. Please don’t forget to TIP! While it is an all-inclusive resort, these people work extremely hard, and all day to make sure we have the best experience possible. Please don’t forget to show your appreciation.

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A perfect piña colada at Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun.

While, I sit here and fondly look back at our memories made, I’m anxiously dreaming of our next Secrets Resorts and Spas experience. We’ll definitely be returning for our one year anniversary. As much as we visit, it really is starting to feel like home. A dream home, but, nonetheless a home we see ourselves returning to time and time again.