Friday, February 19, 2016

Mexico Trip: Day 1

In January of 2016 My Sweetie and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary. And we decided to go to Riviera Maya, Mexico.

Honestly, I hate it when people say, "Oh, you mean Cancun?"

Yes, we flew into Cancun, but our destination was 30 minutes south, and our peaceful, quiet, and secluded resort is nothing like crazy Cancun.


We flew with American Airlines and had a connecting flight in Phoenix, but everything went very smoothly.




Because we were celebrating, we stayed at a very nice, all-inclusive resort, Iberostar Grand.

Before we came to this resort, I did lots of research. And the one blog that was most helpful was Iberostar Rocks, with all her detailed posts about this resort.

There are four other Iberostar properties that are adjacent to the Grand; as a Grand guest you can visit any of the other resorts and eat in their restaurants. (But seriously, who would want to leave the Grand?)



Upon arrival, we were told that because we were celebrating something special, they were upgrading us to an oceanfront room. This was a huge surprise, and was amazing.

The rooms are all pretty much alike at the Grand. The bathroom is near the door and very spacious, with a large Jacuzzi tub, shower, and two sinks at either end of the room.




The rest of the room was divided into two spaces, a sleeping and living area. We found the living area very functional, and used the table and chairs when we ordered room service. There was a wi-fi router in the desk and we had perfect wi-fi the entire time we were there.



The porch outside had a lovely swing...


and sofa.






And did I mention the view?


 {Taken from our porch}


This. Was. Amazing. And right outside our door.

The decor of the room was beautiful, and very elegant.


We had been in our room for about 5 minutes, when there was a knock at the door. It was our butler. Each wing and floor of the Grand has a butler. He answers any questions, arranges special things for your room, and is very helpful.

I knew there was a pillow menu, so he went over it with us, described a few, and we ordered a couple of pillows to try. I also knew you could ask for bottles of spirits if you wanted something special, so we asked for a bottle of Havana Rum.

After we got settled, we walked out to the beach for a quick toe dip in the warm water. Then back to get ready for dinner - tonight we were going to the buffet. The buffet is open each day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There are five a la carte restaurants that you can also eat at, but they do require reservations.


The buffet was almost overwhelming, as you can see from my plate; which was like, one of four plates.


I tried foi gras (I was surprised, I really liked the buttery taste), ceviche in many forms (I do love this dish), shrimp aspic (not too much taste, but I was fine with it), and raw lobster with toppings (tasteless, but the toppings were yummy).


My dessert plate, which was a fraction of the things offered.




We headed to the Lobby Bar, where we got margaritas.




We walked leisurely back to our room, then decided to go to the nightly show, but we weren't sure quite where the theater was. We went out and asked our butler, and he not only explained where the theater was, but insisted he drive us there in his cart. This was what we encountered the entire time we were here; if you needed help with something, the staff went above and beyond to help us get what we wanted.

The show on Mondays was the magic show, I don't have any photos, but it was entertaining and clean.

The time change was not a big deal for us, as we ended day one of our trip.


Mexico Trip:

Day 1: First Day
Day 2: Checking out the Grand, Bike Ride, Tony's
Day 3: Xcaret
Day 4: Beach Walk, Kayaking, and the Gourmet Restaurant
Day 5, Part 1: Akumal, Cenotes, and Caverns, Oh My
Day 5, Part 2: Japanese Restaurant and Lobby Bar
Day 6: Beach, Kayaking, and the Italian Restaurant
Day 7: Tennis, Walking on the Beach, A Surprise
Day 8: Our Last Day, Boo Hoo




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