mexico honeymoon

Our Honeymoon | Playa del Carmen

Gaaaah! I am finally finishing up our honeymoon blog posts! Today I'm sharing our last stop, on Maroma Beach just outside of Playa del Carmen. 

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Before I go off sounding ungrateful about having the opportunity to stay at such an incredibly nice resort, it took us about three days to adjust to being at this property. While we really enjoyed our time there, we definitely learned that we are not all-inclusive people. There's something incredibly wonderful about not having to worry about paying for each drink and each meal but there's a very specific atmosphere that comes with that luxury. We prefer to just... be... and not be bothered. The staff do absolutely everything they can to make sure that you are feeling completely taken care of - which resulted in us just leaving the "do not disturb" sign on the door for most of our stay because the interaction was overwhelming for us. There were a lot of amenities at El Dorado Maroma and if you love amenities, being pampered and feeling like there is someone at your beck and call 24/7, this property (and the entire El Dorado line of resorts) is the perfect place for you. There is even a pillow menu. Not kidding. They have anything you could possibly want. 

It's hard for me to even type that paragraph because it sounds so bratty and ungrateful. Those feelings actually hung over me for quite a few days. A storm + construction next door caused the beach to be pretty much unusable. A resort is being built adjacent to the property and they have to completely clear out a mangrove to do that. Staff told us that they were draining the mangrove into the ocean causing smelly and dark water along the other close properties. That was a big bummer for me as Maroma Beach is continually rated one of the best in the world. A client shared a similar sentiment with me when I posted about this on Facebook and really the best thing I can say is that we learned so much about ourselves and how we want to travel in the future. We have always been trip-planners not vacationers. While we thought it would be amazing to just have a do-nothing vacation, it's not in our blood.
* Cue me planning more trips. *

With all of that said, we did come to love our time at El Dorado Maroma after a day or so of adjusting. The outdoor shower was so nice, the private infinity pool was amazing, the food was delicious and the "drink team" totally knew how to make us happy. Thank you, Diego and Rene! 

We took a walk up the beach one day and stumbled across this massive concrete mansion that is unfinished. It was surrounded by a tall chainlink fence and there were some hammocks hanging in the doorways. I read a bunch of theories about the origin of the building online but nothing that truly explained exactly why it's unfinished/abandoned! It was so cool regardless.

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We took a day trip to visit Chichen Itza which is farther west (inland) in the peninsula. This was a freakin' long day... but it was amazing! Our guide was really focused on getting us to understand that the Mayan people are not "extinct" which is a common misconception. Chichen Itza isn't like Pompeii - the people weren't completely wiped out. The geographic center of political power just shifted away from that area of the Yucatan and the city eventually was abandoned in favor of other more modern, usable locations. Throughout the day we interacted with plenty of Mayan people! We also swam in a very deep cenote (sink hole) resulting in sh*tty pictures that I'm not proud of but honestly it was one of the coolest things we did on our trip so... oh well!  

Our last few days we basically reached peak honeymoon. We spent 60% of our days eating and drinking and the other 40% sleeping. Unlimited drinks result in an embarrassing amount of bad selfies. 

I'll tell you, if you ever want to make it easier to come home, get a dog. We were so ready to come home and snuggle our Butters that it made it less sad to leave the warm temperatures and drinks we didn't have to make ourselves. She was happy to see us and we have to give a big shout out to our moms, my Nana and Pappaw and finally Ashley of Ashley's Adventures Pet-Sitting Service

So, all in all... our trip was wonderful and Kyle is very happy and content but I've just had a fire lit under my butt and I'm ready to go somewhere else right away!

Best thing we learned in Mexico:
"Taco is the action of folding a tortilla. So, put anything on a tortilla, fold it and boom... taco." 

Go forth, eat tacos, go to Mexico. 


Our Honeymoon | Cozumel

This is the second of three blog posts about our honeymoon! If you haven't read about our incredible stay in Tulum, you can read that HERE! Again, bear with me as you scroll through the GoPro and iPhone shots! I didn't take my "big camera" along in fear of working the entire trip! Kyle did get his full immersive Instagram Husband Boot Camp experience during this trip though! 

Our second stop was the island of Cozumel where we stayed at The Explorean. The Explorean is a smaller property of bungalows behind a larger resort. We had access to the amenities of the larger resort while having a lot more privacy and a quieter space. Buuuuuut... like I mentioned in the Tulum post, we realized really quickly that we don't need amenities! This was the medium size of our three resorts (the smallest being in Tulum and largest being the last place in Playa del Carmen). 

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I have to admit, when we first arrived here it was a really difficult transition from being in (and in love with) Tulum. We went from an open-air bungalow with wooden floors along the ocean to a room with cold tile floors, a very neutral color palette and a jungle balcony. 

The few downsides were definitely more noticeable to us because of how much we loved our first few days. While the plumbing is capable of handling toilet paper (unlike in Tulum) we didn't have hot water in our room even after inquiring a few times. So, using the very pretty enclosed glass rain shower was a miserably cold experience. And there was supposed to be a basket of hot coffee, sweet bread and jams outside our door in the morning but it seemed like we were the only ones to not receive one - likely just a miscommunication but I'm bummed that we missed the sweet bread! 

The design of the exterior of The Explorean was stunning and definitely Instagram-able. There is one restaurant and the food was wonderful even though there really isn't a menu - they'll make pretty much anything you ask for if they are able to or there is a small selection of dishes to choose from that changes daily. I'm still craving the fresh pineapple marmalade.

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There is no actual beach on this west side of Cozumel but we could walk across the street to their man-made beach area. During our planning, we thought this would be fine but the pools were all absolutely freezing so this was the one downside we found to this part of our trip. However, that man-made beach area was very beautiful even though it was not really meant for swimming and the fried fish tacos were A+. 

Cozumel is known mostly for the scuba diving because of the really healthy reefs that surround the island! We visited a few spots on the eastern side of the island as well including El Mirador, a carved sea rock lookout. 

The island, known as the Island of Fertility, was sacred to Ixchel, the Mayan moon goddess of fertility, childbearing, and midwifery... which... the people of Cozumel love to tell you repeatedly when they find out you're honeymooning. * Sorry folks, this post is NOT an announcement of any kind! * A temple to the goddess once existed at what is today Punta Sur. 

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I'll be sharing the last part of our trip soon!