A Little Vacation

In case you don’t follow my Instagram  then you may not know that I am getting married!  I am SO excited, for many reasons.  First and foremost, I get to pronounce my lifelong devotion to the love of my life and best friend BHLDN dress (guess which one 😉 ).  And finally, I am very excited, because we chose to have a small destination wedding at an all-inclusive resort near Cancun, Mexico.

Last weekend, we got to go down early to check out the resort, and it was AH-mazing!  We are staying at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya for our wedding in June.  As soon as we got there, we were taken back by just the lobby, so beautiful!

We were impressed by the service and hospitality as it was, but while we were checking in, we found out that we had gotten a complimentary upgrade from our normal room, to the Sky Terrace, which meant we had a standard balcony, PLUS our own private rooftop balcony with a jacuzzi!  The resort is split into two sides, the Heaven side, geared towards the 18 and up crowd, and then the Hacienda side, geared towards families with kids.  They each have their own lobbies, with slightly different amenities, but you are free to roam between the two.

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Now our weekend was a whirlwind, because we only had 4 days, two of which were travel days, and one of which we had an appointment with the weddings department to pick out the venue and decorations for our big day.  We tried to take full advantage of as many of the offerings though – at least on the relaxation side!

Most of the days we hung out by the pool or on the beach while waiters kept our beverages topped off.  My favorite thing to drink was the pina colada, while Mason was a fan of margaritas.  The pool had a fun swim-up bar, and was totally lit up at night.  The beaches were soft and sandy.  We waded into the water around waist deep and could see big fish swimming around us.  Can’t wait to check out the complimentary snorkel gear next time we are there!

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View of the pool all lit up at night, with the swim-up bar in the cabana to the left.

The food on the resort was amazing.  For lunch there was a buffet, as well as a grill going by the pool, so you could chill out with a burger and fries.  For dinner, there are multiple restaurants with varying cuisines (French, Mexican, Italian), and then there are also little food carts on the Hacienda side, where you could get crepes or tacos.

After dinner we went out dancing in the resort nightclub.  The club went back farther than we realized!  It was so big!  It seemed to be made up of different lit up platforms surrounding a couple jacuzzis (which we didn’t even realize were there until we watched some guys take their shirts off and hop in).  At the end of the night, we went up to our room and ordered room service (also included!).

On our last day, we did our wedding appointment, and picked out the venues for our wedding events, aaaaand of course tackled the most important job: picking out our cake.  They didn’t have cake ready for us right away because Mason has Celiac disease and can’t eat gluten (if you or someone you know has a gluten intolerance and would like some tips, please comment below!).  They sent them up to our room, and we ended our stay sitting in bed eating cake.

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We had the best time at this resort!  All of the managers kept asking us for reviews or anything they can improve on, and I honestly couldn’t think of a single thing.  The only thing I wish was different, was I wish that I had checked a bag so I could pack my own sunscreen instead of pay a god-awful amount at the resort gift shop.

Cannot wait to be back at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya this June to marry the man of my dreams!

Happy vacations!

-jules

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