My husband, Shane, and I recently celebrated our 10 year anniversary. Or, decade-iversary as I’ve been calling it. During our decade of marriage we created two beautiful boys, bought a house, sold a house, have had a few various jobs, and published a darling children’s book.
However, in all of that time, we haven’t been able to travel as a couple much. Kids man. That said, we vowed we would take a big trip for our 10th! As soon as school let out for summer, we hopped on a plane and headed to Cancun, Mexico. Some of our close couple friends traveled with us, and it made for a fun, laughter filled, activity packed, vacation. I would do it again in a heart-beat and would totally recommend our trip!
We booked our trip through my college friend, and bridesmaid, Jen, over at Vagablonde Travel. Jen made sure we got a great deal, beating any we found on the internet. She made all of our travel arrangements, including hotel, air, and travel to and from the airport. It was so fun landing in Cancun and being greeted by our driver and dozens of margarita carts. That town is ready for vacationers! The hotel we chose is the Hideaway at Royalton Riviera Cancun. It is the adult only section of a gorgeous all-inclusive resort, complete with swim up bars, tasty restaurants, and captivating night time entertainment.
Upon arrival, I had 3 things on my agenda.
- Not to have an agenda.
- Spend my days soaking up the sun with a drink in hand.
- Sleep in each day … because … no kids.
- Take plenty of siestas.
The second half of my ‘agenda’ did not go as planned! I woke bright and early every morning and only took one nap on a lounge chair by the pool. Although, that one nap was pretty awesome. Luckily, my early mornings turned out to be my favorite part of the trip. I would rise early, grab a delicious mimosa or latte from the Caffe Lounge, and relax in the shady hammocks of the empty beaches. I could have literally spent all day swaying in the breeze with my book and a drink in hand.
Once the rest of our group was ready, I’d meet them at the buffet for breakfast. Y’all, it was legit! One day I tried caviar on my bagels and lox, and it was surprisingly savory! Other daily favorites included eggs, tropical fruits, or scrumptious Mexican street dishes.
One morning I deviated from my routine and met the girls for a spa day. Together we experienced a Hydrotherapy Circuit. This was a first for me, and something I would love to do again. The session was mixed with wet and dry saunas, hot and cold pools, and various pressure jets to relax the muscles. It was a great spa treatment to do with girl friends. I think my husband would have loved it too. After our therapy session, I had the best massage of my life, directly on the beach. It doesn’t get more relaxing than being massaged while listening to the crashing waves and feeling refreshing sea breezes.
The beaches were absolutely breathtaking! Our room had a view looking out past the pool to the ocean. While we were there, we experience a bit more seaweed than Cancun usually has, but it was still gorgeous despite a bit of sea muck.
As most women can relate, I spent the most amount of vacay prep in finding the perfect swim suits. I loved each one that I brought, but I think this retro inspired suit from Amazon was my favorite. I felt glamorous in each suit I carefully selected even though I was showing way less skin than most of the people out there. I’m not hating… I’m just saying that any body type can find a suit that accentuates in the right places, making you feel like a rock star. My blue Becca one piece was one I had been eyeing for months, and was happy to snag it on sale.
Since we spent the majority of our days at the beautiful pool, or laying lazily on the beach, our lunches were spent poolside, relaxing and eating the resorts daily provisions. Our favorite was the juicy, backyard style burgers, and that’s coming from a group of native Texans! We are truly tough critics, so you can trust us. One day, I was brave and tried a Spanish seafood dish, paella. It wasn’t my favorite, but I’d totally eat it again. However, the sushi was slammin’, and we ate it every day!
Each evening, we would get gussied up and meet for a few fancy pictures, and then dine at one of the many all-inclusive restaurants.
The girls of course had a fun time deciding on what resort wear we should bring and had thorough discussions on it LONG before we ever started packing for our trip. I was so happy to find this Vince Camuto dress, and Shane looked sharp in his Chubbies shirt.
Each place we ate at was beyond delicious! We couldn’t stop talking about how awesome all of the food was! I’ve been to other resorts where the food was sketchy at best, but that was not the case at the Royalton. It was truly a culinary experience. Our top two choices were Zen, Japanese Cuisine, and Hunter Steakhouse. They were both so good that on our last night we had a debate over which to go to again. Shane and I shamelessly pulled voting rank since we were there for our 10th anniversary. We decided on the steakhouse for our final dinner together. The steaks were cooked to perfection, and melt in your mouth delicious.
During our trip, we took an excursion to Xel-Ha, a park in the heart of the Riviera Maya and considered one of the world’s greatest Natural Wonders.
While there, we hiked through cenotes, tubed through mangroves, jumped off a cliff into a lagoon, and snorkeled in crystal clear coves, and Mayan caves. We saw colorful fish, conks, a small barracuda, giant termite mounds, and one big snake.
It was breathtaking. We spent all day exploring and we still didn’t see all of the park. I could have totally spent another day exploring the trails and doing the zip-lines. Shane and I did manage to snap a few pics atop the giant light house water slide, towering at 98 feet high. It give us a breathtakingly beautiful, bird’s eye-view of the entire ecological park. Xel-Ha got a thumbs up from this girl.
Oh! And I did snag a 30 minute nap in a hammock! Okay, so I took two naps on my vacation. Mission accomplished.
People keep asking me what my favorite part of our trip was, but I just can’t decide. Between the great company, delicious food, and hammocks, it’s a toss up. I loved it all, and I’m ready to go back! I’m already brainstorming ways to to start planning our next couple’s getaway, and I hope that over the next decade of marriage that we collect many more passport stamps.