Despite my aversion to hot weather and my tendency to shift into crispy tomato mode within minutes baring my blindingly white skin to direct sunlight, I've had it in my mind all winter that I really needed to escape to someone warm. I imagined white sandy beaches, tropical drinks, heated pools, and yes, even loads of sunshine. That urge grew stronger and stronger as the weeks went by, thanks to a crazy amount of work-related stress that popped up early in the year. By mid-February, I was desperate for a break and in need of a serene place to unplug and recharge.
Fast forward to a few weeks later in which I was unexpectedly offered the chance to plan a girls getaway at the gorgeous Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya (aka a little slice of paradise right along the Caribbean coastline) in conjunction with Apple Vacations. Now, I'm not someone to attribute fantastic opportunities to random occurrences of fate or manifestations, but in the midst of a particularly stressful few days, it was as if the universe finally threw me a bone: a gold-plated bone in the form of a luxurious all-inclusive resort in beautiful Mexico. #lifedoesnotsuck
From the moment my friend Barb and I arrived in Mexico, we knew it was going to be a fabulous stay. We were greeted by a group of friendly Amstar drivers at the airport (thank goodness for them, as they made navigating the crazy Cancun arrivals and departures processes so seamless!); after an hour-long drive, we were whisked onto the resort property and immediately given cool towels and glasses of bubbly. *Pop, fizz, clink*
The stunning view from my room - so many leafy palm trees and gorgeous shades of blue everywhere I looked! With the lush flora and soothing sounds of running water around every corner, everything about the property feels elegant and luxurious. It is so beautiful that I actually managed to forget to complain about the heat, which is a small miracle. ;-)
Not only is the beach at Secrets Akumal a picture perfect postcard setting from every angle, but also it offers the opportunity to explore the vast amount of ocean life. The world's second largest barrier reef is located just off shore of the resort and the area is home to the highest population of green sea turtles in Mexico. Barb and I opted to snorkle with the the turtles and absolutely fell in love with the adorable little creatures!
hydrotherapy circuit. The combination of the massage and the circuit (sauna, steam room, whirlpool, hydro massage pools) was an incredible experience. I don't think I've ever been so relaxed!
Needless to say, our stay at the resort was absolutely phenomenal! Between the opulent setting, the top-notch amenities, the fun activities, and the amazing resort staff (I have never met a friendlier, more accommodating group of people!), we had the time of our lives. Having all of our travel arranged through Apple Vacations and Amstar made it all the easier - the most stressful parts of vacation planning were completely taken care of quickly and efficiently. If you're looking for a fun spot for your next girls getaway or a romantic setting in which to spend some quality couples time, I highly, highly recommend checking out Secrets Akumal Rivera Maya. It is an amazing, magical place and I guarantee you won't regret it!
Up next... the food! Yes, we ate so much that it has to go in its own dedicated post. :-)
Disclosure: I received a complimentary stay and services to facilitate this post. Review and all opinions are my own.