Warming Up

Surrounded by the mid-March chill, Mark and I took a trip to Mexico, staying at an all-inclusive resort on the Maya Riviera near Cancun. Unlike Cancun, the Maya Riviera is dotted with resorts that allow guests to relax and indulge. We chose the Now Sapphire to have our fun…

The resort was beautiful – dotted with features like thatched roofs, open air, water fountains and streams and unique features. I almost felt like we were more in Bali than Mexico. Along with a very calming atmosphere, we were able to spend our time relaxing on the beach and at two fantastic pools – one that was adults-only and surrounded by bali beds – small hut-like structures that allowed us to lounge in the shade.

One of the best decisions we made was to upgrade to the Preferred Club and get an Ocean Front room. As a result, we had a jacuzzi tub on our patio and could walk right out to the beach from there. It was pretty incredible. And we got access to a few additional things – breakfast on the outdoor deck, a free day at the spa (which we didn’t use) and access to the Lounge.

Of course, as an all-inclusive should, we had no shortage of food and drink. We had a little fun one night with the Teppenyaki grills and a bottle of sake, but also tried out some fresh seafood, mediterranean and much more. It was all quite tasty! On top of that, the tequila definitely wasn’t going to run out… but we mostly enjoyed dropping in on the Preferred Lounge in the late afternoon for snacks and drinks. The bartender/concierge was a cute man named Julio who got to know us well enough to make the drinks strong and sneak me lots of chocolate covered strawberries. MMMMM!

Along with our relaxing on the beach, we had to have a little fun… so on our third day, we took a break from the beach to go visit a Mayan ruin, playing in the jungle along the way. We set off for Coba — the tallest Mayan ruin on the Yucatan peninsula — at around 8 am and stopped at a local village along the way to play around — rappelling, zip lining, kayaking and swimming in a cenote (underground cave) — before continuing on. I won’t lie, by the end of our excursion, we wanted to see a Jaguar or a Mayan Ball Game so much that Mark spent a good 20 minutes looking up pictures of Jaguars when we got back to the resort. It was a very cool experience.

And, as expected, we couldn’t exactly sit still for the whole vacation so we did a little light running on the beach and attempted a nice little crossfit workout one of the days. You can’t exactly beat doing burpees out on a covered pier on the turquoise waters!

Well, pictures speak 1,000 words, so here they are: