Feb. 3-10, my husband and I escaped for a nice vacation to the Riviera Maya, south of Cancun, Mexico to the Secrets Capri Resort. My friend and most excellent travel agent from Golva, ND, Ivy with Ultimate Travel, set up the trip for us. Before I tell you about the resort, I have to sing the praises of Ivy. I’ve known her my whole life and she is one loyal friend. She is excellent at her job and even though she lives hours from me, she answered all our questions and returned my calls, texts and Facebook messages within the hour. We traveled for part of our trip with two other couples. They missed their connection in Minneapolis due to a late departure in Bismarck. Ivy quickly set them up in a hotel and rebooked everything for the next day and extended the trip for another day using the travel insurance that was purchased. A++ service from this girl. If you are going anywhere, you need to check out her Facebook page above. She is a doll.
A photo of the swim up bar from the lounge chair. All my photos were with my phone so excuse the quality.
Upon arrival to the Cancun airport you go through customs and outside to the Delta Vacations people. We were put on a list and shortly our van took us to our resort, about a 30 minute drive south. When you pull up to the resort you are greeted with a warm, scented towel to freshen up. This was highly appreciated after traveling most of the day. Then you are given a champagne to sip while you check in and get your bags delivered.
Our friends weren’t joining us until a few days later so we “made due” with some swimming and patio drinks. If you haven’t traveled to Mexico, the resorts are fabulous. All-inclusive drinks, food and whatever you want. Room service, restaurants, pool side food, buffets, teppanyaki grill, games, music, bands, entertainment. The list goes on!
We enjoyed many kinds of shots at the hotel. We loved to visit the lobby bar (above) for a post pool, pre dinner drink.
Our friends joined us and in no time we were enjoying pool side drinks and “mini beer” shots made with a liquor called 43 that we are going to buy and remake in the U.S. after our livers recuperate. Ha!
We happened to be there during Superbowl 50 and Mardi Gras. The staff went above and beyond (again) in setting up for these events.
After having a lobby cocktail, we went outside to the Superbowl set up where you could order off the menu or visit a large buffet. The screen was over the pool water, looking out to the ocean.
This was my only Mardi Gras shot but the parade was great and the lady dancers were awesome. They had an event that night but we skipped it to eat a dinner inside instead as it was a bit cool that evening. It is amazing how quick you acclimate to the weather and 65F is downright too cold!
I want to touch again on how great the service was. By the time we left we knew many of the staff by their first names and they knew us. Be sure to bring a lot of small bills to tip your staff. They work long, hard hours, 6 days a week and make very little money. They appreciate the tips and we were sure to tip them when we received good service. While we couldn’t understand their language, they mostly understood and spoke English.
It is so hard to leave a place like this. I’ll be back with a review of our catamaran trip and some of the food (duh!) highlights. Cheers!