Our Trip to the Riviera Maya (Photos)
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I recently went on holidays in the Riviera Maya with my boyfriend, Yoseb. We stayed at the hotel Luxury Bahia Principe Sian Ka’an which is the Adults Only resort.
We were greeted at the hotel with a complimentary drink and introduced to our own personal butler. (We never used her but it was interesting to have that option available). We arrived on my birthday and were greeted in our room by a special birthday surprise:
We are both in our early 20’s and wanted some serenity as opposed to family madness. It’s nice to have pools where kids aren’t splashing you in the face but I also missed a bit of the music-blaring energy that comes with that. We are at that in-between age where we don’t want screaming children but we also aren’t looking for frail retirees either. It was amazing to relax around the hotel but when we had some free time there was an absence of activities besides tanning and drinking. Which, like everybody, we were looking forward to… but when our restlessness began; that’s when we would take advantage of our privileges and shuttle over to the neighboring all-ages locations. That’s where the entertainment hypes up.
One thing I set into our routine every morning was using the Bahia Principe mobile app. This was great to look at to help you plan your day. It lists all of the activities on a schedule and let’s you know which hotel they will be held at. They haven’t quite nailed down the room service requests yet but there’s still the in-room telephone for that. Oh, and of course… free Wi-Fi.
When we weren’t at the hotel, we were hopping on a bus to our latest tour.
1. Tulum – A tour of the mayan ruins
2. Xplor Fuego – Ziplining (under the stars and through a ring of fire), rafting, driving dune buggies, swimming in cenotes, eating all-inclusive, etc.; all within night-time hours
3. Xel-Ha – Ziplining, biking, tubing, cliff jumping, etc.
4. Jungle Maya ATV Tours – Riding ATV’s, seeing animals, swimming in cenotes
I would highly recommend Xplor Fuego and Xel-Ha to anybody vacationing in that area. Those two were my favourite not only based on the activities but also the freedom. You didn’t have to follow a guide the entire time so you could prioritize what you wanted to do and when to do it.
Of course, this can’t be a blog about a holiday without including all of the food we indulged in. There was a variety of restaurants on the resorts each with their own cuisine. I didn’t take pictures of all we ate but here is just a taste of our dining experiences:
YUM, right?! The food was well-prepared and tasted phenomenal. If you wanted to eat at one of the restaurants you had to be sure to make reservations. If you missed out on the chance there is always still the buffet in the lobby and snack bar near the pool. Some of the restaurants had dress codes but they always warn you beforehand so you know when you need to wear long pants. Ladies, you are allowed to wear dresses.
There was also a shopping center within the same distance as the alternative hotels. This included souvenir shops, a casino, a nightclub and a sports bar. When the night dies down at the resort it picks up over there, at the Hacienda Doña Isabel.
All in all, I had an excellent vacation. We sought after a tropical getaway where we could do many expeditions and spend the rest of the time doing absolutely nothing, and we found exactly that. I hope this input helps anyone else searching for a hotel to stay at or looking for some of the best excursions. If you want to take a bit of a closer look of our tours, you can watch this video: