“Bing!” The seat belt sign turned off and people scrambled to their feet. I grabbed my backpack and stood in line with others waiting to get off the plane - I couldn’t contain my excitement. Inside the airport we were immediately confronted by people selling time shares and random packages, but Cathi, Hannah, and I continued on and quickly reached the outdoors. There we met Lomas, the company providing our transfers. They guided us to our van right away and loaded our luggage. The service was courteous and prompt, mindful of the fact it had recently rained. The ground was damp and the air smelled of beautiful foliage and floral scents. I turned to Hannah (it being her first time in Mexico) and said “Welcome to the wonderful Riviera Maya!”
On the way to our resort, we stopped in Cancun to see a few hotels. Cancun was much like what I remembered and expected – absolutely stunning beaches and tourquoise water, but very compact. The resorts are right next to one another and are relatively enclosed compared to resorts in the Riviera Maya. A major plus, however, is the short distance to the airport…a quick 10-20 minutes!
After seeing a few spots in Cancun, we headed down to the Riviera Maya to go to our final destination, the El Dorado Royale (EDR). When we spotted the gates for the EDR, we turned off the highway and there, looming a good 20-30 feet above us, was a wall of rainforest. It was gorgeous and definitely added to the tropical feel of the destination. The “driveway” for the EDR is very long and windy, also giving a nice touch of exclusivity – like you’re entering an enchanted place. When we arrived at the lobby, we were greeted with smiles, a cold wet towel, and a beverage. I have to say – the cold towel was my saving grace that humid afternoon. During my stay at the EDR, I experienced phenomenal service, I ate great food, I enjoyed fun activities (like riding a camel), and I left feeling completely relaxed and rejuvenated.
1) Value: Anyone who has ever compared the price of a Mexico Vacation versus a Caribbean or Hawaii vacation has seen the dramatic value of a Mexico Vacation. Compare it for yourself!
2) Better Beaches: On the Travel Channel’s list of the best beaches in the world, Mexican beaches appear three times…more than any other country.
3) More Friendly – Mexican hospitality is warm and inviting. The Mexican people are truly glad that you are vacationing in their country and will work very hard to make sure you are comfortable and relaxed. There is no hint of them feeling hassled by the presence of tourists like one might experience in some destinations.
4) Better resorts – Did you know that Mexico has more AAA 5 Diamond resorts than all of the Caribbean and Hawaii combined? Its true! Especially when you compare dollar for dollar, you get more luxury in Mexico than anywhere else.
5) Closer – Getting to Hawaii or the Caribbean can take all day. From Dallas it takes 8 hours for a nonstop flight to Honolulu or Maui. Once you factor in connection time, most Caribbean destinations take at least that long in transit as well.
6) All Inclusive – There are many all inclusive resorts in all of the Mexico resort areas. In my opinion, if you’re going to be in a resort area, all inclusive is the way to go. Rather than being assaulted by buying decisions many times per day, an all inclusive vacation allows you to just…enjoy.
8) Safety – Despite what you might have seen in the media, the resort areas remain the safe, wonderful places they’ve been for years. Millions of people from all over the world, including the USA, vacation delightfully and safely in the resort areas of Mexico every year.