The day we left for our honeymoon was the morning after the wedding. We had a 4 a.m. wakeup call (meaning only about 1 hour of sleep) to catch our 6:30 a.m. plane. To be perfectly honest with you, I really can hardly remember that morning because I was just SOOO tired. I do remember, however, being really mad that there was no food/coffee in the terminal we were in. Really, O'Hare? Get that checked out ASAP.
Our resort was amazing - we stayed at Secrets Capri in Riveria Maya, Mexico. It was beautiful. It was quiet (no kids allowed), relaxing, and I couldn't have asked for anything more!
|it says "honeymoon"!|
This was left for us on our table:
|they must have gotten word that i like apples!|
I said to myself, "hmm... I could reallly go for some fruit right now!"
and voila! It appeared!
|i have a slight obsession with fresh papaya now - anyone else?|
The first day there was absolutely glorious. We both wanted to get a massage while we were there, and when we talked to the reservation desk, they reccomended we go the first or second day as we wouldn't be sunburnt yet. I am so glad he told us to do it that first day. After no sleep and being so busy the day before (and dancing for 3 hours straight), we definitely needed it. We were at the spa for almost 3 hours! Our session started with a one hour hydrotherapy session. Hydrotherapy is the use of water to restore and maintain health and to relieve the body of toxins. We went through different showers, pools, and steam/sauna rooms at different temperatures to relax our body. After that session, we went to our 80 minute deep tissue couple's massage. I am pretty sure we both fell asleep during it, but that lady sure knew how to work our kinks! After our massage, the room we were in had a jacuzzi for our use for another half hour. When we left, we were relaxed, but ready to eat again!
The resort had a total of five restaurants. The first night we went to Portofino, the Italian restaurant. I was really nervous about what I could and couldn't eat, and to perfectly honest with you, it was hard. Being a vegetarian is one thing, being a gluten free, corn free, dairy free vegetarian is another. So for the majority of the week, I had to suck it up and eat seafood or else I probably would have starved.
I ordered a tomato and avocado salad to start with, and I was really excited.... until it came out.
Two bites and it was GONE!! I'm all about presentation, but honestly... this girl is hungry! I was disappointed to say the least, and ready for my salmon (kind of)....
|grilled salmon, cauliflower "foam", and grilled veggies|
Unfortunately, that dinner didn't fill us up. Confession: we restaurant hopped. Yes, we did go to two restaurants in one night! Laugh if you must, but we had some serious catching up in eating to do. One of the restaurants had a create your own appetizer bar, so we went there to finish up for the night.
We were exhausted that first night, and we went to bed at 9 p.m.! We didnt' wake up until 8 a.m. the next morning when our breakfast in bed arrived! We both said we don't remember the last time we slept for 11 hours straight without waking up. I guess our bodies needed it!
We wanted to take advantage of our room service, so we did ourder our breakfast in bed which was included in the honeymoon package. However, this turned out to be more of a breakfast appetizer, as I only could eat fruit off the menu!
|breakfast for two|
|we were highly cheesy that morning|
We went downstairs for our second breakfast, and it was DELICIOUS!
|tomatos and guac, potatoes, fruit, hard boiled egg (yuck - it was gross), and an unpictured justin's peanut butter packet|
|left to right: green melon, celery and spinach (MY FAV), canteloupe, watermelon|
|book cart by the pool!|
|i love when resorts have floats!|
|:sigh: i'm sorry little shrimp - i know i ate too many of you.|
|beans, potato, grilled tomato (which was delicious)|
|our lizard friend|
|don't judge me.|
Our chef was super cute and tried so hard. I think he was new, but I couldn't tell. All I know is he didn't speak English, and no one could very well. I was trying to describe my allergies to them, but I don't think they understood me very well. They ended up cooking me rice, veggies, and meat (which I didn't eat) in the back separately.
We ate lots of sushi with some new friends! We met a great couple from Texas and another one from Louisiana. The thing I love about hibachi is you get to sit with people you don't know. It was fun getting to know one another - both couples were there for their 1 year anniversary!
|okay, you caught me... i am now addicted to sushi. no fish next time though. it started to make me nauseous.|
|raisins, papaya, potatoes (sooo good), tomatoes and guac, unpictured banana on the side|
He actually went out after work, went to the store, and brought it to work the next morning just for me. If that isn't servce, I don't know what is! I was so excited they were able to accomodate me!
That day, the husband and I went on an excursion to an outdoor park called Xplor. It was really fun! They had zip lining, 4 wheeling, swimming, and river rafting. It was exhausting. We also go to wear these really cool helmets (insert sarcasm here) all day.
They had a great nutritious buffet for lunch, which I wish I had pictures of, but since we were getting wet all day, my camera was in a locker. Sorry guys - all I have to say is it was better than Sweet Tomatoes (or Soupplantation). That is saying a lot!
We ended up taking naps in hammocks that afternoon that they had all over the park. It felt so good to sleep in the sun.
Dinner that night was a steakhouse for the husband! He is obsessed with spicy salsa, so he requested the "good stuff" from our waiter. Apparently this is the salsa all of the employees eat on their lunch breaks, but they don't serve it to guests because it is too spicy.
My mouth was on FIRE! I tried just a little dab of it from my finger and I was dying!
|nice and tan|
While walking down the street, I was excited to see this:
Honestly, you can't go wrong with Starbuck's - I was pumped! Of course, the husband and I had to stop in there to get some drinks. His line is, "whatever makes you happy" - and YES! Starbuck's does make me happy!
|iced coffee for her, caramel frap for him|
|tasted just like home!|
|i had never seen coconuts that looked like this before|
|do you see my new shell earrings?|
|imagine this... x 3|
The following morning was our last full day there. It started downpouring after breakfast, but it was done raining in about 20 minutes. The skies were clear for the rest of the day! We took full advantage of lounging by the pool that day.
We took a break to go sailing as well - the husband is a really good sailor! He also tried windsurfing, which we discovered wasn't really his thing. It was funny to watch him though!
The next day we had a 6 a.m. wake up call to get ready, pack up, check out, and eat breakfast. We were sad to go, but both of us agreed it was the perfect amount of time to get away.
|mr. and mrs.!|
Goodbye Mexico! We had a great time and it was surely relaxing. I can't wait to go back! I am glad I kind of let go for the week and relaxed. One thing I realized when I got home was I didn't really feel as good as I normally do. It was probably due to the meat and butter I had been eating. Did I die? No. Was I uncomfortable? A little. Am I glad to be getting back to my life? Definitely.
Question: What was the best vacation you went on?