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Top 5 Tuesday: Your Mexico Vacation. Or Mine, actually.

Posted by Sharon Gundrum in Mexico, Top 5


Top 5 Tuesday: Your Grand Mayan Mexico Vacation

1. Location, location, location.

Mexico is right there. Really. It is a short flight from the US Mid-Atlantic, – very manageable for our family of four. Both kids brought their time sucking, and dare I say mind-numbing electronic devices for the ride. Add some snacks, and we were all set. An early flight to Atlanta, a short layover and then less than three hours to Mexico. We arrived at Cancun Airport by 11:30am, leaving us most of the day to get to the resort, and most importantly, get to the pool. Or pool swim up bar. You choose.

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See how close?

 

2. Vacation Rental with Benefits

It’s no secret that our family prefers to stay in a Vacation Rental over a hotel. (I have an a nine year old who was very clear about that in a recent blog. Read at your own risk.) The Grand Mayan takes the Vacation Rental experience to the next level. Not only did we have a fantastic, spacious room, (two bedrooms both with king beds and huge bathrooms, both with showers and tubs) we had a kitchen stocked with everything we needed to cook meals, have coffee, etc. We also had maid service, not typical of our resort stays thus far. The cleaning staff was in the room up to two times a day, once to resupply towels and take out garbage, and once more for turndown service. This service included setting up the trundle beds with a chocolate kiss on the pillows. The resort also had a nice little grocery store stocked with much of what my kids are used to eating, waffles, cereal, yogurt, eggs, milk, etc, making breakfast in the room a cost-saving snap.

 

The Grand Mayan two bedroom sleeps up to six adults. Living room and kitchen are situated between the bedrooms.

The Grand Mayan two bedroom sleeps up to six adults. Living room and kitchen are situated between the bedrooms.

 

3. The Pools.

The pools at the Grand Mayan are what pools truly aspire to be. If they had aspirations. Upon first glance they appear endless. They are a beautiful azure blue, reminiscent of the sea surround the Greek Isles. One flows into the next via a waterfall, some have platforms for sunbathing, creating the illusion that you are laying on the surface of the water, some have swim up bars, some have beds right in the water, one is an infinity pool with a sandy beach. Take your pick, or go to a different one every day, up to you. At night they glow with green and purple lights and almost other worldly. Get there early in the day(9am or so) and they are as quiet and peaceful as you get. I tried to snatch moments and store them away for February, when winter is at its meanest: the peaceful noise of the waterfalls, the sun on our faces, the latin music that played in the background, the giggles of my two little ones as they splashed and played together. Magical moments.

 

One of the many pools at The Grand Mayan.

One of the many pools at The Grand Mayan.

 

4.  Golf.

My husband loves to golf, and the courses at the Grand Mayan looked beautiful. The resort offered everything a golfer would need, club and shoe rentals, nice branded polo shirts for sale, golf carts to buzz around in, you name it. I say get out nice and early, grab breakfast at The Green Break, and play through.

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Grand Mayan’s El Manglar Golf Course is a par 54 Nicklaus Design, with first tee time at 7:30 am.

5. Excursions

Normally I could easily while away the days at the pool, not feeling any pull to move extract myself from the palapa. This time we chose to venture off the resort, and had a great time at both locations. Our first trip was to take the family on an excursion Xel-Ha, a natural aquarium and eco park located on the Mexican Caribbean Sea. We arranged the trip through the concierge desk in the Grand Mayan Lobby. They picked us, and about ten other people, up at 7:00 am on the resort property, and dropped us back off at 7:00pm. Long day, but boy was it worth it. We swam, snorkeled, we zip-lined into the water, explored caves, cliff jumped off the Cliff of Courage, (well not me, but my husband and my seven year old did!) held Toucans on our shoulders, hiked, and relaxed as we floated down a truly magical tree covered river, and more. There were optional programs to swim with dolphins, manatees, and sting-rays, along with snuba-ing, a snorkel-scuba hybrid that looked pretty amazing. Unlimited food and drink were also included in the excursion price.

 

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Xel-Ha Fun included snorkeling, swimming, zip-lining and more!

 

The second jaunt was via the resort shuttle ($5.00 US per person) down to Playa del Carmen’s Fifth Street. This is a busy street of souvenir shops, boutiques, bars and restaurants. It was wonderful. The store keepers cajole and beg,  hoping to convince you to buy your child a shark’s tooth necklace or a name bracelet. They are friendly and work hard for your business as their competition is right next door and also trying to coax you to buy. We walked, shopped and finally stopped to eat at a wonderful little restaurant called The Salt Rock Grille. We had a picky eater or two in our group and the chef kindly made us two custom dishes. The food was fresh and very tasty. The return to the resort this time was via taxi, although we could have taken the resort’s shuttle if we had chosen to.

Our trip to Playa Del Carmen was six days. Two families, nine people in total. It was a great time, lots of family togetherness, lots of laughs and time spent relaxing by the pool or back in the room. Sound good to you? Call Tripbound today and let us help get you and yours to Mexico. 1-888-816-5214

A great time with friends and family.

A great time with friends and family.

 

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