Hi friends! Join me as I take you inside my '2016 Travel Diary' to one of my all time favorite travel destinations, MEXICO.
Having been to Mexico more than a dozen times, I always seem to come across some new hidden gems. This past year I had the opportunity to travel to Cancun, Tulum, Playa Del Carmen, Cabo, and Mexico City; which I must admit are some of the most beautiful places to visit in the world. Tag along as I highlight my experiences and give you travel tips you can eventually use :)
- CANCUN -
My first destination for this trip was to Cancun which is about a 5 hour plane ride from Los Angeles. Having been to Cancun a number of times I made sure to make this visit short and sweet. We started the night off by visiting one of my favorite restaurants named "Harrys" they have some of the best sea food and raw steaks brought to your table side for your choosing to be cooked. After dinner we made our way to downtown Cancun to one of Cancun's premiere nightlife destinations "The City"; a multi-level electronic dance club. Anytime you are traveling with a group of friends and looking to go out, I always suggest looking into reserving your own table/section. It is usually always cheaper and more convenient when you all pitch in for your own section to sit at, compared to standing around the bar/dance-floor and spending money on single drinks and shots.
Having stayed in Cancun for 1 night, the next day we decided to make our way to our next destination of the trip...
- TULUM -
After traveling about 50 mins South of Cancun via pre arranged car we made our way to the historic city known for some of their amazing ruins and home to 1 of the 7 wonders of the world; TULUM.
Having finally arrived in Tulum at our amazing hotel, AZULIK we walked along a bridge entirely made of bamboo sticks into the lobby reception to check in. While waiting for our room keys the hotel performs a welcome ceremony for you where you stand in the middle of the lobby, close your eyes and a spiritualist comes in and burns incense all around you to kill any bad energy that may be lingering; which honestly felt so soothing! Once we got our keys we made our way to our private villa thru what seems like a massive tree house built in the middle of the forrest where you can hear birds chirping and the ocean slamming against the rocks. This hotel is entirely made out of bamboo and wood elevated above about 50 feet off the ground. I can only say that this place is MAGICAL! Gosh, this place is so amazing and so relaxing you forget about the world just being there. Walking into our villa that was boasted directly above the ocean was one of my best hotel rooms I've yet to stay in. The hotel has electricity for only a couple hours out of the day and at night the walkways and your room is lit up by candles. The shower is an ancient mayan bathtub where you bathe yourself with a bamboo cup from the running salt water. I felt like I was living in the jungle, the hotel itself was simply amazing! Everything felt so raw, which made it such an experience for me. Our villa we stayed in was so neat especially because of the outdoor jacuzzi which over looked right into the beautiful ocean. My experience here was definitely one for the books; even though I was only in Tulum for 2 days the town is so small that you have more than enough time to see most of the good parts it has to offer. If you like relaxing, doing yoga, being romantic with a loved one and like to escape reality then Tulum is definitely the place for you!
P.s. Keep in mind that cellphone service is not great at this location since it is located in the jungle but it really is a plus because it gives you that feeling of just shutting off from the real world. Also, since there is a lack of electricity you may want to pack some portable chargers :)
HOTEL: AZULIK- A+ in my book, just pure beauty all around.
RESTAURANTS: UNICO, Mezzanine, Hartwood.
NIGHTLIFE: ENJOY EACH OTHERS COMPANY...
- PLAYA DEL CARMEN -
From Tulum we made our way 20 minutes back North towards Cancun to an amazing town named Playa Del Carmen. This town is definitely a place you need to make a quick stop at. Playa Del Carmen is between Cancun and Tulum, literally right in the center. It is such a beautiful little town. Even though the town is not as big as Cancun in my opinion it is filled with far more beauty, you will fall in love with the town as you rome 5th Avenue's trendy cobble stone streets with high end boutiques and modern hotels. It's just so different compared to Cancun and Tulum, each one has a different vibe and different beauty to it which makes each location special. The experience, service, and vibe was an A+. I highly recommend visiting Playa Del Carmen, especially during their peak seasons to avoid any hurricanes. I celebrated my 24th Birthday at this magical place and got to treat myself to a royal birthday.
HOTEL: The Thompson Hotel, very chic and modern great place to stay. Service and comfort was an A+, located right in the center of 5th avenue; the towns center point.
PS- Might I add, my birthday decor in my room was so CUTE! This can be pre-arranged by calling the hotels concierge and planning with them in advanced around your budget.
RESTAURANTS: CATCH at The Thompson Hotel, CINCO, SUR Steakhouse, STREET TACOS ON EVERY CORNER!
NIGHTLIFE/DAYCLUBS: Coralinas at the hyatt hotel, Blue Parrot, Mandala, Mamita's Beach Club, Coco Maya, and if you like that deep house after hours, I suggest La Santanera!
-CABO SAN LUCAS-
If you want be luxurious and really "live the life" definitely stay at The Resort At Pedregal in Cabo San Lucas. It is a luxury resort and spa located right on the beach. Once I arrived at the hotel I was escorted to a massage chair to receive my welcome massage as I waited to check in, that definitely sold me on the resort. I felt like I was "living the life" during my stay in Cabo; everything was to the T! From my room to their spa to the restaurants or even just laying by their pools. My purpose for this trip was to just relax with my mom, which we definitely did! On the first day of our four day stay we rented a small yacht to go see the beautiful Arc at Lover's Beach. A cool fact about Lover's Beach is that it is only available to get off and enjoy in certain times of the year due to the sea levels. I've been a couple of times so I've notice how fascinating it is to be able to be on Lover's Beach and also to see it completely submerged under water. This time around it was completely underwater so we were only able to pass by it. One of my favorite dinner experiences in Cabo was at The Cape Hotel at Manta, the food was just delicious and the vibe in the restaurant was hip and fun. Cabo is a place you can visit with anyone; lover, girlfriends, family etc; it is a nice quick 2 hour plane ride from Los Angeles. Great for weekend getaways if you ever need one. . .
HOTEL: The Resort At Pedregal
RESTAURANTS: El Farrallon, Edith's , The Office, Manta at The Thompson Hotel.
NIGHTLIFE/DAYCLUBS: Drais Beach Club, Blue Marlin, Mandala.
ONE OF MY TOP 5 PLACES TO VISIT IN THE WORLD...I think that explains how much I loved Mexico City. This city is just beyond words...literally! Mexico City is one of the top 10 largest cities in the world. It has a larger population than New York City, which explains the horrible traffic I got to experience while being there. If you think Los Angeles has it bad, Mexico City is definitely worse. Regardless of traffic issues lol, Mexico City stole my heart. I stayed in Polanco a famous upscale district in Mexico City that It is compared by some to Beverly Hills' Rodeo Drive or New York City's Fifth Avenue. I booked a boutique hotel from GRUPO HABITA by the name of Habita Hotel during my stay. It was small but very comfortable and upscale, the rooftop and pool area was very chic and modern. The hotel was centrally located to some of the best known restaurants and high end shopping stores. During my trip I got to visit the Frida Museum, as well as visited the Central Park of Mexico City Bosque De Chapultepec, El Castillo De Chapultepec, Museo Tamayo, El Angel De La Independencia, and the beautiful Xochimilco. Mexico City has some of the best lowkey nightlife that only locals know about which gave it that exclusivity I was searching for. It was an awesome scene I must say, along with just being there the vibe in that city is just so vibrant which is why I fell in love so quickly. Mexico City is just a place you need to visit in your lifetime or every year in my books ;). I'm already planning my next trip there... Mexico City 2017 Here I come...
HOTEL: HABITA HOTEL (Polanco)
RESTAURANTS: Portofinos, Nobu, Jardin Chapultepec,
NIGHTLIFE: Jules Basement, Dinsmoor, Cantina La Piedra,
PLACES TO VISIT: Frida Museum, Xochimilco, Museo Tamayo, Castillo De Chapultepec, El Angel De La Inpendencia, Bosque De Chapultepec.
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