Thursday, July 16, 2015

Girl's Weekend Getaway in the Riviera Maya

Booking Hello is taking care of business with their online platform that’ll have you stress-free and easily finding a vacation in minutes! Hello offers its members unique services and prices within the market and access to special discounted rates in over 80,000 hotels, car rentals, helicopters, airplanes, yachts, theme parks and cruise companies to travel around the world. Hello is a relatively young and evolving company with international expansion projects to offer the best deals to members in some of the main tourist destinations in the world.

I will never, ever complain about my work, visiting hotels, living travel experiences and writing about them for the world. But it IS work. Generally when "influencers" are invited to a hotel, we are on a tight schedule following a public relations person around, seeing all that they wish us to see. It is interesting, educational and fun, but rarely relaxing. So when Booking Hello invited me for a weekend escape promising NO organized public relations events, I was overjoyed and ready to simply chill out in paradise with one of my besties LisaLove.

Water aerobics...not on our relaxation plan

Playing in the fountain, yes please

The fine folks of Booking Hello arranged for us to have an adults-only weekend at the Royal Catalonia Tulum, located on my favourite beach in the Riviera Maya, Playa Xpu Ha. The "adults only" part was another bonus, a break from being mommy!

If you can't be sexy, be goofy!

We arrived on Friday afternoon, were greeted by the friendly staff and made our way to the bar to enjoy some ice cold bevvies. We checked into our room a few hours and cocktails later and felt the relaxation kicking in.

OUR spot in the VIP beach club

Beach massage, so popular we couldn't get an appointment

The rest of the weekend was mostly spent in MEGA CHILL MODE. Stuffing ourselves with great food, enjoying a rainbow of cocktails, playing in the pool and walking along the beach. Traveling with LisaLove is always a joy, we know each other so well that there is a flow to our time together that totally worked with the laid-back vibe of Xpu Ha.

The HOT hot tub with a most awesome view

Our fabulous server Vilma

A weekend escape goes too quickly, even when the plan is to do absolutely nothing. I must confess that we spent a good chunk of Sunday morning lying in the uber comfy beds with the air conditioning cranked after stuffing ourselves with breakfast. Living in the Riviera Maya, A/C is a treat that we don't normally enjoy at home (the cost of electricity is exorbitant), so those moments of clean sheets with no cat hair, fluffy pillows and cold cold cold air were absolutely divine. 

In the end the escape left me feeling refreshed, reconnected with mi amiga Lisa and a wee bit hungover. No complaints here, thanks Booking Hello! When can we do it again?

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