Two things pop in my mind when I think of Mexico: questionable water and drug wars. Either are attractive nor safe selling features when planning a romantic getaway.
During a Friday night of prosecco and Jeopardy, my boyfriend Ryan and I were chatting about going away for our first vacation together. He’s been to Mexico a dozen times and tried to reassure me of the safety in both the water and crime.
I’ve always heard positive things about Mayan Riviera, a place synonymous with romance and safety. We did our research and instantly fell in love with the description and photos of Platinum Yucatan Princess resort.
Ryan thinks it’s because of the words “Platinum” and “Princess.” No clue what he’s talking about. *smirk*
With our passports and luggage in tow, we were ready for a vacation in paradise.
As soon as we arrived, we were enthusiastically greeted at reception with a glass of champagne and received exceptional customer service up until we left. Concierge was reliable and helpful with planning activities and excursions.
We were welcomed in our Platinum Deluxe room with a bottle of champagne, a mickey of tequila, vodka and rum. My poor liver was already weeping! The room is spacious with a king size bed, soaker tub, double shower and a mini-bar replenished every day with more bottled water, soda and beer.
Housekeeping service came by twice a day which I appreciate for my Tazmanian Devil boyfriend. Although gratuity is part of the all-inclusive package, staff make roughly $5 a day so a small tip, means the world to them. That’s like giving up a Starbucks grande coffee.
With access to 8 bars, 6 restaurants, a buffet and room service, we were in gluttonous heaven. We both adore the dishes and our server Hector at La Bruschetta, the Italian a la carte restaurant. Another highlight was a candle light dinner in a life-size bird cage at Rodeo Grill. The romantic and serene ambience compensated for the lackluster dishes.
To avoid cabin fever, we went on a day excursion to Tulum, a Mayan archaeological site, and Xel-Há, a gigantic water park built on the Caribbean Sea. This place has more than enough to keep adults and kids busy: snorkeling, cliff diving, zip lining, swimming with dolphins and much more. This package included all-you-can eat and drink, snorkel equipment, locker and towers.
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We also ventured into town to buy souvenirs, sample tequila and enjoyed local authentic cuisine at Chiltepin, a small restaurant away from 5th Avenue, the main strip for tourists.
The minimal downfalls of the resort include the rocky ocean but head over to the sister resort Grand Riviera Princess for a swim. Also, the night club is cleared out by 11:00 pm, a telltale sign that it’s a more mature crowd staying here so if you’re single and ready to mingle with Jose Cuervo, this might not be the place for you.
Platinum Yucatan Princess is a luxurious resort with serenity, style and sophistication and when stepping out of the confines of the facility, there are plenty of activities for the adventure aficionados and culture vultures.