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Jody’s Travel Diary

Friday, 08 Mar 2013

Location: Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

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We used cancun transfers (very good service that can be booked online and very reasonable prices) to get to Secrets at Maroma beach. We got there quite early check in was 3pm and I think we arrived at 11am. We upgraded ourselves to the honeymoon sweet. It wasnít cheap 800 for the four days. The resort is all inclusive but there is only so much you an eat and drink. I think generally people go hard on the first day then dial it back. We went had had lunch by the pool and explored the resort. It was very spread out. They have a lovely jewelry store which was an outlet of the lapis factory. They had these lovely chain necklaces that are made from titanium, I got a blue one for me and red one for mum. Our room was finally ready at 3pm. It had a spa on the balcony it overlooked the beach, it was a massive one bed room with two bathrooms, a kitchen, and another spa bath inside as well as dual showers and basins. It was lovely, so big and importantly had our own rooms wifi port.

We spent a few days hanging out at the resort, the weather was amazing, I got my first tan in years.

The resort has 5 restaurantís for diner and number of cafes and buffets for lunch. There is a French, Mexican, world, Italian and Asian. At first we were a little skeptical because there are not many non Mexican / America staff but I must say the training must be magnificent because the quality of the food is unbelievable. The French was our favorite, we went twice (the second time was a little disappointing because it wasnít as good as the first) but the food was all fresh and healthy which was surprising because we had been expecting them to cater to the American taste but it was uber fancy instead. Every meal we had in the restaurants was top notch.

Every morning we had breakfast delivered to our room, eggs cooked anyway, with fruit platters, fresh juice and pastries. It was so nice to wake up pick up the phone and half an hour later be having breakfast overlooking the ocean it was probably one of my favorite things about the stay.

Also in the resort are multiple bars, a theater spa, etc. one of the bars on the beach had swing chairs that was fun. We spent a bit of time in the spa at the spa with the sauna etc and had one massage.

Lots of wild life also called the resort home, many massive iguanas one which liked to sit on the sun chairs and drink cocktails when no one was around. Also Raccoonís! Which we chased around until we got photos. The sign said monkeys are also around but we didnít see any. And the eagles as well, they sometimes circled.

We played a lot of games (pool, darts, batgamon, put put golf, jenga) all of which I won. Luke was getting pretty upset at that point after losing everything we played, so I offered to play ping pong knowing that I would lose that one, then that sparked his wining streak on the last day and he beat me at pool and darts.

It would be easy to spend the whole time at player del Carmen in the resort with a private beach and everything you need but one day we decided to go into town. The township is the oldest in the yukitan and a very lovely Spanish style. It was lovely to stroll down 5th avenue and look at the shops and bars and restaurants. We saw two monkeys that guys were using to exploit for tourism on leashes offering photos, they were so tiny and cute a lime green colour. We went to look at the main beach and it was packed full. So we had a lovely afternoon souvenir shopping and wondering the streets.