Romantic Getaway with the World’s Best Boyfriend (Los Angeles, USA; Playa Del Carmen & Tulum, Mexico)

Week 8 of Post Grad Life.

 

Spoiled Like a Princess:

I have the world’s BEST boyfriend, EVER! Not only does he put up with all my craziness, but he also spoils me like a princess. After two months of running away from reality to travel around the world (again), he puts me right back on the plane to Playa Del Carmen, Mexico.

Just when I thought that I had enough of traveling this year, my boyfriend took me on a 5 day trip to one of my favorite regions on earth: Yucatan. It was due time for me to return to this magical place and I cannot be more thankful to be back here with M. I was so nostalgic for the beaches in Mexico and here I am again, with the most amazing man I’ve ever met. This entire week has been like a honeymoon out of a movie. Everything was so romantic, so surreal and so perfect in every way.

Smile dammit, smile!
Smile dammit, smile!

My jaw literally dropped at how incredible our resort was when we were getting a tour by our own butler—yes, we had our own butler. We were staying at the Rosewood Hotel at the Mayakoba Resort, and this place had more space and luxury than for just two people to enjoy. You could easily throw a party in our “villa” and have people pass out at night in different corners and still have plenty of room left over. There were literally three different showers (two indoors and one outdoors); a jacuzzi with a sunroof and our own mini pool by the patio; one flight of stairs that led to the roof of our villa and another flight of stairs that led down to the river/lagoon, where we could be picked up by a boat to go to other parts of the resort. Seriously, if this wasn’t luxury, I don’t know what is.

Entrance to our villa
Entrance to our villa
Backyard patio with our own mini pool
Backyard patio with our own mini pool
Inside the villa
Inside the villa
Outdoor shower
Outdoor shower

 

First Night in Mexico:

The first night, we went into downtown Playa Del Carmen for dinner and had some drinks before we came back to hangout by the resort’s private beach. It was dark and all we could see was the shoreline shining in the moonlight and the thousands of stars up in the sky. It was so beautiful… at least from what I remembered before I fell off to sleep. I must’ve been so jet lagged from my trip back to the US last week that I just dozed off to sleep.

Night out at Playa del Carmen
Night out at Playa del Carmen

 

Day 2 in Playa Del Carmen:

On Thursday, I walked around the estate on my own, while M slept in. The resort was SO much larger than I had thought and the spa itself was unbelievable. I never knew why housewives and older women liked “spa weekends” so much, until now… Every ounce of stress I had leading up to this trip just sort of vanished—temporarily yes, but I just could not believe how incredibly lucky I felt to be there. Seriously, who am I to be this blessed to be at a place like this, especially with such an amazing guy who absolutely loves me (even if he was too lazy and restless to get up early and enjoy the sunrise with me, hehe).

Front of the Rosewood at Mayakoba Resort
Front of the Rosewood at Mayakoba Resort
Sunrise over the beach at Mayakoba
Sunrise over the beach at Mayakoba

I never thought that I would be THAT girl—the one who gets spoiled by her man, while she lives a carefree and careless life. Well, the last part isn’t exactly the wholehearted truth, but I was seriously lost in the moment of how amazing my life was this week. Every part of it was absolutely perfect. Imagine having everyone around you giving you the best service you’ve ever had, the weather is perfect and you’re with someone that you love who loves every part of your being.

The craziness of this trip though was constantly running into this couple from Beverly Hills. Thursday afternoon when we were on the beach, M kept telling me that the couple behind us was the same couple that we ran into on the curb side of LAX, Delta Skyclub and the airplane. I just thought he was going crazy because what are the chances that we run into the same couple from the airport at this resort, sitting in the beach chairs right behind us. Well, turns out… it was them. They were even supposed to be on the same return flight back to LA as us, but decided to stay longer (lucky them). Anyways, we even ran into them two other times on this trip outside of the resort. Seriously, we must be destined to be friends or something.

Head massage on the beach!
Head massage on the beach!
Seafood by the beach... life can't get better than that.
Seafood by the beach… life can’t get better than that.
Entertainment of the afternoon
Entertainment of the afternoon

 

Day 3 in Playa Del Carmen:

Friday was more of a wasted day. We were trying to make it out to Tulum to see the Mayan ruins over the beach, but we spent too much time trying to rent a jeep—which ended up being a bright yellow Camaro instead—and eating lunch. By the time we were ready to go, the ruins along with other touristy places were all closed. Hmm…. well, at least the lunch was great, so I could not complain at all. The beach that we were in reminded me so much of the times I had spent in Cozumel in my teen years. The nostalgic memories became reality once more. I seriously could not have been any more thankful to M for allowing me to relive that.

This reminded me so much of my teen years in Cozumel
This reminded me so much of my teen years in Cozumel
Fish and lots of garlic
Fish and lots of garlic
Shrimp taco by the beach
Shrimp taco by the beach

That night we ended up back to the resort for a swim while overlooking the sunset—absolutely beautiful and romantic. I wish I had a photo to show y’all because the scenery was incredible. For the rest of the night, we just stayed at the resort, enjoying the room service and star gazing on our rooftop.

 

Tulum:

Saturday, we went back to Tulum for round two. I refused to leave Playa Del Carmen without having seen the Mayan ruins. The day was so hot and we were both sweating like pigs, but the historical site was pretty awesome. It was just like how I imagined it: beautiful ruins overlooking the clear aqua waters. Breathtaking.

You can see in his face how much he hated being in the blazing sun
You can see in his face how much he hated being in the blazing sun
Finally in Tulum!
Finally at Tulum!
The beautiful Tulum by the beach!
The beautiful Tulum by the beach!
Me trying to catch an iguana
Me trying to catch an iguana
In front of the Tulum ruins
In front of the Tulum ruins

My favorite part of the day was taking a boat and going snorkeling. The boat took us across from the Tulum ruins on the oceanside. The view from the boat was just as incredible as the view from the ruins overlooking the ocean. We saw all sorts of fish when we went underwater. I was a little disappointed that we didn’t see any turtles, but we did see schools of fish and really colorful cool looking fish down there.

Back at the hotel that night, we had probably the best Mexican food that I have ever had. Every plate that the waiter was bringing us was mouthwateringly delicious. I wish I was a fat kid at that moment so I could stuff my face with more food because everything was that great.

Then we went to another restaurant in the resort that served us tequila samplings even though they were just about to close. I seriously don’t think I’ve had better services than this place. There was not a single time that someone had told us no since we’ve been here. The restaurant people let us come in for the sampling (even though they knew it would take about an hour for us to finish) right when they were about to close the restaurant. Not only did they provide us with amazing service (like everywhere else on the resort), but they also gave us complimentary desert and a free bottle of this super artsy looking tequila bottle. The level of hospitality here was unbeatable—ask them for one thing and they’ll come back with ten.

 

Last Day in Mexico:

Our last day was a lot more chill. I went to the spa one last time while M was still sleeping. I don’t think I could ever get enough of the coconut-chamomille scrub inside a peppermint sauna, while sipping on some Horchata water.

Afterwards, M and I biked around the resort. I thought I had already seen it all, but this place is HUGE. Not only did it take us an hour to bike around the golf course, but we also discovered that there was a cenote with seven different bats in this place.

Biking around the Mayakoba Resort
Biking around the Mayakoba Resort
In the cenote at Mayakoba Resort
In the cenote at Mayakoba Resort

Then we took a boat ride around the river/lagoon of the resort. We got to tour around the entire Mayakoba Resort, outside of the Rosewood Hotel. Again, this place is AMAZING and HUGE. I think the boat ride itself was easily another 40min to an hour. That’s how big this place was.

Boat ride around the resort
Boat ride around the resort
Our captain ;)
Our captain ;)

We ended the day hanging out by the beach, eating more food and going paddle boarding. We headed back to the airport way too early, but I suppose all good things must come to an end.

Mexican seafood, yum :)
Mexican seafood, yum :)
Nachos
Nachos
Seafood taco
Seafood taco

This has been absolutely the BEST vacation I have ever had in my life. I don’t even know how to grasp the fact that I have been so blessed with an unimaginable lifestyle and the most thoughtful boyfriend ever. I don’t want to go back to reality, but this week I’ll be heading home and seriously giving my life another thought. I need to do something better with my life than constantly running away from reality. I’m officially done with all this crazy traveling. DONE.

xoxo from Playa Del Carmen,
Jinny~