I plan nearly 95% of my trips by myself. I love being able to pick out each destination we’ll visit and researching the history and culture behind it.
As much as I love the thrill of planning, sometimes I like to just sit back, relax, and let others handle everything.
I know I said how great it was that Cancun isn’t only all-inclusive resorts anymore, but I did spend two days at Dreams Riviera Cancun. After spending the previous five weeks backpacking across Central America and the previous six weeks before that traipsing through Europe, I needed a little R&R.
Checking into the resort, we were greeted with welcome drinks and an array of appetizers and finger foods.
Once we were all checked in, it was time for a little relaxation! From the comforts of my own bedroom or balcony to the many luxurious cabanas and loungers by the pool, I didn’t know where to begin.
I decided to give their outdoor hydrotherapy circuit a try, which is free for all guests to use, and it was pure bliss. Almost as good as a paid massage, this course used different patterns of pressurized water to hit various pressure points on your body.
The water temperature is fairly cool, but after making your way through the entire circuit, you’re rewarded with a hot tub at the end!
I had never tried a hydrotherapy circuit, let alone really knew what they were, but now I’m hooked.
Heading back to my room, it was almost time to head to dinner. It was a shame our schedules were so busy, because I would have loved time just to relax in my room. All of the suites at Dreams were absolutely gorgeous with every amenity you could possibly dream of.
Bathtub on the balcony, anyone?
Also, is it sad that we thoroughly debated whether or not you were supposed to wear swimsuits?
Another reason I would have liked to stay a little longer? The food.
The resort has six a la carte, a buffet, a cafe and a grill, for a total of nine different dining options. Because we were so busy I only got to try one of those, which was Oceana, their specialty seafood restaurant.
If I were to go back I’d love to try Himitsu (meaning secret in Japanese), which is of course, serves Pan-Asian cuisine.
While I was at Dreams Riviera it was Mexico’s Independence Day. To celebrate, the resort put together an elaborate dinner party filled with live entertainment, games, and a never-ending supply of Mexican food and drinks.
Stuffing ourselves full of tacos al pastor and churros while maybe having one or five too many drinks, this unexpected party turned out to be the perfect ending to my time in Cancun.
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A special thank you to Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa and the Cancun Convention & Visitors Bureau for hosting my stay in Cancun.