I was lucky enough to be invited by my boyfriend’s family on their holiday to Mexico in August, somewhere I’ve always wanted to visit. We were only there a week but we packed in lots of activities and by the end of it I was more exhausted than relaxed! However, it was such a stunning place and I’m so grateful that they took me.
We stayed at Moon Palace Cancun which was a beautiful resort hotel. The rooms were enormous and the multiple restaurants on site were all fantastic. We didn’t actually spend much time at the hotel at all because we packed in so many different tours and activities, but it was a lovely place to relax at the end of the day.
We went to Chichen Itza on our first day out (which we kept calling “Chicken Pizza” – definitely annoying to everyone around us!) It was a stunning site with so much history. I was really glad we went with a guide because he told us so many facts and stories about the place! For example, if you clap in a certain spot it echoes 7 times (a sacred number) due to the design of the buildings and their distance from one another.
We went on a boat trip to swim with whale sharks which was one of the most surreal experiences of my life. They were absolutely massive but not scary at all because they just swam past, completely uninterested in all of the people bobbing about in the waves.
Speaking of waves – this was the most seasick I have ever been in my life! Luckily it didn’t ruin the experience because as soon as I got into the water I was absolutely fine, but the boat ride was another story!
After swimming with the whale sharks, we stopped off at Isla Mujeres on the way back to Cancun. The water was stunning and we did some snorkelling over a coral reef with lots of fish! I wish we could have spent more time at Isla Mujeres and explored the island, but the beach was lovely anyway.
We got some great photographs on the boat with the water and clear sky behind us!
Whilst in Mexico, we also visited Xplor and Xel Ha – two huge activity parks. At Xplor, we zip-wired over the forest and swam through underground caves. At Xel Ha, we snorkelled with more fish and through a river full of mangroves. Although these were “tourist” parks, I was amazed at how natural they had been kept. They had even banned regular sunscreen and gave out sachets of biodegradable stuff so as to not damage the habitats of the wildlife living there!
It was a fun-filled, fast-paced holiday, and exactly what I needed after having worked in an office for two months! I felt so lucky to have been given the opportunity to go (cheers for dating me Matt) and would love to go back again one day, perhaps for a little longer!