Mexican Travel Diary Part One: Cancún

Life of Love is back for 2o18 and better than ever! The holiday season has been so incredibly busy, but I’ve finally gotten around to writing a review of my trip to the Ritz Carlton, Cancún, Mexico.

After all of our beach vacations this year, Cancún was one of my favorites. Not only is the hotel gorgeous, but the water is a perfect blue and the island’s culture and activities were outstanding.

Where We Stayed

We spent 5 nights at the Ritz Carlton, Cancún’s beautiful oceanfront property. The Ritz has a very classic feel, with chandeliers, marble, and elegant touches. It felt like I was staying in a castle! Our room was just as stunning as the rest of the hotel. It was complete with an oceanfront balcony and marble bathroom.

Our room service was exquisite, and when we came back to the room each night, the beds were turned down with chocolates on the pillows. And the chocolate was specially made in Mexico! I couldn’t have been more impressed with our room at the resort.

Another wonderful experience I had at the hotel was getting a manicure at the Ritz’s salon. The salon couldn’t have been more relaxing, with is floor to ceiling windows overlooking the main pool. I highly recommend visiting the salon or spa if you’re looking to unwind.

The beach at the hotel just exceeded my expectations. I’d heard so many times that Cancún had beautiful water, but I was still so surprised to see a gorgeous turquoise sea, colorful cabanas, and powdery sand. The beach is dotted with chairs and umbrellas that the Ritz staff sets up for you, so you don’t even have to lift a finger. There are also lovely cabanas, complete with TVs and hammocks, as well as daybeds located closer to the water. Food from The Caribe Bar & Grill could be delivered directly to your beach chair. The beach experience is just a dream come true.

And if you would somehow get tired of the beach, there are two pools and an oceanfront Jacuzzi. The main pool is the largest I’ve seen at a Ritz property, and adjacent to it is a smaller, almost always empty pool. The Jacuzzi is large and provides a perfect view of the bright cabanas and brilliant sea.

Where We Ate

Because our time in Mexico was limited, we didn’t dine at the resort too often. However, we did enjoy a huge breakfast buffet at El Cafe Mexicano each morning. We also ordered food to the beach and pool from The Caribe Bar & Grill, which was amazing every time.

While the Ritz Carlton’s food is great, I highly recommend going across the road, where you’ll find a whole line of upscale, delightful restaurants on the water. Most of these restaurants are owned by the same company, and while I wish we had time to try them all, we could only dine at two.

One of these two restaurants was Porfirio’s. My jaw dropped as soon as we walked in. Porfirio’s could have easily passed for a luxurious restaurant in Miami. However, I soon learned ambiance wasn’t even the best part! The nachos, tacos, and sauces at Porfirio’s were unlike anything I’ve ever tasted. Every dish served at this restaurant is authentic Mexican, meaning it isn’t what we get back in the US…but I sure do wish it was!

Just when I didn’t think Porfirio’s could get any better, it did. The servers placed a miniature ice cream cart and churro cart on our table. These were filled with flavors of authentic Mexican ice cream and toppings, and churros with chocolate, vanilla, and caramel dips. I highly recommend dining at Porfirio’s!

The other off-property restaurant we enjoyed was Harry’s. Harry’s was amazing as well, with a huge Mexican sculpture and wonderful food. I was so surprised when our check was delivered along with a ginormous cotton candy for the table!

Excursions

We couldn’t go to Mexico without experiencing some of the best things it has to offer! We went on two excursions during our time at the resort, both of which were in Tulum. Be sure to check out my Mexican Travel Diary Part Two: Tulum. (COMING SOON!) In this post, you’ll get to learn all about my adventures zip lining, going on an underground ATV tour, exploring Mayan ruins, and visiting an animal sanctuary.

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