Even though we just got back from our vacation about 3 weeks ago, in my mind I am already planning our next get-away. There are 2 amazing destinations on my 2014 to-do list, and I am determined to make both of those happen this year! Lots of you asked for more of my personal tips, especially when it comes to packing and planing a trip. Today I wanted to share some of my favorite beauty products when traveling to sunny destinations. Back in May of last year, during our trip to Dubai and the Maldives, I shared some of my favorite summer make-up products, but this post is more about taking care of your skin, hair, lips, … in the sun.
For the last post of our Christmas & NYE get-away I wanted to tell you guys about the hotel we stayed at in Mexico. As mentioned before, originally we wanted to go to Tulum, but when we started looking for hotels in September everything was already fully booked. So we decided on Playa del Carmen along the Riviera Maya, which is basically just an hour down the road from Tulum. My dream hotel was The Viceroy, which I spotted on Emily’s blog back in April, but they were also fully booked over NYE. Then we found the Blue Diamond Riviera Maya through SLH (small luxury hotels) and it was love at first sight. Even though it was a little more than we originally wanted to spend, we decided to go for it, because like I said – love at first sight and for the time in Canada we stayed with family, which helped our budget a bit :) However, looking back, I don’t think I would stay there again. Don’t get me wrong, it was a wonderful week but next time I’d rather spend the money somewhere else. Keep on reading for all the pros & cons below…
During the week we spent in Mexico (we stayed in Playa del Carmen), we also managed to take a trip to Tulum, a Pre-Columbian Maya walled city which served as a major port for Cobá. Originally, when we decided to visit Mexico, we wanted to go to Tulum, a place that is known for the Mayan ruins and stunning beaches! However, when we started researching hotels in September, we quickly noticed that EVERY SINGLE hotel was already completely booked over New Years. None-the-less, I still really wanted to visit the city, and so we decided to book a tour there. Formerly, Tulum was known under the name Zama, which means “City of Dawn” because of its amazing location right on the cliffs above the coast where you can see the sun rise. Even though it was a cloudy and rainy day, the water still had the most unreal color and everything else was also absolutely beautiful, I can only imagine how gorgeous it must be on a sunny day! I think if and when we make it back to Mexico, we will definitely be staying in Tulum – it was love at first sight ♥
As you guys know, we really didn’t get any good weather in Mexico, which is also why a lot of our plans were cancelled. But once we noticed it wasn’t going to stop raining any time soon we made new plans, including a visit to the mayan ruins in Tulum (where it still wasn’t sunny but at least no rain) and a mayan ritual, the Temazcal. Everyone kept comparing the Temazcal to a steam room, which I guess is true to some extent, but what awaited us was much more and such a special 2 hour-long experience.