Our Dream Holiday In Mexico (Part 2)

Our Dream Holiday In Mexico (Part 2)

Holiday In Mexico - A View Of The HotelThis is the second post about our holiday in Mexico back in October 2010. It was truly one of the most special holidays in my life. Sukh and Shalini agree that it’s definitely one we remember fondly. Holiday In Mexico - Sukh and ShaliniShivam was only a baby then but he’s seen the video of the holiday so many times he thinks he can remember it! I can’t believe it was almost eight years ago because I remember it so vividly. Click here to read Part 1.Holiday In Mexico - Shalini enjoying swimmingIn the first part, I talked about planning the trip, our first impressions of the hotel and what we got up to, which mainly included relaxing by the pool and enjoying a’la carte meals in the fabulous restaurants.Holiday In Mexico - Lamb KoftasWe mostly ate at the World Cafe for breakfast and lunch. There was always a wide variety of foods on offer so no meal was ever the same.Holiday In Mexico - A big breakfastOur favourite waiters were Victor and Orlando who really looked after us for the duration of our stay. They were great with the kids. I have no idea if they still work there, many years later. But if you ever visit Dreams Riviera Cancun, then do look out for them.Holiday In Mexico - With The Friendly Dreams StaffAfter lazing around at the pool all day, we would get ready for dinner. I loved how big a deal we made of getting dressed up for our meal. We weren’t leaving the resort but it was nice to make an effort. We made a real night of it. After our meal, we would chill at The Rendezvous bar in the lobby. We stayed up till late because the kids were content and relaxed.Holiday In Mexico - Sukh In The Lobby BarOur favourite restaurant was Portofino, which serves Italian and Mediterranean food. The menu had many options but we particularly enjoyed the lamb shank. We went back a few times for the dish. This is why unlimited luxury is the best option for us. I hate all-inclusives that limit the amount you can eat at an a’la carte restaurant.Holiday In Mexico - Me with the kids on the beachDuring our first week, we ventured into downtown Cancun to do a bit of souvenir shopping on Fifth Avenue. A free coach picked us up from the hotel and back again a few hours later.Holiday In Mexico - Shalini chilling on a benchIt was nice to get out for an afternoon. We had fun walking around and soaking in a bit of culture.Holiday In Mexico - Shalini poses in a sombreroShalini was fine for about an hour but once she had picked up the bits and bobs she wanted, she was itching to get back to the hotel.Holiday In Mexico - Shalini enjoying the poolWe met a lovely family from London at the pool during our first week. Anu, his wife Anju and their three-year-old daughter Alisha.Holiday In Mexico - Shalini enjoys lunchShalini hit it off with Alisha straight away and spent most of the two weeks with her. Sukh and I really got on well with Anu and Anju and we ended up having most of our evening meals and spending all our days at the pool together.Holiday In Mexico - Shivam in his swim seatOne night we wanted to try the adult-only French restaurant – Bordeaux. We agreed to look after Alisha for an hour while her parents went for their meal and vice versa. It was so nice for us to have a date night without feeling guilty about the kids. We did our next trip to downtown Cancun with them too and Shalini had more fun this time because she had a friend.Holiday In Mexico - Shivam ChillingMost hotels abroad have themed nights and we decided to check out the Mexican Night on evening. It was different to the other nights as this was an outdoor event, with a buffet and tables set up around the pool. We didn’t enjoy the food as much as we did at one of the restaurants but the evening’s entertainment made up for that. It was a fun night with traditional Mexican dance and fire eaters.Holiday In Mexico - Shalini Enjoys A MealSukh really wanted to scuba dive. Neither of us have done it before but he is much braver than I when it comes to the sea. I’m better at rollercoasters! (Check out our Orlando vlog series)Holiday In Mexico - Sukh practices scuba divingI was a bit nervous about him doing it but I didn’t let on at all. He did the necessary training in the pool a day prior to the dive. When the day came, he got his stuff together and kissed the kids and I. I wouldn’t;t have said anything except he tried really hard to wind me up. He asked me what I would do if he never came back! I was mortified and told him not to dare leave me here alone, with two children!Holiday In Mexico - Sukh Scuba DivingOnce he was gone, the kids and I had a long leisurely lunch and then chilled at the pool with Anju and Anu for the rest of the afternoon. I did worry a little one hour turned into the next, wondering when Sukh would return. Of course I knew it would take a few hours but I was still anxious.Holiday In Mexico - Sukh Scuba DivingWhen he did come back he was literally smiling from ear to ear. He was like an excited school kid telling me about his experience. Sukh had loved the dive and couldn’t believe how fast time had flown. He said I would have loved it down there although diving into the water and the pressure in your ears can be a bit scary. Maybe one day I will be brave enough but for now, snorkelling is enough. We managed to have a good giggle about the exchange we had had before he left.Holiday In Mexico - Sukh chills by the poolThat night we all went to eat at Himitsu, the Pan-Asian restaurant. We managed to book the Tepanyaki Table on the same day at the Concierge desk. The kids were really impressed with the show-cooking and the food was really good. The chef cracked a few jokes, along with the eggs, and we all had a fun evening. It’s definitely a restaurant I would recommend visiting if you’re ever at a Dreams resort.Holiday In Mexico - Sukh at the Japanese restaurantShalini had a lot of fun at the Explorer’s Club. I was a bit worried to leave her and a part of me felt guilty too. But she said she wanted to do some of the activities they had lined up. The staff was really friendly. They reassured me she would be fine. We agreed to just keep her in for a short while on the first day so she could see if she liked it.Holiday In Mexico - Shalini playing in the poolThey gave us a pager and when she was ready to be picked up, the pager would buzz. She had loved every minute and asked if she could go for a couple of hours each day. She enjoyed the disco on Friday nights the most.Holiday In Mexico - Shalini ChillingDuring the second week, we decided to visit Chichen Itza, which we booked via the hotel. It was a long trip but nothing prepared me for just how long it felt before we reached. Shivam had started walking a day before we left for Cancun and so he kept wanting to crawl off my lap on the coach. He was such a happy and calm baby but this trip really took it out of him – and us! It was hot and sticky when we reached but the landmark is really impressive and worth seeing. I was glad we had made the trip but I was exhausted by the heat and the drive.Holiday In Mexico - Me And Shalini At Chitchen Itza

On the way back we stopped at a Cenote. These are underground caverns with a hole in the earth that leads to a pool of gorgeous turquoise-coloured water. I volunteered to stay with the kids so Sukh could enjoy a swim. It was quite a walk down hundreds if steps.The kids and I watched as people dove into the cold water from several heights. Sukh returned refreshed and re-energised.Holiday In Mexico - Me and Sukh on the beachOne of the highlights of the trip was the photo shoot we had booked. The on-site photographers booked us in and we spent a couple of hours getting ready. It was our first photo shoot as a four so we wanted it to be perfect. We dressed up in similar colours and took spare outfits for the second part of the shoot. The photographer was patient. It wasn’t always easy to get Shivam to look at the camera but we managed to get some great shots.Holiday In Mexico - Photo Shoot On The BeachSukh had an idea about the kinds of shots he wanted and worked with the photographer to make them happen. It was nice to capture pictures of just Sukh and I too. We went back a few days later to choose our photos. We were impressed with the results. Sukh ended up getting most of them!Holiday In Mexico - Photo Shoot On The BeachSukh turned the photos into a lovely canvas, which now hangs above the sofa in our living room. Every time we look at it, it reminds us just how beautiful the holiday was. Hats off to Dreams for our luxury experience.

Here are some more photos from our trip:Holiday In Mexico - Shivam Walking

Holiday In Mexico - Shalini and Shivam On The Beach

Holiday In Mexico - Shalini ready for dinner

Holiday In Mexico - Shalini pretending to read my book

Holiday In Mexico - Shalini larking around at the pool

 

Holiday In Mexico - The hotel lit up at night

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25 Comments

  1. October 9, 2018 / 8:40 pm

    Oh my word it looks like you had an amazing time, what a fabulous holiday #TwinklyTuesday

    • Rosie
      Author
      October 13, 2018 / 2:38 pm

      Thank you – we had a fab time x

  2. October 10, 2018 / 3:21 pm

    Mexico is clearly a great place to make magical memories which is all life is ultimately about. Wonderful words and images #TwinklyTuesday

    • Rosie
      Author
      October 13, 2018 / 2:37 pm

      Absolutely agree xxx

    • Rosie
      Author
      October 13, 2018 / 2:37 pm

      Thanks Jo. Yes we had an amazing time x

  3. October 13, 2018 / 4:21 am

    This looks like a great holiday! I love Mexican food and would love to journey there just to eat myself silly. #GlobalBlogging

    • Rosie
      Author
      October 13, 2018 / 2:36 pm

      You would love it. We had a fab time x

  4. October 13, 2018 / 3:18 pm

    oh wow that looks like a picture perfect holiday! I’d love to go to Mexico, I know a few people who have been and loved it! Thank you for sharing this with us at #TriumphantTales. I hope to see you back next week.

    • Rosie
      Author
      October 15, 2018 / 6:05 pm

      It was the most relaxing and special holiday I’ve had for sure x

  5. October 13, 2018 / 7:24 pm

    What a fabulous description of your holiday. I love the idea of booking a photography shoot while you were there too; it looks idyllic and you clearly have some wonderful memories x #Blogstravaganza

    • Rosie
      Author
      October 15, 2018 / 6:04 pm

      Thanks Emma. Yes the photo shoot was so special. We have a lovely canvas to show for it now and it takes us to a happy place every time we look at it x

  6. October 14, 2018 / 9:36 pm

    This looks like a super holiday, what fantastic memories to look back on! Thank you for sharing with #Blogstravaganza 🙂

    • Rosie
      Author
      October 15, 2018 / 6:02 pm

      Thanks Jo. It was one of my favourite holidays ever.

  7. October 15, 2018 / 12:53 pm

    Gorgeous pictures, Mexico is somewhere I’ve always wanted to visit. It looks beautiful. Thanks for linking up #twinklytuesday

    • Rosie
      Author
      October 15, 2018 / 6:01 pm

      It was one of my favourite destinations x

  8. October 15, 2018 / 7:09 pm

    It just look fab. The colour of the sand – wow! Thanks for being part of the #DreamTeam again this week

    • Rosie
      Author
      October 16, 2018 / 9:02 pm

      Thanks. It was amazing x

  9. October 17, 2018 / 10:54 am

    oh wow that looks simply amazing!
    thanks for linking to #ablogginggoodtime

    • Rosie
      Author
      October 17, 2018 / 5:04 pm

      Thank you x

  10. Hello BoundforSomewhere
    October 17, 2018 / 6:39 pm

    wow wow wow! What an amazing holiday you guys have had! Some fabulous memories made and some gorgeous photos too.

    • Rosie
      Author
      October 17, 2018 / 8:00 pm

      Thank you – yes it was an amazing break, which we will cherish forever x

  11. October 18, 2018 / 1:24 pm

    I enjoyed reading this and looking at the pictures you shared! I have never been to Mexico, but it’s definitely one of the top places I’d love to visit someday.

    • Rosie
      Author
      October 18, 2018 / 6:22 pm

      Thank you for dropping by, reading and enjoying this post x

  12. Lucy At Home
    October 18, 2018 / 8:53 pm

    Wow this really does sound like the holiday of a lifetime! What a lovely idea to get a photo shoot done while you’re there too so you can really have something to remember it all by! #blogcrush

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