Our Mexican Couple Holiday

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Adam and I came back from Mexico the week before last, and we honestly had the best time. We stayed in the nicest all-inclusive 5* resort, Grand Riviera Princess, which was part of a complex of three hotels, and we absolutely did not want to come home, I could have quite easily stayed there for another two weeks. We have been on city breaks together, but not a luxurious holiday like this as I went to Asia last year, so this was our first holiday as a couple - aww!

We arrived, and the concierge took away our cases ready to bring to our room after check-in. We were welcomed with a glass of champagne and we were even given a box of goodies as we had told them it was our anniversary (lol, it wasn’t, we just did it for the upgrade when First Choice asked us if we were flying for a special event).

Our Room

We got a little lost finding our room at first, despite us having a map right in front of us and being told exactly where to go. While Adam could find the room with ease all holiday, every time I was left on my own I ended up getting lost – even to find reception and the lobbies.

The room was beautiful – we had swan shaped towels on the bed and it was a lot bigger than in pictures. We had a super king-size bed and Adam was happy that I could finally give him space rather than waking up on his side of the bed – did I do this? No.

Our balcony was very tropical too, it looked out onto one of the paths that went past but we had a great load of palm trees and straw outside. It was lovely! It was a nice little place to sit outside after a day of lazing by the pool, drinking Sol.

That was another thing; our mini-fridge got topped up daily! We were skeptical about this first, as we thought that the 4 cans of Sol, 4 big bottles of water and soft drinks were there as a little luxury, but after checking with the concierge just in case, we were free to drink them all. HURRAH.

The Hotel

We arrived too late to swim around or visit the beach or go shopping, so we chilled in our room and freshened up after the 11-hour flight plus transfers and headed down to grab some food. We were tired as I think it was around 3am in the UK, but we grabbed some food and went downstairs to watch the live band.

The hotel had a few pools, we only visited three out of the eight that were there. The main pool is the pool where all the activities go on (I got involved with water polo one day and water aerobics the next) and they play drinking games too, typically with beer and tequila. So Mexican.

The beach wasn’t the nicest I didn’t think, I preferred going out to visit the beach at Playa Del Carmen. There was quite a bit of seaweed, which they say gets cleared up although I didn’t see this happen. The sea does get bluer the further you go out, which I found myself doing more of when I figured this out.

You get snorkels and kayaks free of charge in the hotel, and when we went to get our kayak around 11am, there wasn’t a queue and we hopped straight on.

The Food

Normally, I hate buffets. I feel like it is normally really crappy food, but lots of it. However, the night time buffet which we first tried was lovely. I helped myself to salad, hams and cheeses as a starter, and then went onto my main – assuming it was some of their Mexican specialties, but it has completely slipped my mind.

There was a choice of twelve restaurants; seafood, Med, Mexican, Italian, Grill and a load more. We booked into these for the rest of the holiday bar one or two nights and our favourite was most definitely the grill. We visited it twice.

Breakfast was good too – as any typical basic bitch, I often smothered a bagel with guacamole and asked for a fried egg to be placed on top. Everyone knows that I love an avocado brunch! There are also selections like pancakes, bacon, eggs and even Mexican food like fajitas etc.

Lunchtime you had options too – if you didn’t fancy checking out one of the three buffets, then you could grab a hot dog, burger or a sandwich from the Sports Bar. You weren’t always forced to sit in a buffet when you didn’t want to which worked in my favor.

The Excursions

The excursions were so expensive, well while booking with TUI anyway. You could book these online anyway but as there was a little desk downstairs, it just seemed more convenient. We participated in two excursions; Coco Bongo and Xcaret Park.

Coco Bongo was my favourite – I am sure that you’ve heard of it before from the likes of Geordie Shore and celebrities that also go to watch the show. It is put together in themes, so it opened up with The Beatles theme, playing all of their old songs before moving onto Michael Jackson. Some of the themes were Moulin Rouge, Madonna, Batman and Robin and Spiderman. It is good that they mix it up like this so that you don’t get bored watching the same thing. The acrobatics are amazing, the dancing was fab and the overall effects was great.

All drinks were included, and we had a nice high table where we could watch the dancefloor underneath and the stage in front of us. Everyone that I had spoke to prior to booking had said to get the gold membership, which is great advice. This includes all premium drinks and waiter service and you sit in the VIP section too. Our waiter was first class – my drink was never empty!

We also visited Xcaret Park but I have done a blog post on that which you car read here, rather than me talking about it again.

We visited Playa Del Carmen twice too, which was nice. It was nice just to get out of the hotel and walk up and down the strip. We never felt the need to go out for food as the food on the resort was so great, but there were some great Mexican choices. The beach above is the Playa Del Carmen beach which was my favourite. Look how blue the sea is!


We had the best trip and I would absolutely love to go back. We chose a great part of Mexico and I highly recommend everything about the hotel; the food, the excursions offered, the service. We would absolutely stay at the Grand Princess again, we had the best time.

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