We’ve mentioned how rich we are, right? No? That’s probably because we’re not. Like at all. I mean at all. We are not independently wealthy and we haven’t won the lottery. Which means if we want to pay the rent and continue to explore and take some awesome side trips sometimes we have to work hard. And sometimes we have to work hard to get work. So the past couple weeks we’ve had our heads down, computers on and our tans have faded away (well mine has, Jason’s freckles have stopped connecting). At some point between work and a very interesting, yet intense, project that I promise to tell you about at some point, we raised our heads looked at each others pale faces and realized we were ready for a break. Sometimes our breaks are just a walk on the beach. Sometimes they’re a day trip to Tulum or Xpu Ha or a Cenote. But sometimes? Well sometimes we just have to go big.

Some friends traveled to the Riviera Maya last week from the States to stay at Excellence Riviera Cancun, one of those fabulous all-inclusive resorts where you get waited on hand and foot, eating and drinking your way through the days while lying by the pool or beach. I’ve had those kind of vacations. Sometimes I miss those kind of vacations but they’re really not a part of our budget anymore. So when our friends invited us to join them at the resort for the day at a super amazing too good to be true price? Yes, yes and yes!!!! I can’t help it. Every time we’re driving down the 307 highway we pass fabulous sounding resorts with large impressive entrances and I just sometimes want to see what’s behind those walls and experience the pampering that I know happens at all those place. So for a day you better believe that I was willing to play the part of Playa del Carmen turista. And so I went and got my fancy on (please don’t tell the resort who they were really dealing with)! The day was full of hot towels and champagne at check-in. Fruity drinks served poolside. Delicious food and beautiful views. And of course some quality time with our friends. This? I could get used to this.

I'm going in. If I haven't reemerged in 8 hours please do not try to come and find me.
Like I said – big. I’m going in. If I haven’t reemerged in 8 hours please do not try to come and find me.
Just Beautiful
I don’t think we’re in the Colosio anymore.
I'm trying to talk our landlords into putting one of these in our backyard.
I’m trying to talk our landlords into putting one of these in our backyard.
I needed one for each hand.
One for each hand, of course.
Lunch
The lunch buffet took up two rooms. We possibly need two rooms to fit in after stuffing ourselves.
I might or might not have smuggled some of these out in my beach bag.
I might or might not have smuggled some of these out in my beach bag.
Just to prove that there is in fact a beach there. But we so rarely get to enjoy a pool that I just gave it a passing glance. I realize now that I might in fact be starting to take our location for granted.
Just to prove that there was in fact a beach there. But we so rarely get to enjoy a pool that I just gave it a passing glance. And yes, I realize that I could be starting to take our location for granted.
So hard to leave such a pretty place.
Everywhere we looked it was like a postcard. They sure do make it really hard to leave.

I’ve decided the whole ‘there’s no place like home’ isn’t always true. If it was anything like home I would have been sweating while cooking our own not so fabulous dinner and doing our dishes by hand. All-inclusive resorts are not for everybody, and I don’t want all of my vacations to be this way because it doesn’t give you a true sense of the community or city in which you are staying. And as I mentioned before, rich we are not, so places like this remain an indulgence. But oh the luxury, and the amenities and the relaxation?  The escape from everyday life sure does feel good every once in awhile and gave us a much-needed battery refresh.