Monday, November 3, 2014

3 Day Getaway: Riviera Maya

On May 26, Tomas and  celebrated our 2nd year anniversary with a short trip to Mexico!

A lot of research went into selecting what part of Mexico we would like to visit as well as selecting a resort once I narrowed down the city. Airfare ended up making the decision for me since flights to Cancun were about half the cost of flying to Cabo. In terms of the resort, I knew I wanted an adults only, all inclusive outside of the "party zone" which eliminated anything near Cancun. Our plan was to relax and refresh on this trip not party it up.

I expanded my search towards the Riviera Maya and ended up selecting Luxury Bahia Principe Sian Kian in Akumal, Mexico. Although the hotel was 90 minutes away from the airport, it had every single thing I wanted in a resort. Adults only, all inclusive with various themed restaurants and a hot tub in the room. We were free to visit all the other Grand Bahia Principe resorts by taking a free trolley between them, Since Sian Kian was a fairly quiet resort we ventures to some of the others to scope out the scene and can report that they are much livelier
We were greeted at the hotel lobby with a drink 

A week before leaving for Mexico, I contacted Guest Services to ask if it were possible to get a free room upgrade since we would be celebrating our anniversary and boy did they deliver!

We were upgraded to a ground level garden suite which they filled with balloons and chocolate. We even got a free bottle of tequila! The Garden suite had a big patio with a private hot tub as well as a small living room inside, which was one of our favorite things about the resort. Upgrading to a room with a hot tub is definitively worth it.


Our private Jacuzzi and patio

As soon as we arrived we booked both of the resorts specialty restaurants, Maiko and Alux through their new app. Dining at Alux was one of the highlights of the trip, the food was delicious and the service was incredible. We were greeted with some champagne in celebration of our anniversary and they even had a special cake for us at the end of our meal. They really took the time to make us feel special during our stay.

We spent most of the trip lounging around the pool, rather than at the beach. It was just easier to walk out of the hotel suite and into the pool than have to ride the trolley to the beach. When we did visit the beach, it was beautiful and by staying at Sian Kian we had beach side bar service so we could lounge on our beach chair and have an unlimited amount of alcohol delivered to us.


On the last day of our trip we booked a day long tour with Mayan Explorers. We selected The Mayan Experience tour which visits Chichen Itza, Ik Kil Cenote, Ek Balam and Valladolid. The tour included transportation between the sites, from our hotel and back, lunch and a guide.

It was a three hour drive from the hotel to Chichen Itza, the first stop of the day.


The second stop was Il Kil, a cenote right outside Chichen Itza. Swimming in a cenote was a must do for me and the experience did not disappoint. the water was cool and refreshing, which was awesome after walking around Chichen Itza in the hot sun  and we were lucky enough that we didn't have to share it with a zillion other tourists.

The third stop of the day was Ek Balam, one of the few Mayan archaeological site you can still climb.

It was long was up!
Stucco Jaguar Altar halfway up the ruin
View from the top of the Acropolis of  Ek Balam. Undiscovered ruins still live underneath the trees

The last part of the day was a quick stop at Valladolid where we bought some refreshments before starting the three hour ride back to the hotel.


Although we only spent 4 days in Mexico, I know we will defenitively be back and after the incredible service we received at GBP Sian Kian, I'm pretty sure we'll go back to the same incredible resort.


  1. This sounds like a perfect little getaway! I've been looking into visiting one of the resorts in Mexica and seeing ruins without breaking the bank. I'll have to keep your resort on my list!

  2. That trip sounds heavenly! I could really use some pool-side complementary bar service now that the colder weather has started to creep in...

  3. This looks awesome! I am dying to go to Mexico!