Two days after our wedding, Sam and I flew to Cancun in Mexico. From there, we headed to Playa del Carmen where we were going to spend the next two weeks, relaxing, exploring and just enjoying each others company – as husband and wife!
Dougie was going to spend the first week with Sam’s family, and the second week with mine, so we knew he would be well looked after – and spoilt rotten of course!
Sam and I uhm-ed and ahh-ed over where to go for our honeymoon. We both love travelling and have done a lot of trips around Asia and we debated doing something similar, but we decided that after the stress of wedding planning and the fact that we would probably never get this kind of time to ourselves again, we wanted something more relaxing.
We were staying just off Quinta Avenida, which is the busy strip that runs parallel to the beach. Our hotel, Be Playa, was absolutely amazing. Our room was probably the best hotel room we’ve ever stayed in – it had a hot tub and a balcony with a hammock, and they knew it was our honeymoon, so we had a bottle of bubbles waiting in the room and rose petals on the floor.
The hotel also had a rooftop pool surrounded by beds and comfy chairs, and a bar with the loveliest staff and the tastiest smoothies and cocktails. They also had a few evening events, including Ladies Night (helloooo free cocktails) and an acoustic evening, and the music was brilliant.
The weather at the beginning of the holiday was beautiful, then the rain came…and it stayed for around four days. There isn’t much to do in the area when it’s raining, other than eat and drink, and we played about 100 games of blackjack – Sam took the honeymoon blackjack trophy.
Even when it was raining, it was very warm, most days around 25-28° and it was a great novelty to be able to wear shorts, summer dresses and bikinis in November!
Once the sun came back out, we made the most of the beautiful beaches and the cenotes, which are basically big sinkholes, where the groundrock has collapsed and expose the water underneath – these were absolutely stunning, and amazing to swim in.
The Tessy Pennellata Liana bikini is so fun and bright, it was perfect for the colourful backdrop of Playa del Carmen. I loved the beaded strap detail on the halterneck ties, and it had a clip-back fastening on the top which felt really secure. The briefs have a tie side fastening and were a really flattering cut.
I loved the fold-down waistband on the Vacanze briefs as it was so flattering, and the print was absolutely beautiful. The top had self-tie straps and I loved the cut of the top with the twist details. I ordered a size 10 in both bikinis and I found that the fit of both of them was perfect, and they were great quality. I wanted bright and colourful for the honeymoon, and these definitely ticked the boxes!
We ate so much food while we were there. Prices varied, we walked quite far from from the main strip and found a restaurant called El Fogon which was very popular with the locals as well as tourists, where we had two cocktails, two shots of tequila, nachos (so. many. nachos), burritos and fajitas for around £15. Other places closer to the strip, you could expect to pay around £2 for a beer and £4 for a cocktail (we’re used to London prices so this was pretty good) and a meal would be around £25.
The cenotes were probably the highlight for me, and swimming with turtles – I’ve written more in detail about these, and some of the top things to do in and around Playa del Carmen in THIS post. I definitely think we made the most of our time there. As we were child-free for two weeks, we enjoyed being able to sleep all night, have the odd nap in the day and stay out later than 7pm.
For us, Mexico was the perfect honeymoon destination. There was enough to do to keep us entertained, but plenty of opportunity to relax. We did a lot of trips off our own backs as the tours are quite pricey, but we prefer exploring ourselves, so it worked out well. There were a lot of families there with young children and we thought it would be a great place to bring Dougie when he’s a little older (not convinced I could handle that long a flight with a toddler right now!)
Have you ever been to Mexico? Where would your dream honeymoon destination be?
*UK Swimwear kindly sent me these bikinis free of charge in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.