Posted by: evedlewis | May 16, 2016

Cancun, Mexico — Feb 2016

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The last time I was in Cancun, Mexico with my Mom was around 30 years ago. I’m pretty sure it was my first international trip outside of the USA as a youngster. I can remember some fuzzy details like eating rich chocolate mousse and the best grilled steak of my life, buying chiclets gum from the locals, riding a huge sea turtle, climbing some ruins and avoiding the sharp coral and dangerous jelly fish in the beautiful blue ocean.

I have returned to Mexico a few times since that first trip many years ago, and each time proves to be a different and exciting adventure. However, I never imagined that over 30 years later, my Mom and I would travel there together again for a very special Mother/Daughter trip in February. 

Cancun is only 2.5 hours away from Atlanta and the all-inclusive resort was just 15 minutes from the airport. I booked a shuttle van in advance for transportation to and from the airport through Expedia. The entire trip cost with hotel, flight, food and drinks included was $700 per person through Expedia. I booked just a few days before traveling, so I’m sure this price could have been lower if booked in advance. However, the entire trip cost with actvities, massages, wifi, souvenirs, airport parking, etc. included came to about $1,000 per person for 4 days.

I was extremely impressed with our hotel room and the resort upon arrival. We were immediately served fresh cucumber juice and escorted to the front desk area, where the check-in process was a breeze. This particular resort did not include free wifi, so it’s best to pay for wifi in advance if you plan to use it during your stay, which will cost $20 – $30 per day. The service desk will also try to convince you to sign-up for a free time share presentation, because this is a time share resort. However, you can kindly decline if you are not interested in the presentation.

The GR Solaris Cancun resort was immaculate with awesome pools, courtyards and beach views. Spanish-tile donned the rooftops and the decor was fabulous throughout. I imagined that the food and drinks would be just “blah” at an all-inclusive resort. However, I was blown away by the exquisite, chef-prepared gourmet meals and the variety of strong drinks served daily.

There were several activity choices at the resort including: yoga, tennis, games, movies/live shows, water sports, kayaking and massage services. My mother and I took advantage of the yoga and the massage services. The yoga classes on the beach were free of charge, and we received a discount price for the massage services. I hate that I missed out on tennis and Kayaking, but it was nice to see those options available.

We decided to do a one day excursion trip to one of the new “Wonders of the World” — Chichinitza. During this day trip, we learned a lot about the Mayan civilization and culture, and we also had a chance to see the famous Ik Kil Swimming Hole.

Chichinitza was fascinating and breathtaking. We had plenty of time to enjoy the scenery and the historical architecture there even though we were on a tour. I typically do not favor day tours with large groups, but I was able to escape the crowd and wonder off on my own to do some exploring alone.

For your next trip to Cancun Mexico, I would highly recommend that you stay at the GR Solaris Cancun all-inclusive resort. Once again — It’s a time-share property, so you may be asked to listen to a short presentation. If interested, say “yes” and enjoy the information and gifts. If disinterested, say “no” and enjoy your stay. There is no obligation to listen to the presentation or buy a time-share. In fact, I would strongly recommend that you nicely decline the offer.

Another thing to keep in mind is that Cancun and certain parts of Mexico are well-known areas for drug trafficking. Don’t be alarmed if you are questioned more heavily at the customs counter upon your return. My mom and I were actually detained and searched at the Atlanta airport by a customs agent (first time for us). Apparently, we look like drug lords, so we were treated as such. Lol. I actually noticed that more people were being interrogated in the customs lines than usual, so it was not surprising that we were also targeted.

Remember to always answer the customs agent’s questions honestly, calmly and seriously. “Lying to a Customs Agent is a federal offense” — as I was told and reminded. Therefore, you must cooperate, remain calm and be truthful during the entire process.

Fortunately, my Mom and I were released unscathed after about an hour or so of being questioned and searched. Felt great to leave the airport and go back home in peace. 🙂

Consider staying at the GR Solaris Cancun Hotel for your next vacation and a day trip to Chichinitza. I promise that you will not be disappointed. This is a great trip for families, couples and solo travelers. Check out more pics on Instagram at: @KoreanKream.

 

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