With the world’s longest winter known to mankind, it was time to abort ship and head in search of the most important vitamin of all. Vitamin seaaaaa – obviously. But before hitting the sea we decided to have a pit stop in Playa del Carmen.Leaving a freezing Britain behind, (our plane actually got defrosted leaving Gatwick airport) we flew away from winter and all our worries.
Sometimes it’s hard to pick where to go, as my travel list grows by the day. But this trip was easy to pick, Mexico has been on my ‘must visit’ list for sometime. Maybe it’s the colourful clothing, bold flowers, sunshine and love of Mexican food that urged my need to visit. But after stepping off an 11-hour flight I’d soon figure out its allure.
We landed in Cancun, despite it being nearly 8pm we were hit with a gust of warm air. Instantly feeling like we’d just touched down in paradise, and the snowy chills feeling a distant memory. Why the pit stop in Playa del Carmen? Well we decided to catch a good night sleep before travelling too far on. From the airport we hopped on a bus to pit stop in Playa Del Carmen, checked into our hotel and crashed out.
As you can imagine, we were ridiculously excited to witness blue skies. We bolted out of bed bright and early heading out for an early morning dip. It felt like no better way to start our trip.
The view didn’t disappoint, the sun was slowly waking up as were we, and a few laps in the cold pool certainly woke us up.
We headed back to our room to get ready for the day, which was spacious equipped with four-poster bed, lounge and full kitchenette. The interior was understated, but gave great views of the jungle ahead. The staff were super friendly, and it was a great location for exploring the pretty parts of Playa Del Carmen, you can check out Ocean Zen Suites here.
We walked in search of breakfast, admiring the impressive street art and blooming flowers that lined the pavements.
For any colour addicts out there like myself, you’ll find yourself stopping every few minutes to admire the blinding artwork draped in overflowing flowers.
We strolled along until we came across Aldea Corazon. Which has an amazing garden, breakfast outside seemed like a dream too good to refuse. Let’s just say we were in love…
Natural light flooding through, beaming on the lush greenery is an ideal way to dine first thing.
Let’s just say we were pretty happy about our orders.
Perched under the trees we tucked in, with our gigantic portions of Mexican goodness.
Huevos divorciados for Lauren, served with a good old scoop of refried beans.
Before we headed off for compulsory pedicures we strolled around the garden admiring the dream catchers and checking out the carved furniture.
You can also dine inside, the interior is also on point, and just take a peek at these striped beauties.
After a few hours of bringing our hoaves back to life we checked out of our pad, soaking in the deep blue view before moving to our next location.
Entering the restaurant is a magical experience in itself; you wander up a bamboo pathway, lined with candlelight. This leads you upstairs to a tree house canopy built on stilts 12 metres high. The entrance itself left us giddy with excitement and ready for one of the most indulgent dinners overlooking the Mayan jungle.
The whole space is flooded with light gleaming through the bamboo walls/ceiling and was the perfect spot to gaze at our first Caribbean sunset.
The dining area was nestled in a huge bamboo structure with lounging zones formed out of suspended rope nets. Read – location to lie down in after dinner.
Sat at our table we admired the jungle ahead and sky starting to change colour.
The burnt orange sky created a breathtaking contrast against the vast trees ahead. For those in larger parties you can dine in your own nest with uninterrupted views.
We found it hard to stay in our seats, and stood peering out of our tree house as the day started to drift away.
But once nighttime fell, there was nothing to see in the distance except a jet-black sky and twinkly stars. Which meant we could get stuck into our cocktails, and let the feasting commence.
Each dish arrived with impeccable presentation, and flavours that I can say I have never tried before.
The ceviche was delicious, fresh and zinging with citrus flavours. Topped with nuts to add a little crunch, that totally hit the spot.
Did you ever think a taco tree could exist until now? Photogenic and also mouth-watering. Winner.
The rest of the dishes were sadly rather disappointing, the flavours were unusual combinations and weren’t entirely what we dreamt of. When in doubt just feel free to wash down a bottle of red, and a few cocktails.
After dinner we dived into the netting, to unwind with the rest of our vino.
Finally emerging, heading out past the hanging lanterns and skipping off back to our hotel for the evening. Definitely worth the experience, add it to your bucket list when in Tulum!
Pop back for the next install of exploring Mayan Ruins, sandy beaches and natural cenotes in Tulum.