Deciding on a honeymoon destination is tough. There are so many awesome places in the world, but you can only choose one to call your honeymoon destination. We narrowed it down a bit based on some criteria:
- Easily accessible from Atlanta (limited connecting flights and no long bus rides)
- Beach destination
- Included meal plan (this was my wish because my version of a relaxing vacation does not involve researching restaurants – we do that enough on our other trips)
- Sporty activities (snorkeling)
- Pineapple/coconut drinks with an umbrella straw
After reading countless blogs and TripAdvisor reviews, we (mostly me) decided upon the Excellence Riviera Cancun in Puerto Morelos, Mexico, about 20 minutes south of Cancun. It totally checked off the above list and more.
We were there in September, which is known to be hurricane season, but we had the best weather the whole time. Almost too much sun for this fair-skinned girl! We booked a room that led straight into one of the winding pools. We had our own little garden with hammock and daybed that (yay for me!) had shade all in the afternoons. Even though we had our own private area, we enjoyed hopping from pool to pool. Each one was a little different – one more secluded, one with live music and games, one with a bit of a lazy river and a smoothie hut, and a hidden one by the spa.
Snorkling was a must for us, so we arranged for a boat to pick us up on the beach and take us out to the coral reef just off the beach. The reef off of Puerto Morelos is the second longest reef in the world, according to our guides. We were able to see so many colorful fish and got so close to the coral. We even saw a sea turtle!
We got very sunburnt while snorkeling (my SPF 50 was no match against the Mexican sun), so naturally we had to book a private cabana for the next day. The service at this resort was all really awesome but especially so at the cabana. Our attendant brought us drinks is both pineapples AND coconuts and a fruit carved basket of treats. It was very special.
The food and entertainment staff was great. We attended a butterfly release ceremony on the beach to which only couples on their honeymoons or anniversaries were invited. Then we had a romantic dinner on the beach, where we got some giggles. One doesn’t really think of the logistics of dinner on the beach, but it’s really a pretty difficult thing. Puerto Morelos was really crazy hot this time of year so we had dinner starting at 8 after it was already dark. Our dinner was candlelit but we still couldn’t really see much. And it’s super windy out there on the sand. My salad kept blowing off my fork! The experience was nice though. And man! We loved the food there! I LOVE Mexican food and there was no shortage at this resort! They had creative Mexican offerings for breakfast (Mexican hot chocolate, anyone??), lunch, and dinner. Yes, we ordered poolside nachos and they were amazing. But our favorite dinner spot was their French restaurant (with honorable mentions to their Indian and Asian restaurants).
I don’t know if we’ll be able to get there again (it’s super convenient from Atlanta but not so much from Innsbruck), but we had a great time and would recommend it to anyone. We had so much fun at the resort that we pretty much just stayed there (other than a bike ride day-trip into “town”) to enjoy the food and entertainment. Oh and the bed was heavenly. 🙂