Saturday, October 24, 2009

Cancun Vacation with My Sister

On Sunday, I had to drive to Atlanta to spend the night to catch the plane to Cancun at 9:30am. If I hadn't done that then I would've had to leave my house in Sylva around 3:30 am to make it in time and that was not happening. The drive is gorgeous and it went fine.

The next morning I left the hotel around 7:00am and thank god. Once I got to the Atlanta airport the Air Tran check in was quick and easy but the security line was insane. OMG they had us weaving all over the airport and in the end it took about an hour to get through. Luckily, I had enough time to grab some cheesy celebrity gossip magazine and board the plane. The plane was full and it sucked balls because we were jammed in like lemmings in a shiny metal box. GRRR

The Cancun airport was easier to navigate and they were not checking people for the flu like the last time we went. I had rented a car because it was cheaper than paying for a shuttle, believe it or not. If Dreams Resort could do one thing better, it would be to offer a courtesy shuttle to guests. It was cheaper for me to rent a car because a shuttle or taxi would have cost around $80-100 one way. So we actually opted to rent cars (separately) and drive 1.5 hours to the resort.

Because I am a freak, I sort of got lost. I couldn't find the Dreams Puerto Aventuras Resort once I got to where it was supposed to be. I got off and because the signage wasn't clear, I headed into town. Town was sort of a hole and I realized I was way off track so I drove back toward the highway and I figured if I headed toward the beach, I would find it. Thank goodness I finally figured it out. They do have great signage in Cancun but this certain hotel was more in a private marina/development so it wasn't that clear. But I made it.

The valet was terrific and the check in was a breeze. They had upgraded our room so when I went up to see it, I was like Wow! The view was amazing. It was so nice I actually vlogged about it because I wanted everyone to see it live. We didn't expect such a nice room and we were thrilled. At night it got a little noisy because people were partying but it was well worth a little bit of noise for the spectacular views we had. Plus the room was super comfortable and spacious.

The rest of the day while I waited for Jackie (my nickname for my sister Yvonne - don't ask), I went down and explored the hotel and then came back upstairs and ordered some lunch, put on my jammies and napped. I was pooped. I was getting a little worried when nighttime came and she hadn't arrived. Unfortunately, she got lost too and didn't show up until 7:30 but at least she arrived safe and sound. After she got settled we went to eat at the Italian restaurant: Portafino.

The food was fantastic. The service was excellent. And it was nice catching up with my sister. We ended up at a show where they had Mexican dancers but snuck out because it wasn't our cup of tea. So we went upstairs got into our jammies and proceeded to talk all night long!

The next morning we slept in because we went to bed super duper late and we were lazy. It was great. Then we went to breakfast and to the beach. We hung out at the beach pretty much all day although the water was chilly. The pool water was a little chilly as well so we jumped into the jacuzzi because the water there was warm not hot. We got some sun but the day was off and on cloudy. We pretty much hung out, had mojitos, read and just relaxed.

Lunch came next. I have to tell you that all-inclusive is the way to go because you don't have to think about a thing. You just eat when you want, what you want and not worry. Again I was good having grilled chicken for lunch and not something worse!! Jackie is a vegetarian. When the captain of the servers found out they made her special cheese quesadillas and veggies. They were very nice and more than willing to accommodate her dietary needs.

What I loved about this Dreams Resort is they actually had an adults only pool and jacuzzi. It was small but after the screaming kids got to us, we went over to the other side to relax. It's nice to be able to jump in the pool or jacuzzi without having screaming children around. It's funny that neither of us has kids because I am sure my parents would have loved grandkids but we both opted not to and it was a wise decision, at least for us. Anyway, it started raining a little so we went upstairs and showered and hung out some more.

Jackie works a lot so when we vacation she likes to relax more than anything else. And if you know me, you know I am lazier than sin so if we just hang out and talk and do nothing, I am all over that!! We have a pretty easy and relaxed relationship so we can spend hours talking or spend hours not talking and it is all good. It's just nice being together.

Dinner on Tuesday night was at El Patio. Mexican food is always good and the restaurant was lovely. It was like a hut and in the middle was decorated with a giant tree with red hearts hanging from it. It was a great dinner and again they accommodated Jackie with a veggie meal. The evening was beautiful. After dinner, we watched some performers playing with fire and some drumming for a little while before calling it a night. When we got back to the room, we had a bottle of champagne and two glasses waiting for us as well as some sweets.

The resort has a turn down service and that rocks. The other Dreams Resort we visited in Tulum a few months ago had the same service and we loved it then too. They make up the beds, replace towels and toiletries, leave a goodie and the room is all perfect when you get back. It's a luxury you usually don't get all the time and I like it. Awesome!

I must have gotten a little too much sun that day because after we came back to the room and talked a little, I was beat. I fell asleep watching TV and Jackie stayed up late. again, she was on L.A. time and I was on East Coast time so that's a big time difference.
Wednesday we awoke to a HUGE rainstorm. Boy it was a doozy so we lounged in the room, ordered breakfast and hung out because Wednesday was Spa Day.

Jackie decided to get a manicure and have her brows done. I decided for a haircut and my brows done. Okay, I never in my life touched my eyebrows. I never plucked or waxed but got crazy and thought why not. It wasn't pretty folks. It hurts like hell! I think I would rather end up looking like Frida Kahlo then have that torture inflicted upon me again. Holy Mother of god! I never realized that getting a little brow wax would bring tears to my eyes but it did. Of course, it actually made a difference in my face because it opened the eyes up a little. So who knows, I might have to do it again in a few years. After the torture, I got my hair cut short. Of course, this only lasts a few months as my hair grows like crazy! And it's not that short. Anyway, it was fun doing girly stuff.

We decided to hit the Seaside Grille for lunch but it started raining again so we decided to eat lunch in the room. We ordered up some room service and because it continued raining the rest of the afternoon decided to rent a movie. We watched Angels & Demons with Tom Hanks. We LOVE Tom Hanks and the movie was really good. It reminded us of the days when we were teens and would ditch school sometimes and stay home and watch movies all day. Those were the days!!

Dinner was back to the Portofino since the only other restaurant open was Oceana and I don't eat seafood and Jackie is a vegetarian. But it was so nice there and we were able to sit outside and enjoy the evening that actually turned out to be pretty nice although it had stormed all day.

I have to say that the staff at the Dreams Resort Puerto Aventuras rocked. I swear they had great service. By the second day, many already knew us Gonzalez sisters. They would greet us by name and as a fundraiser, I know that makes a huge difference to people. The maid service was fantastic. Our room was always perfectly done and things were so clean. Everyone from the front desk staff to the room service people to the restaurant staff were wonderful. Everyone was so friendly and that's how it was at the Dreams Resort in Tulum when Tom and I went in Spring. It makes a huge difference when the staff is so professional.

Our last night at Portofino Restaurant, the chef even came to our table to say hello and said he had heard that one of us was a vegetarian. I said guess which one because only one if us is skinny! He made a special off menu salad and made my sister a special entree he created. Now that's excellent service. We had a great final dinner together but then it was to hit the hay since I had to leave around 8:00 am the next morning.

The next day we awoke to a beautiful sunny hot day! Of course, I was leaving. Isn't it ironic? But check out and valet were easy peasy and I left my sister there. She at least got to enjoy a few more hours of sunny Cancun before she left in the afternoon. The drive was fine but long to the airport.

I had no trouble at the Cancun airport and the flight went well. Luckily, the flight was not full this time round and the flight attendant rocked. I nicely asked if I could be moved to a free row and he said he wasn't sure. But sure enough, right before the flight was going to take off he was able to move me from a crowded row to my very own private row in the back of the plane so I got to stretch out. Then another Air Tran employee gave me a code for the free wi-fi! The flight went well since I had all the room in the world to relax!! Thank god the flight went well because then I landed in Atlanta and it was downhill from there. My god, I hate the freaking Atlanta airport.

Like our other trip, we landed, went through customs and then got our luggage. Then you have to re-check your luggage and go through screening again. Yep, you have to once again take off the shoes, take out the laptop and all that freaking nonsense. Then you have to take the tram to the baggage claim area and we had to wait a long time before I got the bag. By the time I took the bus to get back to the hotel where I left the car it was 2 hours. It was perfect timing to get me onto the Atlanta freeway right at rush hour. Yay! I swear I can never imagine going back to a big city because it was crazy. Let's just say that I got home at 9:30. It was a long, long, long day.

Overall, it was a great trip and it was really nice to spend my honeymoon with my sister. We had planned this trip before Tom and I got married so I guess Tom still owes me a honeymoon. Since we missed going to Vegas to get married by Elvis maybe one day I will get back to Vegas and track down a Fat Elvis to at least take a picture with and pretend he married us. I am also hoping these sister vacations happen more often then they have because I love spending time with my sister, just the two of us. So that was my adventure to Cancun and it was great!!

Also on a personal note to my mom, who I know reads my blog: Gracias mami por el regalo de boda!! Esta muy apreciado!! Y talvez podemos usar lo para ir a Vegas para una luna de miel de verdad!! Abrazos!

Just some random pictures!


  1. WOW! Great photos. Glad you had a great time!

  2. Dear Carolyn, I´m Samantha The frontdesk supervisor, thank you for sharing this amaizing review !! we are glad that you had a exquisit visit!! we hope to see you again soon!! Warms,