We were headed to the luxury all inclusive Beach Palace Resort. All we had to do was to figure out how to get there!
We enjoyed having a dog around again!
Ruth, saying goodbye to Ghia.
It was 13 kms (8 miles) from Carmen's place to the resort. We walked with our rolling backpacks towards the local bus stop. Taxi's are zipping all over Cancun and they're pretty cheap, but when you're going to the hotel zone you obviously have tourist written all over you and it gets more expensive.
But buses are pretty common too. Just a matter of finding the right one!
When we got to the bus stop, there was a taxi sitting there. As expected, he asked if we needed a ride. I explained where we were going, and said it depended on the price. We really didn't mind taking the bus, but a taxi would certainly be more convenient! He said 75 pesos ($6.50)! I expected it to be double that, but I guess on a Sunday morning the taxi business is slow.
So we hopped in. He was a nice guy, and the price was excellent and we gave him 100 pesos ($8.70).
Refreshing drink as Isis checked us in.
We knew that check in time isn't until 3:00pm, but they hold your bags for you so that you can enjoy the resort for the day. We headed to the buffet for a quick breakfast before going off to explore the resort and see where things are.
First, we went to the top (14th) floor to see the rooftop pool area!
Yup. This is going to be a pretty comfy place!
View from the rooftop swimming pool.
Looking down on the main swimming pool.
There are two of these pools on the rooftop!
The entire perimeter of the roof is walled with glass!
The Cancun hotel zone with the Caribbean Sea on the right and the lagoon on the left. Check out the beautiful turquoise color of the water!
We went and had a look at the other bars and restaurants that are available to us and then decided we were ready for some beach time. We got down there and it was already pretty busy and we didn't think they had enough umbrellas for shade. But as we were looking around, an employee came up to us and asked if we wanted an umbrella. No problem, he said, as he led us to some comfy loungers and went and got one, dug us a hole, and planted it for us.
We watched him, and that's all he does is plant umbrellas for people! Turns out they have lots of umbrellas available!
Ruth looks pretty relaxed, doesn't she??
By 1:30pm it was time for some lunch. You can get snacks at the pool bars, but it was pretty windy and we decided to eat indoors.
Nice view of the sea.
After lunch, it was getting close to 3:00pm so we decided to go see if our room was ready. We had the same girl who had checked us in earlier and Isis remembered our names! Our room was ready...on the 11th floor, facing the lagoon.
Wow. In room hot tub and whirlpool!
Our view. And a sunbed on the balcony!
Open bar in your room, with beer, soft drinks, and juice in the fridge!
Glass of wine?
Ruth was impressed that they had top quality hair dryer and hair straightener in the room. The way we've been traveling, she hasn't used either of those for many months! She mentioned that she's been carrying around a small make up bag during our four months away in Africa and never used it! After some fast free internet and relax time, we got as dressed up as we can get with the clothes we've got and headed down for dinner.
Ready for dinner!
Although there are other sit down restaurants (we'll visit one today!), we again chose the buffet for dinner. We had told guest services about our gluten free diet, and they send an email to the chef, the hostess, and the kitchen staff. Obviously it's difficult to keep track of the dietary needs of some 500 or so guests, so we simply ask the staff if we're unsure if something contains gluten.
Pea soup with fried tortilla strips.
Salad. Did you know that strawberries and cold beets go well together? Who would have thought??
Chef Jose, making beef fajitas for Ruth, and chicken fajitas for Kevin.
Dinner is served!
We wandered up to the rooftop to see the lights. They do have activities at night, but last night was "casino night" and we weren't interested.
Cancun's hotel zone at night.