Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Katherine - Cancun, Mexico

Paradise. So many people go to great lengths to find the perfect vacation spot, and in the search for that perfect spot, many often make the mistaken of overlooking one of the hottest scenes to be found in the northern hemisphere…a place none other than Cancun, Mexico. Last year, I went on my first trip to Mexico, and absolutely fell in love with the Cabo San Lucas and Cabo San Jose areas. For this year's summer vacation, I wanted to see more of Mexico, and the choice was simple. Where can I find a vacation destination which offers private beach areas, allows me to lower my inhibitions, and most importantly of all, gives me the freedom to parade around in my new Malibu Strings bikini? The answer sprang to my mind almost instantly, Cancun! I arrived in Cancun rather late in the evening (thanks for the flight delay Continental) and quickly began my vacation by donning a dress and heading to dinner.

Stellar dining. One major item on any checklist that is used by a person searching for a vacation spot involves what that person's dining experience is going to be like. As many people from the United States know, sushi and hibachi restaurants are spreading like wildfire throughout the country. It seems that there has been a great cultural awakening in the last 10 years, and Americans are branching out and seeking new alternatives to traditional dining. Since I had arrived late in the day, my first stop after getting checked into the resort was the Asian themed restaurant at the resort. As you can see below, the hibachi and sushi served at the restaurant were to die for. Other notable dishes I had while at the resort included a wonderful duck dish, a magnificent pea risotto, and a flaming coffee desert drink that you would die for.

Just do it. As mentioned previously, dining is obviously high on the list for many vacationers, but for those that know me, they know that I'm constantly on the go. While I absolutely love laying by the pool, on a beach bed, or knocking back a chocolate martini, I can only do that for so long before I have the itch to leave the resort and go explore. So, one of the trips I took out of the resort were a bus ride to Chichen Itza, which had a stop at a gorgeous cenote where I was able to swim. I've included a picture of the cenote below, it truly was a beautiful site. Chichen Itza was awe inspiring. The ancient Mayans were truly a civilization to marvel at, and while the pyramid at Chichen Itza is certainly nothing to scoff at, it is such a loss to all of us that so much of that civilization was lost over the ages.

Absolutely fantastic. There are no other words to describe my experience while staying in Cancun. I had the opportunity to sail, kayak, snorkel, play both water and beach volleyball, and the best part of it all? I was able to do all these activities wearing my red liquid metal Malibu Strings bikini! You wouldn't believe the attention women who wear these bathing suits receive from other guests at the resort. Sure, a lot of women wear thong bathing suits in Mexico, but a Malibu Strings bikini goes far beyond your typical thong, it's definitely a statement maker about your personality! Speaking of making statements, one of the things I loved about the resort I stayed at in Cancun was the different theme parties the resort holds at the disco each and every night. One particular night while I was staying at Desire, the theme was "wild and wicked." Well, next to my Malibu Strings swimwear, my next favorite article of clothing is my purple latex dress from Vex Clothing, which is what I wore to the disco that night. I don't think wild and wicked night will ever be the seen the same way again at that resort!

Well, that about wraps up my story, well, at least the part of the story I can share with all of you :). Malibu Strings bikinis are all about allowing a woman to wear a bikini which makes them feel confident and sexy…you don't have to travel far to find a place where you can wear a Malibu Strings bikini. Cancun is a short flight from most of the United States, has a number of resorts where the beaches are private to those at the resort, and still allows you to enjoy some incredible history and culture, while at the same time allowing you to let loose and remember why you went on vacation in the first place (when else but during vacation can you lean up against a palm tree in a dress?). Give Cancun a try, but don't forget your Malibu Strings bikini!

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Thursday, August 7, 2008

Elisa - Harbour Island (Bahamas)

Just off the north east coast of North Eleuthera, Bahamas, lies the quaint and romantic Harbour Island. For more information on the island, check out (http://www.harbourislandguide.com)

We connected through Nassau, then North Eleuthera where we took a 5 minute water taxi across the harbor to the municipal dock. All along the way the Bahamian people were extremely kind and helpful. This is a picture of the harbor side of the island from the water taxi ride in…

We stayed at the famous Rock House (http://www.rockhousebahamas.com/RHB.html), where we were greeted by one of the owners, Wallace, at check in. Though it was our first visit, everybody there treated us like family. The Rock House is a boutique hotel – really more like a large house with a great restaurant, bar and pool. Other than at dinner, there were rarely more than just a few couples hanging around. Here we are with owners Wallace and Don…

On Wallace’s advice, we took our golf cart as far north as the paved roads would allow, parked at the northernmost beach access, and took about a 10 minute walk north on the famous Pink Sand Beach. Within about 2 minutes of starting the walk, we were out of sight of the “crowd” which consisted of about 30 people in a 200 yard area where there were some chairs and umbrellas – see what we mean???

We stopped near the north end of the beach, and in an entire day of playing in the sun and calm sea, only saw 3 other couples walk by. Although the general rule in the Bahamas is that they frown on topless and nude sunbathing, this beach is so remote, and the people are so relaxed, that I was topless and in a Malibu Strings Tiny String bottom most of the time and nobody seemed to mind, even right in front of the main beach access where the Rock House has some chairs and umbrellas I was topless the entire time and nobody seemed to care.

If you are spending the day on the Pink Sand Beach, you have to hit the Blue Bar Restaurant at the Pink Sands Resort (http://pinksandsresort.com/index.htm) where you will have the island’s best beach view from atop a cliff about 30 feet above the beach.

For a little more adventure, on day two we rented a boat for the day. Well, my husband claimed it was once a boat…but I’m not so sure that is an accurate description. Maybe once upon a time it was…it’s a good thing he is good with his hands because we thought we were stranded more than once. Here are a few pictures of our day rented motor yacht…

But I must say, as much as we love boats, it really was awesome to make the short trip to the deserted islands just to the north of Harbour Island. The water is shallow and calm, with sand bars only 12 inches under water stretching hundreds of feet out into the bay…

The dinners and drinks – especially the famous “Goombay Smash” – at the Rock House are second to none…just be careful with the Goombay Smash…be VERY careful…my husband doesn’t remember part of our trip thanks to those frozen marvels…Here is a picture of the sunset from the balcony of the Palm Room just before dinner on our last night…

We can’t wait to go back – of course with some of the awesome new Fall 2008 suits from Malibu Strings!!!

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