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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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Laurie G. - Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

This is my fourth visit to Playa Del Carmen since 2000. We love Mexico and the Mexican people. They are very welcoming and friendly and always make you feel special. These RIU Palace resorts are some of the best in the Caribbean and are usually a first choice for us no matter the country or island. The food, service, rooms, grounds, and staff are all amazing and at a very appropriate price.

Unfortunately I was a bit disappointed with the beach this time. Apparently the 2006 hurricane and erosion have greatly diminished this beach. While the beach and overall area are still quite nice, you no longer can stroll down the flat sand beach like you can at other Caribbean locations. A beach walk today is more of an adventure, more like an obstacle course. There are huge sandbags (see those whale like humps in these photos) that are placed all along the beach in front of the hotels to affect the erosion. Not sure the sand bags are working and they are not my favorite part of the beach. Some hotels are being affected by the erosion more than others.

I did find some sandbags useful to lean against however.

There is still a great area of undeveloped beach beyond the hotels. It was quite a walk from our resort in terms of distance and challenge. It was an adventure; we walked up and down the sandbags, through shallow water in front of some hotels, and encountered some sandbag staircases. The journey was only half the fun because when we got past the hotels the beach was pristine. It was a perfect setting for taking some pictures.

The best part was the wedding party that had the same good idea. We didn’t even notice them until the groomsmen started whistling at me (at least the groom didn’t whistle, I think). Who would have thought I could wear Malibu Strings to a wedding!?
Once we finished our photo shooting the walk back to our hotel took us right past the rest of the wedding reception. We had quite a few laughs imagining the groomsmen’s stories. I hope the bride has a good sense of humor!

Later during the vacation we decided to do a photo shoot out in front of our hotel. The beach wasn’t too crowded for some reason; maybe it was the extra strong breeze that day or the time of day. We took our pictures relatively early and enjoyed the beach for the rest of the day. Well I guess the pool bartenders weren’t too busy and had a good view of the beach. I got some nice compliments and more smiles as we came off the beach for happy hour. This one bartender was my biggest fan, even out of my bikini. I never waited long for a drink for the rest of the week.

The resort is fun even off the beach. It is beautifully landscaped and has lots of birds and small lizards that are fun to watch while lounging at the pool or sitting on a bench taking in the surroundings. The birds make great sounds, quite different than any bird sounds I’m accustomed to which adds the tropical paradise ambiance.

One of my favorite things in Mexico is Mariachi. The music and the outfits are awesome. Everyone is having a better time when there is a Mariachi band around.

The resort also brings the shopping to you. A few nights a week they invite local craftsmen to set up within the resort and sell everything from jewelry, to art work, handicrafts, clothing, cigars, etc. It adds a nice energy to the evening after a tough day playing on the beach. The resort also hosts specialty drinks on different nights, like Tequila shots. I’ll stick to something a little lighter and send in my husband for this one.

Outdoor dining is a treat coming from New England and the dining area is beautiful. Having breakfast and dinner outside really enhances the vacation.

Hope you enjoy my perspective on Mexico Playa Del Carmen. Now go get you Malibu Strings and get out on vacation!

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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Jody - Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen is located just south of Cancun. It's about a 45 minute ride from the Cancun airport. A very nice, clean small city with lots to do. After traveling all day it was nice to be greeted with a glass of champagne and a cool hand towel upon our arrival and a very speedy check-in. The Royal Hideaway Resort and Spa is a beautiful gated resort. This resort was a perfect setting for the family wedding we were attending.

There are about 200 rooms in this beach side resort, so you really do not feel like just another tourist on vacation. There are about ten or so "villas" each only 2 to 3 stories high. Each "villa" had it's own concierge to assist you with your dinner reservations and all accommodations with your stay. Being an all-inclusive resort, we took advantage of the 24 hr room service. Great food and perfect portions. We didn't get to try out all the restaurants during our short time there. But what we did have was most scrumptious.

The staff couldn't of been more attentive. Before anyone in our group finished a drink, another was arriving as if they could read our minds. Since I am the only one in the group that smokes cigars, I was fortunate enough to have it literally walk by us on the beach. Not many beach vendors, but the ones that are allowed offered very nice goods. I ended up buying a box of 5 Cohiba Cuban cigars. Mmmmm what a treat. Sipping the best Mojito I've had in a long time, smoking a nicely aged Cuban cigar on a beach with white powdery sand and soaking up lots of sunshine wearing one of my favorite suits. Really who could ask for anything more.

I was told that there was a significant amount of damage to the beach due to the hurricanes of last year. They were actually adding sand to the beach while we were there. It really didn't distract from any part of the trip and was actually nice to have the 'sand bags' create little tide pools to dip in. They had water crafts available for any type of water sport and their own lifeguard.

Because we were only there for 3 days, the beach, sun and saltwater was our priority. So having my Malibu Strings suits were definitely being put to good use, I just wish that we had more time there to wear them all. By far, these suits could not be any more comfortable. I truly feel so confident wearing them in and out of the surf. We had fun running around the resort find neat areas to do a 'photo shoot'. The attention these suits get was overwhelming.

I can't thank Malibu Strings enough for being there for me, these suits will always be my travel companion where ever life takes me.


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Sunday, December 9, 2007

Daly - Mai Tais or Margaritas?

When it comes to nice places to get away, Hawaii usually comes to mind but for a change, my husband and I headed South to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Just a couple hours away from the Southwest, this popular destination on the Baja Peninsula has something for everyone.
We stayed at the Sheraton Hacienda Del Mar just 15 minutes from downtown Cabo. This 28-acre resort with its cobblestone lanes, fountains, private gardens, restaurants, and shops has all the amenities that you will need from luxurious spa treatments to tee time at the nearby 18-hole golf courses. We're not golfers but sure wished we were!
If we weren't soaking in the main infinity pool overlooking the resort's private beach and Sea of Cortez, or playing on the sandy beach, we were frolicking at the Delfines swim-up pool overlooking the Cabo del Sol Golf Course. Even during the last week of November, the temperatures were perfect--in the high 70s, low 80s; so wearing Malibu Strings was definitely not a problem.

There's not a shortage of places to eat at the resort. Our favorites are:

  • Sirenas - casual bar and grill near the main infinity pool with a panoramic view of the Sea of Cortez

  • Pitahayas - enjoy a romantic dinner of Pacific Rim cuisine underneath the canopy of giant palapas

  • Girasoles de la Hacienda - dine at the highest point of the resort overlooking the ocean

  • Tomatoes - great place for breakfast and themed buffets
In town you'll find La Golondrinas (seafood and steaks), Romeo and Julieta (Italian), Margaritavilla (go for the mega margarita) and Taco Loco (by far the best build-your-own taco bar). Other days we walked along the Marina Cabo San Lucas browsing the street vendors and stopped to have an ice cold beer with lunch at Baja Cantina. But at the end of the day, nothing was better than lounging on the wide open beach sipping margaritas and watching the gorgeous sun set over the horizon.

What about the night life, you ask? Well there is definitely plenty of night life but you'll need to head to downtown Cabo to El Squid Roe or Cabo Wabo and immerse yourself in the lights and sounds into the late night. Don't forget to stop by the world's smallest bar, Slim Elbow Room, and catch a seat on one of the four barstools.
Before our trip was over, we took a guided ATV tour through hills and valleys to the Pacific side of the Baja peninsula. We did donuts with our ATVs and, when we were tired of riding, listened to the waves crash as we watched the sun set over a stretch of beach that looked virtually untouched by man. This excursion was a lot of fun and well worth eating dust during the ride! ;) We felt like little campers as we puttered back through the dark dirt trails towards our bunks.
We'll always remember the fishing trip where we caught an 8'5" marlin. It was such a beauty, we made sure to release it back into the ocean before passing by the infamous El Arco on our return to the dock. (You can catch a glass bottom boat to be dropped off at the beach of El Arco and have a little picnic.)
Of all our days spent in Cabo, our best memories are of the times we spent by the pool and on the sandy beach where I can wear my Malibu Strings. (I think my husband enjoyed it the most!)

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