Crystal clear turquoise waters and white sandy beaches – what’s not to love about Cancun!
After a weekend of partying at Coachella Festival and a few nights in LA, we made our way down to Mexico for the final part of our trip. We flew from LAX airport to Cancun, taking us around 4.5 hours.
Max and I have been a few times before. We’ve stayed at Secrets the Vine in Cancun, Dreams in Tulum and at the Hard Rock Hotel in Riviera Maya – I think it’s fair to say we love Mexico. It is a great holiday destination and has become so popular over the last few years. Mexico really does have it all: beautiful turquoise waters, luxurious hotels, tasty cuisine, natural wonders and the spring break partying scene! Every time we go back, we love it even more.
This time round we stayed at Oleo Cancun Playa, an all-inclusive, 5* boutique resort located in the lively Cancun Hotel Zone.
After a very full on week at Coachella and exploring LA, we were so excited to just chill on the beach, eat nachos and drink cocktails for a week and Oleo Cancun Playa was the perfect place to do this. The hotel had only been open for just over a year when we visited, everything still looked so new and fresh.
Oleo Cancun Playa is only a 10 minute drive away from Cancun International Airport – it was one of my shortest airport transfers ever!
The hotel has 180 rooms and suites, 2 swimming pools (one with a swim-up bar), 2 gourmet speciality restaurants, an international buffet, a snack bar and 2 cocktail bars.
We stayed in a Superior Oceanfront room, with a balcony that overlooks the beach, the perfect place to watch the sun rise over Cancun. The room was a great size, it was so spacious (even after all my clothes were thrown out of the suitcase).
The hotel is instantly recognisable by its bohemian chic, all-white minimalistic interiors and splashes of blue detail. The guest rooms are all white with marble detailing, complemented by the stunning views of the Caribbean Sea. Oleo Cancun Playa drew lots of similarities to the Delano South Beach Hotel in Miami.
The staff were so attentive and friendly, we could not have asked for better service. As soon as we had finished our cocktails by the pool, our waiter was on his way with our favourite drink. Even when we were on the beach all day, the waiters continually came over to check if we needed anything.
My favourite restaurant was Hakka, offering an Asian a la carte experience (we ate dinner in here almost every night – the sushi was out of this world)! Also, the Mediterranean cuisine served in Almar was delicious. For lunch, we mostly ate round the pool, feasting on tacos, quesadillas and nachos with a frozen margarita in hand.
Oleo Cancun Playa is perfect for: couples, honeymooners, groups of friends, families.
One day we went on a sailing trip to Isla Mujeres, a tiny island in the Caribbean Sea. Isla Mujeres is known for its beautiful beaches, stunning coral reefs and driving round the island in a golf buggy.
We departed Cancun on a catamaran with about 10 other people on the tour. On our way to and from the island, the tour guides were playing music and gave us plenty of cocktails to get in the party mood. We stopped off in the Caribbean Sea to snorkel and visit the underwater museum, which was so much fun.
When we got to Isla Mujeres, we had a few hours of free time before we had to sail back to Cancun. The beaches were extremely busy with day-trippers (like us) and hotel guests. But this didn’t stop us from having a great time. First on the agenda was to swim in the calm crystal clear waters, which made a pleasant change to the choppy waters in Cancun. We then headed to Mayan Beach Club for cocktails and nachos. The rest of the afternoon was spent on our swing seats drinking banana daiquiris and soaking in the beautiful views.
Our trip was booked on the Viator website, which I would highly recommend. The transfers were efficient and our guides made the trip so entertaining!
We met some great people in our hotel from the US and Canada and we all went on a night out to Mandala in downtown Cancun. It was so much fun, the clubs are crazy out there! If you’re not sure which club to go to in Cancun, I would recommend Coco Bongo. It’s definitely an experience like no other! You can purchase an all-inclusive ticket for most of the clubs, so your drinks are included all night. If you book your tickets with your hotel, they usually include free transfers. However, it’s easy to get a cab in the downtown area, there are many waiting outside the clubs.
On our first trip to Cancun, we spent a day at Xplor in Riviera Maya. This was definitely a highlight of our trip. We flew across the park on zip-lines, drove through the jungle in dune buggies and swam in underground rivers. The park is open for day and evening tours – so if you’re brave, you can do this in the dark! It is around an hours drive from Cancun to Riviera Maya.
Swim with dolphins
At the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya we were given free resort credit. We chose to spend our credits on swimming with the dolphins, it was a magical experience.
During our stay in Tulum we visited the 13th century Mayan ruins, located on Mexico’s Caribbean coast. The ruins are exceptionally well preserved and it also has its own beach! Bring a hat and a bottle of water with you – it got extremely hot and humid when walking around. It is roughly a 2 hour drive to Tulum from Cancun, but it is definitely worth it! Tulum is probably my favourite place in Mexico, it is so peaceful and beautiful there.
We were so lucky with the weather this time round, it didn’t rain the entire time we were there.
As Cancun experiences tropical weather, the weather app will generally predict a thunderstorm as there’s a high chance there’s one in the area. However, these storms generally don’t last for very long and before you know it there’s blue skies and sunshine.
The wet season runs from May to October, the dry season is from November to April. But generally, the weather is amazing all year round.
Whether you are looking for relaxation, adventure, partying or culture – you will find it in Mexico. The country is so vast and diverse, you’ll never run out of things to do and see.
If you would like to read another post about an all-inclusive resort, check out my hotel review of Sandals Barbados.
The Blonde Sunchaser x