Mexico, part one.

Hotel Deseo Playa del Carmen

Greetings from Mexico!

While in Playa (Saturday through this morning) I stayed at the Hotel Deseo.  It was a mixed bag.  The good:  It’s beautiful — super modern, all white rooms, a serene pool with luxe extra large day beds… love it, the perfect place during the day.  And no one really hangs out there during the day, so I had the pool all to myself, which was kind of cool.  Also, the drinks at their bar are exquisite.  Works of art.  The bad ?  (The only bad thing!)  It is a party hotel.  Big time.  Which wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world but when I vacation alone it is because I want to unwind and really relax.  (I should have known what I was getting into… the bowl next to my bed contained condoms and earplugs.)  The music is crazy loud, all night long… so I’ve had a few horrible nights of sleep.  Definitely putting those earplugs to use.

That no-sleep thing aside, I’m having a great time.  I go to the beach every morning and lay in the sun and read and swim in the ocean.  Then I come home, swim in the pool, read on the day bed, change and go for a walk along the main street (5th Avenue).  I did a little shopping and do (got the cutest embroidered top!)  and find something to eat.  I’ve been drinking a lot of fresh juice, eating a lot of ceviche + Mexican food.. it’s pretty great.

And today I head to Tulum… so excited for that!

Playa del Carmen Beach

The beaches are beautiful.  The water is clear, crystal blue…

Hotel Deseo Playa del Carmen 5

{This is one of my favorite photos… it’s the entry way to my hotel – so rustic + perfect.}

Hotel Deseo Playa del Carmen 2

Hotel Deseo Playa del Carmen 3

{the pool + bar area…}

Hotel Deseo Playa del Carmen 4

Playa del Carmen Sunset

{Sunset on the beach… glorious!}

Playa del Carmen Sunset 2

Playa del Carmen

{cute bikes, everywhere.}

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  1. Those photos are gorgeous!

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  2. gorgeous pictures. i’ve never really considered traveling alone, though it sounds super relaxing, i think i’d be nervous to be there by myself. do you do anything different when you’re alone?

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  3. So so pretty… getting away to a tropical place sounds magical right about now!

    Classy Chic & Chardonnay

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  4. this sounds so perfect, enjoy Grace cannot wait to see more.


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  5. That’s a big trip to take solo! Good for you for having the guts. There’s no way I’d do it alone! Sounds like (despite constant clubbing) it’s a good time.


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  6. Sans the sleepless nights, this you vacay sounds so dreamy! Have fun in Tulum!

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  7. Alison:

    Go to Akumal and swim with the turtles! Also there is an awesome lunch spot near there called La Buena Vida.

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  8. love the simplicity of where you are staying!

    The Style Scribe

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  9. This all sounds amazing, I am a fan of traveling alone as well. My last solo trip was a long weekend away in Palm Springs, that was 2 years ago though! Maybe I should plan something soon!

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  10. Looks gorgeous! hope you’re letting your brain relax.

    Rebecca {at} Preppy Panache

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  11. Loving these snapshots from your trip! I’m heading to Mexico myself in a few weeks and I’m SO excited!

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  12. hope you’ve gotten a few good nights of sleep in tulum. looks like an amazing trip!

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  13. I love that you went on vacation by yourself. I’m such a big fan of that. Traveling with others is great, but sometimes that alone time and solitude in another environment repairs and renews so much. Hope you have a lovely trip, Grace!

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