Cozumel Photo Diary, Part 1.

The InterContinental Presidente Hotel - Cozumel | Grace Atwood, wearing Lilly Pulitzer Gold Starfish Dress + BaubleBar Striped Crispin Drops
BaubleBar Earrings c/o // Lilly Pulitzer Dress c/o


If you follow along on social media, then you know that last weekend, I was down in Cozumel, Mexico at the InterContinental Presidente Resort & Spa. Oh my. What an amazing three nights… I didn’t want to come home! I’ve spent quite a bit of time in Mexico now (see my full travel guide page here), but I had never spent any time in Cozumel! The InterContinental is the perfect weekend escape, especially if you love to snorkel. As Cozumel’s only luxury resort, and the only resort built right on a reef, the InterContinental boasts 218 rooms along a half mile private beach. Paradise Reef is just outside the hotel, so you can literally (if you are staying in one of the reefside rooms) walk out of your room and onto the reef to snorkel.

During my time at the InterContinental, I was able to experience so much… the three incredible restaurants, the hotel’s spa (including a traditional Mayan Temezcal Ritual!), a day long snorkeling trip, and much more. Next week I’m going to tell you a bit more about what we did, but today I wanted to focus on the gorgeous property (and share a few of my outfits, naturally).

The InterContinental Presidente Hotel - Cozumel | Beachfront Views

The InterContinental Presidente Hotel - Cozumel | Hammock, Gold Birkenstock Sandals

Every detail at the hotel is thought of for you… for example, I forgot to pack a beach bag but not to worry… this one was waiting for me in my room (stuffed with beach towels). It was just a loan, but I wanted to take it home with me!

The InterContinental Presidente Hotel - Cozumel | Beach Area

The InterContinental Presidente Hotel - Cozumel | Poolside Area

The most beautiful heated infinity pool. There really is nothing like sitting in the pool, cocktail in hand, watching the sun set while the water appears to touch the ocean.

The InterContinental Presidente Hotel - Cozumel | Hallway Interior

One thing I loved is how true the hotel stays to Mayan culture. The hotel staff greets you (morning, noon, and night) with the traditional Mayan greeting (“Malob Kiin” which means Good Sun). The architecture (while ultra luxe) also stays true to Cozumel’s Mayan heritage, and every night after dinner there was a new Mayan bedtime story laid out for us on our beds.

The InterContinental Presidente Hotel - Cozumel | Luxury Oceanview Room

We toured the property and all of the rooms are really, really nice. Prices per night start at $200 for the most basic (but still lovely) room, all the way up to $5,000 per night to stay in the ultra-luxe Presidential Suite (if you saw my snapchat during the trip, you know how all about how amazing that is!!!)

The InterContinental Presidente Hotel - Cozumel | Grace Atwood, wearing Lilly Pulitzer Marquette Shift Dress + BaubleBar Solange Drops
Lilly Pulitzer Dress // BaubleBar Earrings


The InterContinental Presidente Hotel - Cozumel || Sunset Views

The InterContinental Presidente Hotel - Cozumel | Avocado Margarita

If you visit, you must try the Avocado Margarita!! I had never had one before and couldn’t imagine it tasting very good. It was amazing… I ended up having one every day! (And yes, you can expect a recipe coming soon… I’ve already been tinkering around in my kitchen, trying to recreate it).

As for dining, the resort boasts 3 amazing restaurants (with plans to open a fourth steakhouse style restaurant in the Spring).

  • Le Cap – the hotel’s beautiful beachfront bar. We enjoyed an incredible pre-set menu here on our first night.
  • Alfredo di Roma – delicious Italian food + amazing wine list (it sounds funny but you have to try the Fettuccine Alfredo – it’s incredible!!)
  • El Caribeno – the main bar/restaurant. We had tacos for lunch from here every day. The breakfast buffet is also amazing… they have a juice station with every sort of fresh juice you could imagine drinking, traditional Mexican fare, an omelette station… the works!
The InterContinental Presidente Hotel - Cozumel, Mexico | Mi Golondrina Off-the-Shoulder Top, Hart Earrings
Mi Golondrina Top, Hart Earrings, Ben-Amun x The Stripe Cuff


The InterContinental Presidente Hotel - Cozumel, Mexico | Mi Golondrina Off-the-Shoulder Top, Ben-Amun Cuff

The InterContinental Presidente Hotel - Cozumel | Piña Colada

The InterContinental Presidente Hotel - Cozumel | Adult Pool Area

The resort prides itself on being family friendly, though it tends to attract mostly couples. There are several adults-only areas… like the adult pool, pictured above in all it’s reflective glory!

The InterContinental Presidente Hotel - Cozumel | Oceanfront Dining

Seriously, I saw this table setup above and wondered if they were filming The Bachelor! So dreamy.

The InterContinental Presidente Hotel - Cozumel | Tropical Cocktails

The InterContinental Presidente Hotel - Cozumel | Hammock on the Water

Created in Partnership with The InterContinental Presidente Cozumel.

photos of me by Sara Melotti.

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  1. Your photos make me want to fly there now and ditch the cold weather. That last picture with the hammock on the sea’s edge!

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    • graceatwood says 12.24.16

      Aw thank you Charmaine! Hope you are enjoying the holidays! xo

  2. caroline says 12.23.16

    I love Cozumel! (and that first dress you’re wearing!
    x0x0 Caroline

    • graceatwood says 12.23.16

      Aw, thanks Caroline! Enjoy the holiday weekend! xo

  3. Dana says 12.23.16

    Oh wow this trip looked absolutely perfect! I wouldn’t want to come home either! I love the InterContinental in NYC, so I could only imagine how great this resort was!

    Pink Champagne Problems

    • graceatwood says 12.23.16

      Thanks, Dana!!! It is amazing!! If you have the chance I would definitely recommend going! xo

  4. Cy says 12.23.16

    So jealous!

    • graceatwood says 12.23.16

      Aw thanks Cy! Hope you have a great holiday weekend with your sis! xx

  5. Sarah Lagen says 12.23.16

    Wow Grace, this looks like an amazing trip!! The resort is dreamy and the perfect spot to get away to during the cold winter!! Hope you had fun!!

    xo, Sarah

    • graceatwood says 12.23.16

      Thanks Sarah! It was the perfect little getaway!!! Hope you enjoy the holiday weekend! xx

  6. patricia says 12.23.16

    I must say, all three outfits are great. The gold on both dresses and the green tassel earrings sort of allows you to take a little of the holiday season with you to the beach! p.s. that place looks amazing!

    • graceatwood says 12.23.16

      Thank you so much Patricia! It is an amazing spot!! Hope you have a wonderful holiday!

  7. Natali says 12.23.16

    Wonderful photo diary, this looks like true piece of heaven on earth!

    • graceatwood says 12.23.16

      Thanks Natali! It truly was!

  8. Jenn Lake says 12.23.16

    Perfect slice of heaven! Loving the statement earrings, too!

    • graceatwood says 12.24.16

      Thanks Jenn!!! It was such a great trip! Still love that we were coverup twins 😉 xo

  9. Rachel says 12.23.16

    It all looks so amazing! Love love love your choice of jewelry especially.

    • graceatwood says 12.24.16

      Thank you so much Rachel! xoxo

  10. Sam says 12.27.16

    Loved seeing your snaps from this trip! It looked beautiful and you seemed like you were so relaxed. Definitely a great place for a getaway!


    • graceatwood says 12.27.16

      Aw, thanks Sam! It was such a great little getaway!!! I’m dying to go back. xx

  11. Emily Stafford says 1.4.17

    Love this! Must book a trip soon!

    • graceatwood says 1.5.17

      Oh my gosh please do – best place ever!!!