A merry band of European and American bloggers recently visited the Viceroy resort, Playa Del Carmen in Riviera Maya, Mexico. We were treated to a number of lessons and experiences during our stay. Mayan spa treatments, tequila and ceviche tasting as well as cocktail mixology and visits to Tulum and Cobá were just a few of the highlights on this special trip.
The resort and region seems to excel in the art of relaxation. The moment that I walked through the door of the ocean view villa, taking in the luxurious surroundings especially the outdoor plunge pool and hammock it was obvious that this would be the focus of the stay. There was also a tequila slammer tray to greet me, however it did not seem like the right moment to enjoy it and therefore could wait until later.
Strolling around the complex, soaking up the laid back atmosphere of the beachside bar and sandy beach with it’s lovely jetty stretching into the azure beauty of the Caribbean were good omens. Gentle waves were lapping along the shoreline and several guests were sheltering under thatched roofs from the heat of the afternoon sun while sipping cocktails on their sun loungers.
Stopping at the bar to collect a cocktail of my own it was soon apparent that children where conspicuous by their absence. This is a deliberate policy of the resort as children under 16 are not allowed although an exception is made at *Christmas. This just adds to the feeling of peace and the ability to relax is certainly enhanced by this childless tranquility.
There are also a number of double beds spread around the grassed area and beach, they are very tempting and one isn’t even fixed but swings freely like a huge comfortable hammock. The European contingent later enjoyed an evening meal under the warm glow of a dying sun, excellent cuisine, company and cocktails as it slowly crept below the horizon. The 3 C’s definitely being appreciated.
The chilled out atmosphere found me up early the following morning to greet the golden orb as it climbed into the sky signalling the start of another stunning day. There was a slight hazy appearance, almost a low mist over the Caribbean which seemed to add to the still, calm feeling of dawn. It provided some tranquil, atmospheric images which I was very pleased with, inspecting them later over a leisurely breakfast.
All the ingredients for successful relaxation are in place, beautiful surroundings, relaxing villas and beach furniture, a lovely restaurant and bar with friendly, helpful staff. The whole ambience of the place make it the perfect classroom to learn the art of relaxation. However it is necessary to be open to learn this important lesson, disconnect from the digital world and allow the tranquility to take effect.
Chilling out is not normally an issue for me but the five days spent on the Riviera Maya took this to another level and I now feel fully schooled in the ‘art of relaxation’.
*At Christmas children must be over 12 years of age.
I am grateful to Viceroy Riviera Maya for the opportunity to stay at this lovely resort but all opinions are my own, formed at home on a cool autumnal evening sipping wine.