Hotel Grand Velas Review

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Over the weekend, I got to meet up with 7 other blogger girlies and stayed at Hotel Grand Velas in Riviera Maya! I am a total hotel snob, it was my major (Hotel Restaurant Management), so I love giving reviews on hotels and giving you all the “ins && outs” on what I thought!

First, I was so excited we were headed to Grand Velas since our wedding planner / travel agent recommended this place for our one year anniversary spot a couple years back. I also have had a wedding planner friend come here ALL the time for a huge wedding they were planning, so my expectations were a little high! The resort is all inclusive so I am not sure how you can not enjoy yourself. I also loved that they had an adult only section but also is family friendly!

Hotel: The hotel is about a 40 minute drive from Cancun area into Riviera Maya. Overall the hotel grounds were stunning. We stayed in the “jungle” part of the property so we had to take a bus to the main lobby where the huge pool and beach was. Sadly, we didn’t spend too much time on the beach, but they did have a HUGE family pool overlooking the beach, which was beautiful. The bus ride was also not bad since we never had to wait for a bus and it was only a couple minute drive to the main area. The hotel room itself was HUGE. It was perfect for two girls who had clothes everywhere (love ya Emmm)! We also had our own concierge (Fransisco) in our building who was so helpful!

Food: For breakfast, we ordered room service every morning, because who wouldn’t at an all-inclusive?! I ordered the huevos rancheros and it was so YUMM. I can’t tell you how many delicious restaurants we ate at for dinner. Every lunch, we ordered poolside service and I indulged on wings, ahi tuna tacos, and Emily ordered a bbq chicken sandwich, every time. First night for dinner we had Frida (one of their restaurants), which was one of my favorites. It overlooked the beach and had the best mexican tapas. I ordered the fish, and it was soooo good!

Pools: There were 2 pool areas, one in the forest, where our hotel room was, and one by the beach. The one in the forest was BEAUTIFUL and we spent majority of our time here. It also was adult only which was a plus! The main pool was massive, as mentioned, but lots of open chairs to accommodate everyone. Something about small, boutique feeling, wins my heart, so I feel like thats why I loved the forest pool the most!

Spa: We spent a girls morning at the spa and had a hydro-therapy session that you can read all about here.

Overall, I highly recommend Grand Velas! I did get questions if it was a family friendly hotel and I would say YES! It’s not catered to kids (like no water jungle), but it still has a lot to offer! Great food, amazing staff, and beautiful environment!

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Spa Day at Grand Velas Riviera Maya

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Swim: Everything But Water

In case you didn’t know (currently listening to that song by Brett Young), I am a sucker for a spa day. Growing up, my mom took me to a lot of different spas around the world, but my mother was never into a higher end spa facility that had all the bells and whistles. Needless to say, as an adult, this has been a learning experience, and it has become one of my favorite things! I also have been spoiled by going to so many nice spas with the Chateau Cocomar team, since that is what they love to do! I mean who doesn’t? Last weekend, I visited Hotel Grand Velas in Riviera Maya, and we got a morning to enjoy the spa and the facility (yes please)! It really was a pretty spa and we tried a treatment that I actually never had before, a hydrotherapy! Let me break down step-by-step the water treatment:

First you get your own personal spa specialist who walks you through each step, which is so cool! You are in a bathing suit during the entire treatment too fyi!

  • Sauna: I LOVE the sauna. My new gym doesn’t have one, and I am a bit bummed about it. Something about hanging out in a hot room makes me sweat and smile at the same time. While in the sauna at Grand Velas, they provided a cold (scented) towel and cucumber slices to place on your eyes for a glorious experience. Our new condo has a sauna and I need to go down there with a cold towel and cucumbers and recreate this moment!
  • Ice Room: The only ice room I have been too was an ice bar in Amsterdam, so this was a pretty cool experience. I am not usually a cold air gal, but this was bearable and smelt so minty and fresh!
  • Color Therapy Steam: Next, you go to a steam room, which is pitch black with a few colored lights on the floor. As you can tell, your body is going from hot, to cold, to hot, which was pretty cool! I love a good steam room too!
  • Clay Room: This was probably my favorite part since it was so unique! We were handed a small, hand-sized tub full of clay and we were told to rub it all over our body. It was like a mini-wrap, but we did it ourselves! I met the nicest lady in this room and she told me she has done many hydrotherapy sessions around the world! I loved hearing that since it was so foreign to me!
  • Polar Pools: just as it sounds! There are 2 pools (hot and cold) and you go back and forth a couple of times!
  • Waterfalls: the facility indoor pools were amazing and a complete oasis. There were 3 waterfalls that you can sit underneath and enjoy!
  • Bubble Volcano: The next part of the session was a jet experience for your legs!
  • Water bubble bed: This was a bed in the water, just above the surface, with full jet treatment. The perfect ending to the hydro therapy!

I actually had no idea what to expect going into the hydro therapy treatment, but I loved it! I definitely will be looking for hydrotherapy treatments in the future spas I visit. This treatment is included with any of the spa treatments you choose!

Red White & Blue

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Kailey // Top: Show Me Your Mumu | Shoes: Steve Madden 

Ummmm can you believe we are half way though June?! I don’t want to think about it! Summer is my absolute favorite time of the year and I don’t want it to come and go in a blink of an eye. Especially while traveling, it’s so important to stop, reflect, and soak up all the little moments! While I was in Charleston a couple weeks ago, the girlies and I decided to share a Fourth of July inspo look on the adorable streets on Rainbow Row! Since the fourth is only a few weeks away, it’s about time to start thinking about outfits for the holiday! I love that we all came with a touch of red white and blue but all different styles.

Lauren from Life to Lauren showed up in the most adorable Draper James gingham blue dress! You can take this babe on all your summer date nights or would be perfect to wear to showers. So festive and cute!

Kailey from Double Shot of Sass paired her mom jeans with an adorable off the shoulder red top. Isn’t she the cutest? I would totally rock this top so many different ways this summer!

Did you notice we all are wearing the same Steve Maddens but in different colors? We clearly believe in this shoe!

If you are headed to Charleston sometime soon, I rounded up a bunch of my recommendations here & Lauren recommendations are here. I had such a blast with these girlies and can’t wait for our next adventure!

Oh, & what better day to share our looks on Flag day, aka Teds birthday! I am so excited to squeeze his neck today in South Korea!  Happy birthday pumpkin pie. You are literally are the apple to my eye, my favorite person on this planet and I am so blessed to be your wife! I’ll spare y’all all the mushiness (highly unlike me) but I have a plane to catch!

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Cinnamon Shore

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Y’all, Ted and I had the absolute best time in Cinnamon Shore that I felt like I had to share! We stayed there this past weekend for a small getaway since we desperately needed it and I felt like I was on cloud nine. I don’t know if it was how cute Cinnamon Shore was or how giddy I was spending the weekend with the husband, but it was much, much needed! The kid makes me laugh more than anyone I have ever met and the thought of going on all these trips without him is so sad. He isn’t going to Cancun with me, but I am so excited to meet him back up again in South Korea! What does stink is we don’t get to travel 18+ hours together since he has to leave Saturday and I still will be in Cancun, but I guess that means I will fall asleep on some strangers arms (accidentally, of course) instead of his :/ ANYWAYS, I wanted to share a little about this hidden gem in Texas because we were blown away!

Cinnamon Shore is an adorable community on Mustang Island (or you might be familiar with Port Aransas) only a couple hour drive from Houston. We both have been to that side of the beach before growing up, but never together. My dad was a beachaholic so we always, always would take trips to Port Aransas to fish and stay on the beach! Once we arrived we learned that Cinnamon Shore just wasn’t an area with cute houses. They had EVERYTHING all in one community. When I say everything, I mean everything! We didn’t even use our car the entire weekend. We rented a golf cart (which you NEED to do) and I felt like a kid again. Something about driving a gold cart around was so exciting to me! The community had a “town center” where they had live music and lawn chairs right next to the restaurant. It was literally magical! It reminded me of Seaside, which I mentioned to one of the girls that worked at Cinnamon Shore and she said that is exactly what the builders had in mind. They took the idea of Seaside (you can find my blog post of a travel guide for Seaside here) and they replicated it since Texas needed something like it! It is very family friendly and I am so ready to plan another trip back already!

Catch & Release: We stayed at an ADORABLE 2 bedroom condo called Catch & Release. It was literally perfect. Every decor detail was thought of and it just made me happy. I loved that we had a patio view of the town center and could enjoy the live band while we were getting ready. HIGHLY recommend this cute condo!

Lisabella: perfect dinner spot. Was in the center of Town and I wanted basically everything on the menu! We started with the warm goat cheese and lobster bisque which was magical. Reservations is recommended! I wish we reserved for outside so we could have enjoyed the live band and watched the kids play on the lawn, but inside was just as nice!

Seaside Cafe: We ate and drank here for lunch and it was delicious. It is their pool cafe, but the food was impressive! I loved, loved the grilled shrimp to start as an appetizer and their fish tacos were yummmm! We took our beers from here and filled them in our Yeti’s before hitting the beach!

Instead of “city spots”, I would say accommodations in Cinnamon shore. They are very heavy on community and providing the best accommodations to your stay, so they have tons to offer. Keep in mind, I am not even listing them all, only the ones we used! I mean they even have yoga on the beach, which sadly we missed!

Texas Monthly: So the Texas Monthly magazine has their Gulf Coast Show Room on the property and it was so much fun to tour the picture perfect house. We got so many ideas and were so inspired by the decor! What’s funny is growing up, my mom use to always just take us to RANDOM open houses, we weren’t even in the market to buy, she just wanted to check out the layout and decor, so this was right up my alley!

Golf Carts: Like I mentioned, probably highlight of the trip. The fact that you can golf cart to the cafe or to stop and get ice cream is glorious. I think my favorite part was being able to golf cart to the beach. Imagine carrying your bags and beach chairs to the beach, well you don’t have to do that here. You can back up the golf cart and literally park your cart on the beach. It has to be the most genius thing EVER.

Beach Service: They provide lawn chair and umbrellas so you don’t have to haul all those things over to the beach. Having someone take care of that is wonderful!

2 Pools: They have 2 pools on property, one that is byob and one that you can purchase from the cafe. The cafe pool is a bit smaller, but has an infinity look to the lakes. The byob pool is a lap pool size that is a GREAT size and where Ted and I spent a lot more time.

I am sure I missed a ton of information, so if you are interested in learning more, be sure to check out their website!

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