As mentioned in my previous post this is also about how we planned our trip, and this time it’s Mexico’s turn. I also said in the last post that we secured up to 60% off hotels through Expedia because we booked our San Francisco to Los Angeles flight through them. Booking our Mexico hotels was were we really used this discount as much as we could!
When it came to Mexico we really did play the safe route, and that’s because firstly we’d never been so had no experience and secondly we are two females travelling together so wanted to feel safe. That’s why our trip is centred around the tourist mecca that is the Yucatán Peninsula, it’s home to Cancun, Tulum and Playa Del Carmen, which are the three places that we are headed.
Mexico has a huge variety of accommodation options, from backpackers to all-inclusive resorts, boutique hotels to unique Air BnB hideaways. The idea of an all-inclusive resort really excited me, so even though it will be extremely American, we are booked in at the end of our trip at one in Cancun. For Tulum and Playa Del Carmen we went with small, but stylish hotels.
Live Tulum has an incredible four and a half stars on TripAdvisor which was what helped us pick it. The website describes it as a beautiful and relaxing yet intimate condo type hotel, they have gone for the authentic Mexican experience, and the photos look colourful yet homely. It has a gorgeous turquoise pool set in lush gardens, bikes we can use free of charge (although it’ll take a lot of bribery to get me on one!), free WiFi, air conditioning in all the rooms and a discount for the beach club across the road. We’re staying here for four nights, and it cost us around NZ$400 per person. Our discount was just under NZ$200.
Another hotel that scores well on TripAdvisor, four and a half stars, I always recommend checking hotel reviews on TripAdvisor as it can help you make a decision if you have a few potential options. The Soho Playa Hotel has more of a funkier vibe, it has a rooftop pool and bar with two for one cocktails daily! How could we resist! We’re staying here for four nights and it cost us around NZ$350 per person. Our discount was a huge NZ$900!
At the end of our trip we’re staying at this all-inclusive resort, the Grand Park Royal Cacun. All inclusive means all food and all our drinks (including alcoholic) are included in the price we paid. We really got lucky here and scored a deluxe ocean view room! The resort boasts two swimming pools, four restaurants, water sport activities, a fitness centre, spa plus heaps more so it will be the big daddy American style resort experience. We’re staying here for four nights and we paid NZ$681 per person. We saved over NZ$800 thanks to the Expedia discount.
We haven’t aimed to do this trip on a strict budget, as we’re both full time workers holidays are a luxury for us, but I’ve included the prices so you can get an understanding of the cost of a holiday in Mexico.
When planning a holiday I highly recommend using Expedia to book hotels and flights, and TripAdvisor to review your choices before booking. Obviously by booking through Expedia you get the benefit of collecting loyalty points plus amazing discounts like we did. Reviewers on TripAdvisor also post tips and hints in their reviews so again I’d say this is a must-use tool for planning your holiday.