The blue of the Caribbean Sea from the airplane at 30,000 feet contrasted brilliantly against the sliver of land where we would be spending the next 5 days. The white sand beaches of Cancun beckoned, and beyond them, a verdant peninsula stretched forth. This was my first trip ever to Mexico, and the first time I had been to the sea in almost two years.
A girl’s trip is a particular kind of magic. The months of planning, the excitement over the resort, the outfit consultations and fervent commitment ensure we properly enjoyed every minute of our time in this paradise. Lucky for us, the early June days at the Hyatt Zilara Hotel, met every expectation. Starting with the stained-glass ceiling in the hotel lobby, there were beautiful touches everywhere you went. Swim up balconies at the suite level, a fitness center and infinity pool, open air gardens, cabanas both poolside and at the beach a luxurious spa, and a chef’s table dining experience. Not to mention adults only and all inclusive- essential when the girl’s trip in question was celebrating a bachelorette party and there was near constant champagne flowing!
It was the kind of place that made a 5am alarm to catch the sunrise imperative, the constant sea breeze filling the air with salt and curling our hair in welcome. It was days soaking up the sun and swimming, with breaks for another mojito or a freshly made al pastor taco or chile mango. Most of all, it was days and nights filled to the brim with that electric, infectious energy of time spent celebrating friends. Like a flock of birds of paradise, our resort-wear in bold hues and fun patterns, we wove our way through the stucco halls and palm trees with wide eyed enthusiasm. It was a reminder that your twenties only last so long, and the memories made are worth their weight in gold, or tequila rather.