AMResorts and the Cancun-Riviera Maya Food Festival to check out the event and the luxury all-inclusive Secrets The Vine. The opportunity to return to Cancun, Mexico, after a number of years was interesting in itself, but the chance to cover the festival and stay at one of my favorite resort brands was too good to pass up.
It was still cool when I left the Midwest, though the travel went smoothly and included an American Airlines upgrade. They served a breakfast soufflé in first class that I can honestly say was delicious and I am always a fan of their accompanying biscuits.
Secrets The Vine. The only thing that wasn’t going right was the weather, but the rain wasn’t going to damper my mood on this day.
My suite was in the Preferred Club, which comes with a private check-in and extra room amenities. I was given a glass of champagne and escorted to the floor for a private check-in.
The suite was big and beautiful and I couldn’t have asked for a better view (and there were two loveseats on the balcony to enjoy it from). My only objection was that there was no bathtub. I was spoiled at Secrets Maroma with a large tub in the room and a Jacuzzi on the balcony. Secrets The Vine had only a shower, albeit a large one with multiple jets.
It was a dream afternoon. I am lucky enough to go to spas often, but I usually don’t have free time before and after treatments. On this day I was able to fully enjoy Secrets' large and well-appointed spa, using the sauna, steam room and hydrotherapy. I then even had time to take a nap in the relaxation room with my eyes covered in cucumbers and a cool towel.
I did not partake in the “Fish Spa.” I had seen this at GranVelas in Riviera Maya. Despite the fact that a few people I know have tried it and said that with a “tickle” the fish really do remove dead skin for soft skin on your feet, I’m not anxious to try it.
The journalists on this trip were all wonderful ladies, some I knew, and some I got to know. Among them, I finally got to catch up with Sue Campbell, whom I went on a fantastic spa trip to Arizona with a few years ago, and Donna Heiderstadt.
We had a special cocktail party and welcome dinner planned at the Blue Water Grill on the Secrets The Vine property. We walked to the restaurant past the pools and I got to see a bit of the property.
The wine-paired dinner was mostly fish and seafood so I missed a lot of it. Everyone raved about it and I knew there would be plenty of spectacular meals to come.
Everyone was pretty tired and retired right after dinner even though there was plenty of activity still going on at the resort. I was back at the room at 11:00, contently exhausted and ready to rest up for a full day at the Cancun-Riviera Maya Food Festival.