I know it has been some time since I posted a travel feature. There are have been a number of personal situations that have been more important than just telling you about a place we visited but I thought I would take this time to tell you about a wonderful and memorable trip to Mexico we took the day after Thanksgiving.
Our son and daughter-in-law set this up. They had been here a couple of years ago with other family members and had such a fabulous time - they wanted to go back and invited us.......AND IT WAS TERRIFIC.
The place they chose was in Nuevo Vallarta Mexico - just outside or Puerto Vallarta. It was the Marival Residences and World Spa. It is about 25 minutes from the airport which is so easy to get to. It is an all inclusive resort with pools - hot tubs - beach - playgrounds and great food and beverages. Yet the best element was the relaxed atmosphere and the service from the attentive and kind "employees"...which was kind of a misnomer. We had a number of young kids with is - the youngest being a few months old and the staff was so loving and caring....they acted as if the kids were their own. They made us feel like we were just extended family.
The facilities are impeccable. Infinity pools - views off our deck - breakfast buffet in the morning with made to order omelets - breakfast tacos - fresh fruit - whatever you want....it was as if everyone was at your service just to please you. AND it didn't end there.
They have two sister properties maybe a half mile apart. The older property which has a "pirate pool" catering to kids with small and medium slides as well as a pirate shipwreck to play on and the newer property which has a renovated beachfront area with cabana's a wonderful restaurant and BAR !!! Although you don't need to worry about a "BAR". We were in an all-inclusive package so we were never without libations....literally - until you said " no mas" there was never any empty glass.
There are a myriad of activities and purveyors of local crafts on the beach....BUT.....different than some of the other places in Mexico we have been to - they are not aggressive - quite the contrary - they were kind - conversant and not pushy in any way. If you want to partake - it is available - but if not - ok - no problemo......see you again. At the "older" property a couple of times a week they have a market night where some of the local vendors (they have to be approved and certified by the property owners) will set up booths where you can pursue at your leisure what they have for sale while having a buffet dinner.... it was such a beautiful setup and so tastefully done....well done !!!!.
We had a wonderful time. The staff was so kind to us and so attentive. We meet a couple one night at the roof-top wine bar watching the sunset. They were from Southern California and had been going to Cabo but they decided to try Marival - it was their third time in 2018 they had been there. They never ventured into PV.....they didn't feel like they needed to...they just loved the weather, the facilities and most importantly the service and kindness they received from the folks at Marival.........all in all - we agree....it was a total treat !!!!!!
We have stayed at some of the finest hotels and resorts in the world - maybe not the exclusive best - but amazing places - and this now ranks with the top !!!!
"gracias mis amigos espero verte de nuevo" - Thank You for A Wonderful Stay !!!
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BK - the Travel Guy
This is going to be a quick blog and a quick shout-out for one of my favorite and BEST travel apps out there - that I constantly use. I MEAN CONSTANTLY. We never plan a trip without using Rome2 rio !!!!!!!!!!
We are looking at another multi-destination trip to Europe this coming summer - as we made two trips last year. Rome2rio has been and is our go to app to help plan our trips. We are considering Spain - Italy - Greece - France - Germany - we are not exactly sure where and when and that is exactly what Rome2rio helps us with.
It works beautifully and is so simple. You enter your starting point and your destination. It then lays out a number of different ways to get to your destination including - planes - trains - buses - cars - ferries and even uses multiple combinations you might need, the approximate travel times as well as the cost range.
Let me give you an example:
Madrid Spain to Pamplona Spain (for the running of the bulls) -
Train: 3 hr 5 min Cost: $50-$65
Bus: 5 hrs 15 min Cost: $22-$26
Rideshare: 5 hrs 17 min Cost $26
Drive: 4 hrs 15 min Cost $48-$69
Fly: 1 hr 54 min Cost $144-$475
It even helps with the details. For instance - you pick from the above to Fly - it will show you which airlines you can choose - times and whether it is direct or has stops. It also includes how to get to the airport by public transportation - the time of each leg and if you are going to have to walk from one mode or transportation to the next. It is amazing.
This app has helped us all over the US as well as Europe. I really can't say enough superlatives about it.
If there is one app you should download to aid in planning your travels - this is the one. It is FABULOUS !!!!!!! And no....they didn't pay me to say this..........I SIMPLY LOVE THIS APP!
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To enjoy travel and see the world and often yourself as if for the first time and with with the eyes of a young child.