So we have been back from our trip to Mexico for about two weeks now. I've been excited to post this blog about our trip, however, life has been so hectic that I haven't really had a chance. So here it goes...
A lot of people have asked how our trip was, simply put, it was awesome. We arrived Friday afternoon to the resort. The travel was relatively easy and painless. As soon as we got to the resort we were whisked away to a private check in area for Hilton Honors members. We were given complimentary champagne at check in and our illustrious green wristbands. Green meant you were a Gold or Diamond Hilton Honors members. They were said to have more perks, but we didn't really see any perks. The first thing I did, was throw on my bathing suit and hop over to the rooftop adults only pool. That became our one and only spot. It started off slow in the mornings, but by the afternoons the rooftop became a party. It was a great way to meet so many people. Instantly, upon arriving at the pool, I noticed a Gamecock shirt. Being not shy in the least, I asked around to see who's shirt it was. Come to find out, it was a gentleman's (I don't remember any names from the trip!) from Sumter, SC who now resides in NOLA. We became fast friends with him and his friend. We hung with them everyday at the pool.
The drinks were amazing. Shout out to Ricardo and Javier at Hilton Puerto Vallarta for amazing service. Basically any type of liquor you wanted they had. Surprisingly, I stuck to Corona most of the time. I've had good beer, but something about the Corona was so cold and fresh. The strawberry margarita was great. The rooftop also had a sushi bar. The sushi was okay. I mean for free sushi, you can't really complain.
The resort was situated right on the ocean. We had an ocean view room. I loved waking up to the view every morning, sitting on our balcony and enjoying the waves. I was surprised to see how late the sun rose and how late the sunset. The sun wasn't fully risen until around 10 am and didn't set until around 10 pm. The sunsets were amazing. I have never witnessed anything so beautiful. I tried to witness the sunsets on the beach everyday.
My one regret was how hungover I was for two days on the trip. I took the all inclusive to the next level. I love tequila and had my fair share of it. We were there during the NBA Western Conference Finals. Being that Puerto Vallarta is an easy trek from Cali, there were a bunch of Warriors fans. We would watch the games at the Lobby bar, take shots, and just drink. It became quite the party. My saving grace, was I anticipated one or two hangovers, so I brought my favorite hangover cure, Excedrin Migraine, a long for the ride. That combined with the huge bottles of water they kept in the room, saved me. I wish they had snacks in the room so I wouldn't have had to sneak out in my pajamas to the restaurant to take food.
The food was okay. Not superb, but I'm a picky eater. By the last day I was craving some regular pizza. I lived off of the chicken nuggets and french fries, no lie. The Brazilian steakhouse by the ocean was by far the best experience we had. The food was amazing. (I had a snack not long before, and was stuffed, so I didn't enjoy it as much as I wished I could have). We should have made reservations again. The biggest advice I would give, is do not drink the water and try to avoid the ice as much as possible. My stomach started feeling awful by the third day. I persevered through the rest of the trip, but it took a full week before I finally felt better again.
We both regret not doing any real excursions. By the fourth day (Monday, which was also Memorial Day), we were itching to get off the resort. We took a cab to the Boardwalk. It was pretty. You could tell it had a lot of history. It was a very old Catholic, Spanish town with cobblestone streets. We wandered for a while. Bought some tequila to bring home, and then made our way back in the sketchiest cab ever (that I nearly threw up in).
Overall, we had a great trip. We have decided, that we may not be the all inclusive resort type of people. We like to always be up and moving. We are already starting to plan our Memorial Day trip to Europe next year.
Haley Parler Moore
Charleston resident. Digital Marketer. Crazy Crossfitter. Bulldog Mom. Gamecock fan. Constantly clad in Lululemon.