Riviera Maya, Mexico; Discovering the Art of Relaxation

A merry band of European and American bloggers recently visited the Viceroy resort, Playa Del Carmen in Riviera Maya, Mexico. We were treated to a number of lessons and experiences during our stay. Mayan spa treatments, tequila and ceviche tasting as well as cocktail mixology and visits to Tulum and Cobá were just a few of the highlights on this special trip.

Tequila slammer ingredients in the Viceroy resort, Riviera Maya in Mexico   on Mallory on Travel, adventure, adventure travel, photography

Tequila taster

The resort and region seems to excel in the art of relaxation. The moment that I walked through the door of the ocean view villa, taking in the luxurious surroundings especially the outdoor plunge pool and hammock it was obvious that this would be the focus of the stay. There was also a tequila slammer tray to greet me, however it did not seem like the right moment to enjoy it and therefore could wait until later.

Poolside hammock in the Riviera Maya in Mexico  on Mallory on Travel adventure photography

Ocean villa essentials

Strolling around the complex, soaking up the laid back atmosphere of the beachside bar and sandy beach with it’s lovely jetty stretching into the azure beauty of the Caribbean were good omens. Gentle waves were lapping along the shoreline and several guests were sheltering under thatched roofs from the heat of the afternoon sun while sipping cocktails on their sun loungers.

Stopping at the bar to collect a cocktail of my own it was soon apparent that children where conspicuous by their absence. This is a deliberate policy of the resort as children under 16 are not allowed although an exception is made at *Christmas. This just adds to the feeling of peace and the ability to relax is certainly enhanced by this childless tranquility.

A sun lounger in the Viceroy resort, Riviera Maya in Mexico  on Mallory on Travel adventure photography

Comfort is key in the art of relaxation

There are also a number of double beds spread around the grassed area and beach, they are very tempting and one isn’t even fixed but swings freely like a huge comfortable hammock. The European contingent later enjoyed an evening meal under the warm glow of a dying sun, excellent cuisine, company and cocktails as it slowly crept below the horizon. The 3 C’s definitely being appreciated.

The chilled out atmosphere found me up early the following morning to greet the golden orb as it climbed into the sky signalling the start of another stunning day. There was a slight hazy appearance, almost a low mist over the Caribbean which seemed to add to the still, calm feeling of dawn. It provided some tranquil, atmospheric images which I was very pleased with, inspecting them later over a leisurely breakfast.

Sun up in Mexican Riviera Maya on Mallory on Travel adventure photography

Start of another tranquil day

All the ingredients for successful relaxation are in place, beautiful surroundings, relaxing villas and beach furniture, a lovely restaurant and bar with friendly, helpful staff. The whole ambience of the place make it the perfect classroom to learn the art of relaxation. However it is necessary to be open to learn this important lesson, disconnect from the digital world and allow the tranquility to take effect.

Chilling out is not normally an issue for me but the five days spent on the Riviera Maya took this to another level and I now feel fully schooled in the ‘art of relaxation’.

The Viceroy resort jetty at sunrise, Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya in Mexico  on Mallory on Travel adventure photography

Sunrise over my new favourite jetty

*At Christmas children must be over 12 years of age.

I am grateful to Viceroy Riviera Maya for the opportunity to stay at this lovely resort but all opinions are my own, formed at home on a cool autumnal evening sipping wine.


Comments 13

  1. George Michelson

    Thanks for the disclaimer at the bottom of the blog “I am grateful to the Viceroy Riviera Maya…Sorry…Reads one more Travel Pimp taking advantage of the freebies to Pimp paying customers… Enjoy, but get real!

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      Thank you for your comments Jorge just because something is provided free doesn’t mean it isn’t the truth or any less ‘real’. Your comments are quite unpleasant and just seem to reek of jealousy however you are of course entitled to your opinion.

  2. Marc d'Entremont

    I disagree with George. I dislike the so-called “Riviera Maya” as just another glitz resort strip, but just because a travel writer accepts “freebies” puts that writer under no obligations. There are lots of places I have ignored despite being sponsored because why does some one want to read about where not to go? If I don’t like the place, I don’t write about it, and I don’t care who paid the bill.

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      Thanks for your comment Marc and you are correct a writer isn’t obligated, there isn’t any contract and I only ever write what I genuinely feel about a destination. It must strike a chord with me, make an impact worthy of sharing.

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      Hey Maria how was the trip to Riviera Maya I assume you’ve visited now, did you enjoy it and the partial press trip, how did that work?

  3. Colleen Brynn

    I often have a hard time relaxing when I am on the road… I constantly feel the need to be exploring, but it is good to have some dedicated chill out time, especially on longer trips.

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      Having some chill time is important for me Colleen, recharging the batteries so I can get out an explore properly. As you say especially important when you’re on the road for sometime.

  4. Linda Aksomitis

    Iain and Marc, I agree completely. Press trips are hard work, and not the relaxing “holidays” that many non-professional travel writers think of or envy. I’m a half-full kind of writer, and if some things I attend (on my own dime or with support from another agency) didn’t meet my standards, I’d just as soon forget about them as relive them again writing about them. I write because I enjoy it!

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      Thanks Linda and totally agree trips like these are not a holiday but are work. It is also true that we are there to promote the destination or product but if it was a disappointing or unpleasant experience would not be shared regardless of whom was sponsoring the trip. I only wish to share positive experiences that I can share honestly with my readers.

  5. Colleen

    There’s nothing wrong with accepting a vacation in exchange for writing about the location — good for you for taking advantage of the situation! I know many, many writers who got there start trading their work for products.

    I love your photos and the Riviera Maya looks like a beautiful place to visit.

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      Thank you Colleen, I love to travel and this is one way I am able to do so. I’m glad you like the photos and Riviera Maya is indeed lovely.

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