Sunday, June 18, 2017

A Week at Grand Riviera Princess in Riviera Maya




We spent this past week at the Grand Riviera Princess Resort and Spa in Riviera Maya, which is on the Yucatan Peninsula.  For our Weekly Wrap I thought I would share what kind of activities we did while there. Quite honestly I do not remember what days we did which activities so these will not be in order.


First and foremost we did a lot of eating. This resort is basically like a cruise but on land. There were 11 different restaurants to choose from, each with a different theme (and several buffets too).  Some of  the specialty restaurants we tried were the Italian, the Swiss, the French, and the Mexican. Is that not the largest pepper grinder you've ever seen?


Fortunately with all that eating came a lot of walking. We would get up early each morning and walk around the resort or down to the beach since it was a beach front resort.


Some of us tried running but it just became too hot so it result in runs on the treadmill.



One morning we got up for sunrise yoga.


One day was spent at the spa. We each got massages and then got to spend the day using the rest of the facilities.

 I was hoping that Lacey would do the fish spa but in the end she decided against it. I don't blame her as I didn't want to do it either.

We did get to watch someone else do it though. If you've never heard of a fish spa, here is the process. You get your feet washed and sanitized and then you put them in this tank with these special little fish that will nibble the dead skin off your feet. They love callouses so I bet they would have a feast with runners!


One day we went into Playa Del Carmen. This is the downtown area. Here we did a bit of shopping and walked along the beach area.


Part of this area reminded me of a flea market with people haggling you. This was not my favorite part.


Back at the resort we participated in organized activities like volley ball and water aerobics. My shoulders are still sore from those. Can you find me in the pool?


We also participated in target shooting.
The promenade were some of the nightly entertainment took place.


Each night there was nightly entertainment. We were too tired to go every night but we did see a fire dancing show, a song and dance throughout the decades show, and a rendition of the musical Grease.


One of the neatest things we did was to visit an old dried up cenote ( ancient sink hole) that was turned into a restaurant. We got to tour the cavern and than have drinks afterwards. We than had Mayan Coffee which was an experience in itself. The making of it is quite a show. Perhaps I should do a separate post on this experience.

Although the week away was fabulous, it's always nice to come home. However, the weekend after this vacation was anything but fabulous. Stay tuned I may write about that too!


We are linking up with Holly, Tricia, and the guest host for the weekly wrap.

49 comments:

  1. I love resorts with lots of activities to do. I have seen that fish pedi before but something about it just seems off to me. lol

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    1. Yes, If I'm going to spend a week at a resort I want to make sure I am entertained! Those fish pedis were EVERYWHERE down there!

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  2. Sounds like a fun week! Sunrise yoga sounds perfect! I always like to stay active on vacation so I can compensate for all the delicious food! LOL I don't know if I could do a fish spa. That just sounds so creepy. I'm with you on the 5th Avenue in Playa. I don't enjoy that much either. My husband, on the other hand, loves it! It is definitely a lot of walking! Looks like you had a great week!

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    1. It's a beautiful view at the beach area but other than that I was not a fan. What does your husband enjoy doing there?

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  3. I'm glad you had such a fun time with your mom and sister. I love that you all do fun things together. The restaurant looks very cool and I would certainly like the entertainment. OMG the fish! I would not do that but they would freaking LOVE MY FEET!!!

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    1. I just kept thinking how our DNA would be left in a fish tank in a foreign country. No thank you!...haha

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    2. BWAHAHAHAHA!!!!! YOU gotta go to Crime con, you would fit right in.

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  4. That sounds like an awesome trip! I love all the activities you were able to do and try. I don't know if I could put my feet in the fish spa either :)

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    1. I was surprised at how many people were doing it.

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  5. What an amazing trip! I love the variety of activities that you were able to do during the week, especially the sunrise Yoga - it looks SO relaxing!

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    1. The yoga was nice but it got hot very quickly!

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  6. Sounds like a fun trip! I've never been to Mexico (except for Tijuana)!

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    1. I don't understand Tijuana, is it Mexico or California?

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  7. I enjoyed yr photos on Instagram! It looks like such a beautiful resort. I've heard of the fish pedicure but I don't think I could do it either. I'm squeamish about things like that. I love that there were so many options for things to do!

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    1. Thank you for following along on IG. It really was a lovely resort and I would highly recommend it.

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  8. Looks wonderful and yay for having so many activities to choose from, or not. I wouldn't do the fish spa either!

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    1. I did like having the organized activities. It's also just nice to lay by the pool too!

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  9. It definitely sounds like a cruise atmosphere. When my family did ours, we were so busy each day, and walking around each port, we never got to the nighttime entertainment. We were too tired. I did also hit up the spa on the ship, but no fish pedicure.

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    1. I love the nightly shows on the cruise ships and try to never miss them!

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  10. What a nice trip - was it just the three of you? How special! For the record, no way would I do a fish spa either...ick!

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    1. Yes, it was just the three of us. Someone has to stay home with the dogs :)

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    2. Yes, it was just the three of us. Someone has to stay home with the dogs :)

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  11. Looks like such a great trip! I don't think i would want to do that fish spa either. Sounds like of creepy!

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  12. I would not be involved in the fish spa. That's a no!!!!

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  13. I have to find myself a beach half at the right time of year!

    That vacation looks absolutely fabulous. Sunrise yoga -- sign me up!

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    1. I was surprised how few people came to the sunrise yoga!

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  14. It sounds like you ladies had a fabulous vacation. I love when I'm able to combine both relaxation and activities while on vacation. Being away at a beautiful destination doesn't hurt either.

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    1. I generally have a hard time relaxing while on vacation so I was thankful for the activities!

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  15. SO NICE!!!!! Fun to just get away, especially with family.
    I just heard Ellen & Kerry Washington both talking about water aerobics!
    I'm not sure if I could do the fish feet thing or not. I'm so ticklish on my feet so I dont think I could handle that part of it.

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    1. The water aerobics was challenging. The instructor made it look easy because she was standing up a few steps while doing them!

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  16. Wow this sounds like an incredible trip! Sunrise yoga sounds pretty amazing, too!

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    1. I wish I would have found out about it earlier in the week!

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  17. i want to go to there!!! I've never been down there and it looks so beautiful. I need a vacation, stat! The fish feet thing always looks interesting but I've never done it. I have awful callouses, but I need them somewhat for running, ya know?

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    1. The resorts are beautiful but I didn't care for the downtown area.

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  18. Looks like a fabulous trip! However, with that beach and pool scene...the only activity I would've gotten in was the trek to the beach/pool! lol

    While the fish spa sounds creepy, it does look cool and I think I would have had to at least give it try just to see how it felt!

    Can't wait to hear about the post vacation weekend ....sounds intriguing and knowing you two, could possibly entail crime scene tape! hahaha

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  19. Looks like a blast! I totally would've tried the little fish thing. Too bad the treadmill didn't face the beach!

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  20. Uh oh, sorry it wasn't great after you came home.
    The trip looks amazing though! So much fun and relaxation.
    I've got some callouses for the fish LOL ewwwwww :/

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  21. How fun! And yummy! I'm not sure I could take the fish nibbling at my callouses. I think it would tickle! We've been to Playa Del Carmen. We swam in an underground lake there. It was intense. And very dark. Ha -- I bet those fish lived there!!!

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    1. Oh I bet that swim was so neat. They had excursions there but they were all 6 hours or more. That was too long for us!

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  22. This looks like so much fun! So many great options for dining and activities. I don't think I'd go for the fish spa either though!

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    1. There really were SO many options for dining that we didn't even get to try them all.

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  23. sounds like a beautiful vacation!! how delicious to have all the food!!! Welcome back!

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    1. There certainly was a lot of food! It seemed like we were always going to a meal..lol

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  24. What a beautiful vacation and gorgeous pictures!!! Okay, the fish spa creeps me out just a little :) I would think it would tickle like crazy. But may be refreshing afterwards? I'm curious!

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