Now that that's out of the way, when I first found out about Hidden Beach Resort I was intrigued by the name... and then I found out it was an all-inclusive nudist resort. I know what you're thinking,"You're a self proclaimed 'hedonist' how is this even a big deal?!" The reality is I've never been to a nudist resort and I had never been to Mexico before. Pero like, I said PLP and packed my bags for Playa Del Carmen.
|Coco Loco at Hidden Beach Resort|
It was set to be an interesting trip when my flight there was grounded for over 4 hours at Miami International Airport. Luckily for me, I packed my carry-on with a handful of mini whiskey bottles so I was ret ta go. We finally got to Mexico and we were advised that we didn't have to exchange our US dollars to pesos because the entire region accepted the US dollar. Although, technically the advice was right this was also the worst advice I've gotten all year. If you go to Mexico, don't make the same mistake I did and exchange your money! Sure everyone takes US dollars, but they use the opportunity to rip you off, overcharge you when shopping and getting transportation.
|FINALLY LANDED IN MEXICO!|
Dinner was served buffet style with steak, chicken breasts, salmon and pork chops all cooked to order in a huge outside grill.There was ceviche, pasta, elote, charcuterie and about a half dozen dessert options. Our wine glasses were never less than half full. Our waiters ensured that we had plenty to drink and spotless silverware after every course. I stuffed my face and listened to the waves crash onto the sand; I was exhausted, happy and slightly drunk all at once. I would've snapped pictures, but my phone was dead and I was ridiculously tired. After dinner we went back to our room to find a chilled bottle of champagne waiting for us, needless to say we drank the entire bottle of champagne and passed out.
|Breakfast sandwich at Hidden Beach Resort|
|La Quinta Avenida|
For dinner we headed back to Hidden Beach Resort's restaurant, La Vista, where they were celebrating their Mardi Gras in Mexico weekend with a cajun styled menu. I stuffed my face with an amazing creole spiced chicken breast stuffed with sweet peppers and cajun rice. Granted we were in Mexico and I've never been to New Orleans before, but this dinner was really flavorful and packed with bold flavors. The portion was a bit skimpy for my appetite and I would've preferred a slightly larger portion, but that's the nice part of being in an all-inclusive hotel that you can just order another plate y PLP. After dinner it was time for margaritas, live music and did I say margaritas?
|Mexican concha stuffed with bacon, bananas and nutella|
The next day was a busy day, but we started it with another epic breakfast.The Hidden Beach Resort's sister resort, El Dorado Seaside suites had an on site excursion planner who took the time to figure out what my best friend and I want to do the most and found the excursion that would accommodate both of our wants. Transportation for the excursion picked us up right at the hotel and took us the Mayan Ruins of Coba, ziplining and then to a Cenote. It was such a fun tour and it gave us a completely different appreciation for what Mexico really has to offer in regards to nature and its historical value.
|Mayan Ruins of Coba|
|Empanadas made with Oaxaca cheese|
|Bean salad with avocados, citrus and a citrus vinaigrette|