I’m stepping out of my comfort zone – again…

I have been working towards this outcome for the past almost 2 years – well, really, I guess I’ve been working towards this since I started in this business – I just didn’t know it!

I have learned so much through my travels – by myself (or with Ron!), on fams or conferences,  and most especially with my wonderful weddings – and have met so many incredible people in the wedding industry in Mexico and the Caribbean (some who have turned into lifelong friends), that I felt the overwhelming urge to share it with others.

I am now leading Destination Wedding Fams for travel agents across North America who also specialize in Destination Weddings.  I led my first (very small) one last year to, of course, Cabo – and this fall I will be leading 4 more.  I will be headed to the Riviera Maya, Jamaica, Punta Cana and Puerto Vallarta with small groups of agents so they can get familiar with the resorts and meet the on-site wedding teams and management – mainly so they can meet those in charge and ‘get to know the resort’ – and so they will feel a whole bunch more comfortable about recommending resorts to their couples.

That is why I have travelled so much – and often times to the same places/areas. Each time I would tour more resorts – get to know the management, see the rooms, taste the food (and sometimes drink the drinks, lol).  Every resort can look good on paper… or on a website…  But my spidey senses tingled a lot of times, if you get what I’m sayin’.  Even resorts within the same ‘company’ are vastly different…

YES, I am still going to be doing Destination Weddings, Groups, and ‘regular’ travel.  I love it too much to stop!  I’m just adding one more job to my portfolio…


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Aurelio – the very first wedding planner I dealt with 10 years ago.  Together again last year!


Thanks for your support!!


Where would I go?

I have been asked numerous times where I would go on vacation…  I have several ‘favourites’ for different reasons! And in various locations. But a few weeks ago, I took my first ‘vacation’ in over 10 years – no site inspections, no conferences, no meetings, not a fam trip, not a wedding, not switching resorts every couple of days so I could experience them – just an honest to goodness vacation. Just Ron & I, and our friends Budd & Anne, relaxing.  It was a little hard for me to do! But I managed, heehee!! I chose one of my all-time top picks – the Sensatori Azul in the Riviera Maya. And let me tell you (and show you) why…

This was the view from our patio.  It's sort of hard to leave the area when you have this!!

This was the view from our patio. It’s sort of hard to leave the area when you have this!!

From the moment we were picked up at the airport by the friendly driver from Mexico Grand; to the champagne awaiting us at check-in; to finding out they had upgraded us both so we were next door to each other; to the escort to our rooms by Alvaro, the Sales Manager; to this view… We never wanted to leave the room!

The view from the garden lounge just outside the lobby

The view from the garden lounge just outside the lobby.  Family building to the left. Photo from Karisma

Our room in the adults only building

Our room in the adults only building

This is the view that greets you when you leave the lobby. Hard not to fall in love immediately!

After a VERY quick run to have something to eat, it was back to the room to enjoy the swim-up suites.  Which led directly to the adult’s only pool and swim-up bar… But we found out we didn’t even have to go to the bar – there was a wait staff who came around to the swim-up suites!  If we were big drinkers (still!) it could have been trooooouuuuble!! But can’t you see yourself enjoying that??  Even in the rain…

Even the rain can't stop us!!

Even the rain can’t stop us!!

Ron enjoying his coffee on the deck.

Ron enjoying his coffee on the deck.

Then it was off to enjoy the food… Any of you who have been following me for long know my feelings about this resort and their food.  It would be hard to find another resort that comes close.  From the mushroom risotto (which was our first evening meal, of course!); to the tortilla soup station for lunches (or the all-you can eat sushi…); to the amazing food displays at Spoon Restaurant (different from a normal ‘buffet’ – just a bit of food is put out at a time, with a lot of it being cooked fresh in front of your eyes); to the eggs benedict sitting outside watching the ocean (or sitting beside the swim-up pool thanks to their 24 hour room service); to the great burgers and ribs sitting on the beach; to the sandwiches enjoyed IN OUR POOL (yup, right in that alcove by Ron’s feet)… I could go on and on.

Then there was the piece de resistance – one of the nights we went to the Le Chique restaurant.  I haven’t gone any of the other times I have stayed at the Sensatori, as I was waiting to bring Ron – I knew I would get him here someday! This restaurant is one of very few in Mexico to have earned a 5 diamond award from the AAA.  I cannot explain the food – it was an experience that is indescribable. The 8 course meal takes approximately 2 hours, and each course is described in detail. We were so involved in the whole evening, we forgot to take pictures of the food. Nothing like I have ever seen, or tasted, before.  I cannot WAIT until I go back again!!

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Romantic dinner, and we’re sitting together!!


Please smile, Ron…

We did some sightseeing while we were there as well.  One of the days we went in and explored Puerto Moreles, a small fishing village not too far from the resort.  Found a couple of great little shops (one of them being ladies wear, of course!), and an absolutely excellent little local spot to have some fish tacos.  If you’re there, you have to find Roger Rabbit’s – it’s worth it!!

Another day, we went to Playa del Carmen to stroll and shop 5th Ave.  We stopped at one patio to have a drink and cool off, and we found Budd’s ‘brother’.  It was freaky how much they looked alike!!

We found Budd's twin! Random pit stop on 5th Ave., and there was his doppleganger...

We found Budd’s twin! Random pit stop on 5th Ave., and there was his doppleganger…

I am just going to share some of my favourite photos from this resort now and let the pictures do the talking. Now that I have experienced a ‘real’ holiday again, I can’t wait to have another one. Not that I don’t enjoy my ‘working vacations’!!

Thank you, thank you, thank you – a million times thank you to the Sales Staff and Hotel Staff for this amazing stay.  Roberto, Alex, Barbie (and thanks for the lunch visit Roberto & Barbara), Mercedes, Cecilia, Alvaro, Denise, Nelly – and anyone else I forgot. Can’t wait to return!!