Throwback Travel: Our Honeymoon in Zihuatanejo

Throwback Travel: Our Honeymoon in Zihuatanejo

Just yesterday I came across an album of old photographs and was mesmerized by the grainy images, long forgotten, captured between the slightly dusty covers. It was an album of our honeymoon, back at the ‘turn of the century’, in 2000.  This was before digital cameras, Facebook check-ins, camera phones, and selfie sticks.  It was pure, unadulterated relaxation and romance, just like any honeymoon should be. Due to hurricane season being in full swing in September, we opted for a honeymoon destination on the western coast of Mexico, now known as the Viceroy Zihuatanejo.

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A Visit to Punta Sur: Colors of the Caribbean

A Visit to Punta Sur: Colors of the Caribbean

On our recent trip to Isla Mujeres the concierge on the yacht, Alexander, told us we must visit Punta Sur, “It’s magical”. We rented a golf cart on day two and made it a point to put this picturesque spot on our itinerary.


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Cooking Class: Ceviche from Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita and a Surprise Meet Up!

Are you in the mood for something fresh, healthy and easy to make? Scott and I learned to make one of our favorite go-to summer dishes on our recent trip to Riviera Maya. We took a cooking class with chef Nicholas at Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita. At the last second, I flipped on the video camera on my phone to capture the experience. I'll also share the recipe at the bottom of the post.

All the ingredients were carefully chopped and prepared by Chef Nicolas. The friendly staff, including Fermin, started the class by serving chilled white wine. Pour yourself a glass of chilled sauvignon blanc, sit back and join me for a few moments at the cooking class as we make ceviche for the first time.

Here's Scott diving in!

It's fun to serve just about anything in a martini glass!

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friends-cooking-class-zoetry

These are more of the fun folks we met at Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita. Rosemary and Rolando, in straw hats, were great. We also ended up in a sweat lodge with them at the spa -- but that's a whole different story. With Facebook these days it is so easy to stay friends with people we meet while traveling. That is a huge plus for social media in my book.

In the background of this shot, I'm introducing myself to the famed Mexican architect Carlos Gosselin, who designed Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita. He lives part time at Zoetry, and a number of guests, including my husband, had seen him during our stay. I woke up on this morning and announced to Scott, "I'm going to meet the architect today". I wanted to tell him how impressed I am with this magnificent resort. As I shot the video of the cooking class, I turned my video around to get a glimpse of the resort (about 6 minutes in) and he was the shadowy figure walking just a couple of feet behind me. It was a fun moment and such a surprise! As soon as the class was over I raced over to meet him and he was just as elegant and charming as I expected.

Zoetry grouper ceviche

Ingredients

1 kg diced fresh grouper or mild white fish

8 lemons (the juice)

1 red onion in julianne

1 chopped mango

½ chopped papaya

1 chopped cucumber

Basil

Coriander

Mint

Salt

Dried oregano

Olive oil

Tortilla chips

Procedure

Place grouper, lemon juice, oregano, salt and olive oil in a bowl and let it rest for at least 15·20 min

Add the rest of ingredients

Serve with tortilla chips

Scott recreated this dish at home with fresh ingredients from the farmer's market in Chico. We devoured it so quickly that I didn't get any shots of his finished product. Ceviche is also delicious served with guacamole.

For more on our trip to Riviera Maya:

Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita

Secrets Silversands

A Sunny Escape to Tulum and Akumal

Date Night: A Sunset Sail

Discounts to Zoetry Resorts

Have you ever made ceviche?

 

Date Night: A Sunset Sail in a Tropical Paradise

Date Night: A Sunset Sail in a Tropical Paradise

For the final evening of our vacation in Riviera Maya, we chose a sunset sail at our resort, Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita. The turquoise waters, gentle tropical breezes, friendly service, bubbly champagne and new friends made it the best way to usher in the evening.

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A Sunny Escape to Tulum & Lunch on the Beach in Akumal

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tulum-stairs-blue-sky-mexico

Along with pristine beaches and turquoise Caribbean seas, Riviera Maya is also famous for the archaeological site at Tulum. This ancient Mayan fortress city and port, built late in the 13th century--during the post-classic period-- was known for trading in jade and turquoise from the seaside location. The city is surrounded by walls of limestone on three sides and is nestled next to a beautiful beach. Scott and I had planned a day trip to explore the beauty of Tulum and Akumal. We rented a car at Secrets Silversands and headed out.

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tulum-scott-mexico
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tulum-mexico-view-sea-stylemindchiclife

This is the iconic view of the Castillo, castle, with ancient limestone walls juxtaposed against the turquoise and blues of the sky and sea.

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heather-lindstrom-tulum

I would definitely recommend wearing your swimsuit under your clothing in warm weather. A number of fellow tourists stripped down and took a swim from the beach here. They ended up looking much more refreshed than I did. It was hot and steamy on this day in July. Walking shoes, sunscreen, a hat and swimsuit are definitely recommended for a visit to Tulum.

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seaview-tulum-mexico

The beauty of this place is memorable.

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akumal-colors-collage-stylemindchiclife

After leaving Tulum we drove through colorful Akumal.

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colorful-akumal-rainbow

We worked up quite an appetite hiking around the ruins so Scott had an eagle eye out for someplace fun for lunch...

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beachfront-lunch-akumal-stylemindchiclife

and he definitely found it--La Buena Vida-- on the beach!

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akumal-lunch-beach

This spot, with tables, bean bags and hammocks on the beach was perfect for a relaxing, casual lunch.

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treetop-table-akumal-beach

For the more adventurous among us you can even dine in a tree top table.

margaritas in the sand
margaritas in the sand

It doesn't get much more relaxed than this...

fish tacos, guacamole and margaritas from your lounge chair on the sand.

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orange-flowers-akumal-stylemindchic

For more on Tulum you can read Tripadvisor reviews here.

For more of our summer travel series:

Secrets Silversands

 and 

Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita

Curated Hotel: The Exquisite Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita in Riviera Maya

Curated Hotel: The Exquisite Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita in Riviera Maya

The final stop on our summer getaway to Riviera Maya was unforgettable. We started with an enjoyable week at Secrets Silversands, then made our way to Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita for five days. This oceanfront boutique hotel is one of the most luxurious travel experiences ever for us. With just 90 suites, and all-inclusive luxury, we felt completely pampered. As we had hoped, this was the perfect spot to celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary.

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Curated Hotel: Chic and Stylish Secrets Silversands in Riviera Cancun

Curated Hotel: Chic and Stylish Secrets Silversands in Riviera Cancun

The second stop on our 15th wedding anniversary trip was Secrets Silversands resort--nestled beside the turquoise seas of the Caribbean in Riviera Cancun. Our getaway started with a celebratory walk down memory lane in San Francisco and we were looking forward to a week of relaxation at the beach.

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Date Night at 7 Seas Los Cabos-Surf's Up!

Date Night at 7 Seas Los Cabos-Surf's Up!

Every now and then Scott and I stumble onto a surreal experience during our travels. This was one of those times. It was the final evening of our trip to Los Cabos, and our tradition is to do something celebratory on our last night.  I tend to follow my gut instinct when making plans and when I learned of 7 Seas, with a description so intriguing, I just knew this was the place.

 Arriving at the Cabo Surf Hotel is a bit like a journey back in time.

It felt nostalgic---in a good way.

Cabo Surf Hotel and pool sunset view over the sea Surf's up on Stylemindchic Lifestyle

The hotel, restaurant and infinity-edge pool are beachside.

This is a obviously a surfer's paradise...(and the home of Mike Doyle's Surf School)

The Hot Tub at Cabo Surf Hotel and Spa

and the best place for apres-surf.

7 Seas Seafood Grille and Surf's up in Los Cabos
7 Seas Seafood Grille and Surf's up in Los Cabos

The 7 Seas Seafood Grille is located at the heart of the hotel, overlooking the beach.

The view from our table took our breath away...

just a bit.

My favorite traveling companion/husband/Scott was very pleased with my choice for dinner.

Scott selected the 'Surprise Me Chef' with a slice of tuna so thick it was reminiscent a steak.

I ordered the 'Lemon Caper Fish' which which light, fresh and flavorful.

Eduardo, Sylvia, Freddie and Ivan spoiled us with friendly, yet impeccable service, and the freshest of seafood delicacies.

The Menu at 7 Seas Seafood Grille

It was also the quality of the light, the gentle waves lapping on the beach,

and watching the surfers, who seemed somehow from a different time.

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#throwbackthursday

Stylemindchic Lifestyle and a glass of sauv blanc at 7 Seas Seafood Grille by the sea in Los Cabos
Stylemindchic Lifestyle and a glass of sauv blanc at 7 Seas Seafood Grille by the sea in Los Cabos

One of those surreal moments.......

captured on Instagram.

Scott and Heather Lindstrom of Stylemindchic Lifestyle in Los Cabos

If you are in Los Cabos (San Jose del Cabo or Cabo San Lucas) I highly recommend dinner out at Seven Seas and a stay at the Cabo Surf Hotel. It's fun for families as well as a romantic dinner by the sea.

For more on our travel to Los Cabos here, here and another surreal dining experience here.

Do you have any recommendations for a surreal experience?

I'm making a list!