Secrets The Vine Cancun

I have just got back off holiday!

Just thought I will start off with a hotel review of Secrets The Vine. I will be following up with other reviews, images and videos of my happenings in Mexico but I know I haven’t been around for 2 weeks so heres a quick one to get you started!

 

Overview
My partner and I stayed at Secrets The Vine for 2 weeks (25th August – 8th September).
Just to give you a bit of an overview – we booked with TUI and was only able to select the deluxe ocean view room, this is the most basic room you can get. We were able to upgrade to a Preferred Ocean view Junior Suite which was incredible. We had budgeted for this and was able to get a good deal as we left it up to the very last minute.
This was our second stay in Cancun, we previously stopped the same 2 weeks last year at the Beach Palace. I am hoping to cover everything possible and things I would have liked to know before booking this hotel. There are lots of pros and a few cons but it is dependant on what you are actually looking for in a hotel.

 

Location
First of all looking at the location of the hotel. It is located between Sandos Hotel and the Hard Rock Hotel on the Cancun hotel strip. It is set back to the road so please do be prepared that there is pretty much no curb appeal whatsoever.

In comparison to our previous hotel (Beach Palace), Secrets is in the middle of nowhere.  When you leave the hotel if you turn left (walking towards the Hard Rock) you can walk to a few restaurants including Freds House and Cancun Crab House. If you continue walking you will pass a garage and also a Mc Donald’s. Please note – we had McDonalds from here one day and we did get a upset stomach from it. Then finally if you continue to walk there is AquaWorld. This is a great place to book excursions and activities. We did the Speedboat Jungle Tour which was amazing, it included driving speedboats through the lagoon and out to the ocean where you are able to stop  and snorkel around a protected coral reef.  I will follow up with a more in-depth review of this.
If you turn right outside of the hotel  there are again some restaurants one that we went to was called Puerto Madero which was a seafood restaurant. It was nice but I am not sure if it was worth the money, again I will follow up with a more in-depth review. Further up on the right (I would suggest via bus) there is Luxury Avenue Shopping Mall which has various Designer stores. Shortly after that there is La Isla Shopping  Village which again has designer shops but also includes cheaper trinket shops (look out of Playa la Fiesta stores).  Further down there is Playa Totogas which is a ferrty port which takes you to various islands. We used this to go to Isla Mujeres (much cheaper to do on your own).  The buses in Cancun are really easy to use, the buses cost $12 Pesos per person one way. The bus stops for this hotel are located outside the Hard Rock Hotel and for the other side of the road opposite Hard Rock but slightly more to the left.

 

Hotel
Secrets The Vine can be described as a modern adult’s only all-inclusive resort. As mentioned the hotel doesn’t have much curb appeal but as soon as you walk through the doors you  will be faced with high rise ceiling and beautiful décor in the lobby. We were greeted by a member of staff with a glass of sparkling wine, we were then led to reception where we checked in and processed an upgrade for our room.

The hotel is pretty easy to navigate; there are 2 sets of elevators which take you up to your rooms.  There is a preferred Guests elevator which takes you to floors ‘Lobby, 12, 21 and above. The other elevators take you to Lobby, 12, 20 and below.
The hotel has good security, if you ever leave the hotel you will be asked for your room number on exit and entry. There are a good selection of pools, if you enjoy peace and quiet the best place for you is the preferred pool on the 21st floor. The other pools outside on lobby level are quite loud. The beach is beautiful, not as beautiful as the one at Beach Palace. There are lots of sellers on the beach which you have to continually say ‘No’ to.

Pros:
Very modern
Clean
Security

Cons:
Air Con is not very cold

 

Room
Our room was stunning we stayed in 2205 which was on the 22nd floor 3 rooms back from the beach front. We had an amazing view of the Sea as well as a clear beautiful view of the Lagoon. We were able to see the sunset from this room. We were facing the Hard Rock and there wasn’t too much noise, noise could only be heard when there was entertainment on in the pool below which usually ended before 110/11. I would advise anyone staying at Secrets to book a room on Hard Rock side. Sandos Hotel side seems to have generators and fans which are VERY loud (if you go to the preferred bar for a drink and sit on the balcony you will see what I mean).
Our room was impeccable, we had a daily clean and a daily turn down service. The room was cleaned to a very good standard – our maid was Angela. We accidentally left money and phones out one evening and nothing went missing which again is a big plus in my eyes.
We had the preffered junior suite which had 2 large spacious closets as soon as you walk in, his and hers sinks with additional amenities including toothpaste and shaving cream etc. A huge walk in shower with rainfall shower head and a secondary smaller shower head. The only downside tothis was the water pressure for the shower. It was near impossible to get the right temperature especially if you wanted to change the heat of one shower the other would also change. The shower and the WC is not see through, You can see your feet and head but you cannot see through as it is frosted glass. We had a tablet in the room which could be used to order room service, browse the net, find out about restaurants and also entertainment.
There is also a lounge chair and some seating outside on the balcony.
The Balcony was not very private – the ‘wall separating the balconys from room to room were not soild (which in a positive way made the balcony feel bigger) this means if you sit on your balcony your neighbour and see and hear everything you are doing a little awkward.
The mini bar is restocked daily with glass bottled drinks, if you are in preferred club you can ask the butler to customise your mini bar to your taste.

Pros:
Maid Service – Clean & Turn down
Preferred club – additional snacks
Glass bottles of soft drinks
Large Room with lots of storage
Safe facilities
The Mini Bar was stocked daily with bottles

Cons:
Shower pressure/heat
No IPod docking station
Not very cold air con
Open balcony
Could do with an updated hair dryer

 

Preferred Club
When we booked we questioned if preferred club was worth the extra money. We have come to the conclusion it depends on what type of holiday you are after. We loved preferred due to the higher room which means a quieter room with a better view. We also loved it because it gives you access to the 21st floor private pool which is a very quiet pool away from all the hustle and bustle of party people. We also liked that we had someone to go to if there was any problems, I found the butler service not overly helpful. It was a nice thought but it depends who is on and if you needed help enough. I didn’t really – so it felt a little waste of money. The additional amenities in the room such as soaps etc we didn’t use them but we did love the packet of Pringles and M&Ms we got on a daily basis.

Preferred guests also get access to an additional restaurant called Olio. We unfortunately didn’t get the opportunity to go here! There is a premium drinks bar on level 21 – We used to grab our premium sprits from here such as grey goose etc


Service
The service was not bad at this hotel, some areas of the hotel were exceptional and others very disappointing. After visiting Beach Palace we expected it to be at least on par possibly better but sadly we were left disappointed and this is where the hotel let us down.
Let me start with the good: at the preferred pool there is a umbrella man I believe his name is Miguel? He is absolutely lovely, really hard working, a joy to speak to and couldn’t do enough for you. The waiters/waitresses around the preffered pool were consistently good. Replenishing drinks, asking if we were OK and if there was anything we needed etc.
The receptionist who did out room upgrade was great, we were however told we would be treated to a ‘romantic breakfast’ but this never did materialise which was a shame.
Other good service includes Raoul who works on the bars. He always mad my partner and I laugh – he also does fantastic martinis which were amazing!

The restaurant staff let us down on a few occasions, especially a certain waiter in the Bluewater Grill. We were left waiting for a very long time with no drinks or anything. The problem seems to be if you do not want to order wine (which comes at an extra cost) they are not overly fussed about you. Sadly my partner and I do not drink wine, at all… So we never did experience exceptional service in any of the restaurants. We did receive decent service in Dragons the first evening we ever ate there.
I also feel that some of the staff expects to be tipped. Now I come from the UK where we don’t usually tip unless the service is exceptional. The only people I found worthy of a tip were the above and our maids.

Pros:
You can tell who loves their jobs
Some staff go over and above

Cons:
Expectation of tips
Slow service or poor service in restaurants
Push on wine
Some days felt invisible
Very robotic response to any praise – ‘It’s a pleasure’

 

 

Restaurants
There are a large selection of restaurants so there will be something at least for everyone. The biggest grip for my partner is that you must wear sleeved tops and trousers. With it being so warm it is a big pain for my partner. We had to go out to eat, go back to the room and get changed and then go back out.  Not at all convenient.

Let me cover room service first of all –
Mediocre – usually we always have at least 1 thing ordered wrong.  They use a under table oven to keep things warm but it doesn’t always work – everything is luke warm at best. One thing I do like is that all the condiments come packed up in little jars that be pull tabs (so completely fresh). The wait time for room services is always at least 60 minutes.

The restaurants – You either need to eat early if you want a decent meal with OK service.
If you arrive at 7ish – be prepared to be given a buzzer and be sent on your way for 45 minutes  to wait until the buzzer goes off. Or you can eat late and not have a very tasty meal. Bluewater Grill I believe is the busiest of all of the restaurants. You will notice that it has the most consistent food.

Just a quick run down of the resturants we visited (there are more but we didn’t go to all)

Bluewater Grill –
This is always quite busy, the cuts of meat are good but the portion sizes of the side dishes are quite small. On a few occasions my partner and I had the beef tenderloin with Potatoe croquets, mushrooms and rice. Very plan and simple, cooked well.
Out favourite desert of the whole hotel was the Orange crepes from here.
4/5 Stars

Dragons Oriental –
This was always slightly quieter they had a mixed fusion menu some Chinese, come Korean as well as sushi. From here we ordered a few different things… Chicken Rice was alright – not great. The Spring Rolls were really tasty. I had the spider roll – this was tasty but there was not much meat.
This place is hit and miss dependant on the chef. Better service in this restaurant thiough.
3/5 Stars

Market Café –
Only ever been here for breakfast – probably the best meal of the day – there is an omelette station. The lady who works on here doing eveyones eggs is lovely – does great omelettes. There is a nice selection of fruit and again the service is a little hit and miss here. Seem to always be trying to flag someone down for some coffee!
4/5 Stars

Nebillio Italian –
Not the kind of quality food I would have been expecting. Certainly, not for us. We barely ate anything here. Service was fine but food was not good enough standard.
2/5 Stars

Sea Salt Grill –
We had lunch here early on in the holiday I did not enjoy the food but my partner didn’t mind it!
3/5 Stars

Barefoot Grill –
We went to have a look what they were serving midday and looked like paella, however it was difficult to see beneth all of the crows (birds) nibbling out of the serving bowl. After seeing that I was glad I never tried anything from there.
0/5 Stars

Vine Bazzar Café –
I love love love this place. There is a lovely lady who makes my Mocha in the morning, very sweat lovely lady I wish I could remember her name! Rest of the staff are OK but not very pleasant.
They do muffins and cakes. Love a muffin in the morning or last thing at night as a treat!
4/5 Stars

Overall for the restaurants the service was poor in comparison to our previous experience at Beach Palace but the food quality was a little higher. I would not say this is gourmet dining.
We ate out on a few occasions visiting the steak house across the road as well as traveling to Bubba Gump Shrimp and Outback for a change.

 

Bars
There are a selection of bars you can visit but we didn’t go to all of them.
As mentioned the small premium bar on 21st floor has premium spirts for preffered guests.
The lobby bar can get quite busy but it’s a good place if you want a quick drink if you are waiting for a spot at one of the resturants.
Half Time sports bar – great place to go if you like sports, pool and cocktails. A cheeky tip is that this bar does food after 4/5 as its delicious. Things like burgers etc but its so much better than anywhere else!

Lobby bar

 

Entertainment
As any all-inclusive the entertainment is not our bag. Light shows and things are not for us so where ever the shows are… we are not!
The best entertainment over the whole 2 weeks was a wedding function and the DJ was playing amazing songs. We stood on the balcony and enjoyed some actual decent music!!

 

SPA:
We ended up going to the Spa for a 50minute Wine Therapy massage. The prices are absolutely extortionate. Please ensure you get yourself a deal! We went the day before we were leaving and found the whole experience amazing. It was an amazing massage and we were so relaxed we didn’t want to leave. We tried to by some of the wine therapy oil but the champagne version we wanted they had ran out of! I would suggest using the facilities maybe a day or so before the massage.

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Final things
While we were here on our last night there was 8.1 Magnitude earthquake and the whole building swayed. There was no evacuation, no one was advising us what to do… at gone midnight we were standing on the street outside the hotel with no idea what was going on. We were not told any more than ‘its safe to go inside’ the lack of evacuation (or lack of) was very very very poor.

 

Thanks for reading my loves!
Sorry about the short and snappy blog but thought it best to get something out there as soon as possible on this!
Is anyone going on holiday soon?

Don’t get jelly

My count down is on for my holiday to Cancun.
I will be pulling together a bit of a Vlog when I am back as well as lots of content on Cancun nightlife, food and excursions.
I will also be doing a full video and blog breakdown of the hotel.
You may know that my partner and I save all year round to afford one nice big holiday a year! I hear great things about this hotel, however when researching I felt that I couldn’t find all of the answers to my questions that is why my hotel blog/vlog and review will be quite significant – so anyone planning to visit will have all of the information they could possibly want!

This is the hotel website:
http://www.secretsresorts.com/vine-cancun

This is the current Trip advisor page:
https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotel_Review-g150807-d2627483-Reviews-Secrets_The_Vine_Cancun-Cancun_Yucatan_Peninsula.html

As you know I am big on Trip advisor with over 75 reviews placed I am very active and have over 50,000 readership! That is pretty awesome that I have helped so many people!

I am very excited to share hints, tips and general information with you all! Not to mention some seriously amazing pictures!

I probably won’t have the opportunity to blog before I leave so I will see you in just over 2 weeks!

Sending you all love and best wishes
K x

 

Holiday Plans

As my trip to Cancun is fast approaching I have started to purchase the essential items required for my blissful break away! I have also started to plan what adventures I will be having while basking in the glorious sun.

As I have mentioned in my previous posts I visited Cancun last year which was lovely but the second week there was a tropical storm passing by which made the sea very choppy and unfortunately didn’t allow us to complete all of the excursions we originally wanted.

When we visited last year we ended up jumping on a ferry and spending a day in Isa Mujeres which was one of my favourite days of the holiday. We rented a golf buggy and travelled the island; we went to a turtle sanctuary, had lunch in the sister hotel and took in the amazing views. You will also be glad to know that I was driving the buggy (Adam was too scared) and we got back to the rental shop in one piece! Obviously I am a top driver anywhere in the world haha.

We did a fair amount of trinket shopping, we visited La Isla Shopping Village on a few occasions as well as the Luxury Shopping centre. We did this by utilising the local transport via the buses. Be prepared to hold on for your life, I thought UK bus drivers were speedy!

We also swam with the dolphins which was absolutely amazing and something I will never forget. I was very impressed with the care of the dolphins and the experience was also brilliant. Being food lovers we had to try some of the food establishments in the area. Outback Steakhouse was amazing. I have to say it was probably the most delicious meal I had ever had in my whole life. We also went Bubba Gump Shrimp which was also very nice but no match to Outback.

Now my second trip is upcoming I plan to experience the following:

Chichen Itza
Of course this is a must see! Chichen Itza is actually located in the eastern portion of the Yucatan state. Chichen Itza means “at the mouth of the well of Itza”, it is actually the 2nd most visited archaeological site of Mexico today. The Kukulkan Pyramid is known as “El Castillo” and is now known as one of the seven wonders of the world. I plan to visit here with Thomsons Tour Guides as this is quite a big excursion.

Watersports/Adventure
I was hugely disappointed when I was unable to do parasailing last year so this is on the top of my list this year. This teamed with jet skiing and also a adventure buggy ride around the forests and beaches of Mexico. I am still trying to talk Adam into it but I am hoping that I will be able to do some zip-lining here which would be crazy scary but what an amazing experience!

Traditional Seafood
We didn’t get to visit any local food establishments, to be honest we were pretty nervous as we didn’t want to get poorly. This year we want to go to a traditional Mexican restaurant and try some of the fresh fish caught that day.

Boat Trip
This could be a day boat trip but I was thinking maybe the evening food and drinks trip they occasionally do for couples. This would be nice having some romantic time with champagne and a nice 3 course lobster meal while the sun sets.

Underwater Museum
I did originally want to visit the underwater museum but I need to research this some more as I think to make the most of it you need to actually go scuba diving rather than just snorkelling. I have scuba dived in the past and when I was younger I got a certificate for scuba diving and loved doing this on holiday but due to going to the same place for many years my excitement dwindled off as I wasn’t experiencing new nature each time. Adam is not familiar with scuba diving and I think this might be something that makes him a little uneasy. There is potential here though!
I have started my shopping which consists of my suntan lotion, shower gels, shampoo/conditioner, deodorant and even a pair of goggles. I am not going overboard this year – I will be only taking the essentials!
Mexico is my summer holiday but I am also going on a cheeky mini break in October. I will be back to Bodrum in Turkey! As mentioned I used to come here every year with my family, I haven’t been for maybe 5 years (it could be longer). I am going back for a bit of a vacation, the nice thing is I will be going with my uncle Tony and my auntie Tracey (they are twins don’t cha know!). This is only for a week but we will be staying at the Istankoy which means there will be many familiar faces which will be lovley!

We have many friends from Turkey who are like family, they come over at Christmas occasionally… You need to experience a house full of Leicester and Turkish folk dancing around to Turkish music, very drunk and trying to play traditional board games. It was a crazy but amazing evening.

When I travel to Bodrum I hope to make the most of my time there…
I plan to go Jet skiing, on a boat trip, dirt biking, camel riding and some gold shopping!
If you knew my uncle you would laugh at the fact I am going to try and drag him along to all of my crazy daily activities, Tracey however will be up for pretty much anything!

 

Does anyone else have any holiday plans?

Holiday Packing Dramas!

Being a control freak I like to ensure my suitcase is packed, checked and repacked a week before my holiday. I dread the thought of being caught short thousands of miles away from home. Thats why I have created this post about…
THINGS TO REMEMBER WHEN PACKING FOR HOLIDAY!

ONE: A List A Day Keeps  The Nightmares Away!
Tick Lists, Spreadsheets, Planning Documents…. Anything to help you manage your packing. Its great to create a list of things you must, must, must take away with you.
This will aid you not only ensuring you have everything packed but also a good nights sleep before you fly (if you are anything like me I start dreaming about things I have forgot to pack!)

TWO: Long Haul? Name Tag!
If you are flying long haul or have connecting flights don’t be a (wo)man of mystery! Make sure you have a name tag on your luggage and a contact number/email. You will sure be thankful if your luggage gets put on the wrong flight!

THREE: Safety First!
You don’t need to take that big old tin in the back of your cupboard, but don’t forget the essentials. First aid is important, especially if you have prescription pills. Key items for upset tummys and headaches are a must, don’t forget any antihistamines or asthma requirements.

FOUR: Liquids? Leave it!
Unless you are putting your liquids in your main suitcase which is going into the hold; leave it at home! Different airlines have different rules, different airports have different requirements. It is usualy far more cost effective to get any miniatures from the airport Boots instead of buying small see through containers etc…

FIVE: Too Heavy?
Weigh your luggage prior to leaving for the airport. If you don’t and you are over on your luggage allowance be prepared to cough up that cash! It will cost you!
Be ruthless! Do you really need to take 5 pairs of shoes? Are you actually going to use all those hair products? Probably not!

SIX: Crazy Cosmetics
We all have that foundation without a lid, or that shower gel with the broken pump…
Do not let these items ruin your holiday! Buy you good fresh or if not at least put them in sanwich bags. Theres nothing worse than opening up your suitcase after a 9 hour long flight to find your shampoo has leaked all over your holiday clothes!

SEVEN: Taking valuables? Stick em in your hand luggage!
Everyone has at least 1 luxury item they take away… From your engagement ring to your IPad… Don’t risk the loss!

EIGHT: ADAPTERS ADAPTERS ADAPTERS!
No doubt you have your Tablet, Kindle, Handheld gaming system and not to mention your Ipod… All these things need charge! Usually there is a Dixons at the airport if you have forgot to pack one or two or three…. These are a must if you want to be entertained!

NINE: Get Naked!
Okay… not naked. Just don’t forget that airport security as you to take off your shoes, certain pieces of jewellery and belts to go through the scanner.
Just make sure what you are wearing will allow you to do this with ease rather than lacing up your favorite knee high stilettos.

TEN: Can You Even Fly?
This probably should have been number one. Check your Passport is in date! Then pack it away in a travel wallet with all of your other key paperwork. This includes hotel booking confirmation, flight confirmation and even Taxi Numbers.

ELEVEN: Plaggy Bag?
So my top tip is to take some black bin liners. These are amazing. Just put all of your worn clothes into the black bag and you know what is clean and what is not!
Also if you have some finger friendly cleaners you can place anything you don’t want them to touch under the back back on top of your suitcase and somehow by a miracle they do not touch it!

These are just some things to keep in mind when packing!
If you are worried about forgetting something start your tick list well in advance maybe 2 months before you even leave, this way you can add anything on that you happen to think about or might have forgotten!

Would love to hear where you are going on holiday!
Let me know and make me jealous!

Have a blessed day

Kx

Holiday Snob?

One of my work friends likes to call me a holiday snob (thanks Fran!)

Lets think for a second… What exactly is a holiday snob?
Someone who opts for the best hotel for their yearly holiday? Or is it someone who only flies first class?

I love a bit of variety in my holidays I think this is due to growing up and going on holiday to Turkey with my family every single year. At first we went to different places but then due to family and friends we continued to visit Bodrum every year.

Since my yearly visit to Turkey I have since been Egypt, Amsterdam, Spain and Mexico.
Due to Brexit the cost of holidays have gone up significantly while the UK is in a bit of unrest… Sadly this means that I have been unable to book Jamaica this year… HOWEVER my partner and I have been able to get a great deal on a trip to Mexico (I know I know I went last year).

I did visit Cancun Mexico last year but due to a tropical storm in our second week we were unable to do all the activities we had planned.
Our cunning plan was to get a tan during the first week so we wouldn’t burn doing the activities in the second week. This means we missed out on Chichen Itza, Parasailing, Jet-skiing, Zip-lining and even Snorkeling. This was a bit of a let down for me. I am a bit of an adventure junkie so I am all for the chilling by the beach and pool with a bit of music and relaxation but at the the same time I want to be productive and make the most of my time here.

So we are going to be staying at Secrets the Vine Hotel. We currently have a standard Junior Suite but we plan to be upgrading to the Honeymoon Suite when we get there due to it being much more cost effective than upgrading in advance.
Check out some sneaky peeks of the room:

 

I am very excited to go back!!! eekkkkk

Eggs, Crochet, Painting and more!

Hello My Loves!

I have been scrimping on the post front as wok life is so busy at the moment.
I do however have a update on life and things that have been happening!

First of all! I totally forgot to share some cheeky pictures of the fur-babies receiving their Easter Eggs! As I was away in Bournemouth with Billy I completely forgot about my boys eggs! (what a bad mother).

 

Secondly I have been working on a mini project for about a month now! Just something that I dip in and out of… I made a little skirt for Mia. She asked me if I could make a skirt (she thought I could whip one up in 5 mins bless her) and I said I would use the rest of her yarn left over from her poncho to make a cute skirt. Finally it is completed!
It is nothing complex, quite simple but with a cute lace style trim.

 

Sundays are my lazy days… I am being adventurous if I just leave the house and go down the garden to the studio. I decided to do a touch of painting as the weekends are really the only time I have free to do this sort of thing.  I opted for sitting on my bed and balancing all my water and painted on some boxes (I obviously live on the edge).  Trying to gain some inspiration for my creation was frankly a pain in the bum today. A heavily wet Billy (he had been playing with the hose pipe) decided to jump up on my newly changed sheets and drench my bedding. This is where my inspiration came from. I have never been very good at drawing so I try to avoid portraits at all costs….HOWEVER practice makes perfect right? I figured if I want to get better… I have to tackle the fear!
The below is what I came up with. I think Billy looks alright, Bloo on the other hands looks slightly odd….

 

I also have some exciting news!!! (for me, not for you)
I have booked to go away this year! Adam and I were planning on staying in England this year and not going away on holiday mainly due to funds and how expensive everything has now become… This however doesn’t stop me looking and dreaming of the wonderful places I want to visit! We were initially looking at Jamaica, then we looked at Dominican Republic… I have to say I am more of a modern hotel kind of gal. Fran from work likes to call me a ‘holiday snob’ because I like to go to the best places!
Hey! can’t help it if I know what I like huh?

So the big reveal is….
We are going….
CANCUN MEXICO…
(again…)

So we went Cancun last year on holiday. It was beautiful! I have to say I did not enjoy it as much as Egypt the year before! We stopped in the Beach Palace which in itself was a nice hotel, I wasn’t blown away by a variety of things, one of the most important being the food. Have a look at my trip advisor review for information and pictures of this hotel. https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/members/Miss_Kirstie_Jade

This year we are stopping at Secrets The Vine which is 5 minutes car ride from Beach Palace! So we are in pretty much the same area! The hotel is a bit better however…
https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotel_Review-g150807-d2627483-Reviews-Secrets_The_Vine_Cancun-Cancun_Yucatan_Peninsula.html

I am also really excited because this will be my first time flying 1st class.
We are flying with Thomson on their Dreamliner. We flew economy for Egypt and our recent trip to Cancun. Both were fine, however the people we had sitting next to us were not exactly desirable. They were painting their nails and also had lots of people constantly coming over and talking to them when we were obviously trying to catch a few Z’s. We also had huge queues to contend with both at Birmingham and Cancun…
So this year we decided why the hell not? We got a cheap deal on the upgrade 100 per person for Premium Club which not only includes the plane extras such as:
Seats with 38 inch seat pitch, additional recline, 2 seats instead of 3, complimentary newspaper, water, 4 course meal (with actual glass cutlery), unlimited drinks from juices through to a variety of alcohol miniatures, pillows and blankets and a beauty mintuires kit.
You also get Priority check in (No hour long queues which we had last year), Access to the airport lounge (this includes drinks and snacks, and just a nice place to wait for your flight), Priority Boarding (get on first, get off first)… I just think its going to make the flight and the travel so much more bearable.
We have booked to go on 25th August which is around the same time we went last year!
Very excited and something to look forward to (Only 123 days left to go!)

Does anyone else have any holiday plans? Or has anything exciting recently happened?

Sending my love and have a blessed day!

Kx

My Easter Break… ‘Billy goes to Bournemouth’

Happy Easter Everyone!!
Hope you all have had a blessed day and have had lots of chocolate eggs!

My blog today is all about my little fur baby Billy! He has been on his first holiday over the Easter break; he has came to visit Adam in Bournemouth!!!
Unfortunately due to Bloo being so huge and Adam living in a top floor flat, it just wouldn’t be feasible for me to take both of them… I do hear though that he is missing Billy and is very jealous!

It all started off when myself and Adam was discussing moving in together and how we would get a dog. In particular I have my heart set on a little French bulldog however I am big on adopting puppies/dogs and not buying #AdoptDontShop
We were discussing how much hardwork they would be and also if it would be feasible.
Nothing else was said on the topic for a little while but Adam did suggest bringing Billy down on my next visit. As Adam lives by the sea and is a mere 5 minutes from Southbourne beach it seemed like the perfect idea…

I packed up my suitcase and bags as usual for my venture down south. I was also packing for a second passenger, Billy. 6 Tins of dog food, a bag of biscuits, a bowl, harness & collar, a ball, a bed and his lead.

The bearing in mind from Leicester to Southbourne (Bournemouth) it takes about 3 hours in the car… Billy was a little star. After getting the car packed up I put a blanket down in the foot-well for him to lay on. About an hour into the journey he was looking at me slightly puzzled as if to say ‘This is a long journey to the park’. Another half an hour and we had got half way. He kept trying to go sleep but the car was too bouncy for him and the bumps kept waking him, so I pulled over to see if he needed to go toilet and then put his bed into the foot-well. The space was a little tight but it did the job, for the remaining time he drifted in and out of sleep until we got to Bournemouth.

That evening he was pretty darn petrified. He wasn’t sure where he was and he wasn’t really sure what was happening but with a bit of encouragement he was going toilet and navigating around the flat. We had takeaway food that evening and had a reasonably early night sleep so we could get up and take Billy for his first experience on the beach.

Over the past few days Billy has been on 3 walks a day! A Morning walk which consists of lots of ball throwing and chase games. The Afternoon walk which was a much more leisurely stroll on the beach shoreline. The Adam Evening walk, Adam takes him back down to the beach for the final walk of the day which is only a 30 min walk but allows him to get some fresh air and go toilet.

Our evenings consist of getting takeaway or cooking and just before bed taking billy down to the very local greenery (1 min walk) for him to go for a wee before settling down for the night.
It has been a lovely break but very tiring for both myself and Adam as well as Billy.
I will be heading back to Leicester tomorrow morning to miss the Easter Break traffic. I can only imagine Billy will be doing exactly what he is doing now… Donking out, fast asleep!

I have to say! I feel fitter, but I am in so much pain with my back, my ankles, legs, shoulder and neck. I basically ache all over. Adam and I have decided that until we buy a house with a garden, maybe we wouldn’t cope with a dog. Lucky for me I live with my granny & auntie still so I have my 2 babies (4 including the guineas) at home.

Hope you all had a wonderful break!
Billy sends lots of love and licks

Kx & Bx

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