“Ah, Miss Hudson, we’ve been looking forward to welcoming you!”
After a 10 hour flight (and an even earlier start at the airport due to a certain New Zealand rugby match…) I had made sure that we weren’t going too far to get to our hotel that night. I had originally planned to head straight to Tulum, but with that being another 2 hours from Cancun airport, I had booked us a very special first night in NIZUC Resort and Spa, a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts.
Being just fifteen minutes away from the airport, NIZUC Resort and Spa is ideal if you’re looking for somewhere special to send your first few nights in Mexcio!
As soon as we had checked in, we were shown straight to our Ocean Suite, a large suite which faces right onto the NIZUC beach and you can even peek at the main pool! With loungers and a sunbed on your private deck, there’s nowhere better to enjoy a morning coffee, or sundowner cocktail.
But I’m getting a little ahead of myself…
Much as I was excited to explore our beautiful suite and NIZUC itself, I was desperate to cool down and refresh myself after long flight. We threw open suitcases, and found our swimwear, and rushed round to the quieter, adults only pool for a quick dip!
Somehow we managed to get the entire pool to ourselves, so we allowed ourselves to splash around, laugh and enjoy the cool fresh water – never mind the most amazing views…
A pool that turns into a bit of a party area during the day happens to be one of the most peaceful areas of the resort at night.
With sun loungers a plenty and an intimate set of sofas if you’re with a group of friends… I could have spent hours and hours and hours here…
If you prefer the feeling of sand within your toes, there are sun more private sun beds on La Punta beach.
I’ll be telling you all about our romantic date night at Ramona, the hotel’s exclusive Mexican restaurant, in another post. There are so many dining options at NIZUC that honestly, we didn’t get to try half of the ones we wanted in a one night stay, making it perfect for a longer, more indulgent foodie holiday resort.
There are 274 suites and private villas in this 29 acre property. Sounds big doesn’t it? I’ve always been one for smaller, more intimate hotels and so the idea of a resort has never really tempted me. Honestly, it was NIZUC that changed my mind: with service this personal it’s hard to feel like you’re in a large hotel at all – it could be just you.
As you walk into the Ocean Suite, you can immediately see where the room gets its name from. But if you can tear yourself away from the view, there’s a huge bed in the middle of the room, with a small sitting area.
I can’t tell you how good it was to sink into those white, crisp sheets and let my head drop onto those fluffy pillows after a long day of traveling! After one of those truffles though…
Apart from the terrace, I think my favourite part of this room was the bathroom…
With his and hers sinks, an area for a dressing room (perfect for getting ready for a date night or two!), more wardrobes than even I could need for a week… And all decked out in the most beautiful Asian inspired, modern decor.
It was truly stunning.
Oh, did I forget the bath?
It’s safe to say that we slept oh so well after the traveling and our amazing date at Ramona.
I’m not normally a fan of jet lag… We’re really not friends… But this time – it really worked in our favour. We woke up early enough that we were the first in the pools, and the resort was almost empty as we walked around…
Down underneath the mangroves we walked, down onto the beach… Until we saw this little entrance again…
At night, you can book a table for just the two of you, listen to the water lap against the pier, look back onto NIZUC itself or far into the bright blue water.
If you head to the other side of the lobby and the reflecting pond and back onto NIZUC beach, you’ll find the lifeguard’s stand, where you can take out kayaks, paddle boards, or enjoy the family friendly side of the resort.
It’s a resort which you can tailor exactly to you. I really wanted to a chance to visit the ESPA spa, which is slightly further along the beach, but you’ve got to save something for next time, don’t you? And of course, when there’s tennis courts around (like there are right at the end of the beach), you can never hold Andy away for too long!
After some time enjoying the views from the reflecting ponds….
Which at light are lit up with fire…
We were a little bit hungry!
Café de la Playa is set just a little back from the beach and is the casual breakfast restaurant. With a very relaxed atmosphere and a seemingly endless buffet breakfast… In fact, we were still early enough to enjoy the whole buffet to ourselves!
We said cheers! to our new adventure, to visiting a country I had always wanted to see and to spending our first night in paradise at NIZUC Resort and Spa!
We sat outside, to make the most of our new found sun, before heading back inside to pick up a delicious breakfast!
On holiday, cake, danishes and donuts are entirely acceptable breakfast food if you ask me – especially if they’re this beautiful!
In fact, these danishes reminded me of those I’d had on board the Belmond British Pullman!
And if that doesn’t quite satisfy your sweet tooth, there’s homemade hot chocolate and churros, too!
Whenever we’re abroad Andy always tries the local cuisine for breakfast, and so went straight to the quesadillas and ordered some Yucatecan chicken and mushroom specialities…
As well as some Yucatecan pork! I tasted the chicken quesadilla (just a bite!) and loved the fresh, yet spicy (but not hot) flavours.
Now I think that calls for a second mimosa…
After breakfast, we headed to the main pool to soak up some sun and float in that beautiful infinity pool.
It might not be the adults only pool, but it has a swim up bar which makes a pretty incredible set of cocktails, if you ask me!
And it’s a view that I don’t think I’ll forget for a long time…
All you need to do is to lie back on a sun lounger, relax and waiters will bring you towels, drinks and food until your heart is content.
A little into the morning, the lovely people at NIZUC will bring round fruit skewers and coconut water to make sure you’re refreshed and happy. Oh, and they can easily suggest the best drinks for you – no matter what you like!
From the main pool it’s a short walk down to the NIZUC beach to get your feet all sandy all over again.
With sandy toes, and a rapidly approaching check out time, we headed back to La Punta, it’s more lively pool and oh yeah, our first taste of nachos of the trip!
Oozing with cheese and served with guacamole, salsa and allll the nachos you could want, it was a perfect lunch – and big enough to share between the two of us!
Despite not being quite ready to check out, we headed back to our sutie, packed up, and took a last look at this stunning resort…
Next time, I’m not going to be in any hurry to rush away (but I was super excited to head down to Tulum!)