We had a fantastic trip to Riviera Maya this past weekend!

The new immigration experience at the Cancun airport was excellent and super fast! We breezed through in just a few minutes and walked out of the airport in under 15 minutes. There were no more paper forms to fill out!

We all arrived on different flights and all used different transportation companies. We all experienced the best service from both USA Transfers and Kalido Travel. They were easy to find outside the terminal, super courteous, and loaded us up very quickly. The transportation companies all have new safety measures they are implementing currently. They must text the home office a photo of the confirmation, all vehicles have GPS monitoring, and all drivers are monitored for health before their shifts. We all arrived in Cancun between 3:30 pm and 4 pm. The traffic was light on Friday night, and even though our resort was very far south, we arrived at the resort by 6 pm.

El Dorado Seaside Suites check-in was quick, and we were in our Oceanfront Swim Up Suites quickly! We enjoyed the Mexican Fiesta that evening on the beach. The food and entertainment were phenomenal! After a long day of travel, we were ready for bed early! We are often asked about security on-site at the resorts. It is interesting to note here that security is very tight. They even tightly vetted the staff we met for breakfast through management to approve them on-site.

Day 2- We were up early for the gym and a jog! If you are a runner, you will love knowing that there is a 5k route on the resort site. We had a breakfast meeting with Lomas Travel to get all the updates on Karisma and Lomas. After that, we headed to the pool for some R&R! We experienced quick service and spent our day eating tacos and lounging. We took a quick dip to experience the foam party before heading to the spa. The spa was beautiful! We all enjoyed facials and massages. That evening, we visited an Asian restaurant. Plates of food kept arriving! Sushi, appetizers, main courses, and we were all stuffed by the time we finished our meal! We then headed down to Guacamayas for a live band and DJ.

Day 3- We were up early to enjoy yoga on the pier. What a great experience seeing and hearing the ocean during the practice! After breakfast, we headed to the beach for the day. Fun fact: all Bali beds are first come, first serve at this resort. You may choose the beach in front of the Seaside Suites section or walk down to the Palms section for a better stretch of beach. After some water volleyball, we prepared for the Candlelight Dinner on the beach.

The Candlelight Dinner on the beach is an additional fee. This fully plated 4-course meal is private and includes a bottle of wine. The setting could not have been more perfect. We elected to sit at 6 pm to experience the sunset! After a fantastic meal (option of beef, chicken, or salmon), we watched the sunset, turning the sky into beautiful shades of orange and red. After dinner, we headed over to experience the Silent Disco. You are given a set of headphones, and 3 DJs are playing. You may choose to flip between all of the options. We were initially all unsure, but this was one of our favorite experiences on the trip!

Day 4: It was so hard to leave paradise to head home! Our shuttle picked us up, and there was not any traffic! We arrived several hours early at the airport, so we decided to pay $39/person to enjoy the VIP lounge. This is an all-inclusive experience of a private lounge with food and drinks. Depending on the terminal, there are additional services in each lounge.

Lindsay and I flew through Charlotte to complete our Global Entry interview. This was easy to do right in the Immigration area and only took a few minutes. We were approved quickly. Please note that you must already be conditionally approved to do the walk-in appointment.

And then, our flight from CLT to TUL was canceled! We headed to the AA counter, and they were so kind in assisting us in getting to Tulsa that evening. We ended up on stand-by on a flight to DFW (and we were approved on stand-by) and then on to a flight from DFW to TUL. We got home late, but who can complain after such a fantastic trip?

All in all, we had such a fantastic trip! The service was terrific in every aspect, from the shuttle drivers to the resort’s staff.

We know many of our clients are traveling to Mexico this summer. The security level in Cancun/Riviera Maya has not been modified recently and remains unchanged for several years. Many news stories that provide slightly incorrect or confusing information are in circulation, to say the least! The staff of all the companies we used want to reassure tourists that Cancun/Riviera Maya tourism still has the best interests of tourists and takes safety very seriously. In the meeting with Lomas, they reviewed the safety details of the shuttles/entry onto the resorts. They also noted that the news that is reported fails to mention that any incidents are not in the tourist area and are all affiliated with local drug members. The people who work in the tourism sector are all amazing people who love their jobs and strive to provide the best experience for their clients. And this is precisely what we experienced from the beginning to the end of this fantastic trip!