Last Thursday evening, I was invited to attend Savor in City at CityScape Phoenix in Downtown Phoenix and it was amazing to say the least!
CityScape Phoenix partnered with Cloth & Flame to host a desert-inspired dining experience that showcased the best of what CityScape restaurants have to offer with a chef-driven, multi-course dinner served family-style as a long wooden table lined Central Avenue.
Savor on Central transformed CityScape into an urban desert oasis as a 152 foot-long-table adorned with flora, succulents and twinkle lights taking center stage. Typically held out in the wilderness or in the Arizona desert, this was the first of its kind event by Cloth & Flame as guests traded views of cacti and desert for towering views of the city skyline in the heart of Downtown Phoenix.
For my birthday we went to the Andaz Mayakoba in Playa del Carmen for 5 days and 4 nights and it was UNBELIEVABLE to say the least!
Shortly after landing in Cancun, our driver picked us up and we were on our way to paradise (in other words) the Andaz Mayakoba. We had time to take in the absolutely gorgeous scenery, since the resort is about 40 minutes from the airport. It really was nice after the flight to just sit back and get excited about the wonderful days that lay ahead.
We pulled up to Mayakoba and entered through the guard gated entrance. Within Mayakoba there are several other luxurious resorts and we let the guard know we were headed to the Andaz. A few minutes later, we arrived at the sensational Andaz Mayakoba!
The Andaz Mayakoba lobby is very beautiful and open. Our check-in process was easy since most of the accommodating staff speaks English. We were whisked to our hotel room via golf cart and we couldn’t help but notice there were bikes everywhere. We asked about this and our driver let us know that guests can pick up any bike and ride to a destination within the resort, so fun! Little did we know how much we would enjoy biking around this amazing resort!
Once settled into our beautiful room, we realized we were hungry (since it was dinner time) and we wanted to watch the amazing sunset at one of the beach restaurants.
Just imagine cocktails and dinner on a beautiful patio overlooking the beach, a light tropical breeze making the palm trees sway along the ocean and its gentle waves just a few yards away. We realized we were in paradise. It was a wonderful and very relaxing evening.
The next morning (my birthday!) we got up and went straight to the beach. Taking a golf cart to the beach we noticed a lagoon that runs all around Mayakoba, our driver let us know we could take a Duffy ride around the lagoon later and we decided this was definitely on the “To Do” list.
Ok, so now let me tell you about the beach! No wonder it’s called the Mexican Riviera! The beach is huge, with pure white sand, which is incredibly soft. Palm trees are everywhere, many with inviting hammocks swinging in the balmy breeze.
(Our day at the beach had just begun and I was already considering a siesta!) The water is a gorgeous crystal turquoise blue and (of course) the perfect temperature. We enjoyed a lazy day at the beach, swimming and sunning until it was almost time for dinner. That evening, we chose Casa Amate, which serves dinner exclusively.
Casa Amate has a diverse Latin American cuisine and is designed like a beautiful, intimate home. It’s built around a gorgeous courtyard, which overlooks the resort’s surrounding lagoon. Inside the courtyard, there’s a special Amate tree, which is where the restaurant gets its name.
Every dining room within Casa Amate has specific names that include a “Bar Studio”, “Library”, “Estancia” and “The Comedor.” We had the most incredible dinner, which made my birthday even more special.
The next morning, we had breakfast at Cocina Milagro and decided to ride bikes around the property and see all the tropical life.
On our bike ride we saw monkeys, we also saw what they call a “Mexican Raccoon”, lizards and beautiful colored birds. We rode our bikes to the beach, enjoying the day very much!
However, a tequila tasting at Ollaceviche (one of the restaurants at the beach) was calling our names….Seriously, I had NO idea there were so many different tequilas…they had every kind from sweet to dry.
Honestly, I don’t remember the names other than some were great! Ha! After doing some tequila tasting we took a Duffy ride from the beach to our room, I loved this experience!
Throughout Mayakoba lagoon, we saw crocodiles!! Oh MY! I had no idea! It was incredible seeing them and I felt like a total tourist taking photos of them.
The ride lasted about 10-15 minutes and we thoroughly enjoyed it. The property is beautiful and it was a great way to experience the Andaz from the water.
That night we went into the town of Playa del Carmen and walked around the charming streets of the 5th avenue. We did some shopping, had a casual dinner at a spot where the locals dine and listened to the beautiful music that was playing all around us. It was another great night!
The next day (our last day in paradise) we went to the beach for a bit before we whisked away to the Naum Spa where we had the most FABULOUS 75min massages. Yes! This was a perfect way to end a perfect vacation.
The next day our driver took us back to the airport (and reality!) but we have continued to reminisce about this fabulous vacation. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the Andaz Mayakoba is truly paradise and I cannot wait to go back!
*Thank you Andaz Mayakoba for sponsoring this post
*This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of L’Oréal® Paris Elvive. The opinions and text are all mine.
Do you have dry and (somewhat) damaged hair, like me? I blow dry, curl or straighten my hair almost daily because I always need to look my best. However, I was getting tired and actually somewhat concerned about how dry and brittle my hair had become. Not only that, but I have been coloring my hair since high school and I won’t tell you how long ago that was ;-).
L’Oréal has a wonderful test that educates beauty junkies (like me) about their high quality products. I also really love that L’Oréal uses top ingredients and the proof is in the results of their many amazing beauty products. (Translated, I trust L’Oréal). On this link, I was asked to take a quick quiz from L’Oréal Paris Elvive to determine how damaged my hair was and which products were best for my hair type. The test was quite cool and at the conclusion, I learned that my hair is a level 3 on the damage scale. What this means is my hair is somewhat dry and damaged (spot on L’Oréal!) and I should try using some of their Elvive products. I almost ran (but did drive!) to my nearest Walgreens to find this promised hair saver appropriately named the Elvive Total Repair 5 Protein Recharge in their hair care aisle.
I’m not kidding when I say that Elvive Total Repair 5 Protein Recharge is amazing! I truly saw immediate results after my first treatment! I was so excited to see that my hair looked healthier, shinier and felt stronger! LOVE! Oh, I almost forgot to mention that you can use your (sorry, sometimes damaging) heating tools with this totally amazing product! It actually protects your hair up to 450 degrees of heat…which is just short of miraculous in my book! This is wonderful considering that I use hot tools almost daily.
I also tried the Elvive Extraordinary Oil (for hair with level 2 and 3) which is just as great for my hair type and I saw results (again) in one use! My hair felt soft and silky, not greasy or heavy at all (yay!). This product is for you if you struggle with split ends since it nourishes dry, lifeless hair. It’s also infused with flower oils and (seriously) the treatment will leave your hair shiny, beautiful and soft in just one use.
Here are more amazing products by L’Oréal Paris Elvive you may want to try:
Elvive Total Repair 5 Damage Erasing Balm
- A rinse-out hair mask
- Repairs up to one year of damage in just one use
- Helps with split ends, weakness, roughness, dullness and dehydration
Elvive Color Vibrancy Repair and Protect Balm
- Protects hair post treatment
- Formulated for dry, damaged hair and color treated hair
- Results visible after one use
Ok, keep reading because this is really exciting!
All of the incredible L’Oreal Elvive products can be found in the hair care aisle of your local Walgreens. To find your nearest Walgreens, click here: http://bit.ly/2t4nzzy.
I highly encourage you to take the hair diagnostic test and try these fabulous products! You can take the quiz here: http://bit.ly/2EHe8bk
For more information on L’Oreal Paris, click here: http://bit.ly/2FPMbxE