way into it
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: near Tulsa
Just another All Inclusive trip report
Departure Eve, Friday April 11th
First let me say that I’m not much of a writer, but I have been appreciative of everyone else who has taken the time to post reports. There have been many an unproductive day at work leading up to our vacation spent on Playa info. It goes without saying that we were very excited about our trip to the Riu Palace Riviera Maya. This was our second trip to the RPRM, and would be our longest trip away from our children.
We booked through Worry Free for April 12th-19th, and were flying from Oklahoma City which is about 1 and ˝ hours from here in Tulsa. With the drive time and our departure of 9am, we decided to use some Hilton honors points and stay at the Hampton Inn at the airport. We utilized the Park and Fly program so we didn’t even have to pay for parking. (They were supposed to charge $29, but didn't because of my point status. It's still a bargain @ $4 and change a day.)
Usually I am something of an obsessive compulsive planner (itineraries, checklists, etc), but was trying to play it cool for this trip. Our loose plan was to go to work until noon, then home to finish packing, say goodbye to kids before leaving, and stop off at bank on the way to OKC.
This was not a good idea. We received tons of rain on Thursday and all roads but one leading into town were closed on Friday morning, and even the schools were closed. So we packed everything up, and took the long way into Tulsa. Then off to my work to basically say, see ya’ll we’re leaving. Grannies’ to drop the kids off. Last stop, let Kylee off at work to check on things while I run by the bank. Everything is still good.
At the bank, I chat it up with the teller about our big trip. She was curious why I would want ones anyway. I walk out thinking maybe I shouldn’t have went on and on about Playa. I’m always jealous when others tell me about their trips, and I’m stuck at work, oh well. Wait where are my keys anyway? WTF? Frantic searching of parking lot, the teller’s station, walkway…I’m literally laying on the floor of the bank looking under anything and everything. Why is this happening to me? Maybe somebody grabbed the keys and they’re back outside emptying the car.
Outside nobody’s around, the car is locked and keys aren’t in the ignition. Call Kylee at work, and she suggests checking the car. I inform her I’ve already done that (and not in a nice way), and we hang up. Maybe I should check the car again….keys sitting in passenger seat. How did that happen? Call locksmith, then wife. It is decided that I will not be responsible for keys the remainder of the trip. Again, I would like to apologize to my wife.
Thirty minutes later we are off to the City. Dinner and early to bed. Fell asleep watching “Walk Hard, the Dewey Cox story” (what’s up with $10.99 for a movie anyway?) Hope that I’ve used up all bad trip incidents today. Tomorrow we’ll be in paradise….
Last edited by playadreaming; 04-26-2008 at 09:55 AM..
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way into it
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: near Tulsa
Day one April 12th
Day One, April 12th
I wake up at 4:30am, and try to go back to sleep until our 5:30 wake up call. Not going to happen. Watch a few minutes of hotel programming on the wonder and beauty of Oklahoma City. Off to the hotel business center to check email and playa.info. Complimentary coffee in hand, return to room to get ready. Kylee is awake and ready to get going too. Just make it to our shuttle on time. The only other passenger is a grumpy pilot who wanted to leave early.
Flight was good, and we departed and arrived on time (9am - 11:50am.) Through immigration with no lines, and then to baggage claim. Little wait here, as the carts of luggage were being pulled up to carousel by hand. Guess the cart puller thingy broke down? Luggage in hand we approached the infamous button for Green Light/Red Light. After yesterday, Kylee was the appointed one. Green light! As Kylee recited the Lord’s Prayer, and I repeatedly said no thank you, we rushed through the Hall of the timeshare. Into the glory of the Mexican sun, and the mob of transportation mess. Where are the red shirted Worry Free reps?
Here we are. As our rep leads us to our transportation, I tell Kylee that I’m going to grab my first beer in Mexico and meet her at our cab. No dice, she doesn’t want to be alone and she tells me I can wait ‘til Playa. Again she is right, because our contact has led us to a huge charter bus. I pull out paper work showing private transfer, and after only a few minutes confusion we are whisked away to our taxi.
Our driver was great, and not just because he suggested a stop at 711 for cold ones. On our way to Playa he talked about the Mayan history, pointed out hotels going in and places to see and things to do. Wish I had written down his name.
Cold drinks in hand
View out front of cab
Arrival at the hotel
Check in was smooth. The room was ready early, and a bell boy was ready to take our stuff right up.
The safe in the closet
View from our room # 2104
We were completely unpacked, and on the beach by 2:30pm! A few pics the first afternoon:
This was a great beach day. Warm sun, great view..of sea, beach and a group of 4 gratuitously topless women. Not just laying out (that would be normal for the area), but getting up, walking around, standing and standing while combing their hair. This is me when Kylee said no pictures of any topless women:
For dinner we grabbed some buffet at the resort. Kylee was ready to get into town. She wanted to scout prices and locations for gifts. She takes shopping seriously.
Some interesting angels
These made me rethink my plan for continous drinking this week. Maybe I should be considering my mortality?
Last edited by playadreaming; 04-26-2008 at 09:52 AM..
Join Date: Dec 2003
Thanks for the great start on your review, playadreaming! Can't wait to read more.
How did you get such a nice view? Did you book the basis room or an upgraded one? We're visiting June 10-20, and have 2 rooms, so I will probably request yours, although we just have a basic room booked.