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Old 07-16-2012   #1 (permalink)
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Kaki's NOW Jade + Isla Mujeres Day Trippin' Trip Report

Hi peeps, been back a month and very tardy in posting a trip report, but I am going to try to get it going now.

We booked the NOW Jade Riviera Cancun in Puerto Morelos for 9 nights from June 2-11…Through the best travel agent ever, and someone I consider to be one of the coolest chicks I know, Miss Shammy aka Lone Palm Travel. Thanks AnnaLynne

It was a fantastic trip, maybe our best to Mexico yet. This is one of my favorite pics from the trip, so I am going to share it now…



Also, before I get into the specifics of the resort and our trip, you should know we had a stowaway on the trip…Mr. Bill!

He had a great time, and had a few adventures of his own. To start with, being the suspicious character he is, TSA subjected him to a full body scan.





But received VIP treatment on the plane with a visit to the cockpit.




Once we landed, I knew we would be on an Apple bus, so I paid my $6.00+ for my airport beer and we were off to the resort.



My main criteria was having a separate bedroom for me and Miles , and a compact enough resort where Grant (11) and Jackson (8) could have some independence without me worrying about them getting lost going back and forth to the room. Oh, by the way…for those of you who have seen old trip reports from back when they were in diapers, or met them in person at some point, here they are on this last trip. My boys are growing up SO fast!!






Back to the resort…great beach, pools, food were also high on the list. In short, we wanted it all!

For me, being close to PDC wasn’t a priority this trip as we had our hearts set on an Isla Mujeres and Crococun day trip and were fine with being a little further north. The NOW Jade in Puerto Morelos was the perfect solution for us.


Shammy booked us in a Preferred Club Ocean View suite with a separate bedroom, Jacuzzi on the balcony, and an amazing view! We had some pretty specific requests that Shammy sent along for us, and much to my delight all of our wishes were honored, and then some!

We had asked for a room in building 6 or 7 (we got building 7), a higher floor (we got the 3rd floor), two double beds in the bedroom, and 2 cots / rollaways in the living room (yes, there was more than enough room for the 2 cots in the Preferred Club suite, and the couch).


Check-in was very “pampering” in the Preferred Club lounge, and right from the start we were wow’d by this resort. Here are some room pics…





Jacuzzi on balcony...



Separate bedroom



I have many more room pics and I will choose a few more to post for those who want to get an idea of the accommodations. Right now, I am feeling frustrated with photobucket (keeps crashing) and need to “walk away!” I need to pick this back up from Miles’ Macbook Pro, where everything is easier.

I am happy to have gotten the trip report started, though, and will be back for another installment tomorrow. Until then, I will leave you with a shot of my favorite place to hang out.



And Miles' favorite perch in the Infinity pool...



Coming up, I will share lots of resort photos, Puerto Morelos town square photos, Crococun Zoo, The Little English Schoolhouse, and Isla Mujeres photos too!

And more of this guy and his adventures…


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Hi, I am back with more room and resort grounds pictures to share. All in all, we loved our room. Our Preferred Club suite had a separate bedroom, two (very) large closets, a rain shower, two sinks, and a separate bathroom with another sink, toilet and bidet. As I mentioned, they brought 2 cots in for the boys, but there was still plenty of room in the living room.







The beds were very comfortable, but the cots were not - - however they were good enough for children. We loved having a TV in the living room and one in the separate bedroom. They also play the movie “Ashes and Snow” on continuous loop on channel 2. We enjoyed this so much, I bought a copy of the DVD when we got home (they do sell it at the resort, but were out of stock).

The view from the balcony did not suck at all…this was an "ocean view" room, but I would argue more "ocean FRONT" - no?



See if you can spot Miles!



Our balcony



We made good use of the jacuzzi on the balcony. What a great view while sitting there...





The attention to detail around the resort is crisp and modern - - but with a little Hacienda mixed in, if that makes sense. Here are some pics of the grounds and the lobby.

View from lobby bar...



Lobby Bar...



Lobby...





And our home-away-from-home - - The Preferred Club Lounge! We were here many times a day. The concierge (s) there are spectacular, the service was so pampering. On day one the waiter Edson asked me if I wanted a shot of tequila and I told him only if he had Don Julio Resposado and he told me to come back in a few hours and he would have some for me. I think they sent someone to the store! He put my name on the bottle and put it in the freezer in the back room, and always had a freezing cold shot waiting for me when I stopped in. He even sent a shot down to the pool with Miles a few days as a present for me. If that isn't 1st class service, I don't know what is!





Another thing about the resort grounds, there is a faint but intoxicating smell of fresh peeled oranges in all of the common areas and bathrooms. By day three I was determined to find out where that luscious smell was coming from and found oil burners tucked throughout the resort, burning this wonderful orange scent. I inquired about purchasing some at the lobby, and they met me with "are you kidding me lady" rude stares, but apparently they get this request a lot, so they do sell it.

Having a less-than-pleasureable experience with the front desk, I decided to ask the conceirge in the Preferred Lounge about it, and guess what was waiting for me in my room within an hour? Two bottles to take home.

I will be back later to post some pool and beach pics, then Puerto Morelos! Thanks for reading.
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Pool and Beach

The main pool area is expansive, and we never had trouble finding loungers. We loved to switch up where we sat, but usually near the Infinity pool area. The swim up pool bar was always active with “club” music and games, etc…something always going on. We sat far enough away to still hear the music, but be able to chill out. Perfect! The pool side service was fantastic and I ordered my usual with my Tervis tumbler in tow (vino blanco + agua mineral + mucho hielo!).

Miles loved to hang out on the Infinity pool edge, offering friendly “coaching” advice to the volleyball players below. So much so, that by the end of our trip the Entertainment staff guys called him “Mr. Pro” and we are pretty sure they wanted to kick his a$$.

In fact, one night I ran into one of the guys in the lobby and he was dressed in a clown suit (for the circus that night). He (very menacingly) asked me where “Mr. Pro” was and made me promise not to tell Miles he was incognito.


Well, fearing for my husband’s life from this buff Entertainment Staff guy (and sometimes circus clown) I gave Miles the heads up that “they were looking for him” and he managed to artfully dodge them the rest of the night, only to return to his coaching "perch" the next day. At the end of the trip, he gave hearty and fun goodbyes to them, it was all good!

I have so, SO many pool pics, but here are some of my favorites…









Eyes closed, Grant...but great shot of the beach/Infinity pool




Side view of Miles' coaching "perch"...








Mr. Bill really enjoyed his time at the pool!







He even helped the waitstaff serve drinks!




Had a few of his own along the way...




And got himself into a bit of a mess sometimes...Oh Noooo!





Hanging by the pool...but overlooking the beach (my favorite spot!)





What I saw when I looked to my right...



The view to the left...



Grant taking it all in...





Thought I would get to the beach pics too, but I gotta run. Back for more later.
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Oh yeah, the ADULT pool!

Just real quick post...there is a lovely adult pool area over in the Preferred Club area, but it's open to all guests. They have beds and hammocks, but I hear they go pretty fast in the morning. I went over there a few times by myself and loved the vibe - - sort of a low key "spa-like" feel with groovy quirky jazzy music and everyone seems like they are in slow motion.


They also serve food that is "ready to go" for a quick bite like burgers, hot dogs and nachos (they do not have this at the main pool, which is an epic fail in my opinion, but more on that when I get to the food later). I didn't get many pics, but here is one of the adult area.




Oh and one more great main pool infinity area shot I just came across...


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Yay! I've been watching for your TR. Your kids are looking so grown up and so handsome! Looking forward to the rest of the report!
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Yay! I've been watching for your TR. Your kids are looking so grown up and so handsome! Looking forward to the rest of the report!
Thanks Shannon! I was wondering if I was posting a TR in futility or not given that I don't post very much anymore...glad you are interested. It's been fun to get it started, and I am getting more pics ready and feeling really, really "homesick" for another vacation already. It's only been a month we've been home. When is your next trip??
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Our next one won't be until next year (hopefully!), so I'll live vicariously through your TR and more pictures. It looks beautiful!
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Looks beautiful! You have some great looking boys there, kaki. That Mr. Bill scares me though...
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Looks beautiful! You have some great looking boys there, kaki. That Mr. Bill scares me though...
Thanks Jacko

It was interesting having Mr. Bill along...there is a certain demographic who "gets it" and would go crazy when they saw him with us! The flight attendant is the one who insisted on the cock pit pictures.

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Thanks Jacko

It was interesting having Mr. Bill along...there is a certain demographic who "gets it" and would go crazy when they saw him with us! The flight attendant is the one who insisted on the cock pit pictures.

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Is Mr. Bill the equivalent to Flat Stanley?
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Puerto Morelos

A few times we took a taxi into PM to walk around and shop. It was about a 7 minute ride but $10 USD each way . Oh well. Way too hot to walk it for us. The resort offers a bike tour there and back, but still too hot for me!

The town square is all torn up, but by the end of 9 days so much progress had been made. Wish I would have taken an “after” pic.



Pictures of the beautiful church in the town square…














Corona chair in the confessional!





Some kind of remembrance/memorial box. There were many pictures around it, mostly children, (I didn't download that shot). If anyone knows the significance, please do tell. It was beautiful, yet sad.






Popsicles – 10 pesos each





Delivery guy…



Shopping in Puerto Morelos - - so much more low key than 5th avenue. Very, very enjoyable experience. I bought the most beautiful bowls here. We also got some masks, and Grant got his “bling” (necklaces) here too. Miles had some good luck Fedora shopping.



The obligatory sombrero pic. Someone had to pose. This year, it was Jackson. Go Jackie! Lookin' sharp...





The infamous leaning lighthouse…and pier








Of course a stop at Cantina Habarnero was in order - - favorite of Expats and US “tourists” (Trip Advisor meet and greet spot).





It was the middle of the day, so we were about the only ones there, (except for one friendly Expat from Canada), but got a feel for the joint anyway and enjoyed some super cold drinks. We never did make it back at night, despite our best intentions.










(I will say though, that Puerto Morelos square had a few places that were really hopping at night when we drove through on our way back from Playa and Isla!! So, not a dead, one-horse town as it might seem to be during the day.)

This fruit/veggie truck came through a few times, blaring really loud music, and carrying some of the most luscious produce I have ever seen!





School is out! One of the primary schools was right across from the Cantina…






Random PM shot…I meant to come back and try this place.




This was one of our many trips to Puerto Morelos off the resort grounds, we also went to the other side of the highway (the Colonia) when we visited The Little English Schoolhouse, and PM Frank’s home, and had a nice time at Crococun. Pics to come.
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Is Mr. Bill the equivalent to Flat Stanley?
Mr. Bill was a Saturday Night Live skit staple back in the 80's I think?! 90's? It's hard to find authentic youtube videos of the old Mr. Bill sketches.
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Love this TR. if Mr Bill would like to go back to PDC we are going late August. He can meet Shivors and his wife and other PI peeps at Luna Blue, go kitten cuddling at CoCos and hang out with us at The Royal!
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