Why Diverse? We went from rainforest to beach, from beach to city life and back to beach, from beach to desert, and from desert to LOCKDOWN
We started our honeymoon in Seoul, South Korea. We don’t really count this 24 hour stop since everything was closed due to the Corona Virus.
Our first real stop was Ubud, officially one of my favorite places in the world. Ubud is a town in the uplands of Bali where you can see beautiful temples, enormous rice fields and terraces, and eat delicious varieties of fruits (must try
mangosteen), vegetables, and curry. On top of loving Ubud, we also stayed in the best hotel I’ve ever been to (The Ritz Carlton Mandapa Reserve). Not only was it the best service I’ve ever experienced, but they gave us an upgrade to a personal villa with a private pool overlooking the rainforest. Most magical place ever!
Next, we went to a beach in Bali called Seminyak. Seminyak is a more laid back, party destination. We relaxed, tanned and enjoyed cocktails in the beach club of our hotel (W Hotel Seminyak). We also walked around town and went to cool, upbeat restaurants at night.
After Seminyak we went to Thailand for two weeks, starting off in Chiang Mai. In Chiang Mai I happily checked off a bucket list item, riding an elephant. Patara Elephant Farm was an incredible experience because they focus on the
well being and healing of elephants. In addition to elephants, Chiang Mai is also known for its incredible food. So we decided to take an amazing day long cooking class where we learned to make everything Thai, from Pad Thai to Curry. The boutique hotel we stayed in, Raya
Heritage, was also unforgettable. I am decorating my apartment based on that hotel’s design.
Our next stop was Koh Samui, where we also stayed at a W Hotel. Koh Samui has beautiful beaches and incredible sunsets. My favorite part of Koh Samui was going snorkeling in the surrounding islands and visiting Fisherman’s Village, an area with great restaurants and ambiance.
From Koh Samui, we went to Phuket. In Phuket we dedicated some time to cultural attractions such as temples and the Big Buddha. We also dedicated an entire day in Phi Phi Islands which
was an epic experience. We rented a small, personal canoe and visited beautiful islands and monkey beaches. This experience is a must!
Our final stop in Thailand was its capital,
Bangkok. I LOVED Bangkok. It was the perfect combination of history, culture, amazing food/restaurants, and party. We visited multiple historical attractions, my favorites being The
Grand Palace, Wat Arun, and Wat Pho (Reclining Buddha). We also experienced rooftop bars, night clubs, and trendy restaurants. Finally, we went to a huge market called Chatuchak, where we bought multiple souvenirs and spices for our home in Mexico.
Although we were sad to leave Thailand, its amazing food, and the daily $4 massages, we
were very excited for our next stop, The Maldives. We stayed at the JW Marriott, where we were greeted by the entire staff playing traditional music for us. This hotel was beautiful and was a personal Island of its own, surrounded by the clearest ocean. Here we were also upgraded to a villa, which had direct, personal access to the ocean. From the comfort of our own villa we could go snorkeling with small sharks, stingrays, sea turtles, and a wide variety of fish. The hotel also has an amazing bar, a few restaurants, and water activities.
Next stop: Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Dubai was a very different experience from the rest. It is a very young city with incredible skyscrapers, such as the Burj Khalifa, the tallest structure in the world. We also spent a day in the desert dune bashing, sandboarding, quad biking, and watching a bellydance show as the sun set. The restaurants and food in Dubai were amazing! All the restaurants we went to had an incredible ambiance and I can’t decide which had the best food. My favorite were La Petit Maison and Gaia. Dubai is a city filled with lots of luxury and glamour, and incredible shopping.
Dubai was our last real stop, as our final one was Paris. Luckily, we were only there for one day. The city was on full, mandatory lockdown due to COVID-19. We ordered breakfast, lunch, and dinner through room service, not leaving our tiny hotel room for an entire 24 hours. On our way to the airport I waved from the car at the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triumph. Next day we arrived in Mexico for lockdown number 2, feeling very thankful that we were able to complete such an epic trip and that we tested negative for COIVD-19!