The minute my then-fiancé and I arrived on the rooftop of the Rosewood Hotel in magical San Miguel de Allende, Mexico for the first time, we both knew THIS was where we would get married! We dreamt up so many incredible destination wedding ideas and none of them gave us that instantaneous spark like this cobblestoned colonial town. A fun & unique yet traditional destination was a MUST for us and San Miguel oozes all of the above.
Now, planning a destination wedding in another country on your own is a task I think, in hindsight, I may have underestimated but it is and was doable and I enjoyed pouring every ounce of creativity into making that weekend as unforgettable as possible. Of course, you can hire a planner either locally, through your venue, or a specialty destination wedding planner. I just preferred to work through every detail on my own so I knew that nothing would go unconsidered…
While honeymooning in Cuba, I couldn’t help but compile a list of all the items that either I wish I had brought with me or that I was happy I did bring with me. Cuba is such a beautiful destination but it is definitely a place trapped in time as far as many amenities and service go. To help make your Cuban adventure more hassle-free, here is the list of items I would recommend bringing with you:
Our trip to Cuba was in July 2016 after President Obama had loosened up the travel restrictions. While it was a looser policy than in years past, there still were some hoops to jump through and obstacles to overcome. The following is a guide to better help you navigate planning a trip to beautiful Cuba:
Do you travel internationally at least 1x per year? If so, you may want to seriously consider applying for the Global Entry program. It includes all the perks of TSA Pre-check and for an extra $15 you can get expedited entry back into the country at major U.S. airports! The total $100 fee covers you for 5 years too! Several credit cards such as American Express Platinum will even cover the fee for you when you charge it to that card. I think I held off applying for so long because I was dreading having to go into LAX for the interview. Now that it’s done, I can say it was well worth it and I wish I would’ve done it sooner saving myself tons of time waiting in security lines and customs lines over the last few years. Here is how it works: … (click the “Continue Reading” button below)
If you missed Part 1 of my Rosewood Mayakoba review, you may not know that I am obsessed with this place! It truly is a feast for the eyes and for the tummy! Some of THE best food I have eaten in my life! Then again, I always say yes to Mexican food so perhaps my heaven truly does exist here on Earth.
Here are my reviews of the eateries around the Mayakoba / Playa Del Carmen / Tulum/ Riviera Maya area that we tried out:
The most apropos point I can think of starting my travel reviews is with the place that was the catalyst for this blog: Rosewood Mayakoba in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. This was the final stop on our perfect honeymoon, which was the perfectly planned ending to a magical trip. This was no accident that I picked this place. I did my research and was handsomely rewarded and thensome. Some of the phrases that come to mind immediately when thinking of the Rosewood Mayakoba? Pure relaxation, over-the-top luxury, beachside heaven, jungle paradise, best food of my life! (although I am partially biased because I am the biggest sucker for amazing Mexican food & seafood), plunge pools
Once upon a time there was a girl named Evro-Nicole Dimitrius, or “Nikki” as her family and friends called her, who decided to start a beauty, travel & lifestyle blog. She named it after her mythical alter ego “The Glossfox”, a beauty-addicted, wanderlusting shopaholic of a creature.
So that’s how the storybook version began… Now here’s the real scoop:
I am a half-Greek/half-German LA native currently enjoying loft living in fabulous DTLA with my husband (feels crazy writing that since we JUST got married!) Albert or “C” for short. When I’m not trying to find a way to travel more, I spend my time in LA exploring the city on foot or bike, working out (mainly just so I can enjoy what I eat & drink, although a better healthier bod is always a plus!), opening boxes from my online shopping habit much to Albert’s disgust, adventuring and laughing with my fam & friends, cheering on Trojan football, drooling over fashion inspo on social media, making a million “To Do” lists, dancing any chance I get, postponing cleaning out my closet, and of course, supporting all of my addictions by working my 9-5 as a real estate broker.
Why Was This Blog Created? This blog came about after our honeymoon. Albert convinced me that after I successfully pulled off our dream destination wedding and subsequent beyond perfect honeymoon that I was a travel and planning “expert”. I know, I know… he has a biased perspective since he is generally the beneficiary of all that A+ planning.