There are so many wonderful parts of Mexico that we could have easily been comfortable living in, but we chose to settle down in Akumal. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Akumal, it’s a town located about 25 minutes south of Playa del Carmen in the Riviera Maya.
We first discovered Akumal around 2007 when Linda found a good vacation deal at a small all-inclusive resort called the Akumal Bay Resort. We had already been all over the Riviera Maya but this was our first trip this far south.
From the moment we arrived, we both absolutely loved both the resort and the area. The resort was smaller than many other we had been to and that meant more personalized attention from the staff.
All of the rooms looked out on the turquoise water of the Caribbean and the snorkeling just off the beach was amazing. Linda would spend hours out there watching the sea life, which included sea turtles and even the occasional eagle ray.
The location of the resort was perfect and was within walking distance of several restaurants and shops. We would often walk down the beach in the evening, have a few drinks at a nearby beach bar, and then stroll back under a sky full of stars.
We started referring to the resort as “our place” and we returned as often as we could. During those many trips, we explored the surrounding area and we both made up our mind that Akumal would be our target destination when I retired.
Everything went as expected and we moved to Akumal in 2015. Upon our move, we spent the first three weeks at our favorite resort, which is now called the Akumal Bay Beach and Wellness Resort — or ABBWR for short.
Our Recent Return
Linda and I decided to celebrate the two-year anniversary of our move to Mexico by spending a few days with some friends at ABBWR last week.
We were surprised to see that many of the same employees were still working there, and even more surprised that they remembered us. They came up one by one to give us hugs and ask how we’ve been. The staff at ABBWR is what truly makes the resort special.
Since no one enjoys hearing about someone else’s vacation, I’ll spare you the details and just post some pics that we took instead:
Let’s Wrap This Up
We had a great time at the resort and we were a little sad when it was time to head back to the condo. We definitely plan on booking a few more overnight trips to ABBWR in the near future.
If you would like to see some more pics from the resort, check out their Facebook page: