Sunday 28 September 2014

LIFE: Honeymoon in New York and Mexico #1

After we got married earlier in August we then jetted off for our honeymoon in New York and Mexico. When we were thinking about our honeymoon we spent a long time deliberating about where to go, Tom really fancied a safari but I was too scared! After a lot of travel brochures and internet searches we settled on America and Mexico. I spent ages looking into the best place to fly as a 'via' point between England and Mexico and settled on New York. The direct flight to Mexico was just so long and as I don't particularly like flying we decided it would just be too much. Having said that, our final holiday included eight, yes EIGHT flights! Top Tip for any travellers - don't have that many flights in a two week period if you're not a fan of flying. That part of the holiday was truly testing and I was on the edge of panic attacks multiple times, the confined space and aeroplane 'air' was just too much. However, (and not surprisingly) I survived all of the flights and the final destinations made the flights worth the stress!
We decided to book all of the different parts of our honeymoon ourselves, partially because that's how my family have always done holidays so it's what I 'know' but also because of the complicated nature of our honeymoon. We flew from London Heathrow to Dublin, then Dublin to New York JFK on the first day of our holiday. This was all fine and didn't involve too much waiting around, we had just enough energy to do a small amount of exploring in New York once we arrived. That was after a scary taxi journey - New York taxi's are not for the faint hearted - forget the highway code, everyone beeps at everything and anything and those little yellow taxis can pack some speed when there's a small space in traffic. It's all part of the New York experience I'm told. We were staying in Little Italy, which is in the south of Manhattan. Our hotel was The Nolitan, which was stunning, very modern and our room had beautiful views of the New York skyline. The customer service was very good, we even received a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine as it was our honeymoon! We stayed in a Corner Room with City Views, which includes a fair amount of space (hotel rooms are usually pretty small in New York, as space is money), bath, desk and two full length windows. It was lovely and a brilliant location for exploring Lower Manhattan, like SoHo, Greenwich, TriBeca, Nolita, Chelsea and Chinatown. After a couple of days exploring we headed back to the airport for another two flights before getting to Mexico!
We flew from JFK to Mexico City, Mexico City to Acapulco, other than the aeroplanes being tiny these flights were all ok too. Except for that moment when you're waiting to collect your baggage and you joke that they've lost your suitcase. Only to release moments later that there aren't anymore suitcases coming out and you don't have yours. Cue panic! After waiting 30 minutes to speak to anyone (not such good customer service) they informed me that my suitcase was still in Mexico City. They took the address of our hotel and said they'd send it on. Fast forward to the next day and finally my suitcase arrived, it was a worrying few hours to say the least and has taught me to put ALL of my valuables into my hand luggage - another tip for you!
The hotel we stayed in in Mexico was the Banyan Tree Cabo Marques, we stayed in a villa with an oceanfront view. This place is stunning, it's positioned on the edge of a cliff with views of the Pacific Ocean. So peaceful and relaxing. Each villa has it's own private pool, I've never swan so much in all my life. Tom was in his element too, he's such a fish! The customer service puts all customer service I've ever experienced before to shame, you don't have to do anything yourself. They have ample staff all around the hotel ready to help you with anything you need. They open doors, menus, put napkins on your lap, get you every drink you could ever imagine - it was holiday bliss! All of the staff couldn't do enough for you. We spent 6 nights there, enough to be completely relaxed, enjoy the surroundings and sneak in a couple of spa treatments.
Back to airport we went for another two flights back to New York - Acapulco to Mexico City, Mexico City to JFK. We flew through the night and landed at 7am into New York, not the best flying times when you've not had a proper nights sleep but luckily our next hotel, CitizenM Time Square had rooms available that we could check into straight away! So lucky. After a freshen up and a couple of hours sleep we headed back out to discover the Times Square area of New York. A much busier area of New York, compared to Little Italy area.
We were then airport bound again, for the final time, flying home via Shannon in Ireland. It was such an incredible trip and one I won't every forget for many reasons. The perfect way to start our married lives together :)

Feel free to leave me a comment.

Helen x


  1. Gorgeous pictures! The trip looked amazing xx
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  2. This sounds absolutely astounding, I'm so jealous! That little baby private pool has me dreaming of booking a holiday there!

    It's good that you saw more than one area of New York, it gives a much broader idea of what the place is like, which would you be more likely to recommend? I'm desperate to get to America, and this just added to the already burning desire!!

    Sammy xo.

  3. New york is such a magical place - I've been twice now and I get the same buzz everytime!

    A Forte For Fashion



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