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Cancun & the GoGirlfriend Vacation Rescue

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Kids driving you crazy? Construction season on the highway turning you into a road-rager? Boss on a power trip with no return ticket in sight? It might be time to take a trip of your own and achieve that blissful state of Zen Elizabeth Gilbert so desperately chased in Eat, Pray, Love.

CasaMagna Marriott, CancunCasaMagna Marriott, CancunYou might have heard of 12-step programs (to serenity or sobriety, for example) but we're suggesting a much simpler plan - a 10-step program. It's more fun, easier to accomplish and perfect if you're a lazy self-helper (like us). Sometimes 12 steps is 2 too many.

The Cancun 10-step vacation rescue

Step 1 - Plan your Cancun escapePlan your Cancun escapeStep 1 - Plan your escape to Cancun. This step is crucial for the rest of the plan to work.

Step 2 - Check into the Casa Magna Resort, perched on the shore of the Caribbean Sea. Lush gardens lead to arched walkways, marble floors, elegant chandeliers and sculptures scattered throughout a breathtaking lobby. Relax, kitten, the décor might be top drawer, but not the attitude - you're a welcome guest here.

Priority - get beachsideGet beachsideStep 3 - Drop your luggage and get yourself down the beach. Do not unpack. Do not open your email. Just wiggle into your bikini and go.

Step 4 - Belly up to the swim-up bar. Order the Cadillac margarita. Breathe. Drink. Repeat liberally for the rest of the afternoon.

CasaMagna Marriott's Sasi Thai restaurantCasaMagna Marriott's Sasi Thai restaurantStep 5 - After a nap poolside, slip into something comfortable and visit Sasi Thai for an evening of savory delights. It helps to have a companion like Shannon Washington to help you narrow your choices. On the other hand, there's no harm in nibbling your way through a banquet of choices either.

Step 6 - Sleep late, cocooned by soft, fluffy pillows and a down duvet with the Caribbean Sea as your soundtrack. Alternatively, wake up at dawn and walk the beach, just you, the sand crabs and a glorious sunrise to begin your day. Bliss, right?

great rooms, great viewGreat rooms, great viewStep 7 - You're not ready for humanity yet, so tuck back into that glorious nest and order big breakfast. I suggest the Mexican breakfast, eggs on corn tortillas served with ranchero sauce and refried beans, basket of homemade pastries and coffee. Trust me, you'll need your strength for step 8.

a beach massssageEnjoy a beach massssageStep 8 - You're finally ready to face the world. We recommend a day trip to Isla Mujures. Roundtrip ferry ride to the island is $17 (runs on the half hour). Spend your day tooling through quirky shops in town and along the beach. While you're at the beach, indulge in a massage.  

Thristy? Swim up bar!Thristy? Swim up bar!Step 9 - Back at your hotel, slip into that bikini again, head for the beach and belly up to the swim-up bar. Yes, we realize it's a repeat of step 3 & 4 but it's necessary.

Trust us!

sandy beaches in CancunDig into sandy beaches in CancunStep 10 - Bury your return ticket on the beach, take up jewelry making and understand that staying here forever is the only way to achieve lasting Zen. If step 10 presents a problem for the folks waiting for you back home, pledge to return soon. And often.

connect wth your inner beach babeConnect wth your inner beach babeIf your travel curiosity's peaked, visit CasaMagna Marriott online or check out other reviews of the CasaMagna Marriott Resort on Trip Advisor. To book online, head to the CasaMagna online booking engine. Join in on the conversation with Beaches guests online for more information. You can find them on Facebook and Twitter.

Have you ever been to Cancun? I'd love to hear what you loved best? Connect with us on Twitter and Facebook - and let's continue the conversation!


The Return of the Vacation Package from the Marriott

Go back to basics to the real meaning of a vacation. Lounge on the white sand beach, relax by crystal clear fresh water pools, pamper yourself at the spa or indulge in room service with a view, with the Return of the Vacation package, which includes:

  • Deluxe accommodations
  • $50 daily beverage credit
  • $50 daily spa or restaurant credit
  • Daily internet access 

Rates for the Return of the Vacation package start at $189 at CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort and $269 at JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa. Package is valid through December 31, 2013. To book, please call 1-800-228-9290 or visit CasaMagna or JWMarriott.  Promotional code: ES7. 

To comply with the long list of regulating bodies, possibly even Geneva Conventions and in the interest of transparency, our trip to Cancun was sponsored. Commentary and perspectives are those of GoGirlfriend.

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