You won’t be finding many single guys here, but hey – there’s always the promise you’ll hit the jackpot given the copious amounts of weddings held here!
It’s a Thursday and I’m in paradise. There are white sand beaches, water sports like snorkeling and waterskiing, unlimited free booze and food and 85-degree sunshine. I’m at the Palladium Colonial Hotel in Riviera Maya, Mexico – and although there is nary a good-looking single dude on the premises, I couldn’t give two you-know-whats. This is a place you come to have a not-completely-sober but totally relaxing time with good girlfriends. So hopefully you’re OK with being the kind of gal who refuses to let her life revolve completely around a man. Although I happen to love everything about love, I’m 100% cool with being an independent single lady (to quote several Beyonce songs)…and I hope you are, too.
To be honest, there’s no key demographic here. There are families, spring breakers, baby boomers recapturing their forgotten romances and huge wedding parties (I tried to crash one tonight but they were playing Michael Buble by the time I made it through the maze-like grounds of the resort. Meaning: yep, the fat lady a.k.a. semi-hot Canadian had already sung) all sharing space at the Grand Palladium, which encompasses five different resorts. But, in life, every experience you have is what you make it. Who knows? You might be one of those random girls who isn’t looking for love and bumps into the only single guy at a Mexican wedding, but most likely you’ll be the kind who sits back with her margarita and soaks up the sun like a lizard by the pool.
Basically, if you’re looking for an escape from it all, this place is it. Meaning, free yourself from both pressing and trivial worries and just let go. It’s a novel concept, and one that most of us, especially those who live in big cities, aren’t accustomed to. Forget your everyday life for awhile. Forget that you’re lonely, or broke, or boyfriendless — and just be.
Trust me, simply existing without worry or constraint is easy to do here. You’ve got the beach, seven pools in total, a theatre, sports center, spa, canoes to row you from suite to suite (if you’re staying at at the White Sand resort, that is) 14 restaurants and 19 bars, one of which is a ‘discotheque.’ Not only can you stuff your face with enchiladas and quesadillas galore, but you can also enjoy endless cupfuls of Choco-Peen, the new and delicious drink I invented whilst on my first day of vacation in paradise (for those of you who must know the recipe, it’s pina colada mix, rum, Hershey’s chocolate syrup and Godiva chocolate liqueur, blended. It’s a treat).
While you’re stuffing your face, you can also *try to take care of you, too. The resort’s gym is literally the best I’ve ever worked out in, and that’s no idle boast. You might have to fight for a machine (so get there early, like 7 A.M.) but not because there are so few available — guests simply ‘get’ the whole eco-friendly/health conscious vibe of the place and want to follow suit…at least in the daytime.
You can also walk on hot stones, take a steam bath and get endless beauty/facial treatments at the Renova Spa. Bliss.
Sure, this is a big wedding resort with sometimes up to three ‘I do’ moments a day, but that doesn’t mean you’ll be running into super loved-up couples wherever you turn. On the contrary, the wedding guests you meet seem to be simply up for having a smashing (and smashed) good time. Plus, watching drunk people dance to Journey is pretty damn funny.
Look at it this way: if you are obsessed with the idea of meeting a man on vacation in Mexico, make sure you head there in the late winter/early spring and snag yourself one of the single dudes who’s flown solo to his best friend’s wedding. DUH, there are always a few guys who go dateless in order to chase tail. If that’s your thing, ladies, then go for it! It’s your vacation, after all…and who says you can’t always get what you want?