What a view to wake up to - the sun rising off the Caribbean from my private deck. The apartment windows are level with the trees in the neighboring lot so early morning parrots and ibis heading to unknown daytime locations fly by.
In keeping with my Caribbean theme, I purchased Platano constructed furniture for the living. The furniture is so unique, it is woven banana leaves. I have a TV with cablevision for those moments during my holiday that I want to keep up to date on news items or just have the option to have a movie in the comfort of my own suite. Thankfully the living room sofa opens up into a double bed so I have the option to have friends staying with me.
I can bring my favourite CD's and lap top for internet access so I can stay in touch with family and friends. I love sending those notes saying, "Wish you were here" knowing friends and family are home bound in the rain, snow and sleet.
When last in Puebla, I purchased Talavera bases to support the dining table and bedroom end table. I covered them with 2 cm thick glass so the colors of the vases are truly visible. I found four rattan style chairs with cushions to compliment the dining room.
What a relief to have an in-suite washer and dryer to eliminate trips to the laundromat during my holidays.
My kitchen comes with a large microwave, stainless stove with a large oven capacity (Turkey anyone?), a large stainless steel refrigerator and an in-line water filtration system. The ice-maker in the freezer, a rare commodity in Playa, makes the margaritas that much closer to reality.
The central air conditioning is truly blessing on those hot and humid nights. During the day I can either have the air conditioning on or open the front door and patio deck door and have the fresh, clean breeze off the Caribbean sweep through the apartment.
I have large built in dressers and drawers and ample closet space. Even if I visit only for one week, I find it a relief to be able to unpack and to not live out of a suitcase.
My three-piece bathroom, with the large walk in shower, again gives me sea glimpses. I have equipped the bathroom with Talavera toiletry items that compliment the sink and tiles.
When I enter my suite, the view of the courtyard from above, and the sound of the fountain and the greenery of the palm trees and plants against the white building, is very soothing. Open my front door, I see my large hand-carved mirror from Patzcuaro and in it I see my face, stress free, bronze and happy.
My vacation always seems too short with the stress of my job and every day existence. Coming to my suite at the Royal Palms allows me the freedom from phones, pagers and e-mails that I need to help keep what is important to my life in perspective.
Rental is based on double occupancy for this one bedroom suite.