New Years Eve

Saturday, December 31st

John and I got an early start and were walking on the beach at 7:30 AM on New Years Eve. The beach was calm, peaceful and relaxing.

We felt like we almost had the beach to ourselves! After breakfast, we ate our standard breakfast (fruit plates + shared chorizo plate). Did I mention the homemade jams?

Well, LQT makes it own jam every morning. This particular morning they served strawberry and lime jams. Yum! We lounged by the pool for the rest of the morning, then decided to be incredibly lazy and not leave the hotel for lunch. We had wanted to make the trek downtown, but putting shoes on didn’t seem appealing. I know, L-A-Z-Y! We ended up having a late lunch where I had a chicken breast with a small order of fries.

Very tasty. We spent the rest of the afternoon laying around our room – alternately taking turns in the hammock!

Later in the afternoon we decided to end lazy-time and walked down to the beach to catch sunset. The beach was very busy with lots of restaurants and hotels setting up their NYE festivities. The site of our NYE celebration (the Tides) had been setting up since our walk in the morning! Wow! Anyhow, the sunset was very beautiful.

Gorgeous colors. We even saw a few baby turtles on our walk. So cute! Since we didn’t have dinner reservations until 9:00 PM (!!), we spent some time napping and relaxing. While getting dressed, we decided to dress down even more…I mean, we were going to be on a beach in Mexico! This meant no jacket (for John), no heels (for me) and limited makeup and hair work (yay!). I ended up wearing a tunic from Anthropologie and sandals from Target.

I accessorized with a clutch from Cole Haan, bangles from JCrew and a snake bracelet from Stella and Dot that I love!

As I have mentioned in the past, the Tides is a wonderful hotel that is beautifully decorated and artfully designed. The hotel went all out for NYE – decorating everything with a chic white theme. We had a 6 course dinner that included a tuna roll amuse bouche, scallop and foie gras salad, crab bisque, beef tenderloin, raspberry granita and a dessert plate.

Despite the large group (about 120 — large for the hotel), everything tasted great. The hotel brought in entertainment from Guadalajara and they were terrific. When they weren’t performing a DJ took over and played phenomenal Mexican club music. Almost everyone took to the dance floor. So fun! At midnight, everyone gathered on the beach to ring in the New Year and watch the fireworks. Then…well, it was time for more dancing and drinking.

What a wonderful way to ring in 2012!

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