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We set off fairly early to get to the airport for the first flight from London to Atlanta. I was still pretty jet lagged from getting back from Australia 3 days before. The flight to Atlanta is around 9 hours (i think you can fly direct to Cancun and Tulum but the trip was booked last minute so there wasn’t any direct flights left).
The lovely girls at Bod (@bodyondemand) made a goodie bag for the flight filled with snacks and face masks! (these Space face masks are a total dream - they are a soft material that heats up over 15 minutes and honestly made me and Chessie fall into a deep sleep on the flight.)
The first flight was around 9 hours to Atlanta and we flew through the day. We arrived in Atlanta where our layover was around 3 hours - we grabbed some food and it was a lovely chance to get to know the girls at Bux and Bewl PR agency!
Touchdown Cancun! This flight was around 2 hours and the transfer to the hotel was around 1.5 hours. I think it’s safe to say we were all pretty tired at this point as it was around 24 hours of travelling with a time difference jump of 5 hours behind. We arrived at the Nest Villa, where me, Chess, Frankie, Tiff and Emily were staying. I love arriving to places in the evening and waking up when it turns light - you never know what its going to look like!
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All of us woke up around 6.30 and headed straight out the front (our villa was situated right on the beachfront - you went down to the bottom of the garden and opened the gate and you are on the beach!). The sunrise that welcomed us was amazing - one of the most beautiful sunrises I had seen in a long time!
The girls at Bux and Bewl had organised a dinner for us at Casa Malca Hotel where they were stay (4 hotels down along the beach). We all walked along the beach - unfortunately we had hit the one month of the year where the seaweed comes up on the beach - it still didn’t take away from the fact this place was absolutely beautiful.
The breakfast was amazing, every bit of detail the girls put in was beautiful. I took some shots and footage of breakfast and BOD products whilst everyone tucked in. The starter was croissants and banana bread (SO good), followed by coffee and this lovely avocado + egg muffin!
Me, Chess, Frankie + Tiff then spent some time shooting and creating some content. The weather was just perfect and I found the light in the afternoon to actually be better than the morning, so this is when we spent most of the time shooting. We wanted to catch sunset but the sun set the opposite side to where we were staying so we actually climbed up onto the rooftop of the villa we were staying in to catch the beautiful sunset light!
It was actually Spring Break when we were in Tulum, so the team at Bod had organised an evening out in Cancun at Coco Bongo - if you have a chance to go here, it's definitely a must! It's basically a nightclub that also shows performances. I'd say every 20 minutes or so, the dancers + performers put on a show - they change from impersonations of singers + popstars to acrobats and fight scenes!
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This day was one of my favourites - I spent the morning photographing some Bod products and having some breakfast in the morning sun. Me and the girls then heading out on the bikes you can take out from the villa - most hotels + villas have them available and they are the nicest colours! We chose to cycle down the main street of Tulum. It is probably the most picturesque place I have ever been. Every shop and cafe along this street is photogenic - we were forever stopping and taking photographs. I recommend visiting the cafe above for the best Matcha - it's called Match Mama.
After exploring and shooting around the streets of Tulum, we headed back to our villa + beach where we spent the rest of the afternoon photographing some beach shots and some photographs around the villa itself.
For the first few days we were staying in the NEST - a beautiful villa situated on the beach. It's a great location as it's towards the middle of the main street so there's restaurants and bars walking distance. After an afternoon of shooting we got ready for the the most magical dinner. If you are visiting Tulum, then this is the top place I would recommend going, it is incredible.
This place is called Azulik and it's the most magical place i've ever eaten dinner. It's a treehouse restaurant that overlooks the whole of Tulum, the sea and inland. We had a table called a 'nest' and the idea is you watch the sunset whilst you have some pre dinner drinks and then once the sun has set, they bring you dinner and you eat under the stars (with a few fairy lights on the table). Tulum has beautiful clear nights so the stars look amazing and I couldn't think of a better place to have dinner! Inside the main restaurant (which is a big treehouse) they have nets that you can lounge on which are suspended above the trees. Yes, it's as dreamy as it sounds.
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This day was a super exciting day for me as I was shooting a 4 page spread with Frankie for Look Magazine that’s due out in the May issue! We spent r 3 hours shooting several outfit changes and looks in the beautiful Casa Malca hotel (we actually spent our last night here - the most beautiful bedrooms!)
Below are my favoutite photographs from the LOOK magazine shoot with Frankie:
The first look we shot on a swing + on the beach. The lighting and surroundings here were so beautiful, I honestly have never been to a more photogenic place! I felt like every corner I turned down, there was something else to photograph!
We wanted to shoot a cute outfit on a bike because you can't come to Tulum and not rent a bike! We chose to go for a cute denim and bikini top look for this and paired it with a summer hat which looked beautiful on Frankie! We went to part of the street that didn't have any cars parked along the side so that the photographs would purely be about Frankie and the surroundings.
The next outfit we chose was a little playsuit and we wanted to shoot this on the beach. As we were walking down to the part where we wanted to shoot, we found this amazing little Tipi and just had to get some snaps outside of it! We paired this outfit with a little beach bag to finish off the look! This was one of the main photographs used in the magazine feature.
After the photoshoot, we had some lunch at the Casa Malca Hotel - if you are looking for somewhere to stay, I would highly recommend this hotel - the surrounding area is beautiful, the beach is stunning and there is endless places to shoot around the grounds. They have hammocks in the trees, a huge hanging sofa swing in the main lobby and a gorgeous pool! The food in the restaurant is very delicious and their breakfast menu is lovely!