|Azul Fives Hotel|
I was actually having a pretty decent Monday until I called to follow up on our reservation and take care of the all inclusive resort fee part of it. When I heard how much it was I almost fell out of my chair. I mean, I've never been the best at math but I know how to multiply and when I ran the numbers AFTER I got the invoice I realized my mistake. My appetite was gone. I couldn't even finish eating my snack because a giant knot of complete and total ick was sitting in the pit of my stomach. Yes, ick. I just felt icky, awful and really really stupid for underestimating the cost so much. I wanted to cancel the trip. Then I had to tell MJ. I didn't even want to text him the amount because it was far higher then what I told him it would probably be.
Me: I'm feeling physically ill right now. I called to check on the resort fee and it's a lot of money. It's so much that I want to cry right now (and I almost did).
Him: What's the price? Need anything from the store? I'm getting milk.
Me: Insert obscene $ amount here. It's the price of an entire vacation. I'm so stupid.
Him: Just for the all inclusive part right?
Me: Yes, that's what makes it so bad.
Him: I'm trying to replicate the El Pollo Loco meal.
Me: How can you think about food at a time like this???!!!!
Obviously he wasn't as devastated as I was. I couldn't even begin to recover from this news until I knew he wasn't mad at me. When I got home he hugged me and told me it was okay and then I felt better. I'm even starting to get excited about the trip again.
I don't know what went wrong! I'm usually so good about these things. I guess I couldn't comprehend that it would cost that much since I had no concept of how much a typical all inclusive fee could be. I'm comprehending it now all right and it sucks. It's like thinking you got a dynamite deal and booked The Four Seasons for the price of The Best Western and then realizing you actually booked The Four Seasons for the price of The Four Seasons and now you have to pay for it. I would never have knowingly spent this much on this vacation. I mean, we have great vacations but I pride myself on finding the best deals balancing quality with price as much as I possibly can. This is in no way the best deal possible as far as I'm concerned and I don't like that. I would've chosen someplace else or we might not have gone all inclusive at all had I realized the cost.
I do realize that spending way more on a vacation then you intended is not the worst thing in the world. This hotel is fabulous and bottom line is I'm lucky to be going there. What would be worse is if we couldn't pay the fee, had to cancel our trip entirely and lose money on our non refundable airline tickets. It would be far worse if I booked us a fleabag motel instead and we ended up having a miserable time or if we couldn't ever go on vacation at all. It just really pisses me off that we are spending money I didn't plan on. There are people who wouldn't bat an eye at this (MJ) but I am not those people. I have budgets and bills. I like getting good deals dammit and this does not feel like a good deal.
I was so rattled that I forgot to ask about booking our airport transportation. I called back the next day to book a shuttle and if an expensive limo shows up at the Cancun airport to pick us up I'm done!!