What Winning a Vacation Giveaway Really Looks Like

Back in September, we hosted a giveaway to Breathless Riviera Cancun in Cancun, Mexico.

Just by posting a picture on Instagram and/or Facebook, participants had the opportunity to win a free three-night trip to the resort — seems too good to be true, right?

Well, a lovely woman by the name of Brooke — a real, live human being — actually won the giveaway.


Once she returned from her trip — just last week –, we sat down with her to ask a few questions about the experience.

What Winning a Vacation Giveaway Really Looks Like:

What went through your mind when you first found out you won our giveaway?

“My mind was racing the whole week the giveaway was going on! I had texted almost my entire contact list in my phone to “GO LIKE THIS PHOTO PLEASE!!” So, the night the contest was coming to an end, I stayed up till midnight, because one of the contestants was sneaking up and getting more likes towards the end (I was on edge and had to be up at 5am for work, but I couldn’t sleep!). Once I realized I won, I was THRILLED (to say the least)…I never win anything! Haha I’m not kidding. I was emotional about it, feeling so thankful.


What was your first impression of the resort?

“My first impression of Breathless Cancun was WOW. I mean, from the second we got there, the staff was so friendly, offering us glasses of champagne while we waited to check in! Everything was extremely clean and well-done. They think of everything. You can’t walk around without the staff greeting you with a friendly, ‘Hola!’ If you didn’t have a drink in your hand, they were offering you one, always making sure you’re taken care of and having an amazing time! This was true each day. The energy level was high and we were treated like royalty the entire time.”


What was your impression of “all inclusive resorts” in general before your trip? After?

“I had been to one all-inclusive resort before this trip. I had gone to Cozumel and had a great time! I love the idea of paying one fee that includes all drinks, food and most of the fun! This trip took it to a whole new level though.”


What surprised you about Breathless Riviera Cancun?

“I wasn’t really ‘surprised’ about anything, but it was unexpected to see how heavily involved the staff was! We hung out with a handful of the workers during our entire trip and were so sad to leave our new friends!! They seem to really love their jobs and make the experience magical, truly.”


What was the best meal and/or drink you had on your trip?

“It seems like we tried one of every drink we could think of while we were there haha why not, right?! (Rum Runner, Sex on the Beach, Strawberry Daiquiris, Mojitos, Margaritas, Beer, and quite a few shots of tequila lol) I think my favorite was actually the tequila…don’t judge me 🙂 It was fun to get rounds of shots for our group while everyone was dancing in the night club!”


Tell us about your favorite day on your trip.

“My favorite day of the trip was everyday haha but if I had to choose, it would have been the day they had the Foam Party in the “Party Pool”! The music was loud, drinks were plentiful, the sun was hot, and foam was EVERYWHERE. Haha It would get in our drinks and we would just go get another. We would dance to all the Latin music the live DJ was playing. The staff was there, some were in the pool with us, some where up dancing on the sides of the pool…the atmosphere was just so much fun. Like this super fun Hollywood party I would have never been invited to, but somehow I was there, having the absolute TIME. OF. MY. LIFE.”


What did you think of Breathless compared to any other destination(s) you’ve visited?

“I had only been to one other all-inclusive resort, but I will say Breathless takes the cake forever. I think mainly because of the staff! There was also more going on at this resort than the previous one I had been to. The parties during the day, the themed dance parties at night, the water aerobics…there was something for everyone! And it was a REALLY CLEAN resort. I can’t stress that enough. The turn down service was fantastic. You can go and talk to no-one if that’s what you like and have the most chill time, or you can go and meet people from all over the world and party with them all week like I did!”


If you decide to go on another vacation in the future, where do you want to go — something similar or different than BRC? What “vibe” are you looking for?

“I love traveling, so my vacations tend to have a bit of variety! But I’m already trying to plan a trip back to this exact resort with the people we met there! Haha The vibe/atmosphere was perfect for me. I love the city, but there is just something about a beach. Lol I’m super sunburned, but wouldn’t have it any other way. Perfect vacation. I know how dramatic that sounds, but I travel a lot and this was probably the best vacation I’ve ever had…just a little shorter than I would have liked lol but hey, it was pretty much free…can’t complain ;)”


What’s your favorite memory from the trip?

“The last night we were there, I stayed up till like 3:30, and for some reason woke up at 7am on the dot. I was wide awake and decided to take advantage of our last day at the resort! I put on my suit and walked down by myself while my aunt and cousin were still sleeping. As I walked down out of our building, it was so quiet. So peaceful. I enjoyed a wonderful breakfast, grabbed an OJ to go and took my time as I walked from our side of the resort to the other…taking photos, enjoying the silence and the sunrise. Some of the staff were cleaning the pools or taking barrels of sand from the beach, but no one else was awake yet and I felt like I had the place to myself. The pictures I got that morning were beautiful and serene. It was a nice way to end our trip!”


What type of person or trip would you recommend this specific resort to?

“This resort is made for people who want to have a good time! There’s truly something for everyone. I would say the side we were on was definitely more of the “party scene” but the middle pool was more chill. There was also a third pool on the far right side of the resort that was a private pool for the more expensive rooms. I’m not much of a party girl, but I enjoy a good time and this resort was perfect for me! My aunt is in her 50’s and she had a blast too. Some of the friends we met came with their grandparents and they enjoyed their stay as well! So, seriously, anyone would have fun! It’s an adult-only resort, so it was kind of nice not having kids there. This was the first adult-only resort I had been to.”


Is there anything you would’ve change about the experience, resort or booking process?

“If I could go back and change anything, I would have made the trip longer and paid a little extra to stay a full week! Haha I can’t think of anything else I would have changed. I would book with BlueSun Vacations again in a heartbeat. Ben was great with getting this booked for us and making sure everything was taken care of! I am so appreciative of this whole experience. I can’t thank you guys enough. I feel so blessed.”

See — giveaway winners are real! We will be hosting plenty more throughout the year, so keep your eyes on our Instagram, Facebook and email for giveaway announcements.

Also, aren’t you in love with the gorgeous resort photos? For more where these came from, checkout Brooke’s Instagram page here.

So, ready to book your next vacation? We can help!