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Excellence Playa Mujeres

About a month ago, Darren and I decided it was time for a little rest and relaxation.  He’s been working round the clock for ages and I’ve had one cold after the next not to mention I’m pregnant and chasing David around while he explores the world.  We first considered taking the little guy with us but after careful consideration we felt he was a bit too young still to sit quietly on the plane.  Plus, both sets of grandparents were all too eager to watch him while we jetted off to paradise.  We weren’t sure where we wanted to end up but the only criteria was to be in a warm, tropical setting.  After much research, we decided on the Excellence Playa Mujeres resort in Mexico for a 6 day/5 night escape.

Sunday morning we headed off to the airport and many hours later we arrived in Cancun.  The sun was shining, the humidity was high and the winds were breezy.  We sailded through immigration and managed to find the shortest line to clear customs.  After a short wait for our transportation van, we were on our way to the resort which was about an hour from the airport and about 20-30 minutes north of the strip hotels of Cancun.  When we pulled up we were warmly greeted by the staff with a cool washcloth to wipe our hands and face and a glass of champagne.  After a smooth check-in, we made our way to our room, a beautiful swim-out suite with a view of the lazy river and the spa.  We had our own private outdoor lounging space with two lounges and a daybed for relaxing.  The room was spacious and stocked with all the amenities you would need.  Our goal this trip was to relax and have some downtime so I requested a ‘quiet’ room.  The hotel obliged and kept us away from the hustle and bustle of the theater and bars.  While it was a short walk to the restaurants and the beach, it was just what we wanted.  Serenity.

We’ve spent our days relaxing either by the pool (of which there are 7) or on the beach.  The ocean is nothing spectacular.  I prefer the water and the beach in Aruba and St. Maarteen to to the beach in Cancun but it was still nice.   The hotel is an all-inclusive so everything is at your disposal.  There are eight different restaurants to choose from with a large variety of cuisine offered.  Breakfast is buffet style and lunch is an option of a la carte menu at certain restaurants or buffet at the main restaurant.  For an all-inclusive resort, we’ve found the food to be better than average in most cases.  Breakfast by far has surpassed any other buffet we’ve been to in terms of variety and quality.  Dinner options vary and some restaurants are better than others but overall we’d give the food a thumbs up.

The only disappointment we’ve experienced is the weather.  The first two days were magnificent.  Sun and a few clouds made for perfect days.  But today and yesterday there are thick clouds and some spotty rain.  It hasn’t forced us inside all day but it has put a damper on our tanning and pool time.  Since the weather is less than ideal we opted to play billiards, jenga and chess in the game room and then hit the spa for an afternoon.  I even managed to get Darren to try the spa experience.   I had a prenatal massage and a facial.  Both were excellent.  Darren had a hydrotherapy experience which was a circuit rotation through the steam room, sauna, warming pools and various other water therapy treatments.  Afterward, he said ‘not a fan’.

Overall, we both would give the resort an 8.5 rating.  The rooms are spacious and beautiful with all the amenities you would want.  The staff is very accommodating although at times service levels can be a little hit or miss.  The grounds are beautiful and meticulously maintained.  My only complaint is the mosquitoes.  They are out in abundance and I have a ton of bites to prove it.  The resort does provide bug spray for the outdoor restaurants but it didn’t prevent me from being bitten alive all day long.  Thank goodness I brought some insect creams to treat my bites. Despite the bugs, Darren and I would highly recommend this vacation destination to anyone.  It is a great place for anyone wanted to escape the hustle and bustle of their daily lives or for anyone celebrating a special occasion such as a honeymoon or anniversary.

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