Excellence Riviera Cancun and Finest Playa Mujeres
By Ronda M. Parag
The direct flight into Cancun from Orlando International Airport makes sense when trying to get to Mexico from Tampa. The hour and twenty minute drive to Orlando is well worth not having to change planes to get to the tropical paradise of Riviera Maya, located between Playa del Carmen and Cancun. The crystal blue waters and sugar white sands are calling. We left on the Jet Blue 8 a.m. flight and by just after 10 a.m., we were headed to the luxury Excellence Riviera Cancun. Arrange for a car service in advance, for the 30 minute ride to the all-adult, all-inclusive luxury resort. For families with children, the Finest Playa Mujeres will certainly delight and is a 20 minute ride from the airport.
Excellence Riviera Cancun
Upon entering the gated resort, the friendly staff welcomes guests with a cold cloth and a cocktail to soothe the weary travelers. The all-suite property has a variety of views and oversized floor plans. All the rooms have a mini-refrigerator and stocked liquor that is replenished daily. Room service is available 24-7. For an even greater luxury experience, guests can upgrade to The Excellence Club. Perks include private check-in, welcome flowers and newspaper, Private Club beach and lounge area, buffet and cocktails in a private bar and one Aqua Wellness treatment per day.
Relax with a cocktail at one of the six sparkling pools on the property. A friendly bartender will gladly serve a frozen margarita or piña colada at the swim up bar. Some of the pools are more secluded, while the main pool offers plenty of activities including water aerobics or a Zumba lesson. Couples all around are celebrating romance with either a honeymoon or anniversary. Special touches such as door sashes with an Anniversary or Just Married sash are placed across the room doors. The property is a place where guests return year after year.
Choose from nine international restaurants including Mexican, Indian, Spanish, Italian and French, which are as authentic as possible with delicious cuisine. No reservations are needed, it is first come, first serve. At the Mexican restaurant, Agave, a roving Mariachi band and singer kept us entertained. The evening dinner was capped off by the server creating a delicious show of flaming Mexican coffee. Entertainment is planned nightly, or simply enjoy drinks at one of the 11 bars. With Excellence all-inclusive resort, guests will have plenty of choices and best of all, eat and drink as much as you want. There is even a restaurant that specializes in steak and lobster.
Experience pure relaxation at Mille, The Spa. The tranquil setting of the open air lobby is nestled among lush landscaping and the Aqua Wellness hydrotherapy circuit. The healing power of waters and varying temperatures and pressures are designed to create an inner peace; believe me it works. The neck jets, stone walks, ice room, cold plunge and warm pools, seek to bring the body back into balance. Salon and other spa services including massage and facials are available.
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Finest Playa Mujeres
For families seeking a luxury, all-inclusive resort the Finest Playa Mujeres delivers. Open for just over a year, the modern, contemporary design offers a pristine beachfront location for families wishing to escape and reconnect with each other. Many of the Family Suites or Pool Junior Suites offer private pools just steps from the rooms. Parents can escape to the beach or relax poolside, while the kids are supervised and entertained at the Kid’s Plaza complete with a mini-water park, theatre, mini-spa, zip lining and more.
For extra pampering, The Excellence Club at Finest is tucked away from the children and provides private check in, late check out, upgrade services, private concierge and more.
Food and drink shines at the nine restaurants, 11 bars and the Sweet Shoppe that offers 10 flavors of gelato, cookies, cupcakes and more. There are 12 swimming pools, 13 hot water jacuzzis, water sports, nightly shows, free internet, and much more. The One Spa offers total wellness with a hydrotherapy experience and massage, facials and body treatments. The night club opens each night at 10 p.m. and the DJ keeps the crowd dancing.
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Connect with each other and your family at either of these beachfront Caribbean resorts providing a luxury, all-inclusive escape that will refresh and revive the soul. M
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