My stay at Excellence Playa Mujeres in March was so amazing, I looked for any excuse to return as quickly as possible. My husband, friends, and I take an annual trip abroad to celebrate our wedding anniversaries, and I thought this would be the perfect place for us to celebrate 10 years of marriage. I have to say…this resort was even better than I remembered!
We had a private driver from the airport. It’s nice to have our own driver since I like to make a quick stop at La Europea, a liquor store, for my favorite tequila liqueur, Agavero. Slightly sweet and perfect for sipping, it can be found in a couple places for about $25 USD. Here at La Europea, it’s sold for about $11 USD. You’re welcome 🙂
After that stop, we were on our way to this gorgeous resort. I couldn’t wait for everyone to fall in love with the resort like I have. And guess what- they did! We’re going back again next October.
Upon our arrival, a staff member with a platter of cool, scented towels greeted us. Glasses of champagne were quickly placed in our hands. We were given a ticket for our luggage, and encouraged to go right inside to check in. It’s hard to explain the feeling of utter relaxation and contentment I feel when they open those big wooden doors and we walk into such a beautiful space. It really does feel like home.
So, let me tell you my favorite things about this resort:
I appreciate the beauty of things around me. Working in a gray office every day, my eyes and soul crave the gorgeous, vivid colors that are found in nature. I have to say that they got their fill walking the grounds of Excellence. Beautiful palm trees, lush plants, and colorful flowers greet you at every turn. Unexpected sculptures delight you as you stroll the meandering paths. The resort is simply a beautiful place that is well-tended. I don’t recall seeing any litter at all during our 4-night stay. The staff works hard to make sure the resort is pristine, and it shows.
We had a junior suite, which is the standard category. Let me tell you, it feels anything but standard in that junior suite! We considered upgrading, but honestly, we’re content with our four poster, king-size bed, bathroom with double sinks and double shower, and enormous jacuzzi tub with a window that opens to the balcony, where there’s yet another bed! And the view from the balcony is fabulous. I thought I would miss having a direct ocean view, but the grounds are so beautiful, and we could see the ocean in the distance. Perfection.
I loooooooove a good beach. When I’m on vacation, my only plan is to plant myself on the beach and stay until the sun goes down. EPM is situated on a lovely stretch of beach. Soft white sand, crystal clear water that’s the perfect temperature, and a constant breeze that makes sunbathing comfortable (yes- I do sunbathe; I love the golden-brown color that emerges the longer I sit in the sun). The constant drink service brought right to our palapa didn’t hurt either!
Oh my goodness, the food! Nine restaurants ensure that you can explore a different culinary tradition (or two) each night. My husband and I loved the room service breakfast. My favorites included the grilled tomatoes and French toast. At lunch, I had some fantastic chips and salsa, and crab rolls at the Lobster House, and the brick-oven pizzas at the Sol Bar went perfectly with a frozen cocktail on the beach. The buffet at Toscana had a fabulous seafood display, including salmon, chilled jumbo shrimp, four types of ceviche, sushi, and octopus salad. For dinner, I adore Flavor Market (tapas), Basmati (Indian), and Chez Isabelle (French). We had a wonderful dinner in La Cava (wine cellar) at Chez Isabelle one evening. The four of us enjoyed a five-course meal with champagne at a beautifully-decorated table surrounded by rose petals. Our own wait staff honored every wish. We enjoyed seared tuna, filet mignon, roast duck, a selection of fine cheeses, and creme brulee. Perfection. One of my favorite memories.
This place is sexy! There’s something magical about this resort, a certain glamour, that makes you feel in your element and absolutely gorgeous. Perfect for couples or a girls’ trip. Evenings are wonderful as guests savor the entertainment, lounge about with a drink in the public spaces, and enjoy delicious cuisine. Everyone takes great care in dressing stylishly each evening. Love!
I feel like this is going to be our annual getaway. Many of the guests I spoke with were there for their 4th or 5th time, and I can see why. The experience simply gets better with every visit.