Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Beautiful Vacay - Un Food

Excellence Riviera Cancun is an adults-only resort, and there are no tacky bracelets/ wristbands.  This was our first time at an adults-only resort, and it's the only way we're doing all-inclusive trips from now on. 

The service is outstanding at all times.  As for aesthetics, it felt like a Vegas hotel was transplanted in Mexico.

Outdoor walkway, leading up to the front entrance.
Front entrance glass elevator.
The grand marble staircase, leading up to a seating area, coffee shop, front desk, and main entrance.
Martini bar with extensive menu, not just martinis (gets happenin' at night).
Seating area upstairs (opposite from front desk).
 We loved the brickwork around many of the light fixtures - so pretty.


The resort has 440 rooms (668-2000 sq feet), and was at 98% capacity when we were there, yet it never seemed busy.  Most of the time we had the pool near our room to ourselves.

There are numerous pools, and only the pool with the swim-up bar seemed to be a bit busier.  Servers came around to all the pools, and even to the yards at the swim-up rooms.  Loungers around the pools were available in abundance, either in shade or full sun.

There were many, many floater mats for floating along the pool or lazy river.  There were also towel stations around each pool to get as many towels as desired (no chips, no trading them in, no one working at the towel stations).  You could take whatever you wanted, return them, or leave them in your room, or on the chair, or whatever - they were always cleaned up quickly and taken away when not being used.

We loved alternating between reading in the shade around the pool, and getting some sun on our day-bed.

We had a swim-up room, which gave us our own private yard, with a day-bed, seating area, hammock and outdoor Jacuzzi.

The room itself was spacious, and functional.

The property doesn't seem too large, and nothing is more than a few minute walk away.  There are amenities for any taste.  There is a pretty incredible fitness center/gym, a beautiful spa ...

We saw a friend outside the spa ...

There is a cigar lounge for those who are into cigars ...

There are so many different places to go and to be, that nothing ever seemed crowded.  The beach was busier during the day, but not crazy.  Also, there was no one hanging around on the beach trying to sell anything, which was nice.

There was wonderful entertainment in the day and evening.  We enjoyed quite a bit of live jazz music by lantern-light, and a fun dance party on New Years Eve (as well as our own dance parties in the room, on the beach, as we walked to dinner, etc. haha).

The seating for the evening shows (after the live music) was very comfortable.  Although we didn't catch any of the 9:00 shows, we did hang out in the chairs earlier in the evenings just to relax and visit.

Overall we had an absolutely amazing vacation, and missed some freeeeeezing weather at home.  We polished off a few books on this trip, and did a whole lot of relaxing.

Unfortunately we had to come home on Saturday to freezing weather, which doesn't seem to be letting up.  And in crappier news, today someone hit my car.  Womp womp.  Anyway, other than that, we're happy to be home and back into routine, but will definitely return to this beautiful resort in the future.

Warm getaways are just too good when dealing with prairie winters!

Do you have any trips coming up this winter?  Or maybe something to look forward to for this spring? 


Ian MB said...

This is a paradise I have to visit!

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

This place looks amazing! We considered staying here when we went to Cancun last year and now I wish we had selected this place as it sounds much nicer than the place where we stayed! We also did an adult only resort and agree that is the way to go!

It's super cold here, too. January is the worst month as it's the most bitterly cold month it seems! Sorry to hear that your car got hit. :( I hope there wasn't too much damage!

Our next get away is a long weekend trip to San Diego in February. I can't wait for that little getaway. We rented a little condo close to the beach. I know it won't be super warm at that time of year but it will be warm enough for us to be out and about quite a bit! Can't wait to thaw out and catch some rays!

Joaquin said...

I loved the photos of the 5 stars hotel , where you stayed and you probably did not leave the ¿Did you live some tour of the city ?