Just spent a wonderful week, July 15-22, at La Amada Hotel and things couldn’t have been more perfect.
We arrived in style, as always, thanks to our good friends at Lomas who provide us with our stretch limo private transfers and a bottle of bubbly to get our vacation off on the right foot. Lomas is tops when it comes to service and we use them on every trip we make to Mexico.
A short 30 minute drive and we arrive to the small but beautiful La Amada. A glass of champagne while we are quickly checked in then off to our huge Oceanfront Penthouse 241. We’ve stayed in many Presidential Suites around the world and were in the Presidential Suite at Iberostar Grand in January but we found La Amada’s Penthouse to be one of our favorites. As you enter the room there is the room service box on your left and a small storage unit against the wall. A large window on the right looks out onto the massive deck and the plunge pool/Jacuzzi where I spent many a relaxing morning waiting for SummerFunGirl to prepare for the beach. On the left you enter the bar area where you have a tray of snacks…chips and chocolate bars…and 4 bottle of liquor. You can ask for the 4 types you prefer and they’ll be replenished as they are used up. Underneath the bar are a coffee press and a stocked mini fridge. Behind you is a room with a full kitchen with induction burners…a microwave…sink…dishes…cutlery and a full size fridge. It has a small ice maker unit in the freezer…not the automatic kind…so I brought a couple plastic ice cube trays I got from the Dollar store and never had to order ice or wander to the ice machine which was on a lower floor. There is also a separate bathroom with toilet and sink that is great because like so many places nowadays…the bathrooms aren’t that private because a partly frosted glass door is all that separates you from the outside room. This feature seems to be a common design in many hotels but it really needs to be rethought and filed away under “Bad Ideas.” Fortunately the Penthouse has two bathrooms…this small one in the living area and a large one in the bedroom area so privacy isn’t really an issue here. The living area is very large and has a dining room table and chairs…a desk and chair to set up your computer on (WiFi is free and works great) a couch that folds out into a bed…another smaller couch and a 42” TV with DVD player. Two sets of glass sliding doors let you exit onto two parts of the balcony. To enter the bedroom area you walk through two wooden sliding doors to find another couch and chair…another TV and DVD player…a beautiful round Jacuzzi that opens to the balcony if desired…a dresser for clothes…and a large King size bed with a side end table holding a phone and an Ipod clock radio. There is a phone in the other room and in the bathrooms too. Behind the headboard of the bed is the master bathroom area with double sinks…separate toilet…a huge double shower and a walk in closet with safe and iron/board. High quality amenities like shampoo etc. are abundantly supplied and replenished daily.
Going out onto the wraparound balcony you have a panoramic view of the complex and ocean. Although it’s called oceanfront, in truth it really isn’t as it’s not directly on the beach but being on the top floor means you have a fantastic view so we’ll forgive that little transgression. On one side you have a raised wooden deck holding a very large Jacuzzi/plunge pool. A button activates the jets and two troughs that pour water in from above. The water was the perfect temperature for cooling off and there is a large bed with a slatted “ceiling” overhead so you can lie in partial shade if the sun is too hot. In the front corner is a round bed that is great for full sun exposure and we had perfect weather all week to find that out. Walking further you find a covered area with table and chairs and even further down is another bed to lounge in full shade if desired. Overall room and balcony is almost 3000 sq. feet so the Penthouse is not only roomy but functional as well. The Presidential Suite at the Grand is large too but the space isn’t as functional. Their entire balcony is in the shade whereas here you can be in total sun…part sun or total shade depending on your mood. The living room here we used almost every night…at the Grand…never. The décor at La Amada is modern, white and minimalistic and beautiful in its simplicity.
The grounds have lots of interesting vegetation and no grass…white sand blends in with the overall design perfectly. We never had one problem with mosquitoes but heard people in the casitas or lower floors did…I assume because they were right down where the plants were. A short walk to the beach and again…it was our favourite beach so far. White, soft sand…lots of quality wooden loungers and beds with pads…lots of palapas for shade and no need for towel games. We’d saunter down around noon and still be able to get loungers. Very little seaweed and you can go into the calm water and enjoy an ocean dip which you can’t at many resorts because of rough water. You can walk a fair ways in both directions with the marina one way and Excellence in the other direction. Excellence beach is longer, more crowded and has cheaper, plastic loungers. We didn’t see anything that impressed us or made us think it was a place we’d like to stay. La Amada beach service is very good as are the drinks. A nice menu of food can be ordered and brought to you and we tried everything and it was all delicious.
We ate at La Isla, the outdoor restaurant, and had a fabulous Surf & Turf dinner one night. All the food at La Amada…including the best Room Service menu selection we’ve ever had (apart from a couple places where we could order Room Service from any restaurant…anytime…thanks El Dorado Presidential Villa and Seaside Presidential Suite!) was very good. The Spaghetti Bolognese from Room Service was so good it was a staple of mine almost every night. Again, comparing to Excellence, even their upgraded Room Service menu for the Excellence Club pales in comparison to La Amada’s. The breakfast selection is large and varied as are the lunch and dinner options. Portions are good and everything arrives in about 30 minutes. All the Room Service guys were friendly and great to deal with. Housekeeping is friendly and efficient too.
There is an outdoor lounge that serves sushi which we tried one day…very tasty. We also stopped by one night for a cocktail and they had a sax player there. Again, the atmosphere is very sophisticated and laid back everywhere. There are three large pools…one with a swim up bar…and they were all quiet and not crowded so if you like a calm, serene type of resort…La Amada is perfect for you. All pools also have Jacuzzis in the corner but the pool water was almost as hot as the Jacuzzis because we had such gorgeous weather that week.
We travel 2-3 times a year and always stay at 5 Star resorts in whatever their top room category is and La Amada has become one of our favourite resorts instantly with their combination of a beautiful, large room with every amenity possible...wonderful service... delicious food and an overall elegant and sophisticated environment to enjoy a well-earned vacation in. We will be back and soon!
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- The Beloved Hotel Playa Mujeres combines luxury and comfort with the convenience of the 'boutique style' all-inclusive, in the perfect family-friendly setting poised for pleasure and relaxation. Here you'll have a comfortable home base of contemporary luxury. Stylish hotel architecture and decor, generous suites, spotless service, deluxe facilities, and of course, our secluded beachfront setting, all enable you to let your days happen naturally. At this intimate beachfront community you'll enjoy personalized spa and wellness programs, fine dining, seaside golf, boating and fishing from our inland marina, and a host of other activities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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