My wife and I stayed at La Amada 1/14-1/17/11 and throughly enjoyed our stay. We stayed in a first floor ocean front casita with a private plunge pool. When we first arrived, I was a little disappointed with the "ocean front" location - our patio basically looked out to the ocean front pool and restaurant area, with the beach beyond. As we settled in, and I got over my initial disappointment, I came to the conclusion that the other rooms in this class have similar views. If you must have a panoramic view of the ocean, a two story ocean front casita maybe your best bet. I have to say, reflecting on the use of the patio and plunge pool, I believe we enjoyed the room we had more than the roof top space provided with the two story casita. The main advantage we had was a much larger pool and shade - we try to limit our direct sun exposure.
The suite itself was beautiful and clean. The two person shower with multiple shower heads was definitely a plus, and was enjoyed. The spa tub, on the other hand, was obviously for decoration - really too small and shallow for a relaxing two person soak. There was a large glass door that opened onto a large patio. We spent hours with the door open, ceiling fan on, and napping on the wonderful two person lounge on the patio. We had afternoon rain two of the days we were there and actually enjoyed the rain - napping on the sheltered patio listening to the big fat rain drops hit the foliage and sand surrounding our patio. As you can see, our trip was for rest and relaxation. This is not the resort for you if your looking for night life. There are nice restaurants and bars, which we enjoyed. The food was very good. We opted for the all-inclusive package, and would recommend it. We're into food and alcohol - if you buy it all on the "european plan", I think you would quickly reach the $80 per person/per day rate for the all-inclusive plan. We ate, drank and did not worry about the cost (a luxury worth paying for in its own right).
The service was very good - all of our servers and other staff were charming and very accommodating. I can see how some people would say they are overwhelmed - we did have to wait for a check or to place our order or to get a drink several times during our stay. No complaints though, we were on vacation with no particular place to be...
We did a full spa day - each of us enjoying the Agua Viva experience before our treatments - the cold water portions of the experience were quite bracing, but enjoyable in the full context - definitely do not do the circuit after a massage - it would ruin the "afterglow". We both had the 80 min signature massage - mine was excellent - I actually fell asleep during the massage! We have had many spa experiences at many fine resorts and I would rate this spa very highly.
We never left the resort - a short stay and really no inclination to go anywhere. I would recommend arranging an airport transfer through the concierge. $138 is probably steep, but to not fight the insanity outside the airport in Cancun and be taken care of with cold water and chilled towels in the car was worth it to us.
Overall, a wonderful, if too short, stay at La Amada. We easily could have stayed another day or two. I highly recommend this resort for a quite couples retreat.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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:
- La Amada Resort
- La Amada Playa Mujeres