We just returned from a 6 night stay at La Amada in Playa Mujeres, about 20 minutes north of Cancun's hotel zone. They just opened one month before. We felt like we had the five star resort to ourselves. Although we were told that there were 40 people there, we never saw more than a dozen guests on the resort at any time. The resort truly is beautiful and was the perfect place to unwind, decompress and to celebrate our 12 year wedding anniversary. They brought us champagne and fruit and made us a bath of rose petals for the occasion.
We stayed in the 2 story beachfront casita with 4 foot plunge pool. The plunge pool and roof shower were phenomenal, but be careful on the marble stairs. I was wet from the pool and fell down several steps on the first night; marble does not make for a soft landing. We enjoyed the dual sinks and counter space, but would have preferred a full door for privacy on the toilet. The shower was extraordinary with great water pressure and it had a rain shower head, wall jets and hand held option. The bed was comfortable and there were beds on the veranda and rooftop as well as a rooftop shower. We did not take advantage of the pillow menu.
We received the preopening rate and the included American breakfast, at Aroma ,which would have run an additional $40 per day for two. The generous breakfast included a full fruit/bread/cereal buffet and ala cart egg dishes, mexican dishes or pancakes/waffle/french toast and french pressed coffee/juice. I would avoid the eggs benedict as it was not what you'd expect. The beach restaurant for lunch, Isla Grill, located alongside the infinity pool, was reasonably priced. I recommend the fish of the day - a full red snapper - prepared with garlic or tomato. The filet fish, grouper, was good as well. I would avoid the frozen pizza and the lobster tail was dry. The sangria, in red or white, with lemonade, was delicious. Aroma, for dinner, was also reasonably priced, and much better for food and service. They were very accomodating. The bartender enjoyed experimenting with delicious cocktails, i.e. the kiwi margarita, coconut martini, etc. Roomservice was fast and delicious; I recommend the beef tacquera (? spelling).
The hotel hosted a bonfire night on the beach with sangria followed by a surf and turf dinner, priced at $45 pp and the Lupita lounge had a complimentary cocktail and food tasting. This was an opportunity to meet the GM, Executive Chef and Food and Beverage Manager. Don't forget DVDs for the flatscreen TV and music CDs. If you want more people or variety you are able to buy a day at the Excellence all inclusive resort next door. I think that it was $100 pp from 9 AM to 5 PM or $150 pp for 5 PM - 11PM.
We read that a cab was $70 each way so we rented a car, a Dodge Attitude, for about $160 for the week. Be aware if booking a car online that mandatory liability insurance was not included in the price and was an additional $70. It was pretty easy to navigate to and fro the airport and Cancun and on the 2.5 hours to and 4 hour from ChitzaItza. There is no set up for excursions and they had only a general brochure and very general maps.
Because I do not speak Spanish, there was a bit of a language barrier, but the staff was friendly and tried really hard to help in any way. If you want complete relaxation this is your place.
- 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