Ahh! Where do I begin?! This trip was amazing and I highly recommend Beloved Playa Mujeres if you’re looking for a small, quiet resort to just relax with your significant other. Our main goal for this trip was just to relax, recharge and do absolutely nothing. The vibes are set to be low key and romantic for couples only. If you want something bigger with more entertainment, check out the adults only Excellence Playa Mujeres next door. We were originally going to go there, but a friend recently stayed at Beloved recently and said it was so quiet, so we decided to give it a try after seeing it was just next door and we wanted to stay in that area. Next door to that is Finest Playa Mujeres which we also loved! It’s family friendly and absolutely beautiful! We loved it there. There is an adult only upgrade for a separate beach area, rooms and for some restaurants but honestly, if it’s just us two traveling, we prefer adults only locations from now on especially since having a kid. I have a review on that resort HERE. It’s way old, but gives you the idea 🙂
One of the reasons for choosing this resort was because we knew the area and for ease of travel. We took a direct flight to Cancun and then it’s only about a 30 minute drive to the resort. I’d definitely book an unshared ride especially during these times but also if you don’t want to stop any other resorts on the way to yours. You may be one of the first, but also may drop off a few couples before getting to your resort. We had clear instructions to who was going to take us to the resort/what they were wearing etc before going there. For extra safety, just like any scheduled ride, make sure they tell you your full name not vice versa. They’ve always had our full names and date of pick up on paper. FYI if you’ve never been to the Cancun airport take my advice and just keep walking after you get your bags. As soon as you get past the baggage claim you enter the craziness. It’s so loud, people are screaming at your from all directions to sell you a ride, an excursion, and worst of all trick you into a timeshare scheme but giving you a “free massage” or “free excursion” in exchange for a “free” breakfast or lunch (you’re at an all inclusive- you already have free food lol). That “free XYZ” ends up being an all day long event trying to sell you a timeshare and a quick way to put a damper on your vacation. Just. Keep. Walking.
The resort itself is beautiful. All the buildings were white, modern, lots of greenery in-between- just crisp and beautiful. It was a lot smaller than other resorts we’ve been to though. It’s meant to be a boutique hotel to give it a more intimate feel. We really loved how quiet it was, but a the same time staff won’t say anything to anyone blasting music on max volume and dancing while screaming the lyrics for hours which we all dealt with one day.
As pretty as the hotel was, the room was pretty outdated in my opinion compared to the restaurants and resort itself. We stayed in the Two Story Casita Suite with Plunge Pool which had a king bed, couch, a TV, round table with chairs, closet, a two sink vanity, shower, indoor jacuzzi surrounded by windows (which with one look inside would not go in), patio with outdoor bed and table/chairs and then a set of stairs that takes you to a rooftop. The rooftop includes a pool and another lounge bed. The room also has a mini bar, mini fridge and Nespresso machine. As nice as the rooftop was, we never used it. I was hoping I could lay out on there but the water was cold and the bed was fairly shaded since it had a semi-closed cover over it. It also rained one day keeping the bed pretty soaked.
We’re not super picky with food, but I’d say it was great. There wasn’t anything I didn’t eat or like, but some choices weren’t the best I’ve ever had-mostly the beach food, really. The guacamole was SO good though and I will say, the sushi was hands down the BEST we’ve ever had. We would honestly go back just for the sushi haha! We had it just about every night even if we ate dinner somewhere else and couldn’t wait to have it the next day. Some restaurants have certain dress codes-keep that in mind when you’re packing. There’s also a little ice cream/coffee shop that includes juices, pastries and little sandwiches.
The water here is not that crystal clear Caribbean bright blue water you’ll see across the water at Isla Mujeres, but it is still beautiful. We traveled end of Januray/early February so it was notable colder than it is in the middle of summer. The beach area has a pair of chairs under tiki umbrellas throughout the resort area and you have the option of renting a cabana as well. There are also open day beds on the beach and by the pool.
Also, after visiting several all-inclusive resorts over the years, we realized how much we appreciated a “private beach.” The three resorts and possibly further down are patrolled so that there aren’t any locals coming up to you to sell you things. We’ve been to resorts where they would be able to walk through beach chairs to sell you things or they’d walk down the waterline shouting “5 dollar, 5 dollar” waving around what they were trying to sell. They are not allowed to do that here, so it was really nice. There are, however, jetskiis running so that can tend to be loud, but that’s typical beach noise.
They have plenty of daytime activities on the beach like parasailing, paddle boarding, sailing, kayaking, snorkeling where you can see fish and sea turtles, and jetskiiing to name a few. You can also book excursions through the resort. We did one last time we visited the area where we took a boat across the water to Isla Mujeres and drove around the island in a go-cart. We had so much fun and still talk about it.
On vacation we lounge more on the beach than around the pools, however, there were a couple of days where it was too windy/cold on the beach so stayed at the pool closest to the beach. It connects to a swim-up bar and sits under a restaurant that overlooks the pool and beach. You can sit on lounge chairs or on a lounge bed that can also be adjusted to a sitting position. Those were SO comfortable. There was a larger pool kind of in the middle of the resort that connects to swim-out pools from rooms on one side with lounge chairs you could sit on on the other. It was definitely more quiet and intimate there since you didn’t get the bar/restaurant/beach noise. We didn’t stay there so I’m not sure if there were servers, but I don’t see why there wouldn’t be. Those two pools included jacuzzis. There was also a smaller pool behind the coffee/ice cream shop, but that was closed while we were there.
If you’re wanting poolside entertainment, games, and extravagent shows at night, next door is probably a better option. They hardly had any entertainment here which was actually one of the reasons we chose it. We wanted to get away from noise, loud music, and all that. There was a lounge area next to the sushi bar/bar that we stopped by after dinner that had some kind of entertainment like live music or dancers every night. One night they had gambling tables and another was ethnic dancing with costumes. Some of them were really good and others, well, not so much.
The service was incredible. Everyone was so kind and welcoming. We could always find someone if we needed them and since it was so small, many of them knew you by name fairly quickly. We never had to wave anyone down for food/drinks on the beach but they also didn’t hover. It was like they knew exactly when we needed them. 24 hour room service was available and staff dropped off bite-sized desserts to your room every evening. They also cleaned your room in every morning and turned it down every night. The resort was only at about 30-40% capacity during our stay, but based on reviews the service always seemed great.
Now, the question everyone wanted answered was what it was like traveling during this time. Well, there’s definitely risk and I wouldn’t encourage anyone to travel, but there are also rules and precautions for a reason if you choose to travel after assessing the risks involved. You do need a negative test to return back the US which the resort takes care of scheduling for you. I would also encourage you to get one before you leave the US as well. Check the CDC for the most recent guidelines at your time of travel and I will be happy to answer any specific questions you have in the comments below.