Total Honeymoon Bliss at Excellence Playa Mujeres! Posted Oct 16, 2013
My husband and I just returned from a blissful two-week honeymoon at the Excellence Playa Mujeres. We cannot rave enough about our experience and literally already have our dates set to return for our first anniversary (don't know if I want to wait that long though!). To set the stage, I want to say that we've been to 5 or 6 all-inclusive resorts in Mexico and the Dominican Republic. And while we loved many of them for different reasons, we can absolutely say that we have found our new "home away from home" in the Excellence at Playa Mujeres. As they say, "the devil is in the details" and it is in the details that makes the Excellence experience far superior to anything we have ever encountered. We stayed in an Excellence Club Two Story Oceanfront room. We had our own roofdeck and pool that was amazing. The pool came up to mid-thigh (approx.) and was definitely bigger than we thought based on the pics. It was a great way to have some nice privacy. But on that note… there are some buildings that are taller than others so if you’re going for this room type, ask for rooms 9455, 9456, or 9457… so that way you’re on one of the highest buildings and no one can look down onto your roof. We requested 9456 at booking which wasn’t available at check-in but they gave us the one next door and we were thrilled with the room and the view. It’s a given in the Mexican Caribbean that the beach and pools are awesome. So what makes the Excellence so Excellent? - ADULTS ONLY!!!!!!! This was a huge draw for us since it was our honeymoon. The EPM definitely caters to couples and honeymooners, so that was great for us and we met some great people in a similar mindset as we were. - No Bracelets!!! We loved not wearing an annoying, scratchy piece of plastic for two weeks. - Everyone calls you by your name. You need to give your room # everywhere so that they can subsequently call you by your name. It just makes you feel more at home and as honeymooners, we loved being called Mr. and Mrs. for two weeks. - Floaters in the pools! Loved that they were everywhere! - No reservations required at the restaurants! We’ve been to resorts that make you plan out your dinner plans for every night of your stay at arrival, or resorts where you have to wait in crazy lines to make a reservation at the best restaurant. At the Excellence, no reservations are required. We were big into not having an agenda for our honeymoon so we loved that we could go wherever we felt like on a particular day and we could go when we got hungry, and not a particular seating time. - Food is delicious! Everywhere! This is particularly awesome in light of the no reservations component. There was one night when the restaurant we wanted had a 45-minute wait (which I suppose could get annoying on a short trip) but there are so many delicious options that we just went elsewhere and walked right in. And we seriously loved pretty much everything we ate. Lobster House and Chez Isabelle were probably the favorites… but really everything was great. Barcelona had an amazing paella, Toscana had ridiculously good lasagna, the Grill had great steak… really everything was great. Go to the Bar near the main pool during the day and try some great brick oven pizza! - 24-hour room service! The menu is awesome and they will literally come at 1 am after you trapse back from Alegria bar and need some food. - Mille Spa. We had two amazing spa sessions. Definitely try the hydrotherapy… its unlike anything you’ve ever seen and totally not expensive! - Excellence Club. From our mindset this was totally worth the extra money. You have a broader room service menu, which was only just a tiny part of what makes it worth it. The bigger piece is the access to a couple private pool areas and a private beach area. If you wanted a party you could go to the main pool. If you wanted a more relaxing/private time, you had two smaller pool areas that were for Excellence Club guests only. We spent all of our pool time at an Excellence Club pool and really enjoyed it as there were times where we had it pretty much to ourselves. In the Excellence Club sections, they walk around with cold towels which is super refreshing after hours in the hot Mexican sun, and they “make up your sun bed” when you arrive. The first day we were so caught off guard by this but you quickly learn to love the pampering effect of having them wrap up your beach/pool lounger in multiple towels to ensure your comfort and then change them out for you any time they get too wet. There are tons of other little perks that come with being in the Excellence Club (like private parties, a beach bag, etc) but point is that it’s worth it from our viewpoint. - Last and certainly not least, the SERVICE. Everyone that we encountered during our stay was fantastic. They truly do try hard to go the extra mile to make your stay excellent. While everyone was fantastic, a few quick shoutouts must go to: Erick at Excellence Club Pool at Building 9 – THANK YOU for making our stay so fantastic! Hope to see you next year! Angeles, Manuel & Paul at the Excellence Club Pool/Beach Heydi & Gloria at CafeKafe Francisco & Mario for giving us an amazing romantic dinner at the beach Javier from Room Service – not sure if he was assigned to our building or we were just lucky! But he was fantastic and helped me to find some oil to help my scorching sunburn! THANK YOU & MIL GRACIAS to everyone at EPM for a fantastic honeymoon! Looking forward to our anniversary with you!