Every year, hordes of singles and families flock to the Yucatan Peninsula city of Cancun for luxurious beach vacations. Its beachfront resorts, such as the Excellence Playa Mujeres, are a huge draw for spring breakers, summer vacationers, and honeymooners alike.
Cancun is a coastal city bordering the Carribean Sea. The city can be broken up into two major districts. One district is a traditional downtown area that hosts a slew of restaurants, shopping centers, bars, and nightclubs. The other district is a strip of land along the eastern coast lined with luxury resorts and hotels. Also, Cancun is home to a high-functioning international airport. Most resorts and hotels offer shuttle programs to get to and from the airport with ease.
The variety of activities and accommodations and ease of access that the area offers makes Cancun a popular destination. People planning their next vacation have several great options to choose from, but anyone looking to go to Mexico should consider staying at the Excellence Playa Mujeres. This article will discuss Excellence's various features and compare the resort to comparable accommodations in the area.
What Is Excellence Playa Mujeres?
Excellence Resorts owns several highly praised resorts in various beachfront locations. The Playa Mujeres location is no exception. This location has received awards, including:
- Travelers' Choice from Trip Advisor
- Best Accommodations in Mexico from Trivago
- Insider's Select from Expedia
- Best in Stay from Orbitz Worldwide
- Reader's Choice from Conde Nast Traveler
- Four Diamond Award from AAA
Excellence Playa Mujeres exists on the most eastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, just 25 miles from the city life of Cancun. The resort sits on a secluded two-mile stretch of pristine white sand beach. Excellence is an all-inclusive resort with a top-of-the-line spa, incredible dining options, a diverse activities selection, and immaculate suites. The beautiful location allows its guests to enjoy and unwind in one of the most picturesque locations in the world.
Excellence Playa Mujeres is an adult-only destination, allowing for the utmost levels of peace, privacy, and romance. The resort offers varied accommodations, all-inclusive amenities, and numerous activities.
This Excellence location has several suite options to choose from. There are 180 junior suites with a spa or pool view, 64 junior swim-up suites with a spa or pool view, 18 terrace suites with plunge pool access, and 20 two-story rooftop terrace suites with a spa or pool view.
All ground level suites have direct pool access. Suites offer features like private round jacuzzis with indoor and outdoor access, exterior plunge pools, 42” flat-screen televisions, full marble bathrooms with showers for two, and private balconies or terraces. They also come with all the conventional amenities, like free wireless internet, stocked mini bar, in-room premium liquor and wine bottle selection, 24-hour room service and turndown service.
Excellence has seven on-site swimming pools and four independent Jacuzzis. Five of the pools are heated through the winter. Guests have a variety of pool areas to choose from for lounging and swimming throughout the day and night. Guests are also welcome to enjoy private beach access. The resort offers several beach activities including:
- Paddle boarding
- Deep-sea fishing
- Private yacht excursions
- Scuba lessons
- Water aerobics
Many land-based activities are also available:
- Spanish lessons
- Dancing lessons
- Cooking lessons
- Beach volleyball
- Beach football
- Board games
- Air rifle shooting
Excellence is also home to the Playa Mujeres Golf Club, an 18-hole course designed by Greg Norman. Guests who are looking to stay on top of their fitness regimen will be pleased with the comprehensive exercise facilities at Excellence. The on-site gym hosts top-of-the-line weight lifting equipment and cardio machines and offers fitness classes like Crossfit, Fitball Pilates, yoga, Hydro Fitness, and massage classes.
Guests can make appointments with the on-site spa, Miile Spa. Spa clients enjoy absolute serenity and luxury thanks to the world-class facilities and spa service professionals of Miile Spa. Miile Spa has several indoor treatment rooms, outdoor oceanfront treatment rooms, and relaxation patios. The spa offers different massages, facial treatments, body treatments, and manicure and pedicure packages.
All guests at Excellence enjoy several amenities including full breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks each day of their stay, access to 11 bars, unlimited fruit juices, soft drinks, international and domestic alcoholic beverage. Guests are also welcome to 24-hour room service, access to swimming pools and all non-motorized water sports, and free transportation to and from the airport in Cancun. The bars and restaurants at Excellence are gourmet and diverse.
Prices for staying at Excellence Playa Mujeres vary depending on the season of the guests' stay and the type of suite they want to book. Guests should expect to pay anywhere from $500 to $860 per night for a junior suite.
How it Compares
We picked a few similar resorts in the area to see how they compare.
The Ritz-Carlton Cancun
Villa Del Palmar Cancun
Excellence Playa Mujeres
Guests should expect to pay anywhere from $500 to $1000 per night, depending on the season and the type of suit desired.
The stunning suites at Excellence Playa Mujeres are a huge draw for guests. Several suites come with direct access to the pool, an in-room jacuzzi, an in-room plunge pool, swim-up access, 24-hour room service, and a full marble bathroom.
Guests at Excellence are treated to an all-inclusive drinking and dining experience. Guests have access to eleven on-site bars and unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Guests also have their pick of Excellence's many gourmet restaurants: Agave, Barcelona, Basmati, Chez Isabelle, The Grill, Flavor Market, The Lobster House, Las Olas, Spice, and Toscana. Each restaurant features a distinct genre of food and incredibly talented chefs. Excellence also offers pool and beach food service, 24-hour room service, and a sports bar.
Excellence is an all-inclusive, adults-only resort. Guests have full access to the fitness center, pools, Jacuzzis, private beach, water activities, daily and nightly shows, sports and recreational activities, restaurants, bars and business center. Guests also have access to the on-site spa, but those services must be paid for separately.
The Ritz-Carlton Cancun
The Ritz-Carlton Cancun is perfectly located on one of the most beautiful beaches in Mexico. Guests can expect to enjoy the luxurious accommodations and impeccable service that comes with a resort under the prestigious Ritz-Carlton name. The Ritz-Carlton hosts pristine guest rooms, delectable dining options and a slew of activities for the whole family.
Guests should expect to pay anywhere from $650 to $1,000 per night in the summer depending on the desired guest room, and anywhere from $400 to $930 per night in the winter depending on the desired guest room.
Each guest room comes with a private balcony or terrace with a view of the Caribbean Sea, an indulgent feather bed topped with 400-count Egyptian cotton sheets, a marble bathroom, high-speed internet, and 24-hour in-room dining services.
Guests have access to two full highly acclaimed restaurants: The Fantino and The Club Grill along with several smaller dining outlets. These outlets are spread throughout the resort's campus and include a sushi bar, the D-Lounge, El Cafe Mexicano, Caribe Bar and Grill, and several casitas.
The Ritz-Carlton is not an all-inclusive resort. Each meal, drink or activity the resort offers must be purchased on top of the price of accommodations. However, access to the resort's 1,200 feet of beach, two swimming pools, and fitness center will come with the price of the accommodations. The exclusive Club Lounge, access to private cabanas and lounges, activities with the interactive sea turtle conservation program, appointments with the beauty salon, and appointments with the on-site spa must be paid for separately.
Sandos Cancun is an all-inclusive resort on a gorgeous Cancun beach. The resort features luxurious guest rooms, various beach activities, a top-of-the-line fitness center, world-class spa, and themed events every day of the week. Sandos is also conveniently located close to several attractions outside the resort's campus.
Guests should expect to pay around $300 per night for a basic room and around $2,000 per night for the most expensive suite depending on the season.
Sandos offers five types of guest rooms that each comes with different features. Each type comes with an in-room Jacuzzi and a perfect view of the Caribbean waters. Each room will also have Wi-Fi and 24-hour room service.
Guests have access to four different themed restaurants: A steakhouse called Seasons, a Japanese restaurant called Gaijin, an Italian restaurant called Frattini's and an international buffet called Zangos. A delicious pizza restaurant, St. Trop, is conveniently located between the pool and the beach. Beachside food service also offers different Carribean dishes, Mexican dishes and other snacks throughout the day.
Sandos offers access to its world-class spa, top-of-the-line fitness center, and three-layered pool in the style of a lazy river. It also hosts several bars and the Rhythm Experience which plays different music throughout the day and night. Sandos is conveniently located near popular Cancun tourist attractions like the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza.
Villa Del Palmar Cancun
Villa Del Palmar is a beautiful beach resort that's perfect for those looking for an all-inclusive trip to Mexico. This resort offers gourmet dining options, beautiful accommodations, and one-of-a-kind experiences on top of the unbeatable views of the Caribbean.
Guests should expect to pay around $250 for the most basic room and around $1,000 per night for the most expensive room depending on the season.
The low prices of this all-inclusive resort guarantee clean and adequate accommodations. Villa Del Palmar offers a deluxe room that sleeps three, a one-bedroom suite that sleeps four and a two-bedroom suite that sleeps six. Each room comes with balconies and views of the Caribbean.
Villa Del Palmar offers dining options from several themed restaurants, including La Casona, Davino Restaurant, Zama Restaurant, Hiroshi, Bite Bar, Caprichos, and Palmita Market and Deli.
The resort offers activities like bocce ball, Aqua Zumba, water volleyball, beach paddle boarding, beach soccer, yoga, bingo, Spanish lessons, kayaking, and snorkeling. For those on a romantic getaway, the resort offers a lovers' photo shoot package, romantic night package, couples massages, cooking lessons, and romantic dinner packages. The resort also offers specific activities for young guests, like face painting and The Kids' Club.
Overall, Excellence Playa Mujeres deserves five out of five stars. The resort is not the cheapest all-inclusive resort in Cancun, but its undeniably luxurious accommodations, world-class amenities and pristine location are well worth the money. The all-inclusive benefit makes vacation planning stress free. Guests will never have to worry about leaving the resort for activities or food. That said, guests may have a hard time choosing between the several on-site gourmet restaurants that Excellence hosts, but that is a good problem to have! Guests will never go hungry or thirsty at Excellence.
With the sheer number of activities and amenities that Excellence Playa Mujeres offers, guests will never get bored, either. While it may not be suitable for a family trip, Excellence Playa Mujeres is an excellent choice for romantic getaways, spring break vacations, vacationing with friends, and even solo adventurers. If you're looking for a vacation where you can feast your eyes on beautiful scenery while every detail is taken care of for you, Excellence Playa Mujeres can fill that order!