Greetings from the middle of the polar vortex! We are on snow day #5 over here, which is why you haven’t heard much from me this week. The wind chill was -40 yesterday, it has not stopped snowing, and we all have major cabin fever! What better time to reminisce about sunshine and umbrella drinks? I am by no means a travel blogger, and I didn’t take my good camera along, but I have had a few requests to share some details about our recent trips! So today I’m talking Mexico, crappy iPhone pics and all. Beloved Resort Playa Mujeres Mexico Vacation
First off, I will say the Mr. gets all the credit for planning this trip! We aren’t big gift people, we like to spend our money on experiences instead. Especially as we get older and busier and our kids are busy too. Free time to spend with one another is harder to come by. So, when we talked about our 15th wedding anniversary, we knew we wanted to take a trip – just the two of us.
Our big requirements were – sun, beach, and doing absolutely nothing, with a margarita or two thrown in! He researched tons of places in the Bahamas, Fiji, Hawaii – all over! In the end, Mexico is an easy direct 3-hour flight from Michigan, which meant more vacation time vs travel time and the weather is dependably gorgeous there. We are going to save the further out more exotic vacations for when we can maybe do a 10-day trip when our kids are grown and we really have time to explore.
The Mr. found this boutique hotel called the Beloved Resort. It’s in Playa Mujeres 30 minutes north of the Cancun airport. It had amazing reviews on Trip Advisor, but we asked a local travel agent for her input as well. She had nothing but positive things to say about it, so we had her book it. What we liked was that it was small. They only have 100 rooms, so it wasn’t a giant resort to hike all over with a zillion people fighting for a chair on the beach. The service was amazing and really personalized.
We booked one of their nicer rooms – a beachfront 2-story casita (we stayed in Hermosa, you can see it above overlooking the ocean and pool). These are pricier, but it was our anniversary so we splurged.
Here it is lit up at night from the other side. There are only 4 rooms in each of these Casitas, so it was nice and private feeling. That whole top left section was ours. It was a large room with a balcony facing the ocean, I didn’t do a great job of taking pics on this trip (I was determined to relax and unplug), so I forgot to take a photo of the actual room. You can find room photos on their website here. The whole resort featured mostly white decor, white walls, white furniture etc…so I felt right at home ;)
The balcony was the perfect spot to have coffee in the morning.
We also had our own private rooftop deck with a plunge pool.
The views were amazing and we slept with the doors open every night to listen to the ocean waves. We also took advantage of the rooftop deck on days it was windier on the beach. It was so nice to come back to this space about 5:00 each day to pour a glass of wine and watch the ocean before we got ready for dinner. This is an all-inclusive resort, so the room was stocked with soda, wine, beer, alcohol, as well as snacks.
This is definitely the place for you if you want a super quiet, private, chill vacation. If you want lots of activities and nightlife and things to do, this is not the place, but a week of doing nothing was just what we needed!
The beach here was beautiful and the chairs and beach beds were so comfortable. There was a bit of seaweed every morning on the beach, but they cleaned it up right away. They have a beach concierge where you stop first and they help you scope out the perfect spot to sit, set your chairs up with towels and water, and let the beach waiter know you are there.
This is where I really excelled at vacationing and where I spent most of my week :). The Mr. decided to be all healthy and run every morning while I held down the beach for us. He did 35 miles that week, and I read 7 books – to each his own! The service on the beach was great – they brought around cold towels and kept us supplied with mimosas and margaritas. They also serve a different lunch on the beach every day. The ceviche day was my favorite, but the fajitas were fantastic too!
The last 3 days we rented this little cabana it was $50 for 3 days and it was nice, because it had cabinets to put your stuff in, more shade, and you could order snacks and lunch as well.
They did have kayaks, and catamarans for use on the beach if you are looking for more activity and jet skis available for rent. Isla Mujeres is a little island across from Playa Mujeres that you can take a boat or ferry to explore for the day, but we never got the itch to leave the resort.
They also had 2 beautiful pool areas as well with these super comfy beds.
This bar was our favorite to stop for a drink and shrimp ceviche before dinner every night. They usually had live jazz musicians playing here as well. Props to the Mr. for his casual modeling pose on the couch! This was about 6:30 at night and you can see we had the place to ourselves. This is what I mean by quiet and private, most nights there were only a few other tables filled at dinner. Oh, and I loved the martini glasses that kept my drink cold even in the heat.
Let’s talk food which can be pretty hit or miss at an all-inclusive. Which maybe, let’s talk all-inclusive first for a minute. We liked this option for Mexico this time around because of safety concerns. We have been to a few different places in Mexico over the years where we haven’t done all inclusive and have always found amazing restaurants. Lately, there have been a few incidents in the news and safety concerns in Mexico, so we thought an all inclusive was the best route this time. Also, like I said we were craving a week of doing nothing, so exploring new restaurants wasn’t high on our list this time around. We wanted a week of no brainer decisions.
They have 4 restaurants, which may not seem like a lot for a whole week, but their menus are large and varied and they were also super accommodating about making something off the menu as well. They asked about food allergies everytime we sat down, so this could be a great option if you struggle to find food that fits your diet while traveling. They also had 24-hour room service, a coffee bar with snacks, and a crepe truck. We both thought the food was some of the best we have had at an all-inclusive.
We especially loved eating at the seafood restaurant that was right on the beach above – the grilled lobster was amazing. Hands down the French restaurant had the best food (below I had salmon with risotto and the Mr. was eating wine braised beef). There were a few misses throughout the week (we both didn’t like their coffee, but their espressos, lattes, and cappuccino were perfect), but overall the quality of the food was great. Especially the seafood.
It rained one afternoon, so we hit the spa for massages and they have a relaxing hydrotherapy circuit, which was included with your stay. They lead you through a series of steam rooms. saunas, hot pools, cold pools, etc. and it was super relaxing and fun.
All in all, we had a fantastic week – it was so great to reconnect and just hang out without all the distractions of work and kids and home! I’m so thankful for all the adventures I’ve been on with this guy in the last 15 years, he is my absolute favorite.
If you have any specific questions leave me a comment below, but I have to say on Instagram I had so many of you message me saying you had stayed here as well and it was a favorite among you all for sure!