Marvellous Mexico

Mandy Walsh, Travel Counsellor

Six colleagues and I headed to Mexico to visit the resorts of Cancun, Tulum, Playa del Carmen and Puerto Morelos for a hectic weekend of hotel inspections.


So many positive adjectives could be used to describe our time in Mexico but for me 'blown away' is how I would describe it best. We flew our with Air France via Paris with fantastic service on board and a high standard of meals and drinks. Our first stop was the 5 star Secrets Capri resort. There is a classic Mediterranean feel to this hotel with stunning ocean views. All rooms are of the Preferred Club standard so include a host of extra amenities. It's only five minutes from the vibrant Playa del Carmen.


The next morning, we headed to Dream Tulum, certainly one of my favourites, an intimate colonial style hacienda resort reminiscent of a quaint village, it is a super property for a family with an excellent Explorers kids club. After an amazing lunch we visited the Mayan ruins of Tulum. That evening after our check in at the Now Jade Resort we headed to dinner in the luxurious Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun. Certainly my number one choice on the worlds best beach with so many room types including swim out suites and with direct access to semi private pools. Back at the Now Jade we had preferred club junior suites with ocean/pool vuews and jacuzzis on the balcony. Another stunning beach but more a four than a five star property.


On our second morning we headed to Secret Silversands. The resort oozes style and sophistication. That afternoon we headed to Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita which is a completely different type of property - much smaller but more homely with an eclectiv collection of antiques. Each room type is an ocean front suite based on a different country. That night we headed to dinner in the stunning Now Sapphire resort. It's totally different from the Now Jade with a lovely Mayan/Balinese feel. After our meal we headed to Coco Bongos - no words can justify this amazing evening of entertainment.


Our final day began with a visit to Dreams Cancun Resort and Spa. The highlight of the trip, and certainly the one we were awaiting with anticipation, was the newly opened Secrets the Vine in Cancun with awe inspiring views over the most breath-taking beach. The reooms here start with the basic deluxe room to the jaw dropping master suites that just bowled us all over.


That afternoon we had some fun cave swimming in Xcaret before our final check in at Dreams Riviera Resort. Only 30 minutes from Cancun, this hotel is a wonderland of glistening pools and impressive ocean views. Super for couples and families with the explorers club for kids for free. All of the hotels are all inclusive and the quality and standard of the food is fantastic, with each restaurant and experience surpassing the last.


Whether you are looking for a wedding destination, a romantic getaway of honeymoon, a fun family holiday or even a group, AM Resorts of Zoetry, Secrets, Dreams and Now have something for everyone and at prices to match every budget. Would I go back? Without a shadow of a doubt! I loved it and am already anticipating my return trip as soon as possible.   


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