Isaac Shani is the Director of the Hotwire Retail Team.
Every year, I celebrate my birthday by going to Mexico with friends. This year, my friends and I went to Playa Mujeres, a quiet area about twenty minutes north of Cancun. The area is protected by Isla Mujeres, a small island near the coast of Cancun. The water is calm and the beaches are beautiful. Many people choose to stay in the busier Hotel Zone area when traveling to Cancun, but I like Playa Mujeres because it’s slightly off the beaten path, and still accessible using Mexico’s 2nd best served airport. If you’re up for exploring, the Tulum Maya Ruins in Riviera Maya are not far and some of the best empanadas I’ve had were at Bandoneon, a local Argentinean steakhouse.
For this birthday trip, I wanted to spend time with my friends in a luxury all-inclusive hotel, being pampered and not worrying about anything besides sun and relaxation. I ended up booking a full package on Hotwire, including flight and hotel – and we were able to spend five days at the Finest Playa Mujeres by Excellence Group – All inclusive hotel. The property is a family friendly, luxury all-inclusive hotel by the well-known Excellence brand, a luxury all-inclusive group. At the “Finest”, you really don’t have to ever leave the resort for food and drink if you don’t want to; they have twelve very different restaurants on site to choose from including French, Asian, Mexican and more. The resort is family friendly and has many activities for children of all ages, however, it’s also a great spot for adults with the Excellence Club dedicated area.
For a worry-free and luxurious trip, I have a few suggestions on how to travel in style:
- Book a private transfer on Expedia to take you and your party to/from the airport.
- Find a resort that has many amenities that will fit within your trip. For my friends and me, it was about relaxing and having a good time without ever having to leave the beautiful “Finest” resort if we didn’t feel like venturing out.
- Take advantage of your surroundings. At the “Finest Playa Mujeres”, the spa is phenomenal with amazing amenities. It is definitely worth splurging on a luxurious service or two.
- Since you’re already spending, I highly recommend buying up to the “Excellence” or “Finest” club options where you are offered things like private check-in, exclusive club access, dedicated beach area and other perks.
Hasta la vista!