Excellence Playa Mujeres Review: Officially the Best All Inclusive I’ve Ever Stayed At!
I am so impressed I just had to review Excellence Playa Mujeres! Everyone we were with enjoyed this resort immensely and I thought y’all should know! Oh, and when I say “all of us,” I mean 100 people since we were with a wedding party. As you know I have quite the spoiled palette for travel after our fantastical, magical honeymoon to Southeast-Asia (check out where we stayed in this article I wrote for Fodor’s). But I have to give this all-inclusive hotel props. I have never felt like I was truly at a five-star all-inclusive until my experience at the Excellence Playa Mujeres.
First of all, it’s adults-only, which for folks my age is crucial. I do not want to have to be dealing with splashing, annoying offspring. Next on my list is food, everyone knows that I have a fat girl inside of me, dying to break free and that I LOVE to eat! While most resorts in Mexico leave you dying to dine out, at Excellence Playa Mujeres, with 9 restaurants and 11 bars with no reservations required, you’ll never want to leave! Dine on sumptious Mexican or delectable Indian or even kick back at the Lobster shack. And the lobster was actually awesome, guys! Seriously, New York restaurant quality. Super fresh and no casualties (which I’ve heard horror stories of other resorts). Some of the other food isn’t stellar, I mean you can’t expect perfection but certain things like the breakfasts were incredible! They even have healthy options like green juice, fresh fruit and gluten free, if you happen to be. They really try to make everyone happy. Favorites were probably the guacamole and the fish tacos served at the restaurant at the pool. They were incredible!
This luxury hotel has a ton of variety in every arena, especially the activities. You can choose from snorkeling to Spanish lessons, or even get your honey to learn to dance with you! There is a world-class spa where you can soak up some relaxation as you get a massage beachside and listen to the waves wash over the shore. If adventure is your thing, enjoy free non-motorized water sports on the beach, including introductory scuba lessons. There is even a pretty modern fitness center where you can take a Pilates or Yoga class!
If you’re looking though to kick back and have a drink, enjoy yourself at one of 7 pools (Pools are a little chilly though) with any cocktail you can dream up in hand! There is even a swim-up bar and several jacuzzis to warm up in after! They’ll even bring your Margarita or Mudslide down to the beach! There is often live music and a themed party going on for those who want to have a good time. They have taco or burger bars on the beach too if you’re a sun worshipper and can’t tear yourself away from the magnificent views! However, if you’re looking for privacy and romance, there are several pools and strips of the beach that you won’t be bothered by a soul. Since this resort is adult’s only, couples looking for some alone time will relish in the relaxation.
Speaking of romance, this hotel was built for two! With contemporary decor, the large guestrooms will make you never want to leave. Each room has a balcony and a Jacuzzi, ideal for sipping champagne together! Rooms are modern and include five-star amenities like Wi-Fi, iPod docks and huge flat-screen TVs. I couldn’t get over how clean the suites were. They were really immaculate. I never felt icked out by anythig! Just be sure you’re here with a loved one, bathrooms have little privacy since showers are enclosed only in glass and have no door! Like, I get stage fright peeing in front of anyone and was none too pleased about this!
Perhaps my favorite feature was that after you spend a night out partying and drinking until your heart’s content, you can order room service 24/7! And that’s not even the best part! You can order it to be delivered to a little box connected to your room so you don’t have to deal with any judgment from waitstaff! Get it?You can order chicken fingers, guacamole, nachos, a turkey sandwich and chocolate cake and you don’t have to deal with anyone. They just leave it there for you. Thank the heavens they don’t have this in my apartment! I’d be 600 pounds!
Oh and don’t miss the Michael Jackson show. I immensely enjoyed this gem! I learned a lot of new moves and spouted off every word to Black or White! And I nailed it.
Ante up to the Excellence club and snag ocean views, designer bath products by Bvlgari and if you get a rooftop suite, you’ll get a private plunge pool! Excellence club guests also enjoy a private lounge with top-shelf liquor, wine and espresso drinks made on the spot!
I whole heartedly recommend this hotel, even after staying at several Four Seasons, Fairmonts and the like! You won’t be disappointed.
Love this review! I was googling since we're looking to book EPM for my bday. No splashing offspring & food to cater to my inner fattie describes me to a T 😉- September 17, 2012
So happy you stopped by Mrs. Williams! You will absolutely love it there! Enjoy yourself! Have a margarita and think of Smartypanties! Follow us on Twitter @MsSmartypanties. xoxo- September 18, 2012
Just seen this review and I see Gluten Free is mentioned. I have to eat a GF diet – do you think they would be catered for well at this hotel?
🙂- August 11, 2013
Love your blog! I’ve just visited Excellence Playa Mujeres too, what a stunning resort! The food and cocktails were out of this world! Have you been back since your review?- July 12, 2016
I haven’t but I hope to one day soon!- January 3, 2017
Hi, looking to go away with gf come June, would you recommend this hotel? What do you think is the best all inclusive I should lool at?
Josh- March 9, 2017
To be honest, it’s been a while. When I was there though it was great. All-Inclusives are never like true Five Star hotels but this one was the nicest All-Inc that I have ever been to. Food was pretty good too, which is all you can ask for.- March 10, 2017