Excellence Playa Mujeres Reviews

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When it comes time to book a vacation, you don't want to be bogged down in the details. You want to pick your dates, find your perfect beach and be done. You don't want to worry about the food, activities or transportation. In looking for places to visit, you've come across an all-inclusive concept that sounds like it is perfect for the no-hassle vacation you crave. You just haven't had the time to read up on it.

The Excellence Playa Mujeres is an adults-only all-inclusive resort. Its position on two miles of beautiful beaches in Cancun, Mexico is ideal. The resort's location is close enough for easy travel to downtown Cancun, and far away enough to be free of the hotel zone and party scene. Check out the details below to get a quick snapshot of all Playa Mujeres has to offer.

What Is the Excellence Brand?


Excellence Playa Mujeres

Excellence Group Luxury Hotels & Resorts is a family-operated and -owned business that focuses on providing luxurious accommodations in the Caribbean. They currently own and operate three different brands of hotels, all catering to a different group of vacationer, but all with the same attention to detail and quality that they've strived to achieve over the past decade.

Their flagship hotel first opened in the Dominican Republic. The success of that hotel inspired Excellence to continue developing beautiful hotels along some of the most scenic beaches in the Caribbean region. They currently have hotels in the Dominican Republic, Oyster Bay in Jamaica, Punta Cana in Riviera Maya, and Cancun.

Excellence Playa Mujeres Resort


resort pool

In 2007, the Excellence Group opened the Playa Mujeres Resort just north of Cancun, Mexico. Playa Mujeres was built within a private community, flanked on one side by a wetlands preservation area and the Caribbean Ocean on the other.

The hotel boasts 450 guestrooms, each with a whirlpool tub that has access from inside and outside the room via the private balcony. All the rooms at the resort are large and allow for total comfort and relaxation. The bedding and linens are fashioned from quality materials.

There are many room options available. While all rooms have a balcony, not all have an ocean view. There are different room categories that all offer varying degrees of extra amenities. One room category gives couples the option to walk out to the deck of one of the resort's seven pools, while others offer a swim-up feature off the patio.

In these rooms, guests can take a few steps off their patio and jump into a quiet pool that hugs the resort. Still, other room options include private plunge pools on the balconies or decks. The higher the room category, the larger the room and the more opulent the amenities.

The Playa Mujeres Resort is for adults only. It is designed with romance and escape in mind; hence, the reason for the high-end finishes in the rooms and the layout of the hotel. Take a stroll on the 2-mile stretch of pristine white sandy beach. Reserve one of the resort's many cabanas, which feature large chaises that are more reminiscent of a bed than a piece of beach furniture. Swing in a hammock by one of the pools or request to dine privately out alongside the ocean.

The room rate includes the cost of all food and drinks. There are nine restaurants on-site that offer patrons a wide variety of dining options, including:

  • Mediterranean
  • Mexican
  • Asian
  • French
  • Indian
  • Tapas
  • Seafood
  • Steakhouse
  • Grill and casual ala carte dining
  • Wood fired pizza
  • Buffet

There is also a pool and beachside dining option with snacks and lighter fare. In-room dining is available 24 hours a day. Alcoholic beverages consisting of wine and beer are included in the package; other cocktails are available at a fee. Juices and non-alcoholic drinks are unlimited.

The food isn’t the only thing included in the price of the Playa Mujeres. Guests also have use of kayaks, sailboats, snorkeling equipment, paddle boarding and introductory scuba lessons. There are daily activities held all around the resort, from tennis lessons to yoga classes.

If you're looking to kick back with some nighttime entertainment, the resort has 11 bars throughout and nighttime entertainment on the beach, inside the resort and around the pool decks.

While there is no golf course directly connected to the hotel, there is access to a Greg Normal course nearby. The golf course is not part of the all-inclusive activities, though. There is an award-winning spa located within the hotel that offers a variety of spa services. These services are also not included in the price of the resort, and additional fees will apply.

Playa Mujeres Basics at a Glance


Opened in
2007
Location
25 minutes north of Cancun
Guest rooms
450
Pools
7
Restaurants
9
Bars
11
Nightclub
No
Meeting Space
17,000 square feet
Average Guest Review

Price of Excellence Playa Mujeres


When it comes to luxury accommodations, the Excellence Playa Mujeres does not disappoint. Between room amenities and resort amenities, the Excellence has thought of everything. You come to the resort and feel pampered from the time you set foot on the grounds. The food is excellent, especially given that the resort is all-inclusive. It is not typical for an all-inclusive resort to have highly-rated food options, but Excellence Playa Mujeres does.

What does all of this cost? We took a look at many room options to arrive at a basic room rate, a mid-level room rate and a high-level room rate. The price listed below is per room per night.

Junior level suites are the basic level rooms. There are 180 of them available in the resort. The average price of this room is $484 per night. You can upgrade and get options that include a swim-up room (additional $48 per night), ocean view and private plunge pool (which is a larger hot tub, located on the room's deck).

The next level up is the Excellence Club Suites, which offer an upgraded mini bar, private lounge, private buffet options and upgraded toiletries in the room. The price of a standard room at this level is about $550 per night. There are other options you can add from this point.

The highest level offers a two-story rooftop suite with a 1,600-square-foot terrace with private plunge pool, access to the Excellence Club and other in-room amenities. Unfortunately, we were never able to find a price for these rooms, even when searching at various times throughout the year. This option may be available to select guests only.

How the Excellence Playa Mujeres Compares


If a trip to Cancun is just what you need, you may be interested in seeing how the Playa Mujeres compares to other resorts in the area. We've provided some brief facts about nearby competitors below. We chose this select group because they are similar in location and amenities offered.

Hyatt Zilara Cancun

This all-inclusive five-star resort is in the thick of the Hotel Zone in Cancun. The hotel resembles a hacienda and offers guests plenty of opportunities to swim, eat and play. This resort is adults-only. There are six restaurants available that receive high ratings for all its diverse cuisine options. All guest rooms have an ocean view and include a whirlpool tub and private balcony or deck. Some rooms have a swim-up option. Guests can reserve cabana beds on the beach in advance. One of the most beautiful features of the hotel is the freeform infinity pool and swim-up bar.

Opened in
2013
Guest rooms
307
Pools
1
Restaurants
6
Bars
3
Golf course
No
Nightclub
No
Meeting Space
None
Price
Average price per night is $415
Average Guest Review

Live Aqua Beach Resort Cancun

Live Aqua Beach Resort has a location in the Hotel Zone in the heart of Cancun. It is considered an upscale contemporary option in the area. It is across the street from the La Isla shopping mall. All rooms have beach views. The main pool is a combination of several smaller pools with varying water temperatures, allowing guests to find their "just right" water temperature. The overall vibe is one of exclusivity.

Opened in
2002, renovated in 2007
Guest rooms
371
Pools
7
Restaurants
12
Bars
3
Golf course
No
Nightclub
Yes
Meeting Space
Yes
Price
Average price per night is $450
Average Guest Review

Secrets the Vine Cancun

Located in the Hotel Zone, Secrets the Vine is a chic and modern Art Deco resort. From the moment you enter the lobby, you know you're on vacation. Every room has a balcony and an ocean view room. The atmosphere inside and out is tranquil and calming; there aren't many partiers in this hotel. The sophistication of the rooms filters down to the restaurants and beyond. The pools are quiet and serene. The beach can be crowded, but the white sand and blue waters are worth getting out and experiencing.

Opened in
2012
Guest rooms
497
Pools
4
Restaurants
6
Bars
6
Golf course
Across the street
Nightclub
1
Meeting Space
Yes
Price
Average price per night is $430
Average Guest Review

Pros and Cons of Excellence Playa Mujeres


As with anything, there are some great things about the Excellence Playa Mujeres resort and some things that aren't that great. The biggest pro may, in fact, also be the biggest con: the location.

Being outside the wildly popular Hotel Zone of Cancun makes the resort much more peaceful; however, there aren't as many things to explore outside of the resort. If you want to go to Cancun, it takes about 30 minutes.

Check out the list of pros and cons below.

Pros

  • Location outside of the touristy area makes it a quiet resort
  • All-inclusive resort (alcoholic beverages somewhat included)
  • Adults only
  • resort pools
  • Food has a high satisfaction rating
  • 24-hour room service
  • All rooms have private whirlpool and balcony
  • White sandy quiet beach

Cons

  • Location outside of Cancun means limited access
  • Ground floor room decks aren't private

What Guests Say About the Excellence Playa Mujeres


Customer feedback about the resort is all relatively positive. The one thing people complained about was the distance away from Cancun; however, many other reviews enjoyed this factor. The resort is made more private by being north of the Hotel Zone.

The beach, while not as impressive as those to the south, is much quieter and less polluted with people. Cabanas are easier to come by, and there is a sense of luxury and exclusivity to the resort.

Guests seemed to enjoy the hotel. The food was highly rated, as were the alcoholic beverages. In customer reviews of other resorts, there were complaints about watered-down drinks. This same complaint was not lodged against Excellence Playa Mujeres. One negative, listed above as a "con" was that guests who had ground-floor rooms said their decks were not as private as those on higher floors.

This fact is not because they have to share, but rather because the patios lead out to the common areas; therefore, people walk by frequently.

Final Thoughts


excellence playa mujeres landscape

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If you are in the market for an all-inclusive, adults-only beach getaway, you may want to consider taking a trip to Excellence Playa Mujeres. One of the features that makes this resort stand out among the others is its more private location. If you don't have an overwhelming desire to be thrust into the crowd of tourists, this resort has your name all over it.

The scenery is beautiful; the resort offerings are complete and leave nothing to be desired. There are plenty of activities at the resort so that you won't feel like you're missing the bustle of Cancun. If you want to experience it, there are shuttles or car rentals that the concierge can arrange.

You deserve a true beach getaway, and Excellence Playa Mujeres is just the destination to unplug and unwind. Taking into account all of the information gathered, we give the hotel a 5 out of 5 stars.

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