Mellow in Mexico

Travel writer Keren Holly Berliner visits the
Excellence Riviera Cancun and
The Excellence Playa Mujeres, both in Mexico
and discovers that all-inclusive is luxury


hen you step through the threshold of either the Excellence Riviera in Cancun, or the Excellence in Playa
Mujeres, give in, relax and let the atmosphere of these Mexican luxury resorts steal your breath away.

In this dreamy paradise, forgive yourself as you completely and shamelessly abandon the rhythms
of your daily bustle. Leave your woes, Blackberry and day planner behind.

Stroll into one of the grand vestibules of either the Excellence Riviera or the Excellence Playa Mujeres, and submit to the sights, fragrances and sounds about you. Feel your senses heighten as you experience the grand elegance and lush tropical splendour of these two resorts.

Take in the powdered sugar lined beach front stretching formiles.Poke a toe into the aquamarine bath-warm ocean, itself as vivid as a masterpiece painting.Marvel at the backdrop of the rich peaches-andcream, castle-like structures amid lavish palm trees and gardens that are bordered all the way around by amaze of pristine swimming pools.

Let yourself be greedy for the first time in ages, as you see, hear,taste and smell absolutely everything, fromthemeticulously prepared gourmet fare offered in a diversity of cuisines, to the palapas with their thatched roofs, or your own private patch of sun-kissed beach. Come lap in the signature luxury of these two resorts. They will

quickly cure you of any belief that all-inclusive resorts offer the same cookie-cutter approach to standards of accommodation and service.

I did all of the above; and it would take no great persuasion to make me do it all over again.
From its quaint, hacienda-style authenticity, to its lovely indigenous furnishings and architectural nuances throughout, The Excellence Riviera sits like a proud and secure prima donna, daring any and all to enter the fray and show it up. Its newest sibling, The Excellence Playa Mujeres, is every bit a tropical dream destination as

The Playa displays its own unique spirit, withmodern, whimsical sculptures standing about the grounds, but remains committed as ever to the already tried and true signature “Excellence” tradition in hospitality, comfort and ambiance. Pampered guests can now enjoy the resort’s updated take on gourmet dining at “The Flavor Market”, a new format in ‘Excellence” dining that specializes in pairing starter plates of gourmet cuisine with an impressive list of compatible fine wines.

Excellence Resorts are five-star properties that boast a new standard in resort accommodation, demonstrated in every detail. Their philosophy, simply put and seamlessly delivered, is, “all-inclusive is luxury.”

My invitation to The Excellence Resorts allowedme to experience these resorts in the spirit of a romantic getaway. While romance is as diverse as the hearts that beat it, The Excellence Resorts manage to offer its universal aspects, showcasing any given couple’s fantasy getaway, fromhoneymoon or vow renewals, to anniversaries and beach