February/March, 2015, in Cancun, Mexico

What perfect timing to break the long winter cold we were experiencing at home! Karen and I travelled to Cancun, Mexico, to spend eight glorius days on the Yucitan Peninsula’s gulf coast. Liz, our outstanding travel agent, once again booked us into an all-inclusive resort that exceeded our most optimistic expectations - The Excellence Playa Mujeres. Before I show you some of what we enjoyed, I must first express our appreciation for what is the best staff service levels we have ever experienced. It is difficult to describe the pleasant difference that we experienced because of the resort staff. Every single encounter with anyone was met with a sincere and upbeat effort to make our experience more pleasant. It was extraordinary.

Below: The outstanding entrance lobby provides insight to the resort; and walking within the resort is a treat:
Excellence Paya Majeres Lobby Walkway View
Below: The view from our balcony, overlooking two of the pools to the gulf shore; and the view from the pool of the grill:
View of the grill View from our Balcony
Below: Our two story suite offered an outdoor spa; and the view of the gulf from our private spa:
Rooftop Spa Spa view to Gulf
Below: Our private beach with palapas; and Chuck basking in a palapa (you could find me there a lot!):
Palapa scene Chuck under palapa
Below: Karen finishing her swing a the resort’s Greg Norman course; and a nine foot crocodile on the fairway:
Karen finishing her swing Crocodile

Our suite was special. We had a spectacular view of the gulf from our balcony, which had a round bed and a table and chairs. Our main room had a sitting area with large couch and chairs, big tv, refrigerator, desk, free WiFi, walkin closet, and a huge bathroom which featured a shower with multiple types of showers, bench seat and so on. We could walk up a stair in our room to our private rooftop spa, with a massive spa and high-drop water feed, two circular beds, a shower, and a beautiful view of the gulf.

The food at Excellence Playa Mujeres was the best inclusive resort food we have experienced. There were Mexican, French, Indian, Asian, Lobster, Grill-house, and Barcelona Tapas restaurants to choose from. (I may have forgotten one or two others.) Each meal was a pleasure, from the walk up to the door to the finish. Service levels were unmatched and the food was excellent. For breakfast and lunch, we could go to the sumptuous breakfast or lunch buffets, or get sitdown service at the grill, overlooking the gulf. Evening meals were accompanied by live music, but the music was always enjoyable and never interfered with conversation. Every evening also had an entertainment venue, from dance, music, plays, or other things. Two of the evenings there was a white table cloth dinner in the plaza of the resort (outdoor) featuring some special venue and cuisine. One was a Mexican night. Wow.

We played the resort’s Greg Norman course twice. It is very pretty, with a good bit of water, and some interesting wildlife. On one hole a crocodile came ashore and wandered to the fairway. A caretaker appeared from nowhere to entice the critter away from us. The croc was about nine feet long and up close (I got about ten feet from it), it looks as mean as its reputation. Incidentally, in the mango groves like where we were, there are crocodiles, not alligators. Florida has alligators. What is the difference? Well, about 800 miles is all I can tell you. Either one looks like they can and they want to rip your leg off for lunch. We also had the pleasure of the company of several snakes, including a pretty big boa, and a bunch of iguanas. And many beautiful birds.

The golf was very good. Karen play well; Chuck not so much. That is the story of our golfing lives. But we both enjoyed the experience and the chance to play when our weather at home did not permit it.

My favorite part of the trip? Well, floating down the "river" pool on a raft, with not a care in the world. It was a totally relaxing experience. That and reading under the palapas. And pretty much everything else. A damn-near perfect vacation.

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