Updated: May 1
Who hasn't dreamed of secretly running away for a long weekend by the beach? Overwhelmed by work, late one summer, we did just that.
We decided to take advantage of a long holiday weekend and secretly fly to a secluded beach in Mexico. We were looking for seclusion privacy and a little luxury. We landed on the boutique hotel Beloved Playa Mujeres, a secluded adults-only (couples-only) resort in Mexico that catered to those looking for a little romance and a lot of privacy.
What to Expect when you Arrive:
Located in Cancun, Beloved Playa Mujeres is far from the ordinary and what you'd expect from a typical all-inclusive resort. Upon arrival, our airport transfer was stopped so he could present the names of the passengers (and they could be checked) prior to security lifting the velvet rope and letting the car drive to the front entrance. Waiting for us to emerge from the vehicle, resort staff stood with champagne glasses and big smiles. We were escorted inside, where we relaxed in their reception area, as the concierge handled the check in.
This was no typical reception entrance. No front desk or line up, it was filled with large, comfy couches. We sipped our champagne and lounged in this luxurious living room until they called us. We exchanged the couch for comfortable chairs in a large booth, sitting across from the hotel representative, who handed us our key cards and then quickly escorted us to our room. Along the way, the friendly concierge informed us all of the fabulous amenities available.
What to Expect from the Room:
Celebrating an anniversary, we were surprised a tasteful sheer banner across our door and with cake and champagne in our room. The oversized Junior Suite was equipped with not only a large bed, but a separate living area with a fully stocked bar, a huge shower that overlooked the bedroom, an oversized walk-in closet for all your belongings, and a huge balcony with indoor/outdoor round jacuzzi tub. Since we were only staying for a short getaway, we opted for the most economical available room, but this boutique hotel offers many others, some with private outdoor spaces and plunge pools. All cater to privacy.
After indulging in the extensive room service menu, the tray and dishes could be hidden inside a cabinet near the entrance, accessible for pick-up by staff on the other side of the door. A version of a dumb waiter that kept dirty dishes out of site both inside your room and from anyone walking in the hallway. Each night, a turn down service prepped the room for sleep by dimming the lights, adding water to the bedside table and leaving sweet surprises on the bed. These little details are what made all the difference.
The pristine resort is tastefully decorated in a minimalist but luxurious elegance of white stone and natural colours, beautifully designed for maximum privacy. Nestled on a white sandy beach between neighbouring resorts, Beloved felt secluded and peaceful. The private suites were scattered on the property between clusters of muted vegetation. A neighbourhood design rather than a typical resort.
What to Expect from the Restaurants:
Each restaurant and bar on the premises was separate and unique. No need for bracelets or identification, one photo taken at check-in was all that was required, you simply shared your room number. After a delicious lunch at La Isla Trattoria (be sure to try the tortilla soup) seated facing the ocean, located over the main pool and swim up bar, we decided to cool off by taking a quick dip and enjoying a frozen drink in the shade.
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What to Expect from the Beach/Pool Areas:
The beach and pools were quiet, with subdued music, and excellent service. The water, however, was warm. With the afternoon sun beating down on us, we expected cool (even cold) pool water, but it was like stepping into a warm bath. Though it felt unusual, we found a shady spot and cooled off with a frozen daiquiri before making our way to the white sand beach.
We are, most definitely, beach people. The space Beloved Playa Mujeres occupied on the beach was small, but the lounge chairs were large, comfortable and readily available, each with a palm umbrella for shade and a beach-side menu of food and drinks. What was particularly luxurious and unique for this boutique resort, were the rentable private tents. We could reserve one of the few private cabanas on the beach (something we opted for every day possible) where you were provided a large canvas cabana with two oversized beds to lounge on in the cool shade, sipping champagne and nibbling on snacks. With each rental, they also provided a complimentary gift pack of sunscreen, bug repellent and a cooling misting spray. Luxury at it's finest.
Available Excursions & Entertainment:
Typically, we research available excursions and local specialties to possibly experience before vacationing. Since this trip was only a short stay and meant for relaxation, we hadn’t planned on leaving the resort, but there was one unique ocean adventure we just could not pass up: the chance to snorkel with whale sharks in the wild. You can read more about that adventure here.
With a few restaurants to choose from for dinner, we often opted for Le Bisou. With both indoor and outdoor seating and a contemporary French bistro menu with plenty of options, it was perfect. Most guests opted for indoor seats, relaxing in the cool air conditioning, but we enjoyed the silence and comfort of the outdoor terrace.
After dinner, we often retreated to our room and relaxed with a drink from the bar in the jacuzzi or simply lounging on the oversized bed located on our balcony.
Beloved did have live entertainment and theme nights, but they were classy and subdued, far from the typical resort entertainment. One night, we partook in the Mexican Fiesta, an outdoor set up with decorations, delicious food and live music. It was a fury of sounds and colours.
If privacy and romance is what you're looking for in a short getaway, Beloved Playa Mujeres in Cancun, Mexico is a luxurious option. It is perfect in its simplicity. If you need a wide variety of entertainment options or are looking to have fun and party on the beach, look elsewhere.
Beloved Playa Mujeres, Cancun, Mexico
Overall Ranking - 4/5
Every attempt was made by the resort to allow privacy, encourage romance and relaxation, and make guests feel special. It is perfect for a couples getaway, especially for a short stay, if you're looking for luxurious simplicity, relaxation and a lot of privacy.