Azure Divinity in Paradise

Excellence Riviera Cancun (a five star adult only, all inclusive resort)
by Karen Holly Berliner,
Travel Writer & Contributor to Berwick Travel

When you step through the threshold of the Excellence Riviera Cancun, relax and allow your breath to be stolen away. Forgive yourself as you should, the complete and shameless abandon of your New York City bustle. Drop your woes, Blackberrys and day planners off at the Cancun airport, just scant minutes away from this dreamy paradise. Enter this for adults only paradise and indulge in this well deserved vacation. Allow yourself to be captured. I did.

Stroll into the grand vestibule and submit if you will, to the sights, fragrances and sounds about you, as you feel your senses heighten and poise, ready to inhale every last drop of The Excellences’ wonder, in grand elegance and lush tropical splendor. Take in the powdered sugar lined beach front stretching for miles. Poke a toe into the aquamarine bath warm ocean, itself as vivid as a masterpiece painting. Marvel at the backdrop of rich peaches and cream castle like structures, peppered throughout with lazy hemp hammocks and lavish palm trees and gardens, bordered all the way around by a maze of pristine swimming pools. Be greedy for the first time in ages, as you see hear taste and smell absolutely everything and all for yourself, from the meticulously prepared gourmet fare offered in a diversity of cuisines, to the dirty blond thatch palapas, themselves whispering an invitation to your own private lot of sun kissed beach. Come lap in The Excellences’ signature luxury, as it fast dispels the myth of the cliché all inclusive resorts we all of us have come to expect. I did.

Excellence Resorts are five-star properties that boast a new standard, demonstrating in every detail and perk, their philosophy simply put and seamlessly delivered: “all-inclusive is luxury.” The Excellence resort is all about quality, not quantity.

My invitation to The Excellence Riviera Cancun allowed me to experience this resort in the spirit of a romantic getaway. While romance is as diverse as the hearts that beat it, The Excellence manages to offer every universal aspect of it, showcasing any given couple’s fantasy getaway, from honeymoon or vow renewals, to anniversaries and beach front weddings themselves, choreographed from start to finish on the resort premises. The Excellence offers private beachfront candlelight dinners complete with an enchanting harp player, strumming classical pieces while you dine, breakfast in bed delivered first thing in the morning with discretion and quiet finesse, a state of the art discothèque for dancing till the wee hours, 11 different drink spots including a Martini bar, appointed to concoct the cocktail of your dreams. Expect luxurious rooms and suites, many with both indoor and outdoor Jacuzzi’s, a walk- in shower room complete with teak wood bench, rose petals sprinkled playfully atop white towel doves upon your king sized bed. Find champagne chilling for a spontaneous toast and a top shelf stocked bar for a last night cap, later in the privacy of your room. Best of all, visit the Excellence Spa. Treat yourself to healthy hydrotherapy in the pool, a Swedish sauna or a deep tissue massage. Enjoy the afterglow of your treatments in this cavernous oasis and finish with some cleansing aloe juice. Sip a flute of champagne and nibble on a chocolate covered strawberry.

Beyond romance and relaxation, feel free to access the ample land and sea activities at arms reach, from scuba diving excursions to cooking tutorials.

Be a guest at all of the Excellence Resort locations, including Excellence Riviera Cancun, Mexico ; Excellence Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; Excellence Playa Mujeres, Mexico; and soon, Excellence Oyster Bay, Jamaica. I did.

After all, sometimes don’t you just want to be swept off your feet?