La Amada Hotel at Playa Mujeres, Cancun

In all of our 8+ years doing this, occasionas have been few and far between that we feature a resort that’s not all-inclusive. In order for us to recommend such a resort, it would really have to knock our socks off. So keeping that in mind, and seeing as how we’re barefoot now, we’re proud to introduce La Amada Hotel, Cancun.

From the same company that has been incredibly successful with Excellence Resorts, the Excellence Group opened the stunningly-beautiful La Amada earlier this year as an upscale, boutique hotel – in a first for them, one that accepts children. Situated adjacent to Excellence Playa Mujeres and the marina area, La Amada (which translates literally to “the beloved“) has only 109 suites, with the smallest being 960 square feet (dwarfing even the huge suites at Excellence Playa Mujeres!) All suites have a luxurious bathroom with double sinks, free wireless internet, and some feature a plunge pool on the terrace or Jacuzzi tub on the balcony.

While La Amada does accept children and offers a basic kids club, it’s really not their main focus – quiet and laid back luxury for couples young and old is what they cater to. Two restaurants with varying gourmet menus plus four bars provide plenty of cuisine opportunities for such a small resort, plus Cancun is only 20 minutes away for those seeking to experience the local culture, shopping, and dining. Because you’re not paying for the all-inclusive plan, this is an opportunity to leave the resort to try different things – enjoy lunch on the nearby Playa Mujeres golf course after your round, take a night and sail the nearby Capitan Hook Pirate Dinner Cruise, or go into town for shopping and entertainment.

La Amada is not a basic small hotel – this is ultra-luxury in a small package. Laid back and intimate, quiet and relaxing, on a beautiful stretch of white sand beach with a gorgeous nighttime view of Isla Mujeres, La Amada is a unique experience for those looking for luxury without all-inclusive.

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