Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Cancun beach escape

This has been a record-breaking Winter for freezing temperatures and abundant snowfall in the Midwest. It can be physically and mentally draining for even the most hardy individual.
A perfect antidote is a quick escape to the sun, which is exactly what I did a few weeks ago.

Cancun, Mexico is an easy destination to get to from Detroit. Miles of white sand beaches stretch down the length of the Yucatan peninsula, connecting one resort area to the next. I've been to many resorts in the Mayan Riviera over the years, but this time I opted to stay in Cancun, in the hotel zone. This was my first stay at a Secrets resort and I came away very impressed.

Secrets the Vine opened in 2012, and is one of several Secrets resorts located throughout the Caribbean and Mexico. The concept of the resort chain is adult-only, all-inclusive. Being an empty-nester at home, the adult-only theme was perfect for me. I also liked the fact that they didn't make you wear those plastic bracelets, which you invariably have to wear at many other all-inclusive resorts.

This resort is an all glass high-rise hotel. Staff members were frequently seen cleaning the glass to keep it gleaming. There are several different room types to choose from. Most rooms have an ocean view. If you choose a room or suite in the Preferred club, you receive extra amenities, such as a private check-in area, concierge club, access to the rooftop pool for Preferred guests only and upgraded brands of liquor. I think it is worth the additional cost if you like those extra touches.
Honeymoon Ocean view Suite

The deluxe rooms are nice but I recommend booking at least a junior suite - the bathrooms and balconies are much larger and you will feel more comfortable.

There are several restaurants to choose from on property. No reservations are necessary, which is very nice. You just walk up to the restaurant whenever you are ready. The restaurants are Italian, Steakhouse, Asian, Mediterranean and Mexican-themed. I found the food to be very good and beautifully presented. Service was excellent throughout the resort and the staff members were very eager to please.

The pools and beach area were large enough that I never had a problem finding a chaise lounge. The activities team kept people busy all day long if that's what you are looking for, from pool aerobics to beach volleyball, spanish lessons to tequila tastings. I enjoyed the morning yoga classes, held each day by the pool.

There is nightlife and shopping within easy walking distance to the resort, or just hop on the local bus, easy and safe for tourists.

Good to know: A valid U.S. passport is necessary for travel to Cancun

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