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A Week at Excellence Riviera Cancun, Mexico

Excellence Riviera Cancun, Mexico

To celebrate our 5th anniversary, John and I spent a week at the all-inclusive Excellence Riviera Cancun. We had previously stayed at an Excellence resort for our honeymoon, and their pricing was hard to beat. If we enjoyed the experience first time around, why not do it again?

Excellence Riviera Cancun, Mexico

As soon as you arrive, you’re greeted with a cold towel and a glass of champagne before going through these giant doors and into the lobby. Not a bad way to start your vacation, eh?

Excellence Riviera Cancun, Mexico

The resort is absolutely gorgeous. Meandering pools and tropical greenery everywhere. If you’re lucky, you might even spot an iguana right away! They’re so still when they’re basking in the sun, but some of them will scurry away quickly if they spot you.

Excellence Riviera Cancun, Mexico

We stayed in a junior swim up suite. It’s a little more expensive than the standard junior suite, but I think it’s well worth it. Saves you the hassle of riding the elevator while you’re dripping wet, and it’s nice to be able to access the pool from your “backyard”.

Excellence Riviera Cancun, Mexico

Lazy days by the pool… what a wonderful way to unwind, especially after the harsh winter on the East Coast. Cancun’s weather in March is perfect. It’s warm and sunny, but not too humid. At times, some of the pools were a bit chilly, but at least there was one heated pool.

Excellence Riviera Cancun, Mexico

The lazy river was one of my favorite features. Grab yourself a drink from the swim up bar, hop onto a floaty (and believe me, there’s no elegant way to do this), and float away…

Excellence Riviera Cancun, Mexico

We brought four disposable water cameras with us. Unfortunately, those cameras failed us and only about 15% of our water photos are visible, and even so, they’re incredibly blurry (noooo!). We did get a few cool shots though. Next time, I’m splurging on a good iPhone case!

Excellence Riviera Cancun, Mexico

We spent some time on the beach too, but you have to go early to grab a good spot. There’s plenty of space for the Excellence Club members, but the non-members section of the beach was crowded. Many people would save a spot by leaving a book or towel on a chair.

Excellence Riviera Cancun, Mexico

I have never seen so much seaweed before. It was ridiculous watching the resort staff clear the seaweed off the beach. Seems like an impossible task! The photo below was taken on a rare day where you could enter the ocean without stepping over giant mounds of seaweed.

Excellence Riviera Cancun, Mexico

When we got tired of playing in the sun, we retreated back to our room for naps. The hammock right outside our room was by far my favorite napping spot.

Excellence Riviera Cancun, Mexico

There are plenty of activities at the resort. Archery was really fun, and so were arts and crafts. We painted an iguana in honor of our new friends. We even visited the fitness center! I never thought I would want to workout while on vacation, but it was quite invigorating.

Excellence Riviera Cancun, Mexico

Spa services are one of the few things that are not included, but we treated ourselves to a very relaxing couples massage on our first day. Every spa visit includes the water therapy circuit, which offers hot and cool pools, water jets, showers, and the sauna, before your treatment.

Excellence Riviera Cancun, Mexico

Every evening, there’s live entertainment and themed events, like Casino Night. The casino uses paper money, and the dealers helps everyone win as much as possible. It’s a fun time and less about gambling. At the end of the night, the paper money can be used in an auction.

Excellence Riviera Cancun, Mexico

Our trip happened to overlap with St. Patrick’s Day, and I happily traded green beer for tasty margaritas. By the way, I did not expect to see a giant leprechaun serving margaritas!

Excellence Riviera Cancun, Mexico

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  • Reply
    annie lee
    April 20, 2015 at 11:26 am

    thank you for taking us on a virtual trip to cancun waz! my gosh, it definitely sounds like an amazing getaway :) happy 5th anniversary! btw, i LOVE your bikini!

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      wazwu
      April 21, 2015 at 9:54 am

      Thanks Annie! This time it’s my turn to take you somewhere. ;) That bikini is my favorite! Cute and sporty, and very comfy and secure. No fear of any wardrobe malfunctions. :P

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    Mrs C
    April 20, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    Gorgeous pictures and what a way to celebrate your anniversary than getting away from the hustle and bustle of NYC, not to mention the brrrrr… cold! Never been to Cancun before even if it has been on my top must visit list for many years. By the way, you look fabulous in you teeny weeny ;) Thanks for sharing the shots.. I really have to go someday :)

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      Mrs C
      April 20, 2015 at 1:06 pm

      Oh, happy anniversary to both you and John!

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      wazwu
      April 21, 2015 at 9:56 am

      Thanks so much! You should definitely take a trip to Cancun at some point. It was very relaxing, but we also enjoyed many water activities. :) I ramped up my workout routine before the trip so I could pull off that bikini. ;P

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    Delicious Peace of Mind
    April 21, 2015 at 5:51 am

    What a great vacation! Such a beautiful photos! :) Sorry to hear about those water pictures being such a bust. You definitely needed to warm up after that cold, snowy winter in NYC, and Cancun looks like a great place for that! :)

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      wazwu
      April 21, 2015 at 9:59 am

      Thanks! It was warm, sunny, and happy. I ate and drank a lot, hehe. Also, caught up on relaxation, but enjoyed lots of activities at the resort. More Cancun posts coming soon! Notice how there were no photos of food? :P

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        Delicious Peace of Mind
        April 22, 2015 at 4:02 am

        Ooooh, more Cancuns posts coming! Yay! Can’t wait to see what delicious meals you munched there! :)

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    Mitzie Mee
    April 23, 2015 at 1:21 am

    Looks like you had an amazing stay. Champagne, swim-up suites and hammocks, can you ask for more? PS: How’s the weather in New York these days? Looking to go next month, but I wanted to make sure that the snow is gone, ha ha:)

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      wazwu
      April 23, 2015 at 9:14 am

      It was pretty amazing in Cancun. Wish I could be back there!

      Hahah, the snow is finally all gone! I’ve been wearing a light jacket lately, but it should warm up even more before you get here. :)

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