As mentioned in my last post, my boyfriend's sister's wedding occurred in Mexico at an all-inclusive resort called Finest Playa Mujeres. I've only been to one other all-inclusive resort, Dreams Punta Cana, and Finest exceeded that experience 150%. We're already talking about going again next year for their one year anniversary.
Here are the pros and cons from my 5-day stay:
- An overall beautiful resort - The actual resort was gorgeous. From the lobby to the rooms to the restaurants, everything was sleek and modern in design. And not to mention CLEAN!
- The rooms - We booked the cheapest room they had - the Junior Suite with pool view. The months leading up to our stay, I was really close to upgrading our room because I wanted a more luxury experience. Eventually I decided to wait until we got there, but at that point they didn't have any available rooms to upgrade to. Even though we didn't upgrade, the room was absolutely perfect and didn't feel cheap at all. It included a huge bed with our choice of pillows, a mini bar which included full size liquor, beer, and wine bottles, a rain shower, and even our very own jacuzzi. It was so impressive!
- 5-Star Sit-Down Food: The resort has eleven sit-down restaurants (not including the buffet) and we were able to go to five of them during the five days we were there. Our favorites were Brass Steakhouse, Duke's Lobster, and Tinto & Tapas. They truly felt like 5-star restaurants from the food to the service.
- Great Options at the Buffet: For lunch we mostly went to the buffet which had a great variety of food. The best option at the buffet was by far the make-your-own pasta bar. You basically choose your ingredients, pasta, and sauce and the chef will make you a personalized pasta dish. Unfortunately we discovered this the day we were leaving and totally wish we found it earlier. Other great options were their sushi, stir-fry, and dessert (SO MANY DESSERTS!)
- One Spa - The morning before the wedding, all of the ladies had a spa day which consisted of a hydrotherapy treatment and a back massage. This was one of my favorite parts of our vacation. As soon as you walked in, the smell of lavender and mint fills the room and sets a relaxing tone for your day. The hydrotherapy treatment included different water stations (ranging from cold to hot, low to high pressure, etc.) which you go through to "cleanse" your body. The massage afterwards was also one of the best massages I've had in a very long time. Afterwards they treated us to a continental breakfast which include I don't normally like to pay for additional services when I'm at an all-inclusive resort but this one is totally worth it.
- The Sweet Corner = Unlimited Treats - The Sweet Corner is Finest's cafe/gelato corner. They serve a ton of delicious pastries, coffee drinks, and gelato. It was so great to head over there after a day in the sun or after dinner to get our second fill of dessert.
- The Juice Bar - Similar to the Sweet Corner, the Juice Bar is the place to get smoothies and juices. It was the perfect place to start the day with some freshly blended and juiced fruit. It also had a great seating area that was right by one of the smaller pools.
- Towels, Seats, and Cabanas - Never had any problem finding towels or beach/pool seats/cabanas.
- Free Wi-Fi - I know it's probably best to disconnect when you're at a resort, but have you seen my Instagram lately? I love being connected! So it was great that the wi-fi was free AND fast.
Let me just say, I can go on and on about the pros... IT. WAS. AMAZING! Of course, there were a few issues. No place is perfect (uh, except for maybe Disney?). So here are my Cons...
- Disconnect with Service - Obviously a lot of things get lost in translation when you don't speak the country's language. Don't get me wrong, everyone at the resort spoke AMAZING English, but there were a few disconnects when it came to ordering drinks. For example, at one point all we wanted was a strawberry/banana smoothie... somehow we ended up with pina coladas! I also think one of the issues is that we were ordering drinks that weren't typically on the menu so that caused some confusion.
- Humid Rooms - Our room was super humid throughout the entire stay to the point that when we unpacked our suitcases at home, it felt like all of our clothes were soaked! As I mentioned before, I've only been to one other Caribbean resort and that was in Punta Cana where we had the same issue there so I'm chalking this up to being something the hotel can't really help. Darn you Mother Nature!
- No Bathroom Enclosure - There isn't a proper door to the entrance of the bathroom or the shower (there is only a door that separates the toilet). While I wasn't concerned with privacy seeing as my boyfriend is already my permanent roommate, but I was FREEZING every time I got out of the shower because you could feel the AC blasting from the main room.
- A Piano Bar with No Piano - The resort has a "Piano and Cigar Lounge" ... but there's no piano! This was the biggest disappointment of the trip because I am a HUGE piano bar enthusiast (I guess that's what happens when you play piano for 8 years). Instead there is a DJ making this place more of a trashy club than a place I would want to be at.
- Sit-Down Restaurants to Avoid - I mentioned in the pros that there were some GREAT sit-down restaurants, but of course there were some misses too. The Asian themed restaurant Shoji was very underwhelming. The noodle dish we had seemed like it was covered in lime - I get we're in Mexico, but come on! We also had pizza on the beach from the Las Dunas Beach house and it was worse than any frozen or delivery pizza that I've ever had. Definitely avoid those two!
- Ban on Pool Floats - We brought a swan float (and pump!) to use (, but unfortunately they aren't allowed in the pool which was such a disappointment. I would understand if the pool was crowded or to restrict floats during peak hours, but there were only three other people in the pool when we tried to use it.
- Drunks on Drunks on Drunks - The resort probably had 4 weddings during the time we were there (maybe more) so of course it was filled with people having too good of a time. I was understanding most of the time, but at one point I was just trying to mind my own business and read a book by the poolside and there was non-stop screaming. Luckily there are smaller pools you can go to if you find that this is a problem, though it does feel a bit anti-social at the smaller pools. Guess you can't have it both ways!
If you're planning on taking a resort vacation, definitely check out Finest Playa Mujeres! And if you have any questions on it, let me know in the comments section.