Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Ritz-Carlton Cancun

We just returned from a fabulous trip to the Ritz-Carlton Cancun. While September is the quietest time of the year for hotels, it’s an ideal time for travelers. The plane flight was a great deal, we had the beaches to ourselves, the rooms were less expensive and we didn’t have any problems getting into restaurants. If you’re looking for nightlife, there was still plenty of that too. September is hurricane season, which is a risk: you’re gambling on good weather. We were lucky, it was beautiful for our long weekend stay.

The Ritz Carlton sits at the 14.5 km marker which is far from the "club zone" and on the most peaceful section of the strip. Although the Ritz-Carlton is big enough to host a large wedding or conference, the service is so attentive and personal, that you feel as if you’re at a much smaller resort.

We stayed in a beachfront suite which was the largest and most luxurious room we’ve ever stayed in. It had the expected Ritz-Carlton amenities like an expansive marble bathroom and comfy feather bed. It also had three balconies, separate dining and living rooms, a powder room, two televisions, an espresso machine and a doorbell (because the room was so big you couldn’t hear if someone knocked). Our corner room gave us sweeping views of the ocean. In fact, all the rooms at the Ritz-Carlton are ocean view. While we could have spent more time exploring the island, we kept returning to our “Home Sweet Suite.” It’s going to be hard to stay anywhere else when we return.

There was plenty to do at the hotel. We took a cooking class at the Culinary Center (more to come on that later), spent an afternoon lounging at the new Beach Club, and took a tequila tasting in the Lobby Bar. The room service was excellent: I always order their muesli, but the open face breakfast quesadilla was delicious too.

Cancun has a lot to offer; but if you're looking for R&R, you wouldn't have to leave the hotel to be perfectly content. Below are more pictures from our trip:

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