We had an amazing week in July at the Finest Playa Mujeres, and it unfortunately it took me until now to finally post my review of the resort.
We had such an amazing time, and the resort was just as amazing as it looked in all the photos prior to leaving for the trip. That doesn’t often happen, so we were very happy with our resort choice.
There are so many things to say about the resort that I thought it would be easier if I broke it down by category. Of course if you have any questions at all about the resort, please leave your questions in the comments!
The resort’s website boasts a private transfer service, and this was the best one I’ve used while on vacation.
With no wait at all at the airport we were whisked into a brand-new Suburban stocked with bottled water and cool towels on a silver tray to refresh after our flight. The SUV even had Wi-Fi! Our driver had many tips about the resort and surrounding area which was great as well.
This resort is in a gated community along with a handful of other resorts. We joked after heading through our third enormous gate that this would be the perfect spot to hide during a zombie apocalypse (no, but seriously).
Once we walked into the front doors of the resort our check-in process only took a couple of minutes, and our luggage was transferred to our room while we were guided there ourselves.
I was in LOVE with this room. When I searched online for a place to stay, this one was of the biggest selling features for me.
There was an enormous bathroom, a very large room with a bed and pull out bed for our son, and an attached balcony with an outdoor jaccuzi tub. The best part – upstairs! We had a second level to our room with an enormous patio which included all kinds of spots to lounge, an outdoor shower, and a plunge pool!
Normally when we travel we choose a room with an adjoining bedroom so we can put our toddler to bed, so this patio was the perfect alternative! We would put our son down for a nap, or to bed and then order food and drinks to our room to enjoy on our patio at night. They even had a small passage where they could leave food and drinks for us downstairs so they didn’t need to knock on the door or enter. We could just open this cupboard and everything we needed was inside. Genius.
Other room options included lower level suites with a swim-up patio, and rooms that actually had their own private pool on the ground floor.
We have a pretty shy toddler, so I wasn’t sure we would even use this option. I’m happy to say we did!
The Kids Club was open daily from morning to evening, with a special evening program where the kids would go to dinner together and do an activity. Our son took advantage of the evening program five of the nights we stayed at the resort, so we were all pretty happy! Our son LOVED eating with his new friends each night, but we were sneaky parents one night and followed him around (out of sight of course) to see what he would get up to later in the night. We saw him head to the beach for a fun pirate party one night, and he another night he also went to a Bollywood party! They had lots of crafts and dance parties at the main kids area. There was even a kids-only foam party!
The kids area included two small water parks (separated by age group), and they divided main building into three age groups – The Mini Club, The Maxi Club, and and the Teens Club. The teens had their own space to hang out in, while the younger kids had rooms with activities geared towards them. Food would be brought in during the day, and at night they would head to restaurants.
We are pretty paranoid parents, so to say we felt comfortable with our son being in the club should mean something. He had a really fun time! He wasn’t so into the day program, but I think that was because there were more kids, and he wasn’t as hungry at drop off time! He only stayed during the day for a bit once.
Imagine Lounges were in the main building, and those were rooms where childcare providers would watch children while their parents ate breakfast or dinner.
Our son really loved these rooms after dinner for one main reason – they had Mario Kart, and it’s a game we don’t have at home! We don’t have a Wii (or any gaming systems) but he plays at his friends’ houses, so once he saw they had his favourite game, it was hard to pry him out of these lounges.
He was happy, and there was more time for us to be nearby having dessert somewhere, or having a drink at the lobby bar.
Seriously so good. I was a little in shock about how good the food was. Most of the restaurants were housed in the main building, while a few were scattered around the resort.
All of the restaurants no only had a theme like most resorts (Japanese, French, Steakhouse, Mexican), but they truly encompassed this theme with the decor and food.
The French Restaurant was stunning, and they had a refrigerated cheese station and Macarons.
The Mexican restaurant had a mariachi band playing and had some of the best food I’ve eaten, and the Spanish tapas restaurant had dozens of Sangria options.
The food was incredible. We were pretty blown away!
We also really loved the cafe which served ice cream and frappuccinos (and Macaron’s too!), and the funny part was that we really loved the buffet!
This was funny because usually I steer clear of them because, well I’m not really a buffet girl, and on vacation they are normally not the best option. We didn’t try it for a couple of days (my fault), but one day we decided to head there for breakfast and I felt pretty silly because it was the best buffet ever! There was a mimosa bar, a juice bar, and more food options then you see at a buffet in Vegas. They even had characters walking around to visit with the kids like Peppa Pig and Iron Man.
The Grounds and Entertainment
Each building on the grounds had it’s own pool for the swim-up rooms, but anyone could swim in those pools as well.
There was one larger pool at the top of the resort which included an adults only side, multiple swim up bars, and a restaurant was attached as well.
The beach itself was gorgeous! There was seaweed washing up on the beach, but a few times a day a tractor came along to scoop it up. Otherwise we really didn’t find it a problem at all. There were plenty of water sports including sailing, kayaking, and for an extra charge there was also parasailing and tubing nearby.
The resort had tennis courts, a basketball court, and all kinds of activities happening poolside each day.
Each night had a different theme with parties on the beach. There wasn’t really a night club scene at all – there were a few bars to go to for late night drinks, and one spot where there was music and dancing but it often had a wedding reception booked there each night.
There were also stage shows like a Michael Jackson tribute, and movie nights as well.
Things that we loved included free room service, and we loved the service from the staff we received everywhere we went. Every waiter and waitress was so attentive, and we felt like we could have asked for anything and they would have made it happen.
There were always plenty of towels available, and drinks were also served on the beach. I desperately wanted a drink in a pineapple when there were none left, and one of the waiters found a way to get me one when no one else could! Above and beyond.
It was a resort that welcomed kids (there is another Finest resort next door which is adults only, there were a couple restaurants that did not allow kids for dinner, and there was one adults only building on the property) but the resort still always had the perfect balance of an upscale and modern feel.
The kids activities were great, and the vacation was perfect for beach bums like us who love to swim all day, have great food, and enjoy fun cocktails at night.
If you are looking for nightlife, downtown Cancun is about 20 minutes away so travelling there wouldn’t be difficult. We have sort of been-there and done-that so we didn’t see a need.
There were plenty of excursions offered daily (again, we are beach bums and have done most of them before so we didn’t partake), and there always seemed to be something to do at the resort.
I did spend some time at the spa, and it is a must- visit when you are at this resort.
It’s housed in it’s own building, and it was gorgeous! I had a lovely massage, and when I was done I relaxed on a swinging bed (so cool) with fresh flowers nearby while sipping on lemon water. It was pretty relaxing!
Tips? Bring your own beach toys because the one store on the property didn’t have too much to offer. There were the basics, along with souvenirs, but it’s best to bring your own buckets and shovels because there weren’t too many available.
Use the airport pick up/drop off service – you won’t be disappointed!
We rarely needed cash except for the odd extra tip for our driver, the mariachi band, the man who found me a pineapple drink, etc.
Bottled water is frequently offered so there were never any issues at all with the water quality.
For more details on the Finest Playa Mujeres, visit their website here!
Items in this post may have been provided to me for review, but all opinions are fabulously my own!