For many, a Mexican getaway consists of a lively resort located in the heart of Hotel Zone in Cancun.
However, just north of Cancun’s bustling streets, you’ll discover Costa Mujeres, a charming, pristine peninsula surrounded by aquamarine waters and white sandy beaches as far as the eye can see.
While you’ll still be able to enjoy the vibrancy of Cancun, you’ll also get to enjoy some much-needed R&R without the hustle and bustle of the downtown strip.
Costa Mujeres is also home to the recently opened all-inclusive Riu Dunamar, a five-star resort, exclusive to Sunwing Vacations. But rest assured this is not your typical wristband wearing, subpar-food type of all-inclusive resort.
Not only will this resort exceed your expectations with its lush grounds, but its friendly staff and excellent amenities will make you never want to leave.
Located 30 miles from Cancun, the 740-room resort provides vacation-goers with postcard-worthy beach views and faces the beautiful Isla Mujeres (Island of Women).
The resort boasts all the amenities you need for a blissful escape from the city, including five oceanfront pools, five restaurants, the Renova Spa complete with outdoor jacuzzis and a steam room, and five bars (including swim-ups) where you’ll never be found with an empty glass.
Unlike other Riu resorts, the Riu Dunamar gives off more of a boutique hotel vibe rather than an all-inclusive resort thanks to its light colour palete and modern decor.
Whether you’re a foodie or you have more of a reserved palette, the resort boasts an impressive selection of menu offerings including gourmet, Asian, Italian, a steakhouse, and a buffet that’s filled with cuisine inspired by cultures from around the world.
The outdoor pools are the perfect spot to enjoy the Carribean climate, while the private beach is the ideal place to lounge, admire the turquoise waters and take in one of Costa Mujeres’ epic sunrises or sunsets.
For those looking for more than just relaxation at the hotel, its location to Isla Mujeres and its proximity to Cancun presents a wide-range of activity possibilities.
If you’re in the mood to escape the resort, you can book an excursion through Sunwing Experiences to Isla Mujeres, along with a myriad of other options that can easily be booked right on the property.
You can also book a number of activities through ScubaCaribe, including snorkeling and diving.
The only way to reach the picturesque Isla Mujeres is by boat, ideally aboard a luxury catamaran where you can feel one with the sea, courtesy of Sunwing Experiences. Of course, there are ferry options from Cancun available as well.
The journey to the island is truly a feast for the eyes, as nothing quite compares to the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea.
During an afternoon at Isla Mujeres, you can take in the entire island in a matter of hours as it’s only four miles long. The best way to see the island is by golf cart, which can be rented by the hour.
The center of town is under ten blocks and can be navigated easily by foot. Here you can explore the colourful street markets, shop from beautifully handmade dresses and satchels from local vendors and craftspeople, immerse yourself in the rich culture, indulge in authentic Mexican tacos from street vendors or treat your taste buds to the freshest ceviche in Mexico.
If you’re more on the adventurous side, you can experience the island from above and take a ride on the zip lines that pass over the surrounding sea. There’s also snorkelling, where you can explore the reefs and see the diverse marine life that calls the island home.
However, if you’re looking to fully embrace the resort life, there are plenty of activities to keep you entertained at Riu Dunamar during your stay including kayaking and pedal boating in addition to a large waterpark that overlooks the beach.
The best part? You can experience Costa Mujeres’ Riu Dunamar and the natural beauty of Mexico’s Caribbean coast in a matter of hours, as you can fly directly from Toronto to the Cancun airport in under four hours.
So if you’re looking for the ultimate sun getaway, that includes the perfect balance of resort relaxation and adventure, let Costa Mujeres be it.
The author of this article was part of a press trip hosted by Sunwing Vacations. All thoughts and opinions expressed are those of the author.