Ever since the renovations were completed several months ago at Riu Palace Las Americas I have been chomping at the bit to go back and check out what had been added, painted, replaced, removed, and relocated–I wanted to see whether the beautiful resort I had visited several years ago was still basically the same or in what ways it was now different. Since I had seen the transformations done to Riu Cancun, Riu Playacar, Riu Mexico, and Riu Yucatan, I had some initial trepidation that my beautiful Las Americas with its Mediterranean charm had perhaps turned into a modern day glitzy Vegas palace.
I just returned from another trip to Cancun and stayed at the beautiful Dreams Playa Mujeres Golf and Spa Resort during Feb. 2017. I stayed in an upgraded Preferred Club Jr. Suite Ocean View, room #7408. I had pre-requested a pool view in addition to the ocean view since I did not want to look out at the side of the resort and this wish was definitely met. This was the view from my balcony with its own comfortable day bed and Jacuzzi tub.
With all the hype about the new Finest Playa Mujeres resort I just had to check it out for myself. Following my visit to the lovely Riu Palace Las Americas I took a 35 min. taxi ride to this new resort–in fact, it’s so new that my taxi driver had to confirm its location with both the Riu doorman as well as the security personnel at the Playa Mujeres gate. Since the resort is located north of downtown Cancun and well out of the Hotel Zone district, my taxi had to go through two security gates–one at the entrance to the Playa Mujeres resort area, and the other more lengthy security check at the entrance to the resort itself. There is a third security checkpoint between the Playa Mujeres and the Finest Resort checkpoints, but this one was still under construction so there were no live personnel to ask me for identification. With the amount of time it took to actually enter the resort, I was beginning to think the queen of England was a guest as well–this is a very secure location, so guests can feel at ease about non-registered individuals roaming the property.
NOTE: This resort changed its name from Live Aqua Cancun to Live Aqua Beach Resort Cancun in Nov. 2016.