Cancun is definitely a place to love. I recently got back from a four-day escapade with The Ritz-Carlton Cancun. The city is way bigger than I imagined and has a whole lot to offer besides from the beautiful turquoise waters and the friendly and polite people of the city.
This isn’t my first time to Mexico, however, it is my first time visiting la Riviera Maya, and it was the perfect way to top off the summer season.
Every experience that The Ritz-Carlton offers is always the best of the best: From the food and location to the staff and entertainment.
On my first night at the hotel, I had the chance to experience the Chef’s Table with Chef Mara Barba, which I highly recommend if you want an intimate dining experience. The menu for the night was Mexican cuisine with a local twist. We were treated to a 6-course meal, which was prepared inches away from us, and in between bites we sipped on local Mexican wines. As she cooks she explains the story behind each individual dish and how she transformed it to make it her own. This is a must do experience when you check in the Ritz-Carlton, Cancun.
The next morning I was pampered at the spa and treated to a warm stone massage. It was a first for me so I was quite curious about the message, and as expected it was one of the most relaxing experiences I have ever had. Stones play a huge role in Mayan culture as they were used in ancient rituals to heal and restore vitality. I was so relaxed I even fell asleep for a quick second (*insert embarrassed emoji face*).
In the afternoon I decided to hit the beach and spend some time in a cabana, sipping cocktails in hand-made custom pineapple parrot cup (see above). And if you needed anything else besides the beautiful sight of the ocean to make your stay even more relaxing, the staff of the hotel came by to offer a head massage, with a cold towel and cucumbers over your eyes. Like can it get any better? I can now say I know what heaven feels like. Maria killed it. (Hope you are reading this Maria.)
That night we took a 30 min drive to see the Cirque du Soleil show “Joya”, exclusively created for Mexico, unlike other shows this one has a culinary twist to it where you have the option of having dinner prior to the show. The VIP experience offers you priority seating and access with unlimited champagne, a welcoming cocktail, a full hour of pre-show entertainment right before you indulge in an intimate and exclusive dinner before the show starts. The entire experience is about 2 hours and a half. I urge to go see it if you are in Cancun, Rivera Maya or Playa del Carmen.
On the last day, I had the chance to visit Isla Mujeres with Albatros Catamaran. It requires full day so prepare for that, a total of 8 hours starting at 10 am in the morning, do not forget your sunblock. It’s a great way to get to know Isla Mujeres as they take you around the island to visit a few spots, beach clubs, the picturesque town and more. Plus we had a chance to go snorkeling out at sea. Isla Mujeres is just 30min away from Cancun so If you have the time go Explore this colorful place.
Staying at the Ritz-Carlton is always a wonderful experience, but what truly makes it wonderful and unforgettable is the staff. Possibly the most attentive and polite staff I have ever seen. One of my favorite things about the Ritz-Carlton Cancun is the club on the 8th floor which offers food and snacks throughout the day, plus a range of tequila and Mexican bites at 5 PM. As always I will let my images speak for themselves.
Huge thanks to Yadira, Cesar, Maria, Helio, Carlos and Melissa for being..well… the best.