Modes of Travel | December18th, 2018

Beloved, Playa Mujeres


Cancun, Mexico

Dearly Beloved…

Cancun basks as the centerpiece of Mexico’s east coast playground for sun and fun seekers. It boast 125 hotels on its 25 mile beachfront, action abounds with restaurants, bars, and the endless delights of the Caribbean. But for those seeking a romantic escape with a seductive intimate tranquility, a place for calm connection, secluded beauty with an adults only vibe of sophistication and top amenities, the blissful wonders of Beloved, Boutique Hotel, Spa and Wellness Center, jewel of the Excellence resort brand, is poised on the beautiful Playa Mujeres shores a short distance away.

The pristine tranquility of Beloved is the ultimate gateway for romance. Every element, from the stunning gardenscape design and well appointed water features to the elegant modern decor of the luxury suites throughout, offers a welcome transition from the blare and glare of the Cancun festivities for couples celebrating life and love, honeymoons, anniversaries, momentous occasions or private memories. Each suite is highlighted with an intimate corner jetted tub retreat, relaxed seating, stocked bar and mini fridge, balcony or terrace with daybed and lounges, a supreme king size bed, divine personalized pillow menu, desk, and elegant bathroom with double shower and Bulgari signature amenities. Here in true boutique splendor you will be transported to a “time that breathes like nowhere else”, softly and in harmony with the stunning white elegance, the thatched palapas and daybed lounges on beach and poolside, the laid back ambience where joys are shared and the dazzling aquamarine pools have a distinctive sparkle. Ocean facing casitas house four suites concealing privacy rooftop or garden terrace plunge pools along with additional amenities. At Beloved, you are cared for, nurtured,pampered, wined and dined, entertained, and offered an infinite number of activities to engage in or choose at your pleasure.

The wonders of Beloved bliss radiate from the spectacular signature spa oasis, creating an atmosphere that promotestotal relaxation, connecting with wellness of body, spirit, mind, the fundamentals of relationships based in the shared joy of time together. ‘Beloved’, nurtured, and experience AguaViva, water as the source of life, renewal and restoration. The expansive pool incorporates a total hydrotherapy experience, cold and hot plunge pools,strategically positioned jets, waterfalls, pulsating sensory massaging showers,Scandinavian style cold water bucket and ice experiences, steam room and sauna,and authentic hammam. Together they enhance health combined with a menu of body treatments, massage, and facials enlisting elements of sacred Mayan rituals,aromatherapy using natural essential oils from native plants, hot stones to open pathways, align and center. This is the essence of Beloved, to be loved.

The adjacent salon offers pampering beyond measure and the spa will arrange a memorable in room couples massage with candles, petals, mud bath and milky mousse immersion, massage, and chocolate dipped strawberry finale.

Dining at Beloved is a gastronomiccelebration. Farm fresh produce, seasonings, herbs and spices to savor, (some from the on-site organic garden), seafood and fresh fish, ahi, smoked salmon,innovations that tantalize and awaken your taste buds. Service is warm,friendly, and personalized. Each of the four restaurants have a distinctiv eatmosphere, flavors and menus. The Isla Grill is airy, open and spacious, capturing pool and beach views. Its grilled-to-perfection specialties are succulent, to be savored with tasty sides. The lunch buffet offers an array of fresh vegetables, tenderloin morsels, ahi, seafood surprises, and an amazing array of desserts, (the tiramisu is a dream). Along the garden path, the juice and smoothie bar offers healthful choices and sweet treats, waffles and fruit toppings, ice cream, and cooling cocktails to be delivered poolside or enjoyed beside the adult playground with giant chess board, foosball and ping pong, and a large version of jenga.

The IslaBar and the swim up pool bar below keep the spirit lively with a full menu of crafted cocktails and international wines. El Mar is the romantic beach seafood “shack” where lobster night sand seafood delights plus brick oven pizzas inspire under the stars. Aroma is home of the beautiful breakfast/brunch buffet, an array of colorful fruits and healthful juices,fresh from the oven baked goods, traditional fare and made to order omelets,and surprising vegetable and meat dishes with savory creativity that add zest to the morning. Evenings express  the chef’s talents with international cuisine, Mediterranean specialties,appetizers, salads and soups with wine pairing suggestions immensely satisfying.  Lupita offers Mexican fare with a touch of innovation. The open terrace beckons with the Lupita Bar and stage for evening entertainment, with cozy seating clusters, and central dance area for traditional Mexican dancers, Mariachi bands, and guests to enjoy.

Nights under the stars rock with the beachside yoga palapa and “Sand Bar” coming alive with nightly entertainment, bands for dancing and singalongs with favorites, events like fire dancers, fun and relaxation.

Timing your visit with Beloved Wellness Week spotlights a host of activities and experiences, holistically defining wellness to encompass caring for oneself, awakening creativity, engaging in new experiences, opening to elements of traditional Mexican culture. The week invites exploration and self awareness, embracing connections and an inner spirit of wonder. Each day involves an array of choices centering on the seaside yoga thatched palapa. Meditation, yoga, chakra alignment, drumming,chef guided ceviche class, self massage techniques to release stress and muscle tension, facial techniques, the healing properties of essential oils and making your own, shaman massage, and an inspiring painting class to create your own or paint like iconic Frieda Coelho. Stand Up Paddle Boarding class, making meditation bracelets to breathe mindfulness and intention into the practice,the variety encompasses the many facets of well-being for body and soul. The activities attract and engage individuals and couples of all ages. The week highlights special dining experiences, a Caribbean lobster dinner with unique seafood specialties at El Mar; multi course dining with wine pairings at Aroma;a Mexican market, delectable traditional buffet, followed by a night of traditional music and dancers. The stunning surprise was the night of Indian food, beautifully costumed dancers punctuating the dinner with colorful movements, and the transformation of the Spa pool into a dazzling light show and water stage of stunning Cirque de Beloved acrobatic performances. The evening ended with guests discovering a fun filled dancing-with-headsets experience, all in the spirit of joy, wellness, and connections! An incredibly enriching exploration of the many elements of mind, body, and spirit bound in a week celebrating wellness.

Closure is an important aspect of a significant experience, and the wonderful Spa staff and event planner enlightened and inspired participants with the Mayan cultural transformation celebration as the culminating event of the beachside activities. Honoring the connection of humanity with the elements of nature, earth, air, fire, and water, Mayan dancers in traditional dress brought the music, drums and dance of the ritual to Beloved’s shores.Within each person, voiced aloud or shared only with our inner spirit, our personal wish of intention or purpose for the future, for healing, release, change,or growth was freed with the symbolic release of newly emerged varieties of butterflies from a handwoven Mayan basket. As they rose to the sky, discovering their wings and soaring to the garden flowers and palms, this spirit of harmony across cultures and the shared joy of those who came to celebrate love and life at Beloved will be a memory to cherish always.

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