Savvy travel agents know the benefits of booking an all-inclusive for clients, especially when it’s a property that knows how to roll out the red carpet with everything from personalized check-in and beach waiter service to the option to dine alfresco on a multi-course tasting menu while enjoying breathtaking ocean views. Impeccable service and inimitable experiences such as these truly resonate with clients, especially those yearning for a romantic getaway. Enter the aptly named The Beloved Hotel, Excellence Group Luxury Hotels & Resorts’ boutique, five-star property in Playa Mujeres, Mexico.
Sleep In Heavenly Peace
Contemporary aesthetics, upscale amenities and a dreamy neutral color palette adorn the 109 lavishly appointed guest suites at The Beloved Hotel, bringing heaven a little closer to Earth. Lovebirds will find their perfect accommodation match in the Casita suites. These standalone, private villas are situated right on, or near, the beach, and offer guests a bit more privacy. Recommend the Two-Story Casita Suite with Plunge Pool Ocean Front (starting at $850 per night) featuring a rooftop terrace furnished with a private plunge pool, shower and lounge bed. Or, for those who like being in the hub of activity, the centrally located Ocean View Junior Suite (starting at $680 per couple) provides the ideal amount of luxury coupled with a convenient location near the state-of the-art fitness center and Aroma Restaurant. Every suite comes with Bvlgari toiletries, a Nespresso coffee machine and French press, and an in-room minibar with full-sized bottles of premium liquor.
Guests are delivered the “Beloved Times” newsletter daily detailing the day’s events and activities, spa specials, and cocktail of the day. Some diversions, including tastings, personal training sessions, and offsite tours and excursions cost extra, while others, such as fitness classes, non-motorized watersports, and live musical performances, are included.
A sight to behold, the grandiose Beloved Spa spans 35,000 sq. ft. and features 13 treatment rooms, a gym and the piece de resistance—an impressive Hydrotherapy Agua Viva Circuit equipped with a variety of Mediterranean hydrothermal therapies, including a crystal steam hammam, a Roman caldarium, and a Swedish sauna, as well as an ice glacier room, five sensations showers, and heated lounge beds.
For an elevated wellness experience, book an 80-minute Lovely Couples Ritual in one of four rooftop Luxury Spa Suites outfitted with a private steam bath, private mud bath, and therapeutic baths.
After guests complete their services, they can unwind in the “cloud,” a quiet post-treatment room where staff pampers guests with champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries, and freshly brewed tea.
Couples can also seize the sun and lounge around one of the resort’s sparkling pools with a good book, paddle over to the swim-up bar and make new friends, take an energizing cross training, legs-bums-tums or yoga class, or whatever else they desire.
Between the laid-back gourmet dishes presented at Isla Grill and Aroma, grilled favorites served by the beach at El Mar, and the Lupita Restaurant’s Mexican cuisine, The Beloved Hotel’s fine dining venues offer enough variety to hit the right note with every guest. There’s even the option for a romantic beachfront dinner, followed by a private bonfire on the sand, and topped off by a long walk on the beach.
For more casual dining, couples can snack on sushi, sashimi, nigiri and ceviche at the open-air Lupita Lounge while listening to live acoustic music. Enveloped in a backdrop of lush, tropical plants, the casual setting is perfect for a low-key meal.
Last month, The Beloved Hotel became that much more intimate when it was converted into an adults-only property. The resort was designed for “couples who want to be by themselves, relaxed, with personal service in a private place,” says general manager Gabriel Garcias.
Double the Excellence
Who says perfection cannot be duplicated? Excellence Group is opening up several new properties in the coming years and we’ve got the scoop on the next two—Excellence El Carmen in the Dominican Republic and Excellence Oyster Bay in Jamaica—online at recommend.com.