Magical Mexican honeymoon
IPROBABLY shouldn't confess this, but a tiny, sugar-coated- almond-sized part of me was looking forward to my Mexican honeymoon more than my actual wedding day.
Long gone are the petty arguments over the first dance and the seating plans.
The only decision we wanted to make on our week-long break was whether we ordered Champagne at the swim-up pool bar or sipped cocktails on the beach. That's why we chose the five-star Excellence in Playa Mujeres, Cancun.
With a personal concierge and 24-hour room service, this adult-only all-inclusive hotel was one wedding plan we did agree on!
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Lapped by the Caribbean Sea, it offers the same calibre of soft white sand beaches and bath-warm blue sea as the Maldives or St Lucia, at a snip of the price. But that doesn't mean they scrimp on anything.
We'd upgraded to the Excellence Club and there were plenty of perks to follow. We were spoiled with superior toiletries, a private beach and members-only pools.
With no unsightly wristbands to differentiate between guests, it's the waiters' job in these secluded areas to remember you by face, making you feel extra special.
Relaxation certainly comes easily here. There are hammocks big enough for two in the pool and double beds that swing gently under palm trees.
Another way to explore the resort is by the lazy river, which winds around the spa, past a juice bar and through secret paradises you might not have found on foot.
Still recovering from the 10-hour flight from London Gatwick, on our first night we ordered room service, popped open the complimentary Champagne and climbed into our jacuzzi. Every room has one.
The next day we headed to the main pool. With a swim-up bar, live Spanish or Jamaican bands and plenty of sun loungers, it had a party atmosphere.
That night, our concierge organised a private dinner for us on the beach. Fairy lights decorated the palm trees and the waves lapped soothingly, then a saxophone player emerged and serenaded us.
The next day, with Cancun city just a 10-minute taxi ride away, it only cost a few pounds to get to the main strip. By day, it's great for shopping and water sports. At night, the bright lights sparkle and the place really comes alive.
Sovereign Luxury Travel offers seven nights at the Excellence Playa Mujeres, Mexico, from £1,539 pp on an all-inclusive basis, departing on March 19, 2013. Price includes return flights from London Gatwick and private transfers. (Includes a 20 per cent discount.) Call 0844 415 1936 or visit www.sovereign.com