Need to Relax? Plan a Girlfriend Getaway in Cancun

Hotels, Things to Do — By Susan Vincil on September 26, 2010 at 7:56 pm

Spa treatments are a very popular activity during Girlfriend Getaways | Photo by Dennis Wong

With all of life’s obligations, like work or motherhood, it’s sometimes hard for women to make time for themselves and really relax. For this reason, Girlfriend Getaways (girls-only trips with a group of best friends, sisters, or mother/daughter pairs) are a growing trend in the travel industry. The main objective of a Girlfriend Getaway is to relax, unwind, and just have fun with your girls. There will be plenty of time for work, spouses, and children after the trip.

Cancun’s recent $71 million beach restoration project, along with great shopping, award-winning spas, and, of course, the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea, make Cancun and the Riviera Maya region fantastic spots for a Girlfriend Getaway. The close proximity to the US, the strong value of the Dollar, and average year-round temperatures in the 80s are just added bonuses.

Some hotels that are perfect for a Girlfriend Getaway in Cancun are Dreams Cancun Spa & Resort, Live Aqua Cancun, and The Ritz-Carlton Cancun.  All 3 properties have amazing spas, great restaurants, outstanding service, and are close to shopping & nightlife.  All 3 hotels also have spectacular beaches and Live Aqua has what is arguably the best pool in Cancun.

Dreams Cancun

Cancun’s hotel zone is shaped like the number 7.  On the top part of the 7 is Bay of Mujeres, calm waters that face the island of Isla Mujeres, and the long part of the 7 faces the Caribbean Sea.  The water is usually much rougher on that side, but the views are unbeatable.  Dreams Cancun Spa & Resort is located in Punta Cancun, the area of Cancun’s hotel zone where the two sides of the 7 meet.  Dreams Cancun is the only hotel in Cancun to have a beach on the Caribbean side and a beach on the bay side.  There is also a small lagoon on the hotel grounds, which makes it the only hotel in Cancun to be surrounded by water on three sides.  Another great feature that Dreams Cancun has to offer is an on-site dolphinarium.  You can swim with dolphins without ever leaving the hotel grounds.  In addition to the usual Ocean View and Garden View rooms, guests at Dreams Cancun also have the choice of booking Dolphin View rooms.

Dreams Cancun is an older property.  One of the oldest in Cancun, in fact.  Don’t let that fool you though.  It’s been well-maintained over the years and is still in great shape.  The service is top-notch, the food is absolutely delicious (that is not always the case at all-inclusive properties), and the location can’t be beat.  Aside from having 2 beautiful beaches, the hotel is walking distance from 2 malls, a flea market, many restaurants, and most of the major nightclubs.  The only complaint people usually have about the property is the size of the 2 pools.  Both are quite small, compared to some other resorts that have seemingly never-ending pools.  The spa at Dreams is one of Cancun’s best and it offers a wide variety of spa treatments.  The spa is open to the public so, if you opt to stay at another hotel, you will still be able to use the spa at Dreams Cancun.  Dreams Cancun Resort & Spa offers special Girlfriend Getaways rates.

Live Aqua Cancun

This stylish hotel not only has a unique architectural style, but it is also in a prime location.  It’s directly across the street from Plaza La Isla, an upscale, open-air mall.  SpaAqua, the hotel’s spa, has been rated as one of the best spas in the world, by Conde Nast magazine.  Live Aqua Cancun is an ideal place to relax and the pool area is absolutely incredible.  There are beach beds, as well as standard lounge chairs around the pool, but you’ll even find some sun beds that rock (they are hanging, like a large swing).  The pools were painted to match the different shades of turquoise and blue that are found in the Caribbean Sea.

Ritz-Carlton Cancun

The Ritz-Carlton Cancun is one of Cancun’s finest hotels.  This hotel not only lives up to the excellent reputation that Ritz-Carlton has worldwide, it sets the standard for all other Ritz-Carlton properties.  The Ritz-Carlton Cancun repeatedly ranks as the #1 property out of all of the other hotels in the prestigious Ritz-Carlton chain.  Kayanta Spa offers a variety of treatments to help you relax and to feel rejuvenated.  The hotel is a short walk to Plaza Kukulkan and Plaza La Isla (Although, in hotter months, you may decide that Plaza La Isla is a bit too far to walk.  During cooler months, it’s an easy walk, however.) and is on the bus route, which will make it easy for you to trek to other shopping areas, nightlife, or restaurants.  The beach club at The Ritz is a perfect place to spend your days, if lounging by the pool and Caribbean Sea is your ideal vacation activity.  While the hotel’s restaurants, lounges, spa, and Culinary Center are open to the public, the beach club is reserved only for guests.  The level of service at this hotel is unmatched and you will definitely be pampered from the moment you set foot on the hotel grounds, until the moment you leave.

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