Earlier this month, I had the great luxury of spending four days at Ritz-Carlton Cancun with two good friends. I am one of those people whose brain just doesn’t stop working. If I have things to do, I don’t stop thinking about them until they are done and, since I’m self-employed, I don’t get paid if I don’t work. So, my mind is often in overdrive while thinking up blog topics or mentally organizing my list of things I need to do each day. Something magical happened when I stepped inside the Ritz-Carlton, however. I totally forgot about work and all of life’s responsibilities and just allowed myself to relax and enjoy my time at the hotel. You see, even though I live in Cancun, I rarely go to the area’s beautiful beaches or stay in hotels. Boy, was I in for a real treat.
On the morning of my first day at the hotel, my friends greeted me in the lobby. Then, I took my things up to the room (more on the room in a future post) and changed into my swimsuit so we could hit the beach. Since that day happened to be my birthday, we had reserved a beach villa for the occasion. That way, we would be pampered while celebrating, but could also avoid getting burned on our first day out. The sun in strong in Cancun so I lathered on SPF 50 and got down to the business of relaxing and gazing out at the Caribbean Sea.
Beach villas are around $150 USD, per day (including the gratuity, which is automatically added onto the check). For that price, you might think that it is big waste of money to rent a villa, since lounge chairs are available for free. You’d be very, very wrong, however. A day in one of the beach villas is so unbelievably relaxing that you can’t put a price tag on that. After only a few hours of lounging in our villa, my friends and I were totally spoiled and decided we couldn’t downgrade to just normal lounge chairs on the beach the next day. We immediately called over the beach butler and booked our villa for the remainder of our stay. Money well spent.
Guests that reserve the beach villas have a small fruit basket and two bottles of water waiting for them when they arrive at the beach each morning. The beach villa has 2 lounge chairs, a beach bed (for 2 people), 2 small tables, and a hammock. In front of the villa, the staff also sets up lounge chairs for sunbathing. All of the lounge chairs inside the villa, and in front of your individual villa, are covered with towels and the staff even fashions pillows out of towels. (A nice touch.)
In the afternoon, a beach butler goes around to each villa, delivering tortilla chips & salsa, and fruit-flavored popsicles (the mango popsicles are the best!) to anyone who wants a refreshing treat. Both the chips & salsa and the popsicles are complimentary. On hot days, the beach butler takes chilled washcloths to each villa, as well.
Throughout the day, servers pass by every few minutes to make sure everything is okay and to see if you need anything at all. You rarely have to seek out a server as someone is always nearby, keeping an eye on your party.
My friends and I basked in the sun and enjoyed our beach villa until dusk and then we made our way inside to get ready for dinner. I selected Harry’s Prime Steakhouse & Raw Bar for my birthday dinner, because of the rave reviews the restaurant receives and also because it was within walking distance to Ritz-Carlton Cancun. It lived up to the hype. (Harry’s review will be posted in the next few days. Stay tuned.) Day one of my birthday extravaganza was spectacular. How did the next 3 days go? You’ll have to check back later in the week to find out. More of my adventures in relaxation will be posted in the coming days.