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If You're Planning A Trip To Mexico, You Have To Stay At This Resort

June 15, 2016 by Jeanine Edwards
shefinds | Style

The author of this post  received a complimentary trip to Dreams Riviera Cancun for this review, but was not compensated in any other way to write this post. All opinions expressed are solely the author’s.

This just might be one of the hardest stories I’ve ever had to write. No, not because I feel morally compromised. Instead, with each keystroke, I long to just be back at Dreams Riviera Cancun instead of just writing about it. I was lucky enough to be invited on a press trip to learn more about the resort and I’m not exaggerating when I tell you it was honestly one of the best vacations I’ve ever taken… in my whole life.

That may have a little to do with the fact that this is my first vacation without my daughter–she’s 7, by the way. Don’t get me wrong–I love her more than anything else in the world. But if I’m 100% truthful, I really, really enjoyed not having to constantly entertain a little person.

Of course it also didn’t hurt that Dreams Riviera Cancun was one of the most luxe resorts I’ve ever had the pleasure of vacationing. From the seriously stunning room with an oceanview balcony to the wildly friendly and helpful staff, I could not have asked for more. Actually, that’s not true. A few more days in paradise would’ve definitely been nice.

Here are a few more highlights of my trip:

The Location

Full disclosure: I was a little worried when I saw “Cancun” in the resort’s name. As a woman over 30, I was definitely not looking to spend four days at loud resort overrun by coeds drinking from sun up until sun down. Fortunately, Dreams Riviera Cancun is actually in Riviera Maya and the clientele was a pleasant mix of couples and families. It’s only about a 30 minute car ride from the airport and situated right on the beach. Of course, this makes for breathtaking sunsets (see photo above), impromptu dips in the ocean and ocean views that will really take your breath away.

Looking to explore a bit? Cancun and its beloved nightlife are only an hour away. We actually opted to take a day trip to Tulum, which is also just an hour an away. The hotel actually arranged a private driver for us–and at the absolute last-minute, to boot! We asked the concierge about a day trip to Tulum at 9:30am and by 11:30am we were on our way. From the Mayan Ruins to the breathtaking white-sand beach, this was definitely a highlight of the trip.

The Food

My absolute favorite part of the trip? The food! And yes, I’m talking about the resort food! The restaurants at many all-inclusive resorts are generally not regarded for their delicious fare, but I was beyond impressed by every restaurant we visited at Dreams Riviera Cancun. My personal recommendations as follows:

– The chicken mole at World Cafe (the buffet).

– The shrimp tacos at Seaside Grill.

– The chicken teriyaki at Himitsu.

– The churros at El Patio.

The Staff

I alluded to this earlier, but having recently traveled to a resort in the Dominican Republic with a less-than-stellar staff, I can’t tell you what a big difference pleasant, helpful staff can make. When I told the waiter at World Cafe how delicious the chicken mole was, he literally put down his tray and wrote out the recipe for me. When we decided on a whim to try to go Tulum, the concierge had it all set up within an hour. When it started downpouring one night after dinner, there were staff everywhere with umbrellas at the ready. The staff at Dream Riviera Cancun definitely made an already amazing vacation even more memorable.

Learn more at dreamsresorts.com/riviera-cancun.

 

Tags:

mexico, travel

Author:

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Jeanine Edwards is a writer and editor covering fashion, beauty and shopping. She never misses a sale and is committed to good skincare. Prior to joining the SheFinds team, Jeanine worked at XO Group and InStyle. You can reach Jeanine at [email protected]

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