Do you love resorts with a modern design aesthetic? Then you should definitely check out Finest Playa Mujeres in Mexico! This family-friendly property features the kind of modern, minimalist design you typically expect to find in Cabo, not Cancun. And certainly not at an all-inclusive resort, which Finest is. In this blog post, I’ll cover the accommodations, the pools, the beach, the dining, the spa, the kids club, the entertainment and the extra amenities you’ll receive if you book a club-level suite. I’ll explain why Finest is a particularly good choice if you’re traveling with infants and toddlers. And of course, I’ll cover the Covid-19 safety protocols at the resort. Many thanks to Finest Playa Mujeres for hosting us!
It’s about a 40-minute drive from the airport. When we got to the property, we were greeted with a welcome drink, then we were escorted to the Finest Club lounge to check in. When you book a suite at this property, you have the option to book a club-level suite rather than a regular suite. This would either be a Finest Club suite, or an Excellence Club suite. The difference between these two is that Finest Club suites are for families, while Excellence Club suites are located in the adults-only section of the property. I’ll share more below about the benefits of booking a club-level suite.
Though I said earlier that this property is in Cancun, it’s actually about 25 minutes away from the main strip in Cancun. It’s located on a gorgeous stretch of beach that feels quite secluded and tucked away. Isla Mujeres is a small island that’s a popular tourist attraction. Finest is not located on the island, but more or less across the water from it. If you’d like to visit there, it’s about a 7-minute drive to the ferry, and then a 35-minute boat ride to the island itself.
We stayed in a Finest Club Family Suite. It features a junior suite with a comfortable king bed and a living area that opens onto the gorgeous pool. The pool area has two loungers, a couple of daybeds, and a hammock hanging over the pool. There’s also an indoor jacuzzi with views of the pool. The ultra-modern bathroom has sleek Grohe fixtures, and the girls loved their Scandinavian-inspired, wood-paneled bedroom.
There are ten pools throughout the property. Each of the six buildings has either one or two swim-up pools, plus there’s a main shared pool as well. If it’s in your budget, I would highly recommend booking a swim-up suite. It’s been awhile since we had a swim-up suite at a resort, and I had totally forgotten how convenient they are! Plus, if you’ve got one younger kid who needs to nap during the day, it’s easy to put them down while your older kid continues enjoying their pool time!
The beach at the Finest is gorgeous. The white sand is powdery, and the beach is really spacious, so there’s plenty of room for kids to run around. The water is a bit more swimmable than you typically find in Cancun, apparently because the land mass of Isla Mujeres, across the water, slows down the waves quite a bit. But of course you should always check the beach flag warnings, so how swimmable it is really depends on the conditions on that particular day. There are also volleyball nets and soccer goals, so if you fancy a game of beach volleyball or beach soccer, that’s all set up and ready to go.
One of the perks of being a guest in a Finest Club suite is that you get access to a private beach area that includes cabanas. In the main beach area, there are no cabanas, just regular loungers with umbrellas, so this is a really great perk of having a club-level suite.
What other benefits are there to booking a Finest Club suite? Well, the first perk is that you can enjoy a private check-in and check-out in the club lounge, instead of doing it at the front desk. You also have access to this lounge everyday from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm. There’s a full bar, as well as some snacks. It’s nice to have an option in the same building as your suite if you want to grab a drink or a quick bite to eat.
The amenities inside your suite are better too. You can expect fresh flowers and sparkling wine when you arrive. You get Bvlgari toiletries, a better room service menu, and even your minibar, liquor and wine selections all get upgraded. Each guest who’s 13 and over will even get a complimentary One Aqua hydrotherapy ritual at the spa!
If you’re going to stay at Finest, do yourself a favor and spend an afternoon at their stunning One Spa. This spa blends three different approaches to wellness: classic Eastern therapies, traditional pre-Hispanic healing techniques, and European essential oils. They have a range of treatments for kids, so if you’d like to enjoy your spa day with your mini-me, you can absolutely do that here.
Serge and I started with the One Aqua ritual. Our valet led us through a series of hydrotherapy treatments including saunas, thermal showers, steam rooms, ice rooms, hot and cold plunging pools, and various water jets that targeted different pressure points on our bodies. The One Aqua ritual ended with a head and neck massage performed while we relaxed on the heated loungers.
Frankly, we were plenty relaxed already after this, but there was more! We went on to try the spa’s signature treatment, which is the Mezcalli ritual. This is an hour-long deep tissue massage that incorporates the Mexican spirit mezcal, which is known to activate circulation and alleviate muscular pain and inflammation. The therapists also use a warm herbal poultice made of lemongrass, eucalyptus and chamomile. And of course, the treatment ends with a shot of mezcal with an orange chaser!
The Kids Club
If you need a place for your kids to go while you’re at the spa, check out the Imagine Kids Club! Kids Club activities are divided into three age groups: 3-6, 7-11 and 12-15. But if siblings prefer to stay together, that’s not a problem. Sean had just turned 12 when we took this trip, so technically she would have been in the teen group, but the kids club staff had no issues with her staying in Ella’s group. If your child is under the age of 3, they can still play at the kids club, but you would need to stay with them.
Amenities for Infants and Toddlers
Finest is a particularly good resort to book if you’re traveling with infants and toddlers. If your baby is eating solids, the resort can make a variety of natural homemade, gluten-free purees for them. And they provide all kinds of useful baby gear, like bottle sterilizers, bottle warmers, baby monitors, high chairs, baby bathtubs and cribs. The best thing is, access to all this gear is part of your all-inclusive stay.
Ok let’s talk about the dining at Finest Playa Mujeres, because this is probably among the best food we’ve had at an all-inclusive resort. I’m not a wine snob by any stretch of the imagination, but I am a wine… enthusiast, let’s say. If you are too, then you know that the house wine at all-inclusive resorts can be… kinda rough. But at Finest, even the house wine was pretty good, so it was nice that I didn’t have to pay out of pocket for the better stuff.
There are a total of 15 bars and lounges and 12 restaurants on the property. None of the restaurants require reservations, except for the teppanyaki or hibachi tables at Shoji, the Japanese restaurant. But not all restaurants are open every day, so it’s definitely a good idea early on in your stay to find out from the concierge what the schedules will be, that way you can try as many of them as possible during the course of your stay. We did our best to try them all but alas, we still fell short of a few.
A couple things to know about dining here. First, there is a dress code for dinner, so gentlemen, you should plan to pack at least one pair of pants and a collared shirt. Second, pretty much every restaurant has a kids menu with plenty of beige foods, so you won’t have to worry if your kid is not the world’s most adventurous eater.
The Market Kitchen
Market Kitchen, in the main building, offers buffets for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Duke’s Lobster and Seafood
Duke’s Lobster and Seafood is an outdoor poolside restaurant that ended up being our favorite breakfast spot. I particularly enjoyed the Huevos Motuleños. But they serve lunch and dinner as well.
Las Dunas Beach House
Las Dunas Beach House is an outdoor restaurant right on the beach, and is another good casual option. I quite liked their fish ceviche, and you should definitely order the paella, since it’s one of their specialties. This restaurant is also open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Serge had the tenderloin while I had the rib eye. If you’re offered fresh black pepper, definitely say yes, because your kids are going to love the giant pepper mill they use!
Shoji is the Japanese restaurant. It serves sushi, sashimi and a variety of pan-Asian dishes. I don’t usually love dessert at Asian restaurants, but surprisingly I really enjoyed the desserts here. The green tea ice cream is served with a really delicious sesame crust, and the fruit plate with lychee and sake sorbet is a really nice, light option.
Surf & Turf
Surf & Turf is, as the name suggests, a restaurant that combines the best dishes from sea and land. I really enjoyed the white wine mussel soup, and the servings of lobster tail are incredibly generous, especially considering this is an all-inclusive resort.
Tinto & Tapas
By far our favorite restaurant was Tinto & Tapas. The menu here is huge, which makes it hard to choose, so the best strategy is probably to let your server know what your main likes and dislikes are, and then have them bring out an assortment of dishes that they would recommend. A couple of our favorites were the beef breast in red wine, and the black rice with squid.
The Sweet Corner
If you have a sweet tooth, definitely check out The Sweet Corner. They serve gelato and sorbet, but the girls particularly loved their crepes.
Room service is included for free as part of your all-inclusive stay. And if you’re in a Finest Club or Excellence Club suite, you have access to more upgraded dishes.
One area where Finest Playa Mujeres really shines is in its entertainment line-up. There’s an indoor-outdoor theater where you’ll find nightly shows. On many evenings, they do one earlier show aimed at younger kids, like a Disney-themed performance. And a later show that’s more for the whole family, like African acrobats and fire dancers. You’ll also find live music nightly in the outdoor space near The Sweet Corner. The salsa dancers were especially a lot of fun to watch.
We arranged our airport transfer through the hotel, and I was impressed to see that the driver disinfected all our luggage before placing it in the vehicle. Then when we arrived at the resort, the bell staff disinfected the bags again. Every room comes with a sanitation kit that includes masks, hand sanitizer and anti-bacterial wipes. Hand sanitizer is available at every restaurant, and all the restaurant menus are available on the property’s smartphone app. Wearing masks in public areas is recommended, but not required. All staff members wear clear mouth shields, and you’ll find plexiglass shields at the front desk, concierge and club lounge desks. Finest offers free on-site rapid and PCR Covid-19 tests to all guests returning to countries that require them.
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About Carmen Sognonvi
Carmen Sognonvi is a luxury family travel content creator at Top Flight Family, named a top 10 family travel Instagram account by Time Out New York and Brit + Co. Her insights on travel have been featured in The Washington Post, INSIDER, Huffington Post, Wanderlust Travel Magazine, TravelPulse, HOTELS Magazine, and more. Carmen firmly believes that you can (and should) travel with your kids from a young age. She offers families practical solutions for travel, as well as tips on how to travel in luxury for less. She lives in New York City with her multiracial and multicultural family of four. Follow her on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
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