We're staying at a lovely resort in the Hotel Zone of Cancun. If you want authentic Mexico, I'd recommend staying in Playa del Carmen or Isla Mujeres but for those of us who appreciate the rare luxurious relaxation of resort life, this is it! The sand is white and the water is turquoise. If you don't like to swim in the surf, the pool is perfectly maintained and beautiful.
The Gran Melia is built to resemble a Mayan temple. Inside, life is abundant as it is outside with Koi filled pools that flow into tiny waterfalls and vines which grow from flower beds lining the six stories. The atmosphere is peaceful with quiet, meditative music coming out of hidden, rock-shaped speakers.
Outside in the private pool area, guests are treated to pool-side palapas which are covered with dried palm leaves that rustle in the breeze. We had blue skies everyday except one and it was so nice to lounge in the shade when the sun's rays became strong in the early afternoon.
Our room was pretty with high ceilings, recessed lighting and marble floors. We enjoyed turn down service each night which included chocolates on our pillows, our robes placed on the bed and our slippers ready bed-side.
Truly, the best part of our room was the large terrace that overlooked the ocean and pool area.
Quick question: Why does the week go slowly when you're working but too quickly when you're not!! We leave tomorrow to get back to "real life" but this was a refreshing break where Kingsley and I enjoyed the chance to reconnect and discover the ancient Mayans.