The Vibe

The Riu Dunamar is one of the newest hotels to open in Playa Mujeres, a peninsula not far from Cancun city. The peninsula is new to resort culture – it's isolated from the rest of Mexico and separated from the hustle and bustle of Cancun. The area attracts sunseekers that are looking for all the best aspects of resort life, without any of its potentially annoying distractions and drawbacks. This five-star hotel is a secluded oceanfront paradise that offers all the right amenities for a blissful vacation, from a range of dining options to some of the best sandy beaches in the area.

The Rooms

This sprawling resort features over 700 rooms, giving guests a variety of options, whether you want accomodations overlooking Playa Mujeres’ nature park or a beachfront room steps away from the pool bar. Rooms were designed with a modern aesthetic and take into account all the amenities you would need or want for a perfect getaway. All rooms are equipped with a mini-bar and liquor dispenser and free wifi is available throughout the resort. Looking for a splurge? Go for one of the suites, European-style rooms that offer top-notch views of Playa Mujeres beach and come equipped with hydromassage bathtubs.

The Features

The Riu Dunamar is one of the most feature-rich resorts we have seen in some time. The luxury resort offers multiple pools – five in total – including a massive island pool bar. If beach activities are more to your liking, the resort features a number of aquatic sports from kayaking to snorkelling. All non-motorized water sports are included in the room rate. The resort is also home to its own water park, Splash Water World, which features several aquatic activities and water slides – you can easily spend an afternoon just there. In addition to the continental buffets, there are five restaurants on-site featuring Italian, Asian and steak-focused menus. When the day is finished, there’s RIU’s signature entertainment program, which includes fun nightly performances with live shows and music.

The Location

Playa Mujeres is located 40 minutes outside of Cancun city, on a northern peninsula that overlooks the Gulf of Mexico. The peninsula is popular amongst snorkelers, as well as travellers looking to take a day trip to nearby Isla Mujeres. The island of Isla Mujeres is a quick boat ride from the hotel and makes a great day trip for those seeking white sandy beaches and a slice of island life with plenty of local culture unique from the rest of Mexico.

Rooms start at $319 per night. Sunwing Vacations offers year-round service to Cancun from Montreal. All packages include flights on Sunwing Airlines, Sunwing Experiences transfers and a Sunwing Experiences representative in destination.

Blvd. Costa Mujeres, Zona Continental Municipio Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo, Mexico, +52 998 234 0900, riu.com