Why You Should Stay at Dreams Playa Mujeres According to Kids!

August 21, 2018

With only so many vacation days and literally thousands of resort destinations to chose from, finding the right one to pause and recharge can feel like a daunting task. Lucky for you, I recently returned from a stay at Dreams Playa Mujeres Golf & Spa Resort where I spent leisurely days basking in the sun, exploring the hotel’s impressive amenities, and partaking in a roster of activities in the company of my niece and nephew. And after time spent in such luxurious surroundings being pampered and cared for by a staff of professionals who go the extra mile to make you feel at home, Matteo and Emily wanted to graciously share ‘WHY’ they think you too should book a stay. After all, “Sharing is Caring!”


The Core Zone Teen’s Club 

One super cool thing about this property is definitely their Core Zone Teen’s Club. Not your usual club by any standards, it features a rock climbing wall, basketball court, Euro-bungee, batting cage, archery, arcade and video game station, including the world-famous Fort Nite. What made this club a stand out for Matteo is that it actually catered to what a teenager considers fun and it was perfect on a rainy evening or when he simply wanted a break from the sun. The Core Zone Teen’s Club and the Explorer’s Club for Kids provide a lot of fun alternatives.

The club is also open until 10 pm each night, so when my sister, Stephanie, and I decided to go next door to enjoy dinner and a glass of wine at the adults-only Secrets property, we could rest easy knowing the kids were well taken care of and having a blast in the process. (Adult guests at Dreams have access to all the fun and amenities at Secrets next door, too. Read all about my stay at SECRETS!)

The Water Amenities: Lazy River, Pools and Water Slides 

If there is one thing parents know, not all kids like hanging out at the beach. In fact, many prefer playing in a pool over the salty ocean. That’s definitely the case with Matteo and Emily. It doesn’t matter what I say or how I try to entice them to stay at the beach (keep in mind this was also a powder-white sand beach with private beach cabanas, two bars and NO seaweed), they always chose to play in the pool, and I get it. It’s not easy to play Marco Polo in the ocean nor do handstands with the waves knocking you over. Thankfully, Dreams had plenty of pools for them to chose from surrounded by stylish, comfy nooks where I could sip cocktails, tan or catch up on some reading in between joining them for a cool dip and some rounds of Marco Polo.  

Dreams is also home to a great water park with two huge waterslides, so whenever the kids needed a healthy adrenaline rush they headed over to the slides to have one! 

When Matteo first told me that he couldn’t wait to arrive at Dreams to go in the lazy river, I honestly thought he was mistaken - lazy rivers are big and usually only found in amusement parks, not resorts. But he was not only right, the lazy river was also perfectly located directly in front of our spacious two-bedroom villa in the Preferred Club section. The stylish villa came with two large bedrooms (one with a kingsize bed and the other with two queen beds), three bathrooms (two with showers), living room, dining area, as well as an outdoor jacuzzi and patio, which came in handy with the 24-hour room service we put to good use. It was wonderful to have a luxurious place to rest at the end of each day. (For more videos and pics of our villa and vacation, visit my Instagram Highlights!)   

The Grotto Pool Bar

I admit it! When Matteo included the Grotto Pool Bar in his Top 3, I am certain my face had a "WHAT?!" expression on it, evidenced by his quick response to explain why. In my defence, I thought he would have mentioned the amazing Pirate Show, the deliciously entertaining Tappaniaki experience at Fusion Japanese Restaurant, or the Hobie Cat. But alas, his choice was the Grotto Pool Bar. I guess when you think about it, it is pretty cool (both literally and figuratively) to swim into a glimmering grotto beneath a waterfall to sip on what Matteo professed to be the “BEST PINA COLADA EVER,” alcohol-free of course!


The Food 

Coming from a family who likes to eat. No, let me rephrase that . . . LOVES to eat, there is a certain amount of pride and satisfaction when you hear your 11-year old niece chose ‘food’ as her top pick. When you have a kid like Emily who can devour a steak and eat a piece of lamb down to the bone, you can bet food is important to her, regardless of age, and Gaucho Steakhouse was her favourite. Her go to staple was Dolce where she ate ice cream, cookies and drank iced coffee each day, decaf of course!

While we are on the topic of food, Emily really loved learning to make sushi with one of the hotel’s executive chefs. Note: We did not pay extra to do this, nor was this an experience arranged solely for us. Learning to make sushi and guacamole are just a few of the fun activities guests can partake in each day for FREE.

The Spa

At the gorgeous Dreams Spa by Pevonia®, spanning almost 16,000 sq.ft., the kids experienced their first fish pedicure. At first they were a bit hesitant to place their feet inside the aquariums, but once they did they had a blast. I think this picture is proof enough!  

And while the kids were being pampered, my sister and I disconnected and decompressed in the Watsu pool for a Watsu massage; this gentle form of water therapy combines elements of massage, joint mobilization, shiatsu, muscle stretching and dance. If water therapy is not your thing, there are many other treatments. Whatever your preference, the Dreams spa is like a sanctuary within a sanctuary.  

One of the most amazing experiences I have ever had on a resort was the Temazcal located in the Dreams Spa. Before partaking in this sacred ritual in a traditional indigenous sauna, my sister and I performed a cleansing sun salutation on the beach at noon led by two shamans, a man and woman. The word temazcal comes from the Nahuatl word temāzcalli [temaːsˈkalːi] ("house of heat"), or possibly from the Aztec teme (to bathe) and calli (house). I have always wanted to partake in this ritual that is said to place you face to face with your deepest fears and purify the body and mind. I was scared at first because I worried that I would not be able to take the heat, that I would feel claustrophobic, that I would run out screaming or on a stretcher after having fainted, but I decided that it was now or never and bravely entered the confined dark space. As the shaman chanted and placed hot stone on top of hot stone, the heat rose and so did my bravery. The ritual lasted an hour (many last two to four hours), but it left me feeling cleansed, more at peace, and connected to the Mayan people and their culture in a new found way. Quite simply, it was a beautiful experience. One I hope to have the courage to do again one day. 

The Nightly Entertainment

Normally I am the first to skip out on the evening shows. Truth is I find many of them to be sort of repetitive, if not all together cheesy, but the Pirate Show felt like I was watching something that belonged in Cirque du Soleil and had my full attention the entire time. It also had Emily’s and that’s probably why she chose the evening entertainment as a top pic. Dreams also hosted a beautiful bbq outside the theatre with dinner tables set up inside, so guests could dine and mingle before the show which was a nice touch. There were also Mexican artisans selling local handcrafted goods and Emily purchased herself a lovely bracelet, while my sister came home with a lovely hand painted guacamole bowel. 

Dreams Playa Mujeres is framed by beautiful natural landscapes and aquamarine waters on the beguiling shores of Playa Mujeres—a pristine peninsula with white sand beaches located 10 miles north of cosmopolitan Cancún in an exclusive gated community. From August 18th to December 15th, 2018, (excluding Thanksgiving holiday) KIDS STAY FREE with two adults. This is a great opportunity to come experience 65,000 square feet of swimming pools, an on-site water park, spa, ten dining options and thirteen bars, as well as complimentary greens fees at the Playa Mujeres Golf Course next door.  


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