by Stephen Johnson
What do you get when you combine a beautiful resort located on the Caribbean Sea with an amazing waterpark? You get Dreams Playa Mujeres or, as our family liked to call it, Paradise.
This winter, we wanted to visit Cancun but stay outside the busy hotel zone. Dreams Playa Mujeres fit the bill perfectly. The resort is about a ten-minute drive from downtown Cancun and recently opened so everything is in pristine condition.
When we arrived at the resort, the first things our son, David, noticed were the two massive waterslides. I think he may have jumped in with his clothes on if we had let him. I was impressed with the open-air lobby which provided a great view of the resort. I could not count the number of swimming pools.
Hunger proved stronger than our desire to go swimming. We chose the Japanese restaurant because it also featured a Teppanyaki grill where the chef prepared the food right in front of us. Once seated at our table, the chef started slicing, dicing and grilling with expertise. He combined humour and skill to make for a great presentation. David loved when the chef used fire in the preparation of the food. An added bonus was that everything tasted great. I casually mentioned to my wife, Sandy, that I thought a Teppanyaki grill would make a great addition to our house but she didn’t quite buy in to the idea.
The next morning, David awoke ready to hit the water park. We started off at the lazy river which was a lot of fun. David is a thrill seeker so while he had fun on the lazy river, his sights were set on bigger, faster things: the waterslides. They would have fit in at any great aquatic park. David climbed the stairs and at the signal of the lifeguard, came racing down the slide. Sandy and I held our breath but everything was fine. He quickly headed to the second slide, which proved to be just as much fun. Sandy and I each gamely tried one slide. We spent over an hour at the water park having a fun time. There were also a number of smaller slides and water structures for younger kids to enjoy.
All of this water activity generated an appetite so we grabbed burgers and fries poolside. I had set out on the enviable task of exploring every swimming pool at the resort by day’s end. The Dreams website says the resort has 65,000 square feet of swimming pool and they are not lying. We eventually covered them all, including the infinity pool that leads almost right up to the beach.
Of course, David was not tired of the water activities so we decided to lounge in a cabana near the Caribbean Sea. We had a wonderful view of Isla Mujeres island which is a short ferry ride from Cancun. The temperature in Ottawa was about – 15 C and it was about 25 C at the beach. Sandy, David and I all said we were never going to leave Dreams!
We decided to check out the Brazilian steakhouse for supper. Serving staff came by with an assortment of meat on skewers. We got to sample some of the most tender cuts of meat we’ve ever tried.
With stomachs full, we were almost ready to wrap up our fun-filled day. A band was playing a mix of salsa and Top 40 hits. Sandy even persuaded me to get out and salsa dance. Growing up in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, salsa was not one of my everyday activities but I gave it a shot and would love to learn.
We wrapped up the evening by watching the lights show in the indoor theatre. A dance troupe performed a stunning show using LED lights and lasers. It was sensory overload in the best way possible.
It should be noted that Dreams Playa Mujeres is not just for those with kids. A person staying at Dreams gets free green fees at the neighbouring golf course. There are also certain restaurants and areas that are adults-only. The property is so large that it never felt crowded. There is also a kids club if mom and dad want to relax sans enfants.
For more information about Dreams Playa Mujeres, visit, www.dreamsresorts.com