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  • Rosalind Cummings-Yeates | September 15, 2015 9:00 PM ET

    Another Side of Cancun

    Another Side of Cancun

    Photos courtesy of Villa Del Palmar

    I love exploring the different regions of Mexico and learning about the unique traditions of each locale.

    But I have to admit, I don't love Cancun.

    That city on the Yucatan Peninsula retains an image as a party-focused, wild weekend sort of destination. And this reputation is well earned. However, I found a resort in the area that revealed a more serene side of this Mexican resort town and I reveled in the thrill of no crowds, no rowdiness and no regrettable memories — just plenty of intense tropical sun, authentic dishes and relaxation.

    Villa Del Palmar resort is nestled on a sandy peninsula 25 miles north of the raucous hotel zone. The resort fills 35 acres of Mujeres Bay, surrounded by palm trees and stretches of pearly sand.

    Listed as part of Cancun, Villa Del Palmar is actually located in Playa Mujeres, a part of the sleepy Isla Mujeres municipality. As a result, an air of tranquility surrounds the resort and there is nothing nearby to distract from the area’s roots as a small fishing village.

    After surviving the frenetic atmosphere of the Cancun International Airport, my deluxe suite with gleaming marble floors and inviting Jacuzzi provided welcome relief. Besides the full living room and kitchen, my favorite spot was the balcony, where I dozed in the hammock with sea breezes floating over me.

    The full daily list of resort activities includes salsa lessons and beach volleyball, but the beach and pool areas attract the most attention.

    Villa Del Palmar features three outdoor swimming pools, including a fresh water adults-only pool that always looked tempting every time I passed it. But I’m a beach girl and that’s where I spent most of my time. Equipped with luxurious canopied beds and a pool butler to bring me glasses of the resort’s signature jugo verde (a zesty blend of celery, cactus, pineapple and orange juices) I could barely tear myself away and when I did, it was to journey a few feet to the thatched-roof tiki bar which is equipped with swings.

    Yes, swings.

    All the better to glide back and forth while chatting with Carlos, the gregarious bartender and sipping on deadly Miami Vices.

    Food is available at the bar, but it’s nice to venture to one of the resort’s restaurants — Casona or Zama — for fresh seafood or a daily specialty.

    Villa Del Palmar is a self-contained resort that entices you never to leave and after my stay, I questioned the necessity of actually going home. Alas, it was back to the real world.

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Rosalind Cummings-Yeates Far-Sighted Field Notes

Rosalind Cummings-Yeates Rosalind Cummings-Yeates is a journalist, author and blogger who specializes in travel and culture topics. She loves guiding readers through the richness of various cultures and discovering the essence of a destination. Her travel and culture blog, Farsighted Fly Girl, offers travel insights through the music, food, art and history of various countries and cultures. Join her on the journey at www.Rosalindcummingsyeates.
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