The Ritz-Carlton Cancun Planning & Tips

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All About the Extras
Okay, we admit it. We love the pampering delivered by pool concierges. These attentive angels bring complimentary chilled, scented towels and fruit as well as spritz you with cool mist as you relax by the beach or the pool.

Along with day activities, the Ritz-Carlton Kids Camp hosts evening programs Friday and Saturday night from 6 to 10 p.m. for ages 4 to 12, making it easy to enjoy an adult dinner at the properties two AAA Five Diamond restaurants.

Getting There
To get to the Ritz-Carlton Cancun, located along the Hotel Zone strip, not far from the Cancun International Airport, book transportation ahead of time whether by a private car or with the shuttle vans that stop at the strip's many hotels. If you haven't, then buy a transfer from the tourism vendors who jump out at you as you exit the airport terminal. Otherwise, you may fall prey to some greedy taxi owners.

We did when our ride failed to show up and we were too tired to return to the building to purchase vouchers. The taxi required us to pay in advance, charged us nearly twice the going rate and also got lost on some questionable side roads.

Among the airlines serving Cancun's airport are American, Continental, Delta, Northwest, United and US Airways.

High season is from mid- December to mid- April. Low season is from mid-April to mid-December.

Fun for Grown-Ups at the Ritz
The Lobby Lounge, a classy venue with Czech crystal chandeliers and a creamy beige decor is the main bar, although that word seems too ordinary for such an elegant space. The Lounge serves a variety of moods. Savor ceviches and sashimi at the lounge's Sushi and Seafood Bar or taste some of the more than 70 kinds of tequila. At Clau, a cozy corner off the Lobby Lounge, enjoy a tete-a-tete as you sip one of their special martinis.

The food at the Ritz-Carlton Cancun is exceptional. Both the Club Grill, which specializes in grilled meats and seafood, and Fantino, with its Mediterranean cuisine, rate AAA Five Diamonds. At Fantino entrees include herb crusted lamb, roasted salmon and truffle crusted scallops. Leave room for dessert because Fantino specializes in souffles chocolate, cappuccino, coconut and more. For more taste treats try Chef Rory Dunaway's chef's table dinner at the Culinary Center. The chef also hosts tastings of six wines on Saturday nights ($65) and tastings of six tequilas on Friday nights ($65).

For more pampering, indulge with a massage, wrap, scrub or facial at the Kayanta Spa. Inspired by a Mayan phrase meaning "to be reborn," the spa offers treatments that use Mayan and Mexican oils and elements. Our Kayanta massage, combining shiatsu, Lomi Lomi, Swedish, aromatherapy and stretching techniques, is 80-minutes of soothing touch.

The adults-only fountain courtyard pool offers parents a quieter place to swim than the main pool.

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