A Little R&R at Dreams Riviera Cancun

A Little R&R at Dreams Riviera Cancun

I plan nearly 95% of my trips by myself. I love being able to pick out each destination we’ll visit and researching the history and culture behind it.

As much as I love the thrill of planning, sometimes I like to just sit back, relax, and let others handle everything.

I know I said how great it was that Cancun isn’t only all-inclusive resorts anymore, but I did spend two days at Dreams Riviera Cancun. After spending the previous five weeks backpacking across Central America and the previous six weeks before that traipsing through Europe, I needed a little R&R.

Checking into the resort, we were greeted with welcome drinks and an array of appetizers and finger foods.

Once we were all checked in, it was time for a little relaxation! From the comforts of my own bedroom or balcony to the many luxurious cabanas and loungers by the pool, I didn’t know where to begin.

Cancun - September 2014

Cancun - September 2014

I decided to give their outdoor hydrotherapy circuit a try, which is free for all guests to use, and it was pure bliss. Almost as good as a paid massage, this course used different patterns of pressurized water to hit various pressure points on your body.

The water temperature is fairly cool, but after making your way through the entire circuit, you’re rewarded with a hot tub at the end!

I had never tried a hydrotherapy circuit, let alone really knew what they were, but now I’m hooked.

Heading back to my room, it was almost time to head to dinner. It was a shame our schedules were so busy, because I would have loved time just to relax in my room. All of the suites at Dreams were absolutely gorgeous with every amenity you could possibly dream of.

Cancun - September 2014

Cancun - September 2014  Cancun - September 2014

Cancun - September 2014

Bathtub on the balcony, anyone?
Also, is it sad that we thoroughly debated whether or not you were supposed to wear swimsuits?

Cancun - September 2014

Another reason I would have liked to stay a little longer? The food.

The resort has six a la carte, a buffet, a cafe and a grill, for a total of nine different dining options. Because we were so busy I only got to try one of those, which was Oceana, their specialty seafood restaurant.

If I were to go back I’d love to try Himitsu (meaning secret in Japanese), which is of course, serves Pan-Asian cuisine.

While I was at Dreams Riviera it was Mexico’s Independence Day. To celebrate, the resort put together an elaborate dinner party filled with live entertainment, games, and a never-ending supply of Mexican food and drinks.

Cancun - September 2014

Cancun - September 2014

Stuffing ourselves full of tacos al pastor and churros while maybe having one or five too many drinks, this unexpected party turned out to be the perfect ending to my time in Cancun.

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A special thank you to Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa and the Cancun Convention & Visitors Bureau for hosting my stay in Cancun.



  1. March 26, 2015 / 10:43 am

    I want to be there

    • Beth Williams
      March 27, 2015 / 10:43 am

      You do!! It’s so wonderful.

  2. February 23, 2015 / 8:03 pm

    Those cabanas look just so comfy that i could spend my entire day in one of them. I think I will have to stay in one of them.

    • Beth Williams
      February 23, 2015 / 8:18 pm

      I easily could too!

  3. February 23, 2015 / 9:53 am

    It all looks so elegant. I’m in love. Maybe I can convince my SO of a little trip. I’ve never tried hydrotherapy, I bet it’d do wonders for me.

    • Beth Williams
      February 23, 2015 / 11:36 am

      You should!! You two would have an amazing time together. It was incredibly romantic!

  4. Fi Ní Neachtáin
    February 23, 2015 / 7:17 am

    What an amazing looking resort! I would love to stay here, it looks so luxurious and that poolside area – Heaven on Earth for sure!

    • Beth Williams
      February 23, 2015 / 11:35 am

      It really was!

  5. Lauren
    February 23, 2015 / 2:06 am

    This resort looks absolutely beautiful!! I really love the setting that’s created here, it’s so romantic!

    • Beth Williams
      February 23, 2015 / 11:35 am

      It was incredibly romantic! Sadly, I was alone… but I’d love to go back and bring my fiancé.

  6. February 23, 2015 / 12:51 am

    oh wow I want to be there like this minute, I could do with such serene and relaxing environment and not forgetting the food. Definite bliss just looking at the photos can only imagine what it’s like in person.

    • Beth Williams
      February 23, 2015 / 11:34 am

      Me too! Really wishing I could be whisked away from the cold right now!

  7. CourtneyLynne
    February 22, 2015 / 9:03 pm

    Omg this resort sounds absolutely fabulous!!! I just love Mexico :)

    • Beth Williams
      February 23, 2015 / 11:34 am

      I really need to explore more of it! This was my first time :)

  8. February 22, 2015 / 7:13 pm

    I was looking at all of these pictures and all I could think was “yes, please”. I want to go there now! lol I could really use a vacation!

    • Beth Williams
      February 23, 2015 / 11:33 am

      Me too! I look outside and see all this snow… ugh…

  9. February 22, 2015 / 6:10 pm

    I think I could definitely get lost with one of those cabanas – they look extremely comfy and relaxing. I’d also be extremely excited if I had a bathtub on the balcony – how cool is that?

    • Beth Williams
      February 23, 2015 / 11:32 am

      I know! I haven’t seen that at many places. But I think it’s an awesome feature!

  10. February 22, 2015 / 1:00 pm

    This is such a beautiful resort. I would love to go on a vacation in Cancun.

    • Beth Williams
      February 23, 2015 / 11:32 am

      It was such a lovely time. Lots of much-needed relaxation!

  11. February 22, 2015 / 12:44 pm

    I’ve never gone a vacation before. I plan on trying to start more traveling this year and man I would love to go there! That looks so beautiful.

    • Beth Williams
      February 23, 2015 / 11:28 am

      Cancun is a lot of fun, and it’s pretty easy to get to! I hope you make it there.

  12. February 22, 2015 / 12:08 pm

    I have never been to Cancun but definitely planning a trip there soon with my family! Thank you for sharing your experience! This resort is definitely one of the places I will look into.

    • Beth Williams
      February 23, 2015 / 11:27 am

      Cancun would be a great family destination! There’s just so much to do for all ages :)

  13. February 22, 2015 / 11:50 am

    What an absolutely gorgeous resort. I’d love to visit there someday, myself.

    • Beth Williams
      February 23, 2015 / 11:26 am

      I hope you get the chance Kori. It was an amazing experience!

  14. February 22, 2015 / 9:44 am

    A bathtub on the balcony!! I love the look of this place, it def. feels like a wonderful get away from it all place.

    • Beth Williams
      February 23, 2015 / 11:25 am

      It was! There need to be more places with bathtubs on balconies ;)

  15. February 21, 2015 / 11:41 pm

    Oh my gosh, that looks like heaven!! I thought Cuba was gorgeous but this looks absolutely fantastic! Eugh, I want to go now and I’m stuck her in the -20s garbage, Canadian weather at the moment :P

    • Beth Williams
      February 23, 2015 / 11:23 am

      Jealous if you’ve been to Cuba! I’m dying to go. Yeah, it’s been similar weather here in Chicago as well :)

  16. February 21, 2015 / 9:00 pm

    I have never been to Cancun, but both of my brothers have been there. I’d love to visit there someday as well as other parts of Mexico. :)

    • Beth Williams
      February 23, 2015 / 11:21 am

      I’d love to explore other parts of Mexico as well. Maybe someday… the world has just too much to explore ;)

    • Beth Williams
      February 23, 2015 / 11:20 am

      It’s well worth the trip!

  17. kendall
    February 21, 2015 / 5:31 pm

    Wow, looks so peaceful and serene! I’d love to visit there!

    • Beth Williams
      February 23, 2015 / 11:20 am

      It really was! Hope you get to visit someday!

  18. February 20, 2015 / 7:59 pm

    Those tent bed things in the first picture… I swear that’s the epitome of vacation right there. My co-workers went to the Riviera before, and of course loved it.

    • Beth Williams
      February 23, 2015 / 11:19 am

      I know what you mean. I could lie on those all day!

  19. February 20, 2015 / 6:13 pm

    Wow what an absolutely gorgeous place. The outdoor hot tub looks to die for.

    • Beth Williams
      February 23, 2015 / 11:18 am

      Yes!! I wish I had been able to actually use it.

  20. February 20, 2015 / 5:36 pm

    It looks luscious all the way around – I’ve not been to Cancun – and it just looks so nice – beautiful images – thank you for sharing your wonderful R&R

    • Beth Williams
      February 23, 2015 / 11:18 am

      Just thinking about it makes me think it’s time for a little R&R again…

  21. February 20, 2015 / 2:21 pm

    I would love to visit there. I usually d the planning for all of our travel plans as well. It’s been too long since we traveled. I’ll add this on my bucket list.

    • Beth Williams
      February 23, 2015 / 11:17 am

      You should! Especially if you’re based in the US, it’s very easy to get to from just about anywhere.

  22. February 20, 2015 / 1:21 pm

    Sign me up! This place looks amazing. Can I move in?? It looks so relaxing.

    • Beth Williams
      February 23, 2015 / 11:16 am

      That’s exactly how I felt!

  23. January 29, 2015 / 7:09 am

    It looks like a very elegant hotel, reminds me a bit of a Four Seasons. When I book resort vacations, the hydrotherapy circuit is the first thing I look for– I love them!!

    • Beth Williams
      February 10, 2015 / 8:37 am

      It was almost like a Four Seasons– not quite as posh, but it had more personality. Now that I’ve tried hydrotherapy, I’m pretty addicted. Need to find another one soon!