• Jonathan & Angela

A Vegan stays @ Finest and Excellence Playa Mujeres

Welcome to the first of Rivage travels "a vegan stays at" where Angela discusses her experiences staying at different hotels and resorts and how they cater to their vegan clientele. Angela has been vegan for over 15 years. "A vegan stays at"- Finest Playa Mujeres and Excellence Playa Mujeres.

Finest Playa Mujeres and Excellence Playa Mujeres are 5 star rated all-inclusive resorts. Finest is family friendly, while Excellence is adults only, they are located just north of Cancun, Mexico, within walking distance of each other and are part of the Excellence group Luxury Hotels and resorts.

We started our stay with 3 nights at Finest and then moved over to the Excellence property, for the remaining 3 nights of our trip.

Upon check in at both resorts we were asked if we had any special dietary requirements, I informed the reception staff that I was vegan, this information was then noted and I was assured that my dietary requirements would be accommodated wherever we chose to eat. Off to a great start! now, where to go?....

The Finest resort features the following restaurants and eateries-

The Market Kitchen- Buffet

Brass steakhouse

Duke’s Lobster and Seafood- American and Mexican

Insieme Trattoria-Italian and Mediterranean

Bistro- Exclusively for Excellence club and Finest club, adult members

Tinto and Tapas-Spanish


Le Petit Plaisir- French

Shoji- Asian

Surf and Turf

Las Duenas Beach House- Mexican and Caribbean fusion

Legends- Salads, sandwiches, pizza

La Coconita Food Truck- Snacks, burgers, hotdogs

The Sweet Corner- Coffee Shop, ice cream, cakes, crepes

Tropical Juice Bar- Fresh juice and coconuts

Excellence resort features the following restaurants and eateries-

Agave- Mexican


Basmati- Indian

Chez Isabelle- French

The Grill- Burgers, Salads & Sandwiches

Flavor Market- Tapas

The Lobster House- Seafood

Las Olas- Snack Grill on the Beach

Spice- Asian

Toscana- Italian for dinner and doubles as the buffet during the day

Aroma- Coffee, sweets, cakes, Ice cream, sorbet

We quickly discovered that all of Finest's restaurants offer a full vegetarian menu and with vegan items! At Excellence, there are quite a few vegetarian options on the menus and at both resorts, the chefs are more than happy to prepare a vegan meal for you. A quick meeting with the food and beverage guest relations manager, a head of time, is extremely simple and your requirements can be discussed and relayed to the chef at the restaurant of your choice. I didn’t meet with the F&B manager at Finest, however, I felt that my vegan requirements were easily catered to at each restaurant we visited just by letting the host know.

At Excellence, where they don’t, as yet offer an alternative vegetarian menu at each of their restaurants, we met with their wonderful Food and beverage guest relations manager, Nelson Calixto, who took care of me throughout the stay. He liaised with the chef at Agave, before our meal to ensure that I had a great vegan dining experience. He also discussed with us the importance that the resorts have placed on providing a great selection of food options and dining experiences, for their vegetarian and vegan clients and for all other guests with special dietary needs.

For all of our plant based clients looking for a Mexican vacation spot, hot tip- Nelson told us that Excellence, Riviera Cancun is the first resort of it's kind to feature a completely vegetarian and vegan restaurant on property! Yay!