Enjoy the star treatment in Cancun at Planet Hollywood

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And for those over 18, try only its resort at a resort, Planet Hollywood Adult Scene

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“The jewel of Cancun.”

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That’s how manager Jonathan Iriarte describes the location of Planet Hollywood Cancun, An Autograph Collection All-Inclusive Resort, Costa Mujeres, about a 45-minute drive north of the Cancun airport.

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Oh sure, he might be biased – but there are plenty of shining examples of why he’s not wrong.

On the one hand, being located 13 kilometers from Isla Mujeres provides a buffer to the area’s problem with Sargassum seaweed. Iriarte boasts of getting a minimal amount compared to other resorts, and what slips down to Planet Hollywood’s nearly 500-meter-long white-sand beach is machine-cleaned daily.

The white-sand beach beckons toes at Planet Hollywood Cancun.  CYNTHIA MCLEOD/TORONTO SUN
The white-sand beach beckons toes at Planet Hollywood Cancun. CYNTHIA MCLEOD/TORONTO SUN

Another plus is that Costa Mujeres is set for minimal development, so compared to the crowded beaches closer to the town center it’s a less dense and quiet oasis. Only five hotels currently occupy the area and Iriarte notes that due to zoning rules only three more could possibly be built in the future.

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“That makes this place unique” for Cancun, he points out.

And indeed, it is. A walk along the beach with sand between your toes doesn’t require weaving through mounds of bathers. And a swim in the water – which is usually calm, also due to the presence of the island – is relaxing. Four bridges provide beach access from the resort on a protected strip of land, and the beachfront feels private and secluded, which is what A-listers have come to expect. This is, after all, Planet Hollywood, where the brand’s slogan is “Vacation like a Star.”

This vibe begins upon first arrival in the main lobby, with guests greeted by introductory music, a light show on an overhead screen, and a round of applause. They call it a celebrity-inspired experience, and indeed, it’s probably as close to what we can feel as the stars must feel when they arrive at TIFF.

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Chat with Oprah in the lobby of Planet Hollywood Cancun.  CYNTHIA MCLEOD/TORONTO SUN
Chat with Oprah in the lobby of Planet Hollywood Cancun. CYNTHIA MCLEOD/TORONTO SUN

Opened in January 2021, Planet Hollywood actually sits on two sections of Costa Mujeres zoned land, which is why the property is expansive with tons of amenities and feels less crowded.

This is also why he is able to have a station within a station. What is it, you ask?

Planet Hollywood Adult Scene is exclusively for 18+ with its own check-in, private beach and pool area, and two exclusive restaurants. More compact with 380 suites compared to the 648 rooms in the family section, Adult Scene offers an oasis without children, but with full access to all the amenities of Planet Hollywood Cancun.

There are only 18+ at Planet Hollywood Adult Scene.  CYNTHIA MCLEOD/TORONTO SUN
There are only 18+ at Planet Hollywood Adult Scene. CYNTHIA MCLEOD/TORONTO SUN

(But don’t worry – if you’re bringing your kids to Planet Hollywood Cancun but then want to drop them off at the supervised Stars Kids Club (ages 4-12) to join the party at Adult Scene, guests can pay a fee to access at the seaside resort.)

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And there’s no shortage of things to do for young people – and adults – at Planet Hollywood Cancun. The resort has four swimming pools, a water park, a lazy river with swim-up bar, and a FlowRider surf experience. There’s also Planet Play with a game room and sports simulators, a large fitness center, two tennis courts, a 9-hole multi-court mini-golf course, and a maze.

Fun for the kids at Jurassic Splash Park.  CYNTHIA MCLEOD/TORONTO SUN
Fun for the kids at Jurassic Splash Park. CYNTHIA MCLEOD/TORONTO SUN

Be sure to visit PH Spa and try its sensory wellness circuit – where you cycle between hot and cold experiences. It’s a test of mind over matter that ends in a rejuvenated and refreshed body feeling. (Note: If you upgrade to Star Class, you get free access to the hydrotherapy pool, plus other exclusive features like a personal agent to coordinate your stay, preferred location of room, turndown service, etc.)

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The nightlife entertainment scene at Planet Hollywood Cancun.  CYNTHIA MCLEOD/TORONTO SUN
The nightlife entertainment scene at Planet Hollywood Cancun. CYNTHIA MCLEOD/TORONTO SUN

Of course, as the resort is Hollywood-themed, in addition to movie costumes, posters, and quotes from famous celebrities, there’s a 76-seat professional cinema showing daily movies for kids, families, and adults. And the resort’s nightly entertainment is not to be missed. My stay saw a Queen tribute band, whirling acrobats and a silent disco.

The chef shows off his knife skills at the hibachi grill at East Sushi and Teppanyaki Bar.  CYNTHIA MCLEOD/TORONTO SUN
The chef shows off his knife skills at the hibachi grill at East Sushi and Teppanyaki Bar. CYNTHIA MCLEOD/TORONTO SUN

Foodies won’t be disappointed here as Planet Hollywood Cancun offers 11 restaurants, including Guy Fieri’s Burger Joint, a steakhouse, and Italian, Indian, Japanese, and Mexican themed restaurants. There’s also the Overtime Sports Bar so fans don’t miss the action at home.

Movie gangsters and knives are the backdrop for the Sunset Strip Steakhouse and Grill at Planet Hollywood Cancun.  CYNTHIA MCLEOD/TORONTO SUN
Movie gangsters and knives are the backdrop for the Sunset Strip Steakhouse and Grill at Planet Hollywood Cancun. CYNTHIA MCLEOD/TORONTO SUN

IF YOU ARE GOING TO

Sunwing (sunwing.ca) offers packages that include flights, hotel and transfers through NexusTours. For the winter season, the airline will operate daily flights to Cancun from Toronto and Montreal, and weekly from approximately 15 other cities in Canada.

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Sunwing’s Elite Plus upgrade offers more legroom, advanced seat selection, priority check-in and boarding, and increased checked baggage weight allowance.

A trip to Isla Mujeres is a must (sunwing.ca/en/things-to-do/mexico/cancun). Our open bar catamaran cruise included snorkeling in the clear turquoise waters of the El Farito coral reef and a buffet lunch at a beach club in Isla Mujeres.

The resort has more than enough to keep you entertained, but a day trip to Isla Mujeres should be on the to-do list.  CYNTHIA MCLEOD/TORONTO SUN
The resort has more than enough to keep you entertained, but a day trip to Isla Mujeres should be on the to-do list. CYNTHIA MCLEOD/TORONTO SUN

Learn more about Planet Hollywood Cancun at planethollywoodhotels.com/resorts/cancun and Planet Hollywood Cancun Adult Scene at planethollywoodhotels.com/resorts/adult-scene-cancun.

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