Travel girl: Splendor in the sand

I may have found the perfect combination of romance, sun and sand at the Excellence Riviera Cancun. This all-inclusive, adults-only beachfront resort can be found in Mexico's spectacular and majestic Riviera Maya. Six meandering pools frame the entire property, giving it the feel of a tropical oasis. Romantic beach beds and canopies stretch the length of the resort. Relax and let the tranquil Caribbean Sea wash over you and replenish your spirit.

The dazzling lobby is the gateway to eight restaurants featuring the full spectrum of fine cuisine: steak, lobster, French or Mexican. True romantics might opt for breakfast in bed, courtesy of room service delivered to your modern suite. A full sitting area and a lovely spa tub built for two further enhance each room.

Excellence Cancun's Miile Spa is an oasis for relaxation replete with a full spa menu as well as an 18-station water rejuvenation circuit. Highly recommended is a romantic couple's massage followed by a twilight soak in the hot tub.

At the Excellence Club, guests enjoy concierge-level accommodations. Our room had a fantastic ocean view and we relaxed in a private lounge stocked with delicious treats throughout the day, plus a full-service bar. Each concierge-level room also features a selection of five top-shelf liquors. More club member perks: a private beach area and a beach/pool concierge who will prepare chairs or beds in your preferred location.

From long walks on the beach, to a romantic outdoor oceanfront dinner, to night dancing under the stars, this is a Riviera Maya stand-out. The spectacular service and peaceful setting ensures every guest will leave even more in love than when they arrived.