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“Fairy lights decorated the palm trees and the waves lapped soothingly a few feet in front of us.”

Small chance of me keeping up the diet, when the food is as delicious as it is at the Excellence. It's like travelling round the world in one building with flavours from Italy, Asia, India and the Mediterranean. Our favourite was the French restaurant. Rose petals were scattered on the table as a surprise and at the end of our melt-in-the-mouth steak dinner our waiter presented us with the gooiest chocolate fudge cake we'd ever tasted - with the date of our wedding drizzled in sauce around the edge.

It's just a shame we didn't get to sample all the restaurants in our short stay. After four nights, we checked into the family-friendly Beloved Hotel next door. The white reception filled with cream sofas and champagne- coloured cushions was as inviting as a cuddle, with the classiness of a boutique hotel and the cosiness of a family-run business.

The three-year-old resort has 109 rooms, every one catering for a family of five. There's a golf course next door which offers reduced rates for guests and a marina on the front doorstep for fun tours. After the merriment at the Excellence, the silent surroundings at the Beloved felt like a welcome detox. And what better way to make your body feel like a temple than with a visit to the spa?

Just a 10-minute taxi ride away from Cancun city, it only cost a few pounds to get to the main strip. By day, it's great for shopping and water sports. At night, the bright lights sparkle and the place really comes alive. We escaped from it all, on board the Columbus Lobster Dinner Cruise. Leaflets promised it was the most romantic experience in Cancun - and they didn't disappoint.

The Spanish galleon set sail as the sun was going down, before a dinner of succulent steak and meaty lobster was served. By the end of the night it was hard to resist getting up on the deck and swaying to the soft live sax under the stars.

Back on dry land at the Beloved, it was sadly time to pack. Tucking into our final meal at the fine-dining Lupita, one of four restaurants at the Beloved, we managed to agree on something else. That, like all the lovely couples we'd made friends with during our stay in Cancun, we would go back for our first anniversary too.

Travel fact; Similar packages can be booked at local Travel Agent 'Holidaze' based in Kinson. Why not visit their open day on 24 March 10am - 3.30pm at Citilodge Hotel, Longham or visit:

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Pool at Playa Mujeres.

Excellence Suite at Playa Mujeres.

Two-storey, beach-front suite at The Beloved Hotel.

An Excellence Junior Suite at Playa Mujeres.

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