You can’t beat an early morning coffee when you are sat on your private balcony taking in the spectacular views over the Caribbean Sea from the twelfth floor of El Cid La Ceiba Beach Hotel in Mexico.
Slowly, five cruise ships glide into the harbour in front of you and, unexpectedly, they add to the magnificent vista, though the hotel already has some of the best views in Cozumel.
Later, when the sun sets, you can watch the silhouettes of the ships gracefully setting off into the night, their lights twinkling across the sea as they start their voyage to their next destination.
El Cid La Ceiba Beach Hotel is located directly next to the harbour with all the shops, bars and restaurants you could need.
You can buy local souvenirs, browse the beautiful silver jewellery or get your hands on a pair of well-made cowboy boots – if that’s your thing!
If you’re looking for some fun, the restaurants and bars are a great place to start, such as Signor Frogs or Margaretaville.
For a more relaxing stay, El Cid La Ceiba Beach Hotel has its own small, though picturesque, sandy beach, perfect for lounging in tranquillity.
There is also easy access to the ocean via a ladder on the platform next to the hotel’s two swimming pools.
You can pick up a mask from the helpful staff and snorkel, experiencing the joys of the underwater world straight from the hotel.
If you are more adventurous, and would rather try your hand at scuba diving, this area offers some of the best spots in the world.
The hotel can arrange day trips and equipment via the Babieca Dive Centre, as well as lessons and refresher courses for those that need them.
A sunken airplane, just off the coast, makes this hotel a popular diving site - and for good reason!
For those who prefer to stay above the water, the option of paddle boarding is available and is another great way to explore the sea.
Away from the coast there are a lot of sporting activities to be found, not to mention a well-equipped indoor gym available to all visitors.
The tennis courts are well looked after, and you can borrow your tennis equipment from reception.
A run along the seafront is highly recommended, or why not try and join in a game of beach volleyball for a bit of fun?
The hotel is suitable for a variety of travellers; it is a friendly and welcoming resort, ideal for both couples and families, offering an all-inclusive options as well as day passes.
The rooms are spacious, and are tastefully decorated with a modern and neutral colour scheme.
If you’re keen to upgrade, the one-bedroom suites are a good choice, and include your own private balcony to take in the spectacular ocean views and all come with a well-equipped kitchenette.
Each has a fridge, microwave and coffee making facilities.
Explore the resort and you will find the old sweat lodge, known as a Temazcal.
This is where the ancient purification ceremony was practiced for thousands of years, based on the four elements: ‘fire’ from the lava rocks, and healing ‘water’, which when poured over the hot stones produces ‘air’, while the hut represents mother ‘earth’.
In the El Cocay Spa you have your choice of treatments, including the ‘marine breeze massage’ or a vital energy wrap, each taking place outdoors in a beautiful thatched open roof hut.
You’ll be able to enjoy your massage while listening to the soft crashing of the waves only a few meters away.
The main restaurant, La Chopa, overlooks the sea and is a perfect spot for people watching and enjoying the spectacular views.
The menu is full of delicious traditional Mexican dishes and seafood platters, but there are other European options available.
If you’re keen to have an extra special romantic evening you can request a table at the pier for an unforgettable lobster dinner.
Alternatively, you have the Trattoria di Salvatore Pizza restaurant which offers brick oven pizzas with all your favourite toppings - a popular choice for families.
The resort staff are warm, friendly and always ready to assist you; they are especially helpful with local knowledge and suggestions for day trips, like taking the ferry across to Playa de Carmen.
The hotel is situated only three miles from the city centre of Cozumel and the airport is six miles from the resort.
The El Cid La Ceiba Beach Hotel is ideal for anyone hoping to get away for some good old fashion rest and relaxation.
It’s the perfect getaway for the family, but also an ideal couples’ hideaway that is a little bit special.
Put this on the bucket list, and you won’t be sorry.
El Cid La Ceiba Beach Hotel is an oceanfront paradise perfectly in tune with Cozumel’s easy-going island rhythms.
It is an island of enchanting beaches, lush forests, and friendly locals, with brilliantly coloured reefs ideal for snorkelling and diving, just three miles from colourful downtown San Miguel.
Take a short ferry ride to Playa del Carmen for shopping or to hop a plane to Cancún.
Find out more about this one of a kind property on the official website.