By Misty Milioto

Located just eight miles off the coast of Cancun, Playa Mujeres features breathtaking beaches, an underwater sculpture museum and the only residential offering for those seeking a permanent getaway in this part of Mexico. La Amada features 215 luxury condominium residences (138 move-in-ready homes are still available for sale) located within the 930-acre master-planned resort community of Playa Mujeres. In addition to incredible views of the Caribbean Sea, the on-site marina and the lush Chacmochuc Lagoon nature reserve, the tropical yet modern homes feature authentic and locally inspired design with marble flooring, lavish stone, custom wood cabinetry and high-end appliances.

The community allows owners and their guests to enjoy the advantages of a luxury beach resort without the crowds and without ever leaving home. A new 23,000-square-foot Beach Club wows with two infinity pools leading to a private beach, posh cabanas for exclusive lounging and a locally inspired restaurant serving up dishes like catch-of-the-day ceviche and Baja tacos.

The list of amenities doesn’t end there, however. Other perks include the Yacht Club building’s rooftop deck with 33-meter pool, a swim-up bar, grilling area and hammocks; and a recently expanded, top-notch health club with state-of-the-art equipment and space for group exercise classes and yoga. Meanwhile, the Owner’s Lounge features a prep kitchen and is perfect for hosting gatherings, while the kiddos can enjoy time at the 538-square-foot La Amada Kids Club. For grab-and-go bites, check out Marketplace Cafe, which also features wine, an indoor coffee bar and gourmet ice cream.

Additionally, the area offers added amenities such as access to the Greg Norman-designed golf course at Playa Mujeres Golf Club, the Playa Mujeres Marina, lush rain forest gardens and the ruins of El Meco. The area also is home to world-class fly-fishing, kite-surfing, whale shark-watching, deep-sea fishing and prestigious bird-watching. Condominiums from the mid-$300’s to $1.5 million, 888.389.5302,