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ASP Advice

First time traveling..anywhere (even my first time flying :)

My husband and I are going to the Spa Palace in a week (eeeek) to celebrate our 1 year anniversary..are there any perks for special occasions like this?

And as far as the resort credits go, is there somewhere I can find a list of what the credits can be used on and how much credit they "cost"? If we have $1500 is resort credit, how far will that go?

I am also nervous about the money situation. Should we bring travelers checks or just cash? Credit card?

Any "must do" activities/excursion?

Any other tips would be appreciated! Thanks!

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2. Re: ASP Advice

Here's a link to the current tours available..

I have a Spa Menu and Map if you want to send me a PM with your email address.



West Milford, New...
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El Snocat gave you some good advice. We will also be there in a little over a week, our second time. What is nice at ASP is that you can use all of the resort credits at the spa, which is very nice. As far as tours, Chitchen Itza (I know, the spelling is wrong) is very interesting, but a full day tour and HOT during the summer. Tulum ruins are closer, but smaller. We are taking the Atkun Chen cave tour....the reviews are pretty good here on TripAdvisor although it is on a small scale compared to Xpu Ha or Xcaret, not as widely advertised and a lot cheaper.

Happy Anniversary! I hope you enjoy your stay!

Gresham, Oregon
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Hola! When are your planning on going? We have a week planned late January - early February. If you haven't heard, they may be closing it down mid-August into November to complete the change over to the Hard Rock-brand hotel. Haven't heard when the "grand opening" will be yet, but it appears to be in December or January.

On the trips that we have taken to the Playa del Carmen area we don't bring travelers checks. Bring US $ and, if possible through your bank depending on the exchange rate, some pesos. If you don't convert US to pesos through your bank before leaving, seek one of the recommended ATM machines to get some pesos for use. Others will have recommendations for tipping, but we bring about $100 US one dollar bills for tipping. Bring a credit card, too, and make sure you notify them before you leave of your travel dates and destination.

We haven't been to ASP (soon to be Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya), so we will be learning a few things about the area. Heard many excellent comments about the resort, and we hope the change will be an upgrade to what others think is an fun place to stay. We have been to the Tulum ruins and would recommend that. Even though we haven't been to nearby Akumal yet for the snorkeling,we are planning to do that. Others will have some great ideas, too.

Do your research and welcome the advice from many knowledgeable TA travelers!

Any other questions, toss them out here. Have fun!!!!

Dallas, Texas
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Just an FYI, had friends that did the Aktun Chen tour last week and stated that it was interesting but like a sauna inside when you are touring the caverns...hard not to recommend Chichen Itza if it's your first time, it's one of the 7 wonders of the world and seems a crime to skip it, regardless of if it is a full day or not- bottom line, have a great time!

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On the money issue. Bring some ones and fives for tips around the resort. I take at least $100 in ones. If you plan to do the souvenir thing then either bring cash for that or a credit card or a pre-paid card. A pre-paid card may be best if you get out and about and want to spend money. Although travelers checks are good, they are an old concept and some places may not know what they are as most people use credit cards also some places are reluctant to take travelers checks. I travel to ASP a lot and enjoy the resort and have been happy with what they offer and don't get off the reservation much. When i do get off the reservation, i will usually take a day trip to Akumal.

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We just got back from 2 weeks at aventura spa.

Had a very relaxing trip. Service throughout the resort is great overall. Very sweet and gracias. Used most of our credits for spa treatments which were great and really enjoyed hydro circuit before or after the trestments. Very good gym. Food is the best we've had overall at an all inclusive.

Did chef's dinner which was okay but not inventive at all. Very basic. Wine tasting was enjoyable although the wines were not the best. Day trip to punta venado beach was fun and food there very good. Water and beach lovely.

Only downside was lack of entertainment at night aftet 9pm. Spa side at night was barren. Could have used a jazz trio.

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One last tip...

Bring lots of ones and 5s for tips.

Spent around $15 er day on tips:

We tipped $3 to maid and $1 for turn down service.

$1 for fridge in room requests.

$2 for breakfast

$3 for lunch

$4 to $5 for dinner.

$4 to 5 for bar/pool service.

We aren't drinkers so rarely had alcohol but friendly good service should be rewarded regardless even if it's just for soda water.

At the spa: we tipped 5-7 dollars for 50 minutes. 8 - 10 dollars for 80 mintes.

Hydro therapy assistant - $2

Bellman and room service absolutely tip.

Driver on excursion or hotel transfer $2 per person each way.

So figure for a week around 130 between 2 people.

260 -300 for 2 weeks.

Hope this helps.


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A Canadian that brings US$ to Mexico - fascinating

I (most experts) just get pesos

No one brings Traveler cheques ant more

A brand new technology is called ATMS