We where given a week stay as a wedding gift. As soon as we walked in we where in amazed at the facility. It was simply wonderful the views where beautiful, the rooms, the amenities, the POOL they where all beautiful. This is primarily a time share member facility and we where asked to take part in a presentation on that subject. We did. Hey I consider 1-2 hour investment of my time for a $200 food and drink voucher a GOOD investment. The time share personnel were not pushy either, we simply said no and that was it.
Like I said before the rooms are beautiful, all of them have a great view. Our room had a safe and a small kitchen and not just a stove and fridge; they had all the tools needed to cook a nice dinner if that is what you want to do during your vacation. The only downfall is the fact that we had to leave the resort to go to the city for groceries and other little things we realized we needed. There are two small deli’s but they just have the basics ~ and they don’t carry sun-screen, they only carry sun-block which was a bummer for me. The drive from the resort to the city wasn’t bad, the hotel has arranged tour buses to drive guest from one Pueblo Bonito resort to the other (there are two in Mazatlan). Just don’t forget to be back on time because if you miss the last bus you will have to pay for your transportation back. Which brings me to my next point ~ VERY IMPORTANT: when you use a taxi in Mazatlan ASK FOR THE CHARGE BEFORE YOU GET IN THE VEHICLE, most if not all drivers have a flat rate fee. When we where in the city we made arrangements with a drive of the famous “pulmonias” (which is Pneumonia in Spanish) this is what most taxis are called. The vehicle is a somewhat golf-cart looking thing, they have no windows and the doors look like the doors of a local theme park ride. Overall the drive was different not unpleasant just different. It was apparent why they nicknamed them Pneumonia. lol The driver charged us $25 to drive us from the city resort to the local super store and back to Emerald PB. We bought everything we needed for the week (the prices are almost the same to the Wal-Mart’s in the US). Our taxi driver was great; he gave us advice on the city’s highlights and things we should do before leaving.
The restaurants in the resort are good and the drinks are great, which you can order and drink in the pool’s bar. The hotel has many things to do in the resort and they have contacts with people who can help you with activities outside the resort. We snorkeled ($30 per person) which was fun an exhausting all at once. The experience starts with a 30-45 minute kayak ride (which you paddle yourself) to the other side of the beach. Then they strap some gear on you and next thing you know you are snorkeling with the local fish, after it is back to the paddling to the resort. The resort has many activities. Personally I prefer the poolside activities: pottery painting, water polo, water aerobics etc. so you won’t be bored and you are sure to find something for everyone to do.
There was some construction going on but we did not find disturbing at all. We really did not spend that much time in the room anyway. My husband is a BIG GOLFER which is one of the reasons why he wants to go back soon, included in the expansion of the hotel is a wonderful golf course. At the time there was only a driving range available which was good enough for him. We had tennis lessons which started at 6am. At first I thought it was odd, sooo early but I soon figured why, by the time it was 8am it was blazing hot. I really like to work in exercise during my time off which was a problem at the resort. There is a gym but there is a fee to go in and when you do it is disappointing, it is small and cramped up. I had a better work out and experience taking a morning run on the beach.
Another thing worth mentioning is the local tour, there was a fee for this but I don’t remember how much it was exactly. The tour was great it gave us the chance to really know where we where ~ Mazatlan isn’t just a city with a great resort, it is a great city.
When it comes to currency, I would recommend what we did, we only changed about $100 for pesos the rest was US dollars which the locals don’t mind receiving. If you exchange more and have left over you will have to pay an extra fee to change it back to US dollars. Another thing that I feel everyone should do but some of us don’t is to bring a lot of $1 bills for tips. My husband always nags at how I tip everyone but I think it is a nice gesture and $1 isn’t going to send you to the poor house. I think we spent about $60-80 on tips for the week.
Okay ~ I think I covered everything, overall it was a great place HIGHLY RECOMEMDED!