Back in 2007, when I first reviewed this resort, it was about to undergo renovation to Temptation resort and spa from blue Bay getaway. You can find that review under a Google search for my Trip Advisor username (attorneyjohn) using the review title of “Decent Place, Great Fun, Fantastic People!” You might want to read that review and compare it to this one which is of a visit we had in April of 2011.
I'm late getting this review out I apologize.
The reason for the review is that we went back to Temptation again the 1st week of October 2011 and I wanted to emphasize how much fun we had both times.
I plan on re-reviewing Temptation yet again ~ and I fully expect that review to be positive as well.
I'm still wordy, so bear with me. What's going to make it worse is that now I'm using Dragon NaturallySpeaking to just talk my review into the computer. So, here we go!
In 2007, my wife and I had been going to Mexico starting with our honeymoon, and then five more trips the last of which was at Temptation. That temptation trip was number six, and was number five in the previous two years. In the past four years we've gone back to Mexico an average of twice a year. Primarily, we visit the Yucatán Peninsula, but we have visited the Pacific coast as well at places like Cabo. We've been other places as well, such as the Caribbean including Puerto Rico the US and British Virgin Islands. We've also been to Hawaii a pair of times and to Europe. I only mention that so that you get a frame of reference to understand and judge for yourselves how I get to my statements in the review below. We've been around a little and can compare to good places, and those … less so.
Mexico: we are still of the firm opinion that Mexico, in spite of its recent poor reputation because of the drug cartel wars, is one of the best places to go and spend your vacation dollars. What I do to soothe the unquiet spirit is simply check with the Secretary of State's website the consular affairs portion where it tells where travel is safe, and where it is not safe.
It remains “our considered opinion that Mexico is the best place to spend your hard-earned vacation dinero, whether that be U.S. or Canadian dollars, U.K. pounds sterling, Japanese yen, or Norwegian kroners for that matter. You simply end up getting more for your vacation money than you do in other popular locations.” Especially when your United States traveler, because it is so easy to fly from just about anywhere in North America directly into the Cancun airport, which puts you no more than 45 minutes From almost all of the Yucatán's resorts, regardless of whether you are going North of Cancun or South of Playa del Carmen. Living in Houston, we’re spoiled because it only takes us two hours to fly from Bush Intercontinental down to Cancun.
Temptation itself: in April of 2011, we revisited Temptation because we had such a wonderfully fun and sexy time back in 2007. We met some really great friends there, and we have stayed friends with them since our 2007 visit. We visited a pair of those friends in England and taken a European three-week travel vacation with those friends. It is a fantastic place to meet wonderful people, Temptation. Whoops! I just reread that. That makes a sound like swingers. We're not, but I must say if you were, you could probably find someone fun to hang out with at Ttemptation. I'll get into that more, below.
In my 2007 review, I mentioned that I questioned whether or not the infrastructure of the resort itself could support a claim of being a five-star resort. I would suppose it matters what you personally, defined as a five-star resort. My wife & I have stayed at the Ritz-Carlton on St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, La Sammana on the island of St. Martin, and Turtle Bay Resort on a Wahoo's North Shore. I've also stayed at the RIU resort in Cabo, secrets of Capri in Playa Del Carmen, the Playacar Palace, and The Royal in Playa del Carmen. Each of those seems to me to be a five-star resort. Each of those resorts I personally would consider five-star resorts, even though I don't know for sure if they fit the standard five-star amenities scale. I give them five stars because their food is excellent, their service is excellent, their rooms are excellent, the front desk is excellent, the drink service is excellent, their beds are excellent, and you can just about get anything you would like to have, within reason on the resort.
Temptation does not quite get to that level of high quality. It does a very good job and what it does do, however, and you do NOT have to spend a lot of cash in order to enjoy it. Bang for your buck, that's Temptation. And a double entendre, as well.
What Temptation has that the above-referenced resorts do not have is "FUN!" I don't mean that you wouldn’t have fun, and probably a really great time, at those other resorts I listed above, I just mean that Ttemptation is built totally for sexy, adult, uninhibited, almost uncontrolled fun. Remember, “Nobody knows you, and nobody gives a S&*t!” It does make things a bit uninhibited, relaxed, sometimes playfully foolish, and generally a great time.
Where else does a group of 30 to 50 year olds get into the pool, next to the swim-up bar of course, and start building topless to nearly nude cheerleading pyramids, I ask ya? Didn’t get to do THAT at the other resorts, did ya…
Airport: I'll just say that Cancun international Airport continues to operate very efficiently. It has only gotten better each time we visited Mexico over the past five years. On the plane, you'll be asked to fill out your customs and immigration's paperwork. Have it ready as you're leaving the plane, because there is usually a Mexican customs or immigration, I'm unsure which, official in the jetway itself to make sure that you have your documents ready before you even get to the actual immigrations officer who will allow you into the country. Once you pass this official, you go straight to get your baggage which is rather efficient when compared to some US airports. Then, proceeding out of the hotel there is a small section where the timeshare hawkers still stay, but if you pass through them quickly without interacting too much with them, you can move straight outside and locate your travel option, whether that be a cab (expensive), a rental car (the standard US tourist in Mexico driving around problems exist), or prearranged private transportation to your hotel or resort (e.g. Lomas Travel, Tropical Incentives, American Express (I always thought that one funny)).
One significant change which had occurred in the upscaling from Blue Bay Getaway to Temptation, was something that I had mentioned as being missing in my previous review. The friendly greeting at the door, combined with the first drink of the vacation. Unless, if you're a guy like me, who grabs one at the bar outside of the Cancun airport while you're waiting on your transportation. Still, it's a nice touch, and Temptation does it now, or did, last April.
Front Desk: Temptations front desk staff is every bit as efficient, professional, and friendly as any of the resorts I've ever been to anywhere. Enough said. My big time props to Arturo, who is the "man who fixes all things reservation-wise" quickly, and efficiently smiling the entire time. Smooth. Flawless.
Timesharing: Temptation does have a timeshare option, which one of the new friends we met actually took advantage of. (What's up Andy!) When compared to some timeshares, Temptation’s seems very reasonable, indeed. Our friend Andy's package cost him $8K, but for that I believe he gets either 2 or 4 weeks per year for the next 20 years, during which stays he and his guest do not have to pay to stay at Temptation (though they do need to pay for the all-inclusive option), they automatically get reserved premier seating in all of the restaurants, are given VIP treatment in the restaurants and on the waiting lists, and have the right to book private parties or the resort’s yacht or catamaran for private outings. If you enjoy coming to this place, it actually does seem like a really sweet deal.
The above being said, I avoid the timeshare presentation. If you’ve seen one, I pity you. Avoid it like the plague. You can get the specifics just by going to the timeshare folks and asking them direct questions about what packages are available at what price point, then bartering them down on price and up on your benefits. Remember, this is Mexico, and they have a strong bartering tradition – though with Americans, with our Wal-Mart culture, they’ll attempt to deny it because we’re accustomed to paying what’s asked initially. If you are squeamish about barter-talk, you may not want to do your own negotiations, let someone else do it or you’ll be disappointed. But, Andy’s deal above will have him money ahead in as little as 2 years if he moves aggressively, 4 years out at the outside. He just went to one and started hammering themon what he wanted, and what he was willing to pay for it. No big promo-show, just "I want this, I'll pay that." He was done in about 20 minutes.
The room: our room at Temptation in April 2011 seemed to me to be a mirror image of the one we had in 2007. It had the sexy floor-to-ceiling narrow window looking into the huge shower, the double rainfall showerhead said in the showers ceiling, the transparent – not translucent – shower door, the lines of sight allow for virtually no privacy anywhere in the room, but great perspective on your lover. It's a very fun, sexy place to be with someone you're attracted to. I recall that the bed was very much improved from 2007. I suppose they got around to replacing the mattresses finally. I had no problem sleeping. But, that may have been because of all the partying, on the beach, in the pool, at the bars, or… In the room with my wife! The resort sort of puts that sort of thing right in the forefront of your mind, if you know what I mean. Trust me, if you and your partner are attracted to each other, this place will put you in the right frame of mind, or “in the mood,” or make you hot and bothered, whichever descriptor you use.
The thing with still being able to see right into the potty room, except for a glazed glass door which sort of keeps you concealed, is still there. I must be maturing, because it didn't bother me this time around. Oh, are safe worked this time, to, and the air-conditioning was quiet, efficient, and comfortable. I still wanted the in room refrigerator with the drink Senate, however.
, There were two hard-core porn channels on the TV, piping appropriate, for Temptation, entertainment into each and every room. If I remember correctly, it was Channel 12 in channel 18. I might be wrong about 18. Funny thing is, they seem to have daily themes to the movies/scenes they show. There was an informal bet going around the pool as to what the next day’s theme would be. That was hilarious. Booty-day, BJ-day, girls with girls day, you get the picture.
Food: this time around, we had the opportunity to eat at all of the restaurants, except the Japanese. With the resort’s upgrade, there seem to be a better, more efficient way to get reserved than they used to have at BBG. The only one that seemed to be difficult to get into was the Japanese restaurant.
Everything I had was cooked well, was flavorful, and there was plenty of it. I enjoyed various kinds of state cuts beef, chicken, pork dishes, and a variety of vegetables. I really don't do seafood, but my wife said that what she sampled, which was quite a selection, was quite good. This is a VERY real upgrade from the way BBG was the first time we visited, when the food was merely average and something you did so you could continue to drink and party.
Drinks: Temptation’s upgrade cured BBG’s bar problem. Around the pool, they still serve the drinks in very small, perhaps 8 or 9 oz. Hard plastic cups/glasses. The thing is, if you know in advance that you prefer a larger drink size, just bring your own cup! In April 2011, what I brought was a 24 oz. Thermos/cooler mug that I had purchased from a convenience store in the past. When I walked up to the bar the first time and presented my Bubba Keg (that’s what it says on the side of the thing), the bartender didn't even blink but just turned and started pouring the beer into it when I asked for cerveza. I believe the main beer on tap at Temptation, in the bars or by the pool, is Dos Equis lager, the green label. I think you can get some other brands while on the resort if you know which to ask for, but at the pool bar they only have the one on tap.
This latest trip we noticed that they have drink mugs like the one I packed for sale in the gift shop for $9. 16-oz mug. So, you can get one even if you don't want to pack one, because of room or bag weight.
The bartenders at Temptation are skilled, fast, and are trying to make a living. This is one of the places where you probably want to bring a couple bucks a day with you down to the pool. Tipping the bartender those couple bucks right when you come up to the bar the first time ensures that he will have your drink ready for you the next time you start walking towards him. Try what I did and do, which is to gift over a five-spot right off ~ you probably won't have to wait even if there's a lot of people bunched up. I don't know why people complain about this, we always have to tip in the states. In Mexico, you really only have to tip for your first drink whether that be a couple bucks or a five spot, and you're set for the day. Contrast that to just about anywhere in the US, where you're expected to tip for every single beer or drink that you get on the tab. Personally, I can afford to be THAT generous. Besides, even with the all-inclusive pricing, you still end up money ahead coming down here. You can afford 20 bucks worth of tips over the course of a week's time, cant ya? If you can't, you might not want to be on vacation.
Major props to Bartender Tiger, probably one of the best, fastest, most efficient bartenders its ever been my privilege to watch in action. The man is a machine! Mucho Gracias!
My wife will drink a beer, if she's really hot because of the sun. She is really hot on her own, I better get that out there. She prefers the mixed, frozen drinks while by the pool. In the bar she prefers a regular vodka and seven, or vodka and water. You can get premium vodka is here, but there are so many of them now you may not be able to get the one that you personally prefer. I know that Grey goose was available in 2011, because she had some. I don't know if Syrac (?) was, though, or others like that. There was a much improved quality of premium liquors available as well. By the pool, if you start to get hot, try the Miami Vice or the Chunky Monkey. For anyone that's stayed in Playa del Carmen, something that was missing in 2011, but may have arrived by now, is the Mango Tango. I hope it shows up.
Speciality liquors such as Rumpleminz, aren’t available, though Jaeger is. Ugh. That stuff scares me. I could get my Crown & Coke at the main bar inside, but not by the pool – probably a good thing.
Let's get on to the sexiness! That's the whole reason why most people go to Temptation anyway, right?
The low–grade sexual tension I described in 2007 has only been refined, and, at least during our visit in 2011, it was more pronounced but yet somehow more relaxed as well. Uninhibited & playful, I would describe it.
The thing that really sets up the party, so to speak, especially for people from the US (our poor sexually-repressed selves, our friends from the U.K. say as they chuckle), is that the pools are topless, and the girls suits can get pretty racy and revealing. It isn't required of course, but it seems like within 10 minutes of a woman showing up for the first time at one of the pools at Temptation, and her thinking that "all the other girls are doing it, so I will to,“ brings the party atmosphere to life.
I'm not wishful thinking, I'm just reporting. This happened to my wife while we were there in 2007, she explained it to me as it was her first time to go topless at a resort. At the beach in Mexico on our honeymoon she had, but not really since, and definitely not while at the resort’s pool. The same thing was happening again in 2011, though this time my wife didn’t even pack a bikini top, just a cover up for going from room to pool/beach – which she ended up not using much after the first day. It’s like that. Yes. Girls swimsuit bottoms ranged from my wife’s g-string styles and thongs to Brazilian cuts, French cuts, ¾ coverage, and full coverage, depending on preference. Yes, you might see something that you wonder why it’s being worn, guys and girls, but … remember, it’s still all in fun. Not everyone is as hot as they want to be, but everyone can have as much fun as they want, in my opinion.
The daily games which take place around the “Sexy” pool are what bring the party to Temptation. The Ms. BBG contest has been replaced with the Ms. Temptation contest, the Mr. BBG contest has been replaced with the Ironman contest, and in 2011 there was some sort of hottest couple contest as well.
Similar to 2007, the girls contest started out as a topless Bikini pageant with the girls introducing themselves and answering some questions, and then went… Elsewhere, like into a best butt or booty-shaking contest thing. The guys contest started in similar fashion and then altered into various quasi-– athletic events, such as the time swim from one end of the sexy pool to the other, jump out and chug a beer, jump back into the pool and swim back, jump back out take a tequila shot and then bellyflop into the pool. The time stopped at the bellyflop. It was hilarious, and actually pretty impressive the times that some of the guys got.
In the girls contest of course, somehow a couple of them ended up getting all the way naked, which seemed to suit everyone's idea of fairness fine. One of the guys in the guys contest managed to have his shorts pulled off, probably by his girlfriend, right as he was taking a tequila shot. That caused him to lose some time, as he was forced to take another tequila shot before taking his bellyflop naked. I think he earned a honorary mention from the MC for that – as did she. As I said, fun place.
A spectator event not to be missed is the Co-ed Naked Tequila Volleyball. I think I’ll just let you think about that. The name is appropo…
there was some simulated, and a couple not so simulated, sessions of oral sex in the hottest couples part of the daily contests. If you are reserved, be prepared for that, but why would you be going to temptation if you are, anyway?
There is a lot of toplessness around the pool area (and the scattered full male nudity as mentioned in above). You will stop noticing it in about a half-hour. As the vast majority of the people at the resort while we were there were from the U.K., it wasn't anything to them. But, to us repressed Americans, yes Graham, I'm still grinning while I write that, it is quite entertaining
Nightlife: Temptation’s own party scene at night is pretty good in the early evening, but for the late-night partygoers you'll need to go to one of the clubs in Cancun proper. Look up reviews of Coco Bongo or The City, and you'll see. Personally, I don't like the huge, cavernous, warehouse style nightclubs. I left those behind in my 20s, as they always seem almost empty until two o'clock in the morning. By 2:00 a.m., I want to have already spent four hours partying hard and be headed back to the “Hotel Room Service,” (shout to PitBull). The best way to do that coming from Temptation, I've found, is to go on Temptation’s own Booze Cruise which ends up at Carlos & Charlie’s, or two, as the guys from Philly suggested, everyone kick in for a bus rental to take a sizable group to Señor Frogs. Look up reviews of Señor Frogs as well, it's not really for the relaxed partygoer. In 2011, one of our Temptation people got on the bar and started dancing. While that's no big deal, the fact that her husband had pulled her dress up over her head and taken it off beforehand, was. No, she wasn't wearing anything underneath except her high heels. Again, this is a PARTY place, not a relaxed, soothing environment!
The People. I’m going to quote the section I wrote in 2007, as it still applies, with your hopefully mental switch of Temptation for BBG.
“This is probably the most under-discussed part of BBG. The people who go to BBG were, for the dominant part, extremely outgoing, friendly, and warm.”
That statement Stands true for Temptation in 2011, and I expect is, in a couple of weeks’ time as well, which is why we're going back Oct. 3.
Swingers: : there was a small group of swingers there in 2011, just as there were in 2007. It wasn't a big deal. As I said above, my wife is hot, so I was approached a couple times by two different guys, unrelated. They each wanted to know if I was “in the lifestyle,” and did I share my wife, and what I like to share theirs. At this time they would indicate which young lady was the subject of the barter. Since we are not, and I don't, I just told them so. No big deal. Note: it’s not restricted to just mail swingers, either, as my lady was approached by another young lady with a similar idea. There are couples, and single women there looking. I repeat the thing I said in 2007, there are few more courteous people in the world than a lifestyle person who's looking for companionship. Just gently say no, and then hang out and have a good time. No problem, and no “skeeviness.”
We've enjoyed Temptation, a LOT all the times we've been there. It's sort of like college Spring Break, but for actual adults. The thing is, we don't act like were adults when we're there, we act like college kids having a fantastically great time. If you're one of those people that likes to go on vacation and read a book, or sleep around the pool, Temptation will be wasted on you, and will probably give you heartburn. If however, you like to tear it up, this is your place!
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