I traded my timeshare to take my wife, mother, and mother-in-law on a weeks vacation at Casa Maya. I originally booked two separate junior suites. I got a call two days before our flight from Mireya, who confirmed our reservations and suggested we book our transportation from and to the airport, which I did. The $70 US round trip for 4 people and 8 bags turned out to be a very good deal, as I was quoted $105 for a van one way from the airport upon our arrival.
The resort consists of 3 main buildings, two high rise hotel buildings and a spa/fitness center. There are 3 heated pools, including a kiddie pool, and 3 hot tubs, all overlooking one of the best beaches I've seen in Cancun. a wide stretch of soft, groomed sand slopes gently down to clear green water, with plenty of lounge chairs under palappas... heavenly.
Upon check-in, Mireya met us, and we were comped a bar drink and given the option to upgrade to an executive suite if we would take the obligatory timeshare tour. Though I was against it, my traveling companions insisted, and as the saying goes, if momma ain't happy, ain't nobody happy. Our suite was two separate bedrooms connected by an open plan full kitchen/dining area/den. Both bedrooms (One with a king, the other with 2 queens) and the main room had balconies with steps leading down to the grounds, big enough to sit and drink your morning coffee, or your evening libation. Both bedrooms also had nice large full baths. The beds were more than acceptable, the TV's were flatscreens, and everything was very clean.
The timeshare tour was what you'd expect, and we were soon free to enjoy a break from the land of the wind chill factor. We spent the rest of the week swimming, walking the beach, eating ourselves into mini comas, and, of course (3 women, remember?) shopping.
I'll wrap this up with a quick rundown of the highlights and nitpicks;
Maid service/employees: excellent!
Restaurants: Las Brisas (on the hotel grounds) average food, but the brick oven pizzas were excellent. The italian restaurant next door has decent offerings.
Shopping: for staples and foodstuffs, you can't beat Wal-mart, though Superama has better pastries. Mercado 28 has all the turista chachkies you'll ever need. Playa Caracol would be a good way to spend a shopping day, start by going through the mall, then walk around the adjacent area. Plenty of shopping, and you can take a siesta at Casa Tequila nearby.
Activities: If you like to drink, take a sunset pirate cruise on one of the boats moored next to the hotel. Otherwise, take a day trip to Xel-ha, Excaret, or take the ferry to Isla Mujeres
Minor nitpicks: Except for the aforementioned italian restaurant, you'll need transportation for any off resort activities. The buses run 8.5 pesos, but taxis are $10-20US. Most of the guests are older married/retired, so this would not be my choice for spring break, or a party animal. Kids, and their associated activities, were few and far between. For us, this was a good thing, for others, maybe not so much.
In summary, I was happy to be there, sorry to have to leave, and I'd go back in a heartbeat if I could.
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