Upon arrival to the Bellvue Beach Paradise Resort a friendly bellman and Arturo greeted us. We had opted for the Wal-Mart run before arrival so we had three big boxes of groceries in tow, but the staff said no worries we will bring it all to you ASAP. Arturo escorted us to the condo perched atop the resort. When the door to the elevator slid open only one thought came to mind…we have arrived.
Arturo ran through a few features if the condo and before we could set our carry-on luggage (backpacks) down our luggage and groceries were brought in the door. We had forgot to get ice so Arturo vanished and returned promptly to help us get our beverages cold ASAP. He showed us the cell phone, which is free for guests, and as there were no questions he was gone. Buy groceries as if you were at home, however keep in mind there is no oven in the condo, but there is a blender, stove, washer/dryer combo, phone, alarm clock, and an air conditioner on every wall. The air conditioners will be your best friends, as the floor to ceiling windows allow a lot of heat into the condo in the afternoon, but do not worry they are of good quality and can run 24/7. Suggestion: pull the shades down in the morning before the temperature rises. This will help the fight on your side of the windows. But raise them at night and early morning so you can enjoy the view.
Walking up the spiral staircase to the third floor of the condo I thought they may be a problem, but the stairs proved to be no obstacle at all. The view from the rooftop is breathtaking. It truly is 360 degrees of unobstructed Cancun. When you see it you will agree that only one word describes it…AMAZING.
There ARE actually two private pools, which are both quite nice. Even though the pool on the roof is only 2.5 feet deep it has a refreshing coolness to it regardless of the time of day. The pool on the second floor of the condo is much warmer, but still is not too warm. Just a suggestion, take a glass of wine to the second floor pool for an evening swim…we enjoyed that thoroughly.
Other than one dining suggestion I would just allow the staff downstairs at guest services direct you based on your preferences for food. They really know their stuff and most often can give you a coupon for your first round of drinks or a free appetizer to most restaurants. Ask for Astrid Garcia, she is simply the best. And don’t worry about the fact that you are not technically staying in the hotel; the staff treats you like family. One suggestion, we ate at JC Captains (literally across the street) the first night and found it to be a great first meal in Cancun. The conch ceviche was unbelievable. I ordered surf and turf as always and would rate it an 8/10. The atmosphere at this particular restaurant is amazing. Dining over the lagoon at 70 degrees…perfect recipe for a great evening.
DO NOT GET TURNED OFF BY REVIEWS OF THE RESORT. I read enough bad reviews of the resort I was worried about the trip, but I honestly can’t understand how someone would be dissatisfied with the resort. The staff was attentive and friendly, the pool and beach were clean, and the activities were fun. What more could you ask for? The resort is not the royal sands or whatever, but you are not staying at the royal sands.
I will definitely rent this place again on my next trip to Cancun. I describe the trip with two words…no complaints.
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