Myself and boyfriend (both 23) stayed at the Great Parnassus in Aug, 2011. Our first impressions were good...the lobby looked extravagant and the rooms were lovely and of a decent size. The main pool area was large and there was never a shortage of sunbeds around it, although our first week was overrun by kids. We spent some time in the adult only pool area, but we found that too quiet so we spent most of our holiday using the sister hotel, The Golden Parnassus' facilities. The entertainment staff around the pool - Angel, Joaquin and George were fantastic and arranged activities such as beach volleyball, water polo and tequila volleyball which kept us entertained.
During our time at the Great Parnassus, there were only ever 2 of the restaurants open and Magnus, the buffet area. During our whole stay, the Mexican restaurant remained closed!! When asking about it we were told that the French restaurant would also offer a Mexican menu to compensate for it's closure - which they never!! Magnus - the buffet restaurant was fantastic and catered for EVERY taste, it had stations including Salad, Fruit, Mexican, Sushi, Poultry, Vegetarian, Seafood, Oriental and Grill...as well as the self service food, the staff on each station would whip you up a tasty meal from the menu board on each station. We ate at Big Ben - the steak house on 2 occasions. On our first visit our food was lovely and service was great. On our second visit we were very disappointed as the food and service was terrible!! We ate at Manhattan - the deli restaurant late one evening, the food was average, nothing special. Portofino was used once, I believe this was an Italian restaurant, again the food was average. The service was also rubbish in this restaurant and we were even asked to used the same cutlery for our starters and mains!! We visited Le Michelle de Masion - the French restaurant on our last night, expecting the Mexican menu also. This was an adult only venue with a strict dress code. We first got refused from the restaurant as my boyfriend was wearing a shirt, smart denim shorts and shoes. Instead we had to return to the room for him to change into a pair of chinos. Upon entering the restaurant, a guy was sat there with an Adidas sports t-shirt on?! The service in there was a bit sloppy but the food was very nice. Our favourite restaurant in the hotel was Samuri - the Japanese one. Service and food were excellent!! We also used The Golden Parnassus' restaurants on a few occasions too. Sumo - a Japanese one was excellent. We also ate in Shangri-La on 2 occasions, this was our favourite restaurant over the 2 complexs. The food and service were fantastic and the atmosphere was great too.
We found that after eating our meals, the night time was very boring with little to do inside of the hotel. Atlantis adult only bar was very chilled out and stunk of smoke with folks playing dominoes and card games. The karaoke bar was full of kids running about. The lobby bar was okay, but again, very quiet. Over at The Golden Parnassus, the Tiki Bar by the pool was booming and good fun. We did the TC Project trip with Thomas Cook one Wednesday which was brilliant, we payed $75 for all inclusive drinks at Carlos & Charlies, Mandala, Sweet & Coco Bongo's...very good night, we were glad to get out of the hotel!!
During our trip to Cancun we visited the Isla Mujeres, we took the ferry from Playa Linda (where the Captian Hook ship is) which cost $15 return and hired a golf buggy to tour the island for $20 for a day. I would recommend this as the sights and beaches are gorgeous!! We also visited Chichen Itza and a cenote at Il Kil, if you want to buy gifts, buy them at Chichen Itza - they're much cheaper!! Xcaret was also visited during our trip which was very overpriced!! Whilst we were there we did the Sea Trek which was incredible!! This did cost an extra $45!!
Overall, we enjoyed our trip to Cancun. If we were to return we would not be revisiting the Great Parnassus. This resort is not a 5* resort...I would say it was more 3-4*. The staff were very hard working and Gilberto, our main kept our room spotless during our stay. If you're looking for a quiet, relaxing holiday I would recommend The Great Parnassus as that is an adult only resort.
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