We've been to the Mayan Riviera now for about 7 years, and stayed at about 10 locations. We thought this was one of the best yet for price and just plain charm. Relatively small, great food and service, and the dive center is amazing (separate review). The flamingo's are cool, and the peacocks wandering around even stopped by our room a few times to keep us company.
I'm rating this a 5 as we had an excellent and relaxing stay, the property is very cool and it's a great deal. This shouldn't be confused with a 5 star hotel, which is 10x the cost and none of the character.
Remember this is Mexico, in general the beds are hard, the wine is generic, things fall apart in the humidity, and lizards are everywhere. It's part of the charm!
There have been other reviews, so just some general impressions: the resort is pretty laid back, not a big party place, probably as the divers need to get their rest for the 8AM dive sched. Most guests seem to be 30+, not too many kids. The resort was about 30% full during our stay according to one of the Star Friends, but it was slow season, and expected to pick up quickly. The beach is beautiful sand, but the waters edge is definitely rocky and that continues out to the end of the swimming area, don't bother with water shoes just use the steps at the pier. If you're a snorkeler (we are), you will be disappointed as there is nothing to see offshore other than a few fish under the pier. In that case, you can take a tour (chac-choc) that will pick you up at the pier for a few hours at Columbia and Palancar, as well as a shallow area Cielo for starfish. You can buy a pic package and they will take your picture with conch, starfish etc while you swim around, worth the $30.. Arrange at the tour desk in the lobby. You can also arrange other tours, we rented a jeep for the day and drove around the island, stopping at various beaches and cantinas. Just us on a beach for miles on the east side, brilliant.
Roads are easy to drive, but downtown San Miquel can be pretty busy and a bit chaotic. Pay parking machines are also in English!
We got quite a few bug bites, heard they were from sand fleas, so take some repellent.
Wifi isn't free, you pay depending on how much access you need, you can get a login at the front desk, cost isn't too much.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Directly on the beach, in a rocky, coral–filled cove with unspoilt waters. A paradise for diving and snorkelling. Sub-tropical mangrove forest. Bungalows in typical local style. Second-largest reef in the World. ... more less
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