When I discovered there were whale sharks to "swim" with (an item on my bucket list) off Isla Mujeres in the summer, I began to look for a place to stay. We wanted to relax for a few days as well. A LIving Social offer for this place arrived in my mailbox shortly after I begain to plan the vacation, and the reviews here made it seem like an excellent value and it was. We've never been to an AI place, but I was willing to try. I was very happy with the whole experience.
We booked our own transportation through USA Transfers and buying ferry tickets and getting a cab to the resort. It worked out perfectly and was a little less expensive than doing it through PA.
We were first assigned room 113, which was very nice but had no water view. The next day we were assigned 443, which was wonderful. It had a large balcony with water views from both the bedroom and living room, and a wonderful view of the sunset. I'd ask for it again. I don't know why anyone would pay extra for or request a honeymoon suite. The hot tub on the balcony is not at all private and visible to many other rooms in most cases. We certainly could see many such tubs from our balcony. (I will discretely omit whether we saw anyone in any of those tubs)
I loved the little touches like how the toilet paper was fancily folded and how towels were folded into different animals.
While the front desk was more or less responsive, they were not particularly warm. However, everyone else on staff we encountered certainly was.
Our package included a couple's massage and it was wonderful (although I would not have paid the listed price for it).
The pool is big and lovely, but we spent most of our time on the beach.The beach is not large, but the sand is cool and white and it's large enough, as is the swimming area.There were enough lounge chairs and lounge beds, but that might not be so true during high season. To spend most of the day on a lounge bed, cooling off by swimming for awhile, then returning to the lounge and have a pleasant server ask what food and drink he could bring felt like the hight of luxury. And exactly what we needed in terms of relaxation.
I agree with most of the comments on the food. Breakfast at Sabor is fine. Lots of choices (and always lots of fruit;; I don't understand that complaint below). Dinner is ok; the desserts are excellent. Cafe del Mar had excellent lunch and beach snack food. For dinner it was good but not great.Satay had excellent food and very good service, but the wait between courses was ridiculously long, considering the number of people eating there. My biggest complaint is that there was always music playing in the restaurants. This was a particular problem in the evening eating outdoors at Sabor where the music over the speakers competed with the (mediocre) live music from Cafe del Mar across the road. Ugh.
Finally, iit's important to understand that there's not much to do at PA or on Isla in general. There's not a great deal of night life, it's quiet, and it's small. That is not a complaint from my perspective, but others might be disappointed. We were on Isla Mujeres for 5 days. One day we did the whale shark thing, one day we rented a golf cart and toured the island using Mapchick's maps, and one morning we walked around the northern part of Isla. There didn't seem to be much tourist stuff that we left out.
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