We arrived for our two week vacation on May 6th in the evening from Ontario, Canada. Our luggage was immediately collected by the Bell Boy and we were taken to the reception desk to check into our room. We recieved a refreshing drink immediately. My husband asked for an upgraded room and we were given one immediately without any extra charges. We were wisked off to our one bedroom suite where we dropped off our luggage and wipped down to the beach. I was a little dissapointed that the hotel wasn't beach front but after a day or two the quick walk was no longer an issue. After all a little excersice doesn't hurt anyone. The very next day we familiarized ourselves with our new surroundings. We found out that alot of vacationers weren't travelling to the area due to the Hurricaine. We never even gave it any thought.
For the first week we sunbathed at the pool, which to me was a dissapointment as it was so small and the deck surrounding the pool wasn't large enough to accommodate many lounge chairs. In addition, it only had one entry and exit set of pool ladder.
We ate at the buffet, which we found an extremely wide variety and tasty morsels. The drinks were endless and the service was excellent. Wait staff would clear your eating area immediately of empty plates, gasses etc. We were very impressed that you could book an A-la-Cart dinner every day by noon at the reception desk. We ate A-la-Cart 3 times during our stay. Room service was offered on a once daily basis and of course we took advantage of that as well (draw back to ordering by phone is limited knowledge of english at the receivers end).
We walked to WalMart (I was shocked to see a regular store) for more summer clothes. We galavanted down to 5th Avenue, which is the main shopping strip. The only negative comment I can make is that the shop keepers would try to haggle you into their stores (real pain in the your know what). After a while we stopped walking down 5th Avenue or make up an excuse that we were leaving that afternoon so they would stop bothering us.
We took a tour of the Royal Porto Real Playa del Carmen. The suite shown was georgous!! But I honestly found the facility too large for my liking. The foyer was really too large and you couldn't have a private conversation. Perhaps that's why it was pretty empty. I loved the 24 hour service room. It was air conditioned and set up pretty nicely. The pool area was very nice. And the Real Bazar was better than the other two facility Bazars and this is where we spent our $50.00 USD gift certificates for taking the tour. But this large facility just didn't have that personnal touch like the smaller one. Our tour laster longer than the scheduled 90 minutes and we went through 4 sales men and finally made it bluntly clear that we didn't make hasty decisions when making large investment purchases.
During our second week we rented a small car for 3 days @ $35.00 USD per day through Americana and visited Xel-Ha. What can we say...you have to visit and make an entire day of it. It's truly Natures Wonder! We snorkelled and then tubed down the river. After which we walked the entire park and took video and photo's. We were one of the last couples to leave the park. Tulum was also quite remarkable. Xcaret should be an all day adventure don't forget to include the dinner theatre. This was a amazing and colourful show. Over 300 actors telling a story from past to present in costume, music and singing. We will be visiting alot more places next year.
The town of Playa-del-Carmen is definately a safe place to walk. We've seen single people both male and female on vacation walking safely through the streets. There is alot of Police riding through the town and on the beach. The beach by the way is so clean and the water so clear. It was fun acting like a kid for a change playing in the waves as they sometimes swept you towards shore. Other days it was more calm and you could float on your back enjoying the sounds around you. Since it was a public beach, there was so much space for everyone. No over crowding what so ever.
When we returned home on May 20th we've told our kids that we are going to return to Playa-del-Carmen next year for our 10th Wedding Anniversary and we'll be taking them along too. I personally love Mexico and both my husband and I really and truly loved Playa-del-Carmen and our hotel amenities. We timed our vacation well because on the Friday before we left to come home a bus full of about 20 boys had just arrived.
Thanks for such a relaxing time and wonderful weather.
PS/ I wish we could have had a late check out or an air conditioned waiting room as we sat in the lobby for hours until our bus arrived at 5:05 p.m.
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