June 18 – July 2
We arrived at the airport on time, got through customs, and met our Best Day driver outside. Don’t make the mistake of stopping inside. ALL of the shuttles are outside. The people inside will try to sucker you in on excursion “deals” and timeshare visits.
HOTEL CHECK IN
We got to the hotel at 1 p.m., and there was no waiting to check in. Our room was ready, and we went immediately to it. However, we felt fortunate since check in is at 3:00. This was probably because the occupancy was at about 25%. The second week we were there, it had really picked up. You could tell by how full the buffets were.
French – Not great. My husband got the ostrich which ended up being ostrich meatballs and were awful. He could only take 1 bite. I got the olive crusted sea bass…the bass was good, but the olive crusted topping was not crusty…it was like paste that had been spread on top of it.
Mexican – Great fajitas! The salad bar portion was really good too. The tortilla soup was better than the other soup they had.
Miso – The regular side was okay. Most of the food was very, very salty. However, the crispy turkey wasn’t, and was actually great! Teppanyaki – what can I say. It was closed the first week we were there, but we ate 3 times the second week. It was awesome! The tempura vanilla ice cream was good too, however, it did take awhile for the desserts to come out, and one time the ice cream was almost melted.
Mama Mia – Great! The veal solomillo was like filet mignon. The canneloni was good to.
Fondue – If you like the concept of fondue, this is good. However, it was average.
Buffets – Most everything was great. You do have to be careful of some of the food because when it cools off, it gets kind of chewy, i.e., empanadas, tacos, etc. The pasta bar was good too. I had them mix in some seafood ceviche with my pasta, and it was awesome. Most people just stuck with what was at the pasta bar, but I mixed it up a little. We preferred the buffet that is closest to the beach to the one in the front.
ROOM – Our room was great. Most of the days it was cleaned and we had towel art. We always left a tip and had a clean room. One downside was having to place your room key in a slot by the door to turn on the power. Unfortunately, the power included the refrigerator, which didn’t stay cold when we were gone. However, it will work with any card you have, like a business card, so the fridge stayed cold when we kept that in all the time.
STOCKING OF ROOM FRIDGE – If you don’t like Coke Light, don’t ask for Diet Coke. This is all they have. It tastes like real Coca-Cola. I tried putting out a note saying NO Coke Light and asked for Pepsi Light, but I got regular Pepsi. So if you can catch the drink person, you can get what you really want. We did leave him a tip a couple of times.
BAR – The main pool bar was the fun place to be, especially at 3 in the afternoon for their Crazy Games. Felix the bartender was always accommodating and made great drinks. Try the “Felix Special” which was awesome. Almost tasted like a strawberry milkshake…almost!
SCUBA – My husband had a great time diving with Sea Pro Divers. Peter and the dive staff really put him at ease and his 10 dives were very enjoyable and relaxing.
Chichen-Itza – We decided to rent a car instead of take a big tour bus. We got there in about 2-1/2 hours and paid for a private guide. It was well worth it. We got him down to $50.00 for the 2 hours it took to tour the site. You might be able to get it a little lower if you try. Make sure you bring lots of water, a hat for shade, and sunscreen. The hot summer months there are really brutal. Also, make sure you bring pesos or dollars because the vendors that are inside the ruins sell their trinkets and souvenirs for next to nothing. We made the mistake of not buying there. The same items were 20 times the cost at the hotel gift shop and in Playa!
Tulum – We booked a trip with YucaTreks, and it was well worth it. We toured in a Mercedes van that had kick-butt air conditioning and was quite comfortable. For those staying north of Playa del Carmen, you meet at Java Joe’s in Playa (we took a cab there). It is owned by a couple from New York who opened it 12 years ago. It was actually the first coffee place there. Much better than Starbuck’s. Their bagel sandwiches are awesome. We were picked up and first taken to Tulum at opening time. We were met by a guide who took us through the ruins. After the tour, our YucaTrek guide, Mitch, took us through more of the good photo-op sections. From there, we went to the Grand Cenote and snorkeled until everyone got ready to leave. Then we went to a private beach on Tulum Beach. It was like looking at a Corona commercial…the water, the sand, the waves, the palm trees. All that was missing was the Corona. We had a lunch of grilled chicken, guacamole, salsa, tortillas, beans, and homemade tortillas as well as garlic mashed potatoes. There were soft drinks and beer also. We stayed at the beach for about an hour or so, and then went to the Blue Cenote. It was a great and relaxing trip. We highly recommend it. We asked to be dropped off in Playa, which they accommodated for us.
Playa Del Carmen – For a great time and good laughs, go to Senor Frogs.
We would definitely go back. The biggest complaint we have is the rudeness of the guest, NOT the rudeness of the staff. I have never seen such inconsiderate people in my life. It really ruined some of the things we did there at the resort. A lot of the parents had no control over their children and just let them do what they wanted. We don’t mind kids around, but give me a break…take care of them and watch them.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This All Inclusive Resort is located in the stunning Riviera Maya. The hotel is perfect for an unforgettable vacation thanks to its magnificent surroundings. The style of the hotel's architecture blends in with and respects the environment. The interior decor and ample functional outdoor spaces provide the setting for a fantastic vacation.The hotel features VIP areas, such as the Platinum Suites and the Laguna Romance Villas. They are privately located and offer exclusive services, including two Platinum lounges serving continental breakfasts, aperitifs, and premium drinks, along with a concierge, 24-hour room service, a private pool with waiters, and a water circuit in the spa.Grand Sunset Princess Hotel has seven restaurants specializing in food from a wide range of cultures, including Asian, Latin American, Mediterranean, and European. Each restaurant has its own unique feel and a few of them are located directly by the sea.After crossing the spacious lobby, you'll come to the Grand Sunset Princess, located near Playa del Carmen. The hotel features a total of twelve sparkling pools and some have an adjoining Jacuzzi. There are more than thirty specialty restaurants and bars, a lounge and a beautiful beach facing the majestic Caribbean ... more less
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