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Aventura Spa Palace
4.5 of 5 Resort (All-Inclusive)   |   Carretera Cancun-Chetumal Km 72, Puerto Aventuras 77710, Mexico   |  
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Ranked #12 of 15 hotels in Puerto Aventuras
Boston, Massachusetts
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“Great time, could use a little work!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

Hotel Appearance and Grounds:

Extremely clean, seemed updated. Resort is a great size, big enough to have a lot of open space, small enough to easily get from place to place. It was also very beautiful and scenic. Tons of greenery! Pools were really nice, beach chairs could use an update. I would say they need a bit more shade by the pools and water (more umbrellas?).

Concerns: Lots of steps. Not stairs, necessarily, but in the restaurants and on the grounds there would be a few steps down, or one step, easy to fall! In the restaurants they make sure to point them out to you, but if you're forgetful or elderly, it's a bit of a booby trap.

Room:

Small, but a good size. We were so glad to have a room with an ocean view (we had concierge level). Our shower door was squeaky as hell and super echoey in the bathroom, but oh well. Our terrace was nice with a hammock. We liked to sit out there and read at night. The bed was very soft and comfortable, and the sheets and blankets were a perfect weight for me! Our "complaint" was that the bed was too big (obviously, not a real complaint). The fridge was always stocked with sodas and water, and there were alcohol dispensers in the room.


Spa treatments:

The spa itself is BEAUTIFUL. Great architecture and interior design. The hallways you walk through to get to your treatment room have a beautiful view of the ocean.
Big fan of the massages (we had two couples massages and my boyfriend had two other massages). They were relaxing and thorough.
I also had a seaweed wrap (fantastic, they cover you in green seaweed paste and then wrap you in warm towels) and marine scrub (nice, but not amazing. you get scrubbed and then sit in a tub while the attendant is in there. my attendant was male, and I felt a little bit awkward around him).
Mani-pedis were not great. I had two, and they chipped the day after. The first one was painted well, the second time, not well at all. We used our resort credits for all of this, and I would have very mad to have paid the $60 they charge normally.

Food:

We never, EVER, had to wait to eat in a restaurant. In fact, most of the time they were pretty empty (we figured with all of the options, everyone was evenly spread out).
At first we loved the variety (there is a LOT to eat, all the time). By the end of the week, you realized that not everything is great! It was hit or miss. My favorite was during breakfast, they had fantastic mexican food (refried beans, tortilla dishes, guacamole, rice). I ate it every day. Why not!

Lunches were good (there is a little barbeque buffet outside so you don't even have to leave the pool to get some food).

Dinners were the weak point. We really liked Pizzeto, the outside pizza and pasta restaurant. We suggest the mac and cheese! Mono No Hana, the Asian restaurant, was also really great. The steakhouse and Italian restaurant were only so-so. Actually, the desserts were very good. I had warm chocolate cake and creme brulle, both very delicious! We opted for a Concierge Dinner on the last night, and we didn't love it. Service was SLOW, and if you have a picky eater, I wouldn't suggest it. The next morning was our flight back, and we both woke up SICK. Stomach aches. I threw up at the airport. The Concierge meal was the only meal where we both ate exactly the same thing.

Drinks were a different story. Not sure why people are saying the drinks don't use much alcohol, when then practically push it on you! They would refill my drinks without even asking (I'm a lightweight. Uh oh!) This is NOT a bad thing...it's just surprising! They are willing to make you anything, with whatever you want, however you want it! They would ask us if we want double or triple shots...woohoo! They didn't have every alcohol under the sun, but they sure had enough of it. The swim up bar was really cool and a great way to meet people. The bartenders were tickled when I asked them to surprised me with a drink (they made a blended drink that was blue and green with vodka. Tasted like a popsicle). All was great!

Staff:

Staff were all friendly and helpful. Always a smile on their face! Only issues with staff involved the system, not the people. We would try to book something (like that Concierge dinner) and sort of get passed down the line. If you really want something, you occasionally need to push to get it.

Trips:

We went to Tulum on the free members tour (not sure if there are included tours for everyone). That was a nice short trip. It's about 30 minutes away. Make sure to wear a bathing suit if you are interested in going to the beach there. The Tulum grounds aren't very big, and I guess I wish our tour included more information (it was about a half an hour tour). But it was sort of a nice jaunt away from the resort. They give you about an hour to go around by yourself, if you want to use the beach, explore the ruins, or shop or grab lunch. We took a bunch of pictures, went to the beach and then went back to the bus. We saw iguanas hanging out on the rock cliff there. Very cool.

Also went to swim with the dolphins at Dolphinaris. The ASP trip there I believe is way different from a trip if you booked it directly through Dolphinaris. We had about half an hour in the water with the dolphins, we got to pose for kisses with them, and then did a belly ride with them. The dolphins were amazing, but it was a short time for $129 (or credits). Luckily we only paid 11% of that! (Our dolphins were a mom and baby....HOW CUTE IS THAT).

People:
Everyone we met, and everyone we were near, were perfectly delightful. I thought it was a good mix of older, middle aged and young (we are 23 and 25). It was pleasant to not have children running around (though we had met a family on our airport transfer on the way in, with two little kids, and we were pleasantly surprised to see them twice during our visit).

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Xavier V, Customer Service Manager at Aventura Spa Palace, responded to this review, February 2, 2013
Hi Littlebearleah, thank you very much for your comments it´s very important t o us receive feedbacks to improve our service. We are happy to listen that you took many activities like the snorkel and the dolphin swim, there are many things to do for enjoy the Caribbean which is delightful. We are surrounded by a talented team of young-spirit individuals who give every single day their very best to our customers and as per comments like yours; I can clearly see that we are riding on the right track.

Thank you for take your time to share your experience.

Sincerely
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Calgary, Canada
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

Arrived Jan 5th-to the 19th/13. Food was hit & miss at the buffetts. Italian was the best. Have Creme Brule & cappuchino it's to die for also the Mayan coffee was excellent, it is a desert in it's self. Room service very adequate but food was cold & soggy most times. Salmon appetizer was great though & highly recommend it. Sushi was good as well, Mexican was awful. Staff worked extremely hard & always had smiles on their faces. Great front desk & concierge service. Clean rooms daily, great biosilk conditioner & shampoo. Only down side was lack of beach, such a big dissapointment. Lagoons were really nice though if you are a snorkler. Bugs were really bad. I had too many bites to count. Not sure what they were, most likely misqueto or spider. My BF & I both got sick, not sure if it was food or other but it hit us hard he one day & me the next. Sadly this was all on my b-day. Don't waste your time getting the massage there, it really is not worth losing three or so hours of your day. Romantic lobster meal on the beach was awful. Go to the Italian, it was 100% better in all ways. Would def not return to this hotel dut to lack of beach & distance from Playa.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Xavier V, Customer Service Manager at Aventura Spa Palace, responded to this review, February 2, 2013
Hello PollyR3, thank you for sharing your experience with us, we are very happy to know that you enjoyed our food, we always want to mix the flavors with a hint of Mexico, we have several buffets with different specialties, Mexican, Italian, asian, steakhouse, etc. We apologies for any inconvenience that you may have experience here regarding the bugs, we are situated in the middle of the jungle so there are a lot of bugs, spiders, mosquitoes and other species. We have many activities to do like the snorkel, which is incredible.
Thank you for your comments, we would be delighted to have the opportunity to host you again in Mexico.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

Late getting this out since we went in October. We really enjoyed this resort. Good activities with support for beach volleyball. Nice lagoon to kayak in. Food was good to average for an all inclusive. Never was hungry for anything but not blown away either. The real nice thing was using all the resort credits at the SPA. My wife was so relaxed it made our trip sooo fun! We brought another couple we us and the enjoyed it too. Drinks were okay but nothing special. Circus Show was pretty cool. Free long distance calls was very nice as well. Heard it is going to become a hard rock property and I wish it could stay the same.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Xavier V, Customer Service Manager at Aventura Spa Palace, responded to this review, February 2, 2013
Hi KentuckyKyMike, Thank you for wrote your comments and we are very happy to know that you had a good time. We focus on keeping our guest well entertained, we designed some shows to realize the beauty of your vacations. We are glad to know that you enjoyed the Circus Show. We try to keep in touch our value guests with their family and you took advantage from the unlimited long distance calls, that´s great. Once again thank you for your comments and we hope to see you again in the future.

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Kyle, Texas
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142 helpful votes 142 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

Well, we returned to Aventura Spa Palace, son to be a Hard Rock Hotel. We had heard all manner of reports of how bad it had become. First, it has not started conversion yet so is still a Palace Resort.
We stayed in a building far to the north which met we were very quiet and had nice long walks to things. We like that. The lagoon has many. More fish in it these days than before so much more fun snorkeling and kayaking. The staff was good but seemed to very tired from the full booked resort over the holidays. I'd say there were about 75% there nowadays not too crowded. Food was good but not Palace great. Checkin was VIP as expected and the vacation planner who setup our reservations(Ofelia) online didactic great job and had us all set. The vacation planner on site(Sebastian) added what we needed and made very good suggestions for what we might add. He was very cordial and more knowledgeable than many we've had in the past. The grounds were well maintained but I might ad that there is some wear and tear showing but suspect that with the redo to Hard Rock starting they might not spend on things that will change. We were shown the pending changes and want to come back and see it then. As Palace Premier VIP members, we are pleased with the resort and what is to come.
For those who have never been to a Palace, you don't know what a god thing you are missing! Come see.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Xavier V, Customer Service Manager at Aventura Spa Palace, responded to this review, February 2, 2013
Hi Jbrecher, Thank you very much for sharing your experience with us. We always recommend you many activities to do like the snorkel, kayak and other beach activities. We are happy to know that our staff provided with a good service and that you enjoyed the activities at the lagoon we look forward to welcome you in your next vacations to Aventura Palace. For us is very important your opinion, and as a VIP Member we are pleased to know that you spent a good time with us, once again thank you for your comments and we hope to see you again in your next vacations.

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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

We visited this hotel in Nov 2013. It is about an hour drive south of Cancun. I personally prefer hotels much closer to the airport. This hotel has been separated into 2 - one side is adult only, the other is family friendly. The hotel rooms are very similar to those at the other Palace Resorts - however since this hotel is being converted to a Hard Rock - this will change. The biggest difference with this hotel - is that there is NO BEACH. In its place, they have made small lagoons out of the volcanic rock which lines this coast. The lagoons are very pretty and wonderful to swim in. To make up for the lack of beach - they have created one - it worked for us. They also have an "open to the outdoors" indoor swimming pool - great if its raining or it you got too much sun. They gym at this hotel was small but nice, and the trainer gave awesome classes!! I was so impressed with the meals at this resort. The steakhouse was the best one - featuring the "SKIRT STEAK" or Arrachera - not a cut known to North Americans - try it - you will love it. It is the most tender steak there is. Everyone in our group was very happy with this meal. Getting reservations was a bit of a hassle. We played tennis every morning - the courts are quite far from the Adult section but they were in fantastic shape - just no monitor. At other palace resorts there was a monitor who provided cold water in coolers and towels. Breakfast and Lunch buffets never disappointed us. We also golfed up at Playcar - the hotel drives you up and brings you back - it was a great course - lots of fun. We also did the SPA - which the hotel is known for - but it was disappointing. The Spa in general felt like a conveyor belt - not the relaxing experience I had hoped for. Staff was lined up waiting to take you to a room - the massages were not the complete time - often shortened because there was someone else coming right in after you. The massages are free due to the resort credit - but the experience needs a whole lot of work! Grounds are lovely. Rooms are clean and nice with a hammock on the terrace. OUr room was the very last section so it was a hike back to the main lobby. All in all we enjoyed ourselves, but I prefer Moon Palace.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Xavier V, Customer Service Manager at Aventura Spa Palace, responded to this review, February 2, 2013
Hello TraceyMH, thank you for sharing your comments with us. We are thrill to hear that took advantage of our indoors swimming pool as indeed (like you said it´s perfect for rainy days). The steakhouse provides you many Mexican plates like the arrachera which is wonderful. We have several activities to do in our hotel, you took the golf tour at playacar, you had the chance and you tried some of special benefits that we provide you. We hope to see you again in Mexico in your next vacations. Thank you for your visit.

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Montreal, Canada
1 review
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

When we booked this hotel, we were sort of afraid there will be a catch, but the day we arrive at Aventura Spa Palace, everything was perfect and it was more than what we expected. Specially, service was excellent and everyone was friendly. There are 7 restaurants in Avantura Spa, but some staffs are exceptionally great such as Victor Manuel and Jurge in Momo no Hana, and Richardo, head waiter in La Huerta. Also, Edgar in La Hacienda who made us some crazy fun Mayan coffee. We will defininterly come back to Aventura Spa Palace for our next trip.
PS: The staffs wash the road 24/7 except on rainy days.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Xavier V, Customer Service Manager at Aventura Spa Palace, responded to this review, February 2, 2013
Hi Hyekyung Y, thank you for sharing your experience with us, we are very happy to know that our staff provided you with the excellent service our dear guests deserve and have come to expect from us, we will let them your comments. We want to give you options to eat different things, like you said before we have 7 amazing restaurants to experience different flavors. Once again thank you very much for your comments and we hope to see you again in your next vacations.

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Eden Prairie, Minnesota
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

This was a wonderful place to get-a-way with just a couple of small glitches. At check in they did not have our room ready, then tried to switch us from an ocean view to a garden view. After not accepting that, we were given a beautiful room with an ocean view...but on the edge of the adult only/family side of the resort. We took it and it was not an issue at all. The resort also had it's natural beach washed away in the last hurricane ~ but is supposedly being put back once the Hard Rock company takes over completely in the next 2 years. They did have a beach area - with a lovely little lagoon, you just don't get the waves breaking over you if that's what you want. The staff was very friendly and helpful.

Room Tip: Make sure your room is not on ground floor and has a hammock on your small deck.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Xavier V, Customer Service Manager at Aventura Spa Palace, responded to this review, February 2, 2013
Hi Julie R, Thank you for sharing your comments with us, We are sorry about the inconvenience that you experienced about your early check in; we always try to receive our valued guest with their accommodations ready as you may know sometimes this is not possible although we do everything in our power to comply with all of our guest requests and we are sorry we missed our mark this time. The lagoon is awesome; there are several activities to do like kayak, snorkel or just chill out, it´s great that you enjoyed those experiences. We hope that you will give us the opportunity to host you again many more times in the future.

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Additional Information about Aventura Spa Palace

Address: Carretera Cancun-Chetumal Km 72, Puerto Aventuras 77710, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Riviera Maya > Puerto Aventuras
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Luxury Hotel in Puerto Aventuras
#11 Top resorts Hotel in Puerto Aventuras
#11 On the Beach Hotel in Puerto Aventuras
#12 Romantic Hotel in Puerto Aventuras
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Aventura Spa Palace 4.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A blend of relaxation and adventure awaits you at this adults only retreat. Set in the Riviera Maya overlooking the aquamarine Caribbean Sea, enjoy 1,266 luxurious accommodations with double Jacuzzi, balcony (most with hammock), and 24 hr. room service. Among the facilities to highlight is the state-of-the-art spa offering a perfect day of pampering. Guests can also enjoy seven restaurants, several bars, a disco, outdoor/indoor pools, and unlimited tours as part of the all-inclusive package. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Aventura Hotel Palace
Aventura Hotel Puerto Aventuras
Mayan Riviera Palace
Adventure Spa Palace
Hotel Mayan Palace
Adventura Spa Palace
Aventura Palace Spa
Aventura Spa Palace Riviera Maya
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