My husband and I (mid 30’s) and my parents (early 60’s) traveled to ASP for a week from March 24-31.
We arrived at 4 pm and our rooms were ready. They were in a perfect location in the “Banjo” building and about 5 rooms apart. I liked the rooms and the balconies, but the Jacuzzi seemed to take up a lot of room; there really was no place to put suitcases etc. The showers are in need of a small facelift but they worked fine and the toiletries were nice. The hairdryer was powerful enough for me.
We found the food to be the best of the many resorts we’ve visited (and we’ve been to some great places; only one resort has had awful food). Service at all the restaurants was fantastic; everyone was genuinely nice and helpful. My husband and I generally stuck to MoMoNoHaNa for breakfast, while my parents preferred El Greco. Lunches were at El Greco. We had dinner at the Steakhouse on the cove side, the Mexican, MoMoNoHaNa, and the Italian. The Italian was our favourite; we went there twice. In the middle of the week, we were given free access to the Chef’s Dinner (long story as to why; won’t go into it). We went over to the Cove side, not really sure what to expect other than the chef demonstrating the preparation of each dish before it was presented. We *were* expecting a somewhat refined experience, but several couples brought young children and babies. It was a long presentation, and even I was getting squirmy in my seat. I can’t imagine sitting through that at the age of three or four. It’s no wonder all the babies started crying and kids were whining. The food was excellent and the service was great, but I wouldn’t do it again.
We knew going in that there wasn’t a beach in the true sense of the word, but the views were beautiful. The resort would be smart to install more palapas on the beach area as shade was at a premium. I know it’s been talked about before, but yes, the towel game is going strong at this resort. My husband was up at 5 to take pictures of the sunrise and already there were lots of chairs claimed as well as people out strategizing over the best spot. We would have stayed away from the pool anyway as the music was way too loud. It was good music, but I’m pretty sure those who sat near the speakers will have hearing loss. I like to be able to carry on a conversation or even listen to my own music while I’m lounging.
We didn’t use many of our resort credits, but those we did use were at the spa. My husband and I enjoyed a couples’ relaxation massage and we each had a facial. I can’t say enough good things about the staff at the spa. They were great.
We loved the Martini Bar out on the water, and the lobby bar with music. We didn’t go to the disco on the Cove side. Drinks were great and they had just about anything you could think of.
I managed to get to three Zumba classes during the week and they were great; among the best I’ve been to. The gym is also well equipped with free weights, cardio machines etc. It’s also amusing to see that even on vacation, there will be some guy using the squat rack to do bicep curls. ;)
We would be happy to return to this resort in its current conditions. We understand that the resort will be shutting down in October to be converted into a Hard Rock. I’m not sure what that will mean for the resort (I’m imagining even more loud music everywhere, which would deter me) but I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
- Also Known As:
- Aventura Hotel Palace
- Aventura Palace
- Aventura Hotel Puerto Aventuras
- Mayan Riviera Palace
- Aventura Spa
- Adventure Spa Palace
- Hotel Mayan Palace
- Adventura Spa Palace
- Aventura Palace Spa
- Aventura Spa Palace Riviera Maya/Puerto Aventuras, Mexico
- 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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