My family of 3 visited April 01 - April 07, 2013. We stayed at the Casa Club Family Fun Suite which is located close to the main entrance of the resort. It is a lot quieter here and has its own pool, day beds with white curtains, snack restaurant, sports bar, pool table, table tennis, and air hockey table. There are 3 floors in this section containing rooms. The room was like a 1 bedroom apartment with a kitchenette, living room with tv, and bedroom with tv, and finally a large bathroom. To get from this area to the main resort area near the beach, it took 10 minutes by walking or 2 minutes by golf cart that runs continuously back and forth. There are also bicycles that everyone enjoyed taking back and forth. The walking is good especially after eating so much food and drinking so much beer.
The resort itself has a lot of glass walls and white stone, which is much different than other resorts that are don't have walls in their lobbies and restaurants. What is great about this resort is that you must be at least 25 years of age to attend this resort or be with someone who is at least 25. That means that no parties and no groups of teenagers are roaming around screaming and yelling and partying like in Dominican Republic or Cuba. The restaurants serve good quality food, and I even had Beef Tenderloin 3 nights in a row at the a la carte restaurants of which there are two and you can book every day if you like for dinner. There is an excellent Asian Bar right near the whirpools and beach area/buffet area called of which you can order a la carte dishes for lunch like Coconut Fish, Shrimp, Spring Rolls, Sushi and Fried Ice Cream. The buffet serves great food and you can have eggs and prusciutto every day. Another place everyone talks about is Happy Chicken which serves chicken wings, chicken burgers, baked chicken and other goodies. The server is dressed like a Mexican farmer.
There are numerous bars and the swim up bars are good too. One swim up bar serves sushi which is about a 6/10. The beers served at the bars are Dos Equis and Sol. Liquor is mainly low end, but there was Sky Vodka and Early Times Whiskey at the Sports Bar a few steps from my room. You can watch UFC fights, hockey and a lot of soccer here.
When sitting outside for dinner or at the bars, there is no loud music typical of the Caribbean, but instead they play instrumental, jazz and vocal music like you would be at a high end lounge in a typical North American city. This makes the resort feel very sophisticated and adult like, for families all around and couples to enjoy. We saw some single people who were there as female-female and male-male groups, who appreciated the high class of the resort, but it did not seem meet their party like expectations. There were many Europeans there, even people that flew in from Moscow for 14 hours to spend a week at this resort.
From talking to people who stayed at the Grand side versus people who stated at the regular Oasis Tulum oceanside or at Casa Club, it is not worth paying the extra. The Grand Side has access to their own lobby with premium drinks and a few extra restaurants and their own roped off beach chair area. The only problem is that most of the people from the Grand Side did not want to spend much time on their side, because the roped off side was very small and everyone was on the main side of the beach in the common area. As well, there is one buffet that everyone must share. Grand Side residents had black bracelets while regular Oasis Tulum residents had purple and orange bracelets. People from both sides mingled normally in the main areas of the resort and it was hard to tell that there was any division of the resort given that the front lobbies don't inform anyone of the segregated areas.
Activities during the day are quite low which includes some yoga, water aerobics, beach volleyball, and water volleyball. If you want snorkel gear, you can go near the main lobby and get it for free for 2 hours at a time. There are small fish that come up to you just 10 feet into the ocean water. Water temperature at this time in April was not bad in both the pools and ocean.
If you go to this resort, you will not be disappointed if you can get it for a good price. This entire area in the Mayan Riviera beats any 5 star in Cuba of Dominican Republic hands down. It is half an hour away by collectivo (little van taxi) to Playa Del Carmen and 25 minutes away by collectivo to the Tulum ruins where you can go shopping.
Don't listen to all of the negative reviews. After talking to over 50 people at the resort, most people had an enjoyable check in experience as well as stay experience. The ones with the negative reviews likely booked in large groups and did not research prior to booking. Also, the rooms are a lot more modern here compared to other resort reviews that talk about being outdated and old. This resort has done a lot lately to modernize their look and it shows when they have a painter who is there every day touching up their beautiful white walls and stone. Book this resort if you can get it under $1000 and have a good time in a beautiful part of Mexico.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- "People say I'm gorgeous, but that's just how nature made me: fresh and beautiful, with a price that's definitely down to earth. I run with the quiet crowd, away from the bright lights and hustle, but my beach is the most extraordinary paradise you can imagine, with its amazing shape and coral reef, and spectacular scenery all around. Bring the family: spend time at my spa while the children check out my super new Kids' Club". ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Be Live Grand Riviera Maya Hotel Akumal
- Grand Oasis Riviera Maya Akumal
- Oasis Grand Rivera Maya
- Grand Oasis Riviera Maya Hotel
- Club Oasis Akumal
- Oasis Akumal
- Oasis Grand Riviera Maya Hotel
- Oasis Tulum Riviera Maya/Akumal, Mexico