First off, this is a 3.5 star resort in a 5 star setting. The people trashing this place need to get a clue and should learn to read the description of a resort before being shocked it doesn't have this or that upon arrival. Also to the other negative reviewers, you're in a third world country in the caribbean, it is hot, humid and there are bugs, don't go if you don't like that. I travel alot and really enjoyed this resort. As stated in other reviews, it is under construction and improvements, so it should be nicer next year. The construction never really bothered us much. The resort is small and doesn't offer all the options bigger resorts do, like multiple restaurants and bars, but what it lacks with those it makes up for it because of that with ALOT fewer people and much more personalized service and relaxation. Not having to hop a "train" to get around the resort, its all within a few minutes walk. Plus, the beach is HUGE and you're not piled on top of people like other bigger resorts.
The best part of the resort is Obviously the beach. Top notch, great sand, plenty of shade. Trip from any room to laying on the beach is less than 75 yards. Turtles, barracuda, urchins, coral reef, stingrays, etc etc all within 50 yards of the beach in less than 10 feet of water that is very calm and easy to snorkle.
Akumal beach is just down the way a short walk and offers a nice bar and restaurant, with alot of shops and markets for supplies, although its pretty pricey.
Playa de Carmen is about a 25 minute ride away and offers all the touristy things you could hope for including ALOT cheaper knick knacks, supplies, beer, etc. I'd highly recommend going. My boy had his picture taken with monkeys, tiger and lion clubs and snakes. But be prepared to get hounded by people trying to sell you everything from food to cigars to drugs. Just smile and keep walking, no big deal.
Plenty of excursions within a short distance. I wish I had known the swimming with whale sharks was only $199, but will do next time.
As stated, this is a smaller resort so don't expect the big resort luxuries. It only has 1 main buffet which was really good and had plenty of vegetarian options. It was the same basic set up each day, but has alot of variety. Breakfast was great. I'd highly recommend making reservations for the private resataruant for dinner, food was different and really good, it alternates between italian and mexican. The snack bar is just that and offers basic food like chips, burgers, hot dogs and pizza, The guacamole is AMAZING though. The main bar is great although I wish they had more liquor and beer options. Entertainment is limited but fun. But I like that, the beauty of the resort would be over run if there was loud entertainment all day and would detract from it. Alex and Alejandro were great at offering things to do all day and are excellent for advice. Wilbert and Felipe were amazing bar tenders. All those guys really made it feel like a family and made the trip very easy and relaxing. The local marine biologist was very knowledgable. We got to watch a turtle laying her eggs, albeit from a distance.
Things to know.
Snorkel early and late, the tours make it a bit crowded between 11-2, but not bad. Turtles are everywhere, so not a big deal.
Need a ride somewhere, walk to the road and get a collectivo, safe and only $3 a person.
Take a big insulated cup, theirs are small and drinks get warm quick.
Beds are HARD, request a pad ASAP
Rent equipment by the week, only $45, although we took our own
check in and out was QUICK and easy.
All in all, as stated, this resort is small and relaxing, don't expect big resort ammenitiies, but do expect relaxation and nature. I loved it and will return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the ancient language of the Mayas, long before Cancun, there was a magic place called Akumal "Place of Turtles"Between Playa del Carmen and Tulum, Akumal Beach Resort offers one of the best beaches anywhere, with over a mile of white sandy powder beach, world-class snorkeling with sea turtles and top diving with a great variety of life that thrives within the live coral reef just steps from our guest room.The relaxed atmosphere in Akumal captivates the spirit of a laid back Mayan Riviera beachside town. Akumal Beach Resort offers a truly unique experience for guests seeking the best possible beach vacation. All guest rooms are located in buildings within steps of the ocean and feature breathtaking views of Akumal Bay. With the convenience of an All-Inclusive, we provide our guests with a sophisticated simplicity and friendly service in the intimate atmosphere of a small resort. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Akumal Beach Hotel Akumal
- Beach Resort Akumal
- Akumal Beach Resort Mexico
- Akumal Beach Resort Riviera Maya, Mexico