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“Turtles, turtles, turtles” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Akumal Bay Beach & Wellness Resort

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Akumal Bay Beach & Wellness Resort
4.0 of 5 Resort (All-Inclusive)   |   Km. 104 Carretera Federal Cancun-Chetumal, Akumal 77760, Mexico (Formerly Akumal Beach Resort)   |  
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Ranked #4 of 21 Hotels in Akumal
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“Turtles, turtles, turtles”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Overall pros
Turtles – if you like snorkeling and turtles, you have to come at least once
Oceanfront
Food was ok, nothing special in specialty restaurants except for ceviche in the Mexican one
Front desk has the friendliest people I have ever met at a front desk in the Cancun Riviera Maya area!

Overall cons
Timeshare people although the sale was not “hard” and they even mention the law that Mexico has of 5 days to back out… so pay with a credit card and you can have five days to cancel the purchase
The arm band (string) comes off in the water very easily

Room cons
pillows smelled wet.. complained and received two that weren’t as bad but others not replaced
no-peephole in door
not enough mirrors
shower water turns hot to cold and hot
bright light comes into room all night
our room had an obstructed view of the ocean but we could see it
Racket from construction during the day

Room Pros
Room close to beach
Room cleaned very well
nice friendly crews

Beach pros
drinks to your chair
good drinks
lots of turtles in the water

beach cons
not enough chairs
not enough shade
the palapas are not straw covered but rather bamboo sticks for cover and let in sun so even though you may think you are in the shade, you’re getting sun and they are all gone by 9 am (they have been reserved) All the chairs end up being reserved even though at least half are empty at any time in the day. Not having a towel card allows people to place their towels on the chairs(reserve them)and not have to worry about turning them in…
lots of seaweed
not many activities

I wanted to add more turtle pics but ran into limit...

  • Stayed April 2015, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I just returned from ABR and I have to say it was one of the best resorts I ever went to!

Rooms: Super spacious! The rooms were kept very clean, there was always an adequate supply of towels at all times. The housekeeping staff would come and replenish towels and change pillow cases in the evening if necessary without even asking. Beds are very comfortable. Love that the mini fridge is re-stocked everyday! The housekeeping staff do an excellent and very thorough job when cleaning the rooms everyday.

Food: DELICIOUS. Food at all 4 a la carte restaurants was amazing. At the buffet, there was so much selection and care put into each piece of food. Every piece of meat I had was made to perfection, never raw or dry, and perfect amount of flavour. The snack bar also has a great variety of foods available and it was again very tasty! Sushi bar was delicious as well, the staff work really hard to make fresh sushi, and they do a great job! Hands down, the best food I ever ate all week.

Staff: super friendly/nice, always saying hello! They work SO hard to make this resort perfect. Never had any problems with any of the staff.

Beach: get ready to play the towel game because people don't know how to listen to the signs that say "don't reserve the sunbeds!". Palapas by building 1+2 were all taken by 7:30am. But if you walk down to Building 3+4 (where we stayed), there you can find some until probably 9:30am.

Activities: the YOGA AND WELLNESS centre needs for attention. Hiram and Claudio are two amazing instructors. People need to start utilizing the classes! All classes are pretty straightforward so everyone should try! There is beach volleyball, zumba, cardio boxing, pilates, tequila tasting, aqua gym, stand up paddle and so many more!

Snorkelling: THE BEST. Bring your equipment or rent it at the Dive Centre. Free for one hour per day, or you pay 3 dollars per piece or equipment if you want it for the whole day. Anywhere you go there is so much to see! Countless sea turtles, fish, coral, and other interesting things! Highly recommended snorkelling here, one of the best places in Mexico to snorkel.

Entertainment: One man band walks around the pool and beach area during the day. There is a Mariachi Band in the buffet at dinner time. Live music in the evening in the main lobby bar. No shows or anything of that sort, but the music is so nice to listen to! Great way to cool off after a long day in the sun.

Overall, this was an AMAZING resort. The cleanliness was amazing, the staff put so much effort into that, and it was very visible.
I highly recommend everyone to come and try this resort. You won't be disappointed!
Definitely a 5-star resort.

  • Stayed April 2015, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We have just arrived from a wonderful week. We feel like we were on a wellness retreat because of the yoga classes we received from Hiram and Claudio, the sauna and the excellent food. They were such GREAT yoga classes. amazing teachers! we love you Hiram! I did not practice yoga before and almost became an addict to the morning classes !..2 per day on average! and my wife too. don't miss the live music yoga classes on Friday with both teachers!
The resort is very clean. The staff is truly awesome too - we had the pleasure to meet Karla and Omar from the animation team in particular - so nice meeting you! - everyone is super welcoming and kind. There are some construction going on next to the resort, but it did not bother us.
tip: definitely bring your googles since you will be amazed at what you can see by simply swimming in the beach area of the hotel.

Room Tip: All rooms have oceanview. If you like sleeping during the day request a room on building number 4 fa...
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  • Stayed May 2015, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rutland, Vermont
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Resort is beautiful and clean and well maintained. Staff obviously works hard to keep it that way. The staff are friendly and helpful. Miguel at the tour desk was wonderful and had some great recommendations. He was also very helpful in trying to get our shuttle to the airport changed since we had a flight change. The beach is okay... there is alot of reef so it is not your typical beach swimming and you should wear water shoes. Tons! of snorkeling groups in the area to see the turtles. Not all of the resorts beach area is swimming friendly. Our problem was with the rooms. The rooms are nice, except the bathrooms are weird and don't allow for much privacy. We requested a room with 2 double beds because it was me and my husband and our 17 y.o.daughter. We were given a room with a king bed and a small sofa like thing that was hard as a rock and about 5 ft. long. Our daughter is 5'7". Not very comfortable sleeping. We were allowed to change rooms the next day but had to check out at noon and check back in at 3pm. One vacation day ruined. In the new room (4008) we noticed a sewer smell, but it went away when we opened all patio doors and windows, but 2 days later it kept us awake all night because the smell was so bad. We told the front desk about it before we left for a day long excursion and when we returned they said they had fixed it. Also the deadbolt did not work and they had not fixed that yet. 10pm that night we packed our suitcases and went to the front desk to ask for different room. The smell was so bad it was like crawling through a sewer hole! They tried again to put us in a room with a king sized bed and said we could change the next day. After creating a bit of seen they were able to locate a room with 2 double beds that had to be cleaned. Apparently it was okay to inconvenience us but not the housekeeping staff. The next day we had to call because the toilet seat was not even attached to the toilet! When you are cleaning the bathroom you don't notice these things and the water ran all night in the toilet. They fixed the seat but not the toilet. Some of these things are small but when you continue to add them up it makes for a not so pleasant stay.
The food is so, so. Very bland. We did enjoy the Asian and the Gourmet restaraunt, but get there early or expect to wait.
The dive shop staff are very friendly and helpful and our daughter enjoyed her first scuba experience with them. You can also get snorkel equipment there for free for 2 hours or for 3-5 dollars for the whole day.
People play the towel game and start at 630 Am with saving lounge chairs despite the signs that say you can't the staff doesn't do anything about it. The lounge chairs in front of blds 4 & 5 are mostly pulled so far back you are tilted at an angle and it feels like you are slipping out of the chair all day. Also the beach at that end is not swimmable.
Great excursions to Kantun Chi and Mayan ruins in Coba

Probably would not go back to this resort.

Room Tip: Buildings 1 &2 are right in the middle of the action. Enjoyed Building 3 & 4, more peaceful...
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  • Stayed April 2015, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We just returned on April 28, 2015. We cannot wait to go back!! Yes, we can sit and pick apart a few things, but why when there were so many excellent things to enjoy. The employees surpass themselves. Friendly and go well beyond. Explained we had a severe nut allergy and it was sent to all areas of the resort for a heads up and all servers went out of their way to accommodate. Snorkelling is amazing. There are a few things that need to be critiqued to complete the all inclusive provided. If you are looking for small, intimate, quiet and serene vacation...this is the place!!!! Thank you Akumel Bay Beach for putting our worries of travelling to Mexico at rest.

Room Tip: building #2 is right in the hub of the resort.
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  • Stayed April 2015, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Just returned last night from a wonderful vacation at Akumal Bay. I had a great time, very relaxing, just what the doctor ordered after a long, cold & snowy Canadian winter.

I have to agree with many of the other reviews on here. The snorkelling was great, saw many turtles, barracudas sting rays, and eagle ray and the most beautiful fish - it was like swimming in an aquarium. The snorkelling was definitely my favourite part of the vacation, I brought my own snorkelling gear, but rented a life jacket from the resort. You don't really need one, but I felt more comfortable as I'm not a great swimmer. I do recommend a long sleeve shirt so you don't burn.

The beach, as others have stated,is rocky in front of buildings 3 & 4 - no swimming there! Down a little further is a nice beach, this is where you snorkel. But be careful in the evening as the sting rays get very close to the beach, and hide well! Wouldn't want to be stung.

Staff is wonderful, drinks are wonderful, resort is wonderful! Food is ok, I never went hungry, but had a hard time finding things to eat. My favourite was the snack bar for lunch, the guacamole was amazing! The beef, no matter where I ate it, was the best beef I ever had (except the leftover fajita in the breakfast buffet, dry). The sushi bar was really good. The a la carte were good, no reservations which has its pros & cons - had to wait 1.5 hour for the gourmet restaurant, was 9:30 pm by the time we got in and were very hungry! So I think reservations would be a good thing.

I was in building 4, the penthouse. The penthouse was nice, but I wouldn't get it again, roof is too hot in the day time and I only used the hot tub once as it was full of bird poop. I'd get a room on floor 2 or 3 unless I had my son with me, I'd get the first floor so he could just come & go to the pool. The bed was the most comfortable bed I've ever slept in, and the room was very clean. Antonio did a great job! I loved my towel animals

I did however get sick my 2nd last day at the resort, Imodium didn't even help! I didn't need a doctor as others have mentioned, by the next morning I was feeling better, just stomach pains still but was able to eat at least. Unfortunately gastroenteritis is contagious, so all it takes is one person with dirty hands to spread it, just like the cruise ships. I did watch a lady one day leave the washroom without washing her hands - disgusting.

The time share people did approach me on day 8, very irritating!

I didn't do any excursions except Talum, on the collectivo $3USD/person and it's an experience! Went to the ruins where it was very hot, do it first thing in the morning if you can. I also spent another morning shopping in Talum instead of Playa, this time with a taxi that waited for us while we shopped and we bartered a matching price of the collectivo, you can barter in the shops as well! Akumal is a great little town to shop in too, bought a beautiful silver ring in the silver store. You can barter with him too if you pay cash.

I don't think this resort is a 5 star, the food is meh, the beach is rocky and unswimmable. Building a new 800 room Secrets Resort next door, this will definitely impact the beach and the turtles. It's a shame really as the turtles will be gone one day due to the influx of people.

If the price stays the same, I'll be back, if it goes up, I will not be back.

  • Stayed April 2015, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kansas City, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We stayed for our second time April 18-26. I know the title is confusing, so let me explain. The check in was the fastest we have ever received at a resort. They were ready for us and got us our room immediately. The room however was a huge disappointment. They gave my wife and I a room with two beds which were way too small to sleep together in. If they were queen size we could have made it work but the beds were much smaller. We asked to be switched to a king but were told to come back day after tomorrow. I asked to speak to a manager. I was told I would have to come back in the morning. We stayed the first night which was a little uncomfortable because the air didn't work very good. I spoke to the manager (Raul) the next morning and he switched us to a king. He gave us a room that was reserved for another customer coming in that day. Not sure how that worked out for them. The room was 3012, which had the king but the air didn't work very good either. It seems they upgraded the building but not the air. We made the most of it since we spend most of the time at the beach.

We loved the additions of the new restaurants. We ate at the Gourmet and Mexican twice and the Japanese once. Each meal was very good. We liked the Mexican the best. Edwin, Armando and Concepcion were excellent staff and even remembered what my wife and I were drinking the second visit which was three days later. I do not mean any disrespect to the staff in the other restaurants as they were very good also. It's just that the those three were very, very good. We didn't eat at the Brazilian so I can't comment on that.

The buffet was very good. Always had good seafood and the steaks were very good. The lobster on Saturday night was a nice bonus. We melted butter over the lobster, that seemed to help with the taste. I would recommend that if you go for breakfast and lunch that you sit on the north side, closest to the entrance. We found the service much better. Twice on the far side we had to go to the bar to get our coffee and water. The north side had it to our table before we even headed to the buffet. We tried the snack bar once for lunch but found the food to be a little on the cold side so we stuck with the main buffet after that.

We enjoyed the upgrades at the bars and the service was excellent. The addition of better whiskey and Tequila was nice. Although I will now have to buy 1800 for my wife's margaritas. It was a big plus that they added beach service. The waitresses worked really hard and were always around to ask for drinks.

We liked that they added more palapas but we weren't a big fan of the style. It also seemed to make the beach feel more crowded. Yes, the towel game was in full effect. It didn't bother us much because we were usually on the beach by 6:30. However, I did noticed one lady saving 4 palapas one morning at 7. Nobody used any of them until 10:30 and that was just one. The rest weren't used until after 11:30. We also like not having to use towel cards but we believed it added another problem. People would leave in the afternoon but not take their towels. This made it look like the chairs were still be used. We noticed one morning that a guy grabbed twelve towels, leaving just one as a lady was walking up to get two. Nice.

Now for the reason we probably will not be back. We have snorkeled at Akumal Bay every time we have went to Mexico(12 times). Everything has really went down. We only snorkeled once in 8 days. We saw a couple of turtles and not much else. Maybe the timing was off but it was disappointing. We like the resort but if the snorkeling isn't any good then we will stay at place that the beach is bigger with better swimming. You really can't enter the water south of the buffet. It's not fun when you sit in front of building 3&4 and have to walk to the north end of the beach just to get in the water. It's only going to get worse when the new Secrets opens up. The beach and the bay is going to be overcrowded in my opinion and its going to ruin the bay.

  • Stayed April 2015, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Akumal Bay Beach & Wellness Resort

Address: Km. 104 Carretera Federal Cancun-Chetumal, Akumal 77760, Mexico (Formerly Akumal Beach Resort)
Location: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Riviera Maya > Akumal
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Akumal
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Akumal
#4 Spa Hotel in Akumal
#4 Luxury Hotel in Akumal
#5 Family Hotel in Akumal
#6 Romantic Hotel in Akumal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Akumal Bay Beach & Wellness Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 310
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 Bay - Beach & Wellness Resort offers one of the best beaches anywhere, with almost 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 Bay - Beach & Wellness Resort offers a truly unique experience for guests seeking the best possible beach vacation. All guest rooms are located in 4 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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Akumal Beach Hotel Akumal
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Akumal Beach Resort Mexico
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