I travelled with 8 adults and one 6 month old to the Grand Sirenis from April 12 to April 19, 2013.
When we first arrived our rooms were booked on the Maya Beach side of the resort which is a little walk to the main beach and largest pool. We decided to up grade the room for $140 American dollars for the whole week to an ocean view room which was more central to everything... glad we did this! The pool on the Maya Beach area is only about 3 feet of water the whole way around, but the main pool near the theatre area was about 4.5 feet and had an area where it went really shallow to deep... better if you had small children. One idea I loved was the lazy river... about 10-15mins of floating around on a tube is awesome!
The beach area contains two cove like areas. If you are a runner it is not very good for this, but the grounds have ample area to run on paths. It is a little bit rocky on your feet in some areas, but one of the coves is not bad at all. There is a little area in the middle that is shallower to take smaller children but the main ocean areas go deep fairly quickly. The beach is very picturesque with the natural rock formations... very pretty and the area is good for snorkelling.
The food here was fairly good. Book the al a cartes as the buffet can get tiring for every meal. I'd recommend the Japanese as the chef puts on a show for you, the steak house and the brazilian... that is if you are a meat eater! The main buffet near the reception has more selection at breakfast and lunch than the ones beside the pools, however it was nice to have the convenience beside the pool. Some extras that I really enjoyed were that they had a separate coffee shop, ice cream bar and the health bar... I have never seen these at other resorts, nice touch! The coffee shop will make you iced coffee and is stocked with liquors and flavoured syrups. Try the coconut ice cream at the shop... yummo! The health bar was awesome they would make you shake/smoothies with beet root carrot papaya melon spinach... really good if you want something refreshing!
Another nice idea that I have not seen anywhere before was the water treatment at the spa. It is FREE to book it for your third day for one person in the room... it is about $25 for the second person which is not too bad for 90 mins. All the girls on our trip made it a ladies day at the spa and we left the boys with the baby! The treatment is similar to Finnish water therapy spas. First you go in to pools with different water jet pressure treatment, then hot and cold pools followed by steam rooms, aromatherapy showers and saunas. It was something different to do and quite relaxing.
A few things that made me not think this was a five star...
check the room you get to make sure the sliding door lock works especially if you are on the ground floor... I made them take me to three rooms and they were all broken or to me looked tampered with. I made them bring me a broom stick to put so the sliding door was secure... it solved the problem, even though the staff thought I was crazy, they need to fix this! Always a good idea to do this at any resort! The safe in the room was really good and they didn't charge for it like the Bahia's! The rooms were large and were fine... may be a bit out dated like the tvs but I don't go on vaca to watch tv anyhow! The jet spa tub was fun... no sound proofing from the toilet to the rest of the room which can be a bit awkward if you are not very friendly with you roommate!!!
When going to the bars the staff will give you the cheapest alcohol they have unless you ask for a specific brand... and even then you have to check that they are giving you what you asked for.. some of the staff were hesitant to give the good stuff and said the management doesn't want them to give it out.This is true of most averaged prices resorts though! My favourite bartender was Rodrigo always made good drinks!
The shows were quite awful. I have seen much better at Rius and Bahias.
The resort has some wild life which is always fun... lots of lizards, racoons, capybaras, pelicans... and I think I heard spider monkeys and sloths from other guests! They only run away unless you feed them!
Overall a good place for the price, we paid about $1115 canadian per person.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Grand Sirenis Riviera Maya Resort & Spa 5* is an astonishing complex, situated on the Mayan Riviera, just 20 miles from Playa del Carmen, and 1 hour from the airport at Cancun. Is in a class of its own due to its spectacular design. It brings to mind the ancient Mayan buildings; but at the same time, a moder, minimalist style which blends perfectly with the luxurious natural vegetation in the gardens. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Sirenis Riviera Maya Hotel And Spa
- Grand Sirenis Riviera Maya Hotel Akumal
- Grand Sirenis Riviera Maya Akumal
- Grand Sirenis Mayan Beach
- Grand Sirenis Mexico
- Gran Sirenis
- Sirenis Riviera Maya
- Grand Sirenis Riviera Maya Resort & Spa Akumal, Mexico