Four couples travelled to CRT for a 40th birthday celebration. We read the reviews of many hotels before deciding on this resort. I can't imagine picking a better place! We absolutely loved the pathway through the trees leading from the lobby to the guest rooms and beach. We were told the resort was completely booked, but it did not feel crowded at all. It is not a mega-resort and so there generally wasn't the fuss of waiting in line. Granted, the age of the guests is older--I'd say 40+, but since we fit into that category, it was perfect. The afternoons are very chill. Many people slept on chairs around the pool and on the beach. There were hammocks and lots of beach chairs. Total relaxation. If your goal is to party, the CRT is not be the best choice for you. We generally ate a late dinner, enjoyed the all-inclusive food and drinks thoroughly and then conversed amongst ourselves at night. Tulum is really too far from Cancun or Playa del Carmen to make a taxi ride to outside bars enticing. That wasn't the point of our trip. Some people in our party did go to the in-house disco one night. The dj was playing remixes that were unfamiliar to us as Americans, but upon request, he played more familiar music. I hear it was a blast after the music improved. Again, not crowded--but fun.
I read that the CRT caters to Italians, so I was on the lookout. To some extent, I could see why some reviewers thought that. The evening entertainment offered by the hotel was in Italian and there definitely was an Italian presence. The actors did interact with groups of Italians on the beach during the day. However, with 8 people in our party, we provided our own entertainment and that didn't bother us at all. We did not feel slighted in the least by the hotel's beach service due to our status as Americans.
The beach was beautiful white sand and turquoise water. During the day we played in the clear waters and walked down the secluded beach. There are just a few small hotels with access to this particular stretch of beach and so it was very private and quiet. At night, it was completely deserted. We enjoyed stargazing after dark. The hotel also puts on a bocce tournament and provides daily entertainment of some kind (i.e. yoga, guacamole making, ping pong) between the pool and the beach. Nothing ruckus or loud, but something to do if you need a break from relaxing!
The food is amazing. There are so many choices! We absolutely loved the Mexican restaurant and the tapas. The presentation and the taste were better than I'd hoped for. The breakfast buffet offered a huge spread and lunch buffet by the pool changed daily. There was only one day I wasn't impressed by it.
The drinks were great. Try the Green Iguana and the Mango Margarita! We also loved the nonalcoholic juice bar. The pool bar was the only place we waited for service. I would have liked to have seen a few more bar-tenders and beachside servers during peak hours.
Speaking of hours--the breakfast buffet in the lobby is incredible. However, if you prefer early morning beach lounging--there's really no where to get a drink or food. That was a little frustrating since the lobby and the pool are on opposite ends of the resort. I would like to see poolside service start at 8:00 instead of 10:00.
The spa facilities were nice, as was the gym. As a bonus to the runners, there is a service path that circles the resort that was perfect for getting some exercise. It was a between 1/2 and 3/4 mile and is fairly deserted until about 9:00 when the employees start using it to deliver linens and such. It was nice to run outside. Remember to stop by your room (accessible from the outer path) for water though. The hotel provides cold water in the room's mini-fridge. It is difficult to find a drink early in the morning!
I would HIGHLY recommend this hotel if you are interested in relaxation & beauty. With 8 people, we were able to take full advantage of the serene atmosphere, but also had a ton of fun amongst ourselves. There are excursion representatives in the lobby daily if you are interested in some Mexican culture. We did go to the Mayan Ruins of Tulum for 1/2 day. Our tour guide was provided a wealth of knowledge and the ruins are fascinating as well as beautifully located on a gorgeous history-filled beach. I highly recommend that too. Great choices all around for us! LOVED IT!!