We had two weeks to enjoy our stay in and around the Cancun area so we spent the first leg of our trip gaining a better understanding of the Mayan culture and lounging at the awe inspiring poolside of The Grand Mayan Riviera Maya Resort in Playa del Carmen. On the second leg of our trip, we wanted a more bustling and populated part of the region so we decided to head North to the Cancun hotel zone for nighttime fun and beachside relaxing at an all-inclusive, adults only resort.
I must say that I am impressed by the care taken to keep this property beautiful. The staff was friendly and the poolside waiters did their best to accommodate such a large pool area. Everyone says the pools (lots of them) are amazing - they are! The thing that I really enjoyed was finding the neat round stone pathways between pools to take you from one side to the other so you didn't have to walk around. It was like walking on water. The resort was full most of the time and children were plentiful, yet when I wanted to lounge in the pool - even float for long minutes at a time - I was at peace and could always find a quiet spot in the pool to just "be". I was even there
The rooms are spacious and our housekeeping team was great. At night, they turned down the beds with two chocolate kisses. There was a tip envelop left on the last day of our stay, yet we didn't mind at all because it was deserved . . . we usually leave a tip for housekeeping at hotels anyway (yes, there have been exceptions :-) .
This resort is not all-inclusive so you pay for everything, but the portions are VERY generous. For example, I ordered a Cobb Salad one day and was able to share it with four other people – we were all full. The deli sandwiches are also plentiful and not that expensive for the portion size. My only wish was that I had a refrigerator in my room so I could keep all of the ‘extra’ food I had ordered.
The biggest drawback - or you could say it was a positive if you like someone to know where you are at all times - is the Vida timeshare people . . . affectionately called the Resort Police. We rented a car for easy access to the Mayan ruin sites (Tulum, Chichen Itza and the Cenotes - caves you can swim in with natural water - a must see/do. Every time we tried to leave the resort, Vida would stop us at the front gate, record our room number, ask us where we were going, told us who to talk to and who not to talk to, etc. Then they went into a long talk about the Grand Mayan "Members Club" - code word Timeshare. This happened EVERY TIME we left the resort. We kept saying, "Don't you remember us from earlier this morning - or evening", and every time the SAME lady said, "I have to do my job, I have a lot of people coming in and out of here all day." One day the lady even asked to see what was in my hand and when she found out it was an invitation from another Member Only place (got that one at the airport - beware!!!), she took it out of my hand and offered us the same package if we didn't leave the resort. WHAT! This will wear on you after a week's stay, but on the other hand, if you come up missing or do something stupid- - at least somebody will know where you are.
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