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“Gorgeous large hotel with gourmet restaurants, four beautiful pools, great gym, good drinks, and nice beach” 5 of 5 stars
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Villa del Palmar Cancun Beach Resort & Spa
Ranked #4 of 5 Hotels in Playa Mujeres
Certificate of Excellence
San Diego, California
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89 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Gorgeous large hotel with gourmet restaurants, four beautiful pools, great gym, good drinks, and nice beach”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2012

Villa del Palmar is a brand new 5-star all-inclusive resort north of the Cancun hotel zone in a less developed area. It is gorgeous large hotel with gourmet restaurants, four beautiful pools, great gym, good drinks, and nice beach. A beautiful place (day and night) to relax with few activities although they can arrange all the many excursions that Cancun has and they offer free shuttles for shopping runs to Cancun. A fun less expensive adventure awaits you at Isla Mujeras. Villa del Palmar is located next to the car ferry to Isla Mujeres. A 45-minute ferry ride takes you to Playa Norte, one of the loveliest beaches in the Caribbean with open-air beach bars to idle the day away meeting other travelers from around the world. Great snorkeling trips can be arranged on Isla Mujeres or you can rent a golf cart and explore this beautiful 4-mile long island.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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12 Thank Wayne D
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Hotel_Administration, Guest Relations Manager at Villa del Palmar Cancun Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this review, July 22, 2016
Dear Guest,

Thank you so much for having take the time to write a review on our property. We have implemented a response system where each of the comments will be answered within 48 hours.

We are also providing a special phone number and direct access to our General Manager 24/7 for any guest satisfaction issue. Additionally, we have created a guest relations desk in the lobby of our hotel to attend any issues and transform experiences from negative to positives.

We pledge our commitment to your total satisfaction.

Thank you and warm regards,

Gabriela Uribe
Communications Manager
Villa del Palmar Cancun
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2012

My wife and I got married in August and decided to wait until January to leave our cold New England residence and escape to some warm weather down in Mexico. We stayed there 4 nights and had a great experience. We arrived early in the day before our room was ready. They allowed us to change, gave us bracelets and got the paperwork out of the way. Also, as promised, they were waiting at the airport for us right on time with a nice air conditioned Range Rover ready to take us to the resort.

Our room was nice, probably one of the smaller units they offer but still great. The bed was very comfortable and it also had a little kitchen (small stove, microwave, fridge, sink, dishes, etc.) My favorite part of the room was the balcony. It faced the resort and pools but you could also see the ocean in the distance. Every balcony comes with a large hammock, big enough for two people – very nice.

The food ranged from mediocre snack foods to delicious upscale Italian and Mexican dining. Don’t expect to get the best pizza you have ever had in Mexico, it just won’t happen. However, the fresh fish and Italian dinners were excellent. We had the all-inclusive package (definitely do this!) which included 24 hour room service. The room service menu is outstanding and in my opinion beats most of the lunch places. We would go get breakfast, and then hit the beach until about 1PM. From there we would go to our room and order lunch, sit on the balcony, listen to music and view the ocean and resort property. After lunch we would go back down to the pool or beach until dinner.

The bars were fun and also ranged from an American sports bar feeling to a traditional Mexican tiki bar. Our favorite bar was what we called the “swing bar”. No, not a swingers bar, but a bar where all the seats are literally swings. We went there every night and had a great time. It is right on the beach, the staff is very friendly, the guests are welcoming and the drinks are strong and plentiful. They are even willing to walk you back to your room should you need a little towards the end of the night.

The beach itself was much nicer than many of the other reviews made it out to be. There is some seaweed but it is not offensive or bothersome. There is a tractor that comes around and picks it up. The water was very choppy when we went there so we didn’t do much swimming in the ocean. Overall, it was a nice, not the best, but more than satisfying for a couple lazy beach bums. Staff would come around with drinks if you sit fairly close to the swing bar. Space was not an issue. It seemed like the resort was only about 30% full so there were always plenty of chairs, quiet space, and unobstructed views.

They offer free shuttles to downtown Cancun if you want to go shopping or see the large hotels. We had no interest in either. We did meet another couple while we were there and took a boat over to Isle Muejres. There is a ferry within walking distance that leaves from the resort but it takes about 45 minutes to get to the island. Next to the ferry there are water taxi’s that will take you over to the island for about $30 – 40 (not bad if you split it 4 ways, but please note that the ferry is much cheaper). The island is amazing – I would definitely recommend going. You can rent a golf cart for $30 – 40 and drive all over the island. We pulled off at a couple really beautiful beaches and went swimming. Then drove all around the island and got lunch on the beach at this local restaurant. I split the whole fish with one of our newly made friends and it was more than enough for two people. Too bad I can’t remember the name of the place but it was really fun and on the far side of the island.

Okay, the timeshare part. We got an AMAZING deal on this through a groupon type advertisement but were required to go on a 90 minute sales presentation. We knew going into it that we were not interested at all. Our rep was very nice. They take you to breakfast, try to get to know you and talk about what it is they are offering. From there, they take you to some very nice units – I mean super luxury. Giant roof decks, private hot tubs, full kitchens, guest rooms, guest suites. Our rep was very nice, not pushy, and never tried to pressure us into buying. We did this on our first full day at 8AM, done by 9:30AM and had another full day to ourselves. They didn’t bother us at all the rest of the trip and we were treated the same by all the staff and bartenders. Totally worth the money we saved.

I hope you found this review helpful. I feel like they have come a long way since they opened and are ready to live up to a 4 or 5 star rating.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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23 Thank Barron W
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Hotel_Administration, Guest Relations Manager at Villa del Palmar Cancun Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this review, July 22, 2016
Dear Guest,

Thank you so much for having take the time to write a review on our property. We have implemented a response system where each of the comments will be answered within 48 hours.

We are also providing a special phone number and direct access to our General Manager 24/7 for any guest satisfaction issue. Additionally, we have created a guest relations desk in the lobby of our hotel to attend any issues and transform experiences from negative to positives.

We pledge our commitment to your total satisfaction.

Thank you and warm regards,

Gabriela Uribe
Communications Manager
Villa del Palmar Cancun
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Kearny, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2012

Very Nice place to good for relaxing and have a good time with out going anywhere they have everything good restaurants very good bars made alots of friends but the best thing about this place is the Tiki bar right on the beach my friend Andres Gozales is the best he made me fill very welcome and made me the best drinks so i will recomend this to all my friends and family i can't wait to go back...

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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5 Thank MauricioCarneiro
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Hotel_Administration, Guest Relations Manager at Villa del Palmar Cancun Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this review, July 22, 2016
Dear Guest,

Thank you so much for having take the time to write a review on our property. We have implemented a response system where each of the comments will be answered within 48 hours.

We are also providing a special phone number and direct access to our General Manager 24/7 for any guest satisfaction issue. Additionally, we have created a guest relations desk in the lobby of our hotel to attend any issues and transform experiences from negative to positives.

We pledge our commitment to your total satisfaction.

Thank you and warm regards,

Gabriela Uribe
Communications Manager
Villa del Palmar Cancun
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Chilliwack, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2012

Just returned from a lovely holiday with my family. We originally booked 3 ocean veiw rooms which from the discription had 2 beds with a kitchenette. At check in I asked for a king size bed he looked and upgraded all our rooms to 1 bedroom suites at no charge (this really helped my son who has 2 kids). These rooms are truely beautiful the bedroom has a king size bed with a jucuzzi and separate shower, a living room with a murphy bed and a dining room with full kitchen. There is a nice view from all the balconies of the pools and inner grounds. The ocean view improves on higher floors, because its a horseshoe it gets better towards the ends but can been seen from all rooms. The service around the pools was hit and miss (some servers where better than others and seem to rotate as we sat in the same area everytime we were at the pool and had a different one everyday). So you adapt and order more than one drink if they were alittle slow. Tipping which we did regularly didnt seem to improve service as you still had to waive them down occationally. The pools were very nice and lots of them some smaller but all nice and clean. For lounge chairs around the larger pool near the mexican restaurant you had to put towels out by around 10 am as it was the most used. The ocean was alittle murky but cleared up as you when out farther also it didnt drop off so good for kids. The sand where the lounge chairs were was very nice and groomed each day. There was some kind of grassy weed washing up on the beach but was claened up each day. All in all the pools and beach were quite enjoyable with no problem finding lounge chairs unless you wanted a specific spot. The buffet was ok with service alittle slow in the morning. If you didnt flag a waiter down you could sit unnoticed waiting for coffee, Breakfast was great with a good selection, Dinner was more than ok with enough selection for all to eat. We never had lunch at the buffet but ordered off a menu at pool side. There were only 2 al cart restaurants( I think there were more advertized) 1 mexican and 1 italian. We ate at both and had lovely meals. If you want to reserve do it one day early and you will have no problem. The only thing I missed was special coffee after dinner, they didnt seem to understand what one was? If you didnt feel like going out room service was availlable 24- 7 for food or drink (my daugher stayed in at nights with the kids and had meals with wine, hard drinks, beer you name it they dilivered it no charge. even premium brands as gray goose vodka, johnny walkers black label scotch etc) The resort is alittle out of town which never bothered me, If you wanted you could take a free shuttle to cancun(you had to reserve the day before) or take a taxi for 15- 20 dollars. The resort is in walking distance to the ferry to isla mujeres which is a nice day trip for shopping and snorkling beaches. The only thing if you have no car you rent golf carts or scooters to get around( we rented a golf cart for around 50 dollars for half a day as we got there at noon).
The cons they need to improve service pool side and in the restaurants. The resort is alittle out of town which never bothered me but you could take a free shuttle to cancun, all you had to do was reserve the day before.
All in all a solid 4 to 4.5 star resort with a friendly hard working staff who try hard to please and make your holiday special.

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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10 Thank johnhil
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Hotel_Administration, Guest Relations Manager at Villa del Palmar Cancun Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this review, July 22, 2016
Dear Guest,

Thank you so much for having take the time to write a review on our property. We have implemented a response system where each of the comments will be answered within 48 hours.

We are also providing a special phone number and direct access to our General Manager 24/7 for any guest satisfaction issue. Additionally, we have created a guest relations desk in the lobby of our hotel to attend any issues and transform experiences from negative to positives.

We pledge our commitment to your total satisfaction.

Thank you and warm regards,

Gabriela Uribe
Communications Manager
Villa del Palmar Cancun
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2012

My hubby and I choose this hotel based on good reviews. The resort is beautiful and so was our room. Which made it all the more sad. The japanese restaurant is not even open yet. And you have to make reservations for the other two. One is a buffet and its like any other cafeteria food. And one is a little hut with a grill it has only a few tables which was always packed we did not even get to eat there. ! They do have pool side service which was nice. But get ready to wait. Lots of waiting!! We waited an hour or more for our food everywhere we ate except the buffet of coarse. They are new and under staffed so think about it. I'm the cook in my family so eating is a big part of vacation for me and waiting and waiting and waiting for your food was a huge disappointment. And one more thing this resort is on the bay side away from the hotel zone. The water is not turoquoise in the bay. You have to look out at the ocean or take the ferry to see that beautiful turoquoise water!

  • Stayed February 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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4 Thank Jacideanna
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Hotel_Administration, Guest Relations Manager at Villa del Palmar Cancun Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this review, July 22, 2016
Dear Guest,

Thank you so much for having take the time to write a review on our property. We have implemented a response system where each of the comments will be answered within 48 hours.

We are also providing a special phone number and direct access to our General Manager 24/7 for any guest satisfaction issue. Additionally, we have created a guest relations desk in the lobby of our hotel to attend any issues and transform experiences from negative to positives.

We pledge our commitment to your total satisfaction.

Thank you and warm regards,

Gabriela Uribe
Communications Manager
Villa del Palmar Cancun
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Chilliwack, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2012

Oh my god. What a beautiful resort. To those that wrote a terrible review on this place SHAME ON YOU.I took my whole family. Just got back and we will be coming back. The age range was 5 to 50. When we arrived our check in was great and when my I wanted a one bedroom suite, there was no problem. The rooms are stunning. Right from day one the people that work here bent over backwards for us. My little grandson got sunstroke and my daughter spent the day in her room and room service was very accomidating. What ever she or my grandson wanted. they got. The kids club was fabulose. The little one loved it and the pool with shooting water guns and the colorful rotating ball.The food was great right from the buffet. to the restaurants. There a hugh variety for everyone. I had the pleasure of meeting the general manager and what a beautiful man. He truly cares what goes on with his resort. Right down to his staff and the people that have the pleasure to stay here.The activity hut had a numorous things todo. Water excercise, yoga. volley ball and do play bingo. We had too much fun with louis. He is a real sweety.All the non motorist things were included.If you want something to do , It is there.The concierise is very helpful. Again Do go to this place and you will have a beautiful holiday . Sincerely Helen.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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7 Thank helenhildebrand
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Hotel_Administration, Guest Relations Manager at Villa del Palmar Cancun Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this review, July 22, 2016
Dear Guest,

Thank you so much for having take the time to write a review on our property. We have implemented a response system where each of the comments will be answered within 48 hours.

We are also providing a special phone number and direct access to our General Manager 24/7 for any guest satisfaction issue. Additionally, we have created a guest relations desk in the lobby of our hotel to attend any issues and transform experiences from negative to positives.

We pledge our commitment to your total satisfaction.

Thank you and warm regards,

Gabriela Uribe
Communications Manager
Villa del Palmar Cancun
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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2012

My husband and I just returned from Villa del Palmar. We stayed Feb 26 - March 1, 2012. The resort is beautiful and our room was very nice, as we were upgraded to a suite upon arrival.

Pros - Room was very nice, staff was friendly, atmosphere was low-key.

Cons - Food was a bit boring and there were not a lot of choices with restaurants. However, we were a bit cautious with our food selections, as my husband became very sick after eating the grouper from the room service menu on our first night. It also took 2 hours for the room service to arrive. Service was generally pretty poor. We had to wait quite a while for drinks, etc. - not sure that tipping made much of a difference. It didn't bother us too much, as we were just there to relax and enjoy the sun and pool and we were never in a hurry. However, if you have expectations of your drink being replenished the second it is empty, this is surely not the place for you.

After you check-in they'll say you need to speak to the concierge...just skip it all together as it is a waste of time and only a sales pitch for the time share. They did not provide us any additional value or insight about the hotel. Although, she told us she would be our "best friend" during our stay, we never heard from her again after we declined the time share opportunity.

Conclusion: Overall we had a good time, despite food quality and the sickness. Our goal of this vaca was just to relax, do thing and soak up the sun. Villa del Palmar helped us achieve this.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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Helpful?
5 Thank Anne S
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Hotel_Administration, Guest Relations Manager at Villa del Palmar Cancun Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this review, July 22, 2016
Dear Guest,

Thank you so much for having take the time to write a review on our property. We have implemented a response system where each of the comments will be answered within 48 hours.

We are also providing a special phone number and direct access to our General Manager 24/7 for any guest satisfaction issue. Additionally, we have created a guest relations desk in the lobby of our hotel to attend any issues and transform experiences from negative to positives.

We pledge our commitment to your total satisfaction.

Thank you and warm regards,

Gabriela Uribe
Communications Manager
Villa del Palmar Cancun
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Property: Villa del Palmar Cancun Beach Resort & Spa
Address: Carr Punta Sam Km 5.2, Manzana 9 Lote 3 SM 2 | Zona Continental de Isla Mujeres, Playa Mujeres 77400, Mexico
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Location: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Playa Mujeres
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Playa Mujeres
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Playa Mujeres
#4 Luxury Hotel in Playa Mujeres
#4 Spa Hotel in Playa Mujeres
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Villa del Palmar Cancun Beach Resort & Spa 4.5*
Number of rooms: 415
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This beachfront luxury resort is located in the pristine beaches of Playa Mujeres, about 25 minutes north hotel zone and 35 minutes from Cancun International Airport. The new Villa del Palmar Cancun offers a range of possibilities for fun and relaxation that will make your holiday truly unforgettable. The complex offers amazing 5-star service, extravagant amenities and plenty of activities to keep your adventurous side entertained. ... more   less 
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