Another Great vacation! First time in Villa del Palmar Cancun. Beautiful structure, beautiful grounds, best water in Mexico it has the pacific coast beat! My family and I have been to Cabo and Puerto Vallarta at the Villa del Palmar's sister Resorts and this newest resort is just as good if not better due to the water and the beach. You can not beat the white sand and warm water.
OK, the resort is north of Cancun a bit but if you want a beach where you do not get bugged by locals trying to sell you stuff it is heaven! The only critic I have of the beach is they should have a tractor rake the sea grass at the waters edge in the early mornings if they want that virgin pristine beach look. As far as being far from the hotel zone...rent a car. We always rent a car when we go to Mexico, it is the best way to see the real country and interact with the Mexican people. Try NU car, we have rented with NU car in PV and now in Cancun, both were good experiences but just get the insurance and be done with it. $250.00 for a week is a pretty good rate and we were able to go where we wanted when we wanted to.
We are members of Villa del Palmar and usually eat out at local restarants so we didn't eat at all the restaruants at the resort. we did eat brunch at Zumas one morning..it was good but expensive ..over 100.00 for 4 people. We have found that the food is way overpriced but what we had was good. All-inclusive was an additional $92/person/day figure 4x that is over $2500. We couldn't make the numbers work, especially when you can go to the Surfin' Burrito (ask for the shrimp taco in tempura batter! AWESOME!) on the Hotel strip( kilometer marker 19) or the Blue Gecko same area and get some great food for way less like a full dinner for 4 for $50.
Definitely visit Isla Mujeres, just a short ride to the Ultramar passenger ferry $14 round trip per person. Rent a golf cart for $43/day ($45 if you use a credit card). go to north beach for the most amazing clear water. Ask about the best snorkel places and explore or just lay out at the North side of the island and have some drinks.
We took our rental car to Xel-Ha, you have to go there. Make sure you get a whole day there because there is so much to do. We went to the ruins at Tulum first so we arrived at Xel-Ha about 1:00. The Ruins were cool but there were a lot of people. Xel-Ha is an awesome natural water park. It is all-inclusive...if all you want to do is take the kids and let them run and you eat and drink all day...go for it! Food is good, not 5 star but it is good for a Mexican buffet. The snorkeling is fun but remember to snorkel where the white and orange fish flags are, these are there to tell you where the fish are (we learned this later much to are dismay when we walked by a flag over a bridge and saw hundreds of brightly colored fish by the flag!). Zip lines into water, cliff jumping, river float, rope swings, bicycle riding, cenotes, grottos, iguanas, coatis. Buy ickets on line about $75.00 per person all day all inclusive.
Back at Villa del Palmar check out the Tiki bar where my friend Carlos. He will fix you up! Ask for "A ticket to Heaven" and try not to fall off the bar swings! Treat him well, he works hard!
Pool side look for Andre...He will take care of you as well.
When you need to work off all the food and drink, Victor in the gym will work you out. He will be your own personal trainer if you want, and you don't have to pay him anything extra.....but a nice tip would be appreciated. His friends call him the rock, let him show you why. We even worked out with Mario Lopez when we were there. A lot of Celebraties like to come here since it is more private and away from town.
Well that's it, I hope it helped.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Villa Del Palmar Cancun Hotel Playa Mujeres