Stayed at the Grand Oasis jan28-feb1 '12, travelers being myself/boyfriend and my mother/her guy pal. We had the all inclusive upper level black wrist bands, which gave us access to all the restaurants and VIP areas/bars. This was definitely a plus, as we often found ourselves in the VIP bar attached to the main pyramid for pre dining cocktails! One bartender definitely stood out, Angel is his name, and he mades the most delightful 'special mexico' drink, tastes like an iced cappuccino….. ordered it from other bartenders and they never came close! (you can find him in the VIP bar or the little jazz/bar area outside of Careyes)
We had two rooms, both on the building on the right side of the resort, closest to the beach. One was a ocean view, the other a 'garden view'. The ocean view was nice, nothing spectacular (aside from the view, of coarse), very very slight mildew smell… but that is hard to avoid anywhere in cancun, from my experiences. This was my mothers room, they had an issue with the a/c but it was tended to and fixed immediately. My boyfriend and i's room was a garden view… but because it was on the far edge of the building, it was on the edge of the resort, so the view wasnt all that amazing. Our room had a pretty bad mildew smell, and a california-king bed set up (had requested king, but this worked out just fine in the end, no fighting over the blankets :) ) Also, our mini bar wasnt stocked. Complained the next day with manager in attempt to switch room, but only ended up with stocked mini bar and somehow slightly less stinky room… but I think that was due more to turning the air of the 'high' and '50 degree F' settings. Both rooms had alarm clocks and flat screens, we shared safe with my mother solely to keep passports and wallets stacked up messily.. safes are about size of rectangular shoe box, stuck to wall by the bottom, and open like a hinge attached to the short end, kinda weird, they lock with a key. I will be honest, the rooms are not that phenomenal, I've stayed at hotels that are in the top 20's of cancun resorts, and they were far more spacious and pleasing to the eye….. however the rest of this review will explain why the rest of the resort far compensates for just 'ok' rooms.
The grounds were spread out and beautifully maintained. We ran across the peacocks that reside here and were able to take pictures by them! Very cool, and gorgeous animals. The length of a pool running through the resort like a river was not only cool, but practical. Every part of their hotel had a place nearby to go swim or lay by the pool, so you never had to worry about congestion or hoards of kids blasting into the pool. Also, this allowed the crazier side (the oasis mostly seemed to have party crowd) stay more to their side and be wild and crazy and peace, while the middle had mostly families and the far right had a mix of a few families and the type of crowd looking for relaxation next to the pool side bar. Though confusing at first, just follow your map of the restaurants you can get at the front desk, you'll get the hang of it after a day where everything is located. Beach is great, finding chairs may be hard but we would generally grab what we could find/grab a 'beach bed' for all to share, didnt matter since we were busy playing in the waves :) make sure you find a family near by, we always made 'towel watch pacts' with nearby people to try and avoid the elusive towel theif. Resort was always clean, and staff pleasant. They get excited when you try to speak spanish, it was fun to practice what we could remember. Met many americans and canadians, though there were lots from europe and mexico as well. diverse! The initial walk into the main front desk is breathtaking, though check-in takes far too long, at least a half hour but we were negotiating a room switch.
buffets: VERY good. again, we stayed at resorts rated in the top 20's… this food FAR exceeded the quality we experienced there. Food was always plentiful, refilled promptly, and had a wide variety. We had breakfast every morning at the buffet that is attached to the asian/sushi restaurant. Great view of beach and good food. The little waffles + drizzled condensed milk + coconut = heaven. Omelette station was very good, lots of mix ins and toppings changed daily. Make your own mimosa's here daily! very fun. We ate at one of the other buffets closer to the left "oasis" side, food was also good, much more crowded here. cooked mussels right in front of you on a grill!
brazillian place: i forget the name, but on the dinner menu of the resort map, it has the 'carne' or meat written as the category. its on the far right side of the resort. AMAZING. buffet style for the sides, then the meat is walked around by the waitstaff, cooked on skewers and carved off depending on what you want… there was sirloin, filet minon, chicken, etc and it was fantastic!!! cannot say enough about this place
dos lunas, italian place, reservation needed: this was one of three reservation required restaurants. to be honest, the food was just ok… of the 4 courses i had, the best part was the main course, i had the chicken, bf had the steak, both were very good/flavorful… downside=2.5 hour meal. service is SO SO SO slow in the actual sit down restaurants, no clue why. very fun entertainment, dancers come in and do about a 15-20 minute show, very good and very enthusiastic. if you have to choose between this and a different reservation restaurant, choose the other.
careyes, fine dining mexican/international: this is supposed to be resorts premiere restaurant, it shows. still the 2-3 hour dining experience, but EXCELLENT food. goat cheese ravioli, ox tacos, AMAZING sirloin, and wonderful drinks, cant go wrong here.
asian/sushi place: my bf and i dined here for lunch one afternoon…. again a long 2 hour experience, but EXCELLENT. coconut shrimp and other type of shrimp were spectacular, so fresh and well done, i was not a huge shrimp fan until now! main course of sweet and sour chicken was decent, and the roll we ordered was pretty dang good as well, forget the name, maybe a dragon roll?
Bf and i did the adventure excursion to the coba ruins, booked through the guy at the towel stand, allTOURnatives, as it was a better price than through the various companies in the basement of the main building (we had checked w best day, who our shuttle was through) 107 USD got us zip lining, rappelling into a cenote (underground pool!) canoeing, hiking, lunch and the coba ruins. We wanted to do coba over chichen itza as you can still climb up to the top of the main ruin, not allowed at chichen, plus they are closing it soon so its only possible for a little while longer! ziplining was amazing, the cenote was a once in a lifetime experience, gorgeous, and physically exerting, we both work out regularly and it was a good work out, but not toooo much. at coba we hired a bike taxi for 9.50 USD and he got us to all the ruin sites after our tour, and waitied for us to climb the pyramid, what a view! so gorgeous and amazing, definately worth it. (try the cocos frios when you get back, super refreshing after vigorous day, full of electrolytes and better for ya then gatorade!) group max of 12 so the tour is more intimate.
Overall, this was a fantastic trip. The forecast before we got there was rain/thunderstorms everyday for 5 days, and for any facing the same worries, it sprinkled one day for 5 minutes and the rest was a partly cloudy/clear skies. Rain forcasted in mexico= maybe slight clouds and 3 seconds of rain :) Drinks were good, if you want something strong, just tell them! Scooby doo shots are good, special mexico by Angel tastes like a iced capp, and miami vices are tasty. Would definitely go back, but may try to get within the main pyramid/building.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- They don't call me The Entertainer for nothing: I'm the Grandmaster of fun, hosting live concerts, festivals and shows, even themed parties - plus everyday surprises like dancers in the lobby, and comedy skits by the longest pool in Cancun. I'm a Little more exlusive than my sister resort, Oasis Cancun, with extra amenities to make you feel special. ... more less
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