Eighteen of us stayed at the Omni from June 21 through June 30 for an amazing 9 days of mojitos, guacamole, sea turtles, pico de gallo, and fantastic service. We had two birthday parties and ordered cakes on a day's notice while we were there, and the staff at La Paloma -- Juan (Fuentes), Elias, Jose (amazing flaming coffee), Jorge, Luis, Manuel, and the pastry chef -- made two decadent chocolate birthday cakes, decorated a special area of the restaurant, and waited on us hand and foot -- even sang Happy Birthday in Spanish. They even brought out champagne for toasting! Memories that will last a lifetime! Ah, I'm missing that cake right now!
The beach ... what can we say? Gorgeous aqua blue water, white sandy beaches, plenty of tiki huts for shade, spotlessly clean with impeccable service (thanks, Consuela!). Minutes passed quickly while reading, swimming, laughing with friends. Vendors came by, but they did not harass us or pressure us into buying items we didn't want. Don't buy the cigars if you are a cigar aficionado. A simple "No, gracias" sent them on their way.
The location is great -- easy bus rides (they run every few minutes for 8.5 pesos each way) if you want to go into town or on excursions.
The water in the hotel is triple filtered, and we didn't need to worry about the water while showering or brushing teeth. The showers are amazing -- great water pressure! The rooms are nice -- clean with everything you need.
Some other reviewers complained about being harassed by time share sales -- we didn't have a problem with this at all.
Restaurants: Pina Colada is the best place for breakfast (ask for bacon -- made to order eggs and omelets) and lunch -- right on the beach. All the waiters are great -- especially Marcos and Alfredo. At night, it turns into Devo, an Indonesian/Indian restaurant -- very good, but you need reservations. Order the fried ice cream! For second lunch, there is always Sushi, especially the Surf & Turf and Rainbow rolls. If you are not in the mood for sushi, you can eat at Trattoria by the pool -- pizza, French fries, onion rings, wraps, etc. There can be a wait here, but what else do you have to do? The buffet at La Paloma is also open for breakfast (opens at 6:30), lunch (opens at noon), and dinner (at 6 pm.). Ask them for ice cream (much better than the soft serve at the Viva Mexico outdoor dining area). The evening buffet varies with theme nights. They even mark the vegetarian entrees -- great! Unlimited guacamole and salsa were excellent!
Because we were staying for 9 nights, we were able to make two reservations at DaVinci's -- unfortunately, the food was hit or miss -- Caesar and strawberry salads were good, service was great, entrees were either great or okay. Vegetarians don't have many entrée choices here, but there are plenty of salads and pastas. Desserts were elegantly presented, but they were inconsistent depending on the chef. All in all, it was worth it. Women can wear open toed sandals, and men need closed-toe shoes. A nice night to dress up. As a vegetarian it pains me to say that my friends really loved the Veal and the Filet Mignon (steak heart).
Don't bother with room service -- it is much easier and faster to just eat in a restaurant!
Activities: Free drinks at the beach!!! We participated in water aerobics, yoga, volleyball, tennis, and used the nicely appointed fitness center. A nice spa, and we got a spa credit from Costco as we booked our trip through them. Elisa was great for mani/pedis and also the best massages. Alex was also a great masseuse. One of our favorite memories of this trip was watching the sea turtles come ashore to nest at night. It's an amazing sight -- and the chances of the baby turtles surviving to adulthood are 1 in 4000. It would be nice if the hotel could provide some information on staying away from them during this time -- no flash photography, don't touch them, just watch. The staff from the Omni do come out at night and try to steer people away from the turtles, and they collect the eggs and place them in a safe place in the morning. Sunrises and sunsets are beautiful -- a great way to start your day and begin your evening. Brings smiles to our faces just thinking about them.
The evening entertainment shows were lacking. If you saw one show, you saw them all. However, my husband was very enthralled with the revealing Caribbean dance outfits and the hip action of the female dancers.
Excursions. Several of our friends golfed while on vacation -- once at Iberostar Cancun (a great deal -- included lunch, transportation, drinks, and medium-difficulty manicured course) and once at Riviera Cancun (also a good deal -- a more-difficult but still nice course that included transportation). Both very close to the hotel. Other excursions were to the Dolphinarium (swam with the dolphins) which was very nice (but take the bus instead an expensive taxi), Chichen Itza Ruins (there is also a smaller ruin within walking distance with LOTS of iguanas who love to eat fruit), wreck and reef dive from Aqua World (book it right at the hotel), parasailing, day trip to Isla Mujeres, ATV, zipline and swimming in a cenote (underground cave) -- all great.
Alcohol. This is our fourth group vacation, and the Omni had the best selection of alcohol of any place we've been. Cognac, Jack Daniels, Johnny Walker Black Label, etc... and really good red wine. Lots of fun umbrella-type drinks, too -- Mojitos (in a bubba keg), Mango Tango, Three Wishes, Mango Lei Lei, Blue Lagoon, Melon Bowl, Sweet Dreams, Salty Dog, Bushwacker... Don't forget to tip your waiter/waitress at the beach! They also have some high-end tequilas! Order the margaritas with double shots of Jose Cuervo Gold.
Costco was great for booking this trip -- the best prices! Don't forget to pack lots of sunscreen -- it is very expensive to buy in Cancun! If you sit at the beach for hours on end (voice of experience here), the lounge chairs can be quite uncomfortable. May be a good idea to bring an inflatable raft to sit on or some extra towels. You can get a clean beach towel each day at the Aqua World booth, but don't lose your card (it will cost you $25!).
We highly recommend the Omni!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The all-inclusive Omni Resort and Villas is located on the beautiful and highly coveted white sandy beaches of Cancun's exceedingly popular hotel zone. The hotel provides panoramic vistas of both the rolling waves of the turquoise Caribbean Sea and the tranquil waters of the Nichupte Lagoon. The All Inclusive OMNI Cancun Resort & Villas offers a variety of restaurant and bars, from an Steak House "La Vista", Mediterranean Cuisine at "Da Vinci", Sushi Bar and Viva Mex for the best Mexican antojitos. All day Buffet style at La Paloma and 24 hrs Room Service. ... more less
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