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“Kids-free, Spectacular Beach Haven”

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Golden Parnassus All Inclusive Resort & Spa Cancun
Ranked #53 of 181 Hotels in Cancun
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“Kids-free, Spectacular Beach Haven”
Reviewed December 12, 2004

We (myself 30, b/f 38) visited GCP Dec 4-12, and are very happy with our choice, what great memories to take home!

1. THE BEACH, oh my... I can't even attempt to describe it. Not only a feast for your eyes, but perfect in every way. Things about it there are different from other beaches - sand is clean and soft, NEVER hot, water is refreshing but never too cool, waves can be huge but never too dangerous (and there are awesome sandbars - 100 feet from shore, up to you knee, in one place!) We saw huge a few huge needle fish there, neat. Water is clear and amazing shades of turquoise. Also - VERY important - NO TOWEL CARD!!! Just get a beach towel (or 2) at the hut by the pool, leave it anywhere on the beach. And - shady palapas are ALWAYS available, no matter what time you come to the beach. Can't stress that enough - yes, this is a small resort, but the beach is a size of a large one, at times lively, but never ever crowded. I've seen great beaches before - including Maui's Kaanapali - well, the GCP beach is on top of my list now. There, you can relax in piece under a palapa or play a fun game of beach volleyball with other folks (we did much of both).

Ritz's and LeMeridien's beach was to the left and the right - we walked through many times, and both struck me with absence of any evident life (I am not counting a handful of pasty individuals reading a newspaper or sunning in layers.

2. The pool(s) - just fine, smaller, but once again, never crowded. Clean, good temp. The "hot tub" is actually a cool jet stream pool, which is nicer in 90 degree weather anyway. There is always something going on at the "active side" of the pool - games, etc. If you play water volleyball, try NOT to lose to the best of your ability - you'll find out why, when you do :D

2. The ROOM - great, but do all in your power to get the oceanview (I mean
pay extra, not be a jackass like we seen someone do).
We had a lagoon a first night - it's not BAD, but nothing to write home about, and got moved to 5th floor ocean view in the very center - BREATHTAKING, PANORAMIC views of endless ocean and some Cancun skyline!! Pay attention - the GCP balconies are HUGE, and terraced, so you get
completely unobstructed views. The LeMeridien and the Ritz ($$$ rates) were on the left and the right; the balconies on both looked like those of
value-plus condo complexes - comparing to the GCP, and the GCP beach is better, sandier and clearer, once in the water. Room itself was spacious, clean, bathroom worked fine, plenty towels, good maid service, etc.

3. The FOOD/DRINKS - outstanding. We stayed at the Aventura Spa Palace (considerably more expensive AI in Playa del Carmen) just last February, and GCP food blew it away. Buffets have great choices, and tons of things made to order. Everything tasted very fresh and well-prepared.
The Pier 12 has actual FRESH seafood (try fillet of bouquinet and cream of oyster), the Old Barn has good steak (not by Midwestern standards, yet still very good), Shangri La had good appetizers and deserts to die for (many dark chocolate/truffle type). Drinks always superb; good variety. Try "Dolphin Special" at the Dolphin beach bar, Sombrero" at the Old Barn, and mango margaritas at the lobby bar. Jose and Fonzie the bartenders are great; Tiki bar is fun and gets wild at times (good wild, I don't think anyone will get offended ;).
Oh - with dinner, try the red house wine - some Portuguese variety, was surprisingly good - try at any restaurant. Also - almond ice cream - very, very tasty.

4. The STAFF/SERVICE - most welcoming, warm and genuine. Have to love them, these folks work so hard!! Please tip to bartenders, maids and
waiters, we saw many didn't although they were pleased with the service!
The entertainment staff is hilarious - the Karaoke and Elvis night was fun; yes, the Galaxy looks a bit like a high school pageant, but remember these folks wear many hats. As far as going clubbing afterwards - staff takes a group, for $35 pp, drinks included - we went to Daddy-os and it SUCKED!! Wasted about $100 altogether, for half hour of boredom! VERY touristy, old music, tacky decor - rather pathetic, no comparison to real clubs (hmm, Chicago ones, in particular). Typical "Cancun" club, so pass on "Daddy-o's" people - and maybe all other EXCEPT "Coco Bongo" - a must!! Dance while watching incredible shows from a VIP spot - think Circe de Solei meets Vegas :) We had a blast at Coco Bongo.

5. Fellow Visitors - great mix! Whether you're 20 or 60, or anywhere in between - groups of every age there. Another advantage of small resort - you'll get to know some people beyond "how do you do, charming day, isn't it". We met great people at GCP - hello to everyone we talk to - sorry, may not remember all names (we are Nadya and Lee). Special thanks to Eddy and the Texas crew for being so kind to my lack of volleyball skill!! You guys rule; pleasure to meet y'all :D

We visited a sister Crown Paradise - a typical, huge, busy, family resort. Eeeek! We planned on checking it out for an hour or so, but left after eating lunch in 20 minutes :) Adults Only is the way to go if you don't have kids. The sister Crown seemed awful after the GCP - general feeling of stress, noise, heat, mess, - it's full of screaming kids!! Even my b/f who has and likes kids couldn't stand the place. We've seen some flies there, and the whole place felt... loud and sticky?? At the GCP, we'd eat outdoor lunch while gazing at the blue ocean water, watching guys playing volleyball and looking at pelicans dive into the shallows; at the Crown, we ate lunch looking at the pool filled with hyper 3-8 year olds doing a belly flop and a jelly/god knows what-covered toddler banging on the window behind our back. The DJs at the pool there had some crappy hip-hop stuff blarring there. We jumped on a shuttle back to the GCP and marveled at the people who stay at sister Crown without kids (logic??). Oh - lastly, it has no beach (concrete slab with an abrupt drop-off), we were told the hurricane washed all the sand away...

As far as "outside" activities, we did jetski-ing at the GCP beach (jumping enormous waves whether we had to or not - much to my b/f's entertainment... it was great), and went on a jungle tour with Aqua World - highly recommend, great snorkeling and a fun-filled speedboat ride (make sure BOTH of you get to drive the speedboat).

Tip for the ladies - it's hard to find nice swim suits in winter, in the US - if you want one more, wait until you get to the GCP! the shop downstairs has beautiful, boutique-style bikinis and wraps for only $35-45 USDs!! As opposed to same quality suites here in US for about $80-120 USDs.

Okay - once again - things you'll love about GCP - the beach/ocean (turquoise water everywhere, visible from rooms, AND from 3 of the four restaurants. The most spectacular views, all day long, I miss those colors bitterly), great service, NO KIDS in sight, general sense of tranquility, piece and well-being, being catered to, great fun yet very relaxed atmosphere, no flies/insects of any kind, lots of SPACE where it counts, great - if not always gourmet, food. Have a fun-filled day at the GCP, followed by a delicious meal, wind down at the Tiki bar, and have sound of crashing waves rock you to sleep...

People who were complaining about GCP - hard beds, towels, service, room decor, drinks, and who knows what else - get a life. Or better yet, stay somewhere else next time.

Overall, the trip was a great value, and we will DEFINITELY return, no doubt, ifs and buts about it (possibly, same time next year ;). If you have questions about anything that I did not mention, don't hesitate to ask.

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Reviewed December 11, 2004

We just got back from our 16th Wedding Annv at the Golden Crown...we stayed Dec 1-11..an awesome extended stay...we were greeted with a pleasant smelling wet cool washcloths to wipe the sweat from our brow and a VERY good house drink we recommend, the Golden crown( A mango flavored pina coloda) We had the club room..very nice... and perfect view of the ocean. Alfonzo(fonzie) is the best and hardest working bartender at the Tiki bar oceanside. We gave him plenty of tips...hes so deserving as well as most people on the resort are..they work their ass off for very little money and only one day off a week...Never a weekend like we are used to here. The Old Barn was very good...the chicken fajitas and the prime rib were great...Alberto and Carlos were awesome..they deserve a raise. Pier 12 was a nice place too...perfecto view of the oceanside lunch eating...the coconut shrimp was delicious. Very good service all around. Shangli-ra was a very nice dining experience. We had mentioned to the Host(who was so awesome and such a gentleman) it was our 16th Wedding Annv. and he introduced us to a couple that had just gotten married that very day with beautiful flowers oceanside. Very nice...when we had our dessert brought to us they had written "Happy Anniversari 16yrs" on it..the plate was beautiful. We left him $100 pesos for that...that's $10 dollars...when we saw him again a few days later he was such a gentleman ,the host at Shangri-la deserves a raise. Our maids were very good at cleaning our room. We tipped them $50 pesos every other day. We had all kinds of flowers on our bed. They made a swan out of a towel with flowers all around it, they made a heart out of a towel with flowers all around. Just outstanding!! We saw how much products were at walmart and can't imagine how they can buy things on the very little money they make so we left them all our remaining soaps and shampoos with flowers around them. We were always greeted with smiles. Always. I (hubby) loved ALL the topless woman. Thanks so much for sharing. My wife even took part in tanning topless on the beach twice.I hope all the men enjoyed her view!! She came out of the water and the volleyball game came to an abrupt stop to see her topless. She was alittle embarrased but enjoyed doing it!! There were quite a few topless woman around the pool area. My wife laid out topless on the beach. We both enjoy bare breasts..:) We strongly recommend going to atleast the Mexican and Carribean shows at Golden Crown..those two shows were great. Very nice a must see..As for the exercise.. Kati (team staff) from England took us on a bike ride which was alittle scarey cuz the curbs are 12 inches high.We will definitely return to the Golden Crown again as soon as possible.....HAVE FUN....WE DID....:)

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Reviewed December 10, 2004

We came to celebrate our 46th wedding anniversary. When we arrived the special treatment began with the welcome drink and the easy registration. When we got to our room (we had requested a club room with an ocean view) we found flowers and champaign plus a lovely note from Ellen awaiting us. Our daughter had contacted Ellen to arrange for a HUGE bouquet of flowers plus some gifts to be placed in our room for us. She said it was so easy - Ellen was so helpful and kind. Each night we were greeted with a different arrangement of flowers on our bed - beautiful. The pools were very clean - at all times. The white sand of the beach was beautiful and the water so clean and blue-green. The service everywhere was polite and efficient. The food - especially at the Shangri-Lai - was awesome. Plus, we met some very pleasant vacationers. This is one place that we would consider visiting again! The all adult inclusive is the way to go!!!

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Stow Ohio
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Reviewed December 9, 2004

We just returned from a 4 night, 5 day stay at the Golden Crown. This was our first trip to Cancun and we are so glad we stayed here! I had been reading reviews for months and now know why most are so positive!

From the moment we arrived, we were waited on hand and foot! The service is excellent, from the maids to the bartenders, waiters, and front desk. Anything we asked for was there in a heartbeat.

We had a crown club room and when we checked in we were given an ocean view without even asking! We were on the 2nd floor and the view was incredible! No problem with noise. Yes, the bed was hard, but if that is the only negetive thing about a vacation, you are doing good.
The towels were fine, not worn or thin. The jacuzzi was great, just go easy on the bubbles!:) We woke up early every morning and watched the sun come up. It was beautiful.

We ate at all of the restaurants and the only one we didn't like was Pier 12. The food didn't taste good and they brought us the wrong desserts.
The chocolate cake at Shangrila is to die for! We also loved the snack bar nachos and cheeseburgers. We loved the breakfast buffet! Lots of choices and great omlets!! We do think the drinks were watered down, but when you are drinking from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., that is a good thing. Anytime we wanted more alcohol, they were more than happy to make it that way.

We did have one meal at the Crown Paradise Club (sister resort).
We ate at the mexican restaurant and it was great. We enjoyed getting out and visiting over there, but we are so glad we didn't stay there. It is very noisy and lots of kids.

We enjoyed haggling with the beach vendors and bought a few things from them. The security guard was good about keeping them back and not letting them approach you. If you wanted to look at something, you just walked a few steps out to them. We also went to one of the flea markets and bought a few things, but after about an hour of them begging you to come in their store, we were tired of it. The bus trips to the mall and flea market were very memorable! Hang on tight!!

The water was great...huge waves and so clear blue! We had fun playing around in it. The red flags were out, so we didn't venture out too far and the life guards were right on people if they went out too far.
The pool water was refreshing at the hottest part of the day.

We went to one of their shows, the Elvis show. It was pretty hokey and the smoke in the theatre was enough to kill you. We had to leave because of the smoke. The staff did try to make it fun.

We met some family there and none of us got sick from any food or water. I did not brush my teeth with tap water, but other than that I had no problems. They were good about restocking the drinks in the mini fridge.

Well, I've rambled on long enough. In a nutshell, it was an awesome vacation and I would definately stay at the Golden Crown again!

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Reviewed December 8, 2004

Stayed at the Golden Crown Paradise from 11-27 to 12-04 for our anniversary could not have been more perfect!!
We have been to Cancun 7 times and have always had a great time,
but this was the best yet when we come back we will be staying at the GCP. Thanks to the staff, the people we met, and the friends we traveled with. Can't wait to get back.

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Reviewed December 8, 2004

My husband and I recently took a vacation to Cancun for the first time. We had read the reviews for different hotels and picked the Golden Crown because of the good reviews and because it was all adult all inclusive. We chose to go the Crown Club route. We weren't sure what to expect. It was great!
The room was extremely large with a view of the water and a jacuzzi tub. On arrival, there was a fruit basket with champagne, cleverly folded towels with flowers on them on the bed, and robes and slippers available. Maid service was good.
There were three main restaurants and a grill. All the food was good and we never had bad service. As a matter of fact, the waiter who took care of us breakfasts and lunch was one of the best we've had. One evening we ordered room service for the morning and it was brought right on time.
We both run every day. The fitness room had three treadmills and although it officially opened at 7am, it was open at least as early as 6am. For those who go early, ask the front desk to turn on the air conditioning, something we didn't realize until we had been there 4-5 days.
The pool bar was open at 10am. There was a variety of name brand alcohol available and the bartenders really took care of you and Alfonso especially kept them coming.
There was never a time when you couldn't find a pool or beach lounge chair, in the sun or shade. The pool was pretty cold, but once you got in it was refreshing.
The beach was nice. You could walk out pretty far from the shore and still be able to stand with your head above water.
There were some heavy partiers and some topless girls there. As far as the room went, it was very quiet at night, even with a bar downstairs.
The entertainment staff was there daily and offered a variety of activities: pool volleyball, beach volleyball, trivia contests, etc. They also offered to escort a group of people to different bars in Cancun at 11pm.
We always tipped. Take plenty of $1 bills with you. The service deserves it, and gets better if you do tip. You still get a bargain.
This was a great vacation. We are pretty picky when it comes to traveling, and so it says a lot that we would readily go back and do it again.

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Reviewed December 7, 2004

My husband and I just returned from our 2nd visit to Cancun and we had the best time ever-thanks to our wonderful friends we went with and the Golden Crown! The hotel was very accomodating and the staff was so effecient, we never had a single problem. The restaurant staff is so very kind -they will do anything for you. I will mention that when you get to the hotel, request an ocean view room even if you ordered that when you made reservations and then make sure it's a nice view, they will change your room if you request. The entertainment staff was so nice -those kids work so hard-good luck Katie on your new adventures! Alfredo and Jerry were wonderful, everyone made such an effort to make you feel welcome. I would most certainly go back.
Tony and Jan

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Property: Golden Parnassus All Inclusive Resort & Spa Cancun
Address: Blvd. Kukulcan Km 14.5 | Retorno San Miguelito Lote 37, Cancun 77500, Mexico (Formerly Golden Parnassus Resort & Spa)
Location: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Cancun
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#35 Romantic Hotel in Cancun
#39 Spa Hotel in Cancun
#42 Top resorts Hotel in Cancun
#46 On the Beach Hotel in Cancun
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Golden Parnassus All Inclusive Resort & Spa Cancun 3.5*
Number of rooms: 214
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Golden Parnassus All Inclusive Resort & Spa Cancun, Golden Parnassus Cancun, is an Adults Only All Inclusive Resort Situated on an unspoiled sandbar tucked between Nichupte Lagoon and the Caribbean Sea is one of Cancun's premier adult all-inclusive resorts. A beach resort wholly devoted to the "in the moment" lifestyle, Golden Parnassus Cancun is a destination where exclusive personal service and a sophisticated yet casual spirit offer the backdrop for the ultimate in relaxation. ... more   less 
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