I just spent 10 days at the The Allegro resort... I have never done A/I in Cozumel, and have stayed at Casa del Mar every other time.
I chose this resort for several reasons:
1. I wanted to be away from it all – quiet and calm – little to no action and sounds of a city
2. I wanted a nice beach
The Allegro delivered on both of these very nicely.
My experience was overall good and depending on the price, I would go back to the Allegro.
Note: the difference between the Allegro and Casa Del Mar at the time I booked my trip was ~$67 if I recall correctly. For $67, it was an obvious choice to go A/I – all food/drink provided and a gorgeous beach to run around on. We had a car, and decided to eat a few dinners in town for a few nights – *excellent* meals at Rolandi’s, Pepe’s Bar and Grill, Ernesto’s Fajita Factory and Palmeras. The surprise of the trip was the margaritas and food at Coconuts - BEST meal hands down I had there - especially for the money (note: it’s on the east side of the island).
Since I booked my trip for after school started, there were very few children on the resort (yes, it was intentional). Since school was in, very few people were travelling and the entire island was essentially dead, which I think contributed highly to having better service at the resort.
Since the resort was so dead, they buffet was shut down and everything was a la carte – which made for much fresher meals – another nice perk to going in the slow season. Food was decent, the only thing I did not order a 2nd time was the fajitas – the meat quality was not so good. Drinks were a mixed bag – some bartenders made them stronger than others. I loved the drink menu, so many good ones to choose from – both frozen and on the rocks. Drink cups were an acceptable size, so we never used the ones we took with us. One note: the alcohol was not top shelf liquor, so you might want to take some Excedrin to deal with the cheap liquor headaches you might suffer from after you tie one on.
The rooms were a bit on the small side, but not bad. We ran out of hot water and water pressure one evening in mid shower and had to rinse off via cups of luke warm water out of the shower faucet. Several times after that throughout the week, hot water came out brown/yellow, then cleared up (no big deal, this is Mexico, right?)... The beds were hard hard hard - by the time I woke up on day 4, I had to request a pad on the bed, which made it completely comfortable. The pillows for the bed pretty much sucked, but we made due. Last thing, we did have an incident in the bathroom where the light fixture fell and came down on me... They came right out and repaired it the next morning.
Activities... Well, they had them, we just did not participate (we were diving the 1st four mornings). They had a clown doing twisty balloons one afternoon, which I thought was funny and strange at the same time, but kids would have loved it. They had Spanish lessons by the pool most mornings. They had “the crazy game” a few times, but I was never around to see it. There was one day they tried to get a soccer game going, but did not have any participants (one of the guys had soccer shoes on, I wanted no part of playing against a pro). I might mention that the hot tub by the main pool was not kept hot (but the members only hot tub was hot – go figure...) We did jump into the members only hot tub a few times and noone said a word to us. The music by the pool varied and the sound system was a bit lacking, and the poolside restaurant and the beach towel place were both playing music so they were stepping over each other. If you take a music CD or two, they might put your music in (they did for one couple and we really appreciated that)... There are kayaks and a small catamaran sailboat, we did not use them.
We saw two shows. On Friday nights they have a buffet dinner line by the pool with coco loco’s (they cut their own coconuts off the trees there), followed by the fire show (the food and show were really good). Another night, we caught the “Mexican” show, where they perform dances from different parts of Mexico and sport different styles of dress as well. I found it a bit boring so we bailed between dances and headed back to the bar lol.
One thing you might enjoy is getting 4-5 drinks, an extra plastic chair and head up to the top of the lifeguard stand on the beach to get a birds eye view of a sunset or two – great picture opportunity.
Last bit of advice for the Allegro, and I can not stress this enough TAKE BUG SPRAY. I will note that even near Casa Del Mar, mosquitos were horrible at night. Not sure about the validity of this statement, but I thought I read there was a Dengue issue on the island right now, so you definitely want to avoid being bit.
Diving... I know this is not Allegro related, but I once again used Dive With Martin and had a most wonderful experience. Being at the Allegro means NO ‘BEAT DOWN’ BOAT RIDES to the dive sites – I really LOVED that. We did four days of diving, for $470 for both of us – we were picked up at the Allegro pier every morning on time at 7:45 and they were great about communicating any changes. We got a complimentary video on day 4. The operator on the Allegro site was Pro Dive (who never responded to my emails prior to the trip), and I have no clue about their prices. They did a try scuba class in the pool daily.
That’s all for now, I can’t wait to get back to CZ, I will definitely consider staying there again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In Mexico’s Caribbean there is a tiny island just bursting with life – it is Cozumel and the Allegro Cozumel. Right on the famous Sand Francisco Beach, two worlds of adventure co-exist: The Fun-in-the-sun beach and the amazing undersea Palancar Reef. Whatever you choose to pursue, Allegro Cozumel places it right at your fingertips. Beach Volleyball, tropical bars, restaurants, and nightclubs keep life on land exciting, while the on-site dive shop and big-game sport-fishing charters offer a gateway into the dazzling marine sanctuary of Cozumel’s waters. And when you awake the next morning, after a relaxing night’s sleep in your comfortable guest room, you’ll find there’s even more to explore, because the adventure never stops at Allegro. For the young ones, there is plenty to do from building sand castles alongside the beautiful powdery white sand beach, get physical at the amazing kid’s multiplay covered playground, catch some giggles at the water park, or take advantage of the many activities offered by the Kids clubs. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Occidental Allegro Cozumel Hotel Cozumel
- Occidental Allegro Hotel
- Occidental Allegro Resort All Inclusive