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Playa Azul Golf, Scuba, Spa
Ranked #7 of 52 Hotels in Cozumel
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 16, 2005

My fiance and I stayed at the Playa Azul hotel July 2-9th. When we arrived at the airport we were met by our Apple representative and the hotel sales manager, as the hotel had overbooked for the first night of our stay. The hotel arranged a room at another resort (not as nice as Playa, but not much else seems to be) for the night and up graded us to an oceanview suite for the remaining 6 days at Playa, provided a free dinner in their restauraunt, and we received full breakfast daily. Additionally, they paid for the taxi between hotels the following day. In the end it worked out great, we got to see a small reef at the other hotel, which we never would have seen otherwise and our up-graded room was wonderful! We feel the hotel more than compensated us. As for Playa Azul: wonderful service, great food, and a small but gorgeous SAND beach with beautiful water. The pool usually had children in it, but we were more than happy with the beach. There is a bit of good snorkeling along the pier, but we spent more time floating than snorkeling here. Head to Chauknaab or a snorkeling tour for better snorkeling. Service: front desk was very helpful with everything from renting a Jeep to getting maintenance to fix a bathroom problem... the staff was always friendly (even to the obnoxiously drunk Americans we saw being extremely rude one night)...in short we were extremely pleased with the service. The restaurant was never crowded, which surprised us as the three meals we ate there were wonderful. (But going into town was also as simple as a 5$ taxi ride and there are multiple great restaurants there) We wouldnt recommend the all inclusive plan as San Miguel has some great places to eat. Room: we received an ocean view suite in the older portion of the hotel, great view, large suite and bathroom (with lovely blue tile). No complaints here. Golf: we didnt bring our clubs, but heard from other guests that the course was nice and that they saw tons of wildlife. But get an early tee time as it warms up quickly! As for Cozumel: we recommend renting a car at least for a day to tour the eastern portion of the island...very different beaches, but beautiful! Rough surf compared to the western side. The small beach clubs were fairly empty, so head here if you want a beach "almost" to yourself. We visited Punta Sur and Chaukanaab national parks. Punta Sur was more rugged, but the salt water crocs in the lagoon were neat to see. Snorkeling at Chaukanaab was better that at Punta Sur, but more crowed due to the cruises. As for restaurants, we really enjoyed Guidos and Prima. We'll be back for sure, and hopefully be certified to SCUBA next time. (Not that you have to be in order to enjoy the island!)

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Reviewed June 30, 2005

After spending 4 days at the JW Marriott in Cancun - no way would I stay at the Playa Azul. When we arrived the Playa Azul, the lobby had no air conditioning, all windows were open and flies everywhere. We booked our stay on line and when we arrived the hotel, they told me that we needed to pay extra for our teens. We entered our room and the musty smell was overwhelming. The beds were hard and damp from the humidity. We then went outside to see the pool - it was filthy. I wouldn't even dip my foot in it. The beach - if you want to call it a beach - was very small. The water area to swim was also very small. It reminded me of a boat slip. No way would I go in the water. We left the hotel and went back to Cancun.

  • Stayed: June 2005
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Memphis, Tennessee
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Reviewed May 8, 2005

My husband and I stayed at Playa Azul for 4 days in May 2005. It was very clean. The beds were not as hard as other people have reported. We did have a little trouble controlling the A/C, but it was usually too cold, not too hot. I believe it was because of the humidity--can't do anything about that!! The beach wa small, but never crowded and very clear and pretty. The pool was very clean and nicely kept. They cleaned it everyday. The breakfast buffet was included with our room and was excellent. A lot of variety. All employees very nice and accomodating. They supply you with plenty of bottled water, so no worries there. Overall, we had a very nice stay.

  • Stayed: May 2005
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Reviewed May 1, 2005

  • Stayed: January 2005
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Reviewed March 14, 2005

  • Stayed: January 2004
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Reviewed March 13, 2005

Just returned from Cozumel after a week stay beginning on March 4th. Had a fantastic time. My wife and I (28 and 30) would return in a heartbeat.

Hotel
Stayed in the Playa Azul North on San Miguel. Nice quaint hotel 90 room hotel. Very clean and the service was excellent. Beautiful small beach where the security guard insured that only hotel patrons used the chairs. All rooms are ocean view and come with a nice balcony. Fajitas were best on the island hands down and we ate at the small cabana style beach bar right on the water and had a few sol everyday around lunch time. Felipe will take good care of you at the bar. The only thing I would steer clear of is the breakfast buffet as it is overpriced. Cabs are always out front and it is only a $5 dollar trip to go downtown which we did every night.

Restaurants around the island
The lobster house - right across the street from the hotel. A must see. candle lit dinner as they really have only a small amount of electricity. Only services lobster. Pick a small tail as we found they taste better and the large ones add up quickly ($40 a tail).
La Choza - Best authentic Mexican fair we had on the island. Loved the Chicken in a black sauce over the mole chicken. Inexpensive and the margaritas are fabulous.
Pepe's - Most expensive meal we had ($130 with wine). Good if you are looking for a steak and upscale white tablecloth experience. You can get this anywhere in the states, so I would pick someplace else if given the opportunity.
Guido's - Fantastic Italian and pizzas. A most eat after you get tired of Mexican food. Nice quart yard ambiance and I would recommend for a nice lunch stop over.
French Quarter - Great little Cajun restaurant. Had all you can eat ribs and all you can drink cervezas for $25. Upscale open-air atmosphere.
Mexican restaurant on south side of square second one in from the water. Best prices on the entire Island with a great extensive menu. $5 per plate and two for one beer. Which we would have found this restaurant earlier as the patio is in great location and the food is a tremendous value.
Senior Iguanas - Other side of island. Great beach lo cost dining on secluded rustic side of island. Any restaurant over there would do. Just make sure you rent a car and go over there.
Playa Del Carmen - great restaurants everywhere

Golfing
Course is in good condition and very challenging. The fairways are hard and the ball will roll for ever (hit a few 380 yard drives). Greens are slick but do hold if you hit them. Look out for the 12 foot crocs on number 1,2, and 15. Tons of Iguanas. The play does tend to be a little slow, so we only played nine holes at a time. As the golf is free with Playa Azul, cart for nine is $12. Did feel bad for the guys I joined up with that paid $150.

Diving
Completed the open water diving portion of my training with ALdora divers. Aldora is absolutely the best shop on the island from my experience. Had one on one training or at most three on one diving. They use steel tanks, which allows for another 15-20 minutes of diving. The also get you out early on smaller boats so you can beat the cattle boats. Memo runs a good shop and took care of me when I had an issue with what was promised on their website vs what the could provide due to some logistical constraints. There motto is only the best of cozumel and I agree. Great wall dives at San Francisco and Santa Rosa. Saw Sharks, rays, lobsters, parrotfish, snapping crabs, tongues, horses, and thousands of beautiful fish.

Exursions
Car rental - rented a vw bug convertible for $60 with insurance and cruised the island. This is a most due as it is a different world over there. Also nice to go to the southwest corner of the island for a beautiful sunset on the local free beaches. There are some very cheap process on souvenirs over there. Others we talked to loved the Tequila factory tour and went to the ruins, but we passed due to time.
Sunday nights - go to the square as the locals have a great festival downtown. Free music and dancing and you get a real appreciation for the local culture and pride.
Chakanab - nice eco park with botanical gardens and Mayan artifacts. Nice big beach with good snorkeling. Lots of cruise people and a little pricey at $14 per person considering what you get at the beach at PLaya Azul for free.
Playa Del Carmen - This is a most due. Great European style vacation town. Less commercial than cozumel and much more quaint. Great places to eat and tons of choices. Very metropolitan and the nightlife is superior to cozumel. Two for one beers across the whole town. Ferry is easy and cost $18 per person round trip. Only down side is last ferry returns at 11 or you can wait until 4am.

Can't wait to go back as there is is still a ton we didn't get to do. Only down side is that island dies at 8 o'clock every night after the cruise ships leave.

Lincoln Lad

  • Stayed: March 2005
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Reviewed March 7, 2005

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Address: Carretera a San Juan Km 4 | Zona Hotelera Norte, Cozumel 77600, Mexico
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Location: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Cozumel
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Spa Hotel in Cozumel
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Cozumel
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Cozumel
Price Range: $179 - $260 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Playa Azul Golf, Scuba, Spa 3*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Playa Azul Golf Scuba Spa is an oceanfront, small, charming and family run hotel distinguished by its personal service from the staff and owners. A truly home-away-from-home resort for those who prefer to be close to the ocean but not far from their room. For those who like to enjoy a wonderful gastronomic experience and friendly atmosphere. Playa Azul is a Golf and Breakfast hotel but if you prefer the All Inclusive vacation our resort offers the best menu (a la carte) both for food and beverages. ... more   less 
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