we really enjoyed our stay at la Ceiba. the staff is exceptionally friendly and always on hand. Front desk so helpful, too. The place is very very clean. The marble floors shine like glass and are constantly being cleaned! I appreciated the evening turn down service--I just felt pampered!
The outdoor massage tables on the beach were great and I loved my massages! There was a large varied menu at both lunch & dinner--we sampled many different kinds of salads, soups and entrees, and were very satisfied. I don't think the fish on the dinner menu was fresh...being right on the ocean, I expected better, but the shrimp & lobster dishes were excellent. The little pizza restaurant, right on the beach, has a blazing open fire, red & white check table cloths--very sweet!
For a fabulas fresh fish dinner, walk a few feet down the street to Paprika . Thursday has live music there, too.
Our favorite dinner at La Ceiba was an on the beach grill night, with romantic candle light, torches, fire leaping out of the huge grill, and plenty of fabulas choices like grilled lobster, shrimp, chicken or lamb kebob, steak grilled to order along with salad bar and a canoe (!) packed with deserts.
The snorkling right outside the hotel is as good as anywhere! We saw small barracuda, lobster, hundreds of little fish swimming all around us! When a guest sprinkles a little bread over the side of the restaurant, you become instantly surrounded by thousands of fish!
There were plenty of cruise ships docked on top of us it seemed, but we enjoyed watching all the activity. At night, the ships light up like diamonds and reflect beautifully on the water, adding to the restaurant atmosphere. The cruise ship people did not descend on La Ceiba during the day as some have reported on this site. Our 9 days were quiet & tranquil, with a large selection of empty beach chairs to choose from! No loud music--mostly gentle soothing beach & restaurant music was our experience. There was no time share presentation pressure whatsoever. As we arrived, we got one single gentle invitation which we declined, then were left alone. We are members of El Cid, so we have attended presentations in the past, and bought, so I'm not knocking them. It's just that people get turned off by the harrassment at some places, but it just isn't here at La Ceiba.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- El Cid La Ceiba Beach resort is an oceanfront paradise perfectly in tune with Cozumel's easygoing island rhythms. Explore the island's enchanting beaches, lush mangrove forests and brilliantly colored reefs with amazing sea life. Whether you are in search of a romantic getaway or a tropical setting to reconnect with family and friends, our intimate and friendly resort offers the ideal setting for snorkeling, diving or simply lazing by the pool. Your vacation is sure to be relaxing and authentic experience at El Cid La Ceiba. • Babieca Dive Shop on site with PADI certified dive masters. • Spectacular diving, snorkeling and unmatched ocean views. • European and All-Inclusive Plans • Fly High Adventures, eco-park featuring 6 zip line platforms and six rugged trails • Two swimming pools: a free-form pool with kids' area and a tide pool with cascading waterfalls, rock formations, and lush gardens • Ocean View and Ocean Front Accommodations. • All Inclusive and European Meal Plans • International cuisine in our Oceanfront Restaurants • Nearby shopping at Plaza & downtown area. • Three miles from Chakanaab Park • Only Six miles from Cozumel International Airport ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- El Cid Cozumel
- El Cid La Ceiba Cozumel