We stayed at the resort from 8/24/09 to 8/28/09. Overall, the stay was excellent and I will recommend the resort to other travelers. I have read several of negative reviews for this resort, but these are not consistent with my observations. First, I have never booked an all inclusive vacation before. I was apprehensive of even staying at a resort. I usually buy only airfare and find accommodation when I arrive at the destination. The total cost for the travel package was $1498 for two adults and one child. Of the total, approximately $1000 was for the airfare only. $500 went for the resort. We stayed 4 nights and 5 days. So, it works out to $125 per night. I obtained the package at Travelocity and it was clearly a special offer (presumably because of the bad economy, huricane season, and swine flu). To compare, we walked around Playa del Carmen and entered a few of the smaller hotels by the ocean. These hotels had a per night cost of close to $100. They did not include food. Also, the beaches near the city are not as clean as those at the resort.
The room at Sandos (2438) was clean. The air conditioner cooled sufficiently. The mimi bar was well stocked. Staff would stop by every day and ask what drinks were required (all drinks we included in the package). The bathroon was clean. Remember, Playa del Carmen is coastal jungle; there will be bugs.
The food was good. There was variety at the buffets. There are cooks to prepare some dished to taste. I enjoyed the Mexican-style food. The fruit juices were freshly prepared. As part of our package we had the option to eat two times in the onsite restaraunts. We chose Asiana. The food was good, but the wait time was a little long. I had no problem eating at the buffets.
Entertainment was good. The resort employs several people who job is presmably to entertain you and keep you happy. They did there job very well. I will say that the best thing the resort has is it's staff. We went to Disney show and the Dance show. Both were entertaining. We also listened to a live Latin music band that was excellent. One night we went to the onsite club. The music was good. We met some friends during our stay and as a group of 5 we spent three hours dancing.
The beach is impressive. As you enter the beach area there is a section for the VIPs on the left. To be frank, the best part of the beach is to the right. There are less people in this area and for the Europeans that like to go topless, this is your spot. It appeared that much less than 1% of the beach-goers were topless. You can keep on walking and within a few meters find beach with noone on it. As part of the all inclussive, we had access to snorkeling gear, a sail board, and the kayaks. We used them. We also went on a snorkeling tour that was offered by the resort for $40. I had previously priced a package in Playa del Carmen. It was less in the city, but if you add the cost of the taxi ride to and from the hotel it was better to just use the resort tour.
Pools are nice, but we did not use them.
I will definately return to Sandos next year assuming I find a great deal on the internet.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sandos Playacar Beach Resort & Spa is an all-Inclusive hotel in Playa del Carmen with both family and adult sections. We are ideally located on a magnificent white sandy beach in the gated community of Playacar, within walking distance to downtown Playa and Fifth Avenue. Sandos Playacar Beach Resort & Spa is located only forty-five minutes from the Cancun International Airport, and the pier serving ferries to Cozumel is a short distance from our property.Playacar is a private, master-planned community situated on the southern edge of downtown Playa del Carmen. Guests at Sandos Playacar Beach Resort & Spa enjoy this exclusive community’s impressive infrastructure, including an 18-hole golf course designed by Robert Von Hagge, the Xaman-Ha Aviary, pristine biking paths, and Mayan ruins, accessible to the public for hiking.Riviera Maya is a protected region where many remaining artifacts from the fascinating Mayan civilization can be found. Surrounded by Mayan archeological zones, such as those at Tulum, Coba, and Chicen-Itza, this Playa del Carmen hotel successfully preserves a strong sense of Mayan culture onsite, adding an authentic feel and flavor to the vacation experience in Playacar. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sandos Playacar Beach Hotel
- Hotel Sandos Playacar Beach
- Beach Playacar Resort Sandos
- Sandos Playacar Resort
- Sandos Playa Del Carmen
- Gala Resort Playacar
- Sandos Gala Playacar
- Sandos Playacar Mexico
- Sandos Resort
- Playacar Sandos