We stayed here on our first visit to Mexico September / October. We were immediately struck by the humidity and pretty high temperature on arrival mid-afternoon. The whole area is swathed in quite dense, lush, tropical foliage and the hotel has, if anything, a surfeit of staff.
Given that practically none of the reception, restaurant or bar areas are enclosed – hence no air conditioning, we did find it necessary on occasions to retreat early to our air conditioned bedroom!
Before travelling, we had heard a number of stories related by friends etc. about mosquitoes and the dreaded Montezuma’s Revenge. We are delighted to say that we encountered neither and returned home to the UK as fit as we left it.
As you might expect in a sub-tropical environment such as this, we came across a few “critters” we had never met before simply wandering around the hotel grounds – agouti, black spiny-tailed iguana and a coatimundi. I guess you either love them or are scared stiff.
The food in the buffet Terrazza restaurant is sufficiently varied to please all but the most demanding of clients and the three a la carte restaurants also very good quality. I was possible to visit all these three a la carte restaurants once a week (each). The reservation desk in the Reception area opens at 8am daily and it is necessary to book early. Wine, beer soft drinks and water are available in the restaurants. This is an all inclusive resort hotel (wristbands must be worn) and the quality of the drinks available very good.
Although our holiday was supplied by Virgin Holidays we did not see too many English guests but naturally, a great number of Americans, Canadians and South Americans.
A taxi into nearby Playa del Carmen costs 70 pesos (about £3.50) – ask for Quinta Avenida – 5th Avenue it ain’t but it is nevertheless useful for shopping. I would recommend taking the ferry across to the island of Cozumel (312 pesos return). The passage is about 35 minutes and is quite frequent.
If you don’t want to venture so far from the hotel just walk up the main drive of the hotel to the dual carriage way and you will find the “Playacar Mall”. There must be about two dozen shops here and it ought to be easy to find the souvenirs you’re looking for.
We enjoyed our two weeks and would return (if not next year). For us the main criticism is the complete lack of control over smoking which you seemingly could do anywhere, at any time. This was very surprising since I understood that the Mexican government had recently introduced laws prohibiting smoking in public areas other than those designated for that purpose. The amount of smoking was, frankly, horrible to have to put up with!
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