I enjoyed my stay at the Viva Wyndham Maya. The check in process was relatively smooth - we were lucky that there weren't many people in line and we were greeted with some sort of a rum punch. Our room was a standard room with 2 queen beds but we asked to change it to a king bed. They did so, but our room was SO small - there was only about 2-3' of space on both sides of the bed and with the small desk near the wall at the foot of the bed, there was only about that much space there as well. We decided not to ask to switch since we really didn't spend much time in the room. The only thing that we really didn't like in the room was how hard the pillows were. After reading other reviews, we learned to book our a la carte restaurants right away so we could get the times we wanted. We also read that the Mexican theme night at the buffet was the best and we would agree 100%. The only bummer was that it stated that the Mexican buffet was Saturday and Tuesday nights but Saturday night ended up being French night and we were kind of disappointed with the food. We ate at Don Diego (Mexican a la Carte) and the Viva Cafe (International cuisine). I would say that Don Diego wasn't our favorite but the Viva Cafe was out of this world! We would have eaten there every night if we were allowed! Since we stayed 6 nights, we were only allowed 2 a la carte reservations. The buffet restaurant was fine - we felt the lunch was the best meal there and the breakfast was 2nd best. We read many reviews that most people really enjoyed the breakfast so I don't think you will be let down. The dinners were fine - every night they had pizza, a pasta station, burgers and hot dogs, tons of fresh baked breads, fruit, desserts, etc. Then they had food for whatever theme that the night was. We never left hungry. Also, don't be surprised if some of the staff who work the entertainment join you for dinner. It was a nice way to get to know some of the staff! The bars were pretty decent, although my boyfriend was disappointed they only had one choice for beers - which was Dos Equis XX. The liquor selection was pretty decent and they had a huge menu of fun drinks. I stuck with Captain Morgan and diet or pina coladas but I asked for Anejo rum instead of the standard rum; it made them even better! We went to a few shows at the resort theater and enjoyed them. One night was a Disney theme where they had children who were guests of the resort starring in the show - that was really cute! The grounds were really pretty and we didn't mind our walk to the beach. We were in the building farthest from the beach, near the relax pool but it was nice to have to walk a little every day. The beach was absolutely beautiful and we swam in it at least a couple times per day. Many reviews we read said you had to get up early to save seats by the pool or beach but we never had to - there was always a place to sit! Don't forget to check out the non-motorized sports; Eduardo took us on a Catamaran ride on our last day and it was really nice! I was glad we were able to squeeze that in to our trip! The downtown area is about a 2 mile walk from the resort. We took cabs a couple trips and walked there and back once. It wasn't too bad of a walk, but it was really hot so we were drenched by the time we returned! The cab rides to town cost $7 each time we went unless we went a little past the downtown - then it cost $9. We checked out a local restaurant called Oh Lala that was really good and watched some Stanley cup playoff games at a bar called Los Tabernacos. We were so glad we found those two locations to check out!
We enjoyed our stay at the Viva Wyndham Maya and hope you do as well. I would say it was a good deal for the price we paid. It wasn't the fanciest of places but it was worth the money!
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- Maya Viva Wyndham
- Wyndham Hotel Playa Del Carmen
- Wyndham Playa Del Carmen
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- Wyndham Maya
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