My parents and I stayed at the Iberostar Tucan for five nights during spring break and had a lovely time enjoying both land and water activities. The property is near jungle and wildlife is abundant from the moment you pass through the impressive, open aired lobby. After checking in, we were greeted by the large resident male peacock that could be seen displaying his feathers daily on the resort path. Keep your eyes open for families of monkeys running from rooftop to rooftop. Other wildlife includes iguanas, beautiful tropical birds and agoutis (rodent like creatures). My family enjoyed walking around the resort to find all sorts of exotic creatures in ravines and just off the beaten path.
We found our room satisfactory; however there are no dressers to put cloths in (room 5013) and the temperature/electricity fluctuated without warning from time to time. The shower had good water pressure and our room had a porch that looked out onto a garden. The room bar was stocked every other day with soda, water and beer which we enjoyed. The tv received international channels from American to Mexican to Italian. Each afternoon we would find a new towel creature created for us on the bed with flowers and chocolates. A nice touch.
I was looking forward to the food at this all inclusive resort. Our favorite place to eat was La Hacienda, the Mexican restaurant. Here, we were served Mexican chicken as an appetizer, an a la carte meal complete with a flaming tequila demonstration over my father’s steak and to finish everything off the Mariachi band played songs for us right at our table-delightful! We ate at the Japanese restaurant one night and found the show impressive but the food mediocre. Buffet was available most of the time and there were plenty of options for plenty of tastes. Stay away from the hotdogs at the beach grill; they tasted a bit funky. There are other a la carte options but we only made two reservations. They had a cooking demonstration on the beach one day and made paella for everyone. There are plenty of bar options; the only one we did not visit was the pool bar because it is separate from the other pool and it is in the shade…at least a few degrees cooler than the other pool! By far the best drink mixed is the banana daiquiri-try it and you will not be sorry.
We traveled to Riviera Maya to do some water activities such as snorkeling and SCUBA diving, however directly off the resorts beach is fairly clear water but little fish life. A dive center complete with night diving is available at the Tucan, however my family and I decided to travel to Cozumel on two occasions and use the facilities at the Iberostar Cozumel for diving. This was free from 9 am -6 pm and we ate at their restaurants and swam in their pools while we visited. You could also go to the Iberostar Paraiso in Riveria Maya to play golf and use their facilities if you wanted a change in scenery. I would highly recommend visiting the Palancar reef if you are in Mexico to either snorkel, dive or go on a glass bottom boat. Beware of people trying to sell you trips just off the ferry between Playa del Carmen and Cozumel…use your discretion. The other great excursion we went on was the Tulum ruin/Xel-ha ecopark tour. I highly recommend them.
Overall, Iberostar Tucan is a family resort not so good for the singles scene but a place full of activities and bursting with life. If you decide on this resort, I wish you a fantastic trip just as we’ve had!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Privileged situation directly on the beach of Playacar, around 3 km from the town of Playa del Carmen. Specially recommended for honeymooners. Varied, colourful entertainment programme. Large pool area. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Iberostar Playa Del Carmen
- Iberostar Tucan Mexico
- Iberostar Tucan Playa Del Carmen
- Playa Del Carmen Iberostar
- Iberostar Tucan Quetzal
- Iberostar Tucan Playacar
- Iberostar Tucan Hotel Riviera Maya/Playa Del Carmen, Mexico