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“Perfect Vacation in Paradise! Sailing Everyday, Party Everynight!”

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Sunset Fishermen Spa & Resort
Ranked #79 of 211 Hotels in Playa del Carmen
Reviewed March 15, 2013

WOW! what a week in Paradise. The flight to Cancun from Miami was $275 round trip and the rental car was $87 for a week!! and my Rental at Sunset Fisherman's Village at PlayaCar with VTSR was only $525 for the week for the 3 of us and we could have had 4 for that price!!

The best part of all of this is my week was March 2-9, 2013 Spring Break and wait till you see the pictures.... All of this for under $900 USD and $100 USD spent at Walmart for Booze and Food and you have my whole budget!!! WOW! BEAT THAT IF YOU CAN and if you can let me know about your vacation place because at mine after a 30 mile drive south from the Cancun Airport I had a meet and greet sign in at the resort in Playa Del Carmen with free drinks and food before I was taken to our suite with an Ocean View of the Pool, Jacuzzi, Beach, and Cozumal ( Second Biggest Coral Reef in the world) in the distance accross the water.

The Fisherman's Village had free bikes to ride around PlayaCar and Playa Del Carmen downtown which was great for seeing all of the Mayan Temple ruins all over PlayaCar. The best shopping of the week was on the 5th Avenue Promanade that must have been a mile long of sidewalk cafes, bars, and shops all along the beach that was packed with sun worshipers recovering from the night before in the clubs that line the beach. Stay away from the shopping on cruise ship days for the best deals and you bargin for everything. Happy Hour Specials all day long on the beach and 2 beers for 20 Pesos is pretty common. OH Yes did I forget to say 13 Pesos to the US Dollar!!!!

Back to Fisherman's Village and my daily routine of free sailing in one of the 2 Hobie Cats which was my choice over the Kayaks that you had to row. Let the wind do the work! And WOW! the crystal clear water and Talcum Powder Beaches of the Yucatan can't be beat. BEWARE of Sun Burn as it is easy to get on the water and this bright beach! 40SPF is suggested.

We didn't use the OPTIONAL Meal Plan the resort had to offer as we chose to spend our $100 for the week at Walmart and cook our own meals for the days while we were on the property which staying on the property was hard to do with all of the places and events you can attend on the Mayan Riveria. We spent one day at Xel Ha Eco Park with all you can eat and drink for $79 each and another day at Tulum Mayan Ruins.

The biggest challenge we had all week was leaving this paradise because we ran out of time before we could do some of the great deep sea fishing or the half day of Yachting and snorkeling the resort had to offer. Next time plan for 2 weeks!!!
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Room Tip: All units have a ocean view and 2 of the 5 building have an elevator if your on the upper floors
  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 13, 2013

We've come here for nearly ten years and always look forward to our stay at this little get.

No place is without its drawbacks, but the beauty of the sea from your balcony, the warmth of the staff and comfort of the rooms makes up for the occasional problem re car rentals or getting the perfect room on floor level with walkouts to the beach.

All rooms overlook the sea, the beach and fun in the waves are steps away.

The activities are there when you want them Yoga and stretch classes, bingo, trivia games, cuisine classes - sushi, guacamole making, even paella one year, and of course tequila tasting. Also the bike tours, but not after the tequilla tasting.

David does it all and with charm and enthusiasm. He's there every day but his one day off. We have enjoyed his being here for the last three years.

And Marciel is at the foyer to welcome you with your names and a hug and a smile as you arrive, and there to answer all your questions in English, Spanish and even French.

Ansel gets you organized, first with towels, then with the hobiecats or the kayaks, or boogie boards, or shovels and pails for the kids. The sand is perfect for castles. He also has a library of pocketbooks - take one, leave one.

The staff who organized the rooms are amazingly patient with guests who all want the same room, and help in any way they can to make the stay as perfect as possible.

An enthusiastic owner at Fishermen's
Marg from Meaford

Room Tip: Arrive early
  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 13, 2013

Fishermen Spa & Resort has the best beach area in Playa del Carmen. It is steps from any hotel door. Although the shortage of umbrellas can be an issue, the rest of it more than makes up for this shortfall.

The restaurant (upstairs and the beach-side grill) have been working very hard to improve the quality of the food. The breakfasts are great, and we had one of the best meals we've had in Playa at the grill.

Anselmo, Marciel, Priscilla, Karen, and the rest of the staff are very helpful and friendly. David and Carlos organize enough activities to keep the guests busy who are looking for activities, and the addition of a couple of hobycats was a thoughtful addition by the management/owners.

The people in the spa - Brenda, Vicki and the others - are very good and the hot stone massages are a favourite.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 13, 2013

My husband and I just spent our 6th 2-week vacation at The Fishermen. We love it thereI You can't get any closer to the water and the beach is wonderful. The views from the balconies over-looking the beach are spectacular as you gaze across to Cozumel. We love the fact that it is a small resort which makes it very easy to meet other people. We also find the staff to be so friendly and helpful. Even when they do not speak English there is always a big smile and a greeting. We partricularly liked David who is the activities director. Although much more reserved than the well-loved previous person it was fun to see him at one moment assisting in a sushi- making class and then next,taking people out on the Hobie cat sail boat. He seems to be able to do anything required by his position. We also love Marciel, the doorman (although there is no door). He has been there for many years and remembers all the returning guests. He is also an amazing source of information.
The furniture was getting "tired" but while we were there our apartment received new furniture.
We love the fact we are so close to the active parts of Playa and the activities there but we so much enjoy the quiet . If you are looking for night life and excitement this is not the place for you.
but there are few places ant better

Room Tip: Most rooms have a beach view but a few do not. If you have a late arrival you may not get the best v...
  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 13, 2013

There has been no hot water for 4 days. Worse yet, it seems like none of the staff really care. They say they'll take care of it and another day goes by. The water is varying temps of luke warm, some days being not so warm. Some of the units do have hot water, but from surveying some of the visitors, only 20% of them had hot water.

This review may not be helpful to most, but it seems like there is always some large problem with the resort every time we come down. I also have a feeling there was no hot water the week before, but I haven't seen any posts on it yet. So, if you have not hot water next week, or the week after, you'll know this problem has been going on for a while.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 11, 2013

I have been to Fisherman's 7 or 8 times now and have always loved it. The beach is fantastic, the service is always wonderful, the people are friendly, and proximity to town allows for easy trips to shopping and dining. A few things have changed over the years. There used to be an amazing activities director names Luis who no longer works there. However, David is very nice and doing a good job as replacement. There is another gentleman, Carlos, who we saw very little off (and he seemed a little pompous so that was ok). The food leaves something to be desired but most people seem to go to town for dinners. Everyone has fully stocked condos, so many meals are cooked in. The restaurant manager, Ivan, has been there for a while and is a wonderful person so I wish they could do something to improve the restaurant quality. The condos are spacious but have dated furniture and artwork. Everything is clean, organized, and comfortable though. If you have been before, you will be happy to know that Marcial, Anselmo, Antonio, Jesus, and many others are still there! They do seem to be trying to make upgrades. It looked like some units were getting new couches when we were just there, so there is hope! In summary, I would highly recommend Fisherman's for vacation.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 10, 2013

We are return visitors to this resort. The resort is wonderful because of its proximity to the beach. This year the place got a face lift with new furniture and the restaurant(s) menu and meals were notably better than in the past couple of years. Definitley worth eating at the resort. The resort has a warm wholesome family feel, but it is close enough to Playa if you feel like a change of venue it is readily available. It is a great place to renew old acquaintances and to make new friendships. It really is just like coming home! The staff there go out of their way to foster that attitude. Whether it is being met at the entrance by Marcial (a long time employee) or meeting the new manager who is managing by walking about and interacting with staff and guests, this resort offers a very personal, but not intrusive feel. We were sad to see that Luis had moved on to other endeavors, but from the relatively new check in staff of Jonathan and his coworkers to Antonio Bandera, as a representaive of the waiters, to Alesandro Flores(a head waiter who definitely went out of his way to make the diners happy). All contributed to a great vacation experience. David and Carlos, provided the best aqua class that I have had at any resort...it really was exercise!
Thanks to everyone there...too many to name for contributing to our vacation!

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with family
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Address: Bahia del Espiritu Santo # 9 | Playacar, Playa del Carmen 77714, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Riviera Maya > Playa del Carmen
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#55 Family Hotel in Playa del Carmen
#83 Romantic Hotel in Playa del Carmen
Price Range: $150 - $316 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Sunset Fishermen Spa & Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 90
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