Let me start out with the terrible, and then move on to the wonderful. We are timeshare owners here since 2001 and it was a traumatic experience of not receiving what we were promised. My advice? Never buy timeshare in a country you're not from as there's little legal recourse if you get screwed, unless you have lots of $$$ to pursue.
That said, Sunset Fishermen's is a jewel of a resort, mostly because of it's small size, awesome location and the people who work there. We have a studio unit and it sleeps 2 adults/2kids really well. It has a small kitchen, which saves us a lot of eating out money. There is an on-site meal plan, as opposed to mandatory all-inclusive, but we simply pay as we go. The rooms are very clean, with good beds and linens, but they're ready for updating a bit. Since we're timeshare, I don't know much about nightly costs.
This is not a foodie type of place. Breakfast and lunch are mostly buffet, but the food is decent enough to keep you on-site to enjoy the beach, at a reasonable price. They do have snack service on the beach. However, Playa del Carmen is just a 10 minute walk away, and there you can find all the varieties of great regional food you might desire, from expensive pampering type restaurants to bars with live music and swings to sit on to inexpensive taco hutches (our personal fave).
The beachfront is wonderful, although sometimes chairs can be an issue. They have outdoor beds, furniture and umbrellas for your comfort. The pool is beautiful and as evening falls, people tend to gather in the warm tub for drinks and conversation. Kids have a good time here, but it is mostly adults. Of you get restless, great adventures are just an inexpensive taxi ride away, or you can book tours through the hotel.
The people who work here are awesome, and they make us feel like family. We always look forward to being greeted by our friend and bellman, Marciel, who we hope will visit us in San Francisco soon. He is friendly, helpful and professional and everyone seems to seek out his advice. This year, our concierge Jessika and her Manager Miguel were very helpful in getting us a beachfront, lower story studio that was a little bigger to accommodate our teens. We had to meet with a timeshare guy named Jay (from San Diego, lol), in exchange, but having breakfast with him was great too. The activities people, Ana and Geraldo, were really, really enthusiastic in getting people to warm-up to things like Spanish classes, water volleyball, Mexican cooking and morning stretching. Plus, they were active with guests all day themselves!
Yes, the timeshare gig was, and remains, horrendous. However, we feel very lucky every time we arrive that, out of a bad experience, we get to experience a small piece of this Mayan Riviera paradise at this jewel of a resort.
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- Also Known As:
- Sunset Fishermen Hotel Playa Del Carmen
- Sunset Fishermen Spa And Resort
- Sunset Fishermen Playa Del Carmen
- Sunset Fishermen Spa & Resort Riviera Maya/Playa Del Carmen, Mexico