Courtesy of our very good friends, we all spent an excellent fortnight at the Grande Luxxe Riviera Maya at the end of November 2012 to celebrate a milestone birthday. The apartment was luxurious, the plunge pool on the balcony excellent for cooling down, with a drink of course! The complex itself was wondrous - you shared the area with absolutely phenomenal wildlife, iguanas in every shade of colour, brightly coloured birds, not forgetting the coatimundis and (captive) crocodiles! The plants around the buildings are fantastic - what we grow indoors here in England grow outside there and much much larger. The golf course was excellent, I was the buggy driver and photographer whilst the other 3 played the golf - highly recommended!
Everyone, from the cleaners through to the staff at reception were so friendly and welcoming - the drivers of the transport carts were excellent, they soon got used to the crazy 'English' who preferred to walk than ride! The pool complex is amazing and the Burger Bar at the pool for the GL patrons is excellent, the happy 2 hours for the cocktails was never missed.. There is a good range of places to eat, but we tended to use either Frieda's or the Green Break in the evenings, the Green Break for breakfast and the Burger Bar at lunchtime. The barbecue on the beach was a revelation - eat as much as you like for about £15.00 each, drinks not included. Beer was 50 pesos a can (about £2.50), cocktails 80-100 pesos (£4.50-£5.00). Wine was expensive but didn't drink much of that, when in Mexico drink the beer!
The beach was clean but a shame about the very rocky areas at the shoreline made it very difficult to go into the sea. You needed protection on your feet if you wanted to go in for a swim. Playa del Carmen was about 25 minutes away, that has an amazing beach and very easy to access the sea. 5th Avenue is worth a visit, every shopaholics dream! There is a shuttle from the GL to ASda at Playa from the reception area at Grand Mayan, at a charge of course, or go by taxi..
Visit Tulum and Chitchen Itza, you can't go all the way there without doing this. Truly amazing.
Would I recommend this place - think the answer to that is a resounding yes. Would go back tomorrow if I could.
- Also Known As:
- Grand Luxxe Riviera Maya Playa Paraiso, Mexico