We just got back last night 11/12/10 from a week at the Grand Mayan, building 4, and had a wonderful time. We were leery after all the scary news about drug wars in Mexico but that is happening far away, at the borders. The whole playa del carmen area felt very safe, hotel has great security, safe to take cabs as they write down your room number and cab number as you exit to ensure that they know exactly who you are with when you leave, we rented a car at the hertz on site for $60 for the day, very easy driving to tulum/akumal. loved the buena vida restaurant in akumal where you can have a meal or drink on a swing, hammock, or tree house on a gorgeous beach. Prices about the same everywhere. nice is nice. We would have gone to see other things but my husband had to leave early and did not want to worry about us so we stayed on the grounds. They do a great job entertaining you with a great activities staff: my 9 year old LOVED the quality crafts- made paper flowers, pinata, first class face painting, all included. She and I took the stretch class on the beach and water aerobics each day, recommended! THe bike tour was neat and we saw all the crocos and flamingos on the property. My 13 year old son loved lounging around the Sanctuary Pool a very exclusive classy place with outdoor beds where you can nap, interesting shaped resting places, one day I found him in a lounge shaped like a teepee, another in a bananna peel.
Bring your matching, non patterned clothes for a professional family pic, session is free, pics are unique and very cool and they cost $30 each for a digital image you own and can print or download as much as you want.. a bargain!!
I am pretty frugal and found that the store is just a little more than a grocery store and to me it was not worth a 20 minute drive anywhere to buy juice, eggs, milk and an occasional deli sandwich and pizza- all tasty and saved a lot of $$ on the final bill. Bring your own coffee filters, coffee, sugar packets, sweet low, packaged foods and save even more. You can do laundry for about $8/load fyi, they provide everything for that.
Restaurants were amazing: the blue fish on the way in when you're waiting for your room yum, Frida's is the very best (mexican), and Gong, sushi, asian was delicious and very sophisticated...averaged about $70 lunch, $100 dinner for a family of four, much like at home. Del Lago was kind of yuk in that the shows were cheesy and the buffet was a lot of mediocre food or inexpensive food at a premium price $35 person/kids 1/2 price, you could easily skip it. Would have liked to have tried breakfast buffet at green break near golf course, read it was good and confused it for del lago.
Beach was beautiful but rocky (lots of reefs, bring snorkeling stuff if you have it) and water shoes. Sand beach walking distance.
Low # building is advised, especially if you are not fit to walk much and even then you will walk, but we are pretty healthy and the walk is beautiful and never more than 5-10 minutes. never took shuttle. felt badly for very elderly or overweight, they did struggle. We were concerned that we would get no privacy as a 2br was not available, but the 1bedroom would afford privacy for parents even if you had 4 kids b/c living room has 2 day beds with trundle. very private, comfortable quarters.
I used the internet to check into office each morning, but instead of paying $95 for the week, I did 24 hrs for $17 and checked in MT for $17 and WTh for $17, not bad. Skipped the sales pitch after reading all the bad reviews, but I am curious about what it takes to own the timeshare there..it's lovely.
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