- Reviews: 48
Aventura Spa Palace All-Inclusive: THE spot for couples/Honeymooners/privacy!
I highly, totally, whole-heartedly recommend Aventura Spa Palace ("ASP") to ANY couple who wants to get away from "the everyday" and above all, to anyone considering this spot for a honeymoon.
We chose ASP for so many reasons: the massive pool; huge PERFECT lagoon; 7 restaurants; many many many bars; excellent rooms!;, ADULTS ONLY; and well, it was recommended by our travel agent as a great Honeymooners getaway.
Upon check in, you are given champagne and flowers. Taken to your room right away (we were, anyway). There is a shuttle that takes guests from the North Lobby to the South Lobby, but walking the beautifully maintained grounds of ASP was a great way to see all the glory of Cancun (flowers, landscaping, iguanas, butterflies, etc.) and work off all that FOOD that we ate!!!
The most outstanding characteristics of ASP are: the lagoon, the pool, and the restaurants.
The Lagoon: some people just don't read reviews or do any research before going to ASP. It is pretty freaking obvious to see that ASP does NOT have a beach. They have a rocky wall built up and a man-made lagoon; which is utter HEAVEN. It is massive; runs the entire length of ASP. There are fishies a-plenty in the lagoon; it is under 5 feet deep in most spots; you can snorkel, kayak, swim, or just simply float on your back and watch the birds & clouds swirl by. It is that huge, that you can float drunkenly for hours without anyone bumping into you. It was SO heavenly, we didn't even try out the pool, OR miss having a beach!
The Pool: We didn't use the pool, mainly because we were so enthralled with the lagoon. They had the typical Cancun-style tequila volleyball in the pool, night shows, and the usual fun. Each pool area has swim up bars, snack bars, and waitresses/waiters ready to bring you your next drink. We never had to wait and felt like we were treated like royalty.
The Restaurants: How someone can complain about ASP's restaurant is beyond me! They have SEVEN to choose from, along with a smattering of specialty bars: a Mediterranean restaurant, an Oriental, a California-Light theme restaurant, an Italian place, a 'healthy snack' spot that makes fresh fruit smoothies, many lobby bars, a Steakhouse, an International buffet style restaurant, a Thai Lounge which has beds & martinis (great mix), and a few other smaller bars which specialize in tapas & drinks!
- Reviews: 3
Catalonia, Riviera Maya: Pure Heaven
A top class all inclusive resort, travelled alone for my 40th birthday last year and although the accommodation was still being rebuilt after a hurricane the staff could not of done more for you, on the day of my birthday my room was decorated and a cake put there. A choice of 4 restaurants on an evening with plenty of entertainment day and night. Close to the Marina, I booked on line to swim with the dolphins, manatees and stingrays and had a great day, whilst saving about £50. Would for sure go again.
Grounds of the hotel well looked after, waiters and bar staff knew your name some could even remember your drinks even if you changed them often like I did, they`d even bring them to the beach for you, lovely beach with clear waters and a lagoon. Plenty of sun loungers for everybody, free use of towels for the pool and beach changed as often as you wanted. Rooms spacious and well kept and cleaned.
- Reviews: 288
Hacienda del Sol - A Royal Resort: Hacienda del Sol -An Interval International resort
NOTE: I did not stay here but simply checked the property for friends who bought an interval ownership just prior to Hurricane Wilma striking the Cancun area in 2005. The resort just opened and while the majority of the infrastructure is in place, certain information is not available including their own website and contact information.
I did take a 2 hour tour of the entire property, including having breakfast in the restaurant, and I was able to see the accomodations of the rooms available.
The property is unfinished but there are dozens of workers present completing the next phase of the 200+ room resort. Currently 55 rooms are completed. There was no evidence I saw of any residual hurricane damage.
The resort was very clean, new and efficient and everything I saw would prompt me to come back to stay here or to recommend it to others.
The resort is meant to be a destination resort with everything you could need being available on site. There are plans for an attached golf course.
The infinity pool was the highlight of the property and it included a swim-up bar & restaurant. Any of the upper floors will have great views of the sea.
The resort rooms can be rented weekly, depending on time of year, for approximately $1,400-2,200 U.S.
- Reviews: 71
Cancun Palace All-Inclusive: Great Deal!
When we decided to go to Cancun, my one prerequisite for wherever we stayed was that it be All-Inclusive. It is definitely the way to go. You don't worry about cash, except for some minor dollars here are there for tipping exceptional service. Walk up to the bar, order whatever you want, and simply flash your wristband. HOW COOL IS THAT?
We stayed at the Cancun Palace which is part of the Palace resorts chain. I think there are eight of them in Cancun. If you stay at one, you can eat, drink, swim at all eight. Each has different restaurants to choose from. They have a free shuttle that takes you back and forth. So I would definitely recommend them. The rooms were nice. Big jacuzzi in the room. Powerful AC. And look at the view we had...
Staff was friendly. Drinks were strong. Food was good.
- Reviews: 88
Almost everywhere: Time Shares!
One thing you should know is all resorts...ok, almost all sell time-shares...even the more expensive resorts and its high pressure. Do not even waste your time going...they will use up at least half of one day of your time.... and the time-share prices are outrageous!!!!!!!
And they will promise you things in return to listen to thier sells pitch, again, do not get involved, if you are not interested, say so and walk away...they can be very aggressive.
- Reviews: 7
Gran Melia Cancun: Gran Melia Cancun - nice but expensive
My husband and I just got back from staying at the Gran Melia, Cancun (10/6-10/16). We’ve got a special deal in the hotel’s website and paid a promotional rate of US$ 99.00 per night for a lagoon view room. The hotel is beautiful and well kept. It has many internal gardens and fountains. We did have a nice lagoon view from our balcony, and the room was nice and clean, exactly as described in their website. The food and drinks are overpriced, from breakfast to dinner (US$ 21.00 per person for a breakfast buffet was a little too much). We bought bottled water and snacks in a grocery store nearby and brought that to our room. We saved a lot of money by doing that, and we noticed that other guests were doing the same. The staff is friendly, but they take their time. Don’t expect fast service. The beach bar should have more options in the menu, and the service should be more efficient. The time share sales reps are placed on every floor, at every entrance and exit to the hotel, in the lobby and at the exit leading out to the pool. They are annoying, pushy, obnoxious and unrelenting. Be prepared to say “no” several times, and don’t waste your precious time with them, unless you intend to buy their product.
It’s a nice hotel to spend your vacation, but overall it’s too expensive.
The pools are beautiful, and the gardens are well maintained.
- Reviews: 210
Carrousel Cancun: Nice Hotel, Value for Money
We booked to go to this hotel on Tv travel shop, it was a very colourful hotel, all painted yellow & blue but looked great. We had a warm welcomming from the staff & went straight to our room to unpack. The rooms are very clean although they are quite basic, the rooms are very large & consist of two huge double beds.
The food at the hotel was lovely, it was all inclusive so you could help yourself to anything you wanted at anytime, i especially liked the local dishes & enjoyed the fresh fruit & ice cream. I also loved the home made cocktails made by the bar staff. The service at the hotel was great too, always helpful & happy to serve.
The pool at this hotel was quite small for such a large hotel but i wasnt complaining as it was a beachfront hotel anyway, so i just went for a dip in the sea to cooldown after a long sunbathe.
There were lots of free watersports to choose from, i often enjoyed going out to sea in a boat. And make sure you take some banana with you as you can jump in the sea and feed all the tropical fishes with it.... what a great experience. I had a great time at this hotel.
- Reviews: 48
XpuHa Palace (all-inclusive resort): Tropical huts in an Ecopark... great pool & view!
I did NOT stay here, but we visited 2 times, as part of the Palace Resorts "stay at one, visit all of them" package.
From what I saw: the hotel "rooms" are actually individual huts (air conditioned!), with private balconies; each had it's own hammock. VERY tropical and VERY secluded; this is the kind of place you'd go for a honeymoon -- however there were alot of kids around so it seemed kid-friendly.
To get around the park, it's wise to hop onto one of the golf carts (if you can find one) going by. If not, you'll be hoofing it; but if ya hoof it, you can stop & check out all the scenery (flowers & wildlife) along the way.
Gotta add: XpuHa's pool cannot be beat. Just perfect. Huge enough for seclusion off in your own corner, had a really neat showering-off area, and the bar! The best Banana Monkey's you'll EVER taste!
The snorkeling lagoon was incredible... clear, full of fishes & even a manatee! The Ecopark itself had all sorts of birds & reptiles & big colorful fish.
The restaurant was a lot higher-class than the one at Cancun Palace; it was also a buffet-style place, but they had SUSHI here.
XpuHa also has it's own private beach; it's nothing like the wild'n'crazy beach at the other resorts! It was totally cordoned off, had straw umbrellas stuck in the sand, and some rocky parts of the beach (which made for some very cool photos).
- Reviews: 48
Cancun Palace All-Inclusive: A youthful, spirited place in Cancun
The palace was clean, that's for sure. Considering the amount of people there, the amount of drinking going on, things could have been a whole lot messier! The maids are very prompt, friendly, and leave ya little towel animals every day they make up the room.
Also, this comes in handy; you get one free room service per day with the all-inclusive package. Comes in handy when you don't feel like crawling down to the restaurant or just in case of ya is hungover... order that free room service... it's nummy!
I guess what I liked best about this place was all the youthfulness... the fun! Volleyball with thumping music going on over here, strolling gondolas in the buffet over there... parasailing & people-watching on the beach, with GREAT waiters bringing your pina coladas right to ya beachside!
The pool is in 3 sections... there's a shallow area, then the volleyball area, then, the swim-up bar area with a waterfall. The swim-up bar totally rocks!
All of the rooms have a 'view', however, you have to ask for a 'great view'. The first time there, the view wasn't so great; second, time, we got what we asked for, and man, what a view... of the ocean, the people on the beach, the poolside activities...
There's a great outdoor buffet style restaurant that seems like it's always open... and also a fancier, dressy-up kinda place on the inside.
Also, with Palace resorts? You stay at one, then you can visit all the others (and, swim in the other's pools, eat at their buffets, drink at their bars... it's all inclusive all the way around).
- Reviews: 1
Cancun Palace All-Inclusive: Not a luxery all-inclusive... average at best
If you have been to a Sandals resort, and are interested in this resort, you will be sadly disappointed. It is NOTHING like a Sandals brand resort. The lobby is enclosed with windows and solid walls, but not air conditioned. The fans on the ceiling do little to help move the heavy warm humid air around. We signed for the room, the room safe key, and had plastic bracelets put on our wrists. We were informed that if the bracelets were broken or removed, that a cost of $75.00/night would be assessed.
Because it was our 1st wedding anniversary, our travel agent had requested a beach front room with a Jacuzzi tub. After several minutes, they gave me the key to a lagoon side room (not beach front as requested) with a Jacuzzi tub, claiming it was a “very nice room and an upgrade”. No smoking laws have not been enacted in Mexico anywhere- including the Cancun Palace. Due to the heavy nature of the humid air, it tends to linger in hallways, lobby, and elevators.The room was suitable. The sheets were clean, and the comforter had a very small hole, and there was no fitted sheet offered or available- only 2 flat sheets, then a blanket, then a comforter. The bathroom was fully functioning, aside from the slow draining shower stall, though it did not flood over. Bottled water in the room was most appreciated. The TV only received a dozen stations, 3 of which were continuous infomercials for the Palace resorts, and another 3 which were satellite music stations (jazz, Latin, and salsa). The view on the beach side is great if you like sun rise. The floors in the room are marble-like tile, and therefore are extremely slippery when wet. There are no floor drains in the room. Pillows were ample. The gift shops (1 jewelry, 1 t-shirt, 1 general souvenir and merchandise) were amply stocked, and the prices were far better than we found anywhere in town. The pools are too small for the number of visitors this resort gets, and were always crowded to the maximum capacity.
The bars get crowded quickly, as people linger long after getting their drinks. Lounge chairs around the pool fill up early and fast with people’s belongings. The smooth rock surface around the pools gets incredibly slippery when wet from water splashed all around the pool. Despite the “slippery when wet” signs, my wife and I watched numerous people slip and fall. Little was done by the staff to change the conditions at any time.The large beach is enjoyable, but shade huts are few in number, and fill up quickly. Jelly fish are a regular hazard, and often swimming is prohibited for safety reasons with red flag warnings and yellow police line tape. The food can best be described as American back yard bar-b-que with flares of pasta, Mexican flavors, and cold cuts. The “Reservations Only” restaurant on-site was a strong attempt at fine Mexican dining. The presentation was admirable, the variety of options was notable.This resort is average at it's very best- not worth the money unless you are underage and want to drink, or you are college age and want to hook up in Cancun, club, etc.
- Reviews: 74
Tucancun Beach Hotel: Location Location Location
Great All-Inclusive hotel.
Situated just opposite a large shopping mall which has a cinema, bowling alley and loads of shops, perfect if the weathers crap!
Great choice of restaurans too.
Bus services run every few minutes along the road and costs about 10pence to get into Downtown for more eateries, disco's etc.
Very safe environment and the people were great.
Superb location and great Lizzards!
- Reviews: 76
Hotel Casa Maya
This is a beautiful five stars hotel in a great location in Cancún, because it is just 10 minutes from downtown and is in one of the most fantastic beaches.
The service is really good, the hotel has comfortable rooms with view to the Caribbean sea.
It has swimming pool, jacuzzi, many activities like aquaerobics, volley ball, contest, restaurant, snak bar, internet, minimarket, tennis area.
- Reviews: 1
Riviera Maya all inclusive 5 star resort: Xpu Ha Palace Resort
Carrie and I got to spend three nights and five days at the Xpu Ha Palace. This place was great! It?s more a natural preserve than a resort as most people would describe it. The two story thatched roof huts are spread all over the property which made for some interesting walks through the property. We got lost a few times and borrowed a bike more than once, but the scenery is absolutely wonderful.
Find out more here XPU HA and I?ll post more later.
In room safe.
Individually controlled Air Conditioning
Handicapped rooms available
Non smoking rooms available
Satelite TV with remote control.
Mini Bars containing sodas, bottled water, and beer
Electric Coffee Maker.
Turndown service upon request
Alarm clock/ direct dial telephone
- Reviews: 35
Ventura Spa Palace Resort: A resting place for the moment
Nice and comfortable, but only for the moment and to actually get some sleep in between all the fun.
- Reviews: 35
Ventura Spa Palace Resort: Resort Rooms
Each room was equipt with a nice size jacuzzi tub, alcohol and a large size bed for late night activities :)
They even left each morning a lovely animal shaped towel with a chocolate candy and each night turned down the bedding for your pleasure.....
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