Hi we are a couple looking at going for our 50th birthdays to Mexico.
Can people recommend a nice all inc with plenty to do, lots of different bars, restaurants etc
And water sports
You haven't mentioned budget. I like the Valentin. Secrets Maroma Beach, the other Secrets resorts and the Excellence resorts come highly recommended. Water sports may or may not be available in all of these resorts because the water can be rough in some areas.
My recs will totally depend on budget.
I like to stay at adults only resorts when I am not traveling with my kids so thats what I would recommend. The Valentin is for sure a great choice. Its not as expensive as some of the other adults only resorts but has a lot to offer. Has better night life than the other adults only resorts we have visited as well.
One of the Bahia Principe hotels. There are four resorts in one complex with multiple pools and bars at each resort. You can take out kayaks, catamaran, snorkeling gear, etc. There is a basketball and tennis court on site. They have a storefront area that includes shipping, sports bar, disco, etc. So shopping and nightlife on site.
If you stay at the non-luxurious resorts you have a access to two of the resorts (Bahia Principe Coba & Bahia Principe Tulum). If you stay at one of the luxury resorts then you can access all four of the resorts (Luxury ones are Bahia Principe Akumal & Bahia Principe Sian Ka'an).
The shopping, nightlife & water activities are included no matter what resort you choose.
Check out TRS Yucatan if budget allows (approx 15 restaurants and over 20 bars). If on a tighter budget, the grand palladium is part of the same complex as TRS but it allows children. That said there are 2 adults only pools, 2 adult only bars and the a la cartes rotate on an adults only each night meaning at least one every night will be adults only. On the grand palladium side you’re looking at around 10-12 restaurants and around 20 bars.
Thought of another one...Secrets Akumal. For some reason that I cannot understand, SA is pricing out close to the VIM which IMHO it should not. SA is a higher level resort than VIM so you may be able to get a steal.
Lots of evening activities but snorkeling right off of the beach. A rarity in the area. Does not have jet ski's on site though due to the reef and snorkel area.
Secrets Maroma is a good option.
It isn't huge (which I like), it is adults only, and has enough restaurants for every day of the week - NO RESERVATIONS required.
They also have a dine around program that you can utilize for other Secrets/Dreams/Breathless should you wish for an alternative option.
There are quite a few bars as well, but offer poolside and beachside service so you don't have to go yourself to the bar to get a drink. Might be kind of nice to have that service for your birthday!