This was a last minute booked 25th anniversary trip, last minute because we didn't originally have the time off together.
We were with Thomas Cook flying from Gatwick. Check in was so easy, but for some people be careful with your baggage allowances, 20Kg for suitcases and 5Kg for cabin bags, extra weight will cost you. For a charter flight I was amazed at the leg room, I'm tall and had ample, but the seats did seem a bit narrow. Book beforehand in flight meals, it's a long flight and the food was pretty good, better than some major airlines.
Cancun airport can seem a bit of a nightmare after a long flight, baggage takes a while, then never ending security, immigration checks, so be warned, losing your rag won't help !!!!
Very short coach trip to the hotel, be warned everybody sort of expects a tip, even the bus drivers, make sure you take some small change (usually $1 US or 20 peso). Didn't appreciate the Thomas Cook coach guide trying to sell mosquito bands at $10 US which if you read the packet says are free, obviously a self generating scam.
To the hotel/holiday itself....
On arrival at the hotel your bags are collected by the happy friendly bell boys and you are shown to an arrival area and given a nice cold drink. After a few minutes a member of reception arrives and books you in, so easy. The bell boys then collect your bags and show you to your room.
The room was very clean and well appointed, we didn't have a sea facing room, but this was no problem, from the large balcony we could see the lagoon and local area, nothing offensive outside. It also was an afternoon suntrap when the sun had left the beach.
The room had 2 queen sized beds, very comfortable, TV (if needed), plenty of drawer/hanging space, a safe, bottled water resupplied free of charge. The bathroom was large and had a big shower, hair drier so everything you need.
We tried nearly all the restaurants, food was very good in all. The buffet restaurant Paradise is used for breakfast & lunch had a wide variety of different tastes, try something new is a top tip here. Most meals are cooked in front of you and tastes great, loads of help yourself meals and fruit etc, very easy to eat to much beware.
Pier 12, is fish type restaurant, but my wife who doesn't eat fish said the none fish options were very good.
Shangri La was fantastic food and service, I arranged our 25th wedding anniversary dinner here, the hotel staff sourced a very good bottle of champagne for me to be chilled for this meal, well worth a few extra dollars spent.
The Old Barn steak house can get very busy, worth going a little bit later, after 8:30pm. Very good steaks.
Breeze is a fast food type option near the pool, ok for a snack if needed and open all night.
The pool area is well maintained, the pool is not deep and ideal for dipping in and cooling off. There are plenty of loungers and umbrellas, tables and chairs. The bar near the pool is a great place to meet people and chill out. It is open all day so be warned it can be a bit load at times dependant on who is there, but as I said, great place to socialise and fantastic place to have a few drinks in the evening. Thanks must go to Jobe the barman, as mentioned, remember to tip, he remembers you and what you drink and is a constant source of information if asked.
The beach is again well maintained and clean, there are waitresses who spend all day getting whatever you want brought to your lounger.
There are a lot of people wandering up and down the beach trying to sell everything from Cuban cigars to hats, T-shirts etc, but surprisingly all you have to say is no thanks and they go away, no constant hassle.
We did a couple of trips out, Xel-Ha, a water based park, very good, expensive (if you have to pay $140 US each, we got for free) but be warned Xel-Ha and the other 2 theme parks are about 90 mins/ 2 hrs coach drive away, so will be a long day.
Snorkelling on a pontoon on the reef was great, stayed as long as we wanted, shuttle boats every 30 mins, well worth $40 US.
The staff here work incredibly long hours and work very hard to look after you and always have a smile on their faces, very much appreciated by both of us. Must give a special mention to the following:
Oscar in the Paradise, great helpful guy, always smiling and sourced for me some local sauses, thanks for everything.
Jobe at the bar, thanks for making everyone feel welcome, great barman as well.
Oscar (who wears the white shirt) in the Old Barn, again great guy, great service.
We had an absolutely fantastic time here on our 10 day stay and will definitely come again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Golden Parnassus All Inclusive Resort & Spa Cancun, Golden Parnassus Cancun, is an Adults Only All Inclusive Resort Situated on an unspoiled sandbar tucked between Nichupte Lagoon and the Caribbean Sea is one of Cancun's premier adult all-inclusive resorts. A beach resort wholly devoted to the "in the moment" lifestyle, Golden Parnassus Cancun is a destination where exclusive personal service and a sophisticated yet casual spirit offer the backdrop for the ultimate in relaxation. ... more less
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