Just returned from a 7 day stay at the GCPS...and although we enjoyed our vacation...we most likely will not return to this resort.
We arrived at 9pm on Sunday. There was no one there to greet a bus load of people and we all just wondered in with luggage in hand and confused. We were directed to have a seat at a table in a nearby lobby bar. We sat there waiting for the one front desk guy who was going table to table checking reservations. When he finally arrived at our table, he assigned us to room 205. Right there I knew it was a lagoon side room because only the even numbered rooms are oceanview. I asked him and he said there were no oceanview rooms available and that there was nothing he can do. I thought okay, let's at least see the room and try to enjoy the lagoon view.
We went to the room which had two double beds, a balcony overlooking a parking lot and tennis court. Way beyond thousands of feet away, we did see a slight glimpse of what appeared to be a body of water....this was the lagoon. It was late and we were hungry so we decided to go to the Old Barn Restaurant which was located right at the entrance. We ordered the steak and were pleased with the food and service. This restaurant had a country and western feel to it, and it was loud and not very busy.
We went back to our room and settled in for our first night. We noticed a large humming sound coming from somewhere every few minutes. We first thought it may be the elevators or air conditioning unit but it sounded more like a generator and it went on all night. It was extremley irritating and this was with the balcony doors closed. The next morning I went down to the front desk and asked for another room, preferrably an oceanview room and they said that we would have to wait until Tuesday. Not a problem. We could bare it for one more night. On Tuesday morning at about 11:30am we were assigned to room 520. We walked in and fell in love with it right away. We had the oceanview with a kingsize bed and a balcony that overlooked the three pools and tiki bar. Yes, the beds are hard and the sheets and towels are rough, but I enjoyed the firm mattress, and could bare the other.
We ordered room sevice a few times, and were impressed with the service. The food was okay. For breakfast and lunch, we always ate at the Paradise buffett. They had everything you can imagine for breakfast, and for lunch you had a choice of grilled burgers, hot dogs, steaks, fish, or chicken. They also had a variety of vegetables and rice, potatoes, and some other mexican dishes that were not identifiable. In the next section, you could order stir fry dishes to your liking, with beef, chicken, or seafood. You could also order fajitas and empandas, pizza, and various pastas. In the centre section, you had your salad selection where you would find various types of lettuce, tomatoes, onions and all the other salad garnishments. There was also a section devoted to fresh fruit....uhm the fruit was great! They also had hot soup, and a mini sushi bar. The dessert section had various pastries, jello, and ice cream. We had no complaints about the food here, but after several days, it did start to get boring.
For dinner, we tried Pier 12 and hated it! We normally love seafood, but this place was awful. We actually ended up cancelling the rest of our dinner as we were not happy with the first few dishes that they served. The appetizers and soup, and pasta sucked in this place and the lobster tasted dirty and gross! We thought that we end it off with dessert as they had my favorite creme brule...what a disappointment that was...it tasted more like a custard pudding with extra sugar. We were glad to find that both the Old Barn and Shangrila had various seafood dishes and they were ten times better than what Pier 12 was serving. We even found the waiters at Pier 12 to be a bit snobby. Needless to say, we did not return to Pier 12.
Shangri la was the restaurant of choice for our dinners. This place has an Arabic feel to it and the food was "fine dinning". We enjoyed it very much and the service was top notch. The desserts are to die for and you could ask for seconds anytime.
The Breeze Restaurant is open 24 hours and is located by the pool. It has finger foods like nachos, chicken wings, burgers, fries, etc... Not my favorite as most food sits in a heated dishes all day, and the burgers are dry, fries are heavy with grease, and the chicken nuggets are gross...but this was the only place open after hours so if you wanted a bite to eat, this was your only option.
I have nothing good to say of the entertainment that this resort offers. I found the Carlos guy to be pushy with a lot of attitude. The other guy was very friendly, and the two girls were alright. I just wish they wouldn't come around and interrupt your dinner trying to convince you to attend their nightly entertainment show.
The shows were a big joke. Very cheap, cheesy entertainment (if you want to call it that). We only went to two of the shows, and that was enough. The karaoke night was pitiful as the staff were not happy that there were no volunteers. They tried to get everyone drunk by forcing people to drink out of a bottle of tequila...the bottle was being passed from mouth to mouth...yuck! The gay guy named Carlos would go around to the tables and squirt tequila in peoples mouth. He actually singled me out for not clapping one night....little did he know that half the room was not clapping as the singers were not very entertaining. They were all staff members and they were making fools of themselves. If you were not drunk, you were not being entertained. A big joke and waste of my vacation time!
The other show we saw was the Millenium show. This was their tribute to music from the 50's, 60's 70's, 80's and 90's. It was more of an impersonation show. Again big joke, watching them do their impersonation of the Village People (Carlos the gay guy wearing a pink bikini with feathers) Cher, Diana Ross....again, if you were not drunk, it was not entertaining at all. We watched several people get up and walk out during the show. We decided that going back to the room and watching CNN would be more entertaining.
The Spa was interesting. In the men's locker room, you have access to a steamroom, sauna, jacuzzi, and showers. The gym and equipment were good. They also have a Medical Doctor on site. However, he charges $60 per hour. I went in there asking for advice on how to treat a bad sunburn and was shocked to hear the cost.
There is also a gift shop and jewellery store in the main lobby. The prices in the gift shop were reasonable. They also have a convenience store with various items. I found their prices to be a bit high.
We didn't get a chance to play mini golf but we did take pictures with the celebrity statues that they had around the golf course (I took a picture with Marilyn Monroe and Elvis).
They have a Business Centre where you have access to the internet, but it costs $2 every 15 minutes and the computer is very very slow.
The Beer Garden is a bar/disco that was always empty. They have a few pool tables in there and a dance floor. It is all taped music and was never busy.
You have to ask the front desk for a remote control and key for the room safe. There are ice machines in the stairway on each floor. If you want water, make sure you keep your bottles for refilling purposes. You can refill them at the cooler by the bar in the lobby, or go down to the gym area and fill up there.
The tiki bar was quite popular and busy every night until closing (2:00am). They have some great tropical fruit drinks that you can order at any of the bars try the Bahama Mama (banana, strawberry, rum) or the Miami Vice, or the Mudslide they were my favorites.
The jacuzzi outside by the pool was hot and nice, but we noticed green bubbles floating around (algae). The entertainment staff can get annoying as they are on the loud speakers trying to convince people to participate in the pool games. You can't get away from the noise unless you go down to the beach area. Try to find a hut at the end. They also have a nice waitress that comes around to take your order for drinks while on the beach.
The BEACH.....this is the resorts best feature! The water is beautiful the sandy beach is clean with white powdery sand. The flag was always red when we were there and this meant strong waves. We still went in but didn't venture very far. There is a lifegaurd on duty who will blow the whistle at you if he thinks you are going in to far. The waves were fun...they pound you really hard. We had a yellow flag for the last few days which meant caution. The water was calm, warm, and great for swimming. Again, this is the resorts best feature.
We were never around the pool area and were able to enjoy peace and quiet with a beautiful view of the ocean (it was nice that there were no screaming kids around). We never had a problem finding a chair at anytime of day...the huts go fast though so if you want shade, get there early!
Overall I rate this resort a 7.5
I will not stay here again only because I want to experience a different resort/location each time I go to Mexico. There are hundreds of resorts to try and life is short...why restrict yourself to the same experience? I heard that Breezes, or Rui Caribe is really nice and I am sure there are other resorts that stack up or are even better than GCPS. The selling feature for me this year was the "Adults Only" feature and GCPS did fullfill this requirement.
I am posting some pics that I took of the places that I mention above. I hope they are helpful and give you a good visual.
Do not under estimate the effects of the sun....the sun is closer to you as Mexico is closer to the equator. As a result, you burn much easier and, or you get a richer tan...be careful and don't forget the sun block :)
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- 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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