Sorry about the delay in writing this review. We spent two splendid fun weeks in this charming resort in early January. We enjoyed ourselves thoroughly. Let me first deal with the complaints which are usually raised.
Timeshare team- I do not go to Mexico for timeshares but know that they do exist. Rather than get too fussed up and try to dodge the well-placed team for two weeks, I simply relaxed and had a very friendly chat-these are not the sharks.
We received a few trinkets, much helpful advice and a free snorkeling trip from Oscar- a very cool, friendly and informative guy. The whole team was a blast.
We did have a two hour tour and breakfast at the neighbouring property about three minutes away. The pressure was somewhat mild and the property was lovely..We had it out of the way and then had Oscar and his gang as funny friends for the next two weeks. They are just regular folks working for a living-not a big problem in our opinion. do not run and hide or get angry-just go with the flow.
Repairs to the resort were ongoing and every day, this little pueblo of a resort got better and better. The gardens and pool area were great. The iguanas were huge and well-behaved. However feeding them or encouraging toddlers to feed them seems a little unwise. Iguanas were smarter than some parents.
The beach was beautiful, the water warm and clean. Easy to walk the beach for miles and snorkeling was simple fun.
This is also a diving resort and the staff seemed both very good teachers. and very engaging. We do not dive but observed their excellent teaching several times. One problem-if you go with the local team to snorkel, you may also be placed with divers. The problem is that the divers get priority and that meant we snorkellers were in somewhat cold water longer than necessary while the divers were located and picked up. We did another snorkelling trip with a glass-bottom boat that came to the resort pier and it was much better. They educated, watched, encouraged and took better care of their snorkellers-no divers on the boat. Either way, the snorkelling itself is unbelievably beautiful and the main sites are minutes away-no long boat rides.
Staff-all were friendly, hard-working and very efficient. The towel ladies were true artists-the most creative that we have ever seen and we have visited dozens of AIs over the years. We had wonderful little chats with some warm and wonderful people. Thanks to all for your hard work and sense of humour-Santos, Ignacio, Ana, Miguel and Miguelito. Your friend Don Don sings your praises!
The buffet food was excellent-a range of food, warm, tasty and with excellent service from the staff. No idea why anyone would complain. Lots of fun having lunch and drinks at the pool buffet too. Some line-ups but generally very easy to get your food-just have a drink and be patient. We enjoyed several meals at the Mexican restaurant (daytine pool buffet) and liked the staff at the lovely little Asian restaurant although food was simpler there.
The entertainment team was good-especially for families-they had the kids producing lots of bracelets and learning Spanish. The pool games and exercises were run well and without too much noise. Did not vist the disco-but it seemed well-run.
All in all, a very warm, modest but great value resort staffed with some truly wonderful people. When you leave to go to the downtown area, consider a vist to Pancho's Backyard for the best margaritas and wonderful, creative Mexican food. You can use your bill to get a discount at the Cinco Soles store in front.
Quick now-off to Allegro
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In Mexico’s Caribbean there is a tiny island just bursting with life – it is Cozumel and the Allegro Cozumel. Right on the famous Sand Francisco Beach, two worlds of adventure co-exist: The Fun-in-the-sun beach and the amazing undersea Palancar Reef. Whatever you choose to pursue, Allegro Cozumel places it right at your fingertips. Beach Volleyball, tropical bars, restaurants, and nightclubs keep life on land exciting, while the on-site dive shop and big-game sport-fishing charters offer a gateway into the dazzling marine sanctuary of Cozumel’s waters. And when you awake the next morning, after a relaxing night’s sleep in your comfortable guest room, you’ll find there’s even more to explore, because the adventure never stops at Allegro. For the young ones, there is plenty to do from building sand castles alongside the beautiful powdery white sand beach, get physical at the amazing kid’s multiplay covered playground, catch some giggles at the water park, or take advantage of the many activities offered by the Kids clubs. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Occidental Allegro Cozumel Hotel Cozumel
- Occidental Allegro Hotel
- Occidental Allegro Resort All Inclusive