We booked this holiday for a good relaxing holiday and marked a 50th whilst there. The location and proximity of the wildlife appealed to us. We weren't disappointed and took many good pictures, often close to the room. The room was fine, if a little dark and occasionally smelly in the mornings (ground floor / drains). The bed was comfortable for us. The beach was lovely although hard to get a sunbed if you didn't arrive early (not that anyone was lying on them!). The pool was massive and quiet enough at the far end. The grounds were very well maintained as were the public areas. The staff were all very friendly and there was was a good variety of drinks. We tended to ask for the drinks on the rocks as otherwise they were served with crushed ice and not as good. The bar in the Quetzal served better prepared drinks.
My only criticism was as a vegetarian. Obviously most won't be affected and my partner really enjoyed the variety of meats and fish served. My diet for the two weeks was severely limited. There was a veggie corner (not labelled so didn't realise for ages) but this seemed to be boiled veg and mash and occasionally one other dish. There were many salads but they nearly always added meat or fish! Even the avocados (which I love) had some meat topping on most occasions. We went to the italian for my birthday but although assured they could cater and they'd prepare a ravioli with spinach and tomato; the waiter reappeared and asked if they could use chicken stock! The labelling could be far clearer in the main restaurant. I realise that being a vegetarian is more difficult abroad, and believe me, I'm not a fussy eater, but Cuba was far better. Got a bit fed up of pizza, chips and the same 3 or 4 salad items on top!
We visited Chichen Itza and were glad we took advantage of the early Thomson tour before the crowds. We also visited a sink hole with a Tequila 'museum' which was totally ruined by the pushy sales guide. We didn't buy bad use of this. Similarly, Playa Del Carman could be a little of a hassle though no worse than Turkey or Egypt. I had a fantastic massage at Zen massage attached to the Blue Parrot hotel.
The entertainment team seemed to work hard and although not something I usually watch, the evening entertainment was fairly amusing. My partner played water polo and volleyball and did aqua aerobics in the sea which I enjoyed watching!
Overall had a lovely relaxing time and preferred this to some of the more contemporary, sterile
hotels down the road.
PS free wi fi on the right of the beach. The cost can build up otherwise. Returned 5/12.
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- Privileged situation directly on the beach of Playacar, around 3 km from the town of Playa del Carmen. Specially recommended for honeymooners. Varied, colourful entertainment programme. Large pool area. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Iberostar Playa Del Carmen
- Iberostar Tucan Mexico
- Iberostar Tucan Playa Del Carmen
- Playa Del Carmen Iberostar
- Iberostar Tucan Quetzal
- Iberostar Tucan Playacar
- Iberostar Tucan Hotel Mexico/Riviera Maya - Playa Del Carmen