We are normally avoid all inclusive hotels, but decided to try this out as we found a great deal through booking.com for a two week holiday.
It's a lovely quiet hotel with a stretch of clean beach and very clear sea. The pools were very clean, and the staff extremely friendly. Our room was the first room on the beach, next to water sports rental, and near the beach bar. Really quiet every night and we didn't even hear the karaoke they put on one night at the bar!
It was quite stormy for the first 4 days, so didn't venture out that much, but the staff were on hand and were accommodating.
The food was very good as you would hope from an Italian run hotel. There was a different selection on offer everyday to suit all tastes, and some healthy options. The Mexican taco chef was really good (he is there every lunch time). We had planned to eat out on a few occasions, but ended up at the hotel for food most of the time.
The hotel is situated quite far from Tulum beach and ruins. We had planned to cycle there, but sadly the section of road the hotel is off is a cycle free zone. No problem though - we just walked to the top of the road (about 8 mins) and then caught the bus to Tulum town. we hired bikes from there to cycle down to the beach.
Do not miss the Cenote near the hotel. Just take a right down the dirt track as soon as you exit hotel. About 15 mins walk (or jump on the hotel bikes) and the cenote is on the left. Hire a kayak or go snorkelling. it's small but also very quiet.
Don't be put off by the 'animators'. We just told them 3 days straight that we were not interested in taking part in any games/activities and they got the message and didn't bother us again for the rest of the holiday. They were all very friendly to chat to at the bar though!
We would love to go back to Tulum, and to stay in this hotel. It's far enough away from noise / bars to escape everything, but close enough to go a bar in town if you would like in the evening. We have already recommended it to our friends.
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