Stayed December 19 to December 27, 2013. There were 4 of us and the larger rooms were at the back, top floor, so we went with that. Very comfortable and quiet (hotel was full!) and everything worked in the bathroom. Walk to beach and restaurants was not a big deal - we had a car and were able to park very close and go in and out through the rear of the building. French restaurant was great - went there a few times. Japanese not so good - apparently the one in the resort next door is better. Italian is probably good most of the time but they had a major snafu the night we were there. Buffet was great whenever we ate there - lots of cook to order options. All of the staff throughout the resort were exceptionally helpful and polite - chamber staff, restaurant staff, grounds people, security, receptionists with the one exception being the receptionist at the French restaurant who was exactly like the receptionists at restaurants in Paris - I guess she went there to train:-).
We picked this resort because we wanted to be able to sea swim and snorkel directly from hotel and it was great for that - For turtles go to the right inside rope - when you see sea grass on the bottom just float and wait - early morning is best. For fish, swim out between rocky point and buoy at end of rope and curve around to left - stay well out if there is a swell - water is very shallow off that point and there can be some surge.You could also walk north of the restaurants and just go into the water on the other side of that rocky point. The hotel is fairly well placed for visiting ruins - we were able to get to most before the buses and particularly enjoyed strolling around Tulum - do not miss it.
The cenotes are great fun too. Across the main road from the hotel and slightly south there are a couple - second one - almost directly on the road was our favourite. Lots of locals on holidays - very welcoming and helpful.
We are looking forward to going back to the area though we will probably be more adventurous and not go with all inclusive.
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