It's been a while since we went on our trip to the Valentine Imperial Maya - we went in August 2013. We visited TripAdvisor many times to read what people had to say about this resort and had every intention of writing our review when we returned but that didn't happen! SO, here we are now - almost a year later.
ROOM: This place was absolutely beautiful! We had a Silver Suite and it was amazing. I think I remember that people were complaining that the rooms were not that cold well ours was just fine. I'm always hot and I had no problems in our room. It was perfect! We had the Happy Anniversary Banner on our door - makes you feel a little extra special.
PRIVILEGE PACKAGE: We did add the Privilege Package and it was WELL worth the extra money. We chose to have a bed at the beach and that was so nice. It was also closer to the bar! We are not wealthy people and we don't have to have the best of the best but we decided to splurge and add that package and having that cabana at the beach was worth every penny. Our only problem that we had was that a few times we went out and people were in our cabana and using our towels and laying in our bed. That kind of bothered me...maybe the resort people could monitor that more?? I just can't believe the nerve some people have - I would never plop myself on something that clearly has someone's name on it. You also get 4 bottles of liquor - big bottles! We brought 3 bottles home with us because you didn't need it - every where you looked there was a bar. Special treats are left in your room too - chocolate covered strawberries, champagne, etc. Adding this also allowed you to have drinks and check in and check out in a special lounge just for those that had the package. The ladies and gentlemen that work in there are extremely nice and very accommodating. They make any reservations that you need so that you don't have to wait in any lines. They were so helpful!
FOOD: We liked every restaurant that we ate at - we especially liked the Mexican one. We ate there one of our last nights and wished we had gone earlier in our stay and could have gone again. The breakfast buffets were good as were the lunch buffets. The hibachi was fun - they put on a great show! One of the places we ate many times was an outdoors restaurant - and it was hot. But it was Mexico in August - what do you expect!
THE BEACH/POOL: We chose not to leave the resort at all during our stay for any excursions. It was purely a relaxing vacation for us after a hectic summer. We layed at the beach every day. The pool is enormous and beautiful - it's the biggest pool I've ever seen! It looked like everyone was having a lot of fun when we would walk through that area. I didn't see anyone being obnoxious or extra loud...just people having a good time. Being from South Louisiana we just loved laying in the cabana on the white sand and looking at the crystal blue water - we don't normally see water that color here! There are people walking the beach that want to sell you things but once you tell them you aren't interested - they pretty much leave you alone. If you do decide to buy something - bargain with them - they will go down on their prices!
EVENINGS IN THE PLAZA: Every night they provided some type of entertainment in the Plaza...the house band was fun, 2 nights there were vendors that came in so you could shop (wheel and deal with them too) and one night was a Mexican night with lots of food, music and fun.
GROUNDS: The resort itself is beautiful! People are constantly working in the gardens. It is very large - we probably only saw 1/4 of the place! We were in building 2 so we were pretty centrally located to all of the activities and restaurants - which I liked. You will see MANY iguanas - they are not afraid of you - they will sit there and watch you walk right by!
Now - I did have a bad stomach that started a couple of days after we arrived - I thought it was due to the many frozen drinks I was drinking - but I brought it home with me and ended up seeing a dr. a week later for antibiotics because it wasn't stopping! A guy in the shuttle to the airport was suffering with the same thing. That was my only complaint! I have no idea what caused it - but I still had a wonderful time and it didn't stop me!
We also met a wonderful couple that was there celebrating their 10 year anniversary and we have stayed in touch with them. We will be returning to the Valentine Imperial Maya - next time with a group of friends - we want everyone to experience the beauty and hospitality that we experienced there. It was a wonderful place!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Valentin Imperial Maya is the new definition of paradise. Our 5 star Adults-Only (18+) All-Inclusive Resort is located a short 25 minutes from Cancun International Airport in the Riviera Maya. Set amid lavish gardens on a half-mile-long stretch of white sand beach named Playa Del Secreto (The Secret Beach), this magnificent award-winning resort boasts one of the largest swimming pools in Mexico. The location is ideal as one can easily reach Cancun and the world famous Mayan archaeological sites such as Tulum, Coba, and Chichen Itza, yet be removed enough to enjoy the casually elegant ambience of Valentin Imperial Maya. Escape into a world where your every wish is our command. Come indulge yourself....You deserve it! Valentin Imperial Maya Hotel & Spa is committed to preserve the environment by reducing the consumption of natural resources, promoting among our guests and staff, protection and respect for the environment through good environmental practices. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Valentin Imperial Maya Hotel Playa Del Carmen