This is a hard review to write. On one hand, it was a tremendous value, but we were placed in one of the basement rooms with no chance to upgrade as it was sold out. Had we been in an ocean front room, I am sure we would have experienced a much better stay. Also, as a couple, it doesn't seem right to pay for a three bedroom suite to have an ocean view. If only the architect had built some oceanfront one bedrooms. My husband really disliked it more than me and after 3 days of his !@#ing, I had to tell him to shut it! He was ruining my vacation. Basically he summed it up as this - and this is for the basement rooms: "Imagine we were just married and I had a very bad job and this was our first apartment". As I have told him all our 40 years - I could be happy in a tent..........as long as I was happy.
Well, even the basement was much better than a tent. My first impression was how immaculately clean the room was. We have stayed in true 5 star resorts not as clean as this property. The staff works very hard, and you will always see painting, cleaning, landscaping, pressure cleaning in progress. Some of the staff is distant. Some are truly heart warming and endearing. No pressure here, no judgment- pure relaxation. No makeup - no fancy clothes, no curlers. It's a haven for throwback 60 hippies and millionaires. I met plenty of the latter- it was obvious in the people I mingled with. Well traveled, well educated fellow guests.
It would be nice if management held a once a week dinner and charged for it to create a gathering of the guests - tables on the lawn. Guests are left to their own charisma to interact and it's no problem for me and I did meet some very wonderful people.
The rooms come complete with a 5 gallon refillable water cooler (non potable water here) and I never got sick - yay, because usually I do. Also, dish soap, and all cotainers and dishes - no hairdryers. We brought some staples from home and I wish I had brought more. We did not have a car and didn't miss one. The 20 minute slow walk to Akumal is easy if you're in decent health. It's a short walk to the highway for a collective Snorkeling was fantastic. You will want beach shoes here. Half of the walk to Akumal is on very rocky sand and the resort itself faces a rocky beach entry. Walk 75 paces to the right and there is a sandy entrance with lots of pockets of Caribbean blue waters. We bought some groceries at the Akumal Grocery store which should be renamed "Highway Robbery". Bread, a small box of spaghetti, Ragu, Package each of cheese, salami, sliced ham, can of soup, hotdogs, mango juice, and aspirin I forgot came to $70 American. One plastic bag worth. It lasted us for the week though, along with lunch at the Loncheria and dinner at Turtle Café and Bakery. $20 and $16 . Happy hour with 2 for I prices (4-6) at Turtle Bakery and Café is the best. Both served good food.
Why 3 stars? My first 3 nights were miserable on a very hard bed. I didn't sleep at all. The bed is my only real complaint - and they are new beds!! If I knew they no longer had egg crates I would have taken my own and it would have made a world of difference. I seemed to be the only one complaining, thinking most people must like it hard, but after viewing an ocean front room, they had much better beds. Some guests I met left me their leftover groceries and I paid it forward and left mine to a wonderful couple staying there 2 months.
Renting a car was not cost effective for us as we had a long stay, and this was our last stop. USA transfers (our choice) will make an hour stop at a major grocery store for $30. Most Taxis will do the same. We arranged our taxi back to the airport through Las Villas and we got a very good rate at 800 pesos. My last three days at Las Villas, were tranquil, reflective, almost transcending. I came home pain free after a long medical battle. Would I return? You bet- only in an oceanfront room and according to my husband, when I am a widow. Grumpy McGrumperson wanted to try non inclusive and I think this was a fabulous and economical choice.
This would be a fabulous resort for families, family reunions, groups where everyone parties together. Not for honeymooners.
The included breakfast was very good and filling. Yogurts, fresh fruits, rolls, pancakes, French toast, cereals and juices. Eggs cooked to order available for 70 pesos and up. Good drinks at the poolside bar also. Though we have a bigger pool at home (grumpy's complaint) it was pristine and never crowded even with sold out rooms.
Also, light the stove by pressing the "lightning" icon at the same time you push in on the burner thing. If the microwave short circuits, the circuit breaker is behind a picture on the wall. Take plenty of ziplocks and fill with ice from the ice cube trays. Make ice for your bubba kegs or glasses (take these) by filling paper cups 1/2 full from the cooler. The basement room sucked, but we had the best wifi - the main router was in our room. The basement rooms also have tvs older than us and if my husband hadn't bee able to hook up his movie download system the nights would have been really bad. No moon over the ocean in the basement. Don't look at the ceiling - then you really know you're in the basement, especially with a support beam running through the room.
Hey - I still liked it- would have loved an ocean front room.
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