You CAN drink the water –we were informed after 2 days of using bottled water that all of the resort’s water is purified. Makes life easier!
Things I wish I had known or remembered:
1. Carry bug spray with you to use on your ankles about an hour before sunset. It does no good sitting in the room-oops!
2. No alcohol sales in the stores after 5 on Sundays- we tried checking out at 5:10 with beer –oops again!
3. There is a shuttle (golf cart type) from in front of the lobby to the pool with stops along the way. It has a navy flag. I quite enjoyed the long walks but hubby was relieved to learn about the shuttle after a few days!
4. There is a market at the resort but prices are still much higher than at the Mega Store in Playa Del Carmen.
5. We should have brought salt and pepper with us-we couldn’t find a small set in PDC.
6. We found a few eggs in each dozen that were bad- best to crack each one into a glass before adding them to a bowl and spoiling an entire omelet!
7. We brought masks and snorkels but should have brought fins as well, since renting was expensive. We didn’t wear half the clothes we brought, just lived in swimsuits, so we could easily have made room.
The rooms were wonderful. Our mattress already had foam over it, so it was fine for sleeping. The kitchen had a toaster, blender (important for guacamole and margaritas) and a coffee maker. The Mexican coffee is really strong; so don’t overload the coffee maker. We were not expecting much of a balcony (thanks Tripadvisor!) and so were not surprised to find that there isn’t really even room for a chair.
The grounds were gorgeous and well maintained and the pool was the best I’ve ever seen. The week we were there, the palapas had no strings attached. At 8:30am there was still a decent selection of the deluxe ones with mattresses and pillows.
It was off season (last week of Oct) and there was very little entertainment. Our days were busy though and we were asleep most nights by 9.
Our best day was when we hired a taxi and driver (Alex, Taxi # 726) for a day. He knew the best place for us to snorkel-Akumel lagoons- where the water was clear and there were no waves, but thousands of beautiful fish. At the harbour there, we swam out following the buoyed rope to see turtles. At first we saw none and came in, but someone told us that if you hang out long enough you will see turtles even when there are big waves. Sure enough, when I went back out, I saw three of them and swam with them as they munched seaweed .
Our amazing meal of the trip was not at an advertised restaurant. Alex took us to the café of his friend Alfredo Dominguez, who is a former chef from one of the resorts. There were two long tables in a very run-down area. Alex had phoned ahead and when we arrived Alfredo put out steaming platters of lobster tails, one of king crab, one of jumbo shrimp along with Mexican rice, vegetables and a big basket of fresh bread. We didn’t think we could possibly eat it all, but we sure came close! Most cab drivers can drop you there (10 ave and 59 av) since they eat there. There is no name, just ask where Dominguez’s seafood is.
The timeshare salespeople are sneaky – they make it sound like it is mandatory or make your presentation sound like it’s something else –a free tour for instance. We went to the presentation at MP which got us a nice breakfast and $100 off our bill. Was it worth it? Pretty much. We knew what to expect and had our arguments ready. They were hugely aggressive, but we were just as stubborn!
We spent about $250 total at the resort, which included some happy hours. Our shopping the first day was about perfect given how little we had left on the last day. At the back of the Mega store is a takeout counter and we bought a whole roast chicken, a large tub of fried rice and some vacuum packed fresh fish which looked safer than the exposed fish. The tinned salsa was amazing and we should have bought more than one. We added a tin of black beans to the rice which stretched it into three meals. For fresh produce we bought onions, green pepper, shredded and mushrooms for omelets . 5 avocados, limes and a head of garlic for fresh guacamole every night. We’re careful about food so we bought frozen brocolli and stir fry veggies. The produce looked fine, but it wasn’t worth the chance. The Chilean red wines are amazing and only about $7.50 a bottle!
All in all- the best vacation ever!!
- Also Known As:
- Mayan Riviera
- Mayan Palace Cancun
- Wyndham Playa Del Carmen
- Riu Palace Riviera Maya
- Cancun Grand Mayan
- Grand Maya Mayan Riviera
- Playa Del Carmen Wyndham
- Mayan Palace Playa Del Carmen
- Mayan Palace Riviera Maya Mexico