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Cancun & Riviera Maya

Hotel Reviews
September 4, 2007

During my recent visit to Cancun, I spent one full day going to 5 resorts in the area that I wanted to see first
hand.  They did not disappoint.  Because I can't say I have experienced these places, I will give you an overall
impression that I received on each hotel resort and attach pictures for your viewing.


ROYAL HIDEAWAY PLAYACAR- RIVIERA MAYA

 

  • Upscale Boutique resort for the most astute traveler - All-inclusive Resort

  • 6 gourmet a la carte restaurants with varied international cuisine

  • Recreational activities to include water sports, fitness center, biking, PADI scuba diving center, tennis
    courts, cooking classes, live entertainment

  • Oversized infinity pool and relaxation plunge pools throughout the property

  • Full service spa

  • No guest under age 13 allowed.

 

  • 200 guest rooms, including 6 junior suites and 2 presidential auites.

  • Mexican colonial style villa buildings of 2 and 3 stories house these rooms and suites.

  • Private villa concierge

  • Air conditioning and ceiling fans

  • Terraces and Balconies

  • Satellite TV and DVD player

  • High speed internet access- FREE

  • Hydromassage bathtub and shower


My personal opinion: BEAUTIFUL RESORT! Very low-key, located in beautiful Playacar on the Riviera
Maya about 40 minutes away from Cancun.  Rooms were elegantly decorated with every possible amenity you
could wish for and then more.  It was a quiet resort, you could feel relaxation throughout the grounds.


READ MORE ABOUT THE RESORT HERE

VIEW MY PICTURES OF ROYAL HIDEAWAY HERE



SECRETS CAPRI - RIVIERA MAYA
 

  • All luxury, All Inclusive

  • Deluxe rooms, Junior Suites, Governor and Presidential Suites

  • Balconies or Terraces with ocean or tropical views

  • Satellite TV, CD/DVD player

  • Coffee/tea Makers

  • High Speed Internet Data Port

  • Climate Controlled

  • Daily Refreshed mini-bar

  • Full Marble Double Vanity bathrooms, Jacuzzi Baths, seperate showers

  • Concierge Service on each floor.

 

  • Non-motorized water sports: windsurfers, paddle boats, kayaks, catamarans, snorkeling and scuba dive
    lessons.  PADI dive center for fee.

  • Full spa (services are for additional fee), modern fitness center

  • Beautiful beach, large swimming pool, outdoor jacuzzi

  • unlimited Golf at Cancun Golf Club at Pok-to-Pok

  • 4 gourmet a la carte restaurants featuring a variety of international cuisine

  • 24 hour room service is also available

  • Theme parties, nightly entertainment


My personal opinion:  This couples only all-inclusive resort is truly a romantic getaway.  My cousin stayed
here earlier this year and having seen the property and read her review, there is no doubt that this resort lives
up to its' 5 star rating.  I would stay here myself without a doubt.


TO READ A PERSONAL REVIEW FROM MY CLIENT CLICK HERE

TO SEE MY PICTURES OF SECRETS CAPRI CLICK HERE


CANCUN PALACE - CANCUN HOTEL ZONE

There are 9 Palace Resorts in Mexico, with 8 of them being in the Cancun/Riviera Maya Area, 1 in Puerto
Vallarta and now a 10th resort outside of Mexico in the Dominican Republic.  I have used several of the Palace
Resorts for my valued clients, always with positive feedback.  I was thrilled to be able to visit one of them first-
hand and only wish I could have stayed there.

 

  • All Inclusive Resort, Luxurious Accommodations, 601 rooms including suites.

  • Fine Dining- 4 restaurants, 2 Snack Bars, 2 Pool Bars, 5 other Bars, Kids Club Snack Bar

  • 1 outdoor pool with 2 swim up bars

  • 1 kiddie pool at the kids club

  • Scuba Diving Demonstration

  • 3 outdoor Jacuzzi's

  • Sun Lounge

  • Full Service Spa

  • Fitness Center, Tennis Court, Sauna/Steam rooms

  • Kids Club (age 4-12) and Teen Club (age 13-17)

  • Daily Activities

  • Theme Parties or Nightly Shows


 

  • Most Rooms are ocean view

  • All rooms have balcony

  • All rooms have double jacuzzi bathtub

  • Turndown Service

  • Liquor Cabinet, mini-bar in room

  • Air conditioned

  • Flat Screen LCD satellite TV


My personal opinion:  LOVE IT!!!  We actually considered checking out of Club Med early and staying a few
nights at this place.  It had life, it had action.  People looked like they were having fun.  They had options for
dining, for drinking, for entertaining.  I think this would be a great place for a group of people, it is also a great
venue for any business conferences/meetings.  They had a wonderful business/conference center with all the
needed amenities.  Only drawback:  Due to Hurricane Dean, August 2007, they did lose a good portion of their
beach and they are in the process of trying to bring it back.  So for the moment, this hotel and many of the
neighboring hotels on this stretch of beach do not have the beach for access or playing.


TO READ MORE ABOUT ALL THE PALACE RESORTS CLICK HERE

TO SEE MY PICTURES OF THE CANCUN PALACE CLICK HERE


JW MARRIOTT RESORT- CANCUN- HOTEL ZONE

Located in the Hotel Zone, on the same stretch of beach as the Cancun Palace, so the beach is lacking right
now also.  But the view is still beautiful.  This is NOT an all-inclusive resort.

 

  • 448 rooms that include 74 suites

  • All ocean view with private balcony

  • Twice daily maid service

  • Flat LCD TV

  • CD Player with clock/alarm

  • Double sinks in the bathrooms, separate bath & shower

  • mini-bar with gourmet section

  • Air conditioning

  • Bathrobes and slippers

  • High Speed Wireless access available in all rooms and public areas (for a fee)


 

  • 3 restaurants

  • 2 bars

  • 24 hour room service

  • Full service Spa with large Fitness Facility and group exercise classes

  • Beach/Free form Pool & Diving Pool

  • Marriott Kids club ages 4 to 12

  • Convention Facilities/Business Center



My personal opinion:  This was my first hotel to inspect that wasn't all-inclusive.  This was truly a Marriott
resort located on the beach in Cancun.  It had all the features you would expect of a Marriott Hotel, but also
had the features one would expect in a vacation destination.  Personally, I like the idea of an all-inclusive
resort, but I would definitely take advantage of this property if all-inclusive was not a huge requirement.


TO READ MORE ABOUT THE JW MARRIOTT RESORT IN CANCUN CLICK HERE

TO VIEW MY PICTURES OF THE JW MARRIOTT RESORT CLICK HERE


RITZ CARLTON CANCUN- HOTEL ZONE

The sales representative that gave me the tour of the Ritz Carlton Cancun was going to email me the spec
sheet and brochure information, but I have not received that yet.  Most of the specs about the resort are on the
hotel website, so I will jump to my opinion.


My personal opinion:  This is a 5 star luxury resort that is not all-inclusive.  The resort has 2 restaurants, 2
bars, large fitness center and spa.  The pool area is on the smaller side, but it is a smaller resort than many of
its' neighbors.  It too is on part of the beach that was eliminated by Hurricane Dean a month ago.  You will see
in some of my pictures, their attempts at fixing the beach.  They did have one area of beach that remained in
tact and they have sun bathing cabanas by day that turn into beachfront private dining cabanas by night.  They
also have a new culinary center which we were not able to view, but the resort has cooking demonstrations
and lessons in this new center.  Service is the standard level of excellence that you expect from Ritz Carlton
with all employees treating you with the utmost in respect.


TO READ ABOUT THE RITZ CARLTON HOTEL CANCUN- HOTEL ZONE CLICK HERE

TO VIEW MY PICTURES OF THE RITZ CARLTON HOTEL CANCUN CLICK HERE