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Cancun All-Inclusive, Good And Bad?

Wed Jul 25, 2012 2:44 am

After being married for over 20 years the wife and I are headed to Cancun for a 5 day get-away in late October. We've done a lot of research online and are more confused than when we started this little adventure. For those of you who have been what are your recommendations? We're up for a day long sailboat excursion, snorkeling, etc. while we're there.

What do you recommend and what should we avoid? Resorts, tour operators, etc? Good and bad. We'll be flying out of DEN.

Any input is very appreciated.
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RE: Cancun All-Inclusive, Good And Bad?

Wed Jul 25, 2012 2:34 pm

The following are all 4Star+ resorts in Cancun that are my agency's top sellers. We use GoGo who deals only with travel agencies and offer very competitive rates as a tour wholesaler. These properties are all-inclusive or have the AI option to "buy up" by room category. I have been to the Krystal Cancun, Fiesta Americana, Moon Palace and Cancun Palace. All offer beachfront resort accomodations in convenient locations. I personally prefer Playa del Carmen as a bit more laid back and smaller scale resort area with beautiful beaches about a 45 minute bus ride from CUN Airport near the Mayan ruins of Tulum. A fun day trip from Playa is the high speed ferry over to Cozumel.
You should be able to access the websites for these properties or contact a travel agency in your area who books GoGo for specific rate quotes to your dates of travel.
Riu Palace Las Americas, Moon Palace, Iberostar Cancun, Gran Melia Cancun, Gran Caribe Real, Beach Palace, Cancun Palace, Excellence Playa Mujeres, Fiesta Americana, Krystal Cancun and Westin Resort & Spa.
Have you also considered a cruise? Varied itineraries to Mexican or Caribbean destinations with lots of activites on board the ship and in port. Carnival and Royal Caribbean sail 5, 6, or 7 night itineraries to the Eastern and Western Caribbean from Galveston (IAH), MSY, TPA, MCO (Port Canaveral), FLL or MIA.
If you want to really WOW your spouse consider Bermuda. Pricey, but an island unlike no others. Limited all-inclusive options in Bermuda but one of my favorite Bermuda style cottage inn's is the Rosedon in Hamilton or the Reef's perched on the cliff's overlooking the Atlantic near Horseshoe Bay.
Royal Caribbean continues 6 and 7 night Bermuda sailings through October from Baltimore or Bayonne/Cape Liberty NJ (EWR).
Good Luck with your plans. Keep us posted on what you decide.
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RE: Cancun All-Inclusive, Good And Bad?

Thu Jul 26, 2012 7:16 am

Gran Melia Cancun is bar none the best all-inclusive 4-5 star resort for the money around. Sure, the JW might be nicer to some but will go for 5-6x the cost. If the Gran Melia is a bit above your price range, my last time we stayed at the Me Melia (same hotel from Real World Cancun) and it was quite good. Extra hundred US to the desk agent and we were in a super suite. We got free daybeds at the infinity pool for spending $35USD on booze with the server (harder than you would think given super cheap booze prices).

As for places to get tours, I recommend (depending on your age) talking to doormen at the clubs as they generally have the better knowledge/hookups. If the 'club scene' isnt yours (though people into their 60s are often there), you can talk to many of the shopkeeps at the strange little mall just south of the point and they can point you in the right direction. If you want to spend a ton of money and go with huge commercial organizations, just ask the concierge at your hotel; they can certainly point you in the right direction as well.

Something awesome to consider is the fairly cheap booze cruise to Cozumel that leaves Cancun around 0830hrs and includes liquor and 3 meals including a beach bbq in Cozumel for around $90USD and you can see the best snorkeling in the Northern Caribbean.

Anything else, just ask but Cancun is one of my favorite destinations in the world and I cant wait to get back as there is so much to do.
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RE: Cancun All-Inclusive, Good And Bad?

Thu Jul 26, 2012 10:59 am

We've just recently spent 2 weeks at the El Dorado Seaside Suites by Karisma, mid way between Playa Del Carmen and Tulum.

It's further away from Cancun than the others, but that suited us just fine.

It's a 5* all suite hotel, just 240 rooms, adults only, and they class the service as "gourmet all inclusive."

The rooms are lovely with huge, canopied beds and a jacuzzi bath.

If you like the idea of a luxurious, romantic escape, without the hustle and party atmosphere of Cancun itself, I'd highly recommend it, especially the swim-up suites.



Forbes.com has named it one of the most romantic hotels in the world. And no wonder, this is an adults-only resort that offers a boutique experience unlike any other. On the secluded beach of Kantenah in the heart of Mexico’s Riviera Maya, El Dorado Seaside Suites by Karisma offers an unrivaled combination of relaxation and sophistication. Enchanting pristine beaches and seductive intimate spaces create just the right atmosphere for romantic getaways, weddings, honeymoons and anniversaries.
In this luscious, adults-only setting, couples can feel free to be couples. Share a picnic lunch overlooking the azure Caribbean. Sip champagne together under the stars. Indulge in a signature Beachfront Sky Massage. Savor every moment of the incomparable Gourmet Inclusive® vacation experience. It’s an unforgettably romantic chance to explore—or rediscover—your own private paradise.


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RE: Cancun All-Inclusive, Good And Bad?

Thu Jul 26, 2012 5:38 pm

We went a few years ago on a very tight budget and stayed at the all-inclusive Riu Caribe. It's a bit older, and not especially luxurious, but the service was impeccable and it was a great place to go and relax. Food was excellent. We actually thought that the main dining room was better than any of their "specialty" restaurants. We still speak fondly of the incredible mangoes on the buffet and the amazing coconut ice cream they served. Beach was nice, but being located north/west of the point, the water was prety calm.
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RE: Cancun All-Inclusive, Good And Bad?

Thu Jul 26, 2012 11:03 pm

First of all you have to ask yourself what you are looking for. Cancun hotel zone is close to the airport, but mostly filled with bar hopping and fun seeking younger crowds that may not be your cup of tea. I stayed at Grand Caribe and it was terrible, Dreams was a bit dated but had excellent restaurants and it is on the tip where the hotel zone curves so you have relative peace. Moon Palace is nice as well as Iberostar Cancun.
As stated Rivera Maya is much nicer and have the whole selection of nice hotels (Now, Dreams, Secrets, Bahia Principe).

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