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A July 2001 trip to Cancun by isewell

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Quote: My wife and I spent two and a half weeks in Club Med Cancun in July 2001. We spent most of our time at the resort, and also one week touring the Yucatan.

Paradise Spoiled

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Overview

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Despite the overpopulation, the snorkeling was amazing. Club Med has the best property on the strip, and it was still possible to "get away from it all." The Hotel was hopping. It is an "adults only" club med. We didn't see any naked couples frolicking in the pool, but there are no kids and the partying was a little more intense than at other resorts we've been to. Quick Tips: Beware the heat in July - it severely curtailed our activities! Be aware that most hotels on the strip will look somewhat akin to some overdeveloped Florida beach. Be sure to check out at least Chichen Itza in the Yucatan while you are there. It's not a long bus trip, but well worthwhile. ...Read More

Club Med Cancun

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Hotel

Club Med Cancun Photo, Cancun, Mexico
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Club Med was one of the first hotel properties in Cancun and so they have the best location. They are right at the end of what is now a long Miami-Beach-like hotel strip, and have ocean on two sides, and the lagoon right behind them. Almost everywhere you look, there's water. And lots of space - a real rarity in Cancun. Despite all the space however, the club has a very "concrete" feel to it. Everything's been paved, even the paths for foot traffic. The village is centered around the main building complex, which contains the pool, reception (very nicely done!), main restaurant, theater, shops, bar, club, etc. There are signs everywhere so it's pretty hard to get lost. Nothing is cram...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 18, 2002

Club Med Cancun
Punta Nizuc
Cancun, Mexico 77500
52 99 8881 82 00

Club Med Cancun

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Hotel | "Club Med Cancun Pt. 2"

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Accomodations The hotel buildings are spread around the property nicely, and never exceed more than 4 floors. In typical Club Med style, they've tried to integrate them well into the surroundings. I can't say so much for the other hotels on the "strip". The buildings all have outside corridors, and some are quite far from the main building/restaurant (10 minute walk). If this bothers you, ask for a closer room. Our room was very clean (no carpet, as is normal for Club Med). Air conditioning worked great (although we heard of some people having problems with humidity due to over-AC). The building we were in had a sunken area by the door to the balcony, giving it a nice multi-level/larger ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 18, 2002

Club Med Cancun
Punta Nizuc
Cancun, Mexico 77500
52 99 8881 82 00

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The main restaurant overlooks the pools and the lagoon. There is beer and wine included with meals. There are lots of choices here, even for vegetarians. The chefs are accomodating to any particular requests you might have. It was very good compared to other Club Med's we've been to, topped only by Columbus Isle (which is way more expensive, and 4 trident). The "ice cream" was more of a frozen yogurt. The hostesses try to sit you down with a table who speaks the same language, but didn't always succeed.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 18, 2002

Club Med Cancun Main Restaurant
Cancun
Cancun, Mexico
(888) 932-2582

Palapa

Restaurant | "La Palapa"

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La Palapa is the second restaurant located by the windsurfing shack. It is open for late lunch and dinner (most of the time). It is more quiet and romantic (all tables are for 2-4 people, if memory serves). Reservations are necessary for dinner, and when we were there, were often full (despite the club being half empty). The selection of food isn't as good here. One night there was fresh lobster at this restaurant. Of course we didnt find out about that till after - try asking them when the lobster night will be. One day per week, there is a barbecue out by the Palapa. This is carnivore's paradise. Delicious grilled ribs (all you can eat of course), chicken, corn, more ribs, and oh did I mentio...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 18, 2002

Palapa
Pulpito 103 Col. Emiliano Zapata
Cancun, Mexico
+52 (322) 222-5225

Resort Activities

Attraction

Resort Activities Photo, Cancun, Mexico
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The waterskiing show left a little to be desired. To their credit though, they have a very small amount of space they can perform tricks in (in the lagoon), so not much room to get up speed, get into position etc. Evening events: Starting just before dinner, the Club Med formula is to offer some form of constant entertainment until the night club opens late into the evening. Usually this consisted of starting with "Bar Games" - i.e. trivia, then after dinner, a dance class, followed by the evening performance in the theater. The performances are the same pre-prepared-sent-from-HQ Club Med shows you see everywhere. The quality of them depends entirely on the GO staff for that season. Usu...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 18, 2002

Resort Activities
Cancun
Cancun, Mexico

Club Med Cancun

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We went sailing a few times on the Hobie Cats. They had a few sizes of sailboats - I think they were all the single sail kind, though. The wind was constant and moderate, and there weren't any water obstacles to avoid. The biggest problem was the idiots in the jetskis and motorboats. They had no idea how to drive, and had no courtesy around sailboats. We saw a lot of near collisions. It made it really stressful, especially given that we're not experienced sailers. You could avoid the path of the jetskis and motorboats by going further from shore, but then you just deal with the speeding glass-bottom boats and diving/snorkeling boats, which throw a huge wake.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 18, 2002

Club Med Cancun
Punta Nizuc
Cancun, Mexico 77500
52-98-81-82-00

Club Med Cancun

Attraction

Club Med Cancun Photo, Cancun, Mexico
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For us, the snorkeling was the absolute highlight of all the sports that were offered. The coral and fish were right off the shore. We saw barracudas, a ray, and lots of huge parrotfish. It astonished us that the coral was in such good shape, considering all the human impact around Cancun. There were organized tours every day by GO's out past the shallow coral, into the deeper waters. Not only did the GO's guide you out and ensure your safety, they spotted incredible things we would never have seen. There are "easy" and "difficult" tours. Getting out past the coral barrier can be a bit nervewracking, as the channel is very narrow, and the coral is very high. Once out past the reef, the waves are prett...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 18, 2002

Club Med Cancun
Punta Nizuc
Cancun, Mexico 77500
52-98-81-82-00

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This is an adults only Club. It is mostly American, and there are as many couples as there are singles. There are some Europeans (mostly French, and they stick to themslves), and quite a few Canadians. We were lucky enough to mix with almost anyone, as we speak French. There was some toplessness from the Europeans, but not that much, if that bothers you. The crowd is mostly young (the Europeans tended to be older), I'd put the age average in the high 20's.

Getting There

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Believe it or not, it's not easy from San Francisco. In the summer, there is one weekly charter from LA to Cancun, but it fills up months in advance. As well, we were leaving on a Tuesday. The only other option, and the option most other Bay Area people we met chose, was to fly from SFO to Guadalajara, then on the same plane to Mexico City, then change planes to Cancun. Not a short flight by any stretch of the imagination. Mexico City was a nice airport though - well organized and clean. All our flights (there and back) landed and took off on time. We flew on Mexicana. It was embarassing that we had never heard about this airline, when it turned out they were celebrating their 75th anniversary!...Read More

Conclusions

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Sunset Photo, Cancun, Mexico
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If you made it this far, you're probably really wondering why I've given this a thumbs down, after so many positives. Yes, the food was great, the sports are great, the room was very comfortable, etc. But all this doesn't come close to making up for the problems with Cancun. This world has too many beaches, and too many beautiful, unspoiled places to waste your time with this American tourist trap. There's even a Walmart, for heaven's sake (and the taxi drivers will take you there for a very reasonable price). That being said, however, if you have your heart set on Cancun, Club Med is by far the best resort on the strip.