Riviera Maya Journals

Valentin Resort - Riviera Maya

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A February 2008 trip to Riviera Maya by Cantin2

Valentin Imperial Maya Photo, Playa del Carmen, Mexico More Photos
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Valentin Resort - Riviera Maya

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Overview

Food presentations Photo, Riviera Maya, Mexico
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1. Spacious beautifully designed and decorated rooms all with balcoonies2. Beautiful sandy beach and lovely pools.3. Free Internet access in rooms.4. Eight restaurants to choose from - no reservations needed.5. No plastic bracelets to wear.6. Friendly staff.7. Adult movie channels.8. Saxophoninst at breakfast.9. Harpsist at Lunch.10. Lobster night on Tuesdays and Thursdays11. Top shelf liquor.12. Acrylic barware by the pools and beach instead of plastic.13. Playa del Carmen and Cancun nearby.14. All the beach towels you want - no need to sign for them.15. Waiter s...Read More

Valentin Imperial Maya

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Hotel

Valentin Imperial Maya Photo, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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Having been to Riviera Maya numerous times over the past 15 years - whenever we hear of a new 5* resort, we are eager to visit.....Valentin Imperial Maya on Playa de Secreto finally opened in November 2007 after months of delay. Grand opening rates are in effect until May 2008. This is a self-proclaimed 5* - I personally see it as a solid 4* for the mass market. It has quite a way to go to to reach it's goal of 5* and to appeal to the discriminating traveller.As we check in we're impressed with the friendliness, professionalism and overall greeting extended to us from the guard at the gate, bell boys and desk clerk. We booked the lowest category - a deluxe junior suite and are pleasantly sur...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 24, 2008

Valentin Imperial Maya
Carretera Federal 307 Chetumal Puerto Juarez KM 311 500
Playa del Carmen
+52 984 2063660

Pools

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View from our balcony Photo, Riviera Maya, Mexico
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Valentin certainly didn't skimp on pools - although the pools have no view of the ocean, the design and landscaping make it very appealing to spend either part of or an entire day there.The main pool curves along past building four and five. There are lots of lounges set up around the pool and also on shallow ledges inside the pool. There are a few palapas and lots of trellissed areas to provide shade. Steps are located in many spots around the pool for easy access from anywhere.The landscaping here is lush and the pool design in interesting - an aqueduct with waterfalls at both ends, jacuzzis in the center of the pool, waterfountains, a bridge,two swim up bars and two snack bars t...Read More

Rooms at Valentin

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Valentin Imperial Maya Photo, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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Upon check in, we were upgraded from a Junior Deluxe Suite overlooking the pool to a Golden Suite in the "Swim up" area, overlooking the lagoon. the rooms are large and beautifullly decorated and all have balconies with outdoor wicker-like chairs and a table.The Golden Suites are 682 sq. ft. The living room has a small table and 2 chairs - convenient for room service. The sofa is rather stiff and hard and faces a large armoire conceling a TV and a CD/DVD player. Only one remote for two TV's - the other is in the sleeping area - a bit inconvenient. We hardly used the living area although it had a view of the pool and lagoon - It was a bit uncomfortable. The bedroom area is separated from thi...Read More

The Beach at Valentin Imperial Maya

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Beach at Valentin Maya Photo, Riviera Maya, Mexico
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Valentin is set on a long cove of beach in Playa Secreto between Mayan Palace and El Dorado Royale. They own alot of beachfront property and have plans to build five phases to the hotel. The sand is soft and the water clear with shades of blue or green depending on the day. There is some surf and at times large waves - again ...more or less depending on weather and storms. This not calm Playa del Carmen-like water.....Don't wear your hat or sunglasses in......the ocean may claim them.It's not possible to swim directly in front of the oceanfront suites or the restaurant - too much coral, but if you walk a few hundred yards north toward El Dorado, there is a fine stretch of easy to enter beac...Read More