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From journal Viva Cancun - Traveling with Friends
September 16, 2004
Grand Coral Beach has a large beach and a swimming area that is roped off to keep boats and jet skis from getting too close. Also, unlike many of the beaches in Cancun, the water at Grand Coral Beach is very calm (virtually no waves at all). You also feel quite safe while you are basking away in the sun, as there are lifeguards and security personnel on duty all day long at both at the beach and the pool.
Now for the pool. All I can say is, WOW!!! The pool is enormous (it runs along the entire length of the resort) and comes with not one, but three swim-up bars, a poolside restaurant, fountains, waterfalls, and even a volleyball net. Not once did I feel the least bit crowded while in the pool.
All of the rooms are oceanfront and, looking around, I didn't see a single room that looked like it would have a bad view. The rooms come with all-marble floors, an oversized bathtub, a small sitting room next to the balcony, and satellite TV.
The service at Grand Coral Beach was excellent, as well. The employees always seemed to have a smile on their face and genuinely seemed to want to make our stay a memorable one. Even the bellhops and maids were more than happy to provide us with directions and information, as well as give as personal recommendations.
But, alas, even the best resorts seem to have a few shortcomings. For example, the bed and living room furniture were a little uncomfortable. The mattress and cushions seemed hard and I often had a hard time getting comfortable. You may also want to avoid using your room's mini-bar all together. If you look carefully at the mini-bar's price-list, you may be surprised to see that a bottle of water will cost you around $7. In fact, all of the beverages and snacks are extremely over-priced.
Also, if you are on a tighter budget (like we were), plan to eat at least some of your meals outside of the resort. Grand Coral Beach has several very elegant restaurants right in the resort, but they can be quite expensive. There are literally dozens of fancy, but cheaper restaurants nearby and even several international chains such as TGI Fridays, The Rainforest Cafe, and Hard Rock Café, which are within walking distance.
From journal A Memorable Honeymoon in Cancun
Saddle Brook, New Jersey
April 18, 2004
Once you arrive from the airport you are greeted and treated like royalty. From the moment you check in it seems every employee knows your name and face. The lobby is enormous, with palm trees and fountains, and everything decorated in marble. In the lobby you can also find a lounge area with bar, and live music in the evening. The resort has three casual eateries and two gourmet dining options. The swimming pool is over two football fields in length with three swim-up bars. There is also a volleyball net and water polo available in the pool, along with a play area with slide for kids. The white sand beach is footsteps away from the pool. Lounge chairs and tiki huts are available on the beach.
Now for the best part, the rooms, or should I say, suites!! When you enter the room all you see is marble floors, and counter tops. The bathroom had an area with sink and a two-walled mirror, with a separate room with shower and toilet. In the bathroom they had posh toiletries and hairdryer for personal use.
We chose to have a king size bed, which was a bit hard. The sleeping area also had a satellite television with English- and Spanish-speaking stations. You also found a mini bar in your room, but the prices for soft drinks, alcohol, and snacks were very high. US$7 for an Evian!!
The room also had a sunken living room area with a sofa, chair, glass coffee table and desk. The sliding glass doors lead you to your ocean front balcony; from here, the view is picturesque. Two metal chairs and table are on the balcony to help you relax in paradise.
The Coral Beach is great for couples looking for that romantic getaway, and it is also a wonderful place for families. My wife and I, without a doubt, will stay here on our return to Cancun.
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