Check-in and -out were handled within minutes, and was very simple. Your wristband and room key (card) are all that''s needed while you''re at the resort.
Activities are numerous and truly fun. How many times do you get to see 230 two-day-old sea turtles released to the sea by YOUR resort?? Being outside the crowded area of Acapulco in the Diamonte Zone, the complex is perfect for relaxing, enjoying the beach, and simply unwinding.
The Mayan Palace is secluded, about a 20-minute ride to the city of Acapulco, but it is worth the ride. If you don''t want to stay in the center of town with the crowds at the other resorts, then the Mayan Palace is the place. I would like to suggest that if you stay at the Mayan, you will need a taxi if you want to leave the resort. Our taxi driver was Pepe. You should ask for him at the Palace. This fellow was great. We got to know him and when we wanted to go somewhere, he was always there for us and always came back to pick us up. He spoke excellent Engish and was very informative about Acapulco. Do ask for him.
You can charge everything to your credit card; at checkout, they send you an itemized statement -- fast and easy.
All the restaurants at this resort are "open air". We ate breakfast in a tropical storm with rain pouring down and we never got wet! You have experience it to beleive it! The restaurants(one seafood, the other mexican) are very good but expensive. But adding the taxi ride into town with the cheaper meal you can get it about evens out.
Activities are everywhere. Two pages everyday. This place is beyond belief, simply paradise. They have workers in the pools ALL DAY and there only job is to clean, ALL DAY they scrub and use nets to pick up trash and palm branches.
Sitting by the largest free form pool in the world with you own personal valet is the best! Food and drinks are brought to you by waiters who walk around all day getting you whatever you want.
One last thing: if you go see the cliff divers, do not -- and I repeat do not -- eat at the restrauant where they say you have an excellent view of the cliffs. It is a rip-off. We were very disapointed with the service and the food. If you want to see the divers, they have a place near the cliffs where people gather to watch them. I believe it is $2 to watch them, but it is a lot better then the restaurant. It was a wonderful, wonderful vacation.
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October 11, 2004
From journal Getaway at the Mayan Palace in Acapulco
The unit that I got was a one-bedroom for five people, with a partial kitchen. The unit has everything and is very comfortable. There are about three restaurants in the resort.
The food is great, but they are just a little expensive if you're talking in pesos, but the food is still worth it.
Santa Cruz, California
October 9, 2004
We spent a lot of time by the pool and on the beach. The pool is huge with nice waterfalls and tons of space--it never felt too crowded. I participated in the water aerobics a few times--fun but not much of a work out.
You did have to get up pretty early (7-8am) to get a shady chair by the pool but you can jump in the pool when you get too hot -- just make sure to bring down extra suntan lotion and re-apply frequently. I also highly recommend getting a bit of a tan before arriving -- a good base tan helped me from getting too burned.
We negotiated with a cab driver to show us the sights in town one day ($40 for about 4-5hours). It was a good way to get acquainted with Acapulco -- he took us to historic hotels with great panoramic views, to Diego Rivera's mural on the wall of a home in town, took us to shop downtown, and to Walmart for groceries. Rides to town were expensive ($30-40 round trip) because it is a 20-30 minute ride. Great advice we got was to walk down to the road right in front of the lobby instead of having the resort get you a cab -- it's cheaper and make sure you negotiate the price before you get in the car and whether or not you are looking for a round trip.
We did some scuba diving with Swiss Diver's Association and highly recommend them. ($70/person 2 tanks including all gear, sandwiches and drinks AND transportation to and from Mayan Palace!!). With any excursions you book make sure you know whether or not transportation to AND from the resort is included --the price goes up quick if not.
The beach was wonderful -- great for long walks, having a shady spot to read and relax (the beach staff will set up umbrellas and chairs for you). The waves were a lot of fun to play in and body surf if you are careful -- the currents can be quite strong. For those of you who surf there were never more than two or three guys out but they seemed to be getting pretty long, waist and shoulder high rides on good days. Also there was a group of dolphins that hung out in front of the resort that were rumored to "play" with the surfers some mornings.
We watched beautiful sunsets every night on the beach under a palapa, walked up the beach to the Princess for chocolate croissants and lattes for breakfast, and had romantic dinners both in town and at the resort. We came home feeling refreshed, relaxed, and ready to plan our next trip.
From journal Our 1st Trip to Acapulco
August 2, 2004
From journal Mayan Palace Blues
June 7, 2004
Overall, it's a pretty nice resort. Definitely use valet parking for 260 pesos or you will be parking on the street. Expect a LONG hike to your room. The A/C kicks hard. There's no balcony to speak of. Avoid the elevators and take the stairs.
From journal Fun in the Sun
San Diego, California
May 20, 2004
The beach was pretty quiet, but very hot. Walking the length of the pool in front of the towers to the pool bar is very nice. They were working on the little train that goes around the property, so we didn't get to see it run. I didn't do the free breakfast talk, so I didn't have to sit through getting beat up by someone trying to sell me a timeshare. If you want a timeshare, then do it, but if not, don't bother. The waterfalls at the pool are pretty nice to hang out in when it's hot out.
From journal Week in Mexico
International Falls, Minnesota
April 12, 2004
You're struck by how majestic it is by the entranceway that greets you as you enter the place. Majestic waterfalls all over. At least five pools, not including the kiddie park.
The rooms are very neat, and it was a treat every night to have our housekeeper come in around 5pm and turn down the beds and leave little chocolate kisses on each bed. Our son sure loved that. Service right by the pools.
Excellent service in the restaurants.
From journal Acapulco Vacation
by JE HEID
April 2, 2004
From journal Acapulco Adventure
by bass clef
March 24, 2004
From journal Acapulco Nights
March 23, 2004
If you do wish to stretch your legs and get out and about, there are the famous cliff divers (about 40 minutes away), shopping, restaurants, and tourist sights. One of the best things we did was to swim with the dolphins at Cici, an aqua amusement park.
From journal Acapulco Delight