The resort is very clean. We stayed for a week in a studio unit and another week in a one-bedroom unit. The unit has a small kitchen with a two-burner hotplate, a small fridge, coffee maker, blender etc. There is an L-shaped couch; each segment also has another bed which pulls out from it. There are two televisions, but there are less English/American channels on the satellite here than at the Mayan Palace.
There is a restaurant on site and room service is also available. Across the street, there is also a snack bar near the beach.
The area immediately around the resort is quite small. There is a pool, an activities centre, and a pond surrounds the pool. The activities staff was friendly. There are kayaks and rowboats to use in the pond if you wish.
For us, the biggest disappointment was that the beach was not even visible from the resort. To get to the beach you have to walk across the street and behind the Sea Market -- an overpriced, but conveniently located store owned by the Mayan Resorts.
There is a 24-hour shuttle service available to Mayan Palace/The Grand Mayan.
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November 3, 2003
As you are checking in, there is a sweet lady trying to talk you into a visit to Mayan Palace (just to check the place out and no sales pitch, so she says . . . yeah right!) for a free breakfast and a tour of property. Take my advice and say NO. She will keep asking you each and every time she sees you and will add a few freebies . . . we made the mistake of taking it after she threw in the city tour . . . we were held for 5 hours with a hard-core sales pitch. Later, after talking to several people, we found out they had also gone through the whole ordeal. It put a very bad taste in our mouth for the place.
As far as resort activities, there are none. The restaurant at Sea Gardens is air-conditioned and that says a lot for the place as many, many restaurants were open-air and it is very hot outside. The food at Sea Gardens was good.
Nothing, and I mean NOTHING, is close by and a taxi will be in order each day. It usually ran around $20 a day into and out of town. Each and every taxi driver wants to be your best friend and take you shopping and be your body guard. They take you to the shops, which give them a kick-back on anything you should purchase. Of course, always settle on a cost before you take a ride with any of them. There is what they call a collective taxi at 8am/10am/12pm/2pm/4pm each day and it costs about $3 per person, but if there are 4 in your group, it usually is only $9 for the cab ride and cheaper then paying the other way.
To me, eating is extremely hard in Mexico, as the water isn't safe most places, but there are exceptions. We drank mostly beer, and stayed away from salads and fruit that we couldn't peel. I would think the seafood would be good there, but we found they usually overcooked the shrimp and lobster. We did have an excellent meal and service at Linda Vista, which is next door to an interesting night club. Also in Mexico they eat very late, lunch at 2pm and dinner after 10pm. The pool by the ocean had happy hour at 2-3pm and the food at the snack bar was good. I noticed the pools in Mexico aren't very deep, usually only 4 feet.
Be very careful of the sun, as you can burn even in the shade. The vendors also come by very often. Right now, there is a lot of construction going on with heavy equipment running up and down the beach. We watched them take load after load of sand off the beach to use on the job. I think it was part of the reason the surf was quite dirty-looking.
We did several tours and they were enjoyable but expensive. I am glad I went to Acapulco, but as I told my husband, "I've finally got Mexico out of my system and don't care if I ever go back."
From journal Acapulco