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February 21, 2005
The hotel itself is beautiful--the lobby is open-air, with a "thatched roof" and marble floors. They did a very nice job of bringing the outside in here while still giving you a lot of luxury. The rooms are spacious, and the bathrooms are pretty large by hotel standards. Every room has a balcony, and this is very nice for relaxing with your morning coffee or a pre-dinner cocktail.
The main pool is huge and woderful. It is an unusual design, so there is always some place that isn't full if you are looking to swim. In addition, there is a swim-up bar at another pool that was a lot of fun for my family (the water is significantly colder here, though). There are more than enough sun chairs, and most areas are close to a snack area, in case you get the urge for salsa and chips.
The beach is very nice, and once again, there are more than enough chairs for everyone there. The beach is clean, and someone comes by all the time to pick up the glasses from everyone's drinks. Cocktail waitresses come to the beach with pre-made drinks, or you can order a different one when they come by if you want.
There is an evening show that is a lot of fun. In addition, there are monkeys--not caged but up in the trees--flamingos, hens, turkeys, iguanas, and tortoises, in case you are looking for a little bit of nature.
In addition, there are several smaller bars, as well as a nightclub if you decide that you don't want to go to bed right away!
From journal Weekend in Mexico
Bethpage, New York
July 21, 2001
In center of the U is a "jungle" replete with a variety of animals(pheasants, iguanas, roosters, chickens, flamingos, and a family of monkeys). There is a concrete/stone path that weaves thru from the pool area to the buffet/entertainment area. We never minded taking a stroll thru to get to other locations in the resort, because we never knew what we would come across. It was even more enchanting in the evening. The pool is located in front of the jungle and is quite large, surrounded by foliage and palapas. Getting a lounger around the pool can be a bit of a challenge--no big deal for us; we just took the short walk to the beautiful warm waters of the Caribbean and found a chair on the beach. The lobby, buffet restaurants, entertainment area, etc. were all open air and marble lined.
The rooms were found in several 3 story building set on the perimeter of the property.Our room was quite nice, and slightly larger than an average sized room. It had A/C, TV, two double beds, and a "couch" that could be used as an additional bed, etc. Even the balcony was marble lined. All the rooms contain a small refrigerator(doesn''t work too well) that is stocked daily with cerveza(beer), coke, diet coke, orange soda and of course bottled water. On the Tucan side, building #10 is oceanfront and comes at a premium, building #11(where we were) #12(good location, but not a great view), #13 and #14 are all in good locations-close to the pool and progressively futher from the beach.
The food was good, but nothing impressive. There was a great variety. For a seven day stay you may make reservations at one of the property restaurants(Mexican, Italian and Steakhouse. Our kids loved getting their own pina coladas, strawberry daquiris, and ice cream cones whenever they desired. Waitresses did bring drinks while we were lounging on the beach (does it get any better than that?).The staff was friendly and accommodating. The international mix of guests added to the charm of the resort. The beach was two levels, which added a bit of intimacy to a rather large resort.
A short stroll down the beach, just past the resort next door, you can find a great little place to snorkel.The beach is very angled so you can get a bit of a workout getting there.
All in all this was really a great place to stay and if you like-it is in a great location for exploring the Yucatan Penisula.
From journal The Many Faces of the Mexican Riviera
Danville City County, Virginia
January 8, 2011