on November 12, 2009
It's always a great time when you can get away for a few nights just to relax and sip on a nice cool drink by the beach or pool, eat fantastic food, and turn in to a most comfortable room at the end of the day. This is exactly what we experienced at Intercontinental. Upon arrival, the tropical foliage was breathtaking. Grounds were groomed with perfection!! Check in was super fast and we were on our way to our beachfront room. Literally beachfront. Like walk out onto the balcony (where our hammock was waiting for us) and a few steps further you are on the sand. Our room location was great, Scuba Du's palapa was just a few steps further from our room so my husband didn't have to carry his gear far to meet the boat in the morning to dive (I haven't worked up the nerve yet beyond snorkeling, but I'll get there). Antonio at Scuba Du was amazing and a real pleasure to work with for setting up the Diving package for my husband. Thanks Antonio!!!So, back to the room description....VERY large room, all tile floors (most cases in CZM and CUN), bed was among the most comfortable I've had in my Mexico stays, flat panel TV, large sitting area. Then, the bathroom.... shower and toilet in one room, LARGE garden tub and dressing area with 2 sinks in another room with your wonderful Elemis toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, lotions, etc), then outside on the private patio is your outdoor rock shower. YES, outdoor shower. LOVED the outdoor shower!!! This patio is fully enclosed and open up top to see the stars. Totally secluded and totally amazing!!! Then of course as I mentioned earlier, we had another patio with a hammock that was steps from the beach and what a beautiful beach it was.The staff here was also among the best I've experienced in Mexico. It's such a great feeling being greeted by your name when you come across any of the staff members. They took amazing care of us, even with the little glitch we had in our room, they were there no sooner than when I hung up the phone. WiFi was included and I was able to work from the room, at the pool, pretty much anywhere I had my laptop. Spa was amazing and such a relaxing experience. Lupita has been with their spa for a long time and I highly recommend her for facials or massage!!!Restaurants were quite delicious as we ate only at the resort during our 3 night stay. We sampled all the dining venues, from their main restaurant Alfredo di Roma where the menu was plenty with many selections of meats, fish, seafood, pasta and definitely pleasing to the palate!!! Wine choices started at about 25US and went up. There were 4 of us and we are big wine drinkers, so we opted for the 25.00 bottles and it was wonderful!! For lunch, the pool side restaurant had an array of different sandwiches, quesadillas, salads, burgers and more. GREAT fish sandwiches and quesadillas and reasonably priced. Breakfasts were set up as an all you can eat buffet and I think was around 20US, HUGE assortment of cold and hot foods, made to order omelets, pastries, etc.... There are 2 pools, one for families and there is another large one for adults as well. The family pool is the closest to the outdoor restaurant and the adult pool does have a bar (no swim up bars at either pool) but the bar at the adult pool was closed during the slow season. There is also a large bar in the outdoor restaurant by the family pool. This resort is not an all-inclusive and I kind of like the fact that they have kept from that band wagon. Things are very quiet and relaxed here and we had an exceptional time!!!! Oh, and if you love the iguana's, (I do), there are plenty that hang around and they LOVE eating hibiscus :).
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