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    All inclusives in Mexico

    We are going back to Mexico in November and are looking at quite a few resorts. Anyone have any suggestions of really GREAT places they've stayed in the Playa del Carmen area? We don't know if we should do adult only or not. They are around $500-$700 more.

    We are looking at:

    Adult only:
    Valentin Imperial
    El Dorado Seaside
    El Dorado Royale
    Aventura Spa
    Excellence Riviera
    Secrets Capri

    Or not adult only:
    Ocean Coral & Turquesa
    Riu Playa car
    Catalonia Maroma
    Grand Coco Bay
    Hotel Marina El Cid

    But, we are totally up for suggestions of really great places you've stayed!


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    Re: All inclusives in Mexico

    Stayed at the Excellence Riviera over Xmas last year. I would recommend you upgrade your stay as well - private beach, chairs, pool, etc. Also, the resort is either the first or second stop after you leave the airport. It is located about halfway between Cancun and Playa.



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    Re: All inclusives in Mexico

    I recommend you go about 400 miles to the southeast of playa for a better vacation :)


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    Re: All inclusives in Mexico

    adventura spa is very nice it is far away from everything so if you are just going to relax it is perfect. if you are giong and wanting to do other things be prepared for taxi's.



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    Re: All inclusives in Mexico

    Heading to Aventura Spa in 9 days. I'll let you know how it goes.


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    Re: All inclusives in Mexico

    Quote Originally Posted by 4VR4CY View Post
    We are going back to Mexico in November and are looking at quite a few resorts. Anyone have any suggestions of really GREAT places they've stayed in the Playa del Carmen area? We don't know if we should do adult only or not. They are around $500-$700 more.

    We are looking at:

    Adult only:
    Valentin Imperial
    El Dorado Seaside
    El Dorado Royale
    Aventura Spa
    Excellence Riviera
    Secrets Capri

    Or not adult only:
    Ocean Coral & Turquesa
    Riu Playa car
    Catalonia Maroma
    Grand Coco Bay
    Hotel Marina El Cid

    But, we are totally up for suggestions of really great places you've stayed!
    Actually my gf is travel agent and she has been to all of these places I believe. She works on non commission and can answer your questions if you would like. Send me a private message and I can give you her contact information.



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    Re: All inclusives in Mexico

    Quote Originally Posted by 4VR4CY View Post
    We are going back to Mexico in November and are looking at quite a few resorts. Anyone have any suggestions of really GREAT places they've stayed in the Playa del Carmen area? We don't know if we should do adult only or not. They are around $500-$700 more.

    We are looking at:

    Adult only:
    Valentin Imperial
    El Dorado Seaside
    El Dorado Royale
    Aventura Spa
    Excellence Riviera
    Secrets Capri

    Or not adult only:
    Ocean Coral & Turquesa
    Riu Playa car
    Catalonia Maroma
    Grand Coco Bay
    Hotel Marina El Cid

    But, we are totally up for suggestions of really great places you've stayed!
    We've been to El Dorado Royale. It was very nice, but I don't know how it compares to the other resorts. The beach was a little strange with the "beached whales" (barriers to block waves, look for pictures), but we actually enjoyed them a bit, we waded out and sat on them.

    I'd vote for the adults only resorts, especially if you have kiddos that you are leaving at home.



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    Re: All inclusives in Mexico

    We went to Secrets Capri for our honeymoon 3 years ago. The place was awesome, and the staff there is super friendly. It was also in a good location, right between Cancun & Playa Del Carmen.



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    Re: All inclusives in Mexico

    I'd recommend staying at Riviera Maya, about half an hour away from Playa del Carmen. My wife and I stayed at the Iberostar Paraiso del Mar at Riviera Maya on our honeymoon. It might very well be the best vacation I have ever taken. Three "in-water" bars w/ free drinks in a pool that wraps around the resort. We only went to the beach once - we never had to leave the resort itself. I also got to see Chichen Itza (Mayan Pyramid), and my wife got to swim with the dolphins.

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    Re: All inclusives in Mexico

    Quote Originally Posted by 4VR4CY View Post
    We are going back to Mexico in November and are looking at quite a few resorts. Anyone have any suggestions of really GREAT places they've stayed in the Playa del Carmen area? We don't know if we should do adult only or not. They are around $500-$700 more.

    We are looking at:

    Adult only:
    Valentin Imperial
    El Dorado Seaside
    El Dorado Royale
    Aventura Spa
    Excellence Riviera
    Secrets Capri

    Or not adult only:
    Ocean Coral & Turquesa
    Riu Playa car
    Catalonia Maroma
    Grand Coco Bay
    Hotel Marina El Cid

    But, we are totally up for suggestions of really great places you've stayed!
    We stayed at the Eldorado Seaside in Riviera Maya in March of '08. I don't have much to compare it to but it was a nice resort. I don't know how similar the Playa resort would be but I throw this out there. Obviously not all of this would be real useful.

    Pros

    -VERY friendly staff
    -6 or 7 different restaurants with various cuisine on the resort so you don't have to eat buffet food all the time
    -Room service is also included in your all inclusive
    -Nice, clean rooms
    -4 or 5 swim up bars

    Cons

    -30 or 40 minutes from the Cancun airport (yes the shuttle drivers will stop for beer)
    -Not real sandy beaches. Lots of coral. That said, they are scenic and still nice.
    -You will get the "opportunity" to sit through a time share presentation. We did it. You get a certificate to use on the resort that can get you a massage or seaside supper. The presentation was pretty painless and the massage felt good.

    We had a great time and I can't really say anything bad about the place. Odds are we wouldn't go back simply because I'd want to see something different, but if I had a similar experience at another place, I'd be happy. Feel free to PM me if you have any more specific questions about the place.


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    Re: All inclusives in Mexico

    I cannot tell you enough to GO TO VALENTIN IMPERIAL!!!! My parents had been to numerous all-inclusives and said this one blows them ALL away.... My wife and I were first timers and will definitely be going back as much as possible...

    Huge resort with great pools and swim-up bars....

    Beautiful, PRIVATE beach.....Unlike a lot of resorts where the beach is public and shared....

    I reccomend trying the dolphin excursion as well!

    Message me with any questions but I can't even explain how great this place was....



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    Re: All inclusives in Mexico

    Bump - still haven't decided. Anyone else have suggestions? :)


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    Re: All inclusives in Mexico

    Went to Aventura Spa Palace a few years back. It was great. The package that we got had some day trips to different scenic locations, and the resort itself is really nice. There are big jacuzzi tubs in every room, if you like that kind of thing.
    Unless you are looking to bring kids along, I would recommend an adult only place. We took a day trip to one of the family resorts to do some snorkeling, it wasn't nearly as peaceful with kids running around and yelling constantly.
    I would go back to Aventura in a heartbeat if I had the opportunity.



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    Re: All inclusives in Mexico

    Quote Originally Posted by jdoggivjc View Post
    I'd recommend staying at Riviera Maya, about half an hour away from Playa del Carmen. My wife and I stayed at the Iberostar Paraiso del Mar at Riviera Maya on our honeymoon. It might very well be the best vacation I have ever taken. Three "in-water" bars w/ free drinks in a pool that wraps around the resort. We only went to the beach once - we never had to leave the resort itself. I also got to see Chichen Itza (Mayan Pyramid), and my wife got to swim with the dolphins.

    Iberostar Paraiso del Mar - All-Inclusive - Apple Vacations - Vacations for Families, Weddings, Luxury, Groups, Golf, Honeymoons, Spa and more
    I seccond this. I've been to several Iberrostar resorts and they are top notch. The Paraiso del Mar was my favorite. Pool is awesome.



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    Re: All inclusives in Mexico

    I am curious as well as to what people think. My girlfriend and another couple are looking at heading down in October. We have really been researching the Palace Resorts, specifically Sun Palace and Beach Palace. Has anyone stayed at these resorts? What did you think? I appreciate the feedback.



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