Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Playa del Carmen
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Join Date: Mar 2006
Everything else was perfect ... the location, the service, the food, and just walking around barefoot all day!
I would definitely go back, but I'd ask for a different room.
Join Date: Mar 2006
Join Date: Mar 2006
DAY 3 ~ SATURDAY
I was very excited today because I was finally going to meet Kelly (CancunCanuck).
Kelly lives in Cancun with her Mexican husband and her adorable 4 year old son.
She writes a fantastic blog ... A Canuck in Cancun
Last year I just missed meeting her on the beach in Playa, and I had been kicking myself ever since.
Also, our friend, Becky (Cancun Becky) was coming to visit us in Playa.
Becky has been living in Cancun for years, and we LOVE seeing her!
We started the day with breakfast at the Fusion. What excellent service in the restaurant!
What delicious food! ... and very reasonable prices!
Off to the beach ...
Mike hanging out with Libby ...
What a perfect spot ...
Mitzy & Ditzy wanted to soak up the sun ...
I'm sooooo glad I'm not on this cruise ship ...
I'd MUCH rather be here ...
Sheila on her balcony ...
Around lunch Becky arrived!!!
Becky and me ...
We ordered some lunch and drinks. Quesadillas on the beach ...
Our wonderful waiter ...
Then Kelly arrived, and brought her friend, Lisa.
They were going to spend the night in Playa, go to the Jazz Festival, and then head to Cozumel in the morning.
Kelly and me ...
Kelly, Mitzy and Ditzy ...
Lisa and Kelly ...
Mike, Becky, Mitzy and Ditzy ...
It was the BEST afternoon, just hanging out on the beach with mi amigas, chatting and drinking and chatting and drinking!
About 5:30 the girls left, and we went back to our room to get ready for dinner.
The towel decoration on our bed with fresh flowers ...
Our room was always clean, great service from the maid.
For dinner Sheila and Mike went to Rolandis, they wanted Italian food.
But Norb and I wanted to go to Babes Noodle Bar ...
YUMMY!!! We LOVE Babe's! Pad Thai!
After walking on 5th Avenue for a while we went back to the Fusion.
I was DETERMINED to stay awake for the Fire Dancers tonight.
The show is right on the beach at the hotel at midnight ... YIKES, can I stay awake?
We sat on the deck, watching some young people salsa dance to the band, while we had a drink, then another, then another ...
By the time midnight rolled around I was wobbling in the sand.
YOU try taking pictures of fire dancers when you can't really focus ...
Not so easy!
Hey, I stayed awake!!!
I don't think we had much trouble sleeping that night ... hic!
P.S. I just read the next day of your report - GREAT!! And those are wonderful pics of the fire dancers!! Your Mitzy and Ditzy are so cute! And very sociable, aren't they?!!
Last edited by Nerak936; 12-08-2009 at 09:18 PM..
Join Date: Sep 2003
Wow! A Janie report!!! How did I miss this??? Awesome pics so far, amiga! I'm glad you liked the Fusion. We stayed in that ocean front room that your friends were in and it wasn't in very good shape. Hope they've fixed it up since then! Great that you got to see your amigas from Cancun! Can't wait to read more...
Join Date: Mar 2006
DAY 4 ~ SUNDAY ~ THE FUSION
The beach early in the morning. You can eat at the tables in the sand or just lounge on the chaises.
so beautiful ...
Officer Friendly and his pal ...
Norb and I walked down 5th Avenue for breakfast ...
Mike gets a massage ...
Sheila relaxes ...
There are a lot of BEACH BUMS in Playa ...
lots of 'em ...
Norb at the bar ...
The mixed drinks at the Fusion were 80 pesos, which I thought was reasonable.
They certainly had alcohol in them!
Drinks on the deck ...
Time to check-out and say GOODBYE FUSION ...
Would we stay there again? YES, but I would request a room waaaaay in the back, away from the bar and the band.
The FUSION is a great little hotel, it's conveniently located off of 5th Avenue, it's clean, the staff is excellent, the food is very good, the room rates are very reasonable, I walked around barefoot for 4 days ... and we all loved Libby!
We have been booked at the Gran Porto Real four times, but we have never stayed there. Each time we checked in we were asked if we wanted to upgrade to the ROYAL for $40.00 per night per room.
Of course, we always say YES!!! The Royal is higher rated, adults only, it has a better beach, nicer rooms, better food ... all around BIGGER and BETTER!
This trip Sheila didn't want to take any chances that we wouldn't be upgraded, so she and I walked up to the Gran Porto on Friday and asked at the front desk. First the clerk said it would cost between $80 and $100 a night to upgrade. Obviously he didn't know who he was dealing with!
I then explained that we were returning guests and last year we only paid $40.00. So he checked in the computer, read the dates that we had stayed there in the past, and VOILA!, of course we could go to the Royal for $40.00!
Then I mentioned my friends, Ellen and Ron, who would be arriving on Monday ... can they go to the Royal, too, since we are all traveling together? Yes, he said ... YAHOOOOOO!!!!!
So on Sunday we checked out of the Fusion, and got a taxi to our favorite resort, THE ROYAL!!!
At check-in I requested a room close to an elevator and close to the lobby, pool and restaurants.
They apologized for not being able to give me an ocean view room, but we were fine with that.
We were in room 200 with a street view, but we never sat on the balcony anyway.
Here's Mike and Sheila at check in ...
We got our Royal bracelets and headed to lunch and drinks!
Here's our room ...
lounge chair ...
Always 6 big fluffy bath towels, mini bar, liquor cabinet (all included), room safe, etc ... all the amenities of a fine hotel.
Beach towels by the pool, take as many as you want, no one asks your name.
Part of the pool ...
Of course we'll have another drink ...
The gorgeous beach ...
After unpacking we went to dinner at the buffet, Sheila and me ...
Mike and Norb ...
I don't remember what we ate, I didn't take any notes. But I'm sure we had dessert!
We may have visited the lobby bar that evening or maybe we walked down 5th Avenue, whatever we did we LOVED it!
Went back to our room and slept without a band playing outside our door ... z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z
Tomorrow my friends, Ellen and Ron, arrives .... SQUEAL!!!!!
Another great installment Janie! I'm sad to see you leave Fusion, but the Royal is a beautiful resort.
These desserts are making me droooool, but if I want my beach bum to look like this one, I'd better wait until vacay!!