Playa del Carmen, Mexico's virtual guidebook written by locals
 

Go Back   www.Playa.info > Trip Reports > Trip Reports: All-Inclusive Resorts in the Riviera Maya
FAQ Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 11-19-2012   #31 (permalink)
Canada Dry
 
Rissask's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Saskatchewan, Canada
Posts: 56,332
Quote:
Originally Posted by pleah View Post
Yep, we booked Expedia too and are flying non-stop with WestJet. Got a pretty good deal too considering it's high season.

I HEART Expedia these days!

Although I was just looking today on there and the WestJet flights to Zihua for our February trip are $1123 each! OUCH.
Rissask is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-19-2012   #32 (permalink)
Canada Dry
 
Rissask's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Saskatchewan, Canada
Posts: 56,332
Quote:
Originally Posted by bearcat View Post
Dang, I keep forgetting that you are kinda pretty. Don't let that go to your head. You guys should have kids, they would be beautiful.
and SMART too....right? RIGHT?

Aw, thanks BC.
Rissask is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-19-2012   #33 (permalink)
aņejo
 
caramba's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 7,006
Great report and pics! Makes me want to get back to Isla sometime...
That flaming cucumber cracked me up!
caramba is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-19-2012   #34 (permalink)
Canada Dry
 
Rissask's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Saskatchewan, Canada
Posts: 56,332
Quote:
Originally Posted by caramba View Post
Great report and pics! Makes me want to get back to Isla sometime...
That flaming cucumber cracked me up!

it cracked us up too! Very strange.

But that ice cream was delish. I never thought I'd like ginger ice cream!
Rissask is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-20-2012   #35 (permalink)
aņejo
 
Ranger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: 40 miles south east of Boston
Posts: 7,497
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rissask View Post
it cracked us up too! Very strange.

But that ice cream was delish. I never thought I'd like ginger ice cream!
Great report Riss, love ginger ice cream, ginger anything!!
Ranger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-20-2012   #36 (permalink)
Canada Dry
 
Rissask's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Saskatchewan, Canada
Posts: 56,332
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ranger View Post
Great report Riss, love ginger ice cream, ginger anything!!
it was nummy all right!

I also tried some raw fish, not IN the sushi but this amazing, melt-in-your-mouth fish....omg heaven!
Rissask is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-20-2012   #37 (permalink)
reposado
 
Friday's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Posts: 1,315
Nice job

Was Olivia as good as you remembered?
Friday is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-20-2012   #38 (permalink)
aņejo
 
Ranger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: 40 miles south east of Boston
Posts: 7,497
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rissask View Post
it was nummy all right!

I also tried some raw fish, not IN the sushi but this amazing, melt-in-your-mouth fish....omg heaven!
as in sashimi? I really like super fresh mackeral (saba) sashimi.
Ranger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-20-2012   #39 (permalink)
aņejo
 
caramba's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 7,006
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rissask View Post
it cracked us up too! Very strange.

But that ice cream was delish. I never thought I'd like ginger ice cream!
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ranger View Post
Great report Riss, love ginger ice cream, ginger anything!!
They serve ginger ice cream at our favorite Chinese restaurant- not on the menu but oh, so good! I haven't remembered to ask for it for a long time. They also have delicious green tea ice cream.
caramba is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-20-2012   #40 (permalink)
Canada Dry
 
Rissask's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Saskatchewan, Canada
Posts: 56,332
Quote:
Originally Posted by Friday View Post
Nice job

Was Olivia as good as you remembered?
Yes, or better! They had this special appetizer, a 'Turkish pizza'...sort of a flatbread with spiced meat mixture on it and broiled....very good. I had the chicken with olives...again.

We had the same cute pigtailed waitress as last trip too. She went there on a trip years ago from Toronto and never went home again.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ranger View Post
as in sashimi? I really like super fresh mackeral (saba) sashimi.
yes, sashimi. They also had really good salmon, too. I think it was smoked.

Quote:
Originally Posted by caramba View Post
They serve ginger ice cream at our favorite Chinese restaurant- not on the menu but oh, so good! I haven't remembered to ask for it for a long time. They also have delicious green tea ice cream.
They had the green tea ice cream at Satay too, but we didn't try that one.
Rissask is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-20-2012   #41 (permalink)
reposado
 
janied's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Pittsburgh
Posts: 1,082
Thank You for sharing your vacation!!!

Love the pics!!!

We've only done day trips to Isla, but I'd love to stay at that hotel. You got a great deal on the AI.



janied is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-21-2012   #42 (permalink)
Canada Dry
 
Rissask's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Saskatchewan, Canada
Posts: 56,332
Quote:
Originally Posted by janied View Post
Thank You for sharing your vacation!!!

Love the pics!!!

We've only done day trips to Isla, but I'd love to stay at that hotel. You got a great deal on the AI.



And thank you for reading, Ms. D!

We just love Isla. The perfect size for us.
Rissask is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-22-2012   #43 (permalink)
Canada Dry
 
Rissask's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Saskatchewan, Canada
Posts: 56,332
I just realized I forgot to add something. Our scuba diving!
I posted about diving on the Isla dive shop thread but forgot to include it in here, for anyone who may read this and want to dive Isla.

We did a two tank dive with Squalo Adventures.

Home*- Scuba Dive on Isla Mujeres with Squalo Adventures

We picked them after reading the reviews on Trip Advisor and keeping in mind our top three picks, and then their shop was closest to the hotel.

Diving around Isla is nothing like Cozumel, but I thought the one reef dive we did (Manchones) was comparable to dives we did near to Playa del Carmen and Akumal. Lots of fish and coral was in good shape.

The the dive we did was the 'Silent Evolution' MUSA installation- a group of about 400 statues, by artist Jason DeCaires Taylor, mostly of people, that will one day be a reef.

Underwater Sculpture Cancun and Isla Mujeres Underwater Art Museum

Already a lot of them are being covered in coral and they resembled the ghost pirates from Pirates of the Caribbean.

newer:




More established statues become unrecognizable with time (the concrete is of a pH that attracts coral growth.)

Stages from model to lots of growth:





We saw the house...



We did NOT get to see her,different site- but she is gorgeous....



nor the piano




We did see a group of five of these guys...entitled 'Bankers', it is sort of a social commentary on the current economic state.




You can also snorkel the sites but they are about 30 feet deep and you wouldn't really be able to see any details.

As a dive soley to see the statues it was interesting but very few fish yet. hubby was unimpressed, but I enjoyed it. He also didn't really enjoy cenote diving- he likes to see sealife on dives.

Funny story- there were a couple of young Brits in our group and we were chatting with them. They asked where we from and the one exclaims 'My fiancee is from Meadow Lake!"

Which is about two hours from where we live. And he had just been here a month before visiting.

It truly IS a small world.
__________________
until a week on Isla Mujeres!

until 2 weeks in Huatulco and Puerto Escondido!
Rissask is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-22-2012   #44 (permalink)
beachaholic
 
hollywood65's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Dallas
Posts: 401
Awesome...thanks for the pics!
hollywood65 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-22-2012   #45 (permalink)
Canada Dry
 
Rissask's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Saskatchewan, Canada
Posts: 56,332
Quote:
Originally Posted by hollywood65 View Post
Awesome...thanks for the pics!
I really wished I had an underwater camera so I could take some of our own.

We talked about buying a Go Pro but didn't, yet.
Rissask is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:33 AM.


Powered by: vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.