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Old 02-19-2013   #1 (permalink)
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Sandos Playacar Riviera Tips and Questions

Hi,

We (my wife, myself and our 3 children 10,10,12) are heading to Sandos Playacar Riviera in early March. This will be our first time in Playa and the first time we have gone on an airplane as a family. We chose the Sandos Playacar over the Ocean Turquesa, hopefully we made the right decision?

Please give me some ideas on what to look out for, pros and cons!

Should we get water shoes for the ocean?

Has anybody eaten at the Alux?

Is Senor Frog's worth visiting?

Where is the best place to go snorkeling?

My wife like to sit and read, I like to stay busy!

Any information is welcomed!

Thank you
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Old 02-19-2013   #2 (permalink)
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I am curios too about this. I just noticed a sale and was thinking of heading down instead of staying in Texas and doing six flags. It would cost about the same for us. It would be March 7th - 12th.

We would be bringing an 8 year old boy. He has been to PDC before and is no stranger to travel. He loves the beach and pools.

I would love to take advantage before the price changes. I know where it is located and am a huge fan of the wide open beach.

Any negatives?
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Old 02-19-2013   #3 (permalink)
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Ok. I just booked the Sandos Playacar for 6 days. I feel for the price it is totally worth a try, since I will still be able to do my summer trip to PDC too!

I can help with a few of your questions:

I would not get water shoes for the beach. At least not at this resort. My wife and I have stayed in playacar many times and have never had to worry about our feet. The beach is wonderful.

I bet you will enjoy senor frogs since this is your first trip. Heck I still enjoy it sometimes. It is definitely a tourist spot (trap) but can be plenty fun.

Can't comment too much on the best places to go snorkeling, but plenty of places to go. Cenotes are popular and might be worth some research. I have gone several times and enjoyed them all. There will also be may tour companies offering trips. I would just use one of them since it is your first time and enjoy myself. No need to get caught up in trying to hard.




quote=Hockeyguy;1970031]Hi,

We (my wife, myself and our 3 children 10,10,12) are heading to Sandos Playacar Riviera in early March. This will be our first time in Playa and the first time we have gone on an airplane as a family. We chose the Sandos Playacar over the Ocean Turquesa, hopefully we made the right decision?

Please give me some ideas on what to look out for, pros and cons!

Should we get water shoes for the ocean?

Has anybody eaten at the Alux?

Is Senor Frog's worth visiting?

Where is the best place to go snorkeling?

My wife like to sit and read, I like to stay busy!

Any information is welcomed!

Thank you[/quote]
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Old 02-20-2013   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks for the info!

Any other do's and don'ts that may help us?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 02-20-2013   #5 (permalink)
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Have family staying there at the end of the month. Would like to go visit them but do not want to get caught up in the timeshare stuff. Do you know if they do the selling there or at one of their other locations?
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Old 02-21-2013   #6 (permalink)
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Our plane will be arriving at approx 9:15am, by the time we get through customs and to the hotel it will be 10:30-11:00.

Do you think they will have a room for us?
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Check in is 3pm. If your room is ready when you arrive, they'll give you the keys. If not, they will check you in, hold your luggage and tell you to come back later. You can still use the hotel facilities.

And they do have time share sales at Sandos Playacar. According to a client who recently stayed, they can be annoying. Another recent client said he didn't have much of a problem with them. But they are there.
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Hi Shammy,


Thank you for the heads up!

I sent an email to Sandos Playacar requesting that our room be as close to the beach as possible, our travel agent put a request as well.

I have some picky eaters (2 of my kids), I will let you know how they like it!

Any attractions that are a "must", not sure if we will get back as a family anytime soon?
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We just finished a 2 week stay at Sandos 2 days ago.Great resort.No need for water shoes plenty of sand with no rocks.Security will not let you drag your loungers to the oceanside, only as far as the edge of the volley ball court. The hotel built an artificial reef about a quarter mile down the beach which apparently is attracting quite a few fish. Timeshare is present but not overly pushy. Wetold them No Thanks and they respected that.
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Old 02-22-2013   #10 (permalink)
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Hairraizers,

What restaurants did you try? Any recommendations?

How was the pool?

Did they have any entertainment?

Thank you
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We tried all the restaurants but preferred the Brazilian and the Asian.The main buffet has a large selection with different themes every night.The bagel beach bar is a favourite with the kids.... Fries, onion rings,burgers etc. We're beach people so I can't really comment on the pools other than there's lots of them.Theres an entertainment team at the main pool as well as entertainment shows in the evening.Free Wi fi at the main lobby and the meeting point.
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Old 02-22-2013   #12 (permalink)
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Hairraizers,

Thank you for the info!

What part of the resort were you in?

Was the wifi in those parts unlimited (not timed)?

How much $$ should we tip the maids on a daily basis?

What beer were they serving in the rooms and at the bars?

Which tour company were you with?

Thank you
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We stayed in the older part of the resort It's the closet to the beach and main pool Room 2431 Top floor great view of the ocean and jungle next door.Tipped the maid 4 dollars a day and she always left us towel animals.Dos Equis and Sol beer in the room Dos Equis on tap.Unlimited Wi fi The riviera section is in the middle of the resort and can be a bit of a walk to the beach They have a shuttle that picks up guests at about 10 min intervals Comes in handy if you've had to much sun or drinks.Went with Nolitours.

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Old 02-24-2013   #14 (permalink)
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How were the beds?

How big are the room safes?

Thanks again for all of the information!
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The safe was big enough to hold the laptop, camera and the wife's purse.Typical Mexican beds, hard as a rock!
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