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Old 06-18-2016   #1 (permalink)
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these are the AI's im interested in booking in September

first and foremost, im leaning towards booking a regular, smaller maybe boutique style hotel. this is to have more money for activities including going out for food, drinks diving etc

In 2014 i stayed at RIU riviera maya. the rooms, we nice kind of hot, the pool and beach were great. the food wasnt very good and the drinks were always weak. i found ourselves not really wanting to leave the resort for much because 1- we didnt have a need to really, 2- the all inclusive didnt give us much spending money to bring after we payed for the resort
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however, we do have another couple coming along that want to to look at a few AI options.
that being said, the things I would like out of an AI include:
good food and drinks ( this is what you are paying for right?)
it doesnt help that I am a FOODIE

nice pool with outside bars/swim up bars
nice beach doesnt have to be the biggest or the best, just a nicer beach ( other wise i could just go to florida right?)

the closer to downtown restaurants and bars the better

and of course the cheaper the better.
Amenities/convenience vs price is always factored in, for us anyway
i dont necessarily need any type of "luxury" suites or anything. just clean and maintained ( its vacation get out of the room)
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if you have any knowledge or experience or opinions regarding these let me know....or if you know of someone with more knowledge i can talk to because i know you specialize in smaller resorts.
this is what i know from some research

THEY ROYAL- higher end option
i know that this is a nicer AI,
reviews seem to show it has good food compared to others,
great location.
beach is questionable and part of it is rocky

Royal Hideaway- higher end option
most reviewers claim this has the best food for an AI.
adults only very nice resort.
very nice beach, nice pools and rooms

The Reef Playacar - cheaper option
nice beaches,
decent pools,
restrictive menu,
supposedly about a 10 minute walk from 5th??

ocean maya royale- cheaper option
15 minute drive from playa,
beach is average,
decent food options,
adults only

Grand Riviera/sunsuet Princess All Suites- cheaper option
free shuttles to town twice a day or 15 minute cab ride,
large resort with many pool and restaurants ( i dont know if they are any good)
above avergae beach,
nice rooms and pools


sandos playacar - mid range option
many restaurants ( i dont know about the quality
many pools and a few bars
some of the nicest beaches around

the reef playacar. cheaper options
great beach
somewhat restrictive dining
smaller pools but still nice with bars available


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any experiences with these listed please share.
and before any1 says it ........haha yes i do know 'Shammy" knows all about this. I appreciate everyone's opinions and experiences that can better help me plan the next vacation. whether its on this list or if there is something else you think i should look into.

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Old 06-20-2016   #2 (permalink)
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Old 06-20-2016   #3 (permalink)
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Take a look at the Grand Hyatt. It's not an AI, but it's literally next door to the Royal and is about the same quality and awesome location. See what prices are compared to the Royal AI and see how much you'd save.
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Take a look at the Grand Hyatt. It's not an AI, but it's literally next door to the Royal and is about the same quality and awesome location. See what prices are compared to the Royal AI and see how much you'd save.
My guess is not a large price difference as the Grand Hyatt is $$! The Royal would make more sense - as long as staying at an AI is what you want to do.

As far as the hotels listed - you really can't compare something like the Royal or the Royal Hideaway to the Reef Playacar or Sandos. As I'm sure you know, there will be a significant price difference in addition to the difference in quality. You will have premium liquors at both Royals, not so much the case at the more budget friendly resorts.

The Reef, Royal Hideaway and Sandos are all located in Playacar so close to town and basically the same great beach. You also have the Iberostar Tucan/Quetzal and Playacar Palace as decent options in Playacar. Iberostar is budget friendly, Playacar Palace is expensive but the very first hotel in Playacar so an easy walk to town.

Ocean Maya Royale and the Grand Sunset are north of Playa, and neither beach is that good, not compared to the Playacar beaches anyway. Not even as good as the beach at the Royal, which may or may not have rocks popping up - it really depends if the ocean current uncovers them or if sand has been washed over them. But you can easily walk north a little bit to find a rock free area. Ocean Maya is a great value for the money, considering it's adults only. Grand Sunset, very large property, most of my clients have thought it was rather mediocre (especially the food). I suggest upgrading to the Platinum suites or Laguna Villas at this hotel. Or, right next door is the Platinum Yucatan Princess which is adults only and another good value for the money. You can also use the facilities of the Sunset/Riviera Princess (but not vice versa).

I think you have some decisions to make - the first one being do you want AI or no? Then, if you do want AI, do you want to spend money on an upscale property with better food, drinks and service or, save money and go with a budget resort?
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My guess is not a large price difference as the Grand Hyatt is $$! The Royal would make more sense - as long as staying at an AI is what you want to do.

As far as the hotels listed - you really can't compare something like the Royal or the Royal Hideaway to the Reef Playacar or Sandos. As I'm sure you know........

The Reef, Royal Hideaway and Sandos are all located in Playacar so close to town and basically the same great beach. You also have the Iberostar Tucan/Quetzal and Playacar Palace as decent options in Playacar. Iberostar is budget friendly, Playacar Palace is expensive but the very first hotel in Playacar so an easy walk to town.

Ocean Maya Royale and the Grand Sunset are north of Playa, and neither beach is that good, not compared to the Playacar beaches anyway. Not even as good as the beach at the Royal, which may or may not have rocks popping up - it really depends if the ocean current uncovers them or if sand has been washed over them. But you can easily walk north a little bit to find a rock free area. Ocean Maya is a great value for the money, considering it's adults only. Grand Sunset, very large property, most of my clients have thought it was rather mediocre (especially the food). I suggest upgrading to the Platinum suites or Laguna Villas at this hotel. Or, right next door is the Platinum Yucatan Princess which is adults only and another good value for the money. You can also use the facilities of the Sunset/Riviera Princess (but not vice versa).

I think you have some decisions to make - the first one being do you want AI or no? Then, if you do want AI, do you want to spend money on an upscale property with better food, drinks and service or, save money and go with a budget resort?

yeah i wasnt really comparing the royal/royal hideaway to sandos/ocean maya.

it was more of amenities vs price. b/c an all inclusive for 700-800$ a person for the week may still be worth it even if we want to go out alot. at that point its cheap enough that it doesnt matter

as i said we will be diving and probably going into town often, so i want the AI to have a few food options and those options to be decent... at least for breakfat and lunch. odds are we will eat most dinners in town

since we plan on going in town for dinners, doing a couple excursions, diving, we want to be closer to town to minimize taxi costs
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Try the Iberostar Tucan / Quetzel in Playacar. It also has a separate adults only pool bar area. Check out the pics. The pool is amazing, the largest in playa I would think, and the beach is amazing. Food is wonderful and beer/liquor is good too. This is my fav resort in the town of Playacar. Its only a 5 min taxi ride to 5th or you can actually walk. This is directly in between the Sandos Playacar and Riu Yucatan.

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