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Old 12-22-2016   #16 (permalink)
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We've always had good luck booking through Expedia.
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If Shams could get me a better deal than the $600+ CAD a night I am finding on Trivago or Expedia, then whoo hoo.

Still undecided about staying at the Privilege Aluxes on Isla Mujeres possibly those last four nights instead of a $$$ AI on the mainland....hmmmm
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If Shams could get me a better deal than the $600+ CAD a night I am finding on Trivago or Expedia, then whoo hoo.

Still undecided about staying at the Privilege Aluxes on Isla Mujeres possibly those last four nights instead of a $$$ AI on the mainland....hmmmm
Since I'm US based, I don't get CAD pricing...lo siento!
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I figured as much! Thanks anyway.

Will just keep looking at trivago and the like.
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I figured as much! Thanks anyway.

Will just keep looking at trivago and the like.
I have a good friend who is a Canadian agent, she actually lives in Playa. If you'd like to use an agent vs. the (cold and heartless ) internet, let me know and I'll give you her name and contact info.
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I have a good friend who is a Canadian agent, she actually lives in Playa. If you'd like to use an agent vs. the (cold and heartless ) internet, let me know and I'll give you her name and contact info.
Sure, you can PM me her info, worth a shot maybe. Thanks!

I'd love to stay at the VIM but I will take any great 5 star with an amazing beach and good food and preferably adults only.

We go mid March so not the Barceló Palace- it's not AO anyway and apparently a spring breaker hotel-right?

anyone reading this have any other suggestions for those criteria? Close to golf course(s) would be a plus too. Any of the El Dorado resorts, maybe? I don't want to pay more than $650 CAD a night, max so the really high end ones are out.
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I've started thinking about our anniversary in June. We have been to so many great resorts in the last few years and I'm trying to decide which one I would like to visit again....for the moment I am leaning towards checking out the new El Dorado Seaside Suites. We went two or three times to the old suites, which is now Sensimar and devoted to Thompson travelers from Europe (as much as I can understand it). It was never the fanciest place we stayed, but we always had SO much fun there. The new Seaside Suites is next door and more modern and I am eyeing those "private" infinity pool rooms...and while the new resort has its own facilities, you can use the ones next door, too. It might be a place you would want to look into, too.
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I've started thinking about our anniversary in June. We have been to so many great resorts in the last few years and I'm trying to decide which one I would like to visit again....for the moment I am leaning towards checking out the new El Dorado Seaside Suites. We went two or three times to the old suites, which is now Sensimar and devoted to Thompson travelers from Europe (as much as I can understand it). It was never the fanciest place we stayed, but we always had SO much fun there. The new Seaside Suites is next door and more modern and I am eyeing those "private" infinity pool rooms...and while the new resort has its own facilities, you can use the ones next door, too. It might be a place you would want to look into, too.
Thanks for the suggestion!! I forget which one I was looking at yesterday....just remember El Dorado was in the name. I will check this one out.
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I've started thinking about our anniversary in June. We have been to so many great resorts in the last few years and I'm trying to decide which one I would like to visit again....for the moment I am leaning towards checking out the new El Dorado Seaside Suites. We went two or three times to the old suites, which is now Sensimar and devoted to Thompson travelers from Europe (as much as I can understand it). It was never the fanciest place we stayed, but we always had SO much fun there. The new Seaside Suites is next door and more modern and I am eyeing those "private" infinity pool rooms...and while the new resort has its own facilities, you can use the ones next door, too. It might be a place you would want to look into, too.
The infinity pool rooms at EDSS don't have "private" pools. The pool connects to all the other rooms on that floor so it's like swimming through a river (so to speak). Anyone can swim past your patio. And the ones under the top floor, those pools are shaded so the water tends to be cold. I've had quite a few people stay there, most really didn't care for it as much as I wish they had. We can now book clients back into the original section EDSS section too, including the beachfront suites.

If you want a private infinity pool, El Dorado Maroma has those. El Dorado Casitas Royale also has infinity pool casita suites which are private as well. If you REALLY want awesome, how about an over the water bungalows at El Dorado Maroma?

New ones you might want to look at are Secrets Akumal or Unico Riviera Maya HERE
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oooo that Unico one looks fancy and very modern....neither of which describe me.

I like older, more Mexican style hotels, with more mature vegetation,....the new ones always seem so bare or something...and it's windy enough on this coast.

And I dunno about this as a scientific theory- but it seems to me that it's logical to assume all of the 'prime' or best spots on the best beaches on the coast are likely filled already- with older and established hotels. No? Although I guess there is a lot of miles of coastline to go around. Which are the 'best' (realize that is somewhat subjective) beaches these days? Xpu Ha, Maroma, Paraiso still?

I think I am more a Catalonia Tulum or a VIM person. Fancy but not too fancy.

Which of the Palladiums do you recommend for me in that case? Which has the best snorkeling?
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All the Palladiums are in the same complex so it doesn't matter which one you'd pick to stay in. The best (sandiest) part of the beach is in front of the Colonial and Kantenah sections though. Couldn't pick a more family friendly hotel, just so ya know.

The Catalonia is pretty laid back and I wouldn't really call it fancy. The VIM is definitely more fancy, dress code even.

Playacar, Maroma, Xpu Ha are still the best beaches. Secrets Akumal is also on a great beach and very good snorkeling there too. There are sandy beaches that are not necessarily the best swimming beaches. I put Paraiso in that category, the waves are typically pretty rough. Same for VIM though. Then again, depends on the time of year too.
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I am researching our favorite chains, El Dorado, Secrets, and Excellence. I am finding that I can get a FAR better room for my budget at either of the Excellence resorts (Riviera Maya and Playa Mujeres), than I can at El Dorado or Secrets. Keep in mind, I am narrowing El Dorado down to Seaside Suites and El Dorado Royale (Casitas is out of our budget), and Secrets down to Akumal and Maroma (I like Silversands but have been there too often and want to try something else, and we were just at Playa Mujeres).

So...is Secrets Akumal or Secrets Maroma or El Dorado Royale THAT much cooler than either of the Excellence Resorts, that I would be willing to get the most basic room there, for the same price that I can get a super deluxe private pool room at Excellence? I'm intrigued by Excellence Riviera Maya.

Edit to add: I am posting this here in case my thoughts and research and questions can help Rissask in her decision.

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Thanks Sue! Very good questions. It will definitely help. I was also wondering about the room versus overall resort thing. I would LOVE to have a balcony plunge pool or swim up room for the same price as a 'regular' room somewhere else- so long as the beach and food are just as good.

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There are sandy beaches that are not necessarily the best swimming beaches. I put Paraiso in that category, the waves are typically pretty rough.
VERY good to know.

I don't mind 'family' resorts really. Would honestly rather put up with kids having fun and being noisy than obnoxiously drunk loud adults, ANY day.

Which is again why I want to avoid any 'spring break friendly' resorts at all costs- any others that you know of, other than the Barceló? And is the Barceló THAT bad? I loved the Palace.
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