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Old 05-30-2017   #1 (permalink)
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coming back after 10 years!

Hey everybody,

I have not been active on this forum for 10 years or so, but now I will finally come back to Playa and this time for a honeymoon nonetheless . I enjoyed two of the excursions offered on this site and will book one of them again, now with my hubby (who has not been to Mexico yet).

I am looking at AI resorts, I have stayed in the Riu Tequila and Sandos Caracol in the past, but I want to try another resort.The Barcelo Palace looks very nice, I like that it is very much spread out, with lots of pools and different bars so we will not get bored during a 2 week trip :P. However, it looks far from Playa, as we do want to visit the town a few times. I guess that would be easy to do with taxi. How does the Barcelo compare to the IB Quetzal or Tucan? Or Sandos Playacar? Or... ? Are there many kids running around in September? This will be our first vacation that we will not be spending visiting family in Netherlands (me) or Turkey (he), so we really want to relax and enjoy and have fun.

We are planning to go the last 2 weeks of September 2017. Do we need hurricane insurance? Is there even such a thing? (I have moved from Netherlands to the USA and this is the first time I want to book a trip with a hotel including flights from the USA).

Sorry for the long post!

Cheers,

Sandy

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Hey everybody,

I have not been active on this forum for 10 years or so, but now I will finally come back to Playa and this time for a honeymoon nonetheless . I enjoyed two of the excursions offered on this site and will book one of them again, now with my hubby (who has not been to Mexico yet).

I am looking at AI resorts, I have stayed in the Riu Tequila and Sandos Caracol in the past, but I want to try another resort.The Barcelo Palace looks very nice, I like that it is very much spread out, with lots of pools and different bars so we will not get bored during a 2 week trip :P. However, it looks far from Playa, as we do want to visit the town a few times. I guess that would be easy to do with taxi. How does the Barcelo compare to the IB Quetzal or Tucan? Or Sandos Playacar? Or... ? Are there many kids running around in September? This will be our first vacation that we will not be spending visiting family in Netherlands (me) or Turkey (he), so we really want to relax and enjoy and have fun.

We are planning to go the last 2 weeks of September 2017. Do we need hurricane insurance? Is there even such a thing? (I have moved from Netherlands to the USA and this is the first time I want to book a trip with a hotel including flights from the USA).

Sorry for the long post!

Cheers,

Sandy
Hi Sandy

You probably want trip insurance that covers a hurricane. It is the season, but that does not mean there will be one or even a storm
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Old 05-31-2017   #3 (permalink)
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My wife and I have stayed at the Sandos Playacar several times in the past it is quite nice (Nice enough we chose to get married there) and town is about a 3.5km walk (they also will loan you bicycles) from the resort or a fairly cheap cab ride.

There is a section of the resort (Riviera)that is adults only and a pool that is Adults only. But the rest of the resort is family friendly. There is one restaurant that's Adults Only as well (French? if I remember right?).

One the one thing that sticks out in my mind about low season (Sept, Oct) Certain sections of the resort aren't open. So not every restaurant is open every night. Or certain blocks of rooms aren't opened so If you had a noisey neighbour they might tell you there aren't any rooms available but there are several hundred available but just closed for the season.

Cost wise its very competitive with everything else its clean, good staff, good food for a resort. Very big property so you wouldn't feel like you're on top of everyone. They are very eco focused.

We also stayed at the Barcelo once. Very clean, Nice large property, nice pools. I found the customer service there was non-existent. The wait staff didn't seem to care about anyone. We tip quite well but when we didn't get good service we stopped tipping we took the money with us we'd give it for good service but it never came. We took nearly $200 home with us and decided to never go back. You're also correct it is quite far from town. You can walk out to the highway and catch a collectivo into town for 25 or 30 pesos.

For us we'd much rather stay in Playacar and walk or bike into town.

That time of year is certainly hurricane season. 2 days after our wedding there was an inbound hurricane thankfully it turned north and missed us it was a wet day and that's about it. The resort was very well planned and organized they gave us a note with all the emergency procedures. We ordered a bit of room service in advance and stocked up on beer and club sandwiches But insurance could be important price it and determine if you want it or not.

Good luck with your choices.
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thanks for your answers! I'll be sure to look around a bit more
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Old 06-09-2017   #5 (permalink)
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There's really no such a thing as "hurricane" insurance but there is such a thing as cancel for ANY reason insurance. This type of insurance is sold by travel agents/tour operators, you can cancel and walk away up until the day of departure and receive a full refund of the trip cost minus the insurance - no questions asked, no forms to fill out. You cannot buy this same kind of travel insurance online. You can purchase a cancel for any reason add on but you won't get back 100%, usually only 60-80% (depends on the company).

As far as the Barcelo Palace - the beach at Barcelo is very nice, they have great on site snorkeling too. Nice adults only pool, huge main pool. You can use the entire Barcelo complex if you stay at the Palace, have unlimited a la carte visits and top shelf liquor included. They have a Premium Level upgrade which offers the best room location as close to the pools and beach as possible and other perks such as private check in and check out, use of the Premium lounge, priority a la carte reservations, free room service, free wifi. Without Premium Level, they charge for room service and wifi. They also charge extra for bowling, the all ages water park with Flow Rider and evening mini golf (daytime is free). Some people have issues with the level of service they provide but plenty of people do not. With over 1,500 rooms in the complex, that's a lot of guest opinions and experiences!

Barcelo is about 20-25 minutes from Playa, a colectivo is $3/pp and a taxi is about $25 each way.

It's rather difficult to compare a mega resort complex to smaller hotels like the Tucan/Quetzal and Sandos. Sandos does have a few sections and takes up a fair bit of ground but it's still not as big as Barcelo. I like the Riviera or Select Club sections at Sandos, the rooms are newer and nicer than the standard rooms in the original Beach section. But personal preference, the Riviera section is furthest away from the beach.
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Old 06-13-2017   #6 (permalink)
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Two weeks at any AI resort would be too long....jmo of course.

I stayed at the Barceló Palace for ten days once with a group of 16 and it was too long at the same place.

It's a fairly remote resort, so even though there are things to do there if it's raining or storming, it would be better staying somewhere closer to town so at least you can stroll around if it's not beach weather.

Have you considered doing a split stay- either a week each at two different AI resorts, or maybe even a few nights at a nice boutique hotel in Playa del Carmen and then a nice AI? Or half the time on Isla Mujeres instead of PDC, or Puerto Morelos, or Akumal- and then a week or whatever at an AI? Just a suggestion.
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