Club Med Cancun Yucatan
How has this resort rated in the past?
- Continental Breakfast
- Tennis Court
- Non-smoking rooms
Historical Traveler Reviews Club Med Cancun Yucatan
Not A Big Fan
Just got back from a week at Club Med Cancun and would never go back!
We took a Club Med charter flight which was delayed almost 2 hours leaving, not a good start to the vacation. Our room had an odor of mold to it and the beds were like sleeping on the hard floor. The food although not bad got very boring, it was buffet in the same place for breakfast, lunch, & dinner. There is another restuarant but it was only open 4 days out of the week and you could only make reservations in the morning the day of when you wanted to go and could only make the reservations at the front desk, so by 8:00 am there were no seats left.
We did enjoy the shows put on by the GOs, but they were only everyother night. My husband dislocated his shoulder while windsurfing and the attention we received was horrible! They wanted him to walk to the nurse's office from the windsurfing area which was a good 7 minute walk. And than they told us to go to the hospital but we had to take a cab which was another 30 minutes and at our cost. The nurse didn't even call the cab for us, I had to go to the front lobby and asked someone to call a cab. Club Med had our departing flight scedualed for the wrong time so we went to the airport at 7:00 am for our 10:00 am flight and than we were told that our flight was not until 8:20 pm! Although they did give us a room for the day when we got back to the resort, there were no apologies and no other compensations. Also, be aware that there are not a lot of Americans at the resort, French is spoken more than Spanish is and you are in Mexico! We made the best of the vacation but I will never do another Club Med EVER!!!
My wife and I went to Club Med Cancun a bit over a year ago ( 7/02) for
a honeymoon, and we had an amazingly good time. I'm in my early 50s,
and my wife just turned 40 but we never felt that we were out of our
league in an overly youth oriented or singles type atmosphere. Club Med
in general is the type of place where you can do absolutely nothing all
day except work on your tan, or keep totally busy nearly 24 hr per day.
We did some of each.
I got to go water skiiing for the first time in about 30 years. I was never terrific at it, but the GOs were very helpful and encouraging and had me on my feet in no time. At the club itself we went snorkelling, sailing, swimming ( pool and ocean) and just chilling. We also took excursions to Chichen Itza' s Mayan ruins ( truly awesome) Xcaret ( an ecological theme park which was lots of fun) and a catamaran party cruise to a nearby island.
I'm sorta surprised at some of the negative reviews I've seen here. Our room was quiet, clean, with a perfectly functioning air conditioner. We both enjoyed the buffet food. Sure, some of the dishes repeated during the week, but there were so many to choose from that you could easily find something you hadn't tried yet.
At the time we went, the club was not totally inclusive, meaning that you either had to pay extra for a bar bracelet, or buy a book of bar tickets to use instead of money. Neither of us drink a huge amount, and since beer and wine is included with lunch and dinner we opted to buy bar tix for the few additional drinks we wanted. Worked out fine for us.
The nighttime entertainment wasn't Vegas or Broadway, but it was imaginatively staged and enthusiastically performed and we went to the performance every night we were at the club.
To tell the truth, money was a big factor when we booked our honeymoon, and this was by far the best value we could find. We would go back in a minute, except we want to explore other Club Med facilities ASAP.
Don't Go Here!!!
The following are opinions and are not to be construed as statements of fact.
1. Bad Food- Food is buffet style which is fatty, greasy and the same food is repeatedly served throughout the week. Amazing that a club that markets itself towards the active and healthy served such garbage food.
2. Bad Rooms- The rooms had mold which made a traveling companion sick.
The air conditioning did not perform well and consequently the room was uncomfortable.
3. Bad Bar- Drinks were watered-down, used cheap ice that melted fast, bartenders that were not G.O.'s were unfriendly, French were pushy and often cut in the front of the bar line to order their drinks.
4. Bad G.O.'s- G.O.'s (aka 6th grade camp counselors) were annoying, most spoke foreign languages which made it difficult to understand them.
5. Bad Weather- This club is worthless without cooperative weather. It rained 4 days of our 7 day trip. Hope it does not rain!
6. Bad Nightlife- The "disco" consists of a few speakers inside a snackbar.
7. Nice Beach, beautiful clear water.
8. Mexicans- They try to rip you off.
9. Mayans- Well, they were cool.
What an amazing time! I went to Cancun, Club Med on the advice of my travel agent as a great place for single travellers to go. She was right! I am 25, female, single, and went by myself. I still talk to people online from all over the world I met there.
You've never jetskiied until you've jetskiied on the caribean! All the employees at Cancun, Club Med were fabulous.
The food was indescribably wonderful. You name it and it was there!
Desert tables, Asian, Spanish, etc...corners of the world cooking, each table respresented a different country style of cooking. I would go again just for the food!
The staff there were very knowledgable and able to recomend any type of thing you were looking for in the downtown area. eg: Best Nightclubs etc. I hugely recomend Daddy'O's located a short cab ride away. Great times there, as well as Senor Frogs and the grass hut roofed bars along the strip...take a trip down to the local stores located downtown as well while you are there. Lots of souveniers to be bought down there!
Plenty of neat shopping to be had.
The social aspect of Club Med is HUGE. There sharing tables at mealtimes enables/forces even the shyest of people to have to communicate with fellow vacationers. They had contests in the evenings in each room "drinking" "games" etc. Plus a play including audience members with live entertainment nightly. And on site sailing/windsurfing/snorkeling sites included in your all inclusive package! Also the bar...lounge...nightclub and amazing pool! Lets not forget that I learned how to waterski on the lagoon too! :)
Good times. Five out of five stars for club med, Cancun. Highly recommended.
A really good 'first solo vacation' experience
I just got back from a short trip to Club Med Cancun over Thanksgiving 2003. I was a little nervous going on my own but it ended up being a great experience and one I won't hesitate to repeat!
I opted to have a room-mate and got a nice woman who had been at the resort for several days already and was able to show me the ropes a little.
The room was very nice - bright colours on the walls and the bed linens. The setup was good too - two closets, two personal safes and the toilet area separate from the shower and vanity. There was also a small patio area facing the lagoon although we never used it.
One thing I will say about the whole resort is that I felt very safe there. Walking back to my room alone at night was fine since there were security guards posted every few hundred yards. Comforting.
The pool area was really nice (YAY for it being an Adult Village so there were no children running around!). I went diving on my second day (my main reason for my trip) and it was GREAT! I finished my SCUBA certification and was really happy with the experience.
The food was REALLY good. (Try the White Chocolate Bread and the Walnut Bread - you can actually buy loaves of theire wonderful breads to take home!). I can see that perhaps eating buffet-style for a whole week could get tiresome but I liked it all, especially as the type of fare was changed from day to day. I didn't get the chance to have dinner at "La Palapa" but I did eat lunch there and it was a nice change.
The activities were good too - I enjoyed doing a bit of Salsa dancing and seeing one or two of the shows. The Lip-Synch contest was definitely very fun and it's obvious that several of the G.Os are very talented. I would have liked to try the Snorkelling, Windsurfing and the Sailing but high winds on my last day prevented that - oh well, next time. I did try kayaking though and that was fun too.
I had a WONDERFUL massage at the outdoor location (surrounded by Palm trees and the noise of the surf!), it was quite pricey - even by Chicago standards so one was enough, but the lady giving it was very strong and loosened me up lots!
The G.Os were very friendly - as were most of the G.Ms. I got to know some of the G.Os and it was obvious that they made great efforts to remember names and where people were from.
I found the whole atmosphere/attitude at Club Med to be one of outgoing friendliness. Because so many people are on their own it is practically expected that you would strike up conversations with strangers at meals or at the bar or by the pool. No one thinks you are being intrusive and people respond very well to overtures of friendship. You get used to the openess and it starts to feel very normal - I found myself still doing it on the plane home! (Quite the 'Life Lesson' I think!)
Last but not least is the 'All-inclusive' aspect - which I LOVED! I didn't do an GREAT deal of drinking over the weekend since I was going to be diving and I really just needed R&R rather than hard-partying, but it was SO nice to just order whatever drink happened to take my fancy without thinking about money or tip or anything!
One thing though, the Internet cafe is not terribly pricey ($5 for 15 mins) BUT the connection speed is SOOOOOOO Slow - so be warned!
I found myself wishing that I had been there the whole week and had been able to participate in more activities and to have done some more diving AND to have perhaps gotten to know more people. I will definitely return and do a Sat-Sat or Sat-Sun vacation to take full advantage of everything.
Thumbs up Club Med!
Oh my gosh if you love meeting new people and keeping yourself busy go there..it's amazing..you meet tons of people from all over the world, it's so much fun and the activies are so much fun..like windsurfing, kayaking, snorkeling, tanning and etc..so much fun..the beach is amazing..wow..went snorkeling and saw so much like octupus, fish and etc..the food is great..so much variety everyday..the breakfast was the best...i went there myself and had a blast , met so many interesting people wow!..i would definately do it again that's for sure in fact i am going again with this girl i met there next year..the weather is absolutely amazing!! hot everyday...and oh yes the security there wow is so safe that in fact i was walking late in the night like 4 in the morning just checking out the beach and it's so safe!! if you have any questions drop a line..it's A+!!!
I really enjoyed it!
I went to Club Med Cancun and had a fabulous time there!! I actually went on my own and was nervous at first, but Club Med Cancun exceeded my expectations. I have since been to Turks and Caicos Club Med and I actually prefer Cancun. While Turks has a beautiful beach, I really enjoyed the fact that Cancun has 2 separate beach areas. The main beach is right outside the resort and is generally crowded and noisy, but fun if you want to meet others and do beach activities with others.
The second beach is around the peninsula and is quiet and peaceful.
There is a beautiful bar and resaurant out there so you can eat/drink at the more peaceful beach if you want to (and watch the gorgeous sunset) - and a major bonus is that you just don't have to listen to constant music and pep-rally announcements from the GOs by the pool/main beach.
I took tennis and windsurfing lessons. I went snorkeling and sailing. I also did water aerobics in the pool. All were excellent and fun.
The rooms were okay - but frankly that is what you find at any of the Club Meds I think. They all seem to be pretty much the same - with average food and accommodations. It's the activities and nightlife that you pay for. The pool was great, the bar and dancing at night were fun and the activities were amazing. There is plenty to do all day and all night - or you can just relax on the beautiful beach and stare out at the crystal blue waters. I met lots of people, some of whom I keep in touch with. A well-worth it vacation!!!!
A major rip off!
I stayed at Club Med Cancun and would say it is by far the worst resort in the carribbean! The GOs were "very fake" in delivering good customer service. Most were uninterested, choosing to mingle among themselves as opposed to mingling with guests. The GOs entertainment shows could be best described something high school amature night shows or plays.
My ground floor (university style) dorm room faced the swamp which smelled bad and had alligators so I could not open I patio door. Upon entering my room I found 2 cock roches running up the wall! The air conditioner operated one one speed high cold! The walls had no sound proofing so you could hear everything in the next door rooms.
The food was terrible!
It was a total waste of money and vacation time ....a real disappointment!
What a Joke
Spent a week at club med cancun, nov 13-20 2003. Foul odor in the rooms. Aligators in the lagoon, as water skiing is cancelled. Go's most of the time, non existent, to the clients. They are always positioning themselves toward the female tourists, for intimate relations. Club med, promoted singles week, it looked more like a couples get to gether from france most of the time.Poor participation from most of these european tourists, as their american counterparts were left to fetch on their own. Main concern, would be it was singles week for the GO's as they were more interested in logging in their quests, then, getting to know us tourists. I will never do a club med vacation again, as their promotion was inconsistent to us single people.
Loved the atmosphere
Damn! What a fab vacation, I went two years ago and have been to the Cuba Club Med and Club Maeva in Manzanillo, nothing has matched up to my trip to Cancun. I won't go anywhere else anymore. I am booking a trip for December right now. It was so great, I got to relax by the pool and beach, but also be included in whatever activities I wanted to. I did not even leave the resort ever..... and would probably venture into downtown at least one day, but, had such fun in the bar onsite that even in the evenings, I did not stray. Scuba diving, basketball and volley ball playing, water skiing, tennis playing, sailing, snorkeling, dance lessons and guitar lessons are some of the things I did, plus I was in one of the evening plays...what fun! E-mail me if you want more info. I am still in touch with about six people I met while there and we all feel the same way about the Cancun Club Med!
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