Bel Air Collection Xpu Ha Riviera Maya
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... would you find that much urine?
Then, after Laynni joined me and I had spent more than a week experiencing the grand splendour and breezy odiferousness of the Mayan Riviera, we called time on Mexico, bussed it down to the border town of Chetumal and took a ferry across to the Belizean island of Caye Caulker. A place we’ve been hoping to check out for a long time ever since passing it up on our first stop in Belize lo those six long years ago. Hear all about it next ...
... Ran and Jayne are cool and Austin and Kadin are sound too. Really looking forward to moisturizing when i get back.
11/07 11:20 am Just sat in Tulum ADO bus station waiting for our bus to Chetumal at 1pm. Spent most of last night coating myself in aloe vera gel to soothe my scorched back and knees. We had a pretty relaxed evening off the booze but were jamming with everyone, austin brought his dijeridoo and hazel had the blue guitar. There was this crazy israeli rasta guy who ...
... went to meet the others for a trip to the beach. On the way there we checked out another hostel, Chalupa, and booked in there for the next day since we had hardly any sleep at the Lobo hostel and it definitely wasn’t on the best hostel list. Emma and Terry also decided to join us at the new hostel.
We walked all the way down to the beach and went to look for some food. The beach was stunning, the best I have seen in Mexico so far, white ...
... to see what tomorrows cenote dives are going to bring to top this.
Dinner is a fantastic steak dinner across the road from the hotel and all for under 10euro! In Cuba it was all about the music as you wandered about and here in Mexico it is all about the smells. As I walk about you are constantly getting the waft of food being cooked and it all smells fantastic. I´m even tempted to give the street food a try but maybe for another ...
... as I was a little 3rd worlded out after Guatemala.
I woke up early the next day on a mission to hunt down the hostel that had been recommended to me by a fellow traveller, and with some miscalculations from some locals, walked about 6km to get to the place... But it was worth it. Fortunately there was a spare bed, and it happens to be an awesome one - I'm in the loft with a double bed, space like it's my own room and 2 nice Belgium girls on the ground floor ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Bel Air Collection Xpu Ha Riviera Maya Xpuha
Loved Xpu Ha
If you wish to view the splendor of the Mayan Riviera, enjoy quaint but luxurious accomadations,enjoy tropical 'paradise' environment, be waited onby gracious staff, enjoy GORMET foods and pastries, do some snorkling ( see tropical fish, explore reefs then Xpu Ha Palace is where to go. Now, it is quite expensive, but you'll recieve so much pleasure in being there it's worth it The grounds a spread out on a lush, picturesqe,white sands, scenic rocks that used to be an ecological park. They have two large pools. three restaurants, several bars, gorgeous, just gorgeous!
We read a lot of mixed reviews about XPU-Ha before we left there. +++It is absolutely beautiful. The lake, the laggon, even something that looks like a swmp are all crystal clear. There is snorkeling, diving and a sort of a zoo for both kids and adults. The rooms are not big but very clean and comfortable. ++The food is good at most of teh restuarants, we found a la carte to be the better places to eat. The hotel is huge and there is a lot of walking involved. Ladies-DO NOT TAKE HIGH HEELS with you. This resort is meant for the hiking gear to be used. It is not for people who like lounges, bars and high class dining in terms of clothing and atmosphere. It is also not for people who like huge carribean beaches. It is not for smokers. The entertainment is very poor. There is no real theater (yes, there is something they call a theater)I would definetely recomment this resort for people who just want to relax or walk a lot!!!
We returned Feb. 11th from our trip to Xpu-Ha. We loved this resort. The beach is beautiful. The staff was friendly and tried their best to make you comfortable. We were celebrating our 20th anniversary and we were traveling with friends who were celebrating their 25th. We called the hotel the day before we arrived and they put us in ocean front rooms. The food was very good for an all inclusive. It was nice that we did not need reservations at any restaurant for any of the meals. We ate at the Aventura a couple of nights. That is a great benefit of the Palace resorts, to be able to use the facilities of the other resorts. We rented a car for $30 a day. It was well worth it, the freedom to travel to and from the resorts and ruins was wonderful. I had read a few complaints about the walking, there is allot of walking around the resort. We really did not mind it at all, the pathways through the jungle were beautiful. And we could use the walk after all the food and drinks we had! XpuHa was beautiful in every way. Aventura was a beautiful resort as well, but we were happy with our choice to stay at Xpu-Ha. It was a much more laid back and tropical vacation. Our friends and I are planning to take our families back this summer.
We recently returned (New Year's week 2003) from Xhu-pa Palace (pronounced Es-scoo PAH or Es-shoe PAH) with our 3 children (6 yrs and 3 yr old twins). At the end of the week we agreed that it was a good trip and the resort was a good choice for our family but I think we could have been better prepared. Our travel agent picked it so we didn't "choose" the resort but we did spend some time scouring the web for reviews. There weren't many!
Our family of six spent a week at Xpu-Ha Palace over the 2003 New Year. Xpu-Ha Palace is definately an ecological experience. Xpu-Ha Palace is built in an Ecological Preserve. It is built like a zoo with an Aviary, a crocidile pond, a turtle pond, a monkey cage and a flamengo pond. The rooms are in huts with thatched roofs. The huts are in pods or villages. The rooms are nice... HOWEVER... the hotel promised us, and many others, rooms with two beds. Out of over 400 rooms, less than 100 rooms have two beds. We were stuck with rooms with only one king bed in them. Due to the make up of our family, our son ended up having to sleep on the floor the entire week! (The rooms are too small to add a rollaway and they don't have rollaways anyway!) The beach was wonderful, but there were not enough beach chairs. We discovered that the place is only a little over a year old and last Christmas season it was too new to be full. The place was definately not prepared (beach chairs or bed wise) for full occupancy, especially with lots of families. Living in the jungle was great. There is an estuary where they give kayaking ecology tours. We learned so much about the filtration of a bog and the various birls and animals in the area. The snorkeling area is nice. There is not much coral, but they have a fish feeding program of natural food to supplement the diet of the fish, so there are lots and lots of fish in the snorkeling lagoon.
Great for families and for adults who loves privacy. noisy, drunk, topless merrymakers would definitely be out of place here. be prepared for lots of walking. All service staff members are great: Carlos Arzapalo, Hospitalilty Desk; Domingo, waiter at Mariachi Restaurant, Carlos, waiter at Mariachi & Bambu, Alejandro, waiter at Caleta, Fernando, waiter at Mariachi. Edwin, Ernesto & Alberto were our knowledgable Eco Guides. maids did an excellent job of cleaning the room and doing creative towel sculptures. using Chaza Travel, ask for Raul the tourguide. very intelligent and uses humor. chocolate, grilled salmon & ask for Mayan coffee. no seaweed & rocky shoreline at the swimming beach. Bad Timeshare Experience: Avoid Mayan Palace, not part of Palace, Inc. after saying "NO" Brims of Alabama had us rudely escorted out of the premises. we're spoiled. we want to come back. e mail me if you have questions. Caroline Edwards
Let me first say that this resort is not for everyone. If you are looking for a party and a huge beach, go to Cancun. If you are disabled, go somewhere else. There are few ramps, and many inaccessible places (you'd be hard-pressed to do any activities). On the other hand, this area of Mexico just isn't very disabled-friendly.
My husband and I went to Xpu-Ha Palace in April 2002. We have been to Mexico many times and this was by far the worst vacation we have ever had.
Xpu-Ha Palace is an ecological park resort about 90 kilometers (68 miles) from the Cancun airport, and about 30 km from the ruins at Tulum. Transportation was arrange by Vacation Express and ran pretty smoothly. The resort was a surprise. Comments about feeling like you just entered Jurasic Park are pretty much true. Everything at the resort is constructed of natural materials taken from the area (beach and jungle mangroves) and is very tropical and lush but not artificially manicured. They had an bay that was enclosed by a coral reef that contained tropical fish for snokeling (also one for scuba diving) an aviary, a place to observe reptiles and other tropical animals, eco tours and so on right on the premises. The beach was beautiful and miles and miles long reaching seamlessly into other neighboring resorts, but without the crowds that you would find on Cancun. However, the only nonmotorized watersports were the kayaks, scuba, and snorkel. They did not supply any sailboats (no hobie cats or sunfish, jet skis, etc., so if that is what you wanted, take advantage of the exchange privileges between all of the Palace resorts and go to Cancun for the day). You are transported from the lobby to your village via golf carts that run all the time throughout the village. Our village (Crocodile)was almost right on the coral reefs (breathtaking at dawn), but next to the outdoor bar restaurant "La Caleta" and walking distance to the white sands part of the beach - good location! Security was evident, the area safe, and the huts had all the modern amenities in pristine condition and scrupulously cleaned everyday. (They had satellite TV in the room but reception out there was so bad that we didn't bother with it.) We had a lot of rain for the first 4 days of our vacaton week due to an tropical low which they tell us is very unusual for May (the rainy season usually goes from June to October or November), so we did not take advantage of the two free tours the hotel offered. But, we went out in the warm rain and played at the beach and pool anyway - what a hoot! Caveat: If you book a tour with your travel representative at the hotel, make sure you understand the process for picking up your transfers and you don't get brushed off without one. We really got confused with our "agent" from Royal Tours (part of Vacation Express) and ended up being returned to the hotel after paying $304.00 for a lobster cruise and a snorkel excursion that wasn't arranged for by our tour company properly (now I'll have to be watching my credit card statements to make sure I get refunded properly). Two other couples asked for refunds from Royal Tours for similar mishaps with Royal Tours. The folks at the lobby told us that they hadn't had problems in the past but that the Royal Tours Rep "Omar" was new and very disorganized. (This wasn't a language issue as both my husband and I are fluent in Spanish and tried to get the "skinny" on everything). By the way, as this was our first trip to Mexico we were surprised that everyone speaks english well enough so that even if you didn't know any Spanish you could still get around anywhere. Anyway, Royal Tours gets a BIG black eye from us, but the Xpu-Ha Palace comes out a winner as we will contract directly with them next time we are there (they use Chaza Tours)and these tours would have been free - except for the Lobster tour. Now on a personal note. My husband and I were very impressed with the service and the staff in general. They were very kind, friendly, and just couldn't do enough for us. We ate mostly at the "Mariachi" restaurant and I do not believe we have ever eaten finer food in our lives. Even the "Oriental Bamboo" restaurant was simply divine. On our last day they brought us a bottle of imported Champagne to our table at dinner. We will be going back to Cancun next year possibly with the kids this time and try out another of the Palace resorts which we toured free. We were so impresse