Maya Tankah by Freedom Paradise
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... our way with no problem. It was hard to see the sites on the drive. I was trying hard to pay close attention to the ever changing speed limit signs, & Jean Paul was busy figuring out that "Returno" was a u-turn not our destination. Before long John meet us at Oscar and Lola restaurant to lead us the rest of the way down a long and pot hole invested road along side the ocean. Once we arrived we were met by John and Alyssa ...
... to get ice cream and after we ordered holy hell it was pouring donkeys and tacos!! The rain was pelting down and didn't stop, it didn't even ease up. We sat in the ice cream shop for a while before we decided that we would have to make a run for it. We ran home in the pouring rain and it's the first time in weeks that we were actually cold, it felt nice not to be sweating for once. It rained all night and the hostel room had a river flowing inside. ...
... a combo deal (of course) and the waiter brought over a hot dog, some curly fries, popcorn and my drink. I was devastated when I couldn't even make a dent in my popcorn- so full! Ah the week also included another visit to the Irish pub for ladies night with the residencial.
On Saturday I woke up really early so that I could make the most of the beach and the sun, which usually disappears in the Hotel Zone at 5pm. I was out of the house by ...
... as far as the eye could see :) We looked around for a while and then lined up to go down (yes, we had to line up to go down.) At this point I realized I had a problem. I was really hot, as in overheated. And suddenly I had a thought that every person who has colitis dreads...I have to go..now. Unfortunately, I am at the top of a 42 meter temple in a LINE to get down and there is absolutely no where I can go. Having now had colitis for 4 years I am just kind ...
... and claws are super sharp so not everyone was happy for him to jump on them. He spent most of the days bounding around in the trees surrounding the hostel but now and then he would sneak up on you and bite your ankle or jump from a branch onto your shoulder. He was a much better pet than a cat or a dog, if I could have one as a pet back in Melbourne I would. Check out the two pics I managed to get of him.
Historical Traveler Reviews Maya Tankah by Freedom Paradise
This resort is great, but it all depends on what you are looking for! My boyfriend and I wanted to have a week of sun and relaxation...we didn't really feel the need to go party in Mexico we just wanted some pease and quiet. That is exactly what we got at freedom paradise. If you are looking for a place to go and party until 3am, this is not the place to go. It was great, we could lay on the beach all day without being disturbed, the grounds are very beautiful and the staff was nice. We went out a few nights with the entertainment manager Tim, he was great...he took us to different clubs and night spots when we felt like going out on the town. This resort is pretty low key, it is away from the city, and there isn't much to do after dinner unless you want to go out partying with Tim, he will show you a good time! I read all the reviews on here before leaving and I must say this isnt the place to go if you are expecting luxury.This place was all we needed, just a nice beach, friendly people and relaxation. I will warn you of a few things....there are tons of mosquitos! You don't see them but you will wake up with tons of bites, so bring repellent, it wasnt a problem after we bought some! Also the food in the buffet is not very good, breakfast and lunch were ok but I rarely ate at dinner in the buffet because it was not too good in my oppinion!Overall this resort is pretty good....it is definetly a good place to go if you are just looking for a week of lying on the beach and doing nothing!
we just came back from our trip to FREEDOM PARADISE, Tulum. It s a good 3 stars resort. They have so many excursions to do, I wish i would ve stayed at least 2 weeks. The food was pretty good, one buffet and two restaurants a la carte, mexicain and sea food, and the buffet was all good. People there are really trying the best they can to satisfy each and every demands you do. Since it s a new hotel, they still have some work to do, but they are really getting fast. All the staff was really ( I insit on REALLY friendly), from the reception, to the waiters. They just started two weeks ago with entertainment, they got this fellow call Tim, wich is really a funny good canadian type kind of guy, always smiling, getting people going in all sorts of activities, from volley ball to crazy games (as he called them), to get you on stage for funny stuff. Out of the week we were there, we had three nights with entertainment. Tim told us, more was coming in the up coming weeks.
We stayed at Freedom Paradise in December 2003. It's billed as a size-friendly resort, and in most ways it does deliver that. They have large, sturdy, comfortable chairs in the restaurants, and hammocks on the patios and the beach that will support a 400+ pound person. The showers are roomy (but they do tend to flood the whole room if you re not careful) and the bath towels are extra-big. The pool outside our room had stairs to get in and out (rather than a rickety ladder). There are some nice, wide, comfy lounge chairs out by the pool, and if I was the sunbathing type, I would have felt perfectly comfortable (at 260 pounds) laying out there in a swimsuit (something I d be a lot less likely to do at another beach resort). The staff we dealt with was very friendly and respectful and tried hard to help with all our needs and requests, despite our limited Spanish and (in some cases) their limited English. We were told by someone else who d visited a few weeks before that the staff didn t seem to get it when it came to some of their needs (they had no clue how to make recommendations for fat-friendly things to do locally, the hotel s kayaks and paddle boats were too small for big people, and they had a what sounds like a disastrous snorkeling trip where the hotel staff left these guests to swim back a lot farther than they liked). They also complained about some of the advertised amenities--game room, sports bar/Internet café, evening entertainment--that either weren t open or were very sub-standard. We didn t have as much to complain about in that regard. We d had their warning not to expect a lot in those areas, and basically, we were looking for a different kind of vacation experience to start with. These folks had a rental car for just a little bit of their stay--we had one all week, and used it daily. They wanted the hotel to provide a lot of their entertainment and activities--we did a lot of research in advance, and spent most of our time touristing around away from the hotel. Their complaints were perfectly valid, based on what they were expecting (and what it s probably reasonable to expect from an all-inclusive, supposedly-upscale resort). Those same things just weren t such big problems for us. It really depends on what you re looking for, I guess.Other plusses and minuses: The place is gorgeous, and very well-kept up. There are flowers everywhere, waterfalls, birds (and, unfortunately, annoying little flies that don t bite but swarm in droves). The view out our room was to die for--pool, palm trees, white sand, blue sea. The food was good, but not great. There were two restaurants open, but only one at a time (one for breakfast and lunch, one for dinner). Occasionally, the inexperience and limited English of some of the waiters cause minor problems, but they were clearly trying hard to please. The rooms are small, with no chair or anyplace to sit but the bed (there was a rickety plastic resin chair on the little patio outside the room, but anybody over 200 pounds knows better than to sit in one of those). And...the place was EMPTY. For most of the week, we never saw more than ten other guests in the whole place. Several of those (we learned from talking with them, or overhearing conversations in the restaurant), were apparently relatives of the management. These folks were very friendly and pleasant, but if we were looking for other like-minded fat folks to hang with (it wasn t our primary reason for being there, but it would have been nice), these weren t them. On the other hand, if you re looking for a quiet place to get away from it all (or if you re bringing your own fat community with you!), then it might just suit you fine. And of course, with their introductory special, the price was right! That made it easier to overlook the little things--and to feel free to eat quite a few meals elsewhere, which kept us from getting too bored with the limited restaurant and menu choices.All in all, I would recommend Freedom Paradise, with some caveats. If you re looking for a full-service resort to entertain you--lots of recreational activities and equipment, multiple restaurants with varied menus, shows, lively bars and discos, lots of concierge-type services and options for tours and day trips--this ain t it, at least not yet. On the other hand, if you never want to move from your hammock on the beach--or you can make your own arrangements for things to do, and you aren t afraid to drive yourself around or tackle the local public transportation, then you can have a heck of a good time there. Likewise, if you re looking for lots of friendly fat folks who are there to make new friends and party with you, this may not be the place--at least, not unless business picks up considerably. But if you re going with a group, that will make a difference, of course!
Freedom Paradise also known as Beach and Jungle Resort. This is a 3
We too were bumped from Sunscape but were given 1 week free for another time. This resort was more like a low end Holiday Inn. Although the beach was beautiful and the people tried very hard. The owner was on sight and very friendly especially to me children. There was only the buffet and the food was adequate. No kids club but my children were happy at the beach. The mosquitos were awful. Bring your bug spray and put a towel under your door. This is under new owners and could be nice but it needs some help. We did visit Sunscape and it was very nice but still low key which we enjoy. We visited friends at the Gala Resort and it was also nice but very active if that's what you are looking for.
Weather was perfect and we enjoyed the relaxation.
We were bumped here at the last minute and although the other resort was gracious enough to apologize and give us 7 nights free we were not pleased with were the put us. We were moved to Freedom Paradise. If you are looking for 4 star service, this is not it! They advertise many dining facilities but there are only 2 and one aweful buffet. It was spaghetti 10 different ways at the buffet and expect to see the lunch items in dishes for dinner. You can never get into the other 2 resteraunts since they only accept reservations from 7am to 8am. Who wants to be on vacation and get up that early? The kids club is non existent and the wait staff makes you feel more like a burden than a guest. It tooks us 3 hours to get into our room when they told us it would be ready in 10 minutes. all in all the beach is nice, the rooms although small are clean, but the food and service is horrible. I would not recommed this resort to anyone except those on a tight budget. They might advertise this resort as size friendly but there was no one over 200 pounds in the resort. my wife and myself are not large people but i swear had we not left and moved to another resort, i would have lost weight from the horible food. BEWARE OF THIS PLACE!!
I've just been reading the reviews of the many people bumped from the Sunscape Tulum at the last minute during the holiday season. This happened to us as well. Yahoo Travel called us a week before we to leave for our Christmas vacation, saying we had been bumped to Freedom Paradise. It was too late to get anything else and we decided to take a chance. What a mistake! We stayed in a small room with a thatched roof that would drift down on us while we were sleeping. We were also eaten up by mosquitoes in the room. They lied about the number of restaurants and bars they had. The buffet was plentiful but sometimes awful. The food all tasted alike and was never very warm. Such things as butter and jam seemed to be rationed to one pack for every 10 people. And the favorite phrase from the staff was "We're out of that". This included items like bottled water and the makings for margaritas. We went to the Aloha restaurant once and it took 2 1/2 hours for 3 tables to be served. The food was mediocre and was topped off by a grand dessert of Sara Lee cheesecake. Over the course of our stay the toilet leaked and the electricity went out in our room and it took a couple of hours and an angry confrontation to get someone to fix it. The beach and grounds were beautiful and very clean. But it didn't make up for the disappointment we experienced. Yahoo Travel was not very helpful. I will not use them again.
We originally booked our trip to Sunscape Tulum, but they bumped us to Freedom Paradise at the last minute. I called Freedom and spoke to their manager to get details about the hotel. He told me so many great things about the hotel that I couldn't wait to get there! (4 restaurants, a great buffet, kids club with activities, snorkeling trips, entertainment at night, karaoke) All the things he told me were lies.
I would love to share my experiences with your readers.I wanted to go somewhere tropical for a vacation but I was afraid to spend money to go somewhere and be to self conscious to go outside in a swimsuit. Then I read a news article about Freedom Paradise, I was very intrigued. I did some research online and emailed the resort with questions from their website. They responded quickly and answered all questions I had. My birthday was coming up so my husband booked the trip as a gift to me and I must say its the best birthday present I ever received. Our trip was a 4 night all-inclusive package. Our room was oceanfront with a king-sized bed, beautiful tile floors, a balcony with a hammock. The rooms are not huge but so clean and beautiful, nice clean bathroom with a big shower. Everyday we had a beautiful swan made out of towels and fresh flowers on our bed. There were 2 restaurants to choose from while we were there but it really didn't matter. We would have had every meal in the open air restaurant that was available anyway. Its so nice to eat and listen the water and the birds with the nice breeze. Anyway, the food was good and the service was unbelievable. For breakfast there is always fresh fruit, fresh juices, really good coffee and the traditional breakfast foods you would find anywhere. Lunch was almost an after thought for us because we would still be so full from breakfast but they had wonderful nachos with fresh guacamole and fahitas as well as sandwiches and hamburgers. Dinner, my favorite after playing hard all day, seafood, steaks, and Mexican food. We enjoyed every meal there. There is also a bar open all day serving margaritas, my husbands favorite, as well as beer, daiquiris, pina coladas, whatever you are in the mood for. That is part of the all-inclusive package as well. They showed us the bottled water they use as well as the bagged purified ice. We ate and drank the whole time and never had a problem.The beach there is so beautiful. White sand beaches, not rocky at all in front of the resort. Every morning there was a crew that came out and raked the beach in front of the resort to remove any grass or seaweed that washed up. Just look at the picture on their website, the beach really is that beautiful. We swam in the ocean and snorkeled too. My husband doesn't swim so we didn't go way out there but some of the other visitors did and told us about the beautiful fish they saw out by the coral reef. There were several pools that we played in. One is very secluded, I didn't even know it was there until another guest pointed it out. When you start feeling like you have had enough sun but didn't want to go inside there are several covered areas on the beach. I am very fair so I was glad to see that. The beach chairs are big and sturdy. There were kayaks and paddle boats available as well. Also, its important to keep in mind that the resort is located in Tulum where the ruins are. There are books located in the rooms with tons of information about activities from Cancun to Tulum.Thank goodness there were no reporters at the resort while we were there. I didn't ever hear anyone mention that while we were there at all. There were not a lot of visitors there when we were there. There were visitors there that didn't know that this was a "size friendly resort." They just came because the resort is so secluded and quiet. There were people from all over the world there, everyone was friendly. I never felt out of place or uncomfortable. It would have been really great to go with a group like you are planning for the end of this month. I wish we could go back with you. Tips for your readers would be please be prepared for the airport in Mexico. There are people there trying to sell you everything from tours to timeshares and they are very aggresive. Just ignore them, get downstairs, get your luggage, get through customs and get outside to find your transportation. Please have that arranged before you get there. Know how you are going to get to the resort because with everything going on at the airport you can get confused easily. The next time we go, and we will go again, we will rent a car . We decided that on our first day there. So we can go out on our own to site see and shop. I think the airport was the downside of the entire trip. The people trying to sell this stuff to you are dressed very official looking with badges and everything. Just be smart and avoid and if they do start talking to you walk away. Once away from the airport everything else is wonderful. I promise your readers when its time to leave Freedom Paradise they will feel, like we did, that you are leaving family. Feel free to email me with any other questions. Thanks, Sally