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... my shorts were completely soaked as we got on another bus up to the Universidad del Caribe. We decided to go and investigate the place where we would be working, but more so, to meet Ile who had been talking to us on facebook and she is lovely :) Tonight we are going to her house for dinner with her Mexican friends! The University is really nice, with pretty lakes/swamps with crocodiles and the outdoor basketball court got me so excited. Our work ...
... sported a bright yellow nylon rope from which one could pull oneself up and out, if need be. On our walk back to the bus, we saw a young woman making empanadas over an open fire, apparently in traditional style. At the back of the hut was an altar covered with a brightly embroidered cloth and some statuettes. We watched some peacocks spreading their fan-tails and strutting around the caged area. It was time to get back to the bus.
At noon hour, we stopped at ...
... closer together and the temples weren't as high but the main palace had lots of tunnels you could walk around it and you could still see some of the hieroglyphics on the walls. There were definitely a few people spaced out on mushrooms wandering around as well as a few iguanas basking in the sun. On the way out there's a nice waterfall by the exit and then it's only a short walk back to the hotel. Every day except Tuesday (the day we went) you can also visit the site museum ...
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Liked the Melia Turquesa better
We stayed at the Turquesa four years in a row and decided to try something different. The Cancun is rated one star higher but I feel that is because of the pool and atrium/lobby. The rooms aren't as nice...The beach isn't as nice there...The view from the balcony is terrible unless you stand up...They play music inside the atrium every night and you WILL here it in your room...If you didn't rent a car you have to walk a quarter mile to catch a ride...and you do have to ride to wherever you want to go...The location is way out of the way.
As far as service and the hotel grounds...The people there are wonderful and the grounds are nice too...
My next trip there will be to the Melia Turquesa though...I enjoy my time spent there much more.
After staying at the Royal Sands in June of 2002, I had very high expectations for the Gran Melia for my mid December vacation. Using the Royal Sands as a benchmark in the 5 STAR category for TIME-SHARE properties, the Gran Melia should probably get a 4. I'll try to point out some key differences. Have pics of both properties if anyone requests.
It was well worth the $30 extra to upgrade to a Jr. Suite. Suites are in the corners, resulting in a wrap around balcony that I stepped off at 58+ feet. One can access the balcony via the bedroom or the living space. Suites come equipped with two full bathrooms (toilet rooms, with bidets, are separate from dressing rooms). The whole hotel staff are eager to please, wonderfully friendly. At check-in, we were issued two "towel cards" to exchange for beach towels, with caveat that if cards were not returned at check-out, it would be an extra $20. That put me off a bit...until we got our first beach towel. Huge, thick and soft--well worth 20 bucks, though it would have filled a suitcase. My best memory will be the young woman singing "Silent Night" in Spanish on the open patio restaurant, accompanied by the warm breeze and surf sound in the background. (Don't hesitate to take the 6-peso bus into downtown.)
This hotel is a true class act. We just returned from a wek there. Expedia had an unreal price for a jr suite, beach front.
Don't even consider a timeshare here!
Beautiful hotel...but don't even consider purchasing a timeshare here. Once you buy, you NEVER get the accommodations you are shown when they are pitching you. Timeshare maintenace fees go up EVERY year, and Resorts Advantage in FLA handles your reservations. We found them to be rude and difficult to communicate with. After 4-5 years of ownership, we had to start paying our maintenance fees a year in advance.
we stayed at this hotel last week (4 nights). Our first impression was very pleasant; the hotel grounds are meticulously kept and the lobby is breathtaking. This hotel is set far back from the street and is very quiet; you cannot hear roaring street noise like at other hotels down the street. Even though we had a Royal Pyramid Deluxe category room, we were disappointed, because there was nothing special about it. All glass surfaces (mirrors in bathroom, room, and tops of desks and dressers) had water damage. The pool area is beautiful and huge - 2 free form pools. This hotel makes a very aggressive effort to market vacation ownerships (fka timeshares). You can't get in or out of an elevator without being confronted by these people. Just ignore them and go about your business. We saw people falling in to their trap and they looked miserable.
Reviewer is: Single/Female/40/CT USA
One of the greatest hotels I've ever been to.
Expensive, but quite beautiful. You have to see for yourself. If they could give it a higher rating, they should.
The Melia Cancun is a beautiful hotel. My wife and I went there on our honeymoon in October. There's two pools on the beach side and a swim up bar(which my wife always wanted to do). The beach was beautiful and the water was perfect. Our room attendent was very pleasant and informed us how to get around in Cancun. The balcony was big enough to lay out and get some sun. There are three restaurants that I recall, each with it's own distict style of food. There's a piano bar with a beautiful lounge area. The only downside of the whole trip was when it rained, the inside of the hotel was so humid. We had a room that wasn't occupied for a few days and the sheets and pillow cases smelled a little moldy. My recommendation is that you ask for fresh sheets and pillow cases upon arrival. And since we went during the off season, there wasn't enough people to participate in the planned activities, which included water polo, beach volleyball and dance lessons on the beach. I would highly reccommond the Melia Cancun. My wife and I had a honeymoon we will never forget.
A professional group of ours (about 350 persons) spent 5 nights and 6 days. We were advised to save international calling expenses, dial *6 to connect to Vantel on our room phone. Seeing a professional card in our room placed by the telephone, presumably by management, suggesting we use the services of "Vantel" (*6), we all felt safe using it, especially when our corporate sponsor recommended it as well. It cost my bank 350.00 U.S. Our bankcard was used fraudulantly to get the money through a local gas station...as were many many others. Some people's bank cards were wiped out and some charged as much as 2,000.00 US by the same experience. And no, I did not use that card for any other purchases weeks before or since. I had to cancel a bank card I have had for years. It is so sad that crime has penetrated a devestated industry and peoples who's hope may rest on satisfied travelers. In our group, purses were stolen, overcharging, incorrect change given, I felt sooooo vulnerable not even knowing the language...I will not travel to Mexico again! Sure takes the joy out of a holiday.