Playa Azul Golf, Scuba, Spa
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... was there 30 years ago. We decided to take a horse and carriage ride back to the pier. The driver gave us a tour of the city and pointed out various points of interest. He drove us through a residential area. Some of the homes were quite nice. Back at the pier we did some more shopping before heading back to the ship. On board we went to the Windjammer for lunch and then back to the cabin for an afternoon nap. We went to the show at 6:30, ...
... no pressure to order anything. I found two sun loungers under a large umbrella and spent the day reading my book. This is not somewhere you come for a beautiful white powder beach. Apart from the sand around the loungers it's very rocky going into the sea because it's a reef. People come here mainly to snorkel or scuba dive. I could hear people talking about all the different fish they had seen. When Mike returned he said he had ...
... For our tour, we even got to ride in a van all by ourselves. I mentioned to Leo that we had only paid for the car and he said that the day was ours and to worry about anything.
First on our list of things to do in Cozumel was to see where the average person lives in this city. Leo drove us up and down some streets and we got to see the homes, stores, parks, etc. of the average person in this city. Leo commented that ...
... temple of the moon was a smaller pyramid that looked back across all the ruins, the temple of the sun is the third largest pyramid in the world. We climbed all the way up and then sat and admired the view. After a very dusty long morning at the ruins we headed back to the city and went to the neighbourhood of Frieda Kahle (the artist), Coyacan. It was a very pretty neighbourhood with cobbled streets and colonial buildings. In the evening Silke and I walked round ...
... street taco, lighting my mouth for a solid hour. Mexico City, extremely safe around Plaza Garibaldi was more developed than I had envisaged. Department stores, designer brands and expensive rooftop restaurants were common to entice the tourist.
Instantly Sarah and I found a bar and were pleasantly invited by a group of school teachers (partying on ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsPlaya Azul Golf, Scuba, Spa Cozumel
Nice, large, clean rooms. Great location, nice beach. Beautiful facility. Only complaint - food could be better. It's pretty good, but the last 2 places here is Mexico had excellent food. So we may be spoiled. Also, the food is expensive, but that's island living for you.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Playa Azul Golf, Scuba, Spa Cozumel
Stay away from beach club bar
I'm fortunate to speak both English and Spanish. I wanted to eat fresh fish and asked the waiter in english to bring me the fish before cooking it so I can check for freshness. To my SURPRISE the fish was spoiled and smelled it too. I had to point this out to him, he was unhappy and said he would bring another one. The second fish he brought me was fresh, Thank god. I followed the waiter to the kitchen to make sure that was the fish they were going to cook for me. I caught them speaking spanish and saying to switch the spoiled for the fresh. To their SURPRISE, I understood spanish and told them how dishonest they were and if this is how they treat the tourist. Apparently, this was normal operation of the restaurant. I made sure not to tip them for this type of behavior. Along, with other dissapointments. I will never waste my hard earned american dollars in Mexico again. ASTA LA VISTA MEXICO, NEVER AGAIN....
Didnt like it
booked for 10 days feb 04, all prepaid. never spent a night there, moved down the beach to sol cabanas del caribe, a basic but clean hotel, beautiful beach & uncrowded & no noisy music & wonderful staff. beware the photos of playa azul make it look much nicer than it is. i worried when i booked that i should have gone back to sol cabanas but was foolishly swayed by the idea of newer being better! not always so to my pocket books detriment!
We stayed here for a week before christmas 2003 and found it to be generally fine. The snorkelling off the beach is very good particularly below the restaurant where there are some good shoals of fish.
The hotel itself is quiet in the evenings and as it is quite a way from town there is not much to do.
On arrival we were allocated two rooms on the top floor which were just below the air conditioning. The humming kept us awake and we had to move in the night. However, we were then upgraded to nicer rooms on the first floor above reception. Rooms were clean and bright with good bathrooms.
Peace, serenity, service = Playa Azul
May 2004: Selected this hotel based on golf, photos on the playa-azul web site and Tripadvisor reviews. It was PERFECT for those who like small hotel, serenity, and great service! If you want to party, don't stay here! Practically deserted - we had the place to ourselves. Food excellent, service great, spotless, and well-maintained. No sewer smells here! $5 taxi to town or rent car for $60/day. Warning - greens fee free, but golf cart is $23/person ($46/pair-ouch) + golf club rental $30/each. Free golf cost us $105 per play... Would definately go back again without a second thought!
Kid-friendly, dreamy vacation
We discovered Cozumel via a Disney Cruise last year and decided to further explore it this year. With two young daughters, ages 2 and 4, we specifically chose this hotel because of the beach and because of the two-room suites.
I'll keep most of my comments focused on Playa Azul as a destination for vacationers with kids, although I could spend a LOT of time waxing on about how beautiful it all was. You would be hard-pressed to find a more scenic setting.
First of all, the folks at Playa Azul were very friendly and accomodating. They provided a crib (Play N Pak), as well as two kid-size beach chairs and pails w/shovels for the beach, which was a very sweet touch. The two room suite was set above the restaurant and beach bar, so with our baby monitor we were able to be on the beach, at the bar, or by the pool during the girls' nap times and after they went to bed at night.
The beach was great for the girls. They loved seeing the fish and floating in the water. The shore was too rough to let them play by themselves, but once you were in the water it was calm enough for them wearing their life jackets and water wings w/one of us nearby. The pool had a wading section suitable for toddlers, so that was a big hit too.
As often is the case, the sea was warmer than the pool, so we tended to swim with the fishes.
The restaurant served a buffet breakfast which was perfect for kids.
You could have your choice of cereal, assorted fruits, yogurts, pancakes, crepes, scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, and more. Every morning the girls chowed down! For lunch, it was nice to get a lemonade and quesadilla on the beach (while Mom and Dad drank their margaritas).
At the beach restaurant nearby (associated w/Playa Azul), they even had chicken nuggets in the shape of hearts. When we asked the restaurant to provide us a side of broccoli at dinner, it was no problem. You do have to watch to make sure the blown Mexican glass doesn't have chips on the rim before letting your kids drink out of them.
The girls stayed healthy the entire time and had no problems with intestinal or other illnesses.
There is a playground area next to the hotel, and the girls had fun there, although with the intense sun and the afternoon wasps, we didn't tend to go there often. (For an alternative, there is a large public playground south of the main square in Cozumel that we discovered on one of those horse-drawn carriage tours of the town.)
Regarding Cozumel, Chankunaab is a great destination for kids, as is just hanging around in the town square where the kids can run free without fear of traffic.
We loved staying at Playa Azul, and had a very successful vacation with our two young daughters there. We would go back there in a heartbeat.
(And for those of you without kids, I didn't think Playa Azul seemed overrun with screaming children!)
Fabulous little hotel!
We stayed at The Playa Azul in Feb. '04 and thoroughly enjoyed it. We don't like all inclusives so chose this hotel. It was very quaint and lovely. Exactly what we were looking for. The most beautiful beach and gorgeous blue ocean, teeming with colorful fish, just steps away from our room. A great place to snorkel... We saw dolphins swim by several times during our stay. The people who run the hotel were very nice and all of the staff were so friendly. We usually went into town for dinner, somewhere different every night but for breakfast and lunch, we ate at the hotel. The beach restaurant adjacent to the hotel was awesome! Thank you Playa Azul for your wonderful hospitality. We can't wait to come back!!! Adios
Small Island Paradise
I went to the Playa Azul hotel in Cozumel in March of 2003. I am sorry I am just getting to this review now. The Playa Azul hotel is 5 star quality with 3 star price. The staff is unbelievable, courteous and helpful. The Playa Azul has one of the best beaches in Cozumel and the Snorkeling is incredible right off the piers and along the rocks in front of the cliffside restraunt. The hotel has security on the beach to make sure that guest only are allowed so the beach never gets crowded. Get out early though for a spot under a palapa. The pool is also very nice, small but nice. As far as the restraunts are concerned, the hotel restraunt I would rate at about a 7 its fair. The small grill on the beach is very good for things like quesadillas and nachos etc.
The best lobster house on the island is directly across the street from the Playa Azul. It is priced by weight and will cost you about $50-$60 per couple but is well worth it. It was the best caribbean lobster I have ever had in my life!!! The cliffside restraunt just north of the hotel is also very good and has a wonderful view at night. If you are trying to take a inexpensive vacation and do not require a "Four Seasons" type hotel, the Playa Azul is perfect. Now about the Island.
The best way to get around is on Scooter if you are up to it. My girfriend and I toured the island daily and it takles about 3 hours to get around the whole island stopping at all the beautiful beaches.
There is basically one road that goes around the whole island except for the middle roads that go to to the ruin sites. Check out San Gervaiso, it is really unique. You must take the trip around the island at least once. The most beautiful beaches and views are on the side of the island opposite hotels and downtown. Downton San Miguel is very eclectic and suprisingly very safe, here is where you will find the best shops and restraunts. Do not get sucked in by timeshare salesmen downtown, they are thiefs and will ask you for american cash at first chance. Last but not least if you play golf as I do, the Playa Azul includes free golf at a beautiful new course designed by Nicklaus Golf, I played 36 holes and it was marvelous. All in all Cozumel is great and the Playa Azul was perfect. ENJOY!
My wife and I spent a week at the Playa Azul Hotel 5/11/03 to 5/18/03. We thought the beach and water was very beautiful. The hotel was very clean. Our room was in the older part of the hotel. I think our view was the best in the hotel. We were on the third floor and our balcony virtually right on top of ocean. Beautiful sunsets. The room itself was big and nice but the air conditioner rattled at night. I stuffed a t-shirt up above and seemed to fix the problem for our stay. The refrigerator didn't work either and actually smelled hot. They did replace the refrigerator but the front desk called after replacing it and said nothing wrong with one that was in our room. We didn't feel the front desk staff was very welcoming. When we arrived they were not very friendly and didn't say much other than giving our key. The entire stay didn't say anything to us and when checking out didn't thank us for staying or invited us to come back. At first I thought may be part of culture but all of the restaurants we ate at the staff were very friendly and welcoming. Most of the time owners of restaurants would come over and ask where we are from how are meal was. The restaurant staff were friendly at hotel. No one at hotel asked how our stay was until final night and then it was staff at restaurant. The island of Cozumel is very beautiful and the locals gracious people. The town people a little like an aggressive carnival midway but harmless and got to be humerous. They really want to sell Cuban Cigars. The El Guacamayo and La Chozoa very excellent places to eat with wonderful staff. We felt based on the web site and other reviews Playa Azul would have been a little more friendly place to stay. We had a nice time and it's hard not to enjoy yourself in such a beautiful location. We probably would not go back to Playa Azul but maybe we just expected more out of place. Have fun if you go to Cozumel.
Just returned from a week at the Playa Azul, March 28, 2003. Stayed in the old part of the hotel, three floors, no elevator. Had a huge corner suite overlooking the pool and the ocean on the third floor. A little dated but clean and well appointed. If you stay in this part or the new part, which has the regular rooms and the "master suites," ask for the third or fourth floors. This will put you above the palm trees and bar roof and afford a great view of the ocean. Room had a separate sink and dressing area outside of the bathroom, two huge closets, a TV, refrigerator, two twin sized couches in the sitting room of the suite which could be used as twin beds, huge windows, and a huge balcony. Food at the restaurant was very good and reasonable for a resort. $15-20 for breakfast, $20-25 for lunch, $25-40 for dinner (for two). Drinks were resort priced with beer being $3.20 a bottle and blender drinks and tequila shots from $5 to $6 each. Go to town and load up your refrigerator with beer and liquor at sub USA prices. Cab ride was $5 one way to town. The beach is great but as all of them are in Mexico, public. The beach club next door draws alot of cruise ship traffic and locals on Saturday and Sunday. Tues, Wed, & Thurs. were the quieter beach days at Playa Azul. On the other side of the hotel is a vacant hotel which also draws a large crowd of locals on the weekend, using the vacant beach and pier. The locals were great but did add a lot of traffic to the beach area. Pretty good free snorkling in front of the hotel and in front of the vacant hotel to the south and the Los Cabanas hotel to the north.With only 50 rooms, the place does get pretty quiet after 9:00 p.m. Not a place for kids, and nobody had small children with them when we were there. Would like to go back and stay here again. Was not disappointed. Todd and Carol
Playa Azul Jan. 2002
1. best beach:
"playa azul" right next to playa azul hotel, you can find this beach North of the downtown area, past the military base, heading towards the golf course, you can use their pool ( but why would you want to with a awesome beach nearby) food ( i recommend eating at the nearby rest. on the water down the beach from the playa azul, great view and good food, also this area is great for snorkling, tons of fish near the two piers at the beach - playa azul is a 5$ taxi ride from downtown - heading north 5 miles
2. Awesome Views:
go to the west side of the island - take a jeep or taxi to "mezcalito's bar" it is breathtaking on this side of the island - big waves, no people, nude beaches, windy, tour down to the "reggae bar" on the southwest corner of the island - more views and drinks
3. Mayan ruins
San Gervasio is worht the time, you could tour for 1 hour to 3 hours(we did a short walkl thru in 1 hour) tons of iguanas, cool ruins, you can find it on the way to Mezcalitos Bar, its half way between the east and west sides of the islands
Hotel: Playa Azul, northside of island, 5$ taxi from downtown. PA ( Playa Azul) is a beach and hotel. We
toured the entire island and feel that PA is the best beach for snorkling, seeing fish, swimming, relaxing. It is so blue you can see down 30 feet from the pier and see fish on the bottom. One night, it was a full moon, we walked out onto the pier and we could see all the way down to the sandy bottom, it was so cool. The PA Hotel is awesome, very small ( 60 rooms) and quaint. They play classical music at breakfast, food is ok but cheap. Rooms, they have a new wing and the original wing, we stayed in both. We wanted an upgraded room so we paid for a suite. The old wing suite faced the pool ( room 211) it was huge but kinda old. The balcony was hughe but not very private. It would have been great for a family, plenty of space and two bedrooms. The old wing has suites facing the beach/ocean. They have private balconies, the ones on the 1st floor walk right out to the beach (good for someone with walking upstairs problems). I would stay in these rooms in the old wing.
The new wing, awesome. Our suite ( room 201) was beautifully appointed, a raised living room, two double beds, balcony facing the sunset/beach and a huge jacuzzi tub. Rooms 101,201,301,401, all have jacuzzi tubs on the balcony. 301 and 401 would be the best because they are up higher and more private.
Any room in the new wing would be good, a little smaller but all with nice balconies facing the ocean.
The staff at the PA Hotel are incredible. They are friendly and always try to make your stay better. Martha and Fernando own the PA Hotel. We had a problem with our room the 1st night and Martha upgraded us to the jacuzzi suite room. She said she did not want our trip to suffer because of a plumbing issue. She was so nice.
There is a nice seaside rest. Next to the PA Hotel, it is the next hotel down, check out the rest. And the fish that swim up to it! Throw them some food and watch the action!
Almost everynight around 5, a pod of dolphins would swim offshore in front of the PA Hotel. Beautiful!
Dont stay at the PA Hotel if your are looking for action! It is an older crowd that turns in around 9pm! Cozumel is a daytime place, at night things tend to quiet down except for around the crusie ship terminal.
Santiagos great key lime pie and shrimp dinner on veranda
Prima great balcony terrace, awesome itlaian and steak
La Veranda very romantic outside patio, good food,
BabbaLou spelling maybe wrong here, on same street as Santiagos Grill and LaChoza, very romantic setting, candles on every table, great jazz/latin live music, mellow place for cocktails