Playa Azul Golf, Scuba, Spa
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We made it to Cozumel, it was late when we got here, but what's new? We made it, that's the important part. We didn't have to sleep in the car.
Our new hotel is really nice. Room is big & comfortable. We have a view of the pool & the Caribbean. We have a big balcony. We relaxed today. Slept in, ate breakfast latish …
Today we went scuba diving again! Things were a little smoother (for me at least). Russell had a panic attack. We dove along the edge of the coral reef. Just past us was "the abyss". We could look down into it. The guide said it was 3000 feet deep! We saw eagle rays, other rays, turtles (too cool!), and I saw a barracuda. We do …
We got up fairly early and ate a quick breakfast in the Windjammer in order to be ready for getting off to go on our excursion. I had some tummy troubles. So we went down to the doctor's office and I got some meds before we got off the ship. No more troubles the rest of the day.
We walked off the ship onto the pier and found our tour leader. He wasn't quite ready for the trip which gave us a little time to look around the shops on the pier. Then we ...
... and charge $5US each entry to the beach area as it's a 'nature reserve'. We read that a few places try to pull this. Resorts can charge, but not the little bars etc. so we scootered 200m away and snorkelled. We had heard, as many had, that the diving was meant to be special here. After researching a bit, and unfortunately the weather was still not on our side, we skipped the diving here knowing that we had plenty of more options ahead of us. Food: - ...
... The ferry ride was a rough one - while the water on the Allure of the Seas seemed really calm, on the ferry, it was totally different with quite a few people being sick. The boat was really rocking side to side yet I was ok but I think if the ride was longer than 45 minutes, I would have started to get a bit queasy.
The bus ride to Chichen Itza was uneventful and took nearly 3 hours each way. That meant when ...
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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
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!
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.
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
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.
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