Recent posts by lin04 | Debbie's Caribbean Resort Reviews Forums

hey hula, long time no chat…….

I stayed a few years back and LOVE it! It has been out favorite Cuba resort yet… it’s a bit dated (nothing fancy) as already mentioned but lots of charm. The pool is huge and lovely when you walk out of the lobby and it’s right there…. We has a 2nd floor room and loved the vaulted ceilings! The food was pretty good as were all the a la cartes. The beach is OUT OF THIS WORLD, especially on low tide! you can walk forever!!!! I do have some pics if you would like to see, i can email them to you or just check the famous T.A. and lots there…

i sure would love to know some more info on this place as well. All i know is it’s the "other half" pf the barcelo that they sold off….

when i went transat used all the buildings on the riviera side. we loved all the a la cartes, all were great! didn’t go to the french though.

thx i sure will. i am very excited as it’s still so new and seems to still have low occupancy! It seems like everything pretty much is done now…. i just would love to know what the plans for new years eve are and what is served food wise….

well most of the high end resorts are complexes and huge. in p.v. you will get more choices for smaller resorts but they are older resorts, so it depends on what you expect from your resort and holiday. In the mayan the smaller resorts tend to be less starred unless you go to a resort like sensatori (sp?) or now resorts, or karisma resorts. they all tend to be high end, smaller and great in general. but once again you can get great food and service at a 3 star, so it really depends on what they want/ like and how much they want to spend.

i was going to agree it’s not the resorts it’s the carriers/ airlines. I do 10 day packages with west jet. You can see hoe many flights a week each carrier does and create a package too.

no problem glad i could help! I am excited for you and my friend that are also staying at the marival on dec 3rd…. so exciting! I can’t wait to hear from you when you get back and see some pics! keep in touch!
ohhh sirenis cayo SM…. wow.. i have wanted to go to this area for a few years now, and there seem to be a focus on this area now. Hopefully we will get good flight times next year and i can actually book it! this years left after midnight, way too late with a 5 year old!

I have done a newly constructed resort in Cuba before, Iberostar Daiquiri in Cayo Guillermo and it was heaven. Food was so-so as was service but it was great overall. Not crowded at the beach or pool, no reserving chairs at dawn or not getting a table at the time you wanted for dinner. Plus price is always at it’s best, so for me it’s worth it! Our trip this Dec will be our 4th resort that was new when we visited. all no more then 15 month old… I hope my next one will be all that i am expecting it to be, as it’s still so low in occupancy that it makes me worry a bit, even though the reviews are so good.

lol…. i hear ya. We have been a bit spoiled finding resorts with heated pool the last few trips and i keep reading in reviews about this pool being FREEZING!

what about getting chairs by the pool? was there alot of chair saving going on? was the pool freezing as much as i read on reviews…

i’m sure i will, it seems to get VERY good reviews…. do you recall what time dinner started at the buffet and a la cartes? was it hard getting reservations.. we will want 1st seating as we will have a 5 year old who goes to bed a 7pm…

anyone have any tips or must do while there. we just booked spring break at the karmina

so we are thinking of booking with orbitz and need our own transfers. We have never been to Jamaica before so which companies are good… what is the average cost to go from the airport to grand palladium?

for me, i just was lucky to find it this time. I have been to 2 newer resort opening 6-12 months after ( the 1st time it didn’t dawn on me that it was that "new", when we booked and that was for our honeymoon and our 1st real trip south anywhere….) this time i was just researching hotel and had my price range in mind and this one popped up… so i checked it out as the pics looked nice, once i started to research it a bit and read reviews etc, that’s when i realized it was a introductory rate and the place is BRAND NEW… I looked at other hotels with the same brand before and all were very very expensive…..so i knew in a matter of time this one would be priced accordingly too… it had since gone up and who knows if it will go back down… might on a seat sale but may just keep going up now as they are completing more each month…. by the time i go most should be done with the 1st phase and then i can imagine prices will be much much more… so i hope i grabbed it at the right time!

there has got to be a website or something that specializes in new resorts, etc i just haven’t been told of any such thing…..

we will be there from Dec 30th – Jan 9th… yipee a new years away…

anyone else checking out this "NEW" resort?

i sure did, every single one of them…. it seemed like more were very happy then unhappy. of course some seemed to find it too noisy, etc or they didn’t seem to know what was going on…. but if you do your research you shouldn’t be surprised.. right… more seem to go on about what a great deal it is for the place and i know once it’s 100% done i will NEVER be able to afford this resort….

thx for that great insight! I keep thinking this may be a great decision to "take the risk" as we never have spent time in cancun only the mayan, so it’s a new experience to explore cancun for the day as well, eat and shop…. then this new resort is right beside the ferry for playa mujeres and we would like to experience that as well for a day. I agree that the towel wars is a huge turn off at many resort and that is a perk here…. the only thing is we will be there for new years, so i wonder what the plan will be for that? It stated on one of their sites that the "main" section of the building will be up by Aug and then the rest of it by the end of the year.. So another pool and a few more restaurants would be added…. that would be a huge perk if it was ready when we arrive but that’s the thing.. i wish there was a better way of knowing how the construction is actually coming along? is it on the timeline and be ready for the predicted dates or not? i know some actually do follow their predicted timelines and others are WAAAYYYoff…… Either or, i think i would be a nice change to do something different but i just don’t want to hear from hubby that i made the wrong choice in the end and should of stuck with a up and running resort…. considering they are the exact same price!

I came across a opportunity… not sure if it’s a good one or not yet. I was checking prices on sandos playacar ( as that was the one i decided to go to for new years) and i forgot to put " mayan riviera" in the search engine and it brought up cancun… well when it did that i came across a "new" resort… villa del palmar… i know they are usually up scale resorts ( i can NEVER afford them,lol) and it was the same price as sandos….. I looked at pics, and it looks beautiful but i have read in many reviews about construction.. some it bothers and many it doesn’t… NOW would you take the risk and get a experience in a resort you know you will never be able to afford once complete? try something new??? especially b/c i have never actually stayed in cancun ( even though this one is not on the hotel zone)…. or do you stick with the tried and true resort???? opinions please…

ya it has crossed my mind too… every time we have passed it, that’s always what crosses my mind…. i have crossed it off my list. it’s between the CAT and sandos playacar….kinda leaning towards sandos a bit more.

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