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2014/08/19 12:00:57 (permalink)
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Seriously struggling with choice!!!

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As stated above, I am seriously struggling to decided where to go for the first week of October (5th-12th).
I have stayed at the CRT (liked it, but think it may be a bit too small/laid back for me). That was a few years ago.
Last November I stayed at GBP Akumal - LOVED IT!... just did not enjoy the long ride to/from the airport.

I would be tempted to go back to GBP due to the good experience I have - but I generally don't like to go to the same place twice and I feel inclined to try something new. Right now I am also looking into the Iberostar properties (the Tucan/Quetzal) and the Paraiso Beach/Del Mar.

I have heard that the the beaches at the Tucan/Quetzal are much nicer than those of the Paraiso Beach/Del Mar.
My only concern at the Tucan is that the resort looks very old and outdated.... the rooms are looking a little bit sad and run down from some recent photos.. Not sure what the room status is at the Paraiso Beach/Del Mar.

We are also open to other suggestions. We are a professional couple in mid-late twenties and our main points are nice beach, good food, swim up bar etc. We love to partake in the daytime entertainment (I love zumba) and somewhere to have drinks in the evening would be a bonus too. We don't mind walking and I prefer big resorts for that reason! Gotta love the explore factor.

Anyways, sorry for this long ramble... I've seriously been researching resorts and obsessively reading reviews for the past 3-4 weeks and it's driving me crazy. I know you guys are the experts of the Riviera Maya here and figured I'd try asking.

Thanks it advance.
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Re: Seriously struggling with choice!!! 2014/08/19 15:20:18 (permalink)
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Palladium, which consists of Kantenah, Colonial, White Sands, Riviera and the adult only section the Royal Suites. No reservations for ala cartes. several large pools with swim up bars and activities as well as many small secluded pools. Night time live entertainment in the different lobbies every evening. Beautiful swimming beach and  jungle walkways. We have been there 3 times.  Cape Cod Anne a member on this board is the expert and will probably see your post and reply. Good luck!

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Re: Seriously struggling with choice!!! 2014/08/19 16:54:43 (permalink)
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I would suggest the Grand Palladium also, but it is a long drive too. (we are going back for our 4th trip there soon and book a private transfer)  Have you looked at the Riu Palace properties in Playacar?  If you stay at the Riu Palace you would have access to the other properties.  Also close walking distance to Playa Del Carmen for even further exploration.  It's been 9 years since we've been to the IB Del Mar, the property was lovely, and the pool was awesome.  We enjoyed the beach too, but more for wave action. but I have no idea if the rooms have been updated or not.  
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Re: Seriously struggling with choice!!! 2014/08/19 21:26:51 (permalink)
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Thank you very much for the replies.

I think I have narrowed it down to the following:

Riu Yucatan
Riu Playacar
Palladium Colonial
Iberostar Paraiso Beach
Iberostar Tucan
 
These 5 resorts are all within my price range, and are all within $30-40 differences of each other.
Any recommendations of those resorts would be awesome!!
I still keep GBP Akumal on the back burner... but really want to try something new.
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Re: Seriously struggling with choice!!! 2014/08/19 21:40:42 (permalink)
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Seriously, look at Valentin Imperial Maya it has pretty much everything except snorkeling and it is adults only. Great rooms, great swimming beach at the north end, good food, fun things going on at night at the Plaza area, etc.  It is only about a 25 min drive from the airport.  We have been to a bunch of resorts including twice to the Bahia, Iberostar Tucan and Palladium and 3 X to CRT and all are very good but we (so far) like VIM the best of the group and will going back for our 3rd trip in Oct.  Secrets Silversands and Excellence RM are also really nice but both have beach issues.  You don't have a bad choice on your list so I'm sure you will have a great trip wherever you end up!   
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Re: Seriously struggling with choice!!! 2014/08/19 22:47:24 (permalink)
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The Grand Palladium consists of Four resorts plus a fifth adults only area. It is meticulously carved out of a jungle and has many mature plantings as well and animals indigenous to the area. Guests at the  four non AO resorts can use all amenities except Royal. Royal guests can use all areas and have gourmet restaurant, private pol beach room service, premium liquor, etc. Guests at 4 resorts can be as busy or as quiet as they wish. Long beautiful varied beach with snorkeling. Many pools including some adult only. Shows, live bands and disco at night. Something for everyone.
post edited by cape cod ann - 2014/08/20 13:48:13
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Re: Seriously struggling with choice!!! 2014/08/19 23:14:29 (permalink)
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Palladium with a private transfer is under 1 hour - not long

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Re: Seriously struggling with choice!!! 2014/08/20 11:28:14 (permalink)
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I have taken Riu Playacar out of my options as it sounds like the Riu Yucutan is the better choice, larger resort with more to do.

Valentin looks gorgeous.. But I think it is out of my price range. I will also look Into colonial as mentioned above.

thanks a lot for all the suggestions.

Can anyone comment on iberostar paraiso beach/del mar VS quetzal/tucan?
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Re: Seriously struggling with choice!!! 2014/08/20 12:14:26 (permalink)
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I have not been to quetzal/tucan, but can tell you that the beach at the Palladium properties is much better than the Iberostar paraiso beach/del mar.  You can walk easily for a long stretch where there are no other resorts.  It is one of the main reasons we keep going back to Palladium! An added bonus of the Palladium that's not already mentioned here is it's proximity to Akumal, where we usually hang out for a day of great snorkeling (and there's snorkeling at the Palladium).  Also, there are several 'quiet' pools at the Palladium, in addition to the large pools where you can find a lot of action.  The del mar does have one of the best pools in the area though - it is huge but 'divided' into smaller sections.  We're hoping to go back for our 10th visit in 2015!

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Re: Seriously struggling with choice!!! 2014/08/20 15:39:28 (permalink)
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Is the beach at paraiso/del mar really that bad????
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Re: Seriously struggling with choice!!! 2014/08/20 17:06:29 (permalink)
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Is the beach at paraiso/del mar really that bad????

No, I can't see where anyone said it was bad............I said we enjoyed it, more for wave action.  You are asking people here that (some) are die hard snorkelers .  Please go check out the pics on T.A. for the IB Del Mar.  We would go back there, we just found the resort (Grand Palladium) that we like better.  
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Re: Seriously struggling with choice!!! 2014/08/20 17:06:16 (permalink)
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Re: Seriously struggling with choice!!! 2014/08/20 17:06:22 (permalink)
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I hit the submit button too many times, b/c there was an error message..
post edited by Kwing - 2014/08/20 17:08:28
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Re: Seriously struggling with choice!!! 2014/08/20 17:33:47 (permalink)
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Haha, it's ok!!
Wow it seems a lot of people really like the palladium!!
The Colonial section is the only one that would be in my price range... Any thoughts on colonial??? :)
Thanks again
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Re: Seriously struggling with choice!!! 2014/08/20 18:34:16 (permalink)
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As Cape Cod Ann said........you can stay at one, play, eat, drink at all 4. The Kentanah, Colonial, White Sands and Riviera section.
There are no reservations needed for the ala carte dinners either and you are not limited to 3 per week (as it was when we stayed at the IB)  We first stayed in the Colonial section our first time there.  It is very centrally located.  They just started remodeling that section, new paint, linens, tv's etc.  - supposed to be done by Thanksgiving - but don't quote me 
 
Here's a map of the resort
http://www.resortsmaps.co...mColonial-RivMaya.html
 
Edit:  The Jr. Suites are located in Bldg's 9, 20 and 21.  The mayan suites are 30, 31, and 32.  If  you can bump up to the Jr. Suite go for it.  We did and really liked the location in Bldg. 20.
post edited by Kwing - 2014/08/20 18:37:17
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Re: Seriously struggling with choice!!! 2014/08/20 21:56:43 (permalink)
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We liked IB Quetzel/Tucan a lot - for the size, beach and Playacar area. But that was 13 yrs ago. I don't know what the resort is like now.
The IB Paraiso complex is very big. We stayed in the Maya and the Beach sections. Loved the Maya, but the Paraiso Beach was fine, too. If you like big properties, it is closer to the airport than Palladium. We are leaving for the Palladium for out 2nd trip in less than 2 weeks. Staying in the Royal Suites. The complex is huge, but the AO Royal section is smaller. If you like a large resort, you will love the Palladium. It is further from the airport, but is on a beautiful beach. Also much closer to Akumal and Tulum, which are the only places we visit.




 
 
 



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Re: Seriously struggling with choice!!! 2014/08/20 22:07:50 (permalink)
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How did you find the beaches at the iberostar paraiso beach/maya??!

Also, at Palladium are they super strict on the men wearing long pants rule... That seems crazy in the heat!! Why not dress shorts! :) haha
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Re: Seriously struggling with choice!!! 2014/08/20 22:34:57 (permalink)
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Punta Emilia on the beach Seafood restaurant allows shorts. So popular that it is only one of 2 that requires reservations the day before. Other being  the beach BBQ which I believe also allows shorts. Understand from other boards there are pants that have zip off legs that become shorts. Great idea for the ala carte pants rule. 
 

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Re: Seriously struggling with choice!!! 2014/08/21 01:13:16 (permalink)
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Thank you for all the suggestions! I think I may now go with the Palladium :)
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Re: Seriously struggling with choice!!! 2014/08/21 09:26:20 (permalink)
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I have been to both the Palladium and Iberostar Del Mar.  While I thought the Palladium was great, I liked Iberostar better.  Even though my choice would be Iberostar over Palladium, you can't go wrong with either. 
 
For me, the layout of the resort was better at Iberostar and I liked the food better there, too.  For that slight edge, I would choose Iberostar.
 
Like you, I seldom go to a resort for a second time.  However, we are going back to Iberostar for a second trip next winter. 
 
But, really, I think you are trying to choose between two winners............and that is a great place to be.


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Re: Seriously struggling with choice!!! 2014/08/21 12:54:29 (permalink)
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When we were at IB Paraiso Beach, the beach was nice. I read a few yrs ago that the beach got washed out from some of the storms, but I don't have first hand knowledge of that. And I'm sure they have restored as much as possible.
At the Grand Palladium, men are required to wear long pants to dinner with the exception of the outdoor Punta Emilia, BBQ, and of course the buffets. Most everyone hates this rule, but it seems slow to die in these resorts.
For a large resort, you would like the Palladium. It has everything you are looking for.
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Re: Seriously struggling with choice!!! 2014/08/22 08:48:11 (permalink)
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One final consideration may be that the buffet at the del mar is open air- there is no air conditioning.  I have never been in early October, but you may want the air for eating at that time of year.  When we were there in March, it was actually a little cool in the evening!  And, if you like to walk the beach, it is much easier at the Grand Palladium.

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Re: Seriously struggling with choice!!! 2014/08/22 08:56:21 (permalink)
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The colonial section at Grand Palladium is a nice location.  You will want to request bldgs. 9 or 20, which allows easy access to the Kantenah side of the resort or the White Sands/Riviera side.  We prefer the buffet at the Riviera and always make the walk there for breakfast and dinner.  I believe they are strict about long pants for men in the a la cartes, but my husband usually just changes back to his shorts after dinner. Let us know where you end up and how you like it!

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Re: Seriously struggling with choice!!! 2014/08/23 12:19:37 (permalink)
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I will let you guys know :) :)
Pretty set on palladium.. Although there seems to be a cascade of bad reviews on TA this past week regarding horrible service :/

Now I just have to decide whether to use a included transfer bus or private transfer!
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Re: Seriously struggling with choice!!! 2014/08/23 12:52:59 (permalink)
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Was at Riu Tequila in 2003.  The resort was not on the beach but you could take a tram or walk the distance to the beach.  At that time the beach was relatively narrow and quite crowded with no snorkeling (my requirement.)  The plus was that you could easily walk to Playa del Carmen.  I won't return.
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