Help planning next trip to Akumal...

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2015/02/21 11:28:20 (permalink)
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Help planning next trip to Akumal...

I'm trying to plan our next trip to Akumal and I'm trying to figure out if I want to go the All-Inclusive route or do like we did last time and stay elsewhere and just eat the local restaurants.  My son has an allergy to certain food dye's (Red 40 specifically) and that concerns us for either option.  Will the resort or restaurants be able to make 100% sure their food doesn't have Red 40?  Also, it's about $1200 more to stay at the new Akumal Bay Beach & Wellness resort over Hotel Club Akumal Caribe, which is where we stayed last time.  We wouldn't spend $1200 in a week on food so I'm trying to figure out what would justify that extra expense.  We're also looking at the Villa Maya bungalows, which is $1400 less than Akumal Bay Beach & Wellness.  Please give your input on All-Inclusive vs the other options.  Also give input on any options that I haven't mentioned.  

On air, where do you guys go to book your own flights?  Or would I be better off contacting a travel agent?  I've looked at Kayak but I'm sure there are other options than the few it's pulling up.  

We were last in Akumal back in 2013.  All the food options that were open then are still open right?  When would be the best time to go there to see the turtles hatch?  

 



 





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Re: Help planning next trip to Akumal... 2015/02/21 16:18:35 (permalink)
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On booking air, I normally start checking kayak about 3-4 months ahead of time and then book directly with the airlline once I find a decent price.
I've stayed many times at Hotel Akumal Caribe but not the last couple of years when I stayed condos, so will let others who have stayed more recently comment on lodging.
There are a few new restaurants. Pancho Villas is in between Cueva and Turtle Bay, think it opened in 2013. There is also a takeout place on HMB almost across from Playa Caribe called Los Tres Acapulquenos and Badger recently reported that La Buena Vida is now open for breakfast which sounds good. Also Que Onda has reopened but with a smaller menu.
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Re: Help planning next trip to Akumal... 2015/02/21 19:10:30 (permalink)
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Are you going at XMAS - yes a very expensive time for resorts and everywhere
 
If you try a condo, then you can do the preparation / cooking but ABR and the smaller resorts should be easy to discuss your son's food allergy

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Re: Help planning next trip to Akumal... 2015/02/22 12:14:10 (permalink)
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HAC is nice because you can have a kitchenette.    The pool is very popular with the kids and there will be lots of them there at Christmas so he should find lots of friends to occupy his time.    Breakfast (continental which is toast or a muffin and small fruit plate is included) or gives you credit for a larger meal.   Keep in mind Christmas will be extremely busy in all the restaurants in town.
When bringing younger kids I always liked the AI's.  Lots of activities, tons of food choices with the buffet, lots and lots of kids.  
I've stayed in both many times.   If I were bringing a younger one along I'd go with the AI.   As for the dyes in the food- I guess it's like anywhere.  Just keep an eye out on what he's eating. 
 






 
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Re: Help planning next trip to Akumal... 2015/02/23 07:41:35 (permalink)
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We were thinking about Christmas but the price and the mass amounts of people have redirected our vacation to late May or early June.  
We always have to check ingredients before buying any new foods, but on vacation will we be able to ask the restaurants to check ingredients...or ask them to see the ingredients list?  
I'm open to any suggestions for condo's/bungalows that will accommodate 2 adults and 2 kids (11 & 8).  The only thing is we want to be on the Akumal side.  

 



 





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Re: Help planning next trip to Akumal... 2015/02/23 09:24:12 (permalink)
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MANY condos on Half Moon Bay fit your needs!  Worth checking out under the "Accommodations" tab of the LG homepage.
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Re: Help planning next trip to Akumal... 2015/02/23 09:28:19 (permalink)
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Las Casitas  is your only condo option of Akumal Bay - very nice places  on a semi private beach on the north side of the bay but no pool

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Re: Help planning next trip to Akumal... 2015/03/02 20:21:35 (permalink)
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So we've narrowed it down to ABBWR and HAC around June 8th.  There's about $1000 difference so I'm trying to find prices for the restaurants in Akumal so I can compare how much it will cost us to eat vs spending the extra $1000 for the All-Inclusive.  I found Lol Ha menus, but nothing with prices.  Is there one available?  Also, back in 2012 when we were there last I did a daily post on what we did and it included what we ate and how much it cost.  I can't find that post.  Have all the old posts been deleted or are they hidden somewhere?  
For my sons allergy, does anyone know how I can reach out to any of the restaurants or ABBWR to check a few ingredients for Red 40?  

 



 





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Re: Help planning next trip to Akumal... 2015/03/02 21:05:12 (permalink)
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Menus with prices - see http://akumaleatstogo.mex.tl/
 
I sent you a pm

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Re: Help planning next trip to Akumal... 2015/03/03 13:56:20 (permalink)
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Thanks a bunch Vancouver.  

 



 





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Re: Help planning next trip to Akumal... 2015/03/17 14:50:52 (permalink)
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We got our next trip booked to ABR.  A couple questions we have:

The a la carte restaurants say they don't require reservations, but if we don't make reservations will they have any availability?  Can you make reservations to ensure you get to eat there?

Are the paddle board rentals free or an extra fee?  How bout the archery?

We typically request a room far enough away from the night activities (disco and such) that it won't bother our kids when trying to sleep.  Sometimes this leads to a further walk to get to lunch & dinner.  Any building suggestions since the remodel?

We're going to do 2 excursions...Xplor, Xel-Ha, or Hidden Worlds.  We've done Xel-Ha and Hidden Worlds before and would like to do Xplor, but have read mixed reviews on if it's worth it or not.  Thoughts?  Suggestions on other trips to look in to?

In booking our excursions, the last time we went down to ABR the staff their said they could have gotten us free kids for both Xel-Ha and Xcaret...are we better booking online before we get there or wait and see what deals the staff there can offer?

What's on the 24 hour snack bar?  I think it was hamburgers, hotdogs and nachos last time. 



If there's a post that already covers most of this, please feel free to point me to it. 

 



 





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Re: Help planning next trip to Akumal... 2015/03/17 16:27:18 (permalink)
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Well Hidden Worlds is closed and has been for awhile, no idea if they are ever going to reopen or not. Xel-Ha is very nice, haven't been to Xplor, not into ziplines. You could maybe try Dos Ojos, lots of folks seem to like it. Also don't overlook Yal-Ku which is cheaper than Xel-Ha unless you want the lazy river, cliff jumping, etc.
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Re: Help planning next trip to Akumal... 2015/03/17 21:10:28 (permalink)
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Hidden Worlds is closed but the locals / owners still gives tours in the cenote (Hilario's Well) - about 300-400 pesos but negotiable  

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