Post # 1
Looking for all inclusive resorts including food, drinks (alcohol), some sports like snorkling and so on. we are interested in doing excursions like the caves and ziplining where is the best place to stay? also how do the excursions work? do they pick you up? most excursions i found are in tulum or playa del carmen how do we get there? also keep in mind our budget is no more then $3,000 is this doable?
(we wanted something tropical with rainforest and jungle feel which is why i chose mexico, caribbeans are kind expensive and i heard your pretty much stuck with the resort you stay at this sounded more fun and looks beautiful what do you think?)
please let me know if you have gone what you thought, ir would be awesome if any of you could share pics anything will help thanks
Post # 3
@arose328: riviera maya is beautiful!!out of all the riviera maya i recommend playa del carmen as it has lovely beaches, and if you feel like leaving the resort you have restaurants and the shopping area (as well as places like coco bongo with the night show). cancun is a lot more crowded, and tulum is a little bit more isolated and a bit further from airport, and you can easily see the ruins on a day trip!
excursions they do pick you up from the reception, and you have the option of buying them from the hotel or using an agency outside (which is often a little bit cheaper)
do you prefer adults only hotels? or family friendly are ok? and you want a big resort versus somewhere a bit more intimate? also how long are you thinking of going for
i recently stayed at sandos eco resort and spa – in the adults only select club. this means you have adults only pool and section of the beach, but also access to rest of hotel thats family friendly. i stayed there and had a room with a jacuzzi in it which was awesome! i thought the buffet had a big variety and liked the place while i was there,its very nice but its n ot one of the uber luxury chains – like dreams for example. because its partly an ecoresort it has lots of animals running about
once i know more about whether you want adults only vs fmaily friendly, luxurious versus nice but a bit more budget ill post again! these are photos from sandos – little pool area where people snorkeled, pathway, random animal that i saw on the path, lobby. i have some wedding setup pics there but they arent v interesting – only there for 2 days so limited photowise!
Post # 4
Fun! I think Mexico is a great idea for your honeymoon. Newname already answered most of your questions so I’ll just give you my 2 cents. There are options for staying in and around towns or out of town (eg: by Tulum). I have done both and they each have there merrits. Staying in town is nice because it is easy to go off resort for dinner, go to the markets to shop, go out at night, etc. That being said the resorts tend to be smaller, more crowded and louder than some of the resorts that are located farther from town. I would say if you are looking for a lot of relaxation with a few excusions than book something away from the towns (you can always take the bus into town for a day) or stay in Cancun or Playa del Carmen if you want to be at the heart of the action.
Post # 5
We are going the1st week of november for about a week and we would like it to be adults only we would like it to be luxurious not sure we have the budget for it we have about $3,000 to spend all together and we want to go ziplinging through the jungle, snokeling with turtles, go to the rio secreto cave those are the 3 tours we want to do should we book those tours online before we go? if so does it matter where you stay or they will pick you up no matter what resort you stay at?
Post # 6
Tulum is within Riviera Maya. The term Riviera Maya covers the stretch from Cancun to just south of Tulum.
We honeymooned in Mexico and stayed in 3 different places, plus we rented a car so our trip was a little different than what you have in mind. I loved Tulum; it is much quiter than Playa.
But for excursions, yes, most have the ability to pick you up at your hotel. If you are going to an all inclusive and want to stay the there the whole time and only leave for shuttled excursions, it doesn’t really matter a lot what city the hotel is in–base your decision on what amenities you want in the resort and its reviews. If you want to leave the hotel, I like Tulum better. Playa is suuuuuper touristy and really quite expensive.
I made a honeymoon recap post a few weeks ago if you want to check it out, but our trip was a bit more off the beaten path than what it seems like you are describing.
Post # 7
Like Roe said, Tulum is part of Riviera Maya. I would recommend staying closer to Tulum, rather than Cancun or Playa, for the excursions you are interested in. You MUST go visit the ruins at Tulum. There are very frequently sea turtles at the beaches in Akumal. August is a good time to go for sea turtles–I think that’s when the eggs hatch! Zipling and cave tours you can pretty much get anywhere. You could book before you go, but I personally prefer to book when I’m there. I like to look at the activities schedule for the resort first, and then decide what days we want to go do excursions.
We stayed at Dreams Puerto Aventuras when we went to Mexico (it was about a half hour from Tulum) and I loved it! It’s not, however, adults only. The kids didn’t bother us, but it wasn’t our honeymoon, so we probably would have minded more if it was. The nice thing was that the resort had an “Explorer’s Club” for kids…which basically meant resort employees took the kids off to do activites all day, so they weren’t hanging around. There was an adults only side to the resort–one of the pools and one bar were adults only, and one restaurant.
I think you can definitely do luxury in Mexico for $3000. Check travel sites like AppleVacations.com and AllInclusiveOutlet.com. We booked a “last minute deal” when we went to Dreams, and it only cost us $2000 total for an Apple Vacation’s six apple (or was it a golden apple?) resort. (They use a weird apple rating system.) Excursions were extra–maybe another $200 max. Keep an eye out for deals! You can also look into Palace Resorts. I’ve heard they are very swanky, though a little pricier. But again, you might be able to catch a good deal.
Good luck! We loved Mexico and want to go back. Here are a few photos from our trip 🙂
View from our room at the resort (of the resort–the beach is just out of frame to the left):
The beach at Tulum:
Post # 8
nearly every tour company will pick you up from the lobby of your hotel. tours are on average 80-100 dollars per person, so i would say if you budget 600 dollars for those 3 tours for both of you then you still have 2400 left to play with…does that include flights or is it hotel only? you may well get a better deal if you do it with a travel agent rather than booking seperately
a quick look at hotels in november from expedia puts Secrets at around 320 dollars/night – so 7 nights 2240 dollars. ive never been but ive heard really great things about it, and its adults only.my friend who went loved it!
in contrast the one i mentioned (sandos) is 199dollars/a night for a room for 2 people in adults only bit/ so cheaper..but less luxurious.
dreams and grand velas are incredible hotels…but more expensive than both options i mentioned. when you choose a hotel look at the website for any honeymoon extras…some say if you bring your marriage certificate (to show youre really on honeymoon) theyll decorat room/give you sparkling wine and fruit or little extras for free
Post # 9
Oh, also Secrets is opening a new resort in Cancun, so you can get really good deals for it right now! I would be buying a ticket if we hadn’t just gotten back a month ago…
Post # 10
We’re going to Riviera Maya for our first anniversary in early October. The whole trip, including airfare and 5 days at the AI Secrets Capri is costing us a little over $2k and that’s for an upgraded Ocean View room. I can’t comment much as far as the area since I’ve never been but the resort that we’re staying at looks great and you can’t beat the price.