Post # 17
which hotels are in your budget and ill see if i know them.Darling Husband and i tend to go to playa del carmen every so often as we’re a 90 min flight away and can do long weekends there
we did a few nights in excellence riviera cancun after our Destination Wedding in sandos playacar. it is expensive but it was lovely!
I think AI are worth it if you plan to be in the resort a lot. if you want to do a lot of all day tours – eg chichen itza ruins etc, then maybe a boutique hotle is better. i personally prefer paying the money upfront and then knowing its all included
Post # 18
@virgomasala80: my aunt is a local and she chose for use and we were soooo Happy we loved dreams and barcelo. Both great experiences but to be honest just enjoy they are all great. I would give preference to the newest one.
Post # 19
@MrsWilson2012: oo i’ll have to look into that one also!
Post # 20
Look on trip central .ca we booked at the Valentin Imperial Maya, and with taxes and whanot only cost us 3200. Great place so excited to go!
Post # 21
We LOVED Excellence Riveria Cancun!!! It was awesome- all inclusive, food, service, and we met some other great people too. We went for 5 days since we could not afford to go for 7 plus days.
Post # 22
@gibbs1: @MrsWilson2012: you both suggested the Imperial Maya – thank you! the photos look very nice online.
i shortened our search to 7 days and the Valentin Imperial Maya is priced at $1904 and the Excellence Riveria Maya is priced at $2156 (having a summer sale).
i found resorts in Panama and Belize as well HOWEVER they do not include meals and are around those same prices…. so would obviously cost much more with meals on top (not to mention the flights are a little bit more than to mexico).
i can feel it… we’re getting closer to a decision haha!
thank goodness i have weddingbee or i’d likely be driving my friends insane.
Post # 23
@virgomasala80: Have you looked at http://www.cheapcaribbean.com ? They usually have really good deals on all-inclusive properties (including airfare and reviews..) I also cross reference any hotels with reviews on tripadvisor.com.
Playa del Carmen is about an hour away from the Cancun airport, but you can pre-book a shuttle (van) online. Some hotels offer shuttle transportation. Good luck and have fun!
Oh, and the first time I went to Playa del Carmen we found a great deal on a travel website (don’t remember which one) and just went for it. It was great! (Subsequent trips have been to my parent’s timeshare, Mayan Palace, which isn’t all inclusive, but is awesome)
Post # 24
We are going to Playacar Palace resort. We booked through a travel agent and got a good deal. I can’t wait!
Post # 25
I’ve loved both Iberostar resorts we’ve stayed at in the area (riviera maya)
Post # 26
@Britt_RN: oo the pics look great!
Post # 27
We didn’t want to spend a crapload on our AI honeymoon because we’re doing two trips next year to Iceland and Peru to trek that we’d rather splurge on and we are doing expensive excursions almost everyday in Mexico as we’d both get stir crazy just staying on property and the Yucatan has lots to see culturally. Allinclusiveoutlet.com, cheapcaribbean.com and bookit.com are great places to source deals. Your best bet for a deal is a hotel that’s been recently redone or an up and coming “new” place. Last year my Brother-In-Law and sister scored a deal at Live Aqua very very cheap. This year we are going to Ocean Maya Royale…it has very strong reviews on Tripadvisor, was recently redone etc. Another one I see good prices for that looked amazing was Grand Bahia Luxury Sian Kian…largely because even though it’s apparently a premium luxury hotel it’s built slightly into the jungle and they escort you out to the beach on their own private buses that run every few minutes.
We are going over Thanksgiving break, the very last week before “high” season starts. The week before Thanksgiving is even cheaper. Going out to Chichen, Valladolid, Cozumel for diving, Xplor etc.. Pretty adventure packed 8D/7N…I think overall we will spend $3000ish with all the excursions and stuff.
Post # 28
We’ve been to Excellence Riviera Cancun 3 times and it gets better every time! We have been to Playa Mujeres also but liked Riviera Cancun better. There is always something going on, from entertainment by the pool during the day to shows at night in the theater. And one of the best things is that you do not need reservations at any restaurants. We liked this part because you don’t have to plan your entire trip when you first arrive like you have to do at a lot of other all-inclusives. I’m a little biased by this resort because its our favorite, but I’m sure where ever you choose you will have a wonderful time. Good luck choosing!!
Post # 29
thank you everyone for your help!
we finally booked something today!!!!
after how many weeks and hours of searching every deal and reading every review, today my fiance spent about 2 minutes searching and found a deal far better than what i found LOL! we’re not going to the riveria maya area as planned, and instead are going to cancun. a pool is a pool, right! the pics look great and the pricing was $1000 less than what i was looking at – at the fiesta americana http://www.coralbeachcancunhotel.com/ and we booked some excursions too 🙂
Post # 30
@virgomasala80: lol omg nevermind we’re cancelling right now ahh
Post # 31
ok bees, the last itinerary was cancelled. and its a good thing bc we found out it did NOT include food/drink and one of the excursions we booked was actually 3 hours away, EACH WAY.
so i went to a travel agent today and she got me some discounted rates and an excursion to see ancient ruins plus ziplinning. will be staying at the Now Saphire Riviera for 7 nights