Post # 1
So…we were looking sooo forward to going to the DR for our honeymoon….unfortunately we found out last night that there is a cholera outbreak going on due to haiti…15,000 are hospitalized and 2000 have died already…cholera was not the “beautiful surprise” I had intended on when arriving on my honeymoon…
So last night I got to researching and came across Riviera Maya. I had originally been sooo against doing a cancun honeymoon but this one specific resort caught my eye! The Valentin Imperial Maya!!! It’s a 5 star resort!! All-inclusive PLUS flight included and it’s $2100 altogether! I even went to Tripadvisor.com and there is NOTHING but great reviews about it!! AND…it’s within our budget!!! (we’re trying to stay under $2500)
Have any of you been here or know about this specific resort?!!? If so I would LOVE some input PLEASE!! 🙂
Post # 3
I know people who have gone and said it was perfect (Riviera Maya not that specific hotel)
Post # 4
I didn’t go to the Valentin but I went to Secrets Silversands, which is close by. The reason why we decided to go to Mexico was because it was SO affordable. We went for a week and it cost us about $2500. It was a great price considering how long we went for. We wanted to go to the carribean but it was more than I wanted to spend.
I’d say go for it. If trip advisor has great reviews, I’d go. My review of Silversands was pretty much spot on with trip advisors’ reviews.
You can always go to the DR later.
ETA: I see that you are going to the Valentine for cheaper than I went to a 4 star resort. You are probably closer to mexico than I was. I had to pay extra since I left from Seattle. That is a great price, though. I would have booked already.
Post # 5
I LOVE the Riviera Maya. I like it better than Punta Cana, but is the cholera outbreak affecting tourists in the resorts? You don’t really leave the resort in Punta Cana…. so if it is not, I wouldn’t worry about it too much.
I’ve also heard great things about the Valentin.
Post # 6
I’ve been to the Riviera Maya twice and loved it. The resorts there are usually very nice if they are 5 star. I don’t know about this particular resort you’ve mentioned, but I always live by trip advisor so I think that’s a good sign. The price sounds good as well. Make sure you don’t book in rainy/hurricane season though because the weather gets terrible (as most places in the hurricane zones do). Also, be sure to decide what type of trip you want to make this. Although we loved our Mayan trip I’ve heard some people complain about the “compound” style resorts that are frequent in the Riviera.
Post # 7
EleanorRigby– Well..I’m a nurse, and knowing how the stuff travels, freaks me out…I don’t think I want to be on pins and needles about the water…everytime I would brush my teeth I would think about it, taking a shower I would think about it, even swimming in the ocean I would think about it…just scares both of us…either way, once the fiance found out about it he immediately said, “Next!” haha
Post # 8
Are there any specific places you would say stay away from, or any you would definitly recommend???
Post # 9
There will be tour operators in your lobby offering excursions. There is so much to do in that area of Mexico, which is why I love it.
For some things, you can rent a car and it is much cheaper. We rented a car and went to the Tulum ruins and to a beach club in Tulum. Totally different vibe than Playa del Carmen and/or the all-inclusive resorts. This is less than an hour away and a straight shot.
Chichen Itza and Coba are the other ruins in the area, but I’d recommend taking a tour to those places.
There are several ecological parks that some people enjoy (I’ve never been) called Xcaret and Xel-Ha. There’s also horseback riding, fishing charters, etc.
There is world renowned scuba diving and snorkeling in Cozumel. You could book these through your hotel, or take the ferry over to Cozumel and book there. You can also swim in cenotes- which are underground caves that the Mayans believed to be sacred.
The Valentin is maybe 20 mins. from downtown Playa del Carmen (I think). I would definitely take a cab over there for dinner and drinks at least once. There’s a lot of restaurants and nightlife downtown. We saw the fire show at the Blue Parrot and were impressed.
Post # 10
How much “extra” money should we bring? Roughly?
Post # 11
- Wedding: December 2010 - Al Cielo / La Laguna
Definetly go! We just got back last week and it was amazing! All our guests said it was the most amzing trip they have ever taken and that the resort was perfect. We stayed at the grand palladium resort since we wanted more of a nature feel than the european, lots of concrete feel. I would highly recommend staying in the royal section there.
As for how much money the rule of thumb for an all inclusive is $50 in 1 dollar bills for tipping ($1-2 is a good tip there). Then about $150 for other things like shopping. Most of our guests spent around $40 on souvoniers, etc.
If you have any questions totally let me know. We love the RM and are planning to go back for our first anniversary next year.
Post # 12
i have never been but we spent friday at the travel agent and they highly suggested Riviera Maya but we told them mexico was out. (we have both been a few times, cancun and cozumel) but they had great things to say about it 🙂
Post # 13
Is it a pretty safe area to visit?? My brother is a polica officer and he just told me the other day about the couple that went to mexico back in march and were decapitated due to the drug stuff that’s going on over there….but i think that’s more close to the mexico and texas border…do you guys have any advice?
Post # 14
i love the riviera maya! We stayed at barcelo maya beach resort and thought it was great. As far as it being safe, i think you’re fine. I think the worst thing you’ll have to worry about it cockroaches (there was one IN our rental car and being from the north and never seeing them, it FREAKED me out!). It is such a tourist heavy area that I think you’ll be fine. As far as punta cana, every beach you walk to has a guard holding a huge machine gun. That kind of made me nervous. So you definitely made a great decision. And I liked RM 10x better than PC. Good luck!
Post # 15
Oh man. I may be back in the States, but my heart permanently settled in Riviera Maya. We stayed at El Dorado Royale Maroma, which was absolutely perfect. Prior to the honeymoon, I wanted to punch everyone that made some comment like, “MEXICO?!? Isn’t that a little unsafe? Drugs and all?” I was just like, “It’s a 5 star resort. I don’t think I’m going to get killed by the drug lords there while I’m sipping on Pina Coladas on the beach.” Anyway, we felt perfectly safe the whole time there. We spent a day shopping in Playa del Carmen… but we were on our way back to the resort by nightfall. We WERE offered drugs while shopping in Playa del Carmen from some store vendor… but we just politely declined and kept walking. We also went to Xel-ha (an ecological park- where you can snorkel, go down a lazy river… all sorts of stuff), and visited the Tulum ruins. We also did ATV-ing and speed boating. As a warning, Chichen Itza and Coba are about 3 hours away from Riviera Maya… which is why we chose to see Tulum instead… as that was only about 45 minutes away.
If you go to Valentin, please update on how it is. I’m hoping to head back to Riviera Maya for an anniversary!
Post # 16
Gabrielle123 yay!! this just made me soo happy to hear! But yeah, the guard thing is kinda creepy but hey, I guess it’s good to have someone watching out for us :/ That’s hilarious about the cochroach thing! I would have freaked out too!! The place we’re looking at is the “Valentin Imperial Maya Resort” it’s five star and all-inclusive!! Tons and tons of great reviews for it as well!! We’re excited!! Haven’t purchased it yet, but probably will soon because the clock is ticking!