I stayed here with my boyfriend from August 29-Sept 5 2011. That is the time to go if you don't want it to be too crowded! The resort was so nice and quiet, but there were still enough people around so it wasn't dead and boring. It is about a 1 - 1 1/2 hour drive from the airport.
ROOM - Very nice and spacious. Yes, the tub takes 30 - 45 minutes to fill. Yes, the pressure in the shower is not very good. Yes, the bedding isn't the best. These things did not bother me, but I can understand they would bother some people. One thing that did bother me is the spiders in our room on the first day. I think our room hadn't been cleaned for a while, because after the first day, when housekeeping started coming, we didn't see anymore bugs in our room. Our mini bar was re-stocked everyday except 1, but we never finished the drinks anyway. Bed was very firm but I thought it was very comfortable.
POOLS - The "quiet pool" was amazing! My boyfriend and I were the only ones ever in the pool, and there were maybe 4 people that would sit around the pool and read. Again, if you have the chance to go during the "down" season, you should go. We weren't really interested in the activity pool, it was more crowded, had a swim up bar, quite a few children and loud staff trying to get guests involved in activities. We stayed in room 1818, building 18 is right next to the activity pool, but we never heard any noise in our room. The lazy river was great too, we went on in at least 10 times a day. Maybe 3 or 4 kids and a few adults used it.
BEACH - I have stayed in Cancun before, as well as Aruba twice, and this beach is not good compared to those beaches. It's not bad by any means, but it's not soft white sand with clear, blue calm water. Personally I enjoy those types of beaches better. This beach did have a lot of rocks and corral. We didn't wear any shoes in the water, and it was difficult to walk in because of the corral. We had a blast watching and feeding the fish though.
FOOD - I will admit I am a picky eater, so I did not like the food that much. Breakfast was great, I loved the crepes and french toast. Honestly I think the fruit was a joke, it was terrible. Lunch was the worst. All I ever had was salad and tortilla chips. Dinner wasn't bad, and sometimes they had theme nights. The italian theme was great, with made to order pasta. Like I said, I am a picky eater, especially when it comes to meats, so I just avoided most of them. But you will always be able to find something to eat. My boyfriend loved the food. For a la cartes, we ate at the cajun, which was average, the italian which had very good pasta, and the japanese which was very good as well. The snack bar by the beach was limited, with just salad and nachos. The ice cream shop was good, and I enjoyed many hot chocolates from the coffee shop.
ENTERTAINMENT - We enjoyed drinks in the lobby bar every night. We just liked to sit and relax. There was a man playing the saxophone one night, and the entertainment staff were teaching my boyfriend and I how to salsa dance.. very fun. We went to the Chicago show but ended up leaving, as well as the international show. The shows start at 9:30 pm. They are just average, nothing special, but then entertainment staff does try very hard to make sure everyone has a good time.
EXCURSION - After narrowing down our choices from our rep (We went with Air Canada Vacations) we decided to go on "Coba: The Mayan Experience." It was a full day trip. We drove for about 1 hour through a Mayan Villiage, went zip-lining, rappelling into a cenote (underground swimming hole), canoeing, ate lunch, then went to see the pyramids in Coba. We paid about $100 each. A fun way to spend a day.
I've seen a lot of people complaining about time share people, and staff asking them to upgrade. My boyfriend and I are young (24 and 22) so we weren't approached by anyone. The woman at the desk asked if it was our honneymood and if we would like to book a special dinner, and we simply said no and it was fine.
Staff was very friendly, always smiling and saying hello. We stopped to ask a guy on a golf cart where the cajun restaurant was, and he even drove us there. No complaints with the staff.
The resort is large, and depending on where your room is you might have to walk for 5 or 10 minutes to the beach. The spa and disco were quite far so we didn't go.
The grounds were beautiful, there were always staff walking around cleaning.
Overall we had a great time. The total for our trip was around $2200, and we would go to this resort again if we saw it for a better price, but we would rather try somewhere else if we were going to pay that price or more. We are young and this was our first trip together, so we really didn't let anything bother us (except the spiders for me!) but I can understand how people may find small things annoying. Please contact me if you have any questions.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Grand Sirenis Riviera Maya Resort & Spa 5* is an astonishing complex, situated on the Mayan Riviera, just 20 miles from Playa del Carmen, and 1 hour from the airport at Cancun. Is in a class of its own due to its spectacular design. It brings to mind the ancient Mayan buildings; but at the same time, a moder, minimalist style which blends perfectly with the luxurious natural vegetation in the gardens. ... more less
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- Grand Sirenis Riviera Maya Hotel And Spa
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- Grand Sirenis Mayan Beach
- Grand Sirenis Mexico
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- Sirenis Riviera Maya
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