"Very clean resort, nice beach & good snorkeling. Being the last hotel stop it's a loooong drive after sitting on a plane for 6hrs." [...]Reviewer:
May. 04, 2012Rating:
"We have stayed at the Akumal Beach Resort once before, about 5 years ago so we knew more or less what to expect. We like this resort because of the size, not too large, the excellent beach and good snorkelling. We were very satisfied in all those categories plus pleasantly surprised in a few other areas. This resort is not fancy and is, in fact, aging but our room was a stone's throw from the high tide line. We stayed in building 6 and got beach chairs everyday in front of our room on the beach. This end of the beach is very relaxing without the sis-boom-ba of the daily entertainment around the pool. The food was very good for me as a vegan. They do a good job of having many pure vegetable or fruit choices. Guacamole came by the gallon with out cheese, fresh salsa and steamed veg. but not over cooked. Another pleasant surprise about this hotel is that they don't use disposable cups or plates at any bar or snack bar. We always carry our own cups but it is nice to never have to use disposable cups. The coffee was great at the bars. My wife really liked the morning cappucinos. They did a great job of Christmas Eve dinner and even though there was less choice for me as a vegan, I really appreciated their effort and you could feel there was a lot of pride in their work. The snorkelling was not too good due to constant wind that made the water cloudy but we enjoyed seeing turtles, barracudas and rays every day. It is a super beach for children of all ages and it was nice to see lots of extended families taking advantage of this resort. I hope to bring some more of my family back to resort." [...]Reviewer:
Jan. 03, 2012Rating:
"Akumal Beach Resort is an true oasis of beauty and tranquility. The hotel is right on the beach, and the snorkelling is among the best in the world. Every day I snorkelled with turtles, stingrays, and hundreds of different fish. The resort might not be suited for everyone. It is quiet, not for people looking to party. The hotel seems to have a true respect for the environment and I felt like I was surrounded by nature. The staff is amazing; so friendly and jovial. The buffet is relatively small but the quality of the food was truly spectacular. I ate more than I thought was humanly possible because it was always so good. The rooms are very basic. Spacious, clean and bug free, but without any luxuries. I can't say enough about this resort. I can't wait to go back. I relaxed on the very first day. It has a lovely pool area but I never saw anyone use it. The beach is spectacular, I don't know why anyone would want to use the pool." [...]Reviewer:
Nov. 01, 2011Rating:
"We enjoyed our first time 2- week vacation at Akumal Beach Resort. The highlight of our stay was the beautiful beach! We found hotel staff helpful, food was very good, and pool was clean. We would recommend this property to our friends looking for a casual atmosphere and easy going clientele. We are looking forward to visiting this hotel again next year!" [...]Reviewer:
May. 10, 2011Rating:
"Awesome trip!! We loved the Akumal Beach Resort. This was our second visit in 3 years and we will likely return again. Service was excellent and the staff SO friendly. There was lots to do in a week. The nights were quiet but we like that. World class snorkeling right out front. We saw sea turtles and sting rays everyday, and a baracuda most days - he is BIG! Only complaint, the bus ride to the resort from the airport. Ugh, an extra hour added to our travel day because we had to pick up and drop off at other resorts. Individual van service would be MUCH better." [...]Reviewer:
Apr. 18, 2011Rating:
"We love Akumal. The area, the beach, the people, the snorkeling, the staff at Akumal Beach Resort. The resort is small and intimate. Quiet at night, so you can really relax. Take a trip to Playa del Carmen if you want night life. My only complaint was the transportation from the airport to the hotel. The stopped at 4 other hotels before arriving to ours and this added an extra hour of travel time to each end of our trip." [...]Reviewer:
Apr. 15, 2011Rating:
"We stayed for a week at the Akumal Beach Resort via Sunwing Vacations in February 2011, and have only one complaint - the timing of the transfer between the hotel and the airport on the way back. We were picked up at 5:30 am for an hour and 20 minute trip to the Cancun airport, so arrived there just before 7 am for a 10:15 am flight. We were so early in fact that the check-in desk wasn't available yet and we had to wait for about 30 minutes before we could check in. Perhaps the early pick-up has to do with the hotel not wanting to pay for another breakfast for us, or so they could get an early start cleaning the room for the next set of guests, but frankly we could have left the hotel at 7 am and still had plenty of time at the Cancun airport to do everything we needed to do, particularly as customs clearance is in Canada, not Mexico.
Otherwise, the location of the resort is ideal for those who like snorkeling (home to a diminishing population of turtles on an increasingly damaged reef), swimming, hanging out on a lovely sandy beach, a relatively quiet experience with reasonably good food and friendly staff ... we would recommend it for those who want a relaxing time and don't want to party hardy." [...]Reviewer:
Feb. 23, 2011Rating:
"Great place - better snorkelling that Xel-Ha and the friendliest staff we have ever encountered, without exception. Swam with the sea turtles every day - absolutely amazing. Not a big party place I would think, but just the ticket for a relaxing vacation." [...]Reviewer:
Nov. 08, 2010Rating:
"My wife and I were at the Akumal Beach Resort from October 30th to November 6th, 2010 - off season essentially. This was our second trip to Cancun (first to Palladium) and third to Mexico (previously at Puerto Vallarta). We've also stayed in Cuba (Breezes Jibacao) and several places in Florida. First, the hotel and facilities are older. For us this was not an issue at all. We've stayed in nicer rooms, with nicer showers and amenities, but we spend almost no time in our room. The room was immaculately clean and the housekeeping was excellent. Even though we arrived very late in the evening, they had sandwiches and fruit waiting in our room for us. Second, the staff was the friendliest group of people we have ever encountered in our travels - without exception. Everyone we met had a smile and "hola!" for us. And they were really, genuinely, eager to assist us in any way - again without exception. The front desk staff went out of their way to help when we had questions or trying to arrange things. This was so different from our past experiences in the Carribean and US that it really made an impression on us. Third, the food was okay in my humble opinion, but my wife absolutely loved it. Lots of fruit, fish, and local cuisine. Watch out for the peppers and hot sauces - the staff will alert you in any event. Drinks were fine for us, but we're not big drinkers. Mojitos were great. Not a party place, which suited us just fine. Fourth, the beach and snorkelling were amazing. We swam with rays and sea turtles every day. We also saw a huge variety of fish and squid/cuttlefish. Not being great swimmers, we still spent a huge about of time with the turtles and fish - the water was great, not deep, and easy to get around. We went to Xel-Ha and found that it was not as good as the snorkelling with the turtles and reef around our resort. There is an ecological information center about 5 minutes walk up the beach which includes baby turtle release events (went to two during our visit - good timing) and maps of the local beach indicating the best places to see turtles, which are there year-round. In late July to November there are turtle nests on the beach - several at the resort during our stay. There are also stores in that area (5 minutes north along the beach) and access to Akumal, which is pretty close. Fifth, no peddlers on the beach anywhere - they are actually prohibited due to the beach being a protected area for the turtles. On the downside there is no free snorkelling equipment at the resort - need to rent. I would suggest bringing your own if you want to spend a bit of time snorkelling. They can also arrange decent snorkelling and fishing tours from the resort's diveshop if you're interested. Overall, it was a perfect, quite, "smaller" resort with exactly the kind of beach and swimming we were looking for." [...]Reviewer:
Nov. 08, 2010Rating:
"I can't say enough positive things about this resort!
Exceptionally friendly,knowledgable and helpful staff.
Secure, clean, beautiful.
Fantastic food, every day,!
Snorkling was the one of the many highlights of this vacation.
Resonable rates for a resort I believe should have a higher rating.
We have constantly recommeded this resort to friends and acquatinces who are contemplating a beach vacation." [...]Reviewer:
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