Trip Date: June 2007
Location: Akumal (Mayan Riviera), Mexico
Beach Junkies Rating: (based on 5 stars)
Beach: 5 / Food: 5 / Rooms: 5 / Pools: 5 / Snorkeling: 5
Grand Sirenis Beach - Maya side
Stayed at the Grand Sirenis Riviera Maya from June 16-23, 2007. Overall this had to be the best resort my wife and I have stayed at in terms of the quality of service and food that we received the week we stayed.
If you can overlook the coarse sand and the rocky water (which we did) you will absolutely have a great time. Bring water shoes as it helped us walk into the ocean with ease. I would suggest buying your own snorkeling equipment so you aren't pressed for time. The resort only allows you to rent it for an hour and the dive shop is on the other side of the beach from where you snorkel and I've seen some people running back just to return it on time.
cruising the lazy river
The pools are amazing and theres lots of loungers available. The lazy river is really nice and exciting but we found the spring float loungers we brought were too big for it so save yourself the money and just buy a cheap noodle or lifesaver. They are easier to carry as well.
standard room in the Maya side of the resort
The rooms are incredible! Yes there is a hole in the wall but keep in mind that the shower and the toilets are both covered with frosted glass doors. You still have your privacy and in reality if the person you're rooming with wants to look at you go to the washroom or take a shower, maybe you shouldn't be rooming with them in the first place if you're uncomfortable with that concept.
We didn't bother watching the shows but from what we saw they seemed entertaining. We preferred hanging out at the coffee shop after dinner every night. We found it more peaceful and relaxing.
As far as the restaurants go we found the best one was the Japanese Steakhouse followed by the Lobster Gala they hold on Friday nights. We didn't get to try the Mexican restaurant but they do have themed nights at the buffet which lets you experience the restaurants you didn't book.
Like I said, overall this was the best resort we've visited in the Caribbean and this is the 8th one we've stayed at. I always say that if you give the staff respect, you will get it back in return. Go with that mindset and you will see how much more enjoyable your vacation will be. Click here to view our photos of the resort.
Viva la Vida
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