Adults only resort with a modern design
Part of a 3 hotel grouping on the same property and this resort is an adults only. Ali looked after us with a smile and after checking in took us on a cart ride to our room and our vacation began. We had booked a swim-out room (building 2 near the main pool) based on reviews of others - it was nice because it was main floor and easy access to the bathroom, but the pool was unheated and usually took until mid afternoon before it was a decent temp to swim or hang around in. Next time, if we return, we are going to save a pile of money and not opt for this.
It was nice that all the restaurants didn't require reservations other than Tao Tepanyaki, but some showed better than others. Tried to get into the Rodeo Grill one night and were told it was a 20 minute wait and to just go get a drink inside at the bar. The barman was too busy washing glasses and chatting with a chica to even acknowledge us, so after 5 minutes we left.
Aroma was a nice choice - shows that you don't need tons of food to fill you up and it was nice to have a leisurely sit down meal. La Brushetta left us disappointed with the menu and the fish was second rate to what Aroma served. The Yucatan Buffet was always busy, but getting your breakfast to your table while it was still hot was a challenge. Eggs are cooked in one area (and these guys are not up to the speed that is required when you have a lot of guests), bacon is in another place and toast is across the room, and orange juice and fruit in another direction. Thursday night is lobster night and the half tails drenched in butter were super tasty. We had the tepanyaki twice - the show is the same everywhere in Mexico, but the food was delicious - good job Luis.
Lunches were not the best unless you wandered the buffet or went to the beach grill for wings and fries. The burgers were huge, but were precooked steakettes and warmed up on the grill when you ordered one - not my first choice. Rodeo had sandwiches and salads, - if you like a small ciabatta bun with one slice of ham, a half slice of cheese and some wilty lettuce - then you would love this place at noon.
As others have said before, the sand is nice, but if you want to go in the ocean, walk down the beach to the sister resorts - hardly any rocks and water as warm as a bathtub, and while you are there, take a stroll though the grounds, have a nice charcoal cooked burger near the pool. Twice they cooked near the main pool and it was a delicious treat of fresh grilled pollo, carne and cerdo hot off the grill.
All in all it was a decent resort - nothing over the top - the staff always said Hola when passing by, but you really dont get to know them like we have at smaller venues - its just not as friendly (to us anyways), other than our All Star team member Horacio - this guy was always smiling and made sure to come by and shake our hand, give us both a hug and made sure we were not lacking for anything - good job by the resorts newest rookie :) - Gracias Amigo!