So like a lot of people do now, we checked out the reviews after we had booked our holiday and oh dear - well, I always think a holiday is what you make it, so we packed our swimmers and snorkel and set off for Gatwick for a nice 11 hour flight to Cozumel.
Cozumel, is a small island just off the coast of Mexico (about 30 minutes ferry journey, about £10 return each, running from 6am til midnight).
The flights both ways were good, we managed to upgrade on the way to Mexico and it is definitely worth the extra is you are tall or big, the service is much better, non stop drinks, food choice is bigger, but both parts of the plane are fine. Beware - Cozumel airport is tiny, so don't leave all your shopping until the airport as you may be disappointed, but a decent duty free store with the major alcohol, perfume and cigs.
After collecting the bags from the airport we got a taxi to the hotel, about 20 minute taxi ride from the airport to the hotel. The hotel has two parts that you can book through First Choice. There is the main part of the hotel, that caters for families and the Royal Suites (Adult Only) part, this is what we had booked for about an extra £150 each. On arrival we were taken straight past the huge queue and given a fast track to our own private reception area to check in.
The royal suites have a private reception with free internet, the room had a nice kingsize bed, minibar, and was really nice - great Air Con, which is much needed! You couldn't beat the location, it was right on the beach and the views were fantastic. The RS has its own adult only area with pool, Jacuzzi, Mediterranean restaurant and beach area.
The main hotel was good, the bars were good and the selection of drinks was good – they would make anything you like. The breakfast was good, if you couldn’t find something that you like then something is wrong! Lunch was provided in the Mexican restaurant by the pool, a good choice of food, shame some people had to walk about nearly naked. A tip is to visit the buffet restaurant at lunch time, its got air con and has a really nice al a cart fish restaurant during lunch time. For dinner we mainly ate in the RS own restaurant the Mediterranean because the food was fantastic, fillet steaks etc and the service impeckible, plus it is right on the beach so the views as the sun sets are amazing. The buffet restaurant was a disappointment, we visited twice, the first time was bad, so we gave it another chance, but the food was dried up and of poor quality – maybe we went at the wrong time, but even so it was a huge difference to the al a cart restaurants. The Mexican restaurant was good, the best fajitas I have ever had!
The dive school on site are brilliant and good value, I did my PADI open water certificate for under £200! Swam with turtles, sharks, sting rays, and loads and loads of amazing fish – really worth it. For about $100 you can do two dives, it is so worth it, otherwise you are visiting somewhere and missing out on the special part!
Cozumel is tiny, we hired a jeep for the first week and drove round the island (85 km around the island). Places to visit – Go to Punta Sur, 12ft crocs and the best beach on the island. San Miguel is ok, but totally tourist because of the us cruise ships, if you like that sort of thing great, if you don’t, you won’t!
Tipping – we tipped about $5-$10 for a meal, gave our maid $5 a day, gave the barman $2 every few days – ensure you get the full strength cocktails this way!
Overall, an amazing holiday, the beaches and sea is some of the best in the world, the people are very friendly, the rooms were nice, and the royal suites area was amazing, lovely pool, beach and Mediterranean restaurant is one of the best I have been to in the world for food, service and location. BUT – this is definitely a story of two halves and the main hotel was very different!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In Mexico’s Caribbean there is a tiny island just bursting with life – it is Cozumel and the Allegro Cozumel. Right on the famous Sand Francisco Beach, two worlds of adventure co-exist: The Fun-in-the-sun beach and the amazing undersea Palancar Reef. Whatever you choose to pursue, Allegro Cozumel places it right at your fingertips. Beach Volleyball, tropical bars, restaurants, and nightclubs keep life on land exciting, while the on-site dive shop and big-game sport-fishing charters offer a gateway into the dazzling marine sanctuary of Cozumel’s waters. And when you awake the next morning, after a relaxing night’s sleep in your comfortable guest room, you’ll find there’s even more to explore, because the adventure never stops at Allegro. For the young ones, there is plenty to do from building sand castles alongside the beautiful powdery white sand beach, get physical at the amazing kid’s multiplay covered playground, catch some giggles at the water park, or take advantage of the many activities offered by the Kids clubs. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Occidental Allegro Cozumel Hotel Cozumel
- Occidental Allegro Hotel
- Occidental Allegro Resort All Inclusive