We stayed at the Grand Sirenis Riviera Maya for the week of Jan 11th to the 18th 2008.
We are in are early thirties and traveled with no children.
I'm not sure where to start, we had an AMAZING time.
I had read many of the reviews before going and had a pretty good idea of what to expect.
I took the advice from a few of the reviews and took water shoes along with us. If you enjoy exploring they will come in real handy!
We did have an ocean view room and stayed in building 1900, life couldn't get better!
After check in, I booked the moment we arrived for the a la carte meals, which I advise to everyone. We went to the Steak House, Cajun, Brazilian and the Japanese. After much discussion we have no favorite. The Grand Sirenis did a great job at each one; we enjoyed fabulous food and service from them all!
We took the Collectivo Bus into Playa Del Carmen twice. No problems at all, enjoyed shopping and a nice cold drink while we went to town, if you're not into leaving the resort (but you feel safe at all times if you are hesitant in any way) the resort had 2 nights when they had local vendors set up at theater, prices seemed to be comparable. Wed and Sunday before the night shows. Wednesday was Mexican night for the buffet and night show.
We made it to most of the nightly entertainment; a night not to miss is when they do The Lion King....completely amazing! The resort itself does have a disco, we were never able to make it after long days outside, always with a few drinks and the great food, after the shows our bed was calling for us!!
We took an afternoon trip to snorkel with the sea turtles that left from the Dive shop on the resort. It was great!! The cost was
$35 per person and was a cool experience. It was a short boat ride and we had a guide that swam with us to take us around to help find the sea turtles!! Lots of fun, and enough time was spent snorkeling.
As for tipping, we did. From what I saw it was done by lots. It was a personnel choice to tip; we do at home and only if when we received good service. I can say that you would receive the same service from their staff regardless if you tip them or not.
To sum things up, all was great. The service, the food, the room, the beach, the snorkeling, the drinks; all were wonderful!
As a young couple it was perfect, looking around during our stay it looked to be great for a family with kids also!!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Grand Sirenis Riviera Maya Hotel And Spa
- Grand Sirenis Riviera Maya Hotel Akumal
- Grand Sirenis Riviera Maya Akumal
- Grand Sirenis Mayan Beach
- Grand Sirenis Mexico
- Gran Sirenis
- Sirenis Riviera Maya
- Grand Sirenis Riviera Maya Resort & Spa Mexico - Akumal