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The white sand beach was lovely, the hotel was striking in it's design. (The Tulum coast is gorgeous). The resort had all the items a person could ask for in an all-inclusive setting. The food in the buffet restaurant was mostly well done, you could always find something good in spite of a few "misses" that could hardly be avoided in such a large scale operation. The beach side snack restaurant was an amazing buffet for those who didn't wish to get out of their bathing suits. The grounds of the hotel were beautiful and well kept. The staff were fine and tried to make your trip comfortable. It was our first time in a large all-inclusive and I didn't like the idea that there wasn't a personality to the place. It seemed rather institutional. Also the day we arrived we were told that we couldn't eat in any of the speciality restaurants for our entire stay. We had paid for at least getting into some different dining locations and we had to eat in the buffet every dinner. We did go back to the dinner scheduler to look for cancelations but to no avail. It seemed like there were many "rules" to keep the guests in line. There had been a seaweed die-off and the beach was covered undried seaweed and debris in front of the resort. You had to walk over plastic cups, plastic bags, etc to get into the ocean. Yikes.
Being all inclusive and having water park for the kids and various activities for adults. With my reservation there was a confusion with total number of guests. We were total 3 rooms and on one kids were missing on the reservation on hotel's system and I had to be on the phone with my travel agent (getaroom) but I ended up paying $55 extra for my kids. I was going to loose my flight so I didn't have orher choice that paying and getting out from there. Hotel should have handled it better....
We met Jose at the Iguana bar. He manages his bar amazingly. He made certain that everyone enjoyed their visit. A professional bartender that excels at what he does. We hope to find Jose again during our next visit.
Half way thru our stay we had already decided that we wanted to come back. The grounds are beautiful and the staff are the most friendly I've ever experienced. You could easily spend a week or more there and never get off the grounds. There's plenty to do. But if you do want to venture out, there are many things to do within just minutes of the resort. The rooms were huge and we'll kept. We just loved it. The are some tiles missing in the pool and I happened to cut my foot on one. Nothing too bad but it did hinder which shoes I was able to wear. Also we had an issue with our private shuttle to the resort that we booked via the link on the resorts Web site. There was no one waiting for us when we arrived and our paper work didn't have the shuttle services name on it so we didn't know what to look for. Fortunately someone finally was able to point us to the correct shuttle stand after us trying to make our way through all the other people who approached us.
The staff was absolutely amazing. Everyone was so friendly and helpful. The rooms was very clean, comfortable and spacious. There was also ample supply of pool chairs towels and drinks. I never felt like I had to fight other guests for any of these things.
The restaurants and the pool areas No shuttle service to get to and from town and the airport
Food was very good and the service. Adults only No beach had to take shuttle service to the beach.
We have stayed at Bahia(Coba) twice before. This is the first time at Sian Ka'an. Great time. Adults only at the hotel and beach area are the only way to go. The buffet at Sian Ka’an is the best of all the buffets. The service is top notch. We are planning our next trip. We will go back. Yoga for my wife at the Wellness Center and golf for me at the Riviera Maya Golf Club. Sitting by the waters. What else can I say. Love it.
Stayed here for 8 days recently. First, the staff is friendly and the service good. The rooms are good, not the best I've ever had but definitely acceptable and the amenities plenty. Sian Ka'an has the best buffet of the 4 hotels on the property. As a guest of the Sian Ka'an or as a Privelege Club member you get access to all the other properties amenities as well but vice versa. This property is not on the beach but only about a 10 minute tram ride away and is adults only, kids would get bored at this property. However their Akumal, Tulum, and Coba properties are great for families and kids. We got the Jr. Suite Supreme on the ground floor with a hot tub we never used but the room is larger than the regular. The rooms are good, not the best I've ever had but more than sufficient. They keep the fridge refilled every day with 2 beers, 3 small liquors, 2 cokes, 1 sprite, 1 fanta, 2 large bottles of water. They also include complimentary tea and coffee in the room, Twinings and local cof...
I stayed at the GBP Sian Kaan in November of 2012 for 8 days. It's a good ~1hr drive from Cancun International Airport. The resort grounds were beautiful, and check-in went very smoothly, even though we arrived a little before their standard check-in time. Our bags were delivered to our rooms quickly and without incident. The rooms are more like suites, compared to many of the places I've been. The pictures of the resort show them with a room divider to make a separate living room/bedroom, but the divider in our room was disabled (nailed). I stayed in a garden-view room, and the terrace was nice, as was the jacuzzi. The room was large, clean, with a comfortable bed, well laid out bathroom (no tub), nice sitting area and decent mini bar. It was cleaned regularly, and a closet safe was supplied for valuable. The resort grounds were well maintained and the pools were easy to access and very clean. Sian Kaan is not on the beach, but more about that later. Two pools had a pool bar located...
Cleanliness, staff. Mosquitos.
Service staff was kind and polite Food was poor quality, cold and restricted
Wonderful staff, very good food, nice and beautiful beach, clean rooms, beautiful facilities.
Landscaping and service. Staff all worked hard to make it a nice place and a nice stay. Too busy, guests and staff. Trolleys were very noisy and had too much exhaust. Highway noise. Loud service carts on paths by rooms, walkie talkie noise, too many trucks and carts on walkways.
Visited GBP Sian Ka`an from 17-24 Jul. As advertised hotel is great from the check in to the check out. Rooms are comfortable, grounds are very clean. Very quiet but if you want a day of more activities you can share with the other GBP(Akumal,Coba,Tulum) just 5 min trolley. Private beach for Sian Ka`an guest. More than 10 a la carte restaurant to choose from and 4 great buffet restaurants. 24 hours snack bar. Close to Tulum Ruins, Xel-ha, Explorer parks.Premium drinks. Reverse Osmosis water thru hotel for that reason you dont have to be sacered of getting sickj. Overall great vacation at GBP Sian Ka`an 5 star/gold crown hotel.
I would like to give thanks and dues to Mexican hard working people in resort who work hard to make us comfortable. Yes, I'm paying them but not everything has to be about money. Rooms are clean, services are acceptable and food is good. No opinion about alcohol since I don't care about. Resort is large and it's a good place to go for a long walk. Now about "Luxury" what makes this resort "Luxury" is proximity to the ocean and beach. There are same units in the resort but they are no different then the "Luxury" units the only difference is distance to the God made luxury ocean an beach. Would I go again? Yes, only if the smoking situation is improved. The biggest issue I have with resort is the smoking policies and lack of enforcement. There should be segregation between two groups. I'm not going to lecture here anyone about harmfulness of 2nd hand smoke. I came to enjoy fresh air and not the smell of tobacco. Another place is where smoke is an issue is transportation cars where people just sit and puff smoke in your face. In my opinion lack of rules and enforcement on smokers tells me that the only thing that resort cares is money. This is my biggest turn off with the resort and if I had to book again I would look to resorts that have enforcement non smoking rules.
There was a lot of seaweed in the water in the area when we went, and the resort did a great job of cleaning it up. The pool and beach were great. Front desk was terrible. We waited 2 hrs at check-in to get a room with 2 beds as per our reservation. Upon leaving, our safe stopped working and it took them over an hour to send someone who did not fix it and then another hour for 2 men to show up and fix it. The water in the mini fridge tasted like tap water and gave us stomachaches. And the restaurants were all terrible.
Once you got to the room it was nice and beds were comfortable. Spa and gym very good Towel cards used and so people who lost their towels would steal yours, stressful to worry about stolen towels, sprawling, long walk to beach and pool from just about every room so I wouldn't consider it beachfront, every room is a garden view room, no elevators, restaurant reservation systems hard to figure out and again stressful. They don't realize that stress free is what vacations are all about. Food very average. I would expect these problems at a 3 or 4 star hotel but they claim to be 5 out of 6
Snorkeling. Staff. Activities. Restaurants. Penthouse suite! Overall, it was a good stay for the price but we probably won't return in the near future. Seaweed was definitely an issue for about 4 of our 8 days. Staff work all day to clean but it's still bad from morning to 1ish. Hotel is a little older but well maintained.
nice staff and nice room. My daughter enjoyed the kids club very much too many rocks on the beach. You had to walk over them to get to the water, I fell & so did my mom and many others.
The whole resort is beatiful. Small issues like sewer smell on a few ocassions. Maybe a broker sewer pipe.
Great room with linens & nice flat screen tv. Had to call maintenance three separate times for the toilet either it wouldn't flush or it wouldn't stop filling with water.
The staff is so friendly and lovely. They have one of the best locations for wedding. Great place to go out and do sightseeing in other places. Excelent food. They don't have a shuttle for the airport to Cancún.
Good snorkeling right off the beach-we saw lots of fish and a spotted eagle ray! Life guards will bring you a bandaid by the pool if needed (part of the caring staff). Lots of activities, after dinner shows are thoroughly entertaining. We thought the food was great, especially Cafe del Mar's dinner. You are given a schedule of live music during dinner-we didn't notice it until the last day but still had dinner music every night-even in the buffet. Kids club staff is wonderful, and the buffet crew will let you practice your Spanish on them (como se dice waffles?). Short drive or taxi ride to Tulum ruins and Akumal beach (where the sea grass bed is located- we saw 10 turtles in an hour). Oasis has a guided boat tour to Akumal that looked nice (and avoids the beach crowd), though we ended up driving. Last note is about bottled water: you get 4 sodas and 2 bottles of water daily in the minibar, but if that doesn't seem like enough water, you can exchange your canned drinks for more water. Especially nice if you leave campus on a hot day!
Everything. It was amazing.
Parts of the grounds were very stinky
This was one of the best all inclusive properties I have been to. Room, staff, food, pools, bars and entertainment all were amazing. I loved the hydro therapy as well. Plus, as a bonus, the front door was right on 5th avenue, allowing us to shop, go to bars and grab off resort food. If you are looking for a chance to get both all inclusive and experience Playa Del Carmen, I highly recommend the Royal! The beach was horrible - rocky and full of seaweed. However, as I personally hate sand and salt water, this did not bother me in the slightest. This actually made my stay better, as we stuck to the pool, bars and 5th avenue.
Staff very kind and courteous. Animation team is so fun. Wish it was less expensive.
Food, service, entertainment. Everything was perfect in my opinion. Nothing
The only thing that was lacking in quality were the bed sheets. For a 5 star resort the sheets were old and covered with pill balls. Also I don't like the fact that people get up and "save" chairs early in the morning without even sitting there during the day. The system should be when you leave the lounge chair you take your saving towel so someone can sit there and use the chair. Most of the time there were approximately 2/3 of the chairs empty just being "saved". This is not necessarily the fault of the resort but of people just being rude.
The staff were incredible.. Beautiful resort, good good options Horrible Horrible Smell from ocean like sewage. It was extremely hard to enjoy the beach. No eating at the pools
Amazing...and I always choose 5 star resorts. One of the best I've ever experienced. The hotel should do a better job of explaining all there is to offer and an initial tour...it really has excellent offerings, but we had to navigate/learn a lot on our own. It would have been helpful to have more information upfront.
Our room was gorgeous Shows were great Food was great Loved how we could walk out to 5th Avenue Most of the staff was friendly Beach was well kept Pool was freezing I felt like they were always trying to sell something to us Small pool Crowded beach Beach chairs were old- they need some serious updating!
The service, food, and location were excellent. The staff were genuinely happy to be of assistance and always greeted us with a smile.