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  • marshy11 244 posts

    We are taking our son & his girlfriend away this year and to keep things simple want to go All Inclusive. We were hoping to go to Antigua or Barbados but reward flights for four is proving impossible. Cancun has availability so we are taking a look, having never been before.

    The reason for AI is just for ease so that we know everything they want to do, eat or drink is already paid for.

    Hoping to go in November 24. Prefer adults only and will not tolerate buffet food. Does anyone have any first hand experience as places to stay?

    NorthernLass 6,692 posts

    Have you considered Bahamas? Usually good availability and more of an “island” feel if that’s what you’re after. I think award flights sometimes get overlooked – possibly because it’s a LHR rather than LGW departure (but currently T3 so you have the better lounges).

    There are a few AI options where you have a choice of restaurants.

    https://www.travelandleisure.com/hotels-resorts/all-inclusive-resorts/all-inclusive-resorts-bahamas

    SJ 43 posts

    Good morning Marshy11. Have a look at Excellence Resorts. They have two properties near Cancun – one in the main hotel area north of the city, and another further south towards Tulum. The Excellence branded ones are adult only all inclusive. Note that they have other brands which are aimed at families as well.

    Been to both the Cancun resorts, they have multiple restaurants for dinner and lunch but breakfast is a buffet (with an extensive range of options).

    https://www.excellenceresorts.com/

    marshy11 244 posts

    Thanks both. We had considered Bahamas but discounted it as we really couldn’t find a nice resort. SJ the excellence resorts look perfect I shall have a closer look. I don’t mind breakfast buffet!

    marshy11 244 posts

    We’ve just booked Mexico – four flights in Club in November for 12 nights. Now to drill down the hotel choice.

    NorthernLass 6,692 posts

    My teenager has just done his A level geography project on sargassum weed – it’s worth checking what measures your hotel has in place to mitigate this!

    JDB 4,147 posts

    My teenager has just done his A level geography project on sargassum weed – it’s worth checking what measures your hotel has in place to mitigate this!

    The awful seaweed is the least of one’s problems in Cancún! Some will say that the 30m annual tourists arriving at CUN can’t be wrong but they are sort of the problem because they are largely the wrong sort of tourists, so have made the place a haven for violent crime, drugs, prostitution and a destruction of the formerly beautiful environment. Cancún is about as Mexican as Dundee which is quite sad in such a great country. But that’s just my point of view.

    Lula 192 posts

    I agree with @JDB re Cancun. So many amazing places to go in Mexico. There are other, much lovelier coastal places.

    But each to their own I guess. I also don’t like all inclusive so you might find Cancun is for you.

    marshy11 244 posts

    Yes thank you both (was surprised JDB wasn’t here sooner). There may be amazing places to go in Mexico, but we are after a resort/hotel that offers us relaxation and good food. This isn’t a sight seeing tour or anything educational and we are being lazy because that’s what we want to be. It has to be a hotel that will allow the four of us to be together and have space without us having to reimburse anything for them. We aren’t going there to see Mexico, we are going because the weather should be good and it fits the bill. I am not ashamed to say that and I was hoping for recommends based on that.

    JDB 4,147 posts

    @marshy11 – each to their own; I think from previous comments that we may have rather different tastes which isn’t intended as a criticism.

    I have been to Dubai & Abu Dhabi over 20 times on business and visited many hotels, beaches, restaurants etc. but we have never been there on holiday as it’s everything we hate – big, busy, soulless hotels stuck with eating in said hotels or malls (and nobody ever mentions eating middle eastern food!) and expensive, but I do understand the attraction of the place and why so many people go there and it at least tries to remain upmarket but Cancún caters for the lower end mass market and isn’t somewhere I would wish on my enemies! For the purposes you describe, I’m sure it will be just fine and you are at least going there advisedly.

    NorthernLass 6,692 posts

    @marshy had clearly settled on Cancun so my advice was practical! Apparently it is a source of consternation to some smaller hotels that the bigger properties with more money can afford to hire (very expensive) machinery to clear the Sargassum. Some are now advertising themselves as “sargassum-free”.

    Our regular resort in GCM tells us it costs them in excess of $100k each time the equipment needs replacing.

    Anyway, I’m off to my big soulless hotel in Dubai for some sunshine – @JDB may be gratified to know that we have tickets for the Messiah at the Dubai Opera later this week!

    NorthernLass 6,692 posts

    *The oratorio, though I suppose the actual one might not be wholly unexpected in the region and season!

    JDB 4,147 posts

    *The oratorio, though I suppose the actual one might not be wholly unexpected in the region and season!

    As I say, it’s horses for courses. I first went to Dubai in 1980 and it was a bit different then! I hope you enjoy your ME trip and the Messiah, such that you will be able to call it wonderful.

    To be fair, whatever my view of Dubai, it’s all more glamorous than Belgrade where I have just been (very interesting, and I will go back but not glamorous) and we are soon off to the Costa del Crime, equally unsmart, no LH until Argentina in Feb.

    Richie 886 posts

    Consider the AIs at Playa del Carmen.

    Aquarius12 38 posts

    Take a look at The Royal Hideaway Playacar-went 10 years ago & back again 18 months ago.

    Aquarius12 38 posts

    Take a look at The Royal Hideaway Playacar-went 10 years ago & back again 18 months ago – considering again for this Sept

    NigelHamilton 151 posts

    Totally different part of the world but this summer we stayed at the Constance Belle Mare Plage in Mauritius. They have a super all inclusive with 9 odd restaurants and while one is a buffet, at least one of the other restaurants offers a 3 course option each night, or they all offer a food credit. The wine available on the all inclusive list was very good, up to 70 Eur a bottle in some cases. We also had lunch at their sister hotel Prince Maurice which was nearly adults only at a higher price point.

    NorthernLass 6,692 posts

    Thank you, @JDB, it sounds like it will be very much a Hallelujah moment 👼

    Enjoy the Costa and I trust you will have no encounters with any of the fugitive miscreants on the run from the justice systems of Northern Europe!

    Erico1875 126 posts

    Are Boris Johnston and Michelle Mone on the Costa del Sol these days?

    cin3 95 posts

    My teenager has just done his A level geography project on sargassum weed – it’s worth checking what measures your hotel has in place to mitigate this!

    The awful seaweed is the least of one’s problems in Cancún! Some will say that the 30m annual tourists arriving at CUN can’t be wrong but they are sort of the problem because they are largely the wrong sort of tourists, so have made the place a haven for violent crime, drugs, prostitution and a destruction of the formerly beautiful environment. Cancún is about as Mexican as Dundee which is quite sad in such a great country. But that’s just my point of view.

    Spot on. México is one of my favourite countries to visit anywhere in the world but god Cancun beach hotels, Isla Mujeres, Tulum, Cozumel etc. are just such a sad way to see the place.

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