Gooood morning everyone! Today I am going to be sharing a little review and experience recap of our trip to Cancun, Mexico on January 28th – February 4th, 2017. We went on this trip with one other couple and we were super excited to go! I will be breaking it up between different categories instead of explaining each day. Enjoy!
We all used Expedia to research and look for places to go to. When looking at the main Expedia.com page, there is a bundle deals tab. This is where you will find the all-inclusive resorts. This is always what we do, go to an all-inclusive resort anyway. We have been to Mexico 5 times and each time the trips included everything. For instance, our trip cost us around $1300/person which included flight, food, hotel, tax and tips. Normally we take extra money down with us to tip since the service staff usually deserves it! Since we have booked through Expedia a couple of times and each time you book you get points, we had enough points to boost us up to Expedia Silver. Now really this only matters if the resort you are going to participates with the Expedia program. At the time we didn’t think that it would really be anything special but I will get into that a little bit later.
Both flights (to Cancun and back from Cancun) were through Delta. We decided to pay a little more for nonstop flights. Although we did this, there were plenty of other options for flights that were not nonstop. This can always save you some money if you don’t mind stopping somewhere. For the flight there, we were all surprised and had in flight entertainment. This included some music and movies. We have never had this and were not expecting it so it was an awesome surprise! For our return flight, I was already planning on what movie I was going to be watching. Of course, though, there was no in flight entertainment. We had to resort to reading our books and/or listening to music. Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind doing that on a 2 hour flight but 4 HOURS was a long time. Not only that but we were all super exhausted and just wanted to be home.
For the hotel, we settled on the Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun (FACC). The prices were a little more than we wanted to spend but the reviews were pretty good. We knew ahead of time that part of the hotel was under construction but that didn’t really detour us. I was looking at review and pictures pretty much up until we left. I was ready to go! When we landed in Cancun, we got a taxi and they took us to our hotel. FACC was only about 10-15 minutes from the airport so it was a nice, quick ride. Once we arrived at the hotel, they took us to the side and informed us that we were VIP. This was due to the Expedia Silver. They checked us in at a special desk which included some cold towels and a beverage. This also included some nice rice art in our rooms as well as a bottle of wine upon arrival. We also got robes and slippers as well as some treats every night.
When we got to the hotel, something was going on with me and I felt like my head was going to fall off/explode. I had started feeling bad in the airplane but since all of our Excedrin was in our checked bag, there was no relief for me until we got to the hotel. Once we got o the hotel, I booked it to the room and took 2 Excedrin and had drank a bottle of water. After about 30 minutes (and a drink or two) I started to feel better. Now if you know me at all or have been around awhile, you know that I don’t like taking “drugs/medicine” unless I really need to. And this was so bad that I took 2. Geeze!
ANYWAY…MOVING ON. The hotel, despite the construction going on, was really clean and the staff was AMAZING. Seriously, they would come up to us all the time and ask us if we needed anything. There were a couple of waiters that went above and beyond too. The front desk was also very accommodating. When we first got into our room, we had two double beds when we really wanted a king. So Bill went down to the front desk and they switched us to a king room right then and there. They were also willing to exchange some of Bill’s bigger pesos for smaller ones throughout the week that we were there. HELPFUL TIP: normally we take pesos down since the smaller amounts are waterproof. This makes a big difference when you are at the swim up bar and want to tip without the money falling apart (like US dollars do). One part that we did love about this resort is that there was one pool by the swim-up bar and one pool above that one. The above one was an infinity pool and it was HEATED. Now it may not sound like you’d want that but once the sun starts to set and you are getting chilly from being in the water, the heated pool was awesome. The only thing lacking up there is a bar though. You have to catch someone quick or you’d have to get out to get your drinks. There was also a hot tub near the heated pool as well. Most nights we would make our way to the heated pool, then to the hot tub and then head up to the rooms to get ready for dinner.
Breakfast was really good. This was a buffet style of breakfast and offered a lot of different options. It had made to order omelettes, a yogurt bar, cereal, oatmeal and that is just to name a few things. I normally went with some over easy eggs and some protein + carb or an omelette. Lunch had a variety of options. They had a place called Cevichería where they served some bomb fish tacos. They had a grill stand where they served nachos, hot dogs, hamburgers, fries. Pretty much american fried food. They they also had a pizza stand where you could get made to order individual pizzas. These were all pretty good but I would have to say my favorite was the restaurant for lunch. This restaurant turned into the Asian restaurant at night but during the day they served a lunch with a salad bar. I would head up and get a salad. Then order a chicken and steak wok mix. It was REALLY good. So good in fact I had it 3 days in a row! One thing about all inclusive resorts is that a lot of them have restaurants that you have to make reservations for dinner. Sometimes this can be all of the restaurants with exception to the buffet. FACC only had one place that required reservations and that was the steak restaurant. The other restaurants that they had included an Italian restaurant, a Mexican restaurant and an Asian restaurant. We were actually able to enjoy all of them! We pretty much all agreed that the Italian place was the best. We tried a variety of things but I would have to say the most memorable was the octopus that I had as an appetizer. It was overall pretty good but a little chewy for my taste! The Mexican place was also very good. They actually made fresh guacamole right there at your table! Normally when we go to Mexico, we got to the dinner buffet at least once but not at this place! So if you are wondering if they buffet for dinner was good…I have no idea!
We decided that while we were there we were going to go on an excursion. The one we did was called the Jungle Boat tour. We decided to go to the Marina across the street from our hotel and depart from there. We arrived and we were assigned a speed boat. The speed boats fit 2 people and they go over a very condensed version of instructions on operating it before we take off. After the instructions, we hit full speed and headed out to the reef to do a little bit of snorkeling. Unfortunately it was pretty windy this day and a little chilly but we still enjoyed it. The first thing that we saw after getting into the water and putting our snorkel gear on was a massive sting ray. He was swimming right below us. We were also able to see some fish and other sea life. I get pretty freaked out by fish so after awhile, I was done and ready to get out. I have no problem touching fish if it is on my terms, but not on the fish’s terms. UGH! After everyone was done snorkeling, we headed back to the marina with a little detour. We went through this small channel and ended up seeing a baby alligator or crocodile. I have no idea what one it was but the guide saw it and stopped to show us. After that we got back to the marina and headed back to the hotel. We really like that the excursion was only for a couple hours so that we weren’t away from our resort all day. Because, I mean we already paid for it why would we want to be away for so long?!
One other thing that Bill and I did was get a massage. We only went for 25 minutes as we didn’t want to be tired for the rest of the day. I would have to say that I would do it again but not with the person that I got. She was not that great and I just felt like someone was very lightly rubbing my back the entire time. Bill said his was great and that she was using her elbows and everything. Darn him!
We really enjoyed this resort and would recommend it to anyone! It will be interesting once all of the construction is finished though. Since we went and only 2/3 towers were open, things might be different if they are at full capacity. We really enjoyed everything they had to offer and found that the staff was always willing to help us out if we needed it.