We just got back home two days ago and despite some challenges we did have a fun vacation from Oct. 15-20. I posted pictures of our trip in an album on my profile. If we do go back to Temptation Resort, I know a lot of things I would do differently that would make it better. Here are my tips for having a great time: - if you are a snob when it comes to certain brands of liquor, bring what you want to the resort. Buy it at the duty free shop in the Cancun airport, or the airport you fly out of. The bars have marginal booze brands and little to no variety. It is also nice to have some drinks in the room alone, and kind of a hassle to keep going out to the bar for refills. It seems silly to bring liquor to an all-inclusive place, but if I had a mulligan I would bring a bottle of Hpnotiq, 2-3 bottles of Grey Goose, and at least one bottle of really good tequila. I brought my own sugar free mixer (powdered), can buy online at bajabobs.com. We found the cheap brands at the bar were very watered down, probably to keep people from being too hammered, but I know if I can drink 8-9 drinks and not feel a thing, it is all mix and very little alcohol!! - Bring your own tumbler with a lid - and having a built in straw is best. Mine didn't have the straw and it was more like a large coffee tumbler, was hard to drink iced drinks with the lid on, and regular straws were too short to reach the bottom of the cup. Having a handle is also helpful! - if you like good wine with dinner, bring what you want with you. Their house wine is terrible, and they have better wine that you have to pay extra for in the restaurants (but they wanted $50 for a bottle I can get at the grocery store for $5.99, and that is 50 dollars, not pesos!) - don't get drops of love, it is a total waste of your money. Instead, upgrade to the Temptation Suite - those rooms are much nicer and ocean front. - bring at least $200 in ones with you for tips, EVERYONE wants a tip for EVERYTHING - it is bordering on ridiculous at times, but you will need the ones. We went through all of our ones in 6 days ($200) plus about $200 in additional cash. Bring it with you because using the ATM will cost a fortune. My husband took out $200 from the ATM in the gift shop and the conversion fee from the bank was $42!!! We just saw that on his bank statement online yesterday and about coughed up a lung! - Almost everything else you do will have to be paid in cash (e.g. wave runner, parasailing, some tours, pictures, taxi/bus, and of course all the fricking tips). We thought we could use our credit card for most things other than tips, but the cute picture with the monkey, the vendors on the beach, all the fun extra stuff is mostly cash only! I highly recommend renting a wave runner - that was WAY cool! and it was $55 for 40 minutes. - Go to Coco Bongo if you like nightclubs. We have been to most of the cool places in Vegas and this club blows them all away! The music was a nice mix of 80s and current stuff, and even though I'm 44, I didn't feel way too old to be in that club (like I have in Vegas) - I felt very much at home! It is $55 per person to go, but that is only a third the price of most Vegas shows and it includes drinks and transportation there. Ignore the whistling chicks with the Hpnotiq shots for $5, that is a total rip off! - Don't worry about being judged, especially in the sexy pool. There are people of all shapes/sizes/ages and people are just doing their own thing and not too worried about passing judgment on anyone else. It is very refreshing. But also don't let anyone talk you into doing something you are not comfortable doing - go with the flow and don't worry about it - and most of all HAVE FUN! - I brought way too much clothing with me because I wasn't sure what would be going on and what I would need. I ended up wearing my sarong/pareo most of the time. If I were to go again, I would bring 2-3 sarongs in different patterns/colors, a few bathing suits, a couple suit cover-ups, maybe a pair of shorts/crop pants and a t-shirt, and a dress I could wear out (the kind that could be worn to a nightclub or out to eat, but not too fancy) - and a few pairs of comfortable sandals. The heat/humidity make the sarong the best choice I had, but I only brought one with me. They are easy to pack and can be a nice dress or bathing suit cover-up, whatever you need. - The pillows are not very soft and both my husband and I were struggling with that. I would bring my own pillow next time for sure! - Don't come to the resort expecting food any better than going to Applebee's for dinner and you won't be disappointed. No one is coming there for the food, trust me on that, it is about the ambiance and party, and the flexibility for adult fun. If you are super picky about what you eat, and are a restaurant snob, you'll need to get over that or it will be a problem. We are used to very good restaurants when we go out (e.g. Morton's, Ruth Chris), but we can still have fun going out and stop at McDonalds or a Denny's - that's how you need to look at this place! - If you are like me and LOVE steak, but like it medium (pink and a little red) then order it medium rare - ordering medium gives you well-done steak. Also, if you have any food allergies or dislike certain foods, you need to ask if they are in the dish you are ordering. I was unpleasantly surprised by bacon-wrapped filet mignon, and there was no mention of bacon on the menu (I hate bacon!). The salads will have stuff in them that is not listed in the menu either. My husband had a severe reaction to something in the white sauce in the seafood restaurant, he was violently sick but he has some food allergies. We just know now to ask. Also, I ordered the prime rib served medium for our in-room dinner for drops of love, and it was very well done (I've never seen prime rib cooked so much). This place is not about the food, you can eat if you are hungry, but having high expectations will only disappoint. - On the bright side, if you like salsa you will like the tex-mex place. If you like really spicy salsa, ask for the habanero salsa (you have to ask, they won't just give it to you) - it is awesome! Their other salsas are quite good as well. - For breakfast, the room service is just toast, yogurt, and fruit (very limited selection). If you want a real breakfast, you have to go to the buffet. My suggestion is to have them make you eggs cooked to order, don't eat from the buffet! - Understand that if you book the trip in Sept. or Oct. the risk of tropical weather is great, and it comes out of nowhere! 2 of our 5 days were lost completely due to horrible weather, the place literally was on lockdown, our room flooded, open areas were boarded up, it was so slippery that it was risking major harm to walk the halls, food wasn't available like normal, and the wind/rain made anything in the pool or outside impossible. If I go again, it would not be in Oct. - If we went to TTR again, we would go with a group of like-minded friends and not by ourselves. For a romantic time, we would prefer a more luxurious hotel with room service, concierge-level VIP service, a pristine beach, and high-end restaurants and beverage choices. To hang out with friends and have a fun, sexy, casual wild time, that is more why we would go to TTR. We met people when we were there, but because of the bad weather the first few days it was harder to hang out, so we really only had a few days before we had to leave - just when we started to get to know a few people from this forum, we had to leave. It seems like it would be a better place for groups, unless you are the type of couple who makes friends instantly wherever you go. We are more reserved at first, and tend to do more by ourselves, so for us bringing friends with us would have been better. - I cannot stress this enough, I now know to expect Applebee's and Courtyard by Marriott accommodations - this is not a Morton's in a Ritz Carlton type of place. We would go to Dreams or ME by ourselves in a do-over for romance, we would go TTR to have adult fun with a group of friends and be casual. - If you have a connecting flight on the way home to the USA, give yourself more than 2 hours in a layover. We barely made our connecting flight in 2 hours because we had to go through immigration, pick up our checked bags, go through customs, and then recheck our bags, go through security, and get to our connecting gate. This was in Houston - and we had 5 minutes to spare (enough time to grab a hamburger at Wendy's before a 5 hour flight). The line for immigration wasn't even half of capacity, and the security line wasn't very long, so I know it can be much worse. - I am so glad I went to the tanning bed for a few weeks before the trip. We didn't know there would hardly be any sun while we were there, but if there had it would have been a problem. Even with the limited sun, I saw a few people who got VERY sun burned and they seemed miserable. It was nice to show up with a tan and not worry about tan lines either! - Most of the staff speak very limited English - they pretend to understand you but anything complex is impossible to discuss. I would try to learn some Spanish before going again, especially about specific things I know I might have a problem with (e.g. food allergies, dislikes, asking for services). - If you go to the seafood restaurant, ask for Alex as your server, he is a total sweetheart and gave us the best service of any staff in the entire place. We tipped him $20 and he about died - but we didn't tip a few people because of such horrible service. You will need to tip the maids, bartenders, servers, and any random person who does anything for you. - don't waste your money on taxis, they are a total rip off. The city bus is nicer than any bus I have been on in America - they even have a flat screen TV, A/C, and they are clean - I couldn't believe it! For $1 you can get anywhere one-way (it was $15 in a taxi to get back from Coco Bongo because my husband didn't want to ride the bus at 3am - and that is about a 5 minute drive - rip off! and they wanted $25, Michael talked them down to $12 + a $3 tip). - The time share people will leave you alone if you ignore them. The airport was shocking because they act like they are your long lost best friend, just walk by and say no thanks - don't look at them at all! The guys at the hotel stopped asking us after the 2nd day. - If you go to a Mexican flea market, you will have sales people like swarms of bees suffocate you asking to buy this or that. You can't window shop in peace, the second you look at something 2 guys are bugging you to buy it and trying to sell you 15 other things - the jewelry people are the worst! Bring cash because very few places accept debit or credit cards. For those places, it is actually better to have pesos, but get dollars exchanged somewhere for the real rate, some places would only give 10-11 pesos for a dollar, when the exchange rate was 12-14 that week. The hotel will only give you 11. Also, if you pay for something in dollars, you will get pesos as change, so carry small bills so you don't get stuck with a lot of pesos, unless you want them. I only had a $20 and needed some aspirin, got $17 worth of pesos back in change, and I never know if it is right. Dollars are fine for tips, they love the American money. - If you are a sugar free Rock Star junkie like I am, you won't find them for sale anywhere in Cancun - trust me, I looked hard! They only sell the sugar free Red Bull (which I dislike), and the sugary Red Bull or Monster drinks. I would have brought some with me if I had known. Also, the coffee is terrible, seriously awful! Bring your own and make it in the room - and bring your own creamer and sugar because they don't have any in the room (just the coffee maker). You could get some cream/sugar at the buffet and bring it to your room, but I highly recommend avoiding the coffee if you are a coffee snob (like those of us from Seattle!) - If we had a do-over, we would have gone on the pirate party booze cruise at night one of the nights we were there. We saw that boat with all the lights from our patio and could hear the party - sounded like it was a lot of fun! - Come to TTR with the right expectations and you won't be disappointed. We had to come down a few notches with our expectations and then were able to enjoy our time, the first few days of violated expectations were difficult. Now we know what it is and what to do for our enjoyment. Honestly, if I had brought the liquor I like for the room, brought my own coffee/Rock Star drinks, not ordered drops of love, brought wine we like for dinners, brought my own pillow, and expected that we would be eating at Applebee's or TGIFridays every night, the first few days would have been better. I hope this helps!!