Temptations vs Golden Parnasuss (farmy's opinion)

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  1. farmymg

    farmymg Enthusiast Registered Member

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    Golden Parnassus vs Temptations

    Beach, Beach Walking - No comparison GP hands down. If you are strickly a beach person it is GP ALL the WAY
    Pool - If you are a pool person and like to Party, Temptations ALL the way -- the atmosphere at T's pool is different than anywhere else + it has SWIM UP BARs at both pools (not the case at GP). There are aspects of GPs pool that we DID like... e.g. zero edge looking at the ocean. Large hot tub (again looking at the ocean)... I did think the pool was larger in person at GP than what I saw on the pictures (just my opinion) We also would take T's quiet pool anywhere within Cancun (some days you need that get away from everyone/everything & chill)
    People meeting - Good at both places, people are people - give them a drink, music, and a mouth and you can meet GREAT people anywhere. We did have fun playing tequila vball at GP (more folks involved in it with the size of the volleyball pool area). T's was a separate pool and small.
    People watching - Temptations (look down at exhibitionism)... face more folks were at T than at GP (but could have been the time period also - last year we went to T over July 4th, and we just got back from GP)
    Bartenders are awesome at both places (my wife and I did miss 'LuLu' at the Quiet pool) These guys/gals work there ASS off and not only remember your name but exactly how much alcohol you like in those big ass cups @ both places.
    Theme nights - Temptations easily (you can not beat Lingerie night and Tempt's own dance night) As an example GP's Casino night was horribly lame, the Michael Jackson show was ok, Elvis we did not go see and we were unable to compare
    Temptation's 4th of July BBQ vs GP's BBQ party night (cuz it was rained out). Though I have to say, we did have GP's BBQ that night and it was absolutely the WORST food I've ever eaten in Cancun (8 trips now) -- It really was 'bad'- morale of the
    story, do not try food that you know is better in your home state or that you can cook better with your eyes closed.
    Dinner Reservation System - GP easily (There is NOT one... no worrying about getting a reservation, worries about switching places at the last second or having to 'tip' el capitan to get into a place)
    Restaurants - T's Italian Restaurant (Piacere?) is Number 1, Shangri-La at GP was next but the Mayan Coffee at T's Italian restaurant makes the dining experience over the top. Buffet - seen one, seen them all (no real difference here for either breakfast or lunch). Breakfast both places, omelette/egg station, pancake/waffle stations,+ all the normal fruits, mexican breakfast fare, cereal, bread, etc... We did not go to the Japanese restaurant at 'either place' so sorry I can not give a comparison against each other. Someone else can step in here. Rational here is that the wife and I like unique sushi (e.g. snow crab, yellowtail, red snapper) and are not into the 'normal' california roll, tuna, salmon.... GP's Old Barn was good because we did like everyone said and had the Filet - I will tell you that both T & GP cooks have this problem of medium-rare coming out as 'medium'... we now order steaks rare in Mexico. FYI - we loved Luisa at GP's hamburger sweat place (that poor lady is working in 120 degree heat) and SMILED the whole damn time!!!
    Night bar: Temp. Pady-O vs GP Tiki Bar --> this is where subjectiveness really comes into play. We personally liked the idea of rotating ipods for music and not the dj sound (music is a VERY personal subject) as well I preferred sitting and watching the cruise ships go by, seeing the waves, etc... while drinking and socializing... But Pady-Os is more expansive (e.g. the Tiki 'Hut' is very small and quant) - maximum ~ 18 seats. I give edge to Tiki Bar.
    Toplessness/Exhibitionism - As if everyone did not know this - Temptations EASILY. My wife did go topless at GP 2 of the days as well wore a thong one day (She only did Topless at the Beach but obviously Thong was pool and beach) 1 of our 4 full days there it rained (so throw that day out).... We did see one other lady in a tini-kini/topless and one other topless at the pool. If at temptations my wife would have done allot more like the natives topless/thong all day anywhere (fyi my wife does NOT have fake boobs but looks great for 39). BTW - there is good and bad to this topless/thong (not just women FYI) thing. I believe we saw allot more beautiful people at T's but we also saw allot more 'train' wrecks...
    Room - Bed (Temptations was more comfortable and GPs King was 'short' - btw I am short myself and toes were at the end of the bed); View from room (GP big advantage) Lighting (sucked at GP but it really was not a HUGE issue - I do think
    it is because they use those 20w save energy bulbs) Shower size - I forget now how big T's is but I'm thinking GPs was bigger (big shower is a perk). TV - Temptations hands down (free porno is always a +) Room Decor - Temptations is more modern/upbeat (GPs is old and drab) Drawer space - Temptations, GP had none (we lived out of our suitcase and that is NOT normal for us)
    Closeness to Boob's Cruise - Temptations...hands down!!! Getting on a bus or in a taxi after a Steve's event is NEVER good.
    Entertainment Staff - I really give this a wash, both places do a great job of sticking with the agenda and having 'things' to do for everyone. I do think GP's staff is less into going around and 'convincing' folks to play in a game. Both have young energetic, well spoken folks that are outgoing and talk to guests as much as possible.
     
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    We have been to both and liked Temptations better but you are right the beach is way better at GP.
     
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    Wonderful thread! Thank you for the information ~ had to laugh at the "train wreck" comment!
     
  4. farmymg

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    NP... yeah my wife and I laughed the 1st day we went to Temptations we walk right over to the sexy pool and proceeded to see a lady being helped by EMTs due to what I assume dehydration/drunkiness with a one piece on that was pulled down to her waste (not very good friends if you ask me).. then 30 minutes later we see what we had hoped was 'not a lady from Texas' that was proceeding to play with her chichis to the point of putting them in her mouth.... We looked at each other and said welcome to party scene
     
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    Thank you for all this information, i went to Temptation 2 times and i really enjoy the atmosphere but we book at the golden parnassus for the beach. Is it possible to get some fun at night at this place or do we have to go out.
     
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    Perfect, thanks. We agree with everything that you said. I would give the bartenders at the GP the nod.
     
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    We have the same question as Petitesirene - is there a 'party' at GP at night or are we going to have to go find one? I know, I know, it depends on who is there and we could always start our own party!!! lol
    Any insight would be appreciated
     
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    Very nice comparison between resorts. Appreciate you taking the time to do this for all of us... ;-)
     
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    funlovin... In our 4 or more visits to the GP, (a few more to TTR) the party really did depend on the crowd. Our first vist to GP made TTR look like a kiddy park. The other vists to the GP have had a few wild nights at the tiki bar but some of the other nights were a bit boring.

    If you meet partying people during the day, I think the tiki bar is the best place to socialize and have a great party. They let you bring your own music.

    TTR is guaranteed party but it is a much larger party. We are still deciding where to go this year. The deciding factor will be to see how the entertainment stagff is w/o Chinos. We will probably go the first week of March, so we have a little time to decide.

    Last year we stayed at the GP and we still went on Steve's cruise. However, only being able to party with the TTR for one day was a bit of a letdown.

    Good luck and the above opinions are very accurate.
     
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    ive been to both...though only once at Temptations and numerious times at GP.

    i agree with your review.


    but Temp is just wayyyyyyyy too crazy for MY CRAZYNESS (id get in trouble with someone's Significant other) lol

    only thing i can say, ive grown to love ALL the staff at GP and they become my second family now.
     
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    every night the entertainment crew at GP tries to recruit people to party downtown...its usually $50 for wristband that includes all the drinks, transportation TO the clubs and VIP service (bottle service). You just have to find your ride home (which is easy)


    only time i party with the Entertainment crew is when i bring someone with me that never been to cancun and ill show them around....other than that, we stay and party and close down the tiki bar..then beach party with the bottles we bought from duty free
     
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    Cancun TTR by far!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    Just came back from Golden Parnassus, i really missed the Temptation the time i was there. Last week was really really boring nothings to do there, just a couple of really drunk couples. No atmosphere at all, last day we play bingo at the pool so imagine. BUT, this place had the best service i never had in any vacation ( no reservation for the a la carte, room service 24 hour , never wait for anything etc... . probably perfect place to relax but very very far from the Temptation. We went there for the beach and the red flag was there all week so no swimming at all that week for me.By chance i had my lover with me who took really good care of me to change my mind hi! hi!
     
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    Just got back from the Golden Parnasuss. It was our first time there. We went GP because Temptations was booked up. Have been to Temptations 4 times and find it is much better than the GP. Won't be going back to GP but will return to Temptations in the new year.

    The food is much better at Temptations. The fun is much better Temptations. The activity staff were fine, but it just didn't have the same vibe! I frequently wished I was at Temptations, but especially when they started playing Bingo. GP is ok for a very very quiet getaway. It was "check for a pulse" dead during the first week of December. A lot of stairs, so keep that in mind if you have difficulty getting around, or get a little tipsy. There is an elevator however. TV is much better at Temptations, even if you exclude Ch 12.

    Rooms were fine and the staff was accommodating. The beach is very nice, but can be very windy with heavy waves. Be careful. We had 7 days of sunshine so that was great.

    Including taxes we paid about $800 per person.
     
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    Hi,
    im undecided which resort to book GP and Temptations both look good. I am travelling by myself this time and hope to meet up with other single peoplex
    any advice?
     
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    We have been to both and overall like Temptations, due to the all out fun and energy of the place.
    We were at GP just before Labor Day weekend this year and witnessed first hand what happened when GP did not pay their taxes to the government! Our first night there two trucks full of workers and Police pull in and start taking equipment from the resturants, chairs, tables, art from the lobby, and the pool table from the bar as collateral. Needless to say we were shocked and wanted to go home. By the middle of the next day everything was returned and came to find out they shelled out all the money owed that morning...not fun.
    With that behind us we have to agree with all that have posted here that the beach at GP is the best and so was the food hands down. The entertainment staff at GP was lame and it was a snoozer for us. We took a bunch of day trips and bar tours just to have some excitement. The wife felt like everyone was wathcing her because she was the only one going topless at the beach and in thong at the pool at Gp. We even went on a booz cat cruise next to Temptations and stopped in and asked what a day pass cost just to hang by their pool vs GP's.
    We will be at Temptations for the 2nd time Jan 10th thru the 17th 2012 and cant wait to get our freak on.
    We pick Temptations.
     
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    Let us know hotspot how that trip goes at Tempatation. We went to Temptation last summer and looking for something with just a little less of the young ones... The food was great however... but they had over carbonated the draft beer and was pretty much undrinkable... The beach at Temptation is just ok but they do provide plenty of shade. Sounds like GP would be perfect if you had the right couples to party with...... Have a safe and fun trip........ S & T
     
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    We enjoyed GP, but the party just wasn't there. They relied to much on trying to sell the bar tours each night and didn't have any real fun on site things to do. The food was top shelf and outstanding, our room was spotless and the service was great at GP but we wanted a bit more adult fun. They promote it as being a "Euro" type pool area but when the wife went topless you thought she was a lepper the way she got the looks. My wife is smokin hot and has nothing to hide but all the looky loos and nobody else going "Euro" made her feel wierd.
    The beach is stunning at GP but we only go to lay out and not much swimming in the ocean so that is not a factor for us, but GP wins the beach compitition hands down.
    Temptations and GP are two WAY different party pools, if you want the party and view go to Temptations no contest.
    My wife just found her "Miss Blue Bay" shirt that she had when she won about 5 years ago. She is going to wear it around as a coverup and see how many true Temptationers know that the resort used to be Blue Bay before Temptations. She may have to show them why she won the title!:headbanger:
     
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    That's to bad she was made to feel uncomfortable... I would guess each visit may be different as depending on what type of people are there. Temptation I thought was rather dead in the evenings also... they give you a smattering of entertainment and then they want you off to the clubs out on the strip. Would be nice to have had a hot tub and the pool open at night. I guess there just isn't any perfect resorts and they are what you make of them.... oh decisions decisions....
     
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    It was so dead that we went on a booz cruise on a boat that left from the dock next to Temptations and when we got back my wife went and asked what a day pass cost. We were going to pay to party at THEIR pool and not ours, we even were going to extend our stay and move over to Temptations for a few days but they were booked (Labor day weekend). I won't make that mistake again. Temptations for us, matter of fact in just a week!