Trip Report - New Years (Dec28-Jan02)

Discussion in 'Temptation Cancun Reviews' started by RobAndLis, Jan 4, 2013.

  1. RobAndLis

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    First off, we had a blast and both Lisa and I think this was one of the most fun vacations we've ever had. I wanted to start with that because there were some things that were not quite so positive but I wanted to frame them appropriately so as not to come across as being an overall negative review.

    The second thing to mention that may be helpful to readers, particularly other newbies like we were, is that we had the right expectations and attitudes to begin with regarding the Resort, the facilities, etc. We're not prudes at all, we like to dance all night, we're totally OK with naked people and showing our own skin (physically and metaphorically), and we have no problem hanging till closing. There are plenty enough postings on this site and others that go into great detail on pretty much every aspect of the property. I won't rehash these except to agree on these points:

    Overall

    - the food was decent, and by that I mean it was good and there was plenty of variety but this is not a 5* dining experience and if you want that go somewhere else;
    - The accommodations are good, the room was kept spotless and well kept, and served its purpose;
    - The grounds are likewise kept clean and tidy, yes the resort is showing its age but they do a good job keeping it up;
    - The beach sucks, lets be real here...it's a stretch of sand between boat docks. BUT, served its purpose to lay in the sun on some sand;
    - The pools are great but way too cold, they were not heated at all while we were there and it really cut down on the fun. It took until the late part of the day when folks were hot and drunk enough to go in before there was much happening in the pools. That's a shame because the pools are a highlight of the resort;
    - The entertainment was pretty awful, and the New Years show was pretty lame. Don't start flaming me on this, if you were there you know they did a good job for what it was and what they had but it wasn't top shelf. I'm not putting it down, I'm just calling it what it was. Points for a good effort though and again, we weren't expecting Vegas headliner so it wasn't in any way a disappointment.
    - Great staff

    Some Specifics

    - Nice Shoes was lame and seemed to serve no purpose. This is too bad because it could be awesome. It would make a great club room with some dedicated sound, better dance floor, and some reworking of the bar area.
    - Paty O's was a lot of fun, when they had a DJ. We danced our asses off most nights
    - We met some amazing people, you have to not be shy and get over it - no one cares
    - If you were there on Jan 01 we were the crazy fun group at the first table area at Paty O's with our own "bottle service" going :) If you didn't come over and say hi and have a shot with us it was your loss LOL!

    Of interest to CCC folks

    -There was VERY little participation in theme nights, be they CCC themes or Resort themes. This led to some real discomfort on a couple of occasions when some folks did participate but felt out of place. Also, where there is really low participation it makes folks particularly uncomfortable when there are a lot of singles around.
    -Some members, of CCC and apparently TTR members, are seriously f'ing creepy. If people make an active effort to not talk to you - get the hint and leave them alone for the rest of the trip. Inappropriate is inappropriate regardless of where you are. Some verged on stalking and it really takes the fun out of things.

    Would we go back?

    This turns out to be a more complicated answer than I/we would have liked. We had an absolutely awesome time, lots of fun.....but. If TTR was Couples Only, or had a specific time period that was Couples Only, YES without even thinking about it. We really didn't care about the lame entertainment, iffy "beach", or decent food...we had a great time. The crowd makes the difference though and TTR draws a really diverse, ever changing, and sometimes off-putting crowd. We want to go back, and would love to go back with the friends we made there but we would want to be careful about scheduling and watch for what the likely crowd might look like. We may do Desire first later this year and see how that goes.

    Any questions please drop me a line.

    Cheers!!!
     
  2. lynnshaun

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    So disappointing to hear that the pools are still not heated. We were there in Jan last year, and I certainly don't remember them really warm, but definitely bearable to go in. Are they freezing cold?????
     
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    The sexy pool got tolerable late in the day, but not for too long. Was surprising they were as cold as they were.
     
  4. matchandahalf

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    Rob & Lis, thanks for your trip report.

    I would suggest you try TTR again in April or May (or even Halloween week), when the resort is overrun by Cancuncare people (and the pools are warm!). There is great theme night participation at those times, and I can vouch for the fact that in April there are few singles and the average age seems a bit older than other months.

    When there are over 200 CCC people at the resort in the same month, we set the tone and I think there is less trouble from disrespectful creepos. I personally have never met any Cancuncare person at the resort who behaved inappropriately, and I make an effort to find all the Cancuncare people who are there at the same time as me.

    Hope you will give the resort another whirl sometime!
     
  5. justKandS

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    can you elaborate on what you mean by the creepers and what types of issue you had?? Creepy men are something that we are not interested in dealing with..
     
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    It was really just one or two people that were fairly repetitive and seemed to creep on a number of folks, nothing unmanageable or terrible, or "targeted"...just...well... creepy. NOT indicative of the establishment. To repeat something from the report...we had a GREAT time, absolutely a blast.
     
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    thanks for the detail. We were expecting one or two but got a little worried that it might be getting closer to the rule than the exception. Cant wait to get there!! Thank you for the trip report!! Us newbies look to them for input..
     
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    Has anyone complained or addressed this with the resort, about the unheated pools?

    We're going Week 8 and I have to be honest, I'll be real upset if that pool isn't warm. The pool is one of the main reasons we're staying at this resort.

    Seems like if enough people made some noise, this would get fixed.
     
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    Hi guys- I agree with Match and a half. Check out the April Addicts thread. Many "non-creepy" CCC repeaters go both April and/or October. And also other warmer months or so I'm told.. lol. Thanks for taking the time to write a comprehensive and honest TR. BTW, we've been to Desire so drop us a line for comparisons, or read Rob (aka Diamondheads) excellent comparison.

    Cheers from Baltimore,

    K&J
     
  10. Canadian Dos Equis fan

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    They installed a heating system in the sexy pool a couple of years ago. But being an older property, and connecting to 70's Mexican technology in the pool it seems to be hit and miss. Most reports now seem to indicate the system is working well. By April it's almost too warm!

    As for the creepers, sadly that can be an issue, I just make sure I make my two annual trips to keep the good end of the bell curve represented!

    And I personally love the beach. Beats anything I have ever experienced in western Canada hands down!
     
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    First week if December the pool was fine. It was refreshing when you got in. If you got in and got out and back in again. It was warm. Really don't think I would want it much warmer
     
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    When we went week 8 it was very cold. Then the heater was installed and we went back the following feb and it was still cold. Based on reading many trip reports sometimes the heater works and sometimes it doesn't. Many have complained about the cold pool in the winter months and maybe that resulted in the heater. Now only if they could get it consistently working. Don't worry. It is still an amazing time and the air is usually warm enough so you can still enjoy warmth in the sun. We are going in April this year though as we like it hot, both the air and water.

    We have our fingers crossed that the heater will be working when you are there!
     
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    OHHH no... no heated pool and beach sucks.. WTH!!! I wish I would have known this ahead of time before booking.. now I am completely bummed!
     
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    I think they are using solar heating to heat the pool! Last time we were there, the pool was on the warmer side on sunny days and the last two days it was freezing as it was cloudy and raining! This was in mid Jan BTW.
     
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    People don't go to TTR for the beach. It is a very social resort, and all the action happens in and around the Sexy Pool. While I do miss going for long morning walks alongside a crashing surf (as on the Cancun strip or in Cabo), if TTR was on the Strip, we would have to pay double to stay there, and book a year in advance just to get in. You are getting a very well-priced Caribbean holiday: something has to give. Anyway, the sand is very nice on the beach, there are lots of lounge chairs. There just isn't any surf and you can't walk very far in either direction.

    Trust me, the beach will only be a minor disappointment once you see what the resort is all about.
     
  16. Valleygirl

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    Karen bang on: I went to see other reviews and it will be fine!!Hotel looks great and inviting.. I am just planning to have some down time on the beach but majority of the time will be spent at the sexy pool since this is the whole point of the trip..
    :daveandmo:
     
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    Cool! You and your friend will have a great time if you go there with a suitcase full of bikinis and 5-inch heels and have an open mind about what you will find. I am in your age group and went by myself the first time, and loved it so much I went 2 more times within the same year. Make sure you go to Coco Bongo on Monday night and dance on the bullpen bar...it's the best view of the show!
     
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    the pool heater seems to be more miss than hit from when i was there in oct and from what other ccc peeps have told me. it was a lot cooler than previous trips in oct this last year and the pool water was very! cold...it was really quite at the pool most days since hardly anyone was in it. i was there for 10days and the pool was only heated 1 out of the 10. sure wish they would get that fixed or maybe they don't want to fix it..just sayin... anywho certainly won't be a problem in april:headbanger:
     
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    Great report ,Honesty at Its best.

    Was the resort full ?
    Could It be due to a shortage and less demand that there was less to offeR?
    What was the weather like ?
    Is this really a 4 star hotel ?
     
  20. RobAndLis

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    Thanks, I think some people missed where we said we had a *great* time and instead focused in on the negatives. Folks like to defend the things they like, the place was fun and we had a good time...but there are some realities.

    To answer your questions:

    Was the resort full ? -Occupancy was pretty high and for New Years +/- a couple days it was full

    Could It be due to a shortage and less demand that there was less to offeR? -As mentioned, occupancy was high and the resort was pretty busy

    What was the weather like ? Awesome! 80-81 and sunny with some cloudy periods

    Is this really a 4 star hotel ? -*MY OPINION* is that it is not. We've been to honest 5* including 4 Seasons, Ritz properties, and the top-line Iberostars and did not expect that here. We did not and are not comparing TTR to those. I've also been to 3* places and will say that in *MY EXPERIENCE* TTR is a 3* resort.

    As lots of people have pointed out, TTR is super fun and is really all about the party atmosphere. It would be a mistake to go to TTR specifically for the beach, or specifically for the food, or specifically for the entertainment. Other places do that better. TTR is where to go for the Party and the party atmosphere, at a really good price point.