TTR Cancun, An Honest Review...

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  1. capergal16

    capergal16 Enthusiast Registered Member

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    I am very happy to report that my first timer virginity is gone! Now for the details...

    Check-in/Check-out - a TERRIBLE experience. We arrived at 9:20 am local time, and despite requesting early check in, our room was not ready until 3:00 pm. There was no safe place to lock up our valuables (everything just left in the lobby by the door), so we spent the day having to carry what we could around with us. Not fun! We also paid for upgraded rooms...we were given a standard and our friends the deluxe. And we couldn't get rooms even remotely close together despite arriving several hours before any were cleaned. Check-out was easy, no problems to report.

    Food - The buffet is definitely subpar compared to other resorts I've visited. The selection of food is minimal and the same everyday. Stay away from the salad...a few of us became very ill, and we narrowed it down to the vegetables, which were drenched in water (and I assume it was tap, not bottled). The restaurants, however, were fabulous! The Italian was the best, in my opinion (best salmon I've ever had!). Make reservations for every night, it's worth it!

    Drinks - Totally watered down! Stay away from the wine, it's disgusting! The champagne, although quite sweet, will give you a bit of a buzz though! ;) If you order any frozen drinks, ask for doubles. There is also a liquor store right across the street, if you're craving something specific. If you're a coffee lover, it's true...it's TERRIBLE! But it does the job, barely. But that's probably because you don't sleep much at this place! ;)

    Staff - one word...AMAZING! Tip them well, they all deserve it. Last time in Mexico I found that staff catered to those showing bills. Not here. They are all happy, and aim for first come first served.

    Rooms - aside from getting a standard room (as mentioned above), the rooms are great! Bring a fluffy pillow if you can't deal with hard ones though. But really, how much time will you spend there? The sexy lighting is the best!

    Entertainment - ask how you find out what's happening each night, and where. Shows were great, but they weren't always on stage (at the sport pool), so it was VERY difficult to see the routines. Find out early and strategize your seating accordingly. If they say it'll be at Paddy O's, get close to where the exit is to the buffet...they always perform in that area and you're SOL if you're anywhere else.

    Overall - this resort definitely is not a 5-star, so if that's what you're looking for, keep looking. But if you want to have a good time, meet lots of people, and dance the night away (among many other activities, if you're looking), then book! I will go back...already in withdrawal...thinking April 2012!
     
  2. Jamie

    Jamie Mayor of Temptation Registered Member

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    Thanks for taking the time to right the report. All opinions are welcome. :)

    Rooms become available as people check out so getting a room before 3 PM is very rare which is why every recommends that you pack you swimsuit on an outside pocket of your suitcase.

    Also for future reference you can ask for a safety deposit box behind the front counter to lock up any valuables while waiting for your room.

    Just as a heads up, the hotel has a in house water filtration system so all water used there is filtered. So although I have a few ideas why you might have gotten sick, water on the salad at the resort is not one.

    Water on the salad outside the resort can be a problem so watch out for that. That got Chris one year.

    Still can’t understand the watered down drink comments. If they are watered down there are a whole lot of light weights out there that I have seen drunk over the years. They must know who arrives each day at the bars and give them the good stuff because of the number of folks that suffer first day syndrome. Drinking in the sun all day sweating out the booze does make it a little harder to get drunk. That’s why you don’t hear about fishermen drowning everyday sitting out in their boats drinking all day while fishing.

    But hey.. this isn’t an attack, Just another point of view. I am glad you had a good enough time to want to go back. :)

    Jamie
     
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    Thank you soooo much for replying, Jamie! It's great to know that some of the negatives could have been avoided. Had no idea about the security deposit box or the in-house filtration system. So thank you for correcting me. I definitely had the time of my life. And hey, I won't be so afraid of the salad next time!
     
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    Jamie Mayor of Temptation Registered Member

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    If I could talk myself into the salad it might help me not gain that pouind a day I gain while there. :)

    But Chris lives on the salad due to her celiac requirements. But only at the resort now. :)

    And May is better than April..... just sayin ;)

    Jamie
     
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    Why May??
     
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    Jamie Mayor of Temptation Registered Member

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    Cause that's when our crew goes! And everybody knows we party the best!

    Or at least we have the largest number of repeaters that come back. :)

    Jamie
     
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    Ahh, I see how it is...a biased opinion!! :p

    I heard singles' week is in April, so that's what we're aiming for. My bday is in May though, so you never know!
     
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    I can assure you that any week YOU go you'll get all the attention you can handle. :)

    And we can make it a birthday to remember!

    Jamie
     
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    LOL, hence why I will return! ;)
     
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    Well Jamie I am sure that the May folks are fun, but it's those of us in April that set the bar if I do say so myself :)
     
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    Glad you had a great time and Jamie is our expert on the resort but I learn more and more every time I go. Singles week isnt in April it is in may....lol at least that is when I go. We got a great group in May and we love SINGLEs well at least I do....lol. Ok now with that comment I can just imagine what Jamie is thinking....lol. I love the place so much I am going for almost 3 weeks this year...last week in April and first 2 weeks in May but only because after the last couple years of meeting so many different people during those weeks I wanted to see everyone again and they are spread out between those weeks. So if you want to have a blast and meet tons of great people think about the first couple weeks in May. If you can make the 4th of may we have one of our famous repeaters bday party out in town that night at Slices which is a great place to go and many of us are going....it will be a night to remember. So many people missed it last yr but not this year. Hope you join us.

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    3 weeks?!?!? I honestly barely survived 1!! Not sure on dates, but singles' week is the driving force at this point...
     
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    I would ditto you on nearly everything! We are planning another trip, but totally will do things differently the second time around - like getting our own liquor at the duty free shop, and not expecting 5 star resort food like what you would get in the US. It just is what it is, and I tell my husband that if you want to see the boobies, you have to give up some things - just saying ...
     
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    First time I went I thought the same thing about the resort but the boobies won over every time....lol. Now Temptations is my only Mexico resort I will go too. You just cannt beat the people you meet. Being single I have never been to a place where couples have no problem accepting you as long as your respectable. Hell love it so much I will be there in 10 days for a week and then almost 3 weeks in May for the real party. Just going in 10 days to prime myself up.....lol

    Rob
     
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    and I need to reiterate the watered-down drink comment, that is why we will bring our own liquor for the room. We drank a TON from the bar and if we had drank that much at home we would have been plastered. Once we had our own vodka bottle delivered from management as an apology, it was then I was able to make as much of a scientific experiment as I could, being outside the university :) When I used the vodka from the bottle with my mixer, it was measurable compared to the same amount of vodka from the bar (so-called "straight") with my same mixer. I think they definitely water it down, but can you blame them? Business is business, so you just learn ways to get around it and everybody wins :)
     
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    I dont mind them too watered down otherwise Id be passed out too early and miss all the fun plus that way I get more of my daily juice intake for the day....lol. That again depends on what you drink.....but hey its all included just drink more. Makes me feel like like I can handle my alcohol.....lol

    Rob
     
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    Thanks for the heads up. I can handle my drink very well and it already takes me twice as long to get drunk as your average joe. I guess the way around this is to do shots, or as you say go across the street and pick up a bottle yourself.

    However, normally I can't handle tequila very well, so for me it would be a bonus if it was watered down a bit because I simply couldn't cope with the full strength stuff.

    I'm not lying when I say I can handle my drink, so I will write up a review when I'm back in 2 weeks with an honest opinion on the strength of drinks!
     
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    thanks for your honest trip report, glad you had a great time and will be returning, they used to have a singles week in april every year, just check on the Temptations website, we go in april and we have met the end of singles week a couple of times, april is a great time to go and you will meet some of the best people and the weather is fantastic, have some friends also that have been in may , and they are a great group of people also, you just have to decide which is better for you.
     
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    I'm with you - two shots and a drink and I'd be down for the count. That's the beauty of watered down...you can drink all day!

    And I agree on the coffee sucking - BUT, you can get Nescafe packets at walmart (or bring your own international cafe or something) - and instead of mixing it with water, I mix it with coffee and baileys-like-substance. Yum.