Saturday, March 21, 2009

Hotel Grand Oasis Caribbean Resort - Cancun, Mexico

Saturday, March 21, 2009
Above: The beach at Grand Oasis Caribbean Resort

Above: Me lounging in the cabana.

Above: Weikai smoking a Mexican chocolate cigar in the cabana.

Above:Weikai and I at the Asian restaurant at our resort.

Above: The pool as viewed from our room.

Above: The beach and ocean beyond the pool.

Above: The beach had both shaded and sunny spots.

Above: The lobby at Grand Oasis Caribbean.

Above: Weikai and I lounging in a cabana by the pool.

Above: The view from our cabana.

Above: The view from outside of our hotel room door.

Above: The pool all lit up at night.

While in Cancun, Weikai and I stayed at the Hotel Grand Oasis Caribbean Resort, an all-inclusive resort located on a beautiful, white-sand beach on Kukulcan Boulevard on the main hotel strip in Cancun.

While the resort has mixed reviews by its guests, Weikai and I really liked it. Here are the pros and cons.

  • Everything is included. It's all-inclusive, so meals, drinks, room service, everything is included. No need to go out to any of the overcrowded bars or restaurants to shell out too much money, just stay in!
  • They're always cleaning! The place is spotless. They squeegee everything -- the floors, windows, tables... it's kind of crazy. I didn't know the squeegee was so popular in Mexico!
  • The staff is nice. We didn't encounter any rude or obnoxious servers at all. Such a rare occurrence in New York, so it was a nice change!
  • The beach is pristine. White sand, blue water. It's heaven.
  • The views are amazing. We stayed on the 9th floor. As you can see from the photos above, we had a lovely ocean view.
  • The TV has English and Spanish channels.
  • They had a smoothie bar! (Unfortunately, it closed at 5pm every day)
  • The wines and champagne are of substandard quality. They all tasted like rubbing alcohol.
  • The service is often very slow. We tried most of the restaurants and experience long waiting times at most of them. The only restaurant that I really liked was the buffet near the lobby. It had a large variety and practically no waiting times for seating. The other restaurants had long waiting times for both seats and food. No bueno!
  • Room service can be slow as well. The average waiting time was quoted at 45 minutes, but we often waited longer.
  • There were definitely some immature spring breakers. One particular group of drunk guys by the swim-up bar was carrying a few naked blow-up dolls. They were "interacting" with the dolls (but nothing too awful), even though there were people of all ages around. So disturbing.
Overall, I definitely recommend the resort. It's the newest of the Grand Oasis hotels and is overall very impressive. It was our first all-inclusive resort and a great way to start out!


Cancun Mexico

Definitely, you'll find many people in high season everywhere, including Cancun Mexico. But there is enough space for everyone. It is not true?

Erica Swallow

There is definitely a ton of space!

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