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Akumal Bay, Akumal
(4.3/5 based on 160+ reviews on the web)
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  • We stayed at Akumal Bay Beach and Wellness Resort, which is located on Akumal Bay. The beach has beautiful white sand and the sea has stunning clear water. There is another hotel on the bay, along wit...  more »
  • The Bay is breathtakingly beautiful and obviously Mexico residents are proud of this wonderful area. Respect the wildlife in it and leave no rubbish behind. Don't wear fins in the area Turtles feed an...  more »
  • We had read lots of reviews regarding the hard sell of the tour guides and arrived with absolutely no intention of using one! You can swim without a guide past the red flag (in front of secrets hotel)...  more »
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  • We stayed 7 days for our honeymoon and couldn't be more satisfied with the resort. The food was absolutely amazing. They have 5 different restaurants and a snack/sushi bar all fresh, tasty and with lots variety. They keep the rooms clean and all seem to work hard as a family to make sure everyone is well taken care of. They
  • My wife and I always seek out the smaller places when we're planning a beach vacation. It's simple math: more rooms = less beach space. But of course, we like the all-inclusive option, as long as the food is good. This place is the best of all worlds. It's not a mega-resort, but it still has 4 restaurants, a buffet, snack bar and sushi bar. And the food was fantastic! Was there sometimes an odd dish on the buffet that wasn't to our taste or not quite as fresh as we would like it? Of course. Such is the nature of a buffet. But it was still WAY better than most restaurant-buffets we've been to. We ate the buffet only for breakfast and lunch (and enjoyed it every time). It makes no sense to eat dinner there, unless you can't get in to one of the restaurants. We never had a problem getting in to the restaurants because we always went before 7pm. If you're later, you can just get your name on the list for a later time to come back. The food at the restaurants was über gourmet and fantastic! Dishes were creative, beautiful on the plate and delicious! Portions were consistent with a typical gourmet place, except for the Brazilian steakhouse, which was all-you-can-eat. We were there in early September. We never really had a problem finding chairs and beds on the beach (especially near our building - #4, near the end). We also had a bed by the pool one day, which was nice. Obviously, it will be different in busier months. But again, still probably much better than the bigger resorts. Room was fantastic! We had a penthouse with the private roof balcony w/ jacuzzi. Probably the coolest room we've had just because of that. WiFi was included and fast! We brought our Fire Stick and streamed Netflix quite a bit. Room service left 3 one litter bottles of water a day, but this wasn't enough for us. We requested more and left tips. (yes, you SHOULD tip at an all-inclusive. ) The spa offered us a discount, so we both did the Akumal massage. The massage kicked off with a visit to the sauna, steam room and cool spa and then the blowing of some crazy horn and Mayan singing/chanting. Definitely an experience. Massage was not soft, but good for me. Probably not for first timers. We were at an all-inclusive in Playa del Carmen 15 years ago and did excursions like Chichen Itza, Tulum, Xel-ha, snorkeling on Cozumel, etc. This time, all we did was swim with the dolphins. We booked through the resort and it was WAY cheaper than booking directly with the company through their website. It was a great experience and only 5 minutes away. I would also recommend making use of the free standup paddle boarding provided by the hotel. I did it twice the last day, but wish I had done it sooner. Very fun. Resort also loans snorkel gear for a couple of hours a day. We had our own and snorkeled out in front. It was decent snorkeling, but nothing like being dropped at a reef by boat. If you want to see sea turtles, I would recommend paying someone to get a proper life vest and guidance out to a reef. There's one out from the shore in front of Akumal-proper, a short walk down the beach. We snorkeled here, but saw no turtles because we didn't swim out far enough. Some other tips - the resort serves some pretty decent mezcal in the restaurants/bars. I got shots several nights in a row. Also try the Mayan liquor (in buddha-looking bottle). Make use of the yoga and meditation classes, if you're so inclined. I did about 5-6 classes during our stay and enjoyed them all! (especially meditation classes using Tibetan bowls played by a Mexican-Russel Brand) I'm so glad we picked this resort. We could have paid nearly a grand more for one of the big-name, mega resorts. But I honestly can't find anything in our vacation that was lacking, so that extra money would have been wasted.
  • WE love Akumal and have stayed at this resort twice now. However our last visit in the Spring we had a room that smelled of mildew and the ac made EVERYTHING in the room wet! WE couldn't use the ac. Luckily there was enough wind flowing through to save us but what a drag! WE like the buffet and the view there. The beach is crowded and IF you want a sun shelter to put a lounge chair under....good luck! You will have to be out there by 6 a.m. to snag your spot like everyone else. That is also a real drag! The turtles are wonderful though and the seaweed is clearing up. The first time we went there a couple of years ago....the seaweed was horrendous...... The staff is very friendly though and they try to keep the beach cleaned up.....The biggest drag is that the price of this resort has gone way up so we are not sure if we will go there this next year.
  • My wife was stung by a jellyfish at the resort. Fine, it's painful, that happens, you're in the ocean, jellyfish can turn up anywhere. What is NOT fine though is that the staff said there weren't any jellyfish in the area. That is a bald-faced lie. You may as well say there aren't any fish in the area. There are hundreds of examples on the web of resorts lying about something (and endangering their guests) in order not to scare tourists away. Want to know what will scare me away? A place where staff are looking to cover their own rears at the expense of the guests. A place that has staff that utter transparent ridiculous lies. A place that lies about about a danger by saying that danger does not exist. Don't you think you'd be better served by letting guests know there is a slight possibility of jellyfish in the area so take precautions rather than saying "nope, you're safe, no jellyfish here"--oh what magic they must invoke to keep jellyfish away, truly a miraculous event. But perhaps it wasn't a jellyfish, you say? That is possible. It could be something else that swims in open water and leaves a trail of stings as if several jellyfish tentacles were dragged over the skin. I have no idea what that might be (and I'm a biologist), but maybe it was a line-dancing swarm of small copepods that all decided to sting (who knew copepods could sting) in several mostly straight lines. I'll be sure to let all our friends and coworkers know about the resort's response.
  • Great people great staff. Tania our concierge! Wilbert main Bar always fun and entertaining excellent service Jazmin as well. Sintia as well. Hombre Orquesta Ageless was amazing what he can do with his one man band instruments! All the staff at the Sushi Bar as well as the front bar. All the staff is part of the great experience and really make our stay fun. Always smiling always laughing while working their tails off.