Cancun ~ Party of 10?

Recently I had the opportunity to leave the snow, slush and frigid temperatures behind and jet off to the sunshine and glorious heat of Mexico.  My task?  Spend a sun filled week in Cancun Mexico with a group of 8 teenagers who were looking to make some memories on their Spring Break.  How do you choose a hotel for a party of 10?  Very…very carefully.

Travelling with teens requires flexibility, patience and of course a family friendly hotel.  Travelling with 8 teens on Spring Break requires planning, a little luck  and a hotel that will meet a wild number of expectations.  What we were seeking:

  • At least a 4 Star Resort
  • All-Inclusive
  • Less than 30 minutes from the Airport
  • Modern clean rooms that could comfortably sleep up to 4 per room.
  • Grounds gorgeous enough to keep this travel snob happy.
  • A variety of activities to keep the teens entertained.
  • Enough restaurants to please all those palates.
  • A medium sized hotel.  Big enough so we could spread out, but not too big.  We didn’t want anyone getting lost in the shuffle
  • A price the teens could afford.  We set a budget and stuck to it.

Our final selection, The Fiesta Americana Condesa in Cancun,  here’s how it stacked up.

The Grounds: Beautiful. The hotel was neatly divided into two main pools and a children’s area. The ‘upper” pool with a view down to the ocean was a little quieter than the other, boasted ample sun chairs and umbrellas and had incredible pool side service.  The lower pool boasted the swim up bar, volleyball net, and was where you wanted to be if you were seeking action and daily pool games.

Off to the end of lower pool, and closest to the beach, is where you can find the children’s area complete with mini-water park with an adorable pirate theme.  It features three slides, three water cannons and tons of fun for the little ones.  It includes a shaded area perfect for parking strollers or just to sit among the swaying palm tress.

No matter which area you choose to make your home for the day, there were always plenty of beach chairs and oversized towels. So refreshing.

The Rooms:

Our party was located in the Sea Tower. One of the towers that had been newly renovated. Complete with crisp fresh linens, new beds and contemporary decor, each room was equipped with a flat screen television and a mini-fridge stocked with drinks.  There was ample drawer and closet space, as well as a personal safe for your use.

The room was large in size and very comfortable, perfect for a couple. The shower boasted a luxe rain-shower, incredible water pressure and a never ending supply of hot water.  The bathroom/toilet situation was a little odd. The only thing that separated the toilet area itself from the bedroom was a glass door that didn’t go all the way to the floor. This did not afford much privacy.

The Food: 10 restaurants, 4 bars and a deli.  Between our group we managed to try all the restaurants – some of them multiple times.   Breakfast was a choice of two buffets serving very similar fare.  Fresh fruits, pastries, pancakes, waffles, hash browns, french toast, sausages, bacon, made to order eggs. etc.  Hot coffee and drinks were served table side by smiling servers.

We quickly found our favourite places for lunch. The PIZZERIA whipping up wood oven pizzas while you waited.  The GRILL offering items such as hamburgers, hotdogs and fries, and of course La CEVICHERÍA where you had to have the fish and shrimp tacos, ocean side.

Dinner offered even more options for dining.  Some of our favourites;

  • SAN TELMO. Reservations required and worth the effort.  A steak house with incredible service and an intimate atmosphere.
  • CANTINA ~ serving Mexican appetizers and perfect for a quick bite.
  • EL ROSATO ~ Italian food! No reservation required, but there is a dress code.  This one is not to be missed.
  • KALMIA ~ The Asian inspired restaurant with a view of the ocean.  Don’t miss the deep friend ice-cream!
  • TRATTORIA. The only restaurant we didn’t particularly enjoy.  We found service to be extremely slow, food to be over cooked and just not to our liking.

We all agreed the food was quite good with the exception of the Mexican restaurant.  I even managed to put weight ON while on this trip. This never happens to me while on vacation in Mexico!

The Service: Top notch. Even the teens, when by themselves by the pool etc, received incredible service both with or without tipping.

Insider Tips:

  • Room Service is included!
  • There is a restaurant that only serves Fondu! Magic. Don’t miss it.
  • The Magic Show is worth a watch.  The performers pour their heart and soul into the performance and it’s a lovely family friendly show.
  • Don’t miss the DELI tucked away at the back of the gift shop.  Serving coffee, latte’s, frozen cappuccinos, ice creams, pastries, sandwiches and mini-fruit trays, it’t the perfect stop before you head to your room for the evening.
  • Love sushi?  At Sushi Corner you’ll find more than 15 sushi and nigiri dishes, all made to order.
  • The smoothie bar!  Located pool side – creating made to order fresh fruit drinks.
  • Considering an upgrade to an ocean front room?  DO IT!  You will never regret waking up to this view…

 

In summary: This hotel was a perfect choice for our “Party of 10”. The location was on a gorgeous stretch of beach, and you could walk for miles in either direction.  A ride into town to go shopping was but a $10 dollar cab ride away.  It was a quiet oasis from the storm of hard party seekers located at many other hotels, but had just enough action to keep the teens occupied.  When they needed something a little louder, or even wanted to take in a concert or foam party, they could have easily purchased a day pass from the louder, rowdier hotel next door.  This hotel was calm and serene at the beginning of the week and when we were joined by 460 Spring Breakers at the end of the week, the partiers were well managed without disturbing things too much.

The service was outstanding, the food fabulous, the rooms, restaurants and grounds exceptionally clean.

I would recommend this hotel and hope to return one day soon.

Happy Travels!



Comments

  1. Great review! It sounds like it was a great pick for your spring break get away!

    I dread to think of someone wanting a quiet get away and being stuck in the rowdy location verses being able to pop next door if they wanted that nightlife!

    Hopefully spring has sprung at home for you to come back to 🙂

    • Stephanie says:

      Thank you! This resort turned out to be the perfect choice for our Spring Break. I hope it was a trip the teens remember forever.

  2. This looks like an incredible place. Did you find you spent much time in your room? I always wonder if we should upgrade to the ocean front suites.

    • Stephanie says:

      Hi Tracie,
      It really was a fabulous place.
      We aren’t party people but do like to take advantage of every waking hour. So to answer your question, we spent every hour we could at the beach and pool but had fairly early nights. I loved having early morning coffees on the balcony and late night toasts out there too! The view was spectacular, For us, the upgrade was everything 🙂

  3. It looks and sounds fabulous. We are going to Cancun in November to our sons destination wedding. They are getting married at Secrets Playa Mijeres. I can’t wait to enjoy an all inclusive resort.

    • Stephanie says:

      Oh how exciting! Congrats to your son and you!
      There is something so relaxing about time away at a great all-inclusive resort. Going for your son’s wedding will make it even more special.

  4. AND now I want to go! It’s so hard to find an all-inclusive in Mexico that has good food.

    • Stephanie says:

      It really is!
      The I’ve been to a number of resorts in the area. This one was fantastic. Let me know if you have any other questions, I’d love to help you plan your trip.

  5. Josophine says:

    What a fantastic review! Although we’ve spent lots of our vacation weeks in Mexico, we’ve never been here. Sounds just perfect and we’ll be sure to look into it for our next trip South! Might eve spring for that upgrade!!

    • Stephanie says:

      We’ve been to a few different areas in Mexico now. Cancun has a very lively vibe. Lots to see and do, beautiful beaches and of course the friendly people Mexico in know for!

  6. I need a vacation so badly. You are not helping!

  7. We have snow here today. SNOW. Off to look at this resort. Thanks!

  8. loucheryl says:

    This place sounds amazing. The photo you posted of the fish tacos made me want one ASAP! I have been to Cancun once and would love to go back. It’s beautiful.

  9. kathy downey says:

    It certainly must have been an incredible vacation !

  10. Looks breathtaking! I’d love to swim in that beautiful blue water 🙂

  11. Kristi F says:

    Food is an important factor for me so this resort sounds great! I really love that they have a smoothie bar, since I’m smoothie obsessed.

  12. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    Wow, a restaurant that only serves Fondue is my kind of place to eat 🙂

  13. kathy downey says:

    Sure looks like fabulous place.we just got back this morning from a month vacation…don’t you just hate it when it’s time to leave?

  14. Wow this would be like living in paradise!

  15. This sounds like a great hotel for a vacation. I’m glad you had a good time 😊

  16. Beautiful place

  17. You are a braver person than me. I would have been terrified by the thought of travelling with and minding 8 teenagers – yoinks! Well done! Looks like a lot of fun and they probably had the time of their lives!

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