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Our first Non-Vegas Vacation Trip Report

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Chat' started by lsiunsuex, Jul 13, 2016.

  1. lsiunsuex

    lsiunsuex Tourist

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    http://www.breathlessresorts.com/riviera-cancun

    Just got back from 6 nights / 7 days stay at a brand new resort in Cancun Mexico - Breathless Resorts and it was amazing. There aren't any websites to post random trip reviews and I come here often as we still love Vegas so I thought I might share.

    Brand new resort - literally open just 2 months now. The food was good. The Italian restaurant was more traditional Italian and not American Italian. It was good, but just not what we're used to. We went to the steak house a few times - good. The mexican restaurant - Picante - was great, as well was the hibachi restaurant.

    All-inclusive down to the beer / water in the mini-fridge. The only thing we had to pay for (if we wanted to) was the use of the Spa or a bottle of wine / champagne. House wine / mimosas were always free, as well as all top shelf alcohol. Didn't matter if you wanted a NY Strip Steak or a Filet - everything was included.

    So many people told us we might get sick from the food or water but we were perfectly fine. I tend to have a sensitive stomach but I was ok. Bottled water is every where but then you think ice isn't from bottled water; salad washed in water isn't from bottled water, etc... The water was fine and never made us sick.

    Breakfast buffet at Spoon international was dare I say, the best buffet we've ever had. We went there every morning before we went to the pool.

    The rooms are nice; 3 sided glass enclosed shower, separate enclosed toilet, all the usual Vegas like toiletries including (in the case of Mexico) insect repellant, which was a nice touch.

    We chose an Allure Junior Suite with Swim Out Tropical View room. This basically means the room exits to a private pool shared with that block of 6 or 8 rooms on the ground floor. Tropical View (as opposed to ocean view) means the room faces a pool that's nicely gardened. The swim out room is amazing. Pools generally close around 6pm so to be able to go swimming whenever you want (say, midnight after drinking, hahah) is awesome! There's 2 lounge chairs on the rooms "porch" with towels and a nice table. Really, awesome feature of the room.

    The beach was meh... This part of Cancun at least, there wasn't much actual beach front. Enough beach to take a walk or morning run, but no one laying out in the sand. We were told the resort was built on a rocky part, which is why there isn't much room for sand. There was beach volleyball but it was like concrete covered in 2 or 3 inches of sand. This is really the only thing I think that was disappointing - we always heard the beaches here were amazing and this resort just isn't like that.

    This is a party resort. Every night, something is going on be it a foam party at 1 of the 3 pools or live music or etc... We went from June 30th to July 6th so they did a lot of stuff for USA's 4th of July - outdoor bbq, fireworks, etc... It was nice. Another night was a casino with fake money; winner won a bottle of champagne. There was beach volley ball, ping pong table, yoga classes, zoomba classes, etc... Again, all included.

    We did try going to bed around 9:30pm one night just out of pure exhaustion only for music to start blasting from one of the parties at 10pm. Not able to sleep, we said screw it, threw on some clothes and went to go have a drink.

    All the drinks were solid. I eventually settled on Johnie Walker Black Label on the rocks - always poured with 2 or 3 shots per glass while the wife had various mojitos, margaritas, etc... That is of course, when the bartender wasn't force feeding us shots. During the week, we friended other couples from Dallas, Memphis, DC, etc... Our last day, we went out with a couple from Dallas and went all out and the bartender, appropriately named Angel, just kept mixing up shot after shot from vodka, to tequila to baileys to... who knows cause we lost count haha.

    The staff is absolutely amazing. Eventually, they recognize you day after day - coming up to us as soon as we get to the pool, asking if we would like another towel, or bottled water or a drink to start with. Every interaction ended in "It's my pleasure" - when has an american bartender ever told you that? hah. Just, top notch, hard working people. We tipped as best as we could; usually at dinner and we left nice tips our last night at the bar and for house keeping but it was never, ever, expected. Not from the bell hop, not from the shuttle service, no one. But always appreciated.

    We didn't go on any tours or "excursions" as this was our first time to Mexico but shuttle services are always available and your told they will stay with you so you feel safe.

    All in, with the room about $300 / person / night and the flight - from Buffalo to Charlotte, Charlotte to Cancun via American Airlines, we were about $4600 for the entire trip. We tried running a few numbers and we concluded it would come out about the same had we stayed at Mandalay Bay for the same amount of time and ate / drank similarly.

    If you need a break from Vegas - we highly recommend this.
     

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  2. Quick Sand

    Quick Sand Low-Roller

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    Enjoyed reading your TR from Cancun. It's on my wish list but unfortunately, i travel solo and don't think i would be able to enjoy it like most people would.

    As for the tipping culture. Where I come from, we only leave a gratuity at restaurants and valets. None of it is expected and there are no signs or indications suggesting that you do. I was shocked the first time I came to the US and she continues to shock me with the tipping culture. From drivers, cleaners, doormen, hotel receptions, bouncers, cab drivers, helicopter pilots, etc. they expect to be tipped. I could never get over it (not because i mind tipping). In favt, during my first visit a few years ago, my friends asked me to take $100s in $1 bills just to tip doormen.
     
  3. lsiunsuex

    lsiunsuex Tourist

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    few more pictures
     

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  4. Richard Alpert

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    Thank you for taking the time to write and post this awesome report! I would love to visit Mexico some day. My high school Spanish class went for two weeks, but I was the lowly farm kid who couldn't afford to go!

    Again, thanks so much for the great TR!

    RICHARD
     
  5. NYNYGirl

    NYNYGirl High-Roller

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    Nice pics. On our upcoming Cruise one of our stops is Cozumel. This gives some excitement to it as far as looking forward to it.