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I and my other half had one of the best weeks of our life in November 2008 in Cancun, Mexico and a lot of this was down to the Riu Cancun.We flew with Thomson and booked at quite short notice. I had always wanted to go to Cancun as it looked so fun and beautiful - I wasn't disappointed!
Our flight was pretty much pain free and flew by quick enough for us. Watched a couple of films, few comedy shows, had a bite to eat and that was that. My partner slept the majority of the way; I haven't managed to pick up the knack of sleeping on a plane yet! When we arrived, we caught our coach to the hotel, crossed our fingers and hoped for the best.When walking in to the reception/lobby area, we were already blown away! We had never stayed in a 5star hotel before and must've stuck out like two sore thumbs! This did not bother us in the slightest. We were made to feel warmly welcomed and were asked to go for a meeting in the downstairs lobby area. This is what we were afraid of - a scheduled holiday that looked relaxing on the tin, but in reality were timetables and boring talks and meetings. We then stood corrected.
For two people who said they didn't want to be stuck in a complex all day, we certainly did a good job of it! Time would fly by. How can there be a problem when you are laying on a bright white beach, with beautiful blue waters. Imagine relaxing in the heat on your sun lounger and a lovely waiter/waitress bringing you over you're requested cocktail so you don't have to move - I got accustomed to this is no time!The hotel has four pools, one even has a swim up bar in it, this was usually pretty full, but with the seats & tables built in to the swimming pool, you could still grab a seat.
The Riu lays on entertainment in the lobby most nights, they also have nachos that you can self serve along with the melted cheese to top it off, you can beat it.
There is also a theatre, where they have performers or a show of an evening, which is very big and has its own bar. There is also a club Pacha, which we never made it to. I know it was free entry for All Inclusive people but I'm not 100% sure if it was free inside or not, but I would imagine so. You could also use the second Riu hotel next door, your wrist band counted there as well.
Thomson offered us a whole list of excursions to fill our time. We picked a few that sounded like the best value for money. We went to snorkel in the middle of a lagoon in the ocean (tip - get a cheapy cheap underwater camera for this!) and the instructors were amazing. They took us further and further out, got us to touch coral and all sorts.
We also rode our own speed boats, which was so exhilarating! Our most interesting day out was a twofer (two for one) we spent the morning in a lagoon park, it was the most gorgeous place I have ever seen. The water was blue and went on for miles and miles, yet it was all a lagoon for snorkelling in. They gave us breakfast and lunch, which was nice as it was also All Inclusive. We held parrots and big bright colourful birds and had our pictures taken which was a great experience. Unfortunately everything else that attracted us to the park was charged extra, there was absolutely no mention of this beforehand and we had to go without, as we couldn't afford it.
The afternoon was spent in an ancient town were they had Mayan ruins. We had a tour guide take us around in a group and it was so interesting and educational, it was a great change of pace.
One of the excursions we didn't choose was Chichen Itza and we have regretted it ever since. It sounded to us like it was an old Mayan pyramid and we thought we were getting better value for money with the Mayan village tour. However we have since Wiki and googled it and it is currently one of the 7 wonders of the world and I really feel like we missed an opportunity to see it.
So on the whole, you should most definitely shell out the extra money for the comfort and service you will receive from the Riu Cancun - I would most definitely give it the 5 stars it holds.
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