They are developing the area above Cancun hotel zone with exclusive, upscale properties. We stayed at the one year old resort, Villa Del Palmar.
The photo you see is the first of 3 phases--there will be 2 more similar buildings to complete the complex in the next few years.
We had a little problem getting on 2 flights on Sunday, so I called the hotel's 800 number and got them to shift our reservation one day later--they were so obliging! They even switched our transfer for us. We got an upgrade to oceanview, I believe courtesy of Jim Sanchez--thank you again!! They even let us check in right after lunch.
Our suite was really upscale and very well-appointed. Fully-equipped kitchen, marble counters, large fridge,etc. We had a laundry pair in a pantry, so clean, dry clothes were always available. As we pack light, we had little laundry to do arriving home!
Our package was all-inclusive--even the beers and Snickers bar in our fridge were included--and restocked each afternoon. House wines were decent by the glass and they used top shelf liquor (premium was extra but not much). We even upgraded one dinner to giant lobster for $40 extra.
The bed and baths--yep--two full baths--were exceptional. We also had a deep jacuzzi between the marble master bath and bedroom. Our living space was separate, with a continuous balcony--furnished with table, chairs, chaise and hammock--with a gorgeous ocean view directly out from the center of the hotel, fourth floor. Both the bedroom and living suite had that view!
Service was very friendly and efficient. We never lacked for much! Tips are included but we always take care of our servers and staff in addition. Occupancy was low due to dates and newness. They offer timeshare presentation but never ask after the initial invitation. We chose not to participate but we saw several "signings" at lunch time.
There are 2 a la carte restaurants--2 open every night--one that converts to theme buffets twice weekly. I'm not a big fan of buffets, so we stayed with the first option and were not disappointed.
The breakfasts were a bit lackluster but with a few glasses of house bubbly, the over-browned omelet was dismissed...
Lunch offerings included flank steak tacos--served with warm flour tortillas--YUM!!! We ate them every day!
Didn't do any excursions, even tho Isla Mujeres is just a short ferry ride from the hotel. We just vegged and relaxed at the pools or had a drink at the tiki bars w/swings--fun to "hang around" and watch the beach (which is small). I dug the pools and swam alot since it was about 90 degrees each day before 10am.
Would we go back? For the LL price--yes! It's an easy flight from central or east coast US. 4 nights is about all I could take with all the food and beverage goodies included. It's only a half hour ride from the airport. It's a really great place to do nothing but absorb the luxury and ambience.. Just what I wanted.