Grand Sirenis Beach Resort Riviera Maya in Tulum
Our flight was 4 hours delayed at Toronto Pearson International Airport due to heavy snowfall. We all thought we’re gonna be told our flight would be cancelled. But the good thing was, it was just a snowfall and no sign of storm. But, still, it could pose danger to any flights leaving from the city.
When we arrived at Grand Sirenis Beach Resort Riviera Maya in Tulum, our tired body was nothing but dead to the world. And we were hungry, too. Westjet doesn’t offer free meal on board but drinks.
I’d say that this Sirenis Hotel in Tulum is much better than the Sirenis Cocotal Beach Resort in Dominican Republic where we stayed last year.
The beach sand here is beige in color. It’s powdery but not the best in the world–and it’s only a few meters long. Both sides of the beach are rocky due to its rock formations in the area. Some of these rock formations form little islands that are unique to the idea of an idyllic beach itself. These rocks look like solid cheddar cheese with weird holes and wells that survive and stand still against the furious thunder of the impetuous waves.
At this time of the year, the air is already chilly at 5pm and only few vacationers would stay on the beach side. Even the Spring breakers are nowhere in sight (I saw lots of them later at the buffet room, loud and cheerful). They close the kid’s play area, the spa, the gym and the beach bar at 5 pm.
This is a huge beach resort where the pools are shaped in different lengths and widths. If you are assigned in a room that’s away from the main building, it would be a lengthy walk to buffet table and to the beach. However, every building has its own concierge and you can ask them to call for a shuttle mini-car that goes around transporting vacationers from one building to another.
The island bar in the middle of the pool is a truly magnificent experience. I wonder if those who would sit around it are at the same time peeing in that pool water. Drink. Pee. Drink. Pee? LOL…
The buffet room is spacious and huge but dimly-lit in some areas. The food choices are just ok though I was expecting more of seafood to be devoured. If buffet is not your thing, they’ve got Italian, Mexican, Brazilian and Japanese restaurants to serve your picky taste. Except for the Mexican restaurant, all others need reservations through your building concierge. It’s a drink and eat all you can anywhere in the beach resort. And guess what, it’s free wifi! At least in our case. 😉
The best thing about this resort is that its’ really close to the national highway that would take you to downtown Tulum, Playa del Carmen or to Cancun. Public transportation is very accessible. If you are tired of a beach life after two days of sun, sand and margarita, head to the cities mentioned above and know that Mexico is waiting for you to explore.
In the morning, the sea is calm while the sun slowly rises from the East. And every early riser is glued to the mystery and wonder of another day.
They have different activities going on during the day and night: from dancing by the pool to cultural programs and sports stuff.
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Don’t miss their Lobster Dinner Party on Fridays. The seafood porn is endless and they’ve got fun activities for all diners. There’s nothing more perfect than the sand on your feet, the brilliant moon, the soothing sound of the band, the sonuous sounds of the curling sea waves and the sea breezes that kisses your face and touches your body softly like a love poem written by Pablo Neruda.
All in all, I like this beach resort—for the food, the cleanliness (but I won’t rate it as 5 stars–but 4), the staff, the location, the drinks, the facilities, the entertainment and the landscaping. They’re all ok. Nothing really impressed me much.
The only downside for me is the beach itself. The rocky parts of it and the waves are unpredictable—sometimes calm and most of the time strong. The red flag was always up there to warn swimmers not to go far beyond the swimming area.
If you want good photographs, wake up early and see the sunrise. It’s really awesome to just watch it with the see breeze and monotonous sound of the waves. Then, come back in late afternoon for the another great shots. Don’t go when the sun is almost / or at midday. The results aren’t that fabulous.
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