Akumal Travel Guide
[Ed. Note: Welcome to our Good Rate/Bad Rate feature where we look at hotel prices in the same city and decide which is better worth your hard-earned benjamins. The rate listed here was valid on November 7, 2006 and is subject to change.]
We'll be the first to admit that your basic all-inclusive beach vacation is not really stimulating, culturally immersive, or liable to be a culinary highlight of your travels. But hey, when it's less than $140 a night for a couple or a family, that's a deal.
Let's face it. Sometimes you just want to go lie on a beach somewhere warm. If the colder weather is already getting you down, you can't go wrong with this deal at Grand Oasis Riviera Maya, near Tulum on the Caribbean coast of Mexico. It's $138 double for the room, all meals, all the bottom-shelf alcohol you can stomach, taxes, and use of all the amenties. (As in no dreaded "resort fee" for the gym or the windsurfing equipment.) They'll even let you drag the little ones along for nothing and provide a transfer all the way from the Cancun airport.
We've actually stayed at this resort in the past. It does have a few little quirks---it attracts a huge number of Italian tourists for one thing---but all in all it's a great value. The food is decent, the staff has the right attitude, and both the beaches and pools are nice.
· Grand Oasis Riviera Maya reviews [TripAdvisor]