Luxury Bahia Principe Sian Ka’an, Riviera Maya, Mexico

This was our first visit to Mexico and what an adventure it turned out to be!

We were due to arrive at our hotel at 4pm local time but due to heavy rain and thunderstorms in Cancun, the pilot of our plane aborted the landing at the last second and we ended up diverting to a tiny airport called Merida! After a 2-hour wait on the plane we were let off and told that buses would take us back to our intended destination – a 4-hour drive – what joy! Considering our hotel was 1-hour away from Cancun we thought “stuff it” and hopped in a taxi. We arrived at our hotel in just over 3 hours (and just shy of midnight) and were upgraded to junior suites for the inconvenience we’d experienced. We later found out that the buses dropped off at Bahia Principe at 8am the following morning. As the taxi journey for 4 of us worked out at £40 each, we considered it to be the best holiday purchase EVER!

Our rooms (sorry, suites!) were comfortable and spacious, bathrooms were suitably equipped with ample towels and toiletries and the inclusive mini-bar selection was rather generous (and re-stocked on a daily basis) – plus we were only a stones throw away from the pool bar if we needed alternative drinks. Our suites also included a private terrace with table, chairs, sun loungers and a jacuzzi! The jungle-like surroundings mean you’re likely to encounter one or two critters and native animals too – we saw plenty of iguanas and coatis!

We’d booked a package deal with a popular travel company and had “gone mahoosive with the all inclusive”. We took breakfast in Yalku – the international buffet – and were spoilt for choice! It had everything from cereal, fruit, pastries, cold meats, fish, sandwiches, traditional cooked breakfast and omelettes plus typical Mexican dishes. We also used it for lunch a couple of times too.

Sian Ka’an is one of four hotels at Bahia Principe and our deal meant that we could use any of the restaurants at these other resorts. We enjoyed the gourmet cuisine at Arlequin plus the Frutos Del Mar Seafood Restaurant (both in Bahia Principe Akumal). The Brazilian inspired Rodizio was really nice too – they bring different cooked meat around at various intervals, just don’t eat too much too soon as they save the best meat (fillet steak) for last! Back at Sian Ka’an we also tried Maiko – the Japanese restaurant – which was OK, apart from the strange ramen soup which was more like bovril! We’d saved Alux – another gourmet cuisine restaurant – for our last night and were disappointed. The food was nowhere near as good as Arlequin.

Getting around the resorts is easy too, regular buggies run between the 4 hotels and/or the beach, casino or spa and sports facilities. Perhaps a time-specific point (we travelled mid-to-late April), but there were always plenty of sun loungers and brollies around the pool or on the beach, and waiting staff regularly stop by to replenish drinks!

It’s also worth noting that Sian Ka’an is an adult-only resort, which was a novelty! No kids screaming and shouting and jumping or splashing in the pool – absolute bliss!

For our first trip to Mexico, we were impressed overall and would certainly consider staying at Sian Ka’an again if we revisit.

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