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PLAYA DEL CARMEN ALL INCLUSIVE
What "exactly" does All Inclusive mean?
All Inclusive refers to the hotel-plan that is presently in use by the majority of large Playa del Carmen 4-5 star hotels and resorts. It is based on the early Club-Med concept but taken to new heights.
In essence an All Inclusive plan covers all your food, beverages and towel needs.
The following is what is generally included in the All Inclusive plan:
Cribs AND Extra Beds Available
*pop, juice, milk, slushies, water, beer, mixed drinks, coffee, espresso, tea, wine
The following is sometimes included in the All Inclusive plan:
The following is not generally included in the All Inclusive plan and must be paid for as an extra:
*Kids Clubs are free while they are open.
Most hotels have more than one specialty restaurant for you to dine in as part of your All Inclusive plan; however some hotels also have a "special" specialty restaurant which cost extra if you wish to eat there.
Most specialty restaurants also sell expensive wines if you are not satisfied with the house brands. You can also take your own bottle in with you if you desire.
Some hotels do stock top-shelf spirits but may keep them under the counter and only disperse a specific brand if you ask for it. Quite often a good bartender will order a brand you request if they do not have it.
We do not know why room safes are not a standard include. Our experience has been that hotels that use "key" safes charge for the use of the room safe while hotels that use the "key-pad" safe offer them at no-charge.
Some hotels charge outrageous prices for Internet access. If your hotel does, use it sparingly and do your e-mail from an Internet café in Playa del Carmen where the rates are reasonable.
PLAYA DEL CARMEN ALL INCLUSIVE ACTIVITIES
Hotels in Playa del Carmen are highly competitive, thus they are all trying to outdo each other when it comes to providing amenities to their guests. Believe it or not, most 5 star hotels carry almost every activity/amenity listed below.
- Best Cannonball Splash
- Beauty Contest [for guys dressed as girls]
- Stupid Olympics
- Scavenger Hunts
- Singing Contest
Motorized Water Sports
All 4-5 star resorts have an Animation staff. This is what they call the group of people who provide daily entertainment for the guests. Many of these staff members provide the evening entertainment as well.
Some hotels have names for their Animation staff like the Iberostar "Star Friends". They have uniforms and there are usually lots of them.
The Animation staff includes people from all over the world so you can always find one from your country. They are a friendly bunch and easily approachable, remember, its their job to make you happy and keep you entertained.
Note: Without a doubt the best Animation crews are in Cuba. Some hotels have over 50 Animation staff who can sing dance, juggle, do magic and a host of other entertaining feats. When Fidel dies and his brother is overthrown these Cubans will no doubt "arrive" on the Mexican hotel scene. The present Mexican Animations crews are good but when the Cubans arrive the Riviera will have entertainment second to none.
Most 4-5 star hotels have small fridges in the room. These are called the min-bar. Some hotels stock the min-bar with pop, beer, potato chips and chocolate bars. These items are usually complimentary under the All Inclusive plan and you can have the fridge restocked every day and even ask for specific items.
The way the beach towel system works is that you are given a towel-card [at check-in] which you take to the towel-stand [usually located near the main swimming pool] and hand it in for a towel. You may exchange your towel as many times as you wish. When you no longer require a towel you trade your towel in for a towel-card. At check-out you hand in your towel-card. If you loose your towel-card you must pay [usually $20.00 USD].
We think it is ridiculous to charge extra for hotel room safes, but most hotels do. You pay up-front for X number of days. So when you check in you pay for your room safe then. If you are checking in with a busload of people you may want to skip that procedure until you have got to your room first. You can get a room safe at any time during your stay.
There are all kinds of room safe models. Some use a key, some have a key and lock. Some safes use a key-pad and some use the room access card. If you loose a safe key, lock or card you must pay an additional penalty [$20-$25.00].
All the safes we have encountered have been easy to operate and we have never heard of a person being ripped off from a safe being cracked.
PLAYA DEL CARMEN ALL INCLUSIVE HOTELS
Generally it is 4 and 5 star hotels [and Grand Tourism] that offer All Inclusive plans.
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