Getting package deals on all-inclusive hotels you’ve never been to can be a dicey proposition. Desperation can be a great motivator, though, and all of a sudden a Living Social voucher for a hotel and meals in Cancun can seem like a great idea. I have to say, I pretty much held my breath from the minute I booked the package until we were ushered in to our deluxe oceanfront room at the GR Caribe by Solaris.
I was pleasantly surprised throughout our stay at this resort! From the Greek island-inspired architecture to the touches of Morrocan décor, to the carefully chosen bath products and well-maintained grounds, no aesthetic detail was overlooked. More importantly, the service was impeccable without being overly zealous. There’s nothing worse than spending your hard-earned cash on a vacation where the staff seems miserable or just won’t leave you alone to relax.
As for the offerings of the hotel itself, I would say it fit the bill quite nicely for us. The food wasn’t five-star by any means, but for an all-inclusive resort, it was generally well-prepared and we had a variety of items to choose from at every meal. The beach was nothing short of stunning… clear blue waters, powdery white sand, and plenty of sheltered lounge chairs to choose from at no extra charge. The best part? There is NO soliciting. Nobody at the hotel will bug you to attend a timeshare presentation and nobody will interrupt your siesta on the beach to sell you trinkets. Those of you who have been to Mexico a few times will understand what a precious rarity this is.
The pool was on the smaller side, but it was perfect for singles or couples with no kids. The few children we saw there were quiet and well-behaved, which provided a restful outdoor atmosphere. One bit of advice: if this is the kind of experience you’re looking for, stay at the GR Caribe. If you’re more into the lively, festive, kid-filled amusement park vibe, feel free to walk over to the sister property next door. You can go there, but they can’t go vice versa. That’s what the Wristband Police are for. No joke. And speaking of the Rule Police, make sure you bring a pair of long pants… men are not allowed in the fine dining restaurant without them, and who really wants to wear the lost-and-found pants they keep for such emergencies?
All in all, I would say this hotel is well worth a stay, voucher or not. But if you can get a spectacular deal on Living Social or Groupon (I still see them from time to time), there’s absolutely no reason not to snatch it up!
Link to my Trip Advisor Review and others for this hotel.
Link to my Trip Advisor Profile