Monday, May 9, 2011

Occidental Grand Cozumel Resort

We were recently lucky enough to visit the Occidental Grand Cozumel resort in Cozumel, Mexico. This resort is a haven for divers. Located in the south west corner of Cozumel on San Francisco beach, this resort boasts many amenities perfect for divers and people who enjoy aquatic sports or those who would like a quiet resort to get away from it all.

We were greeted in the beautiful Mexican style lobby by Ricardo Torres, Guest Services Manager, who gave us a tour of the resort. There are 251 rooms in 11 Colonial style buildings. There are rooms with either king beds or two double beds, which make the resort ideal for singles traveling together.
Deluxe Room

Each room is air conditioned, have a
ceiling fan, cable t.v., private bathroom with separate shower and bath, hair dryer, safe deposit box, alarm clock, mini-fridge, coffee maker and balcony or patio. The Royal Club has 32 rooms with balconies and shower bathtubs. This section offers concierge service, free internet desk access (and wireless for an additional fee). There is an independent front desk, where guests are whisked away to for private check in. There are six junior suites with living room, shower, balcony and bathtubs and one Presidential Suite formed by two rooms, two bathrooms, living room, shower, a bathtub for two people, dresser area and balcony.

All rooms have garden views- there is a preserve between the rooms and the beach that is accessible by a bridge and walkway which doesn't allow for water views. Families are welcome, but you'll need more than one room if you have more than one child, as the maximum allowed in one room is three people. The grounds are landscaped and well kept with lovely garden views from each room.

There are six restaurants - La Posada, the international buffet, Sonora Grill, a steak house, Los Olivos, featuring Mediterranean food, a pizzeria, the Beach Club Restaurant, serving lunch on the beach, and the Royal Club Restaurant, for guests staying in the exclusive Royal Club.

There are two pools - a quiet pool near the buildings housing the rooms and a larger pool a short walk away on the beach where many daily activities are held.
Activities Pool

Royal Club rooms also have their own pool within their courtyard area.

The resort is all inclusive offering a welcome cocktail, a weekly Managers
Cocktail party, all means and snacks, wine served with dinner, daily activities by the pool, tennis courts, scuba clinics in the pool, non motorized water sports such as snorkeling, kayaks, sailing on Hobie Cats and windsurfing.

There are optional excursions for diving conveniently located right on the beach. We witnessed several dive boats picking up and dropping off divers throughout our stay. The Palancar Reef is a five minute boat ride away. The beach is small with gorgeous blue water and plenty of shaded chairs and many people were snorkeling. There is a spa and beauty parlor. There are also optional excursions to Tulum, Xcaret, Chichen Itza, Xel-Ha, Cancun, and fishing trips as well. You can also rent a car or motor scooter. Downtown Cozumel was a 20 minute cab ride away.

Click here to take a look at our photos of this great resort!

The beautiful beach!

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