This was our third time to go to Playa but our first to stay at the Grand Riviera Princess. It.was.huge. Seriously, probably a 15 minute walk from our room to the beach. We didn't mind, but we both agreed we wouldn't want to take the kids there just because of the inconvenience due to the size (that being said, there were tons of families and they all seemed to be faring just fine).
To sum up the resort? The grounds were beautiful. The rooms were ok-pretty basic but nice and clean. The food was meh. There were a couple of buffets, several specialty restaurants, a snack bar, and a beach grill. You had to make reservations for the specialty restaurants, so we did that they day we arrived. Based on reviews we had read, we chose the Asian restaurant and the steak restaurant (both were good). The food at the buffets was just ok. You have to keep in mind they are catering to an international crowd, so you won't find a lot of typical American fare (or much Mexican fare, either). There are a lot of Europeans that travel to this area. It was actually somewhat unusual to run into other Americans. The night we went to the hibachi grill there were two groups of Russians (not together), an Australian couple, and a Canadian guy.
The beach was gorgeous and there were tons of nice pools (although I much prefer to spend my time at the beach and Rob obliged, even though he typically prefers the pool). We got massages on the beach one afternoon that were incredible.
All of these pictures are from my phone. We took some pictures with the actual camera, but we really didn't care to haul it around with us.
|Flying into Mexico|
|Not a bad place to wait for our room|
|The beach around sunset|
|Hibachi grill the first night-it was good!!|
|Courtyard outside our room|
|Lots of palms|
|Bridge over the mangroves|
|You had to get to the beach EARLY to get a good spot|
|Coaties. They live in the mangroves and come out for food.|
You're not supposed to feed them but people do.
|View from the back patio.|
|Fun bar on 5th Avenue-we went there on our honeymoon.|
|Saturday morning I got out early to get a good spot|
|Yummy tacos from the beach grill|
|Kids playing on the beach at sunset|
|Main walkway to the pools and beach|
|Taking some pictures on the last morning|
|The weather was amazing-sunny mornings.|
|Soaking up a last bit of sun.|
|A wonderful trip|
Both Ben and Avery have been sleeping poorly this week so I'm fairly certain they're trying to pay us back-that, or zap every ounce of energy we may have gained from our trip.