Some awoke to the air conditioners not working in all the rooms so we talked to the hotel front desk and they decided that they would move us the following day to the Grand Oasis in Mayan Riveria, about an hour away. We agreed to go since they would transfer us there at no cost to us. So another day here to enjoy this beautiful place. Above you can see that Micah, Chelcy and Bob enjoyed some fun in the pool volleyball game. And below we decided to try the Thai Restaurant, Akeru for lunch. What a great choice. The food was great and the view was right over the beach with breathtaking view of the ocean. Awesome, awesome. Connected to this restaurant was the Koori Sushi Bar but we didn't eat at it.
As you can see from the above and below photos, the beach was hopping. Lots of activities to do and enjoy. Also on the beach were the Hamacas and Sands snack bars for hotdogs, hamburgers and fries. Hamacas was were we had our lunch upon arriving the first day so we wanted to be sure we tried something new today.
Tonight it was off to another restaurant we had loved when staying at the Oasis a few years ago. It was called Rodizzio and was fabulous. You start by going to the buffet and getting your salad and sides and then they come around to the table with chicken, beef, pork, sausage, ham/pineapple, steak, about everything. They shave it off a skewer right onto your plate and it is delicious. We were so glad we didn't miss out on this restaurant before heading to the next hotel. We know it doesn't have all the same restaurants so we did pick two great restaurants here. (by the way, we are all laughing hard because the camera is on the timer and people keep walking in front of us. At this exact time, our waiter jumped over to the side really fast so we got this shot. lol) I know, we are one big crazy bunch. lol Check out the ham and pineapple skewer they came by with. Delicious to say the least.
As you can see below, they do have daily activites you can participate in when you pick an all inclusive hotel. Plus three nightly shows. We had seen two of them last time we stayed at the Oasis and they were very good. We also know the next hotel isn't as elaborate on shows.
We decided to take some last minute shots of the pool beds and of course, Micah and Chelcy posing on a bridge that goes across the pool. The hotel is very very nice and we did enjoy it there. (this time and the first time)
Anyway, we found this hotel to be beautiful. Same typical caribbean rooms but the pools, views, restaurants, everything just great. We are happy to have made the change. They also had the pool beds but many more of them and most on the beach. Most beds didn't have tops on them so you can get sun. Of course, get there early to get them. They fill up fast.
And even though there was an infinity pool right on the beach, there were also three more pools to enjoy. We did see someone have dinner out on the pier in the above photos but during the day, that hut on the pier was for massages. Below, is a shot of Micah and Chelcy on the pier at night.
Our first night we ate at the Sarape Restaurant. At the other Oasis hotel it was the Mexican restuarant but here - it was the same as the Akeru with the meat carved off the skewers. It was great but have to admit - it was set up much nicer. After dinner it was off to the Cafe Del Mar where the Fire Show would take place on the roof. Again, the shows were not near as elaborate as in Cancun but was worth seeing.
The next morning it was up for breakfast in the Buffet and to the main pool which was not on the beach and closer to our rooms. The greatest thing about it was it had a swim up bar. Not the typical bar but great for those of us that do not drink alcohol. Because it was a swim up juice bar made with natural fruit. We definitely had our share of juices. And did I mention they were frozen. Yum, yum. In the following photos you can see the main pool but in the right photo the swim up juice bar is where the white overhang building is. As you can see in the below big photo, Micah and Chelcy enjoyed the frozen juice bar.
For lunch they always had a bbq right by the buffet and the sushi bar was always there. (look through the umbrellas and tables and you can see it) We chose to also go to the Dos Lunas which was Mediterrean food at the Oasis but here, wood cooked pizza. Absolutely great. And the deserts were ice cream. We did hit that place up a couple times during our stay.
Even though we didn't participate in the swimming with the dolphins, it is offered for a fee. Large fee I should say. But if you look close in the left photos, you will see Bob, Micah and Chelcy as they snorkeled next to the fence that holds just a few of the dolphins. Their own version of swimming with the dolphins for free. lol Look close and you will see one jump up while another one is swimming along. You can always click on the photo to make it bigger if that will help you. lol
In the left photo below, people are getting ready to do the Helmet dive while people in the right photo just came up from snuba diving. (a form of snorkeling and scuba diving) All of course for an extra fee.
Next was the Mexican Cementery. As the story goes, older, traditional cementeries were built in seven levels to represent the seven days of the week. There are only 365 graves in the cementery because of 365 days of the years. They are also 52 steps from the bottom to the top for the 52 weeks of the year. The headstones are very unique and colorful. They also represent something about the person. In the right photo is an old arena used for the older Mexican games. The first time I went to XCaret they used this for the show but since have built another arena used for the Spectular show and games are done during the show.
We opted to miss the horse show but I have seen it before and it is very good also. Here is some of the participates as they line up for the show.
As the show continues you watch as a little girl travels through Mexican History. You can feel the joy of the Mexican Fiesta: color, music and dance from every corner of the country of Mexico. Below are a few photos showing some of the countries and their representation of colors, dance and music.
Our last night and one restaurant left to try. This was their Thai Restaurant. It ended up serving about the same as the one did back at the Oasis Cancun but was much much much fancier. This was our favorite restaurant at both hotels. Of course this was the hardest to get reservations for early in the mornings also. Did I mention that all the restaurants were by reservation only??? And that meant you had to get up by 7 a.m., stand in the line to get your reservation at one of the restaurants. Otherwise - it was a buffet dinner for you. (which was also very good)
Thanks again for taking a trip to fun in the sun with us. Yes, Mexico is always a plus on our list and this trip was another one. We enjoyed our last bit of summer fun before Micah and Chelcy headed back to college. And for me, it was great to relax after a summer of sons getting married, two grandkids to watch and the total stress of daily life. A much needed retreat. I hope you have enjoyed this trip and feel free to leave a comment or question. Thanks again