The Grand Sirenis, Riviera Maya
Travelling over Christmas is something that had never crossed my mind, when I worked abroad my first concern was ensuring I would fly back no later than December 22nd to be home for our annual family Christmas festivities. Unfortunately, over the last few years we have lost my father, grandfather and my uncle passed away this year which left us feeling less than enthusiastic about spending Christmas in an empty house with lots of empty spaces at the dinner table- so myself and Minime decided to go abroad for Christmas.
It took me months to search for our perfect Christmas destination, I had a large list of “must haves” and finally I found the perfect resort- the Grand Sirenis in Riviera Maya, Mexico. The next dilemma was finding the dates to suit everyone, as I share Minime with my ex-husband he was very supportive about our Christmas adventure but requested we were back for New Year to allow him to have quality time with Minime before he started back to school. After searching for flights from various airports I chose to fly out of Birmingham on December 14th, returning back to the UK on the 29th.
Our flight departed promptly at 9am arriving in Mexico at 3pm, the trip through immigration and bag collection was extremely easy and we hopped aboard the coach for the 90 minute transfer to the resort.
On arriving at the Grand Sirenis, we were immediately greeted and offered an arrival drink. The check in process was nice and simple, a photocopy of passports were taken and we were given a map of the resort and a buggy took us to what would be home for the next two weeks.
The superior junior suites are amazing, 560 square feet with a work station, sofa and either a king size or two double beds with ample storage, a safe and WiFi access for two devices. The bathroom has a large jacuzzi bath with separate shower cubical and toilet, there is a large sink area with hairdryer and magnified mirror for perfect makeup application.
We were located approximately 60 minutes away from the international airport at Cancun, in the Quintana Roo state. The spacious resort lies on a beautiful stretch of virgin beach which extends some two miles along the coast and houses an authentic and perfectly conserved Mayan ruin located in a heart-shaped inlet and is one of the best areas for lovers of snorkelling. In the complex was a Gift shop, a supermarket, car hire and trip representatives to help you select the best excursions.
The resort boasts an impressive 9 restaurants including a buffet style option and the Le Relais Gourmand ala carte options bookable through your concierge. You can choose from Brazilian, Japanese, Mexican., Italian,Thai and French (an additional charge applies for this). There is also an ice cream parlour and a sports bar!
There is a huge range of food available in the buffet restaurant to suit every taste, which changes daily:
Salad bar with accompanying sauces, croutons and topping
Pizza and pasta stations
Hand carved meats
Ice cream station with various toppings and sauces
The hotel has an impressive array of pools to suit every taste, these include:
Relaxation members only pool
Kids pool located in the kids club
The spa is also a must see and boasts a hydrotherapy circuit and offers a wide selection of fairly priced treatments.
There is entertainment around the clock, including an impressive daytime activity schedule which includes archery, bike riding, Zumba, pool volley ball, a foam party, darts and the opportunity to hire kayaks. The night programme is varied and there is a show each night at 9pm.
The resort is huge and unlike any other I have visited, you can tell they really care about the wildlife from the numerous guided walks in unspoilt natural scenery and do not be surprised to see more monkeys, iguanas, coytees, raccoons and numerous beautiful birds whilst wandering around the resort.
This trip has been one of a very few where I haven’t left the resort, as there was plenty to keep both myself and Minime occupied. There is a kids club which runs daily from 10am-4.45pm and they take the children for lunch together.
The main difference between this hotel and others we have visited is the attentiveness of the staff, the housekeeping is 5* with a cute selection of towel animals which kept Minime amused, the waitresses and waiters are excellent and their attention to detail is phenomenal.
The addition of a building concierge is a welcomed luxury and during our visit they were superb and even managed to get me nail glue from outside the resort for an emergency repair! They assist with dinner reservations, mini fridge requests and their knowledge about the resort and local area is superb.
We loved every minute of our holiday and really enjoyed being away for Christmas and getting some much needed us time.
Posted by: Sarah Dixon | Posted on: January 12, 2019 | Posted in: TRAVEL