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Azul Fives - A to Z Inspection

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The following is David's professional opinion from a recent stay.

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Ambiance- I have wanted to see this resort since it opened in 2010. It met all my expectations and more. A smaller pretty self contained resort so you never have to walk more than 5 or 6 minutes to restaurants or the beach. They have a winding free form pool that intertwines among the villas. The staff here is top notch and families will feel welcome here.

Beach- A nice beach which I think most people will enjoy. They have palapas for relaxing and even provide outdoor open air massages.

Charges (extra) - Spa treatments, long distance and business services like internet access would be extra.

Distances- Only 15 minutes north of Playa del Carmen. I actually timed the ride from the front door of the resort to the famous 5th Avenue in Playa and it was 15 minutes door to door.

Entertainment on Property -They have activities all during the day, and entertainment in the evening. Not the big productions in the evening like at other all-inclusive's but more low key.

Fitness Area - A very nice fitness area with all new equipment. I normally keep my work out clothes at home but might change my mind when staying here. Nah!

Food- I know everyone has a different view of good food but in my opinion they had some of the best food of any all-inclusive resort I have visited. No buffets here (well you can do a breakfast buffet if you did not want to order from the menu). They have restaurants focused on World Cuisine, Pacific Rim, Mediterranean and Italian, They also have a grill restaurant and a health food bar. You also do not have to do the all-inclusive plan so the best of both worlds.

Getting Around- Taxi is the best bet for I do not suggest you renting a car unless you really know what you are doing driving in Mexico.

Internet Access -I was in internet heaven since I usually have to work while I am in Mexico. They have wi-fi and it actually works! There is an extra charge for wi-fi access but not too bad.

Jackets and Ties- Keep them at home, but for the men bring slacks and polo shirt for dinner. The Italian restaurant was a bit more strict about the dress code.

Kids-Another wow factor. They have teamed up with Fisher Price as being a test ground for their new toys for younger children. They also have a kids club for ages 4-12 and a teens club for ages 13-17. They are also the first to get any new X-box 360 and Wii games. They have really gone out of their way to make families feel welcome here.

Little Known Fact- They are part of the Karisma family of resorts that feature what they call Gourmet Inclusive. They really go out of their way to make the dining experience a great one.

Medical Services-On call medical services.

Negatives-For those who want oceanfront views this might not be a good fit since the villas are not right next to the beach.

Nightlife- They have entertainment at the resort in the evening and you are not that far from Playa del Carmen if you want to go there for their nightlife.

Opportunities- If you can get one of the penthouse suites those are really nice.

Pool- I love the intertwining pool within the villas. I stayed in a one bedroom walkout villa and it was great to have the pool within feet from my patio and even better the pool bar! They also have the main infinity pool next to the beach where all the activities are held during the day.

Protection-In room safe at no extra charge.

Recreation- They have all kinds on non motorized water sports such as kayaks, hobie cats and boogie boards. You also have access to some motorized water sports too. They have a tennis court, archery, ping pong, beach volleyball and for us young ones, shuffle board.

Rooms- Their claim to fame is their 1-3 bedroom villas so great for larger families. I think the best villas are the walkout villas or the penthouse suites. The descriptions are below in the "Just the Facts" section.

Shopping-They have a small shop at the resort for incidentals and small gifts plus you have plenty of shopping in Playa del Carmen.

Spa- They have a new state of the art spa facility so even the spa experts should be satisfied.

Terrain- Such a nice smaller self contained resort. It literally is only a 5-6 minute walk from one one end of the resort to the other.

Updates- Opened December 2010.

View - The best views will be partial ocean views from the roof top penthouse villas. If not booking that type of villa I would suggest the pool views or the walkout villa.

Weather-Mid December through May has the best weather. September and October gets more rain.

WOW Factor - The 3 bedroom rooftop villa. WOW!

X-Y-Z- This is a great choice if you need a multi bedroom villa for extra room. One of the few all-inclusive options in the Riviera Maya with multiple bedrooms. This was one of my best stays ever as far as a resort meeting all my expectations.

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"Just the Facts"

Hotel Location


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The Azul Fives Hotel, by Karisma is strategically located in Playa del Carmen on the Riviera Maya, Mexico, just 35-minutes from Cancun International Airport.

Address:
MUNICIPIO DE SOLIDARIDAD
QR

MX
Local Phone: 305-569-3008

 

Hotel Facilities


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Boutique Shops
Business Services
Car Rental
Currency Exchange
Laundry / Dry Cleaning Service
Meeting Rooms
Pools
Number of Pools: 3
Outdoor Pools: 3
Swim-up Bar
Three swimming pool with swim-up bar plus one for children.
Health Club / Spa
Nautilus Equipment: Additional Charge
Spa: Additional Charge

HOTEL DETAILS

The Azul Five features four restaurants, five bars, spa fitness canter and Kid's Club.

Check-in: 3:00 pm
Check-out: 12:00 noon
Total Rooms: 360
Year Opened: 0

Credit Cards: Visa, Master Card, American Express

Hotel Room Details


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ACCOMMODATIONS

The 360 oversized luxury suites at the Azul Fives Hotel are tastefully designed in contemporary architectural style. Guests will love the lush tropical gardens which frame views of both the Caribbean Sea and the hotel’s many crystal clear pools.
For additional convenience all buildings at the Azul Fives Hotel are equipped with elevators. All accommodations are provided with air conditioning, LCD flat screen cable television with DVD player, iPod deck, either a king size or two double size beds, night table, radio/alarm clock, deluxe bathrobes, safety deposit box, amenity kit, mini bar, iron and ironing board, coffee maker, and direct dial telephone. Bathrooms feature a rainforest shower, double sinks with marble countertops, bath amenities, a hair dryer and a magnifying vanity mirror. All suites also feature oversized balconies or terraces.

DELUXE ROOM

In addition to the general amenities described, this contemporary 527 square-feet room features garden view, a large balcony or terrace, and two double-size beds. The bathroom features frosted glass doors and square sinks, and there is ample closet space.
Max Occupancy: 2 Adults + 2 children

DELUXE POOL VIEW

All above mentioned amenities with a pool view.
Max Occupancy: 2 Adults + 2 children

DELUXE POOL WALKOUT

All above mentioned amenities. Guests can step right into a swimming pool which crosses in front of the suite.
Max Occupancy: 2 Adults + 2 children

1 BEDROOM SUITE

This 1,119-square-feet suite is decorated with art lamps, sculptures and large paintings on the walls. It offers a complete separate living room with modern furnishings and a double pull out sofa bed, a large granite top kitchen (refrigerator, microwave, oven and stove), a dining table for eight and a powder room. There is a terrace/balcony off the living room and bedroom with a garden view. The master bedroom is furnished with a king size bed, a ceiling fan, and a deluxe Jacuzzi for two. The master bathroom has a double sink with marble countertops, a walk in “rain forest” type shower and a
private toilet cabin.
Max Occupancy: 4 pax

1 BEDROOM POOL VIEW

All above mentioned amenities with a pool view
Max Occupancy: 4 pax

1 BEDROOM POOL WALKOUT

All above mentioned amenities. Guests can step right into a swimming pool which crosses in front of the suite.
Max Occupancy: 4 pax

FISHER-PRICE® ONE BEDROOM SUITE

Decorated with sculptures and large paintings, this suite
offers a living room with sleeper sofa, kitchen, dining table for eight and a powder room. There is a terrace/balcony off the living room and bedroom. The master bedroom has a king-size bed and deluxe Jacuzzi for two. These Fisher Price suites will provide branded Fisher-Price Little People Robes, Little People CD's and DVD's provided in each room for children’s entertainment. A customized Welcome Voicemail inviting them to meet the Little People for Character breakfast or other fun events in Azulitos Play House, photo session with the Little People (branded photo will be provided prior to guests checkout with family and Little People), Fisher-Price toys in room and Little People Decorations throughout the suite.
Max Occupancy: 2 adults + 2 children

1 BEDROOM PENTHOUSE

This amazing rooftop lounge deck penthouse was created to satisfy even the most demanding guests’
needs. In addition to the above mentioned amenities of the One-Bedroom Suite, the One Bedroom Penthouse Suites are located on the third floor and feature an exclusive and unique rooftop lounge deck where guests can enjoy private gatherings with family and friends. The rooftop lounge deck doubles the living space of the suite and has special glass panels to block the wind as well as a deluxe whirlpool tub for six (6) pax that is elevated to allow for spectacular views. The rooftop deck also features a large lounge area which includes a sofa and coffee table, chaise lounges ideal for sun
bathing, pergola, a barbeque grill ($), a marble half bathroom with sink and shower and also a patio dining table for six (6) with pergola. This lounge is perfect for entertaining, sharing an afternoon barbecue or room service delivery.
Max Occupancy: 4 pax

2 BEDROOM SUITE

Specially designed for families and friends, these suites offer 1,710-square-feet of interior space. This suite category provides the same amenities described for the One-Bedroom Suite as well as a tastefully designed second bedroom. The second bedroom is furnished with two double beds, an LCD flat screen TV with DVD player; a private marble top bathroom with a double sink, a “rain forest” type shower, a magnifying vanity mirror and deluxe bathrobes.
Max Occupancy: 6 pax

3 BEDROOM SUITE

Designed with big parties in mind, this enormous 2,248 square-feet suite caters to families and groups of friends. This suite offers all of the above amenities plus a third bedroom. The third bedroom offers the same conveniences as the second bedroom listed above.
Max Occupancy: 8 pax

2 BEDROOM PENTHOUSE SUITE

This suite category provides the same amenities described for the One-Bedroom Penthouse Suite as well as a tastefully designed second bedroom. The second bedroom is furnished with two double beds.
Max Occupancy: 6 pax

3 BEDROOM PENTHOUSE SUITE

This suite offers all of the above amenities plus a third bedroom. The third bedroom offers the same
conveniences as the second bedroom listed above.
Max Occupancy: 8 pax

Dining


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GOURMET INCLUSIVE® RESTAURANTS

Azul Fives beckons travelers with a taste for culinary excellence with four Gourmet Inclusive® restaurants serving à la carte cuisine prepared to order from the
freshest ingredients.

SEA OLIVE- MEDITERRANEAN

Serving Mediterranean Cuisine; this seaside restaurant offers a truly authentic lunch and dinner experience for guests of all ages. For additional comfort while dining, it features an indoor air conditioned section and an outdoor terrace, both à la carte. Sea Olive offers amazing ocean views and guests can hear the waves of the ocean while enjoying their meal. A semi-private dining is also available for group dinners.
Lunch: 12:00 hrs. – 17:00 hrs.
Dinner: 17:00 hrs. – 22:00 hrs.

TSUKI- PACIFIC RIM CUISINE


Enjoy the unique flavors of the Pacific Rim. Tsuki offers a sushi bar along with various other Asian fares, all à la carte and cooked to perfection. For additional comfort while dining it features a fully air conditioned dining room. Guests can enjoy beach views and an intimate ambience at this restaurant.
Dinner: 17:30 hrs. – 22:00 hrs.

FLAVOURS- WORLD CUISINE

Flavours is a non-pretentious restaurant serving food from around the world. This restaurant provides guests with a very relaxed and family oriented atmosphere where guests can enjoy a variety of mouth watering preparations and cool off in the air conditioned space. Also, guests can enjoy spectacular views of a true cenote, which is a natural winding river unique to the destination.
Breakfast: 6:30 hrs. -12:00 hrs.
Dinner: 17:30 hrs. – 22:30 hrs.

AREZZO – ITALIAN


Located in front of the Caribbean ocean with floor to ceiling Windows for an unobstructed view as far as the Island of Cozumel. Arezzo open kitchen Italian restaurant where the emphasis is on originality, culinary authenticity and flavor.An array of freshly made pastas, stone oven pizzas and grilled to perfection seafood, poultry and meats compose a mouthwatering menu. Peek into glass wine cabinets to find up to 110 labels of wine options for that special dinner.
Dinner: 17.30 hrs. - 22.00 hrs.

ORIOLA BEACH CLUB GRILL


Blessed by a privileged location, a stone throw away from the Caribbean surf, The Oriola Beach Club Grill is the best way to experience the Azul Fives "Al Fresco" experience. Stunning vistas and light breezes are not the only items on the menu enjoy light meals and grilled fares at Lunch and lively the med Dinners in the evening. Join us and "Meet the Butcher" for a succulent cut of Sonora Beef or enjoy our "Fresh off the boat" bounties that our "Catch of the Day" has to offer.
Opening hours are seasonally adjusted
Lunch: 12:00 hrs. – 16:00 hrs.
Dinner: 17.30 hrs – 22.00 hrs
Also available for private dinner parties for 20 or more
Dress Code
To enhance our unique dining experience, please comply with our “Casual-Elegant” dress code in all
gourmet restaurants.
Ladies: (Capri pants, dresses, skirts, long pants, shoes, dress sandals)
Gentlemen: (Bermuda shorts, long pants, collared shirts, dress sandals, casual shoes)

GOURMET INCLUSIVE® BARS AND LOUNGES

ZKY BAR

Providing guests with nightly entertainment, ZKY BAR is the perfect place to spend a night out and enjoy cocktails under the stars. This sophisticated Zky bar and lounge has a second floor location to take in the views of the Caribbean with Cozumel in the distance. Guests can enjoy their live music, dancing and entertainment here every night of the week, and sample the trendy cocktail list. Grab one of the king-size lounge beds lining the outside terrace edge with cocktail service for a relaxed evening. The stage featuring live entertainment is elevated behind the bar in the air-conditioned interior lounge. Open: 17:30 hrs. - 01:00 hrs (Adults only after 22:00 hrs.)

BREEZE

This beachfront swim-up bar is an ideal place to relax with your feet in the water. Here you can read under the shade of large trees and tropical palms or simply soak up the sun while enjoying a chilled beverage. Choose your favorite signature cocktail, or opt for a frozen colada or mixed tropical fruit juice.
Bar: 10:00 hrs. - 18:00 hrs.

LIZARDS

This pool bar & terrace offers a delightful selection of light bites, hamburgers, sandwiches and kebabs.
Sample local favorites like Mexican coffee, fresh juices, margaritas or beers.
Bar: 10:00 hrs. - 18:00 hrs.
Gourmet corner: 11:00 hrs – 17:00 hrs

PALMAS

The Palmas swim-up bar serves light bites and sandwiches, as well as a number of beverages from tea to your favorite cocktail.
Bar: 10:00 hrs. - 18:00 hrs.
Gourmet corner: 11:00 hrs – 17:00 hrs

RAINBOW

Swim-up bar serving a variety of tropical beverages such as cocktails, beers, margaritas, refreshing spritzers and soft drinks. Enjoy one of these drinks or energizing bites all without leaving the pool!
Open: 10:00 am - 18:00 hrs.

HEALTH BAR

A perfect option to enjoy after a gym session or just for pleasure. The Health bar serves a variety of exotic fruit juices, jungle fruit smoothies and healthy drinks.
Open: 08:00 hrs - 16:00 hrs.

Activities & Entertainment


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Daily Activities & Entertainment:

Shuffleboard, Volley Ball, Table Games, Chess, Ping Pong, Spanish & Mayan Lessons,

Nightly Activities & Entertainment:

Live Music

 

Children's Programs


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Fun Activities and Programs Highlight the Azulitos Play House

Bouncing, swinging, climbing, singing, dancing, learning, playing with new friends… In the Azulitos Play House, children can play in a room designed by Fisher-Price®, and get active on the My Gym® equipment. There are special programs designed for children from 6 months to 12 years old.

Azulitos Room

This play space by Fisher-Price has the latest toys designed to enhance early childhood development. It is intended for children from 6 months through 5 years old. Kids also sing, listen to stories, and work on talking and sharing skills in playgroups.

My Gym Center

Designed for children 6 months to 12-year-olds, My Gym Center features ropes, parallel bars, a trampoline, springboard and other equipment, plus big floor pads. Offered at a low hourly fee, the facilities and positive reinforcement classes are designed by My Gym Children’s Fitness Center.

Activity Rooms

The Arts & Crafts Room, Interactive Game Room and Doll Room span the interests of all our younger guests.

Kids Club Activities

Children 4 – 12 years old will love the kid’s pool, playground and beach games. Daily activities include mini-soccer, mini-ping pong and video games.



 
 

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