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Blue Bay Gran Esmeralda - A to Z Inspection

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

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Ambiance-I have been wanting to see this resort since Blue Bay took it over. I have to say it exceeded my expectations. I did not realize that they had rooms that had swim up pools and jacuzzis on the balcony. By December 2007, they will have up to 1000 rooms, a new spa and new theatre.

Beach-One of the better stretches of beach on the Riviera Maya. I think they said it was about 1500 feet of beach which makes it nice for people that want a nice beach.

Charges (extra) - Spa treatments, long distance and business services.

Distances- In the Riviera Maya very close to Playa del Carmen about 35-40 minutes from the airport.

Entertainment on Property -The animation staff has activities for guests during the day and then provide entertainment in the evening. Once the new theatre is complete, the evening entertainment should even be better.

Fitness Area - A brand new fitness center with state of the art equipment. Very nice facility.

Food- The have 4 restaurants here serving Italian, Mexican and French cuisine. In the French restaurant they do show cooking. I see more and more resorts going with this concept. They also have an international buffet restaurant with a different theme each evening.

Getting Around- Taxi would be the most convenient to get around. I do not suggest renting a car unless you really know your way around driving in Mexico.

Internet Access -Right now they have Wi-Fi access from the lobby but plan on have internet access from all the rooms by December 2007.

Jackets and Ties- Keep them at home, but bring slacks and polo shirt for dinner in the A la Carte restaurants.

Kids-One of the few all-inclusive's that will take a two year old, most start at age three. Their kids club is for ages 2-12. The kids club is open from 9am to 11pm with a break between 5 and 7pm. Most kids clubs are not open this late so this allows some time for the parents to have some alone time in the evening. Babysitting runs about $20.00 p/hour. Activities include a nursery, mini-cafeteria, play station room, playground, and sports activities.

Little Known Fact- This resort is not associated with the other two Blue Bay resorts in Cancun. Blue Bay in this case is the management company and have really put a lot of money into this resort.

Medical Services-On call medical services.

Negatives-Until the end of the year, construction has been the only negative. Part of the plan was to add about 800 new rooms with more amenities. Everything is planned for completion the end of 2007 in time for high season.

Nightlife- They have shows in the evening and you are not too far away from Playa del Carmen with the bars and nightlife there.

Opportunities-I you get an opportunity to book one of the Junior suites with the swim up pool.

Pool-Two main pools with one have a swim up bar and the other more for families with children. Plus the swim up pools for some of the Junior Suites.

Protection-In room safe.

Recreation-Plenty of activities during the day including 2 tennis courts , Ping-Pong, Volleyball, a jogging trail, water sports center (Windsurf, kayaking, sailing, hobie cats, diving,) motorboats, aerobics, and a gaming room.

Rooms-Since this is a brand new resort the rooms are really nice especially the Junior Suites. They are one of the few all-inclusive resorts in Mexico that "Get It" when it comes to the bedding and the soft mattresses. That is one of the biggest complaints for many resorts in Mexico about the hard beds so I am glad to see them putting money into the nicer beds.

Shopping-Small shops at the resort and plenty of shopping in Playa del Carmen.

Spa-The spa will be brand new in December 2007 with your typical massages, manicures, facials etc.

Terrain-A good size resort, not too big, not too small. They did a good job of mixing in the landscaping with the natural mangroves.

Updates-This is a brand new resort.

View-Right on the ocean, with pool and ocean views.

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

WOW Factor-The newness of the resort and the bedding. Oh, the swim-up Junior Suites are not to shabby either.

X-Y-Z-I was very impressed with this resort. I tend to like newer places and this has the right combination of size and amenities.

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"Just the Facts"

Hotel Location

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The Blue Bay Grand Esmeralda is 35 minute drive of the Cancun International Airport and a 10 minute drive from Playa del Carmen.


Local Phone: 011-52-984-877-4500
Fax: 011-52-984-877-45-12

Hotel Facilities

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Barber / Beauty Salon
Boutique Shops
Business Services
Car Rental
Currency Exchange
Laundry / Dry Cleaning Service
Meeting Rooms
Physician on Call
Number of Pools: 2
Outdoor Pools: 2     
Holes: 18
Number of Courts: 2
Outdoor Courts: 2
Lighted Courts: 2
Water Sports on Site
Fishing: Additional Charge
Sunfish Sailing: Additional Charge
Scuba: Additional Charge
Snorkeling: Additional Charge
Hobie Cats: Complimentary
Paddle Boats: Complimentary
Jet Ski / Wave runner: Additional Charge
Wind Surf: Complimentary
Health Club / Spa
Aerobics: Complimentary
Massage: Additional Charge
Nautilus Equipment: Complimentary
Spa: Additional Charge
Manicure / Pedicure: Additional Charge


Hotel Details

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Strategically located within a short driving distance to the beautiful 250 ecological theme park of Xcaret situated facing a gorgeous stretch of pristine coast line.

This resort features three a la carte restaurants, one buffet restaurants pool, fitness center, 24 hour room service, Kids Club and tennis courts.

Beach: Ideally located on a glorious 400 meter stretch of beach with waiter service.
Total Rooms: 396
Year Opened: 2006

Credit Cards: Visa, Master Card, American Express


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Grand Sirenis Riviera Maya features 1 meal plan options:


Blue Bay Grand Esmeralda features 1 meal plan options:

All Meals, Drinks & Tips

There are 4 Restaurants at Blue Bay Grand Esmeralda:

L'Atelier - French specialty show-cooking. Dinner reservations required. Dress code: Slacks & shoes required.
Jaal-Ha - Buffet beach restaurant and snack bar serving breakfast (7:00 am to 11:00 am), lunch (12:30 to 5:00 pm) and dinner (7:00 pm to 10:00 pm). Shoes and shirts required.
Don lsi - Mexican specialty a la carte restaurant. Serves dinner from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Reservations are required. Dress Code: Slacks and shoes required.
Di Rossi - Italian a la carte restaurant. Open for dinner 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Dress Code: Slacks and shoes required. Reservations are required.

Activities & Entertainment

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Daily Activities & Entertainment:

Volleyball & Basketball Courts, Kayaks, Sailing, Spinning, Aquaerobics, Hydroryders.

Nightly Activities & Entertainment:

Indoor Theater with air-conditioning, Lounge Bar


Children's Programs

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Children's pool. theater, supernintendo, TV & sports activities, open from 10:00am to 11:00pm.

Children's Facilities
Children's Pool

nursery, mini-cafeteria,


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