We stayed from March 25th through April 1st and loved every minute. The staff was so attentive and friendly that you really wanted to tip them although it wasn't required. They would help you with anything. The resort was small which we liked. Not a fancy place by any stretch but definitely very clean. I'll give a brief rundown of all categories.
Room- We booked a club ocean room and the view was amazing. We had a hot tub which was funl to chill out in. They also gave us fruit and champagne. The mini fridge was stocked daily with beer, water, sodas and juices. Everything was very clean and modern. The lighting was fine in our bathroom and only a bit dim in the main area. The closet was spacious. Although the safe required a manual lock (rather than the normal pin code) it did the job. We received a free lunch cruise with the club room which turned out to be really fun. It was more of a booze cruise with drinking games and dancing. We would definitely recommend it if you like to party. We also received a dinner in the room which ended up being good, but rather drawn out. It might be better for older couples who like to keep to themselves. We hung out with new friends in a standard lagoon view room as well and their room seemed just as nice but didn't have as many bells and whistles.
Beach- beautiful sand and ocean. It was very spacious and well groomed. There were always plenty of chairs but if you need a papalla you should get there before nine. Wait staff serviced the beach frequently but the beach bar was never too far away.
Pool- the entertainment staff did a great job keeping the party going with various interactive activities. We really liked pool beer pong and tequila volley ball. There seemed to always be enough chairs and you could even bring them in the shallow area of water. Wait staff also serviced this area but the tiki bar is right there if you need it.
Food- We enjoyed all the restaurants. My favorite was sumo, it had a good sushi and cooked food selection. My fiancé liked the old barn best especially the filet. Shangra la was good but I did find the sauces on the entrees to be a bit heavy for my taste. Pier 4 was also tasty but service was a bit slow on the night that we went. The breakfast and lunch buffets were decent and seemed to have something for everyone. The breeze cafe was great for late night snacks. All in all you have to remember that it's an all inclusive resort in Mexico and food won't be comparable to your favorite restaurant back home. I don't go on vacation for the food so my rating of the resort would not be based on that.
Entertainment- the entertainment staff is the best I've seen at an all inclusive. They really seem to get to know everyone and are always available to the guests. The games that they organize are definitely party and adult oriented which we liked. The Michael Jackson show was good and the performers were very talented. We also saw the Elvis show which was really funny and Carlos did a great job as Elvis. We didn't see the grease show but heard good things about it. Karaoke in the sixties bar was funny to hear ad watch.
Nightlife- almost every night the tiki bar seemed to be the place to go to party. The bartenders there are awesome. They were very generous with shots and even try getting girls on the bar for body shots. They have their own party cd's and also let anyone plug their iPod in for the bar to listen to. The sixties bar was always pretty dead later in the evening but it was fun to play pool there after dinner. Every night the entertainment crew sponsors a trip out to downtown cancun to one of the clubs. You pay a set amount and get transportation to the club, VIP entrance and seating and unlimited bottle service. You are responsible for getting home. Coco bongo and senior frogs also sponsor trips similar to this on select nights through the resort. We went with the entertainment staff to Bulldog one night. It was a very fun night however my fiancée got too dunk and we had to leave earlier than I would have liked. We payed $9 for the cab ride home.
Guests- the people we met at this resort were the nicest I've ever met. It just seemed like most of the guests were interested in chatting and getting to know new people. Hardly anyone came off as stuffy and everyone seemed to be in a partying and fun mood. If you're more interested in having a quiet and romantic vacation you could do that as well. There were definitely areas to relax and escape other people.
Staff- AMAZING, I'm serious you will want to tip them. They are all hard workers especially the bartenders, maids and concierge (we loved Maru).
We had no issues checking into the room that we had booked nor did we meet anyone who had this problem or hear of anyone being bumped to the great parnassus.
All in all we had a wonderful vacation thanks to the golden parnassus and we will definitely be back : ). My one regret was that we booked an all day excursion to Isla Mujeres (it was okay but we would have rather been at the golden all day).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Golden Parnassus All Inclusive Resort & Spa Cancun, Golden Parnassus Cancun, is an Adults Only All Inclusive Resort Situated on an unspoiled sandbar tucked between Nichupte Lagoon and the Caribbean Sea is one of Cancun's premier adult all-inclusive resorts. A beach resort wholly devoted to the "in the moment" lifestyle, Golden Parnassus Cancun is a destination where exclusive personal service and a sophisticated yet casual spirit offer the backdrop for the ultimate in relaxation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Golden Parnassus Cancun
- Cancun Crown Paradise
- Golden Parnassus Hotel Cancun
- Golden Parnassus Resort Spa Cancun
- Jack Tar Cancun
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