This year for my mom's 50th birthday, we decided to go someplace new and since we have never been to Mexico, we chose to go to Cozumel; what a BRILLIANT idea that was! To Mexico we travelled in a group of three; my mom, my dad and I! Our stay was from Feb. 24- March 2, 2012.
CHECK IN: Upon arrival, we were quickly greeted by the reception desk, we got our welcome cocktails, bracelets, room key and the safe key! It was all done super-fast and they were all so welcoming and soo nice!
ROOM: We stayed in 4233 on the second floor, so we had the roof made out of palm trees. Before coming to this resort, we had read that the roof leaks and it's so uncomfortable; DON'T LISTEN! Even though we hardly had any rain, at times it would drizzle and nothing happened, our room was waterproof! We had two queen sized beds and many people complained that they were hard, I found them to be super comfy, so I would never wake up in the middle of the night due to the fact that the beds were uncomfy. Upon arrival, we had three types of alcohol beverages standing on our bedside table given to us by Nolitours and a free gift. We had a little tv and there were only 3 English channels, but who cares, we didn't come to Cozumel to watch TV so that didn't bother us at all! There was a SUPER neat little bathroom and a big enough closet space to put your clothes on. The room was always SPOT ON clean; the maid did such an amazing job that we always left her tips. NOTE- if you want the maid to change your towel, leave it in the bathtub because there are so eco-friendly, therefore they won't wash it unless you want them too! Every morning we heard the birds that were singing on the roof and it was a splendid joy to wake up to they're music! We also had a hammock outside our room that was super convenient and super cool; never had one of those before! Many people complained that the rooms are out-dated and that's not true at all, in fact the room is exotic and cute!
FOOD: The buffet was MUCHO amazing!! There was a HUGE variety of food to choose from, such as during breakfast, they had a HUGE variety of juices to choose from! They always made omelettes and milkshakes, they had cereal, bunch of fruit, lots of bread, bacon, eggs, sausages, pancakes, french toast and soo much other food! Then for lunch, the buffet was near the beach which was super convenient and the food was amazing as well; hamburgers, nachos, meat, etc. For dinner, they always had different themes, so one night would be Mexican, Italian or whatever and once again, the food was amazing! Always something different to eat every night! The servers were so kind; they always had a smile on their faces and they treated you like royalty! We always left tips because it was hard not to! We also went to 2 a la carte restaurants; one was oriental and the other was Mexican. Both were AMAZING, the food was delicious and you were definitely NOT left hungry once you left!
BEACH: The beach was beyond our expectations! It had no rocks, just plain sand! If you have read any other reviews, many people say that there is snorkelling straight from the beach and that is true, there is snorkelling near the beach but to see bigger fish, you need to swim a little bit further, so near the buoys. If you want to be even more amazed, swim past the buoys even though they ask you not to and don’t go far, but near the piers you can see starfish and big fish; just be careful of all the oncoming traffic from the boats. I suggest you to bring your own snorkelling gear because many people complained that they only got it for an hour and the snorkelling is so incredible, that you need it for at least 2-3 hours! We have personally never seen such diversity of fish and plants all at once; on shore we saw stingrays, barracudas, manta rays and big fish!!
ENTERTAINMENT: If you are looking from A LOT of night life then Allegro Cozumel is not the place for you, but that does not mean there isn’t any night life! At 8:30 there would be the kids mini disco till 9, followed by some interesting show! I would recommend you to participate, get out on the stage because it’s lots of fun and you have a great time! The shows here very different from many resorts, like I have never seen a fire show or a lights show before which I found really cool! The show would go on till 10 and then if you like, you can hit the club till 1:30 or if not, then you can go to your room or take a walk on the beach! The day entertainment is AMAZING! There are morning stretches, then in the afternoon you can play a crazy game, learn how to speak Spanish, learn how to make towel art (super cool!), learn how to cook, make friendship bracelets, learn how to make cocktails. At 4, there is an intense game of volleyball happening and I suggest you going to play because that’s where you make new friends. The entertainment team was the BEST! Super friendly, extremely funny, outgoing, crazy; just not enough words to describe them! (Ivan, Ruben, Sonia, Irene <3)
BARS: Everyday, the bar is crazy filled with people asking for drinks! The bar tenders are very friendly and they make the best cocktails ever! TIP: Instead of going to the bar right near the beach, go to the one where you eat lunch because the line is SO much shorter!
EXCURSIONS: Cozumel is known for their amazing reefs, so we took two snorkelling excursions! The first one we had a little boat pick us up and it took us to three reefs, Skye, Colombia and one more (forgot the name!). Our tour guides, Josee and Santiago (I believe) were SUPER friendly, outgoing and they knew where to take you! We saw eels, lots of big fish, a turtle, but we had a little incident. My dad dove down and accidentally touched a stingray and the pain was BRUTAL, but our tour guides handled it so well, they didn’t panic even though they knew the pain is bad and they kept everyone smiling. We then had a little trip to the hospital, but the hospital fixed my dad up in 2 hours and we were free to go! For the 2 snorkelling excursion, we took the glass bottom boat ‘El Dorado’ to three reefs, Skye, Palancar and Colombia. Our tour guides, J.J and Ivan knew great places to swim and knew where the animals were hiding. We saw a SHARK, a stingray, a turtle, a HUGE eel, HUGE fish; it was just incredible! I thank all the tour guides that we had because our trip wouldn’t have been the same without them! I REALLY recommend you go with those two excursions because the tour guides are fantastic!
TIP: When sellers from town come to sell you stuff, don’t buy it because they charge quite a lot, unless you make a good deal, so best of all, take a taxi (16$ USD) to San Miguel (the main town) and shop in their local little stores! You can bargain great deals with them, as well as they have more stuff to offer for a great price!
OVERALL: We had such a fantastic time, we met lots of new people that will remain our friends for a long time, we met the NICEST staff ever, so friendly and always smiling! I would DEFINETLY return sometime soon because this week was SO memorable, no words to describe what I’m feeling!
I LOVE OCCIDENTAL ALLEGRO COZUMEL <3
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In Mexico’s Caribbean there is a tiny island just bursting with life – it is Cozumel and the Allegro Cozumel. Right on the famous Sand Francisco Beach, two worlds of adventure co-exist: The Fun-in-the-sun beach and the amazing undersea Palancar Reef. Whatever you choose to pursue, Allegro Cozumel places it right at your fingertips. Beach Volleyball, tropical bars, restaurants, and nightclubs keep life on land exciting, while the on-site dive shop and big-game sport-fishing charters offer a gateway into the dazzling marine sanctuary of Cozumel’s waters. And when you awake the next morning, after a relaxing night’s sleep in your comfortable guest room, you’ll find there’s even more to explore, because the adventure never stops at Allegro. For the young ones, there is plenty to do from building sand castles alongside the beautiful powdery white sand beach, get physical at the amazing kid’s multiplay covered playground, catch some giggles at the water park, or take advantage of the many activities offered by the Kids clubs. ... more less
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Travelocity.ca, Expedia, Hotels.com, Booking.com, HotelQuickly, TripOnline SA, Cancelon and Evoline ltd so you can book your Allegro Cozumel reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Occidental Allegro Cozumel Hotel Cozumel
- Occidental Allegro Hotel
- Occidental Allegro Resort All Inclusive