An economy all-inclusive option on the southern end of the island of Cozumel, this Occidental property caters to families. The food is mostly lackluster, mosquitoes can sometimes be an issue, the rooms are somewhat dated, there’s no swim-up bar, the fitness center is cramped and below average, and the property is isolated and relatively far from any downtown areas or off-site shopping and dining; but the resort offers a swimming pool just a few steps from the beach, good dining variety for an all-inclusive (five restaurants plus a pizzeria), and high quality tennis courts surrounded by thick jungle. The beach is decidedly above average for Cozumel, though it’s still quite narrow by Mexico standards. Upgrading to the larger Royal Level rooms comes with extra perks such as access to a Royal Level-only restaurant, welcome fruit baskets, robes and slippers, access to the hydromassage pool, and special concierge service. Activities include outstanding scuba diving and snorkeling (Palancar Reef, the world’s second-largest, is just offshore), deep sea fishing, snorkeling, windsurfing, Hobie Cat sailing, beach volleyball, kayaking, and excursions to the nearby Mayan ruins at Tulum and Chichen Itza.
On-site COVID-19 testing is offered prior to departure, but it isn’t complimentary.