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May 10, 2012 10:11 PM

All-Inclusives that don't suck...

My boyfriend and I have been gifted with a vacation and he wants to go somewhere in Mexico. Because he'd like to get everything possible paid for on the front end, he'd like to do an AI resort. This makes sense, but as eating and drinking are my favorite things to do while traveling, it makes me a little nervous.

We are open to all ocean areas (nothing inland) except Tulum (which we've been to already--and highly recommend!). Even at the nicest looking resorts, the food can sometimes look like a dressed up cruise buffet. Any recommendations welcome!! Let's just assume price isn't an issue :-)

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    1. You may want to look at Hotel Las Palmas about 7 miles south of Zihuatanejo. Small hotel with an excellent kitchen. Quiet, private, with a beautiful pool. Beach walking for miles ... La Barra de Potosi is a tiny fishing village down the beach that also offers excellent meals and ice cold beers .. just in case you want to have some options for food and drinks. The hotel has bikes so heading down to La Barra is easy. You could also taxi into Zihuat for even more adventures.

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      1. re: Maggie19

        I know this thread is old, but I just joined today! We've been to Karisma Azul Sensatori and it was fantastic. We're looking to do another AI and may just go back there again bc it was so good. I was just looking at Moon Palace Resorts in Cancun. The place looks beautiful and a lot of eating options. We are huge into food. Has anyone been there?? Any feedback would be great. Thanks! Oh and I also want to add that I would love to do Grand Velas as all I hear are amazing food reviews. The problem is, we have 3 young kids, and all their nice restaurants don't allow kids! Wish they could just say families could come at 5 or something, then open to everyone else at say 6:30. So frustrating bc we're dying to go there!

      2. Its been my experience that food and drink is proportional to price.
        Like you, eating and drinking is very important to us when travelling. Unfortunately, none of my AI experiences have been memorable for the food, Mexico or otherwise.
        I'm not saying theres no hope, just that it may be a tall order.

        I always dreamed about jetting off to one of those super-elite, 5 star++, ultra-luxury AI joint and trying out their food (I dunno the Rosewood Mayakoba comes to mind...)
        However....paying $3000 per person per week, plus another $1000 or so on airfare rings in at about $7000/wk.
        Seems at some point, the cost might not justify the food/drink.

        I'm just saying.

        1. 1000% the Grand Velas resort in Riviera Maya!!! I had never been to an all-inclusive before, and was very skeptical when my husband said were going there. My MIL is a travel agent and she has never had an unhappy client there. It is spectacular to see and the food and drink was terrific, free-flowing and very upscale. We were thrilled by all aspects of the resort and most impressively, the food/ restaurants. People from outside of the hotel come there at night to dine. The service was impeccable and the choices were tremendous. Plus, the in-room dining was top notch as well.

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          1. re: MRS

            Our first AI was here.....BIGGGG mistake. We don't want to go anywhere else now because the food was so good.

            1. re: itryalot

              I am now ruined to any other sort of AI. We won't consider anything else!!

          2. I hope that he is willing to do at least a couple of meals off-resort! :) While I am sure that you will be able to find an AI with food that you will love, you'll be missing out on all the delicious food Mexico has to offer! I can't imagine going to Mexico (and we do stay in an AI at least a couple of nights each trip) without eating in my favorite down-scale places.