A couple of weeks ago Bebé and I were treated to another wonderful mini vacation, this time at the Seadust Cancun Family Resort, formerly the Great Parnassus Family Resort. I have to say, I wasn’t sure what to think. The resort recently changed owners and I had read some reviews that were less than stellar, but I was very pleasantly surprised and Bebé loved it. It’s a wonderful resort for families.
People always say that the resort looks and feels like a cruise ship. Now I have never been on a cruise ship, and I didn’t get that feeling at all, but I can kind of see why people say that. What do you think?
Photo: Seadust Cancun Family Resort
Either way, the lobby and restaurant area are really beautiful.
We got there are on Friday evening after Bebé’s soccer game. The bellboy was very friendly. He even wrote his extension on the pad of paper in the room just in case we needed something. That was a first!
There was a nice surprise waiting in the room for us.
That first evening we had dinner at El Maguey, the Mexican restaurant and the only one not located in the central area of the hotel. It was excellent! And really pretty!
In fact, all of the restaurants were quite good. We also had dinner at Samurai, the Asian restaurant and Big Ben, the steak house. Other restaurants open for dinner include La Maison de Michelle, a French restaurant which is only for adults, and Portofino, an Italian buffet restaurant.
We always dress up a bit for dinner! It makes a vacation feel even more special.
We never had lunch or dinner at Magnus, the main buffet, but we had breakfast there two mornings and it was good, a pretty typical all-inclusive resort buffet.
There is also Le Creperie, which serves crepes, ice cream and donuts and is open in the evenings, and Manhattan Deli, which offers late night snacks. We had lunch at the snack bars. There is one at the main pool and one by the waterpark.
They also offer 24-hour room service. We ordered it twice, once when Bebé was starving before bed and once for breakfast. For breakfast you must place a sign on your doorknob with your order before 3 am and you can choose what time it will be delivered.
The resort also has many bars. Took full advantage of that in the evenings!
The next morning we could fully appreciate our room and its view. (Our room looked just like this one sans the yellow things on the bed.)
Photo: Seadust Cancun Family Resort
They are renovating all of the rooms, floor by floor. The room had a phone, television with cable, toiletries, safe and iron and ironing board. It is important to note that WiFi is free in the lobby but there is an extra charge to have WiFi service throughout the resort. The signal is very good. There was a mini bar in the room but there is also a daily charge to have it filled. Different packages are available.
This was our view from the balcony. *Sigh*
There is actually undeveloped land (almost unheard of in the Hotel Zone) next to the resort so we could see the lagoon as well.
We didn’t get any towel animals this time, but I loved this… so pretty!
Of course, we spent most of our time at the beach, pool and waterpark, not in the room.
The beach is perfection… the Cancun beach everyone imagines.
The first day it was much to rough to go in the water. See how you can’t really tell from which direction the waves are coming? Bad sign! (Note: Pay attention to the beach flags. It can be very tempting to go swimming anyway, but it’s very risky. Lifeguards constantly have to rescue people and there are drownings all the time. Respect the sea… it’s very powerful!)
Bebé didn’t care one bit. He met some nice people and played beach soccer with them. (Click on the video to play.)
The next day it was much calmer.
Each morning we spent some time on the beach, then headed to the pool, which is divided into three infinity levels. There were always fun activities taking place. I did aqua aerobics and Bebé played water polo.
They use the towel card system. There is also an adult only pool but I never visited it.
One thing we loved about the pool was the fact that the staff pushed around a little “paleta” (popcicle) cart and handed out authentic Mexican flavored paletas. Perfect for a hot day.
After pool time we always headed to the waterpark. This is the area where the baby (18 months to 4 yrs.), kids (5 to 12 yrs.) and teen club are located. There is actually an entire family area above the waterpark with a snack bar as well. One of our favorite things about this area was the popcorn machine! Bebé loves popcorn, which was also available at the shows every night.
Bebé almost never wants to spend time alone at the kids club, but a friend recently stayed as Seadust and her 5 year old loved it. They keep the kids busy all day. He did however enjoy the xbox in the teen club since we don’t have one at home.
We had a blast on the big waterslide (adults can use it too) and Bebe liked the waterpark.
This is the baby club.
Every evening after dinner we went to the show. We saw the Fantasy Show which was fun and a bit wacky. We absolutely loved the Grease show, which was lip-synced but still very well done. Sunday night we went to the karaoke bar which is a small nightclub. Bebé played pool with some other kids and Mami sang two songs!
The resort also has a minigolf course (go in the morning or in the late afternoon or evening to avoid heat stroke) and best of all, a zip line for kids! Bebé was really nervous but as soon as he landed he said, “Otra vez!” or “Again!” There is also a climbing wall but he didn’t try that.
Seadust also offers a full service spa, which looked really pretty, and a fitness center.
This is not the newest, fanciest resort in town (Bonus: it’s not the most expensive either!) but we had an awesome mini vacation at Seadust Cancun Family Resort! I would definitely recommend it for families and in fact, a friend from the U.S. has already booked her next family vacation there.