Grand Oasis Tulum $188|night

Akumal, Mexico

The last time I was in Mexico was 2008.  Cozumel.  I ate so much I gained about 15 pounds.  It was beautiful and amazing.
I’ve been thinking of traveling more and promised myself 2017 would be a year of adventure.  But life has a way of chin checking your ass faster than you can catch.  When your money is funny it can put a damper on your plans.  And that’s exactly what it’s done to mine.
Working a 100% commission job has its challenges.  One being uncertainty when it comes to income.  So when others see it as being cheap when searching for a bargain it can be a necessity for me.  I never want to be without, because I splurged one month to decorate and travel, then be without enough for my electricity bill!
So what’s a girl to do?  In comes Jetsetter.  A travel website that sends me discounted hotel and resort stays daily.  Some of the resorts are AMAZING and others just MEH.  But traveling is about the experience and the memories.  Just leave out the bed bugs and we got a deal!
Today’s email featured 10 spots that are budget friendly.  Let’s explore the one that caught my eye.

Catch the breakdown below:

Very Good 1383 Reviews
Jetsetter Approved
This Hotel meets our standards

What We Love

  • Fun in the sun on the Riviera Maya, in an all-inclusive beachfront room with a hot tub. Unleashing your inner beach bum by one of five pools or the shoreline and coral reef
  • Seeing the dramatic ruins of El Castillo over the sea
  • Staying on an all-inclusive basis, with a spa-treatment discount, welcome wine and more
  • Shopping the hotel’s fashion offerings, or hitting town to do the same

What To Know

  • Rooms are clean but a bit outdated
  • WiFi is not included but available for an extra fee (which varies depending on the length of your stay)
  • The rooftop bar and terrace pools are a popular spot


  •  Gym
  •  Spa
  •  Restaurant
  •  Pool
  •  Parking on site
  •  Kids Club
  •  Babysitting


A beachfront room with a hot tub at an all-inclusive Riviera Maya getaway, featuring five pools

The Lowdown

Some hotels make a splash, and some leave the splashing to you. Grand Oasis Tulum is in the second category, an Akumal property that elevates your typical Riviera Maya getaway, while still giving you what you want: water, water, everywhere. There’s a proper way to spend a day here, and that’s by one of the five pools or on the beach, by the coral reef. Nights are a little different – a beach bum needs to eat – but rest assured that a number of the 22 restaurants and bars offer sea views, too. All that water means there are lots of coastal sights in the area, so outside the hotel, your plan for the day won’t be quite so cut-and-dried, or really dry at all. See the famous clifftop ruins of El Castillo, swim in the lagoons at Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, or dive in the Gran Cenote. So maybe some of this is more strenuous than simply lounging waterside, but if you need to train for the workout, Grand Oasis offers yoga, Zumba, tennis, aerobics – and diving, too, of course.


Your Grand Oasis accommodation comes complete with a 42-in. flat-screen TV and one king bed. You’ll be right on the sands, with your own interior whirlpool-style beachfront hot tub.


Hungry? Pick from 10 hotel spots, ranging in cuisine from Mexican to Italian to American to Japanese. There’s a steakhouse, too, as well as a spread at Arrecifes Restaurante Buffet that draws from several international influences. And when you need a drink, there are another 12 bars and clubs, including a sports bar, a piano bar and an al fresco lounge.


When you’re looking for a massage, Sensoria Spa’s got your back, and the same goes if you’re looking for a luscious wrap or body treatment. Salon services are also on offer, and if you’d like a hand in your wellness experience, you can take a relaxing yoga class.


Home to a grand cenote, the lagoons of the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve and a dramatic Mayan pyramid over the sea, Tulum is rich in history and scenery. You’re in Akumal, which is just a short drive from all of these places, as well as a scenic coastal destination in its own right. Explore the caves at Aktun Chen or this town’s own cenote, or try a new water sport. If you don’t feel like leaving Grand Oasis, you’ll be happy to know that you’re still welcome to beach bum – the resort has its own shore, with a coral reef and fishing and diving activities – and that there are a total of five property pools. Shopping options are also available here, as are bike rentals. There’s even a theater and a set of athletic courts, including two for tennis.


How to Get There

Grand Oasis Tulum
Km 251 Carret. Chetumal – Pto. Juarez

Tulum, Mexico


Let me know if you’ve been or plan to go. I, for one, have this place on my short list for 2017!


Until later





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