Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun All Inclusive is the location for your vacation dreams to come true. It is not often that I get to visit and write about all-inclusive resorts. This is beyond a pleasure.
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Cancun is an incredible vacation spot. Just seeing the water here, and visiting the area can be life-changing.
What Is an All-Inclusive Resort? Your Complete Guide
All-inclusive resorts present a great opportunity for planners and travelers. Travelers dream of their next vacation, while hotel managers want to increase revenue. This article covers everything you need to understand about all-inclusive resorts.
What is an all-inclusive resort?
An all-inclusive resort includes everything you need except airfare. You pay for your room, meals, and entertainment.
All-inclusive resorts offer a wide variety of accommodations. From a swim-up suite to an ocean-view terrace to a two-story beachfront casita. Each room type comes with standard amenities, however, the in-room amenities may vary depending on the tier of suite chosen.
All-Inclusive resorts offer more than basic accommodations. Guests receive a wristband to prove they qualify for certain perks. Wristbands are usually colored differently based on what level of service you’ve paid for.
How do they differ from non-all-inclusive resorts?
All-inclusive resorts are very popular because they allow people to relax without having to worry about anything except what they’re doing. Guests don’t need to think about how much money they spent or whether they ate too many calories.
À la carte Resorts are great because you get to choose what you want to eat or drink. You can also stay in your room if you want to sleep instead of going out. Half Board means you get two meals per day. And Full Board means you get everything included.
What do all-inclusive resorts typically include?
All-Inclusive Resorts usually include breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. They also include lodging, activities, and entertainment. Most all-inclusive resorts include alcoholic beverages, although some may charge more than others. Spa treatments, golfing, and water sports are often included in the all-inclusive package. However, tips and gratuities are often not included.
Day One Travel and Arrival
My trip started as you might imagine, with a flight to Cancun. It used to be that flying to Mexico was an adventure. Now you can get straight flights from over 40 airports. This makes the trip a breeze and the excuse to travel here even easier to make. The key if finding a great resort you can trust with an All-Inclusive.
You may remember from the news some all-inclusive resorts had an issue a few years ago. Well, those resorts were in the Dominican Republic and smaller, no-name resorts. When you stay at an all-inclusive you want a larger corporate resort. One that is part of a chain or network of fine resorts. Not only do they have their act together, but also for safety and security.
- Cable TV
- Coffee Maker
- In-Room Safe
Then the resort itself offers all of these options.
- Free WiFi
- Outdoor Pools
- Business Center
- On-Site Restaurants
- Fitness Center
- Concierge Services
Fiesta Americana is such a brand and they come highly recommended by their previous and repeat visitors. Their overall review score is above 4.5 with tens of thousands of reviews and that is flat-out amazing.
Just look at a few of their reviews
We spent 8 days here on a girls’ trip and it was wonderful. I have been doing all-inclusives for 8 years and this is the best family resort I’ve been to yet. I wish there was a sit-down breakfast, rather than a buffet, other than that, all the food was delicious. Henry and the staff at Kambu were amazing. They went above and beyond to create a “no menu” 3-course dinner for us, complete with special drinks. Jairo and the staff at the Italian restaurant made our last night so memorable, with another “no menu” 3-course dinner created specifically for our table. Miguel at the pool never let our drinks get empty. Juan Jose and the other staff at the breakfast buffet were also so kind and charismatic. The sushi bar was amazing. The healthy corner grill was perfect for midday snacks with paninis and chips with guacamole. Elena, our housekeeper was always present with a smile. I have forgotten some of the other waitresses’ names but they were wonderful in creating any drink we asked for and finding us new ones to try.
If you’re concerned about family resorts, the children were a non-issue for our entire stay. There is a kids’ pool and the upper pool is large enough that families tended to stay on one side and childless adults on the other. The resort was clean and cared for. No frills in terms of decor, but the staff truly went above and beyond every day. We would absolutely stay here again.
Had a very nice time at the Fiesta Americana Condesa. The staff and service were wonderful! Very pleasant and ALL went out of their way to make me feel comfortable and take care of. While this is an older hotel, my room was immaculate (Thank you Yaqueline!!) and the hotel overall was very clean and tastefully decorated. The pool area is clean and pretty. The restaurants overall were very good. Best sashimi in the lobby bar!! The Thai restaurant is excellent. The breakfast buffet had many great choices of fresh food, an omelet bar, and fresh baked goods. Beach was very clean and plenty of beach chairs. I would definitely come again. Good value!
The resort is perfect, the food and accommodations outstanding but most of all the employees.. Claudio Cordoug, Juan Jose Hernandez Palomec, Manager Sandra Hernandez, hostess Carlene, waiter Felipe, and chef Jesus have treated us like a FAMILY!
With over 14,000 reviews just for a single resort, I could share reviews with you for days here. But you get the idea. The staff is amazing, the food is great, and the location is wonderful. I am in.
Now like you, I read those reviews before getting on the plane, not it is time for me to judge for myself. Going in with those reviews, I do have high expectations for sure.
My room at the resort was a premium oceanfront king unit. They offer garden views here, sunset views, and many levels of ocean view and oceanfront views with rooms sized from over 300 sq ft to almost 3,000 sq ft. Here at an all-inclusive, the rooms are more about the view and key features since you do not need to worry or hassle with kitchens or preparing food for yourself.
There are 9 restaurants or food spots available at the resort.
EL MEXICANO–Mexican-focused menu in a casual setting.
LA CANTINA–This site is all about the drinks.
PIZZERÍA–As the name implies, these offers are made for you with pizzas of all kinds.
SUSHI CORNER–Sushi fans will love this fast-service sushi service.
TRATTORIA–Eating almost poolside with great Italian dishes.
ROSATO–This is a more formal Italian restaurant.
KALMIA–The location offers both Mexican and International options.
SAN TELMO – Enjoy Argentine cuisine with great steaks and meat options.
THE GRILL–Snacks and drinks oceanside in a relaxed environment.
I had my first meal at the EL MEXICANO location and I was happy I did. Everything here was fresh and prepared with care and attention. The meal was surrounded by fresh vegetables and greens that made the entire meal seem alive.
Since this is all-inclusive, this also means all you can eat. I headed for a drink next to the Cantina then some fresh shrimp sushi. Which is one of only 3-4 sushi items I care for.
They butterfly and wrap shrimp around some sticky rice, and I love them with some soy sauce. Instead of being true sushi, the shrimp are cooked first.
While writing about the all-you-can-eat food, I realized that an all-inclusive is that for all things. You just go do what you like, and at these resorts, it is all included. That takes a ton of pressure off for the vacation and lets you really relax. Even when you have money, it is easy to go over budget on many vacations. Then you come back with a smaller bank account than intended or with charges on a credit card that must be handled.
I know firsthand from a cruise I took at 22 years old a few months before I purchased my first home. That was not easy timing or something that was lightning fast to recover from.
Here the resort pools, gyms, kids’ areas, food, and even adult beverages are all included. Also, some SPA offerings may be available based on your booking, as well. Just remember gratuities are not included, and the staff is amazing, so take care of them with tips.
Day Two on the Beach
When your day starts at sunrise and it starts on the beach with perfect weather, it is hard to improve upon that beginning. However, here they do offer a breakfast buffet that is amazing. Including stations for your own custom omelets. I started my day with a fluffy ham and cheese omelet with 5 kinds of cheese. Then I headed to the beach and settled in. A member of the staff helped me with a drink and boom I felt like I had died and gone to heaven. While I did not have attractive ladies feeding me grapes, I certainly could have brought one. With temptations like all-inclusive beach resorts in paradise, it is hard to stay single, but I do what I can.
It is funny in that regard. Often my travel visiting resorts are last minute. I take advantage of a last-minute cancelation and score a room via Tzort that would otherwise be vacant or unused. Then I make my travel arrangements and often within 24 hours or less, I am on the move. When booking yourself, you can and should book in advance, especially with the All-Inclusive resorts or the most popular destinations.
The beaches in Cancun are special because of the water here, which is so clear you can see many feet below the surface. I live in Virginia and while the ocean on the East Coast is not more polluted than most, the water does not allow you to see far through it. There is too much silt and material that reaches close to the surface from a process called upwelling. Here in Cancun, that does not happen, so the water appears crystal clear.
The waters here at the resort are amazingly clear. If you are someone who likes to hunt for shells or look at fish, you do not even need a snorkel. You can use walk up to your waist in the ocean and look around.
Having the equivalent of an open bar is something many can’t handle. But age does help me. I know well the real consequences of overdoing it, so I kept things to a dull roar. Or as we would have said in my youth, I kept a nice buzz going throughout the day, but I did not lose control.
Sitting by the sea with a positive feeling and spin on the world was a welcomed change of pace. By my 3rd trip into small waves and my 4th drink, the stress of life peeled away. When I returned to a lounge chair, it truly felt like I was in a different reality. Not a whole new world born fresh, but just a different experience altogether from my day to day.
I started to wonder why I do not live like this year round. I could move to a resort town and find a place on a beach. Maybe I don’t because of the expense, or perhaps it is because I sense that doing so would make this at some point seem less amazing than it does at this moment.
Day Three Heading Offsite for Mayan Ruins
It is hard to make yourself leave the comforts of a resort like this. The food, drinks, and service are so great that you feel like you are leaving Eden.
However, seeing the Mayan Ruins is something that I have not done before and this is interesting enough to pull me away for the day.
The Mayans were an advanced culture that had many accomplishments. Their civilization lasted for hundreds of years until the Europeans arrived. Some of their most famous ruins include Chichen Itza, Tikal, Palenque, Copán, Uxmal, and others. These ruins are now protected by UNESCO as world heritage sites.
The Maya had a very advanced civilization. Their knowledge of math and astronomy helped them predict eclipses and other celestial events. Human sacrifices were a part of their religion.
This city is located in Mexico. It is a great place to visit if you want to see the ancient Mayan culture. The architecture of this city is very impressive. There are many things to do here such as visiting museums, going shopping or enjoying a nice meal.
Mayans were an advanced civilization before the Spanish conquest. Their pyramids were built by hand. The Mayan people had knowledge of astronomy and mathematics. The Mayans believed that the world was round. They also believed that the earth was flat. They believed that there were four levels of heaven. There was a fifth level called Xibalba. This level was reserved for evil spirits. The Mayans thought that the gods created humans. Humans were made out of clay. The Mayans used obsidian knives to cut themselves. Obsidian knives were very sharp. The Mayans didn’t use metal tools because they believed that metal was bad. The Mayans believed in reincarnation. They believed that when you died, your soul went to Xibalba. When you got back to life, your soul came.
Uxmal is located in Yucatan, Mexico. It’s called “thrice-built” because there were three levels of construction. There were many people living here at the time. This city had a population of around 25,000. The pyramid is the tallest building in the world.
Ruins in the Yucatan Near Cancun
The ruins of Chichen Itza are the most visited archaeological site in Mexico. There are many reasons why this ancient city is such a popular destination.
The Kukulkan pyramid is the most impressive structure in Chichén-Itzá. It was named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. You can still climb up the 365-steep stairs. There are also other structures, such as the ball court, the observatory and the temple of warriors.
There are many things to do in Tulum. You should go early in the morning to avoid crowds and heat. Bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and a hat because there isn’t much shade. Bring a swimsuit and towel and include a trip to the beautiful cenote.
The wall around this ancient Maya city protected it from invaders. There are many interesting buildings to see inside the walls. This is a great place to visit if you want to learn about the history of the Maya people.
El Castillo is the most notable building in Tulum. It was built by the Mayans as a temple. It is located on the edge of a steep cliff overlooking the ocean. There are colorful murals inside the building and carvings on the outside of the building.
A great place to go if you want to see ruins, but also enjoy some beach time.
Ruins are located in the south of Cancun, close to Playa del Finestre.
El Rey is a small site that takes about an hour to explore. It is usually very peaceful, but you might linger if you want to imagine life 1,000 years ago.
Black Jaguar is a sacred animal to the Maya. It was worshiped by the Maya, Aztec, and Inca people. Ek Balam is a relatively new archaeological site, found in the 1980s. There are only a few structures left standing today. Visitors can climb up to the top of the Acropolis temple and get a great view of the surrounding area.
The hike once you are in the area of these sites requires some strength and endurance. You must be up for a decent hike.
The area still has an evil sense about it. Maybe it is just because you know that in the past, thousands of people a day were slaughtered here in ritual sacrifices. The scale of which has not been seen again on our planet. It is the stuff they could not even reproduce with CGI for fear it would harm the viewers permanently.
There are no lasting signs here. You do not have to face that reality if you do not want to, but as someone who likes to learn the history of places, it was something that took my imagination on multiple occasions during my trip.
After half a day of visiting these historic sites, I was ready for some more food and a stiff drink or two back on a beach of peace, and my perfect room with the balcony looking over a sea at peace.
Whether you stay at this incredible resort full-time or you talk of seeing the cultural history of the area, is up to you just make sure you save by booking through Tzort.