A November to Club Med Cancun
After our visit to Club Med Turkoise in October and the disappointment over the sailing equipment and conditions, we decided to try Cancun in the fall. All our previous trips to Cancun had been in the spring so we thought we'd see what it was like in November and also see if they still had some of our favored Hobie 16 sailboats. We quickly put together our flights on Delta and Steve at Mill Travel took care of the Club Med arrangements with his usual efficiency and speed.
Getting there and back
Our flights were comfortable and on time on both directions. Transfers between the airport and the Club Med village were included but there was significant confusion (chaos?) at the ground transportation area of the airport and there was no good indication of who to see or where to go for the transfer. We eventually found the right person and we were soon on our way with just the two of us in a large SUV. On the transfer back to the airport our printed instructions said to meet our driver in front of reception at 1:30, so we showed up at 1:25 only to find our driver was about to leave without us as he had been told to pick us up at 1:15.
The Cancun airport is large and modern, but still has its share of chaos.
Around the villageOur last visit to this village had been about 3.5 years previous but not a lot had changed in that time. The village square had been freshened up some and some other minor tweaks. Probably the biggest change was the new building with rooms for GM families along the sailing beach and the facilities related to this. We were in the Opal building about half way between the village center and the sailing area, which worked fine for us. We did see more children around the village than we saw on our last visit. Our visit was the week before Thanksgiving week, so perhaps some families were getting an early start on the holiday. The grounds and landscaping at Cancun are very lush and the humid tropical conditions are hard on the buildings so there were always people working on something, whether trimming the plants or painting the buildings, there was constant maintenance.
The main beach, and looking up the Cancun strip.
Food and DrinkThere are three restaurants: The main restaurant (all buffet) La Hacienda is just off the village center, the Polynesian style Las Cazuelas (all buffet, but with a more Mexican food style) is adjacent to the sailing area and La Pergola is an Argentinian style steakhouse sited on the point of land in front of the village.
Inside Las Cazuelas for an early breakfast.
In the main restaurant there were several serving stations manned by the chefs preparing the food.
The "house wines" were drinkable but certainly nothing special. We did purchase better wine at La Pergola and the last night at the main restaurant when we had a number of GOs joining us.
The dessert table at the main restaurant.
SailingAs we had hoped, the Cancun Club Med still had a couple of Hobie 16s, even if they were not in the best of shape. There were only a few other GMs who wanted to sail the 16s so we usually did not have to wait long to get one. There was one Hobie 16 sailor, Katherine, would go out on a 16 whenever she could get one and also, sometimes, get someone to go with her. She was not very big and the winds were blowing pretty good, so Katherine usually needed someone to go with her as "ballast". She was serious enough about sailing that she even had her own "hiking stick" (tiller extension) that she would put on a 16 prior to taking it out and then remove it when done.
A bunch of Hobie Waves sit idle while Katherine flies a hull of the 16 in the distance.
Short video of the sailing area.
There was a regatta (sailing race) one day and we decided to watch rather than participate and I think that was a good decision: it was more fun to watch. The "Armada" or Sailaway to another beach across the bay was cancelled because the wind was not favorable. From what I could see, I suspect the wind would seldom be favorable for this trip. Besides the two Hobie 16s they had about 8 Hobie Waves, the normal collection of kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, and some generally old and rough windsurf equipment.
The GOsWe did not meet or get to know many GOs other than the sailing team, but they were a lot of fun. As usual, the sailing GOs were not real sure of our sailing ability until we got out on the Hobie 16 a couple of times. Once they realized we knew what we were doing and that we generally tried to help them out as much as we could, they always tried to help us and give us as many chances to sail as they could. I waited too long to write this review and cannot remember the names of all the sailing team, but I do remember Ragab (Chief of Sailing), Luis, Alejandro, and Eduardo.
Dinner with a couple of GOs at La Pergola.
Eduardo and his (in)famous glowing shoes. Susan was amazed.
This and ThatAs in much of the Caribbean lately, the sea weed was a problem in Cancun this year. All along the main Cancun beach the sea weed would wash up on the beach and the staff would try to rake it up every moprning.. The sea weed tended to pile up into one corner of the main Club Med beach and there would be a significant obnoxious order in that area while two hundred feet away, the beach and the air was clean and fresh.
We generally like to take a walk in the mornings after breakfast and before the sports activities start. At Cancun the main place to walk is to the Northeast along the main Cancun beach. Although it looks nice, it is not a good walking beach because there is a quite a bit of slope to the beach and the sand is the kind you sink down into, making it hard to walk.
All in all, a good and fun visit. I suspect we will be back again