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Revisiting The Crown Paradise Golden

This spring break my family went back to the Crown Paradise Golden in Puerto Vallarta. Our last visit was three years ago, prior to the pandemic. We stayed thirteen nights and it was one of the best trips I have ever been on.

Since our last visit, the resort finished building a new tower of rooms as well as a new restaurant. I did not stay in the new tower but spoke to a traveler who did. She also has experienced several other rooms on the property and assured me I was not missing out. The new tower is, “nothing special,” as she put it. The other rooms on the property were more to her liking. What is special, however, is the view from the rooftop pool and bar in the new tower.

The seventh-floor pool is gorgeous and most people do not realize it is there. We found out about it while having a conversation with another guest. It has a swim-up bar called Sky Bar and the most breathtaking view of the beach, surrounding resorts, and marina. There are not many chairs and the square footage leaves you wanting, but it’s worth a visit, even if you do nothing but take photos.

The new restaurant is called Los Pollos and it is their Mexican restaurant. If you are expecting tacos and burritos, you will be disappointed. The food is not what we Americans think of when we envision Mexican cuisine. I heard several guests say they were not impressed and that it was their least favorite restaurant. I have to agree. It was the only restaurant that my family visited once.

All of the other restaurants had awesome food, but due to Covid, there is still a staff shortage. The second time we ate at the Mediterranean restaurant, ALL of our food was cold, which to me, is unacceptable. The other restaurants delivered hot and tasty food without fail. The ambiance was wonderful and dinner was by far one of my favorite parts of the trip.

Outside of the restaurants, the resort could use a little work. There were clumps of hair blowing around in the stairwells. For several days, they experienced plumbing issues and overflows in the men’s bathroom by the front desk. At one point during our stay, they had to tear up the flooring in one hall leading out to the tennis courts to fix what appeared to be another plumbing issue. It is possible this resulted from a surge of spring-breakers due to the desire to escape being couped up by Covid. Beyond the plumbing issues, the resort could use a little sprucing up. Better furniture in the RCI suites. The couch’s cushions look to be too small for the frame. More color added in, because almost everything is white.

Nit-picky things aside, our stay was awesome and we may go back sometime down the road.

For more information on our previous visit to the resort, please see my blog post entitled The Crown Paradise Golden In Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, from June 26, 2019. I should also add that as a guest of the Crown Paradise Golden, you may eat at and use the family side of the resort, which is called Crown Paradise Club. The restaurants at the Crown Paradise Club are exceptional.

Keep an eye out for more posts about the excursions we experienced while in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

For information on the Crown Paradise Golden, please visit: http://www.goldencrownparadisevallarta.com/

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A Trip To Melia Golf Resort In Cozumel

A few weeks ago, my family weighed the pros and cons of leaving for vacation in Mexico. There were no travel bans and we had no idea where this virus was going. The vacation was paid for and it was something we had been looking forward to for many months. We decided to go forward with the trip.

The destination was Cozumel, Mexico. The resort, Melia Golf. This particular article is going to go in a slightly different direction than my usual entries. I want to give my readers a review, but also explain what the week was like.

When we got on the plane, it was nearly empty. Maybe a quarter full. I was slightly nervous, but we were heading to a place where the heat and sunshine would hopefully be to our advantage. Our arrival went smoothly. The taxi cost five dollars per person and our hotel was only a short distance from the airport.

Upon arriving at the resort, we were quickly checked in and shown to our suite. We chose to stay through RCI and would be located in the tower. Our room had a king-size bed, mini kitchen with a glass-top table for four, a bathroom with a shower, couch, television, and a balcony overlooking the ocean. We were on the twelfth floor and also had two chairs with a small table and a whirlpool located on our balcony. The room was clean and comfortable.

There were two places to eat during regular day-time hours. The buffet, or the grill. At night you could go to the buffet, or one of three restaurants which required a reservation and served Italian, Mexican, or International cuisine. My favorite of the three was the Mexican restaurant. I am gluten-free and it had the safest options and was also delectably satisfying.

The hotel offered two pools. One for adults only and one for families with children. Melia is home to a golf course as well as several other activities such as croquet, mini-golf, shuffleboard, and tennis. There is an arcade, wellness center with spa, and activity center for kids. You have three bars to choose from which include, the lobby bar, the beach bar, or the pool bar. There are quite a few chairs around the pool as well as located on the beach with umbrellas. At night there are plenty of activities to entertain your whole family.

This resort is maintained and clean. I never once felt as if anything was not clean. The food at the buffet is a limited variety, but quite satisfying. You can get ice cream if you know to ask for it. Their coconut ice cream is to die for. The staff is friendly and accommodating.

Now, on the flip-side of things. After we arrived Covid-19 changed rapidly. I barely slept for a few days before the trip and several days into it. We had family and friends messaging us and telling us that there was talk of closing the borders, which quickly became a reality. We needed to leave or risk being trapped in Mexico. The resort became more and more empty each day. We arrived on a Monday and by Thursday people were filing out. On Saturday morning we decided we needed to leave. We booked a flight home for Monday; we couldn’t get out any sooner. I finally slept that night.

The day before we left, the place was desolate. The only dining option was in the buffet, which became a cook to order situation where you were given a menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The grill was still running, but that was it. We heard that the resort would be closing down on Tuesday. My heart goes out to all the workers who were told they would be going on vacation due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Being on an island during such a crazy time was interesting. We had the place nearly to ourselves. I have never seen so many empty beach chairs in my life. We made some new friends and I know I will never forget this trip. I cannot tell my readers how packed this place is during normal circumstances. It is a small resort with limited seating, but it’s beautiful and clean. I hope to return in the future during normal circumstances.

For more information on the Melia Cozumel Golf Resort, please visit: https://www.melia.com/en/hotels/mexico/cozumel/melia-cozumel/index.htm