El Cozumeleno Beach Resort Report – Cozumel

El Cozumeleno Pool & Beach

El Cozumeleno Beach Resort Pool & Beach

AT THE EL COZUMELENO BEACH RESORT FOR CHRISTMAS

Near the end of December I spent nine days and my Christmas at the El Cozumeleno Beach Resort, alone, and enjoyed myself capitally while catching up on writing and relaxing in the all-inclusive beach resort atmosphere.

Although I’ve been to Cozumel at least a dozen times since 1988, I had never tried an all-inclusive resort. But there is a first time for everything and my stay was great from start to finish. I’ve seen a great deal of what Cozumel has to offer, and Cozumel does offer quite a bit with many activities and attractions throughout the island, so I decided to use the El Cozumeleno as my base..

El Cozumeleno Beach and Snorkle-Swim Area

El Cozumeleno Beach and Snorkle-Swim Area

I decided to get out of my hometown, Newport Beach, California, fast. My girlfriend’s family and in-laws, on short notice, were going to invade like a marauding army — I took that as my cue to get out of town, ASAP. I really needed some R&R, anyway after finishing a book and the fastest way to get out of town with airline and good hotel ressies in hand is to grab a package. The El Cozumeleno seemed worth a shot and I’m glad I did — it worked out great for me, better than I had hoped for. I booked through Apple Vacations (first time) and I must say that they had terrific service. For example, although it’s easy to get a van from the airport to get to your hotel, Apple had someone at the airport waiting for Apple Vacationers and popped me onto a ride to my hotel, pronto and prepaid, as part of the package.

El Cozumeleno Decor and Entry Detail

El Cozumeleno Decor and Entry Detail

El COZUMELENO BEACH RESORT REPORT: The Cozumeleno is located roughly four miles north of the town square, so you can walk into town and get some exercise or hop in a cab to run into town pretty inexpensively for about $7, particularly if you’re sharing the cab with friends. I found this convenient as I do like to get into town and try some of the local restaurants for lunch and occasional dinners, even though all my meals were included in my all-inclusive El Cozumeleno package. I like to poke about when I travel and try new places and eateries.

The grounds and rooms of the El Cozumeleno are kept spotlessly clean and the people are absolutely wonderful and very friendly. The grounds and architecture have a pleasant feel about them and I do like casual. By the time I left I was on a first name basis with most of the servers in the restaurants. I find it pleasant to walk into the restaurant with the waves lapping on the beach twenty feet away and say a pleasant good morning to Martine or Victor or any of the other waiters. A cup of wonderful, dark coffee usually arrives within a minute or two.  Can’t fight that. I made El Cozumeleno’s covered, open air beach restaurant my “office” and place to write, and it worked great with coffee, snacks, a full buffet, or a cold beer close at hand, and all included in my all-inclusive package.

El Cozumeleno Beach Restaurant

El Cozumeleno Beach Restaurant

A note about tipping: although I didn’t see people tipping in the restaurants and beach service, I like to leave a tip just to let the people know who are attending to my requests and needs that I do appreciate their efforts. But that’s just me, because years in Newport Beach and close to where I live Laguna Beach, good service is appreciated and rewarded in this fashion. Old habits die hard.

The El Cozumeleno provides a buffet by the pool area for the kids and pool-lounging adults with simple food like hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza, and salads. Next to covered outdoor buffet it is the covered, open air restaurant by the beach with its full buffet for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Or you can order from a menu, too; they have you covered. In the morning I often ordered an omelet from the grill person, who made what I wanted right then and there. I would simply say “everything” with a wave of my hand and they always handed me a terrific, fresh omelet a few minutes later. For lunch I often had their fajitas or tacos, your choice or pork, chicken, or beef – always fresh and tasty with a side of black beans. I asked for a hot salsa and they brought me an innocent-looking batch of peppers and salsa that almost took my head off — great! They have a more formal inside restaurant, too, if you want to quiet down and take a longer dinner.

El Cozumeleno - Snorkeling

El Cozumeleno – Snorkeling

Two-Pool Areas – adults and children: The El Cozumeleno has two pool areas, one for the adults and another with additional shallow baby pools for the children and rug rats. There is a beach area, too, next to the pier and main restaurant, which mostly adults liked to use. Waiters were always available in the pool and beach areas and being all inclusive, you could order what you wanted at no additional charge, including beer and wine. I’m a lightweight when it comes to drinking, so I like to stick with the agua minerales – mineral water — basically soda water with a fizz. That way I can get some writing done in the afternoon. Despite the “free wine and beer,” I never saw any sloshy drunks my entire stay, due, I think, to the family atmosphere and the upbeat feeling of the El Cozumeleno.

El Cozumeleno Tacos!

El Cozumeleno Tacos!

All rooms face the ocean, so nobody gets stuck with a room overlooking the parking lot. I was up on the ninth floor in a clean and comfortable room with a sofa, a small table and two chairs, and a small patio. The rooms that I saw all had a nice patio that was pleasant to sit out on late in the day after a good swim. The swimming and snorkeling area is roped off, and the longer pier on the north side of the property acts as a swell and wave break and kept the water calm in front of the hotel. This worked out well for the smaller children and newbie snorkelers, too.

Kid Fishing at the End of the Pier

Kid Fishing at the End of the Pier

I arrived at the tail end of a storm, so the sea on the other side of the pier was a bit rough, but a lot smoother for swimming in the hotel area, which I did a lot of. Of course, in the pool area for families, the parents and kids were going at it all day long, then hopping into the ocean for snorkeling. I noticed that the staff was really great with the kids and guided them through a number of activities, which gave the parents some R&R, too. The parents seemed to be a bit more relaxed; they seemed to enjoy being relieved of having a bit of the burden of watching kids 24/7 taken of their shoulders in the family pool area where the kids played all day long.

I would recommend the El Cozumeleno for anyone, especially if you were bringing children. My stay was relaxing and I had a lot of fun relaxing around the hotel and running into town, often by myself, to revisit old favorites and to sample new places.

Please see the pictures in the album, below, for more views of the El Cozumeleno Beach Resort.

 

 

 

 

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