To see the recap of all of my previous trips to OMR, following these links to July 2019, May 2019, July 2018, May 2018, January 2018, July 2017, January 2017, , , , and
We were joined by our friends Darcy and Tanya from London, Ontario, Canada for the first 7 days of our trip. We met them at OMR five years ago after Darcy read my blog. This was their 8th visit. I've said it before and I'll say it again, in this big world, vacation seems to bring everyone together with a common goal…Have fun, relax and enjoy!
We really love the layout and the grounds are always kept immaculate. The wildlife is everywhere! Rather than your typical “hotel” set-up, Ocean Maya has 320 rooms,
including 33 eight-room villas and 56 rooms in the privilege building.
After 12 visits, it’s easy to figure out the perfect building. Building 9 is in a great location with a slight ocean view. It’s close enough to the pool for a quick walk, but far enough away so we don’t hear the noise during our afternoon nap. Room 908 is pretty ideal.
This was our first time visiting OMR over Christmas
and New Year’s, so I’ll start with those highlights.
Mexican tradition celebrates on Christmas Eve, so they had a big seafood buffet and pictures with Santa.
Not too big of a deal. We all wanted to eat dinner at La Dolce that night, which included a special Christmas Eve menu. My favorite was the charcuterie and cheese spread. As you can see, I was like a kid in the candy store :)
New Year’s Eve was a spectacle. We were joined by
our friends Rob & Sue on December 30th as they were getting
their trip underway. Rob & Sue are from Penzance, England and this would be their 18th stay at OMR (actually, no one really knows many times
they’ve visited! Not even them…lol) We do know they come about 3x per year and
stay for 3 weeks at a time. Talk about living the dream!
We reserved a table for Rob, Sue and ourselves for the night. In order to reserve the table, we had to purchase one bottle of sparkling wine per couple. No big deal since we would be buying a few bottles anyway.
A few, she says...
There was a massive seafood buffet, entertainment,
dancing, and lots and lots of champagne. We were joined by several members of
On to the
rest of the trip…
There are seven restaurants at OMR, including five a-la-carte, one buffet and the sports bar. We have always been satisfied with the food at OMR and this trip was no different. Having been so many times, we wish the menus would change annually, but we know what we like and tend to eat the same dishes.
La Dolce Vita has always been our favorite restaurant and this visit was no different. We made every attempt to visit every other day. In addition to the food variety, the atmosphere at La Dolce is what sets it above the rest. It's in open air and right on the water which allows for a nice breeze in a comfortable setting. We always request fresh Parmesan and red pepper flakes with our dinner. Our favorite items were the arugula salad, beef carpaccio, salmon, ravioli, steak and chicken. Alberto was our server every night. He was efficient, kind and personable. He and host/manager Javier provided stellar service and made sure all of our needs were met.
The picture was taken with Darcy, Tanya, Ron, Jean and ourselves in July 2018 and it's still there :)
Charro is open as a small buffet for lunch and a-la-carte for dinner. There is
also a large outdoor grill located near the quiet pool
that opens at 11 am for several hours.
We typically don’t eat at El Charro for dinner, but we did visit twice for appetizers. We really love their ceviche. Small and just perfect. Highly recommend.
Privilege lounge is the final a-la-carte restaurant and only available to Privilege
guests. Steve and I ate breakfast in Privilege a few times. Privilege
offers a beautiful and relaxing setting. We typically
ordered the ham and cheese croissant with eggs, bacon and hash browns. The egg
and bacon on the sandwich made for a hearty breakfast. Manny and Victor
are two of the best!
Even the resident cat's name is "Privilege" :)
The Sports Bar is one of our favorite places on the resort, mostly because you can get their wings and rings anytime between 4 pm and 7 am...and boy did we get wings! These wings saved me when I skipped lunch and was starving before dinner, or picked at my dinner and was starving at 10 pm. We also watched Sunday football games here. It took some time, but they do have the NFL Sunday Ticket (and other sports packages) and Arturo came to our rescue. Miguel was our server/bartender and we had a great time.
We also love the ice cream shop. Perfect on a hot afternoon with a little Bailey's on top!
Coffee Shop is located in the lobby and serves delicious coffee drinks as well as a limited number of
pastries and sandwiches.
There are three main bars (main, pool, sports) at OMR in addition to a smaller bar outside of El Charro (also a smoothie bar). Dos Equis and Dos Equis Amber are available on tap. There is a plethora of liquor available at all of the bars as well. The pool bar is located in between the loud pool and the quiet pool, but also has a swim-up bar on the party pool side. Miguel, Jony and Eber are phenomenal at the pool bar. They are efficient, kind and funny.
We watched some of the outdoor performances in the courtyard and enjoyed cocktails such as Ketel One martinis, Manhattans, 1800 Anejo, black Russians and Lemoncello, among other things!
We took a lot of walks on the beach, including the 15-20 minute walk to the lagoon. It's a nice and safe walk with beautiful water.
highlight of this resort and the #1 reason why we continue to return time and
time again is the staff. From top to bottom, everyone treats you with genuine
reverence and kindness and is always eager to please. Groundskeepers,
housekeeping, bar staff, dining staff…I could go on forever about their
seemingly genuine attempt to make every guest happy.
Overall, the staff at Ocean Maya Royale is phenomenal and should be proud of what they bring to the H10 organization. Denise, Rodrigo, Jorge, Mario, Arturo, Manny, Victor, Yovannetti, Tila, Anna, Eber, Tiger, Alberto and Carolina ALL truly made our trip memorable and an outstanding experience. This was our 13th visit to Ocean Maya and the staff always exceeds our expectations. We’ve already booked our 14th and 15th stays at OMR in May and September of 2020. Thank you!
Once again, we recognize how much we appreciate, need and enjoy these vacations. They truly are part of who we have become as Steve and Shannon Schur. We have a great time with our friends where we create memories to last a lifetime. Most importantly, we have the opportunity to spend this time together doing absolutely nothing but enjoy each other’s company. It is a time that is healthy and nurturing for our marriage and our friendship. We've been married 13 years and we continue to live our best life.