The Melia Hotel in Cozumel
The Melia Cozumel isn't just a hotel; it's an "all inclusive golf and beach resort", according to the brochures. It is a modern multi-storey building set on a long, narrow but pretty beach, which is useful for some of the activities that are included in the price - complimentary scuba-diving and snorkeling lessons, for example. You can also go kayaking, windsurfing and horse-riding. The hotel also has two swimming pools and a health and beauty spa.
One advantage of the Melia Cozumel's location is that almost all of the rooms have good views of the ocean. Rooms without ocean views have equally attractive views of the garden or the pool. All 150 rooms have balconies or patios to take advantage of this. However, some travellers complain about the amount of seaweed that washes up on the beach after storms. All rooms also have the air-conditioning and satellite TV that comes as standard in hotels of this kind.
The price of a room at the Melia Cozumel varies depending on the season. You can check out room rates based on your travel dates by clicking here or by calling (888) 774-0040 toll-free. Prices change frequently and rapidly, so compare prices for different periods if possible. Expect to pay a minimum of $125 per person per room and more in peak tourist season. For the money, you get the activities mentioned above as well as accommodation and food. The hotel also offers discounts for the nearby golf course. Other packages include air fares.
One of the disadvantages of staying at an all-inclusive resort such as the Melia Cozumel is that you might be tempted to get your money's worth by never straying from the hotel. If you're in Cozumel for scuba-diving, sea views and relaxation, this might not be such a bad thing, but you will miss out on sampling local culture and cuisine. However, the Melia Cozumel is nearer the town centre than most all-inclusive resorts, so a $5 taxi ride should get you to the San Miguel area to enjoy the sights.
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