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Sam 28 Cancun TR FEB 2017
« on: June 27, 2018, 04:10:49 PM »
Cancun TR FEB 2017

Me and my wife decided to go to Cancun for a long weekend. I checked online tickets with Ba points about 3 weeks before. The only thing available was in business for 25k per way. So I went ahead and booked that.


2 days before we were set to travel our babysitter canceled on us. We had no choice but to take along our toddler. I wanted to book a ticket for her in business but there was nothing available only in economy. I couldnít book economy because she canít travel alone at the age of two.


So I called up BA spent more than an hour on the phone till they finally booked me the ticket.


I had a friend with his wife on the same flight and they were booked in economy class so my plan was we will change seats in the airport.


I arrive to the airport to check in and they tell me we canít let you on to the flight, why we booked separately, we asked to change seats with my friend they didnít let so we asked for economy seats for us they kept saying they cannot do it. After holding is up for an hour at AA check in counter they gave us 3 economy seats. They gave us a very hard time and it was very upsetting they didnít let my friend take our seat.


Our flight was February 22 with American Airlines. The flight was great service was ok, we landed 7:30pm.


At the airport when we walked through customs we got the green light, but we look like Jews they still made us open one of our suitcases. We had luck because the one they asked for was the one without food. Other suitcase was full of food, dairy,  etc.


We had ordered a driver; he took us to our hotel for $20.00 usd.

We stayed at the Ritz Carlton, since Iím a platinum member I got upgraded to a beautiful ocean front room with a balcony. Their service was fantastic! Our baby got a big crib with a cute bag full of toys and lotions for the baby.

The reason we stayed at the Ritz was because the Hyatt was sold out.

We loved every second at the Ritz and wished we couldíve stayed longer. But I couldnít stay there for Shabbos. I wanted to be walking distance to Chabad as we ate there. So for Shabbos we stayed at Intercontinental President hotel. We got a nice suite ocean front no balcony. This hotel is about a 12-minute walk to Chabad.

So on the first night we sat on our porch enjoyed the weather, strolled around the hotel which was amazing and went to bed.

Some picture of the hotel and our room.

Nice welcome note on the bed with slippers







Welcome gift not kosher



Our porch
 


The pool from our room view
 



 
 


View from the other side of my room
 


View from the hallway
 


 Daughter enjoying the pool

 



 



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Re: Sam 28 Cancun TR FEB 2017
« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2018, 04:31:51 PM »
   Day 2   02/23
   
We woke up in the morning enjoyed the sunshine in our room. We had coffee and some breakfast on our porch. We went down to the pool and the beach. We spent most of the day relaxing at the beach, it was too nice to leave. They have all kinds of watersports at the beach like jet ski or parasailing.

At about 4pm we called our driver, he took us to Costco we were looking for some kosher food but could not find anything kosher so we left.

Picture of the beach and hotel

 

 

 

 

 

 

At about 6pm we got ready to go to Red Heifer Grill to eat. Outside of our hotel we took the bus up the road. The way took about ten minutes.
The restaurant was nice. We got our seats. The food was good, the wait not bad. It was great to have a fresh delicious supper after a long day at the beach.

Picture of the food.

Outside the place

 

 

For the kid

 

 

After supper we went to some supermarket for drinks and water.

We walked over to Chabad to see where exactly they are located, so we know where to go on Shabbos.
Itís located in a shopping mall, a little hard to find, on the 2nd floor. The mall has no air condition it was very hot and humid in the hallways.

Then we took the bus back to our hotel and called it a night.

Picture of the Chabad

Outside the mall and Chabad

 

 

This is prepared for shabbos

 


When we came back to our room it was cleaned and this was on the bed each night

 

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Re: Sam 28 Cancun TR FEB 2017
« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2018, 05:19:06 PM »
Thank you for sharing... the views from your room look incredible!!

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Re: Sam 28 Cancun TR FEB 2017
« Reply #3 on: June 27, 2018, 05:20:41 PM »

2 days before we were set to travel our babysitter canceled on us. We had no choice but to take along our toddler. I wanted to book a ticket for her in business but there was nothing available only in economy. I couldnít book economy because she canít travel alone at the age of two.

sucks that this happened. but i hope it proved that you can enjoy with children as well ;)
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Re: Sam 28 Cancun TR FEB 2017
« Reply #4 on: June 27, 2018, 05:26:27 PM »
sucks that this happened but i hope it proved that you can enjoy with children as well ;)

definitely doable with children but without is always better .

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Re: Sam 28 Cancun TR FEB 2017
« Reply #5 on: June 28, 2018, 03:08:27 PM »
I went to Cancun a few years back.  If I recall correctly, the Chabad has a deal for a discounted room by the  Ritz which I didn't understand considering the Chabad isn't close to the Ritz...

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Re: Sam 28 Cancun TR FEB 2017
« Reply #6 on: June 28, 2018, 03:48:24 PM »
I went to Cancun a few years back.  If I recall correctly, the Chabad has a deal for a discounted room by the  Ritz which I didn't understand considering the Chabad isn't close to the Ritz...

it was booked on points so no deal there .

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Re: Sam 28 Cancun TR FEB 2017
« Reply #7 on: June 29, 2018, 12:36:00 PM »
it was booked on points so no deal there .

I get it, i was just saying.  I went on the orbitz glitch (as per my TR) so since my trip was free, I was looking into staying at the Ritz for DW birthday while we were there though it didn't end up working out

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Re: Sam 28 Cancun TR FEB 2017
« Reply #8 on: June 29, 2018, 03:14:05 PM »
Nice report so far, Ritz looks great! I have to get to my report, but... we were in Cancun the same Shabbos! We must have seen each other at Chabad and not realized...

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Re: Sam 28 Cancun TR FEB 2017
« Reply #9 on: June 29, 2018, 07:46:52 PM »
Nice report so far, Ritz looks great! I have to get to my report, but... we were in Cancun the same Shabbos! We must have seen each other at Chabad and not realized...
Wow what a shame . Did you eat there to ?

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Re: Sam 28 Cancun TR FEB 2017
« Reply #10 on: July 02, 2018, 09:32:33 AM »
Wow what a shame . Did you eat there to ?
Yes, davened and ate there.

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Re: Sam 28 Cancun TR FEB 2017
« Reply #11 on: July 04, 2018, 12:30:48 PM »

Day 3 02/23 Ė Friday

We woke up and it was beach day again. Just sitting and relaxing. At 2:30 we checked out of the hotel.
Our driver took us to the Intercontinental President hotel.

I booked the hotel to be near Chabad Shabbos. Their cheapest room was $220.00 a night. I asked for an upgrade he said he canít do anything for me. So I gave him my passport and slipped a $20.00 bill, you shouldíve seen the smile on his face, and eventually on my face too!

So he searches again and says I can put you on the 4th floor and give you a 2 room suite ocean front. We went to look at it and it was perfect. So we took it. It had a big bedroom and a big living room, some breathing space. It was amazing.

They were very nice and let me unpack the entire mini fridge so I can put my milk and drinks in.

We unpacked our stuff and got ready for Shabbos.

Some picture of our new hotel and beach

 

 

View from our room

 

 

Our food and the 2nd room

 

Small kitchen

 

Some place to work 

 

 

 


 

 




Friday night

   We went to daven at Chabad. They daven in the hallway of the mall. Itís a rundown mall, no open stores there. There was no working air condition in the hallway, it was very hot. After davening the Chabad rabbi invite everyone to come in and eat there. We made reservations, and ate there. There was a big crowd Friday night. Meal took about an hour. The rabbi is a very nice friendly person. Makes conversation with everyone.


Shabbos morning we davened there again. After davening there was a Kiddush and then the meal. It wasnít so crowded in the morning. If you can choose where to eat Iíd rather eat at Red Heifer, I was just afraid my little one wonít walk that far.
On motzei Shabbos we went to eat at Dag Dag.  They opened for us. We had a nice talk while they made us some fresh food. Food was ok. We ate there, then went for a walk called it a day. The weather at night was beautiful warm but breezy.

Outside Dag Dag


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Re: Sam 28 Cancun TR FEB 2017
« Reply #12 on: July 10, 2018, 05:53:11 PM »
Sunday

We woke up to a beautiful weather. We decided to take a submarine tour. You take the bus outside of the hotel for ten minutes to a big bus stop called Aqua world. Itís a huge place full of water activities. They have all kinds of boat tours.

So you take a boat ride for about 40 minutes. There in middle the water the boat stops and you transfer to a submarine. Once on the submarine you walk down steps and take a seat. Youíre underwater at that point. They take you for a 30 minute ride and you see all kinds of fish.

 Then you come back up and walk back over to the other boat waiting for you. Then you go back to the port. The whole thing takes about 3 hours. It was very interesting and beautiful to be at sea. But if youíre the type to get seasick fast then this submarine is not for you!

For supper we went back to Red Heifer. Food was delicious.



On the ship

 

 

Here u see they r waiting for us to arrive in middle of the ocean

 

Inside the submarine

 

Outside the place

 

Supper Sunday night

 

 

 

 


 

 

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Re: Sam 28 Cancun TR FEB 2017
« Reply #13 on: July 10, 2018, 06:05:23 PM »
Awesome!
But chabad davened inside the shul/room, not in the hallway...

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Re: Sam 28 Cancun TR FEB 2017
« Reply #14 on: July 10, 2018, 06:50:50 PM »
Ah! Just realized you went in 2017! I went 2018.