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to more than triple its current size and it will be a huge Mega-resort when completed.

They have a free shuttle service from 6pm till 12am from the resort to the Tropicana and Stardust Hotels. On Saturday and Sunday, they had a com- plimentary frozen Margarita party with live entertainment, hot dogs, chips and soda on the lobby patio.

Several days during the rest of the week, they were still serving the hot dogs. Anyone could go and get the free dogs and soda, but I believe the main focus was for those visiting on a sales tour. Tour activity was very heavy during our visit. Never once were we bothered about taking a tour.

By Antoinette R. Pope, Mineral Springs, AR My family just got back from Cancun, Mexico. My brother and his wife traveled with my husband, eight- month old baby and me. We had to stay in two resorts due to airplane prices and work schedules.

We checked in Thursday at the Piramides Cancun Beach Resort and stayed until Saturday. We had thought we were checking into a com- plete two-bedroom, two-bathroom, kitchen, dining area and living room suite. But in Mexico, they consider one complete bedroom with a murphy bed in the living area to be two bed- rooms. Each room had a beautiful view of the ocean and pool area be- low.

A small kitchen was complete with a microwave, refrigerator, blender, cof- fee maker and dishes. There was a large bathroom for each room, one with a standard bathtub/shower and one with a huge walk-in shower. The clos- ets were large and even had shelves! The “master bedroom” had two hard double beds and the resort staff quickly put a baby bed next to our bed over- looking the ocean. Unfortunately, there was no balcony, but we could look di- rectly over the courtyard and see the rooms that had the outside Jacuzzis on

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their terraces.

I couldn’t get over how clean ev- erything was; the marble floors were spotless (a crawling baby dressed in white can attest to that), the bed- spreads were a Mexican blanket that was light, but just heavy enough. They were so clean, I wasn’t afraid to rub my face on them. The pillows were fluffy and the sheets were well starched. The air conditioner nearly froze us to death, though.

Outside, there were two pools, one on an upper level with a waterfall that cascaded down to the pool below. A wooden bridge provided a walkway over the lower pool. A swim-up bar also served snacks. While we were there, an activity guy provided several goofy pool games and even had a bi- kini style show. The Piramides was right on the beach, and they provided semi-comfortable lounge chairs and little huts to sit under. An activity guy even directed volleyball games if you cared to get a team together.

The restaurant provided wonder- ful Mexican and American food. We only had one complaint about the breakfast milk. It was spoiled and hot. We later found out that Mexican milk is not homogenized. The restaurants also keep the drinks for buffets in large unrefrigerated containers for easy serving. Not a good healthy practice, but we couldn’t seem to get that across to them.

We did not buy the all-inclusive package at this resort, but the food was

very reasonably priced, especially if you paid in pesos. The breakfast buf- fet was expensive, but we walked down the street and had a better break- fast for $4.00 less, cold milk included.

We used RCI’s travel services for our two night stay at the Piramides and found the accommodations to be nicer than expected for the reasonable price we paid.

We used two bonus weeks for our move to the Royal Sunset on Satur- day. Although check-in starts at 4 pm on Saturday, we arrived at 11am and they quickly had our two studio units ready, side by side. This is a manda- tory all-inclusive resort for $53 a day, which includes food, drinks, tips, and non-motorized water sports. We quickly found out that we could eat and drink more than that.

Our studio units included a living area with a pullout couch and love seat, a full kitchen with stove, microwave, blender, coffee maker and refrigera- tor, and a large bathroom with a stan- dard tub and shower. The queen-size bed was two steps down from the liv- ing area and had a large sliding glass door that opened onto a balcony over- looking the pool and ocean. The maids also brought us a baby bed.

The floor here wasn’t quite as clean as at the Piramides. It was made of some nonslip tile substance that had large particles that really was uncom- fortable for bare feet. This resort had the fluffiest pillows that I have ever been provided in a resort.

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