Monday, January 28, 2013

Riviera Maya Getaway - Part Three

In Mexico there are plenty of all inclusive properties to choose from.  One must do the research to find the best ones.  In my opinion, The Royal in Playa del Carmen meets and exceeds my idea of "the best".  The restaurant choices are Pelicanos,  beach front, serving upscale beach seafood, Tapas Pinxtos, Spanish and Basque style food, also beach front.  Then there's Spice, the "breakfast" spot also serving lunch, dinner and the best coconut ice cream!  You can sample almost every cuisine here.

Down the street is Asiana, serving sushi, noodles and several Southeast Asian entrees, including duck. 

Across the street you find Italian and Mexican restaurants.  The new kid on the block is Mediterraneo accompanied by a whole new wing of rooms, quiet pool and Starbuck -type coffee house.

Grouper from Mediterraneo

One of the best restaurants I've ever eaten at is called Marie Marie.  Most of the other restaurants don't require reservations.  This one?  Absolutely!  And it's easy to see why.  They "literally" rolled out the red carpet for us the first night.  (We ate there twice)  As we entered the place all the servers were lined up and started to applaud as we strolled in.  I almost had to look around  to make sure Angelina and Brad weren't behind us!  I guess that's what they do for the 1st arrivals!  Nice touch!

The food was terrific, the atmosphere romantic, yet colorful, with beautiful murals on the walls, and the service was amazing.  Okay, so it sounds like I'm being paid to write a good review for them.  Not so!  But I will show you some pictures...see what you think.  Too bad there's no taste-o-vision on this blog, huh?

Yucatan fondue - not the diet special!

Hubby's steak

Monk fish medallions
Lobster bisque

Melt in your mouth lamb chops

Disclaimer:  All of the above food was not eaten in one sitting!  For those of you with a hearty appetite this could be accomplished.  That's the beauty of going to an all-inclusive!

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