Exploring

Our day starts the usual way. Pictures.

29656016_Unknown

There is a cruise ship making its way to Cozumel. We have never gone to Cozumel. We considered it once, but people we asked said it really wasn’t that different from Playa. For us, it didn’t seem worth the effort.

29656032_Unknown

We go to breakfast at Bella Vista. I have some chillaquilles. Sorry, I started eating before I took the picture. Actually, I was close to being finished by the time Zung got back from getting his omelette and asks me if I remembered to take a picture. Guess I was hungry.

29656080_Unknown

I did a run through the buffet for some fruit, and well, uhhh, I guess I picked up some other things.

29656096_Unknown

Zung’s oh so predictable omelette.

29656112_Unknown

After breakfast we walk back to our room. It is a beautiful sunny day. And it stays that way all day long.

It is day 5.

IMG_0330

We decide to walk down the beach. Lots of trash and stinky seaweed. There are also interesting sculptures with the trash.

29656160_Unknown29656144_Unknown

I don’t have a clue what this is supposed to be. Well, I don’t really have a clue what any of them are supposed to be.

29656176_Unknown

We walk to the deserted resort next door and explore it. I wanted to do this before, but didn’t have any shoes and we know that would be dangerous. This time we remember to bring them with us.

The whole thing is so weird. I heard they ran out of money. It’s really deteriorated over the years. But before it looked like someone just came in one day and told everyone to leave. Ladders were still up. Someone once posted pictures of what they thought was a model unit. It was supposed to be a luxury residence and resort with a golf course. It was being developed by Capella and it you look on their site they still list it as opening in the future.

We go through some bushes where there is sort of a path. (This is always the part in the movie where you say to the screen, “Don’t go back there!”)

29656192_Unknown

We can see the buildings, and have brought water.

29656208_Unknown

There is lots of concrete. I suspect these were going to be fountains.

29656224_Unknown29656240_Unknown29656256_Unknown29656272_Unknown

A bar or restaurant?

29656288_Unknown29656304_Unknown

So far, nothing scary has jumped out at us.

29656320_Unknown29656336_Unknown29656352_Unknown

This looked like possibly a kitchen, except…

29656368_Unknown

…the bathtub in the corner doesn’t go with that theme.

29656384_Unknown

And no, we do not go up these stairs, as tempted as I am to see what is up there.

29656400_Unknown29656416_Unknown29656432_Unknown29656448_Unknown

The whole thing has a definite creepy vibe.

 

29656464_Unknown

We don’t go through here either.

29656480_Unknown29656496_Unknown29656512_Unknown29656528_Unknown

The curtains are still hanging.

29656560_Unknown

They forgot to take the scaffolding.

29656576_Unknown29656592_Unknown

We make it out alive.

29656608_Unknown29656624_Unknown29656640_Unknown

We walk back to the Grand.

29656656_Unknown

Zung is fascinated by the little tide pools in the rock formations.

29656720_Unknown29656736_Unknown

I am fascinated by birds.

29656768_Unknown

We go to lunch. It is our last day with Azael. His day off is tomorrow.

After that long walk, I am thirsty. Azalea gives me a big glass of wine.

29656784_Unknown29656800_UnknownIMG_0333

Zung’s oh so predictable shrimp fajitas.

29656816_Unknown

My oh so predictable French fries.

29656832_Unknown

I have lobster quesadillas. These are serious yum.

29656848_Unknown

Before we go back to the beach we go back the still under construction beach bar.

I’m not sure beach bar is a good name for what this is going to be. It’s in the same building as Las Brisa and it looks like one door will open to a grill.

29656864_Unknown

And the other door will open to a bar.

29656880_Unknown

There will be tables outside. I personally think grill is a more appropriate name for what this is going to be.

29656896_Unknown

It’s not like a beach bar is really needed at the Grand. If you are on the beach then your waiter comes by about every 30 minutes, asking what you want. They do bring food, but the options are really limited. I really wish they would open the bar here at night, maybe have some music.

Note to self, bring this up with the new GM the next time I am at the Grand.

 

This entry was posted in Bars, Food/Menu Items, Restaurant, The Grand. Bookmark the permalink.

5 Responses to Exploring

  1. Rheta says:

    Hi. I’ve been enjoying your blog for awhile and look forward to reading it every week. With that said, I read something of interest today and immediately thought of you. The iberostar grand, as well as many other hotels/bars in the riviera maya have been sited with unsanitary alcohol, etc. in their bars and/or restaurants. Maybe this is why you haven’t been feeling well quite frequently while on vacation at the grand. Just a thought. Best wishes and thanks for your entertaining blog.

    • shoediva50 says:

      I’ve seen those articles too, but if you read closely, that is one of several things they might have been cited for. It also could have been recording issues. I am fairly certain my not feeling well didn’t have anything to do with the citations, or everyone would be sick. I have a lot of confidence in the Grand.

  2. Sheila says:

    Awesome pictures of the abandoned resort. I have always wanted to look around there when I went for my walk there, but I was always alone and wasn’t about to leave the beach. Now I know what it looks like! Thanks.

  3. Anna Maria says:

    This blog is wonderful. I wanted to stroll around the property next door but was afraid to go since it was abandoned. Thanks for the pics.

  4. Charlotte says:

    I’m glad you got to explore the abandoned resort next door! When my husband and I stayed at the Grand in Jan ’16, we tried to walk up into it, and a guard came right out and told us it wasn’t allowed. Neat to see those photos!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s