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What can we expect?

Ossett, United...
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What can we expect?

As a party of four, we're travelling to LBP Akumal in the middle of September.

Whilst we appreciate it's supposedly during the hottest (and potentially wettest) time of the year, what can we expect regarding the volume of guests? It's after the UK (and US) schools return post their summer break so expecting it to be quieter than during school holidays but how quiet can we expect it to be?

In addition, will Cancun airport less fraught and quicker to clear immigration & customs at that time of year (think we arrive at terminal 3)?

18 replies to this topic
London, United...
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for Hurghada
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64 reviews
1. Re: What can we expect?

GBP I think you mean?

It will be quite busy, but not full capacity.

Its a fantastic hotel, have a great holiday ☀

Ossett, United...
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2. Re: What can we expect?

Yes, thats the one...LBP/GBP...never know which to use haha

L = Luxury, G = Grand...think it's currently branded/marketed as 'Luxury'

Culpeper, Virginia
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44 reviews
3. Re: What can we expect?

Airport: If you complete the Mexican Tourist Card information online and print it, you will be ahead of a number of people on your flight when going through customs and immigration. There's a drop-down menu on the site for various countries.

https://www.ivisa.com/mexico-tourist-visa…

Karen

Cambridge, Canada
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550 posts
14 reviews
4. Re: What can we expect?

September is low season. There will be lots of guests but it will not be over run. Big. 4 resort complex so you will see people all around.

Chicago, Il
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65 reviews
5. Re: What can we expect?

It's part of the Bahia ultra-mega resort. So no matter what date, it's usually busy. We've been in July-August and found it cooler temps than back home in Chicago. That time it was 100 degrees F in Chicago, 85 and nice breeze in Riviera Maya area. Go figure.

You'll have a nice time regardless. Go with the flow. Mexican minute = 10-45 regular minutes! Ha!

Trail, Canada
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2 reviews
6. Re: What can we expect?

I think the luxury section is quite far from the ocean, a kilometer or so and I would guess that very little breeze will get back there and this will be far more important in that hot muggy season than in the winter. The one kilometer from the ocean is as the crow flies and a lot more on foot and across a four lane major highway so you have to wait for trams to come by. This information is NOT from personal experience at the resort but from experience lodging near the jungle one kilometer from the ocean breeze, elsewhere.

Charleston, South...
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56 reviews
7. Re: What can we expect?

September is slow season. Probably around 50% capacity.

May get some rain but not bad unless there is a tropical storm.

Nottingham, United...
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for Sharm El Sheikh
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8. Re: What can we expect?

Now known as Luxury Bahia Akumal and Luxury Bahia Sian Kaan, we’ve visited many times and never seen it less than 80% occupancy. It is a huge resort so there is always a sense of space as you can access either of the two mentioned as well as having access to two more (Coba and Tulum sections). The Akumal section is beachfront and Sian Kaan is set back across the highway deeper into the jungle. It’s a fab resort.

Edited: 09 March 2018, 01:39
Ossett, United...
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9. Re: What can we expect?

Having previously been regular visitors to Sharm El Sheikh in September we got used to 'busy but not too busy'...from reading the responses it seems that we may encounter a similar environment in Akumal.

Thanks SMC/Karen for the heads up on completing the tourist card in advance (however from looking at the link, it appears to be a 3rd party site with yet more payment...is there an official free tourist card from the Mexican government?)...any other top tips for making the airport transition any easier/smoother?

Edited: 09 March 2018, 09:33
Cabo San Lucas...
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10. Re: What can we expect?

September is the slowest month of the year for the entire region. The good news is that you will not have to elbiw your way down to the pools nor on your way to eat.

Although it is traditionally rainy season the bursts are usually intense and short lived. Fortunately the region offers so many interesting things to do that are not affected by weather.

Be sure to do some research before you arrive so that you can make the right choices with regards to activities.

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