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Valentin Imperial Maya

Valentin Imperial Maya - All-Inclusive resort is one of the more affordable Adult-Only resorts in Riviera Maya, Mexico. As one of the more recent kids on the block (opened in November 2007) it typically is priced below other area adult-only resorts, thus making Valentin a good value. ULTIMATE CRUISE & VACATION made a point to stay at and thoroughly inspect Valentin Imperial Maya in order to compare it to its competition. There are differences in amenities and clientele, but Valentin passed the test, and in some cases surprisingly well.

 

Remember when you compare prices all things are not apples to apples. Valentin does a good job but it does not equal the quality, amenities or service level you would receive at an El Dorado or Excellence Resort for example, and Valentin is deficient in keeping hardware in working order. This is not a knock, just a fact. This warning comes not only from our trained eyes, but those of our clients who have stayed at all of these resorts recently.

 

Valentin Imperial Maya is an easy 30 minute drive south of Cancun International Airport. Ask us about Non-Stop transfers to speed up your travel time. We know that Valentin recruited brain power from other adult-only resorts when it formed its initial advisory board. To our trained eye we easily recognize parts of other resorts. On the whole, the most recognizable components came from Excellence and Riu Resorts (Riu is a non adult-only group of resort). We must say they have created a well thought, attractive resort.

 

The drive from the main highway to the front entrance is quite nice. They went to great effort to create a welcoming visual even before you reach the front door. A long, wide pavers driveway is surrounded by impressive manicured flowers and vegetation. Upon arrival you will be greeted by name and welcomed with a cool scented towel and chilled glass of champagne. Check-in occurs in a large high ceiling room reminiscent of the traditional Riu lobbies - marble floors, balconies, pillars and all, minus some of the over the top chandeliers. They have chandeliers – just not monstrosities.

 

The resort is quite spread out, so the golf cart transfer with bellboy and luggage to your new home away from home is a welcome relief. All of the room categories are well designed, deluxe and rich in amenities. Valentin Imperial Maya offers six categories of suites, with junior suite being the minimum. All of the 540 accommodations offer a private furnished terrace or balcony, full marble bathroom, hydro massage bathtub or Jacuzzi, double sinks, lighted vanity mirror, bathrobes and slippers, upscale toiletries, satellite television (with adult channels), DVD player (they advertise DVD’s are available at no cost but we were told they all got too old, did not work or were taken – so they had none), iPod, free Wi-Fi internet access (which performed much better than many competing hotels), electronic in-room laptop-size safe, and a stocked mini-bar which is stocked daily (no juice though). There are no wrist bands to wear, towel cards or safe locks to worry about, which is a positive.

 

You can upgrade your suite and resort experience by booking into, or paying extra to upgrade to the Valentin Privilege Club – much like the Excellence Club. These “privileges” include private check-in and check-out, a bottle of champagne and strawberries in room upon arrival, customized mini-bar, reserved pool and beach area, access to the privilege lounge, concierge service and premium bar service, and more.

 

As mentioned, Valentin Imperial Maya is spread out. That is part of the ambiance that makes resorts in this area relaxing. The beach, restaurants, bars, spa and activities are but a stroll away. Much like Excellence resorts you will find a delightful courtyard centrally located near the lobby. Air conditioned restaurants and bars surround the open air courtyard, where live music is played nightly and the drinks flow freely. This is the hub of the resort after dark.

 

Valentin was apparently inspired by haciendas of Spain. The lovely grounds are highlighted with multiple courtyards, lush vegetation, plus canals and lagoons that flow throughout the resort. Wide paved paths with music from ground speakers make it easy and relaxing to move about the resort.

 

The garden view suites sit to one side of the resort, while the premium and ocean view accommodations make up another area. Buildings 6, 7, and 8 take on a decidedly Excellence-like appearance, with separate buildings forming a U-shape with lazy river, near to patio (just like Excellence), swim-up pool fronting each building.

 

Many guests will get to the beach by passing through the mangroves, reminiscent of the Iberostar Paraiso complex. The beach will please even picky beach lovers. You will this half mile wide beach adorned with soft sand. There is a plethora of shade baring palapas, but not enough for the demand. Warning – guest at Valentin head to the easterly facing beach early in the morning securing the valued palapas to bathe in the bright sunlight. If you have not claimed your prize location by 8:30 or 9am, forget it. Don’t despair though - the trend is for morning beach lovers to turn into pool swim-up bar fanatics after lunch. In the afternoon, the treasured Bali beds by the pools are occupied and prime beach palapas are now available. However, the sun is behind the beach at this point and not as vibrant.

 

Let’s talk about food - cuisine. Once again, the Excellence influence is prominent at Valentin Imperial Maya. The nine dinner restaurants are comprised of modern, trendy air conditioned, and beach-side open-air a la carte venues. Reservations are never required and beepers are provided when a wait is required. After sampling the majority of dinner restaurants, and all of the breakfast and lunch options, we must report that we were simply blown away – pleasantly surprised. After all, the predecessors (i.e. Excellence, El Dorado, and Iberostar Grand) in the adult-only marketplace have established a high bar to achieve. This is one area we mistakenly suspected Valentin could fall short. Not so fast our friends. The food is delicious and the restaurant service left nothing to complain about. Beware, at least one restaurant is closed each evening, much like Excellence - seems only fair. Read our complete review for details on all the restaurants.

 

Beverages are of course an important ingredient of the all-inclusive experience. While Valentin offers good quality brand drinks they do not quite approach the level of competitors, missing out by not offering Absolut, Don Julio, etc. However, Valentin does hit the mark by offering Coors Light, much to the delight of many American guests.

 

Valentin, like any high quality adult-only all-inclusive resort, makes a great choice for a Destination Wedding or Vow Renewal. Of course children under 18 are not permitted to stay at or attend a ceremony here. Capilla San Valentin is a gorgeous contemporary open-air chapel surrounded by water and a dedicated nearby open-air reception space.

 

Valentin Imperial Maya rounds out its impressive list of amenities with a complete spa experience, extensive meeting facilities, and a limited fitness center.

 

As we reported earlier, Valentin Imperial Maya seems to have predominantly combined elements of the Excellence and Riu resorts. The Riu factor shines most brightly in the entertainment area. While all adult-only resorts have a multitude of activities available, Valentin pushes activities harder and encourage participation more than others. It is extremely evident at the main pool area. Loud music constantly booms, and silly games are played out with play-by-play announcements over the public address system. The main pool area is an active Riu-like atmosphere, not a typical adult-only sanctuary.

 

Another noticeable factor displayed by a large number of guests, certainly not the majority, is a bit more loud heavy drinking behavior. The results are a bit more noticeable than at other adult-only resorts. Most likely the cause is the lower price than its direct adult-only competitors, but some guest represent the idea that they are former Riu clients looking to move up to the adult-only level while not paying the higher prices of other resorts, and not ready chill out either. We add that this is not our opinion alone, but suggested by other guests in different words.

 

Not to blow this out of proportion, there are plenty of guests at Valentin who would fit in perfectly at any adult-only resort. To ULTIMATE CRUISE & VACATION it appears that Valentin has filled a missing niche in the adult-only market for folks who desire a more outgoing and active adult-only experience without surrendering the upscale amenities, solid drink brands, or delicious cuisine. There are no Casitas, Rondovals, or Villas, but Valentin Imperial Maya delivers an outstanding value in the adult-only market. And that is a good thing!

 

On-site activities include:

- Music and Nightly entertainment

- Tennis and Paddle ball

- Motorized and Non-motorized Water sports

- Six swimming pools including a 900 foot meandering pool with three islands

- Full Fitness Center

- Business Center

- Rotating daily activities schedule

 

All-Inclusive Features
• 524 Suites
• 6 pools including a 900 foot meandering pool with 3 islands
• A small, limited, air conditioned Fitness Center
• 9 International a la carte restaurants and 8 bars
• Nightly entertainment including live music
• 24 Hour Room Service
• Pool & beach waiter service
• Non-motorized water sports
• FREE wireless internet access from each suite

Additional Facilities & Features
• 5 Star rating
• Adult-Only resort
• Spa
• Shops
• Tours available

Meeting Facilities
Valentin Imperial Maya is extremely capable of hosting large and small group functions. With over 13,900 sq. feet of meeting and conference facilities accommodating configurations from 20 to 1,000 attendees Valentin can do the job. Seven different areas allow various configurations.

Valentin can transform your event into a well-choreographed theme party. They have the latest audio-visual technology from high-definition projectors, DVD players, monitors, microphones, speakers, podiums, lighting systems and much more.

The Business Center is equipped with computers, current software, high-speed internet, printing, copying, and faxing equipment.

 

Valentin Event Coordinators can organize private gala dinners, theme parties, extravagant cocktail parties, dine-around in the hotel restaurants, group tee times and coordinate excursions to nearby attractions.

 

Swimming Pools and Beach:
Valentin Imperial Maya has 3 swimming pools and a series of scenic lazy river pools, none of which are heated. The main pool is spectacular with islands in it with their own more private pool. The pool areas are generously supported with lounge chairs, shaded areas and swim-up bars. There are private cabanas with extra amenities at an additional charge. These can be reserved in advance. There are restaurants and snack area nearby.

The beach at Valentin Imperial Maya is quite good. You will find plenty of soft white sand, a wide area with many shaded palapas and loads of lounge chairs. There are plenty of water toys to enjoy in the water and a bar to keep you cool and refreshed.

Entertainment:
Nightly Shows with live entertainment
Daily activities on the beach and in the swimming pool
Discotheque



Spa

The Spa at Valentin offers an impressive lineup of treatments, including body treatments, massages, facials and rituals. Here is partial example of options available at an additional cost form your all-inclusive package


MASSAGES

Back Massage (30 minutes)
Relieves pain and reduces fatigue in the back, neck and shoulders, improving circulation in major areas of tension

Tired Legs Massage (30 minutes)
Revitalizing and refreshing massage that helps to relieve the sensation of heaviness, tension and swelling of the legs.

Swedish Massage (50 minutes)
Relaxing massage based on soft and firm movements that allow increased circulation and diminish muscular tension.

 

Valentin Therapy (60 or 80 minutes)
A perfect combination of classic Swedish, lomi lomi, feet massage (pressing some reflected points), face acupressure techniques and scalp massage, a complete experience of well-being for body and mind.

Four Hands Massage (50 minutes)
performed by two therapists, whose firm and synchronized movements stimulate the body offering a unique and unforgettable experience.

FACIALS
Eye Contour Treatment (25 minutes)
Intensive treatment for a rapid relief of tired and puffy eyes with dark circles, thanks to a combination of natural ingredients as extract of aloe, peptides of collagen and vitamin E.

 

Moisturizing Facial (30 minutes)
Basic facial to moisturize face and neck. A soft exfoliation and mask for dehydrated or combined skin are applied providing a clean and fresh appearance.

Deep Cleansing (80 minutes)
Especially for combined or oily skin, it eliminates impurities by means of cleansing exfoliation, steam, extractions and green clay. The skin becomes oxygenated offering a fresh, uniform, clean and hydrated aspect.

Caviar Anti-Aging (90 minutes)
Exclusive repairing facial highly concentrated in active ingredients as extract of Caviar, Shea Butter and micronized vitamins for extraordinary results. Smoothes expression lines, strengthens elasticity and deeply hydrates the skin.

 

BODY TREATMEMNTS
Tropical Body Scrub (30 minutes)
The exfoliation energizes, activates the blood system and withdraws dead cells leaving the skin with an even texture and soft, ready for a perfect tan.

Nourishing Tropical Body Wrap (60 minutes)
Nourishing and repairing, this treatment counteracts aging, evens skin tone and protects the skin by gently polishing it, the application of a yogurt mask and a body balm.

 

Sun Care Body Treatment (50 minutes)
Regenerating, healing and calming treatment due to a combination of vitamin E and the natural nutrients of the aloe. It helps burned or irritated skin by the effects of the sun and sea water exposure.

 

RITUALS
Wonder Sensation  for Couples (2 ½ hours)
Foot pampering / Swedish Massage / Exceptional Hydration Facial

Riviera (1 hr and 50 minutes)
Tropical Body Scrub / Aromatherapy Massage / Reflexology

Couples Sweet Experience (90 minutes)
Back Massage / Tropical Body Scrub / Moisturizing Facial

Magic Touch (1 hr and 50 minutes)
Four Hands Massage / Classic Manicure & Pedicure

Activities

Land Sports: Included
Aerobics                        Aquatic gymnastics         Beach Volleyball
Ping Pong                      Basketball                      Darts
Tennis Courts                Water Polo                     Billiards/Pool Table

Water Sports: Included
Snorkeling                     Sailing                           Windsurfing     
Kayaking                       Catamarans                             

Extra Charge:
Excursions                     Scuba Diving Courses

Fitness Center:
There is a small air conditioned fitness center with limited exercise equipment and treadmills.

Food/Drink

RESTAURANTS
All 7 dinner restaurants feature a la carte dining. Reservations are not required or accepted. The staff of ULTIMATE CRUISE & VACATION has dined at most of the restaurants at Valentin. As a late entry into the competitive adult-only resort field, where the level of cuisine is quite high, Valentin has risen to the challenge. We place their cuisine on par with their competitors. In fact we enjoyed one of the tastiest Tenderloins we have experienced in Mexico at L’Alsace, the French cuisine restaurant.

 

BREAKFAST OPTIONS

DRESS CODE:
Casual shorts, bermuda’s, sarong pareo and t-shirts are acceptable. No tank tops, swim suits or wet clothing is permitted. Dress shoes, casual shoes or sandals must be worn.

 

LE MARCHE
Indoor or outdoor covered dining area surrounded by water. There is wait service available for drinks, but buffet style is the name of the game here. Wide variety of everything imaginable for breakfast including superior omelets made as you wish from the omelet station.
Breakfast from 7am until 11am.

 

MAR & TIERRA
Located by the beach this is the place for a late light breakfast. Look for continental breakfast, plus fruits, juices, coffee, tea, milk, cereals and assorted breads and cheeses.
Breakfast from 10am until 12 Noon

 

LUNCH OPTIONS

DRESS CODE:
Casual shorts, bermuda’s, sarong pareo and t-shirts are acceptable. No tank tops, swim suits or wet clothing is permitted. Dress shoes, casual shoes or sandals must be worn.

 

MAR & TIERRA
You can feel the ocean breezes here in this covered open air combination restaurant. The choice is yours – buffet or order a la carte from the menu. There is a pretty wide selection of comfort foods here including pizza. Full bar service including wine is available.
Lunch in Mar from 12 Noon until 5pm; and Tierra from 12:30pm until 3pm

 

LE MARCHE
Mostly an indoor air conditioned restaurant with some outdoor seating in the heart of the resort. You can order from the extensive buffet which includes “show cooking” stations or from the menu, a la carte. Full bar service is available.
Lunch from 12 Noon until 6pm

 

DINNER OPTIONS

DRESS CODE:
For Dinner Restaurants LE MARCHE, MAR & TIERRA
For gentlemen: long pants are recommended, however dress shorts or Bermudas are accepted. Dress shirt, casual shoes or elegant sandals must be worn.
For Ladies: Long pants, Capri pants, skirt, blouse, casual shoes or elegant sandals must be worn.

Not allowed: No shorts, beach sandals, tank tops or t-shirts will be permitted.

 

For Dinner Restaurants II OLIVO, L’ALSACE, GINGER, LA HACIENDA
For Gentlemen: Long pants, dress shirt, casual shoes or elegant sandals must be worn.
For Ladies: Long pants, Capri pants, skirt, blouse, casual shoes or elegant sandals must be worn.
Not allowed: No shorts, beach sandals, tank tops or t-shirts will be permitted.

 

II OLIVO
Valentin’s version of New Italian-American and traditional Italian cuisine. Italian restaurants are usually the most popular at all-inclusive resorts and II Olivo does not disappoint. An exceptional menu featuring seafood, chicken, steaks and more enhanced with Italian recipes.
Dinner: 6pm – 10:30pm

 

L’ALSACE
This is a French restaurant with a twist. They have taken classic traditional French cuisine and eliminated the excesses of saturated fats. We like it enough to return another evening. Every course was wonderful. Be sure to check out the extensive wine cellar.
Dinner: 6pm – 10:30pm

 

GINGER
Enjoy the flavors of the Orient at Ginger. Dine a la carte, at show Tepanyaki tables, or at the Sushi Bar – three great choices. You will find traditional Japanese cuisine as well as contemporary selections, some with Peruvian influences. Don’t miss this Ginger.
Dinner: 6pm – 10:30pm

 

LA HACIENDA
It is such a treat to eat authentic Mexican cuisine in Mexico. Different selections feature traditions from different states while avoiding excessively spicy flavors. All we know is that it is all outstanding. La Hacienda is a great choice to enjoy zesty Margarita’s and delicious Mexican dishes. The appetizers are exceptional – especially the one made to share – Wow!
Dinner: 6pm – 10:30pm.

 

ROOM SERVICE
Valentin offers Room Service 24 hours a day. Simply consult the Room Service menu and order. They will even set up dinner service on your patio or balcony.

Accommodations

524 Junior Suites and 16 Suites in 12 different categories. Most units are housed in two or three story villas. All accommodations are equipped with a Jacuzzi or hydro massage tub. Some Deluxe and Golden Swim-up Privilege rooms are equipped with facilities for handicapped guests. All rooms have free internet access, which we happily report works very well.

 

Deluxe Junior Suites (208 units) – maximum of three guests:
516 square feet with ocean, pool, or garden view, plus a patio or balcony

King size bed or 2 double beds
Private furnished patio or balcony
Full marble bathroom
Separate Shower cabin
Hydro massage tub
Separate toilette
Vanity mirror
Hair dryer and scale
Telephone in bathroom
Satellite TV with adult channels
DVD player
Air conditioning with climate control and ceiling fan
Radio alarm clock with iPod dock
Direct Dial telephone with voice mail
Coffee/Tea Maker
Free high speed internet connection
Stocked mini bar
2 stylish bowl sinks and 2 large individual mirrors with each sink
Bathroom amenities i.e. shampoo, conditioner, soap, lotion, toothpaste and toothbrush
Electronic laptop size Safe
Iron with ironing Board
Handicap accessible rooms are available


Silver Junior Suites (112 units) – maximum two guests
516 square feet with ocean, pool, or garden views, plus patio or balcony

All the amenities of the Junior Suite plus:
King Size Bed only
Jacuzzi for two
Open bathroom
Bathrobes
Flat screen TV
Turn down service

 

Golden Junior Suites (84 units) – maximum three guests
656 square feet with pool view, plus balcony

All amenities of Silver Junior Suite plus:
King or 2 double beds
Separate shower with rain shower
Double vanities & vanity mirror
2 satellite RV’s (1 LCD)

 

Golden Junior Suites Swim-up (48 units) – maximum 3 adults
656 square feet next to river pool on first floor

All amenities as Golden Junior Suites plus:
Access to the swim-up pool – ground floor only
Handicap accessible rooms available

 

Emerald Junior Suites (72 units) – maximum 2 adults
Surrounded by lush vegetation to create an atmosphere of intimacy and privacy, with a large Jacuzzi that provides direct access to the balcony or patio.

King size Bed only
Private furnished patio or balcony
Full marble bathroom
Oversized Jacuzzi with direct access to terrace or balcony
Separate shower cabin with rain shower
Separate toilette with bidet
Double vanities & vanity mirror
Phone in bathroom
Bathrobes & slippers to use
LCD satellite TV
DVD player
Air conditioned room with climate control and ceiling fan
Radio/Alarm clock with iPod dock
Direct dial telephone with voice mail
Free high-speed internet connection
Electronic in-room safe (laptop size)
Coffee/tea maker set
Mini Bar stocked daily
Iron & ironing board
Pillow menu
Turn down service

 

Diamond Suites (16 units)
1,032 square feet with separate living room and roof terrace with outdoor oversized Jacuzzi

All amenities as Emerald Junior Suite plus:
Separate living room
Private furnished rooftop terrace with outdoor and indoor Jacuzzi
In-room hydro massage bathtub for two
VIP toiletries
DVD player with Dolby Surround System
1 Romantic Dinner
1 Primavera back massage (25 minutes per person)
Daily newspaper delivered to room

 

Valentin Privilege (extra charge in some categories)

Private check-in and check out at the Valentin Privilege Club
Pre-arrival concierge service
Early check-in and late check-out (based on availability)
Daily newspaper delivered to room
In-room fresh flowers
Bottle of Champagne in-room upon arrival
Customized minibar from Privilege Menu
Preferred reservations in restaurants
Beach Bag
Reserved pool & Beach area
Exclusive access to Privilege Lounge (7am – 11pm) with:
Private business center service
Concierge Service
Ultra premium bar service
Exclusive Valentin Privilege Menu

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