Posted March 23rd, 2012, 06:53 PM
We've been to the MP twice. First time we took a bodden tour, stopping at his monkey business and then the driver, Lani took us to MP for an additional $10pp for the resort use. We loved the MP so much that the next time, we used bodden tours to take us for the entire day to MP and we again requested Lani. We were happy when we arrived at the Van, and indeed had Lani. He took us to MP and we paid $20pp for the ride over, and $10pp for the resort useage. Our meal at the MP was wonderful and plentiful, for $40 it included lobster, shrimp, beef, chicken, fries and fried bananas and 4 of us ate off it, and we didn't even finish it all. We also made sure to buy Lani sodas and lunch as part of his tip. going back to the ship Lani made a stop at a local market so we could buy coffee and soda that we wanted, and he even showed us what coffee to buy instead of those small bags made up for the tourists and are way over priced. We will be back again in May, and have again requested Lani as our driver and will again go to MP for the day. Plan on getting a small boat from the beach to take us out snorkeling so it will be a bit more this time than the $30pp for the day. Which to us is a really inexpensive tour compaired to some of the ship prices to do basically the same thing.
BKLSMom, that sounds great! We also spent a day at the MP a few years ago, after doing the Bodden-directed zip-lining and monkey farm stop. We were woefully uninformed about where to go beach-wise, then our driver suggested the Mayan Princess. We loved the clean, quiet beach with its gentle waves, and the kids especially loved the lazy river pool.
I may just try and book your Lani since you give him such a great recommendation. We cruise this weekend (yes, I am waiting till the last minute, as usual).
I just hope we can talk the MP managers into giving us pool access again. They didn't want to the first time around, but the kids had their hearts set on it and we talked them into it ... it's a pretty far drive from the cruise port, after all, and there we were, ready to spend money on food and drink for 6 people!
All in all, we only spent a total of about 30 minutes in the pool (and nearly NO hotel guests, or anyone else, were there).
The food was excellent, I agree.