I stayed at Playa Del Este with some family in December for two nights...we spent the two nights because of one of my cousin's weddings. It was a long drive from Piarco Airport and when we got there, there was some construction going on in the front. Most of the buildings looked old and deserted but for the most part, looked like the pictures that were shown online for the resort.
One thing that stood out to me was the food! They served local dishes like bake and shark for breakfast, roti for lunch, and guests had a choice between grapefruit, orange, and fruit juice. There was also tea in the morning. The music they played was popular local Christmas songs which really set the scene for a genuinely local ambiance.
One thing that was awkward though, was that the doors to the toilet were wooden sliding doors and they squeaked every time you opened or closed it. Also, there was a big enough space at the corner of one of the toilet doors (the toilet door in room 1, to be exact), and that space made it easy for people outside the toilet to see who was at the toilet seat.
The staff was really nice and willing to help when needed.
The beaches were really dirty and brown, and when me and some other family members decided to walk along the coastline one day, I noticed some rubbish that was coming from the back of the resort. There were so many plastic bottles and rubbish that it made me wonder if the Resort had ant environmentally friendly standards.
Overall, I think if you are looking for a relaxing place to stay, local food and standard accommodation in terms of comfort, La Playa really is the place. It's very peaceful and you get fed well.
The 'buts' are that it is expensive, the bathroom doors are troublesome (oh, and the bathrooms are really small), and the beaches/coastlines nearby are extremely dirty. Explore your options before making your choice. There's a resort next door to Playa called Salybia Nature Resort and Spa.
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