First of all I can't believe I'm writing a review, but the staff here were too nice for me to not write a review. This review is based on my stay in the Tradeswind Club.
Check in was easy. Even though I didn't get a King bed, they did offer to get me one the next day which I declined. The room I was given had great views and I spent very little time in it so it really didn't matter.
Tradeswind lounge was a good place to meet people and get pointers from staff and guest. The staff here was very professional and friendly. Just ask and they will try and accomodate you. The food was good. I didn't even have to go out to diner most night because it was fulfilling. Filet minion, Grilled grouper, shrimp, sashimi, etc. We wound up just taking walks into town on the nights we ate in the lounge. I did not expect to not have diner out but it saved me quite a bit of money. Breakfeast and Lunch was also satisfiying, but you should go out and expirence some of the restaurant . Make a reservation to Simply fish for sunset, best dinner setting I had. Very romantic and the staff was great there too.
Moving on to the Beach area. Tradeswind section was nice and you had plenty of space. If you want a Palapa get to the Tradeswind Towel Hut by 6:45 AM otherwise you get a beachchair with a top, which would have been enough. I'm an early bird so I was on the beach for a walk by 6AM. You have until 10:00 AM to claim your reserved Palapa or they will give it away. I would go to breakfeast and do whatever else I do in the AM then get back to the beach by 9AM. Bring sunscreen SPF50 no matter how dark you think you are, the sun will burn you without you knowing it due to the wind. I brought two bottles from home and ran out the third day. I would then leave my belongings on the beach and go to lunch and be back by 2PM the latest. Then I would stay on the beach until about 5PM. Diner at 6PM - 7PM. Now we had the option of Drinking and hanging with other guest from the Tradeswind or go out for a walk. If your into gambling then you have a Casino to enjoy. I'm a smoker and the Casino stunk of smoke, even for me.
Staff was awesome from the cleaning staff all the way up the latter. This is why I'm not using names because it wouldn't be fair to all the others that were so nice. Well I will mention Herminia and Luis because they went beyond my expectations. When your at the Tradeswind section of the beach you want Herminia to be on staff, it make a difference even though all the other attendants were nice, she would go the extra mile. For example the Ice cold towel she would place on your head as you were laying out or the Ice water she would bring to you. This women was great and made me feel special. As I was checking out Luis had lunches prepared for us knowing we would miss lunch going to the airport. Thank god because the airport was very busy and we didn't have time to eat before boarding.
Thank you Marriott Staff for a great stay.
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