First of all thanks Barcelo for a good time. Now to the meat of the review;
Regular rooms - nice rooms nothing special, there was a little funk smell.. the king size bed was two doubles put together, but the worst part was the shower. There was no hot water, there was virtually no water pressure (it was trickling out) and a pool formed at the bottom of the tub that was about inches deep. Sooo... we upgraded (like a lot of the people on this board have said to do).
Upgrade Premium Suite - We had a living room, two balconies, a dining room, and an actual king size bed!!! We also got two showers, with hot water and water pressure. But the best part was the fact that we had our own food now (there was a special buffet) and premium drinks (nothing watered down, sky vodka and Bombay gin). This was an extra 36/day per person.. but you dont have to go all out and get a living room.. there is an option for just a room without the living room which is cheaper. But it is SO worth it.
Buffet - not the best! The breakfast isn't too bad, they make eggs which are pretty good, lunch was meh... and then the dinner is not good at all. Make sure to book a-la-carte each night (if you are in a regular room, you need to book it the day before but be careful - they book up very quickly, and if you are in a premium room - you can book advance all week). They had Brazilian, Oriental (we didn't get a chance to try it but we heard it was really good!), Italian, Mexican (Stay away from the red sauce - lethal.. i thought it was chili sauce and loaded up on it, nope - SUPER spicy), Seafood etc. The food in the premium resort is am-a-zing! Also - there is a pizza hut a 2 minute walk from the resort.. so you can always go there :) (it was good).
Beach - great! they cleaned it regularly.. there was some sea crud.. but thats to be expected. There are a lot of people selling stuff to you walking around. The first few days you're going to get hounded, but once they realize you've been there for a while, they will leave you alone. TIP - Don't wear sunglasses if you're sleeping or just closing your eyes on the beach, if they see that your eyes are closed, they will walk right by you.
Pool - great as well! Warning - i think they just recently painted the pool, so your feet come out blue on the bottoms! Not a big deal, comes right off.
Entertainment - AMAZING! they try super hard there, and you can tell. They make sure that you have a good time. A lot of people complained that a lot of locals come to the resort on the weekend (which they do), but it made for a better time! During the week the resort isn't overly busy, but it's nice to get that huge influx of people. They have shows every night in Spanish (you can still follow along with what is going on, I dont know any), and the Disco is by the beach and starts right after the show is done. It is busier on the weekend, but there are still people that go during the week (they only play Spanish music.. and a lot of Gangnam style.. which i clearly DONT mind). Shout out to the entertainer Luz - you are amazing!
All in all - it was a great trip! The start was rough just because of the room and the food, but when we upgraded it made a world of a difference! We did some off resort trips (one to Paradise Island which was good.. a little bit of a long drive) and the second was HorseBack Riding (life changing - great well kept horses, and the staff were amazing.. we were lucky too so we got a group full of experienced riders). Below is the link, they gave me a stallion that was named Rosie (?) and was a great ride!
We will go back. I recommend it - but upgrade upgrade upgrraaade!
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