I just got back home to Montreal on Thursday, December 6th. I am still fighting off diarrhea and a terrible upset stomach. I am feeling much better today after a 12 hour sleep. Diarrhea affected almost everyone I spoke to at the resort including my fiance. She was also very affected by the sand fleas. Her legs, along with probably 50% of the visitors, we covered in bright red bites which became really itchy, sore, and persisted the entire week we went. It rained much of the time we were there, but when the sun finally came out and people hit the beach, so did the numerous vendors. Some of the vendors were quite friendly and interesting to talk to but, because they were so numerous, most tourists would have preferred much more uninterrupted time to relax and get a suntan. I understand they are just trying to make a living, but their numbers don't match the 50% reduction in hotel occupancy since 2010 and as a result, the ratio of tourists on the beach and vendors was 1 to 1.
The food was very very average. Don't eat any pizza under any circumstances. Make sure hot food is served hot, and cold food is served cold. The drinks were quite variable all around. Standardized operations does not seem to be well represented by their work ethic. For instance, you can never expect different bartenders to serve the same drink the same way. The bartenders were quite polite and had personality and professionalism. The bar by the main pool reeked like garbage so badly that people around me noticed as well. It was impossible to stay by the counter for more than 1 minute before wanting to leave or puke. You have to wonder about their hygiene and sanitation practices.
The fact that there was only 1 room card provided for each room, was not practical at all.
It took 30 minutes to reach the receptionist while checking in because there was only one person working at the counter. It costs 20$ to access the safe which we decided to get just to feel safe about our wallets, passports, tickets, etc..not being stolen by staff.
We spent about 5 hours one day touring the Lifestyles Holidays because we got suckered into visiting their deluxe resort. Their accommodations were simply stunning, but their sales pitch did not persuade me to pay 11,000$ for a 40 year plan whereby I have unlimited access to cheap rates at 5000 different locations worldwide. I am not retired and I do not have the opportunity to fly around nor do I have that kind of money, so I rejected their sales pitch. They offered us free drinks and ice cream, which was quite good.
My fiancé and I went on the waterfall excursion. It was one of the craziest things I have ever done. Make sure to negotiate the price because you can pay as little as 37$ US and as much as 120$ US for one person. I ended up paying 50$ each. We got to climb 3 waterfalls and later slid down them. I thought I was going to drown at a certain point after I slid down one of the waterfalls because a whirlpool is created at the bottom of each waterfall. It really keeps you down longer than I expected and it kinds of freaked me out, along with a couple of other people. The tour guides who traveled with us were very very helpful and pleasant One of the guys probably saved my life. If you are thinking about doing this excursion, I strongly recommend bringing proper footwear that cover your toes, like low cut boots, or sneakers.
Make sure you negotiate everything because sellers will usually agree to terms much lower than initially offered.
Make sure you do not drink the tap water. Don't even use it brush your teeth. Management says the bottled water is purified, and the water they use to cook and wash their food. The ice is probably what got me sick. I had a lot of mixed drinks. BRING YOUR OWN MUG!!!!
Expect scattered shower every day this time of year.
My fiancé and I both agreed we would never go back there again simply because there are nicer resorts for the money. We paid 1300$ for 2 people for the week, all inclusive. Everything there is a money grabber so anticipate at least 200$ each for the week. Excursions could have easily taken this trip from being average to above average, but we simply did not budget for it.
The resort is nice and the staff is friendly.
Do not eat the lasagna or cannelloni at the Italian restaurant called Michelangelo's. Simply awful! The red and white wine was not drinkable. We ended up just leaving in order to eat the average food from the buffet. What is good about the buffet is that it is open 10 hours a day. Make sure you get there early to take advantage of freshness.
The rooms were clean. In the fridge that kept making weird noises, we found a bottle of water and an 500 ml bottle of coke.
I hope this was helpful.
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