My fella and I stayed at this resort from Oct 6th to the 13th. I dont often write reviews wanted to recently after reading what some people had written after we returned home form this resort.
I believe it is important to write an honest review,as people,including myself,use this information to decide how to spend there vacation dollars.
We stayed in room 1423 on the 2nd floor,Ocean View. The room was nice.Clean but a bit small. Air conditioner worked great.I like it to be nice and cold in the room at night for sleeping and it was! I requested an extra blanket for my fella,but you can control the temp in the room and set it to what YOU like.
Yes you only get one card for the room that runs the air conditioner,but it was fine. Our room stayed cool when we were gone. (your room card runs the AC in the room. You put it in the slot in the door. When you take it out it turns off)
The view was "ok" trees block some of the view of the ocean but still glad we chose Ocean View. It was nice and quite and I am a VERY light sleeper. We were close to everything. Beds were firm,pillows were ok,but a bit lumpy lol
No coffee makers in the rooms at this resort
Water and pop only in the fridge
Beaches were again just "ok" we like to snorkel. There was a little spot on the beach to the right. A little crop of rocks that had lots of little fish and a bit of coral to see,but you have to get very close as the water is not very clear. Was a bit creepy at time because the current would push you in even closer to the rocks if your not careful and I dont want to touch seaweed lol it creeps me out
Venders were a bother. Nice people though. Just trying to make a living. We eventually got to know them as we saw the same ones everyday.I did buy a few things. but it did get a little annoying. They came by every 10 min Id say. We found if we went to the beach latter in the day there was less of them. This is something you would have to be prepared for as it IS a problem. One vender asked if we would trade our sunscreen for something he was selling when we were ready to go home,as it is so expensive to buy sunscreen there. Were were happy to do so.
Pool was an ok size for the amount of people who were at the resort (maybe 60 in total when we were there) but would be crowded at high season. ALSO there were only 8 umbrellas at the pool when we went and it went down to 6 the last few days. They may have been cleaning or repairing them,Im not sure,but we could have used a few more and there wernt many people there....lots of chairs though!?
Ok this was hard for me lol. Im a vegetarian. I dont eat any fish or chicken either. I had to eat ALLOT of rice and beans. Every Lunch and dinner.I told my boyfriend that I was pretending I was on "Survivor" lol There were also boiled potato at EVERY meal I could also have some cheese or lettuces, onions or tomato and bread...but not much else. I always found something but I cant remember when I ate so many carbs!
My fella on the other hand said he though the food was good from the selections he had to choose from. The best "resort food" he has had so far, he said They had different " meat" stations at every lunch and dinner, sometimes a pasta station aswell as an omelet station for breakfast.I think they were fixing up the main buffet, The last half of the week it opened back up and we had allot more selection.
They did a very nice dinner by the pool on Thursday night. They had to move everything over. It must have been allot of work. It was very nice. They passed out comment cards this night. I gave my honest opinion about the food,and for the days following, I would say the food improved immensely! Much more selection for vegetarians.
We were given comment cards 3 times in total the week we were there. They really seem to care what everyone thought. I told the lady handing out the cards how I thought the food had improved since the first comment card. She seamed genuinely happy to hear that.
...and no they wernt just giving them to "the locals" as one other reviewer had said. Seriously how would you be able to tell who the "locals"were anyway? Because of there language and skin colour? ...dont get out much I guess lol
touching on the "locals" thing
I really dont get why some people would say that "Locals" crowded into the resort on the weekends? We had people staying at the resort from Chilli, Puerto Rico when we were there? Are these the people you ment? ....what because there skin was brown? We also had some people from Canada there who spoke Spanish and had brown skin?....were they the "locals" you spoke of? The resort is open to any who would like to come. Your not any better then anyone else. If there were "locals" there I would have never known,and who cares anyway?
We found the service to be great! Sometimes we had three different people looking after us we didnt know who to tip.( Not because we were trying to buy drugs or sleep with the Animation team like other reviewers had said of some vacationers lol BECAUSE WE TIPPED ....and maybe because we were nice to them? lol ) .We left a couple bucks after every meal and at the bar. They REALLY appreciated it. Took great care of us.
Shows were just ok. Gave you something to do, but nothing spectacular.
Animation team were allot of fun. We didn't play any of the games or dance ( we're lame lol) but they still tried to get us involved but weren't pushy ...
last min tips:
- if your getting a massage,the older lady is better at it then the younger lady :)
- change your money at the airport. The front desk didnt have any change,and coulnt break bills. You would have to go to the mall down the street and the exchange is very high
-snacks are HALF the price at the mall down the street then at the store at the resort.....if you dont mind fending off more "sellers" They are aggressive in there! lol
-Time share presentation will take you HOURS if you chose to go. lol
All and all great value for the money spent. We paid 570$ taxes and all,per person for an Ocean view room. So how could you complain, people who came at the same time as we did!?You cant beat that!
Send me a message if you have any questions. Id be happy to help! :)
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