Well it has been a year since our last visit to Lifestyles Tropical resort. We just got back from taking advantage of Cheap Caribbean’s $19 a night deal. This included VIP beach access.
I can say that this year we were somewhat disappointed in the resort. Yes we certainly did get our money’s worth but for the traveler who was paying a regular rate or even for some of the time share traders I would say it may have been a letdown. Here is what we found:
The hotel grounds were very well maintained, clean and actually very nice. The grounds staff and maintenance staff were excellent and always wanting to please. We actually had NO water one afternoon but it was fixed and back to normal in a short period of time.
We did find the front desk personnel somewhat less then interested. It always seemed that what you asked for or wanted could not be dealt with then but you needed to come back later or tomorrow to talk to someone who was not there now.
The rooms are looking very dated. Hard to believe in this day that the room was equipped with a 19 inch CRT (old fashioned) TV. Sorry but they should have flat screens of some type. The furniture was old and no comfortable chair or desk in the room. However the room was clean and the bed very comfortable, the AC worked great and the water in the shower was hot. We also had to call every day to get our mini frig stocked and even with doing this it was not always done.
The food was the real disappointment. The quality certainly was a peg (or two) below last year. They also only had one of the usual four ala carte restaurants open, and the food at them was not great. At the indochine restaurant the food was way over salted and the portions especially on the appetizers was extremely small. The Sweat and Sour soup was one of the worst I had ever tasted. The Italian Restaurant’s food was almost inedible. I noticed every diner in the place returned his plate with almost none of the pasta eaten. Once you removed the breading from the Chicken Parnassian you could almost eat the chicken. I will say the Mexican restaurant was not bad and the ribs were pretty good. As to the buffet again we found the food to be of poor quality other then the afternoon they had rotisserie Chicken which was excellent, otherwise nothing inspiring or even well prepared. We also noticed a marked decrease in food options on the buffet.
Now we understand it is low season and they have fewer guests hence decrease in services but they are still trying to impress visitors and trying to sell time shares in the resort and the food service I would imagine will not help this cause.
A word on the time share “sharks” we found them very reasonable and a simple “we are not interested” the first day and we were not bothered again.
We did meet some very nice visitors from all over and in spite of it all we all had a good time