I agree this is a adult vacation resort since we stayed (but not long enough). I found it hard to find any fault here, thus my great rating. The Macao of the 5 Riu group there shows a 5 star on the front enterance and I would say so! It seems in the center of the RIU's but I would have easily stayed in any of the front three, particularly if I had taken my kids and had to stay in the neighboring one that allowed kids !
The staff was very attentive and moving around was easy within the grounds "which were well kept." A short walk to the beautiful beach/sand was paridise. Chairs were easy to find on the beach but not in the pool area. Bring no. 30 or 50 spf if you burn easy. I saw many cooked lobsters walking around.
For this Riu, all inclusive, and my first time at an all inclusive, I probably rated higher than most and a proper rating by those who have stayed at more locations may be a better read. I know & see why this is the way to go !
This resort is not the Huge Mega type you see and hear about and feel like your in a city but smaller (not too small) with many well kept palm tree groves which certainly make a "paradise" feeling. Walks on the beach either way were great (public, so you get some peddlers with wares, i just ignored and said "no gracias").The beach is public, all allowed and you can walk about a mile or so (forever) etc either way. We took a "right" and a 20 min walk there were some straw roof shacks with "pushy" vendors you'd best avoid, but we got only a few souvenier deals after Extreme negotiating! There were some trinket / shirt shops out and to the left of the hotel on Carib street which were ok. (buy yourRum there as Duty free was about twice the price)
Food: I was happy with the Buffets and wish they would label more the choices a bit. They always had someone around to ask (cooks in specific, although my spanish is poor to zero the staff was accomodating). We did the "Steak resteraunt"one night and was treated like royalty. I know I gained a few lbs.( I just had a few concerns with forum mentions to bottom shelf liquor and it's what you get if you don't ask. So stay on top of the servers/tenders) The swim up bar was nice as you are over the bar and can see the choices right in and on top of the bar. It was my favorite.
The folks at the resort (these least busy weeks before X-mass) seemed mostly european, older/retired staying for thier standard 2 weeks etc..
The Rooms were NICE, due to high humidity there's an slight initial shortcomming in the AC but after a while you get used to it and it works fine and note that there's an interlock on the back screen door that cut's the Ac off when opened or ajar. BTW, The AC is very quiet otherwise! We did have rain a few days, buy slight and 70% of the day was sun and some clouds.
Our "on-line" travel agent took csre of the transfers we paid (20 ea round trip) that was just fine since it didn't stop at more than 3 resorts to and from the airport.
(my worse experince on this trip was the exteme long lines at Customs coming back to the USA and worrying about missing my connecting flight from the east coast. I'm trying to erase that from my mind !)
Get lots of btl water, take with you to the beach if you will stay there all day. We even brushed ou...
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