Having stayed at a few all inclusives, I think they are more similar than different
The place itself is what I expected. Most importantly, it is warm, generally sunny, relaxing, lush, and tropical and offers the beach with lots of chairs and a number of pools.
I was there over Veteran's Day weekend 2012, and it was clearly the beginning of busy season. They opened an additional breakfast place, and they were filling in an additional pool.
What it is not is a traditional 5 star hotel. of course, it is not priced like one either.
Overall, I found the staff very friendly, but not that good at their job.
For example, I asked if they sold an English language paper - they said they would deliver one to my room. Never happened.
I asked for change for a US20 for a couple days - they never had it and wouldn't get it.
At lunch the first day I ordered a soda at the buffet - it never came despite the presence of dozens of people working under 100 tables - at a buffet.
Overall, the food was fresh and fair. It's not great, but it helps with not overeating despite the availability.
Don Pablo was better than I expected. El Pescador was basically another buffet - they call it Mediterranean, but they don't even seem to know what that means - there was a big sign about cod from the North Sea.
The web site said free internet - I mistakenly thought that would be in the room. Nope - that is $50/week. It is in the lobby only, and in the lobby is a pretty crappy connection.
I don't regret going, and it was relaxing, but I would never go back to this property, although I am sure others would be more of the same.
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