I will apologize in advance for how long this will be! We stayed at the Paradisus Palma Real November 2 -11th! We had the VIP package by booking through the hotel website. I must say that their customer service was excellent prior to check in, we were traveling on a girls trip, and one of us was delayed a day due to hurricane Sandy. I was still allowed to check in, even though the reservations were under my cousins name. I felt perfectly safe being there my first night all by myself. With the VIP package we had access to Gabi beach, and restaurant, plus 15% off all spa services, and a slightly larger room than normal. I will break up the rest of the review based on different categories.
CHeck in: I was whisked away to the VIP check in area, was checked in very quickly, and up to my room in no time! I was brought a welcome cocktail and a fruit plate up to my room, My suitcase was delivered a few minutes later!
The Room: 3rd floor, one king bed was pretty comfortable, not too hard or soft, a view of the ocean through the trees, large tub, nice shower, and walk in closet! There are glass doors on the shower and water closet, so privacy can be a bit of an issue, but it wasn't as bad as we thought it would be. AC worked really well!
Room Service: We ordered room service almost everyday for breakfast, and almost every night for a late night snack! Breakfast was always good, Dinner was hit or miss, one day it was good, the next, just ok. We ordered champagne to our room each night, which was a really nice treat!
Pool: The pool was really nice, plenty of loungers to lay on, great place to cool off.
The Beach: We spent the majority of our time at Gabi Beach on one of the Bali beds. We had the same waiter everyday, and I feel terrible, I do not recall his name :( He was amazing, always remembered what we were drinking the day before, and even had out bed all set up for us with towels and pillows when he knew we were going to be back the next day! The first few days the water was very cloudy and weedy, I think this was mostly due to the hurricane that had just passed, the next few days the water was much clearer!
Bars: The lobby bar was our favorite, as well as the bar just outside Naos buffet! A huge Thank you to all of the ladies we sat and chatted with each night! The Pool bar was fun also, however we found a lot of rude people at the bar (not the employees, but the vacationers)
Restaurants: Dinner at the main buffet was ok, nothing special, but slightly better than normal all inclusive buffet food. Breakfast and lunch were much better. Bana Bistro was amazing, no complaints there, as well as Bana Hibachi, that was very good as well! Gabi beach was excellent for lunch and dinner, we thoroughly enjoyed eating there! Vento was ok, probably wouldnt eat there again. Aqua was good, but our favorites by far were Gabi, and Bana!
Spa: We did not do any massages or anything, but being VIP we had free access to the spa, we did their Water Ritual which was amazing! It was so relaxing, a very peaceful place!
Activities: We went parasailing, It was amazing! we booked through the hotel and had to get a ride about 5 miles down the beach, being 2 single females, we weren't very comfortable with that. I would suggest just talking to the dive shop right next to Gabi beach and setting it up there, its the same price! We did the candle making class, and the cigar rolling class, they were fun!
Entertainment: We only saw the Cirque show, and the Michael Jackson show, which were pretty good!
Nightlife: There was not alot of night life at the resort, but thats not what we were there for, we were in bed pretty early each night! The red lounge was busy one night, but it is pretty small.
Overall, we had an amazing trip, everyone remembered our names, and treated us like royalty! I would definitely go back, It is a beautiful resort! There is so much more, but I think I covered the basics. One of the best all inclusives I have been to! We did tip, it seemed much appreciated, but mostly just having good attitude and being nice to everyone went a long way!
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