This was our second trip to the resort and we had a fantastic vacation. The resort is vast and there are a number of places to go for breakfast / lunch / dinner, which is always nice. Our first night there we made reservations for our a la carte dinners and were told that although we were limited to 4 sit-down dinners, they would put our name in for the waiting list fo the remaining two nights we would be at the resort. The next morning we received notice that we had reservations booked for every night of the week - a very nice change from having the buffet for dinner. I don't think it matters which buffet you go to for breakfast as they're all pretty much the same. We had made-to-order omlettes or eggs each day, and that gave it a bit of extra freshness that can sometimes lack in a buffet. For lunch, we found a restaurant next to the pool at Club Premiere where you could sit down, be served, and order made-to-order calamari, hamburgers, chicken sandwiches, and a few other things. Again- the made-to-order option ensured that the food was always freshly prepared so we only ate at the buffet for breakfast. The sit down dinner restaurants were pretty comparable in quality - everything was good and service was generally top-notch. I personally liked Le Gourmet the most. You have to wear long pants / appropriate attire as it is the 'fancy' restaurant in the resort, but I would absolutely recommend that it is one of the a la carte restaurants you go to while you're there. The Garden Grill was also very good - they have more of a steakhouse offering and the quality of everything we had there was excellent.
There are a few lobby bars open until 11:30 at night and that is where we spent ever evening. We found that if you find a server that you like, give them a few dollars for a tip at the end of the night and then try to sit in their section of the bar the next night. They'll remember and take extra good care you. We had a the same waitress every night who would recoginize us as soon as we sat down and would bring us our drinks without even having to order - she knew what we wanted and made sure we always had a full beverage without having to ask.
Our room was in the Club Premiere section of the resort, which is as far away from the beach as you can get. It was about a 10 minute trolley ride to get to the beach, but the trolleys ran every 10 or 15 minutes so it was never a long wait. You could walk it, but it was about a 15 minute walk. The rooms were fine and the mini bar was re-stocked every day. The only thing that I didn't like was that our room faced the pool and every morning at 10:00 AM, the DJ would play "The Greatest Love of All" by Whitney Houston loud enough that it became my alarm clock. So, if you want a pool-side room, you might want to make sure that it isn't on side of the pool that the speakers are facing.
Overall, the resort is as nice as we remembered it being the first time there and very well maintained. The service we received from everyone (ranging from the restaurant staff to the housekeeping staff to the beach staff) was cordial and polite and they went out of their way to make sure we were taken care of from the moment we arrived until we departed. I am pretty sure that we'll go there again some day.
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December 28, 2012
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