The hotel is 5 minutes from the airport and will cost US$10 for a taxi. You're greeted with a cold towel and fruit punch while your bags are taken to your room for you and the air-con will have already been set to work on your room. We were right on the beach-front, the sea lapping 5m away. The reef is worth a snorkel with a variety of fish, mostly juveniles, but walk out in the sandy channels as if you walk on top of the reef then you might get stung with a small sea urchin - not deadly but will hurt for a few hours. The hotel is spacious with a variety of sitting areas and bars although only half the restaraunts were open due to the low number of clients but this did not spoil the quality of the meals. The staff were excellent and were very attentive, usually getting what we asked for, even opening the shop well after sunset when I needed some after-sun lotion. The bird life is great around the three lakes so take your camera and binoculars. There are usually four Iguanas near the swimming pool in the morning. Sunsets are wonderful at the pool bar. The weather was 30C day or night and the sea water is the same too.
We went on the 4-hour island cruise which ended-up being six hours. We had a great driver from Sunsation tours. We plunged into Concord Waterfalls (changing room available), visited a Plantation House, toured around a Nutmeg factory, fed the fish at Grand Etang Crater Lake (take some bread from breakfast bar) and fed the Mona Monkies (take a banana from breakfast too). A great tour.
We would also strongly recommend the Devotion 2 Ocean Water Sports Centre on the beach. These guys were very professional, polite, humorous and enthusiastic. We tried the kayaks, hobby-cat sailing catamarans, and went scuba diving with them. Most of the activities are free if you're all-inclusive although this is not well advertised. There is a wide selection of dive sites to choose from depending upon your certification level and experience. Our best dive was on the 'Hema 1' wreck at 30m deep were we saw Nurse Sharks, Barracuda and a squadron of Eagle Rays - awesome! Throughout the week we saw turtles, Stingrays, massive Lobsters and a whole range of Gorgonians, Sponges and Corals...the list is endless.
The only downside (yes, there is one) was the sand flies on the beach at around sunset. You don't see them but they see you. So, take your insect repellant for your ankles and apply it before sunset if you're on the beach.
There is a small security team patrolling the beach 24/7 although we didn't experience any trouble from the four beach vendors that seemed to visit once a week. They were just making a living selling necklaces and bracelets.
We met some great friends which put the icing on the holiday that we thought couldn't get any better.
So, to recap...food, staff, hotel grounds, wildlife and the water sports is excellent and we'll definitely be going back there soon!!!
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