Resort: Its an old Sandals Resort, so it is still in great condition. Service and staff were extremely friendly; everyone is always asking if you are having a great time and the different drinks and foods you need to try. They have two pools: quiet and loud pool. Both have swim up bars. The loud pool is always loud, they always have an activity going on and its a little like spring break with the attitudes. If loud isnt your thing you can just go to the beach or the other pool and its not bad at all. I went to the beach everyday and suprisingly the music wasnt loud. Everything is closing located, which is very nice. Workout facility is nice, but out door which sucks if you are trying to get a quick workout in (make sure you do it nice and early because it gets hot). Free wifi in the main lobby or you can pay like $10 a day for it in your room. They have a bar and disco club in the resort that are open til around 3 am. We did the bar one night, it was okay a bit of a party scene. We never did the disco club.
Beach: Beach is fairly small about 100 yards in length. It is private so there is not too many people. Cushioned chases with plenty of towels. Water isn't that clear right on the beach, but the view is amazing from far out.They have it fenced in on both sides which is nice so it keeps the vendors out. They still have a few local vendors that they allow on the beach but you dont have the locals bothering you all day if you are just trying to relax. If you want all the harrasment you just have to step outside the gates and the locals have a very small shopping area right outside the beach where you can get what you are looking for (shirts/souveniors/drugs). This was probably the first place where I could honestly feel comfortable with leaving my belongings on my chase and walking away for about an hour and not having to worry about it. They do have staff on the beach that is pretty good about getting you drinks. There is a lot of waverunner traffic going back and forther just right outside of the water, but its not that bad.
Rooms: Rooms are decent. I would highly recommend staying in the diamond suites with the ocean view. ***Ask for highest floor and furthest away from the bar/disco club***. Room comes with a mini bar stocked daily with coke, sprite, giner ale, waters, fruit juices, wine, champagne, whiskey on tap, rum on tap, and a few others on tap. They have no problem giving you more alcohol if you ask for it which is great. Beds were decent, **tiny pillows**, rooms cleaned daily, not much storage space for your clothes, 32-36'' flat screen tvs with cable. Bathroom was the same as an average US hotel; yes there is a little bit of mold on the ceiling, it wasnt that bad though. Toilet has a week flush from time to time and the shower pressure dies down a little if you run it for awhile. Elevator in the diamond suites is slow as hell just to let you know. There is only 5 floors so its not that bad.
Food: Food was great, best food I've had on a carribean island. For those of you who have been to the dominican, the food here is sooooooo much better. There's different places you can eat but I would say there is 3 restaraunts(Italian, Jamaican, and Japanese), two snack bars and a buffet eating area. The italian restaraunt is open daily for dinner only. Food is great here, has normal tasting pasta, fish is decent there too, and the salads are okay (I ate here for dinner almost every night). Jamiacan restaraunt I never ate in because they had a "strict dress code"; when I go on vacation to a tropical climate I bring shorts and sandals, I dont bring dress pants and dress shoes. Other then that the menu looked interesting, so I cant comment too much on the food. ***The Japanese restaraunt is the best, but you need to schedule a reservation right away for it because its always booked and only open for dinner*** It is hybachi styled and they serve you rice, chicken, steak, tuna, and shrimp and it is all very good. The two chefs they have are very entertaining, a little over the top, but its a jamaican japanese hybachi chef. The buffet eating area serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The breakfast is always amazing, theyll have everything you could want. Lunch tends to be hit or miss because they do a themed lunch everyday, and dinner is usually a miss... which is why you have the other restaraunts to eat at. I don't think I ate dinner once at the dinning hall, it never looked quite right. They also have a poolside snack bar that makes jerk chicken sandwiches, grilled cheese, turkey sandwhiches, and hamburgers w/fries. The hamburger wasnt too bad for being in a foreign country, grilled cheese was fine. *** They also have a brick oven for pizza, which is great*** Pizza tastes fine here, I think I did this for lunch almost everyday when I didn't find anything good at the dinning hall. Lastly, you have free room service (well atleast in the diamond suites we did). They will pretty much make you anything you ask for. Menu isnt bad, you can order anything from the poolside snackbar and the pizza place plus more. You can get food 24/7 too which is nice. They have steak on the menu and it wasnt that bad, probably equivalent to a applebees type restaraunt's steak.
Excursions: I thought the waterfalls were a waste of time, but if you like to see that stuff go ahead and waste your time with it. However if I will recommend one thing its the dolphin cove. Its a little pricey but an awesome time. We did the one on one dolphin swim and it was great. You also get to swim with shark and sting rays. There is tons of other wild life at the park. We booked our excursion beforehand and I believe we paid $300 as a couple to do the dolphin swim. I believe it costs a lot more there.
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