We have done AI resorts for the last 10 years all over Mexico and the Caribbean. The Caves is like no other place we have ever been.
Personal service is what you get here. No long lines, buffets or watered down liquor. Small, intimate, and easy going is what you will find.
When we arrived we were given a tour of the property. The staff pointed out some of the cliff jump spots, restaurants, bars, caves and spa. We were shown to our cottage the stardust and knew we made the right choice. The stardust is at the end of the property separated by the sands and is quiet and secluded. If you need dead bolts on the doors and windows that lock this might not be the place for you. The whole cottage was very open air. I was a little nervous the first night, but nothing beats sleeping with the sound and view of the ocean.
The food was great!! By far the best we have had at an AI resort. At each meal the waiter would let you know what was being served and you could have as little or as much as you wanted. We had contacted the resort before our arrival because we don't eat seafood. They responded with asking us our protein preferences and making sure we had choices at each meal.
The bar choices are top shelf here. At check in the staff made sure we had our preferences. I love ginger beer and we had plenty in our cottage along with red stripe. Thanks to the bar staff for introducing me to the dark and stormy with Blackwell rum! The bar closest to our room wasn't staffed during the day but it wasn't a problem. We could go in a make what we wanted anytime.
I have not had great experiences snorkeling at other resorts. Most places bring you out in the ocean, drop you off, and you hope for the best. Not at the Caves. Paul is AMAZING!! He leads small guided tours thru the caves and literally took me by the hand. He pointed out all kinds of sea creatures and "saved" us from a jelly fish by gently returning it the ocean floor. He is also a great coach if you decide to jump off the cliff's, and you should! The experiences we had with Paul are why we will return!!
We will see you all for our 20th Anniversary!