We had a glorious time swimming in the ocean and viewing the fish with simple goggles! The water is so warm that you will not want to leave. We were offered many free drinks by lovely workers. Ralston, Marcia, and Mr. Lewis were workers in the restaurants but they were much more. We lost our photos when we swam with the dolphins, and Mr. Lewis called a friend who drove and brought a new set for us! Marcia met us every day with a hug and cup of coffee. She remembered our names, which made our trip feel personal. Ralston greeted us with a hug and "Good morning, my sweet ladies." Many workers were great but we avoided the front desk at all cost! They were rude and abrupt, so we asked our questions of Marcia, Ralston, and Mr. Lewis.
We were surprised that we were asked to tip. Our tour and itinerary said that gratuities were included and actually tipping was not allowed in this all-inclusive resort. Boy was that wrong! When we arrived, the very happy baggage carrier brought our bags to the rooms, he put out his hand for his tip. I was shocked and embarrassed because I was not prepared for this, so I did not know how much to pay. I went to the front desk and they said that tipping was NOT included. We were also taken aback when the resort offered a tour and breakfast and we would be given a free bag with a towel, cup, monkey toy, and key chain. This sounded great because the resort is huge and a tour was a great option. Well, the tour and breakfast were a front for a sell job! When we said we were not interested, the big sell was on. When I became irritated, more pressure was put on! When we chose to leave, they offered one bag, not the two we had been told about. The bag had a key chain, shot glasses, and a monkey ashtray. We were happy to leave this junk on the table! The bag was great, though. We went on to have a wonderful day in the ocean and swim with the dolphins. We did not let their high pressured sale's pitch ruin our day, but many people were upset.
We went there for a wonderful vacation and had one. Our rooms were beautiful and the food was great! I gained five pounds in eight days, but it was worth it! The excursions were a lot of fun, but our favorite times were sitting in the ocean or swimming in the pools. This was an amazing once in a lifetime trip for us!
I would recommend this resort, but you must remember to tip and avoid the "free breakfast and tour" people.
Deb and Leigh
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