Traveled to this resort week of march 15- 22/13 with another couple and loved the resort. The resort is relatively new and this was apparent by the condition of the rooms, the pool and deck chairs, restaurants, beach area, meaning that all were in excellent condition. Any pictures posted on any website are very accurate- the place is beautiful.We were surprised by how lush and mature all the vegetation was and seemed as if the place had been open for many years. They are still planting on the grounds and at the island/ beach area which will make it even more beautiful. As in most other reviews it is HOT but the breeze made it tolerable around the pool and there were plenty of umbrellas available. I think we were there at a low time because it seemed like the chairs at the pools were always empty and we had choices every day or simply because there are 3 large pools to choose from. Many locals and South Americans were at the resort and they seemed to prefer the beach which may have contributed to the excess spaces at the pool. We found it cooler by the pool as it seemed that the beach did not receive the breeze.Overall the food was good for an AI, plenty of choices and always hot and I actually prefered the buffet to the a la cartes and of course the coffee- delicious. The resort is built on the side of a hill and therefore many stairs- we didn't mind, needed to work off the food we ate- but for those with mobility issues or small childen it would prove difficult. They do have ramps as an alternate but less convenient than the location of the stairs. The island/ beach area that is a 30 second boat/ferry ride is a must if you want to walk a beautiful beach, Playa Blanca, and just a word of warning, it is not part of the resort so you are required to sign out and in with security when exiting the resort property. There are alot of hostels and stalls and therefore peddlers on Playa Blanca so it makes for an interesting walk. Snorkelling at the resort is best done by the rock breakwalls- beautiful fish- we did this instead of taking the day trip and it was enough for us. We took a trip into old Cartegena by way of the "shuttle bus" run from the hotel, $25.00 return and it dropped us off right outside the old city. We had a bit of "communication" issue with the Nolitours rep who insisted this wasn't and option and tried to sell us their 180.00/person boat and tour trip. Check with the front desk Decameron Explorer people and they can set up the do it yourself trip- this all depends on what day they are going to the airport to pick up people and we were told we could only do this on the tuesday but heard from other guests they went on wednesday- the story changed every day so check often. The nice part is that Decameron Explorer has a concierge office in the old city and you can go there to cool off (and you will need to!), get a drink, use the washroom and get a map and directions from the staff there- very convenient. The people at the resort and in the city are lovely, very open, and more than willing to talk about themselves when asked (and help with our very minimal spanish). Getting to the resort is a bit of a trip but interesting scenery once you are outside of the city, rough roads for some parts, small ferry, and of course the time it takes all depends on the traffic. The trip in to the resort was 1.5 hours (was at night) and the trip out was 2 hours- all because of the time of day and the wait for the ferry. Just bring snacks and you are all set. Remember the distance away also makes the resort more appealing, i.e. quiet, crystal clear water that you can swim in (heard that you cannot go in the water at the resorts in the city). Overall, a fantastic trip and would go back in a heartbeat.