We have stayed at several all inclusive resorts in several different areas and I'd rate this
one right about in the middle.
This resort is VERY kid friendly (and, as a person with kids, I consider this a good thing!).
The kids club is nice and they have activities for them like water balloon games, etc. My kids loved staying at this resort, and they had a much better time than at the Riu kids clubs. Someone recently wrote that the pool bar is crowded with kids ordering smoothies which, to me, is better than a bunch of drunken fools ordering more alcohol than they can handle. I will happily wait to get a beer so that a kid can have their little drink and feel grown up.
The staff is nice. Mostly what I had read is true, they are friendly and kind. Not as hard working as the ones we've interacted with at the Jamaican resorts, but good over all. I did get an atitude one night from a front desk staff when inquiring about the "resort credits" (more on that one in a bit).
If you come with a family, there seems to be an abundance of nice, easy to talk to families on the resort. We met several other couples that we enjoyed hanging with and our kids playing with theirs.
The pool is wonderful. It is large and spacious. There is a beach-style entry and there are stairs,
even a children's pool off to the side (but close to the bar for the parents!). They have a
volleyball net in the pool and a fountain with a high surface that all of the kids like to gather on and play games with. There are also areas of the pool, away from the bar, that are quiet and
secluded. So, no matter what your reason for being at the pool, you will certainly find the right spot. Also, the spa overlooks the ocean which is a nice setting for just relaxing around sunset.
The activities are plentiful. Of the all inclusive resorts we've stayed at, I'd have to say this one ranks up there with it's activities. There is always something fun to participate in. Fernando (I think that's his name) does a great job with facilitating it all. In fact, that guy has so much energy it's ridiculous. He single handidly does a lot....wouldn't be surprised to see him in the kitchen!
The beach is ideal. I read that it's a ways away, a long walk. Not sure how out of shape those people are, but even our kids had no problem with the distance. The view from the beach is beautiful but the waves can get rough. Otherwise, our experience along the beach was a highlight. There are some vendors there but they don't bother you too terribly much. As well, you can talk to the guy at the beach about certain activities and get a better deal. For example, we booked a horseback riding trip thru him for $30/pp for an hour. The travel agent at the resort said it was a two hour minimum and $70. Maybe our better deal was due to there being 9 of us total, not sure. Either way, it was so nice to sit out there on the beach, take in the sun and watch the waves and just enjoy the scenery.
The alcohol was good and not all brands of low quality. If you wanted Cuervo in your margarita, you could ask. They had most major brands to enjoy, including Johnnie Walker. As well, I think I read that they only had Corona on tap. If so, that isn't true. They also serve Negra Modelo.
The general structure and appearance of the hotel were, I'd say, below average overall. The grounds are nice, but the rooms are a bit older as well as the overall architechture. For us, it wasn't a big deal, and actually gave a bit of an "older" Mexico feel. But resorts like the Riu absolutely have nicer rooms. They also do not stock beer and spirits in your room like they do at the Riu. That was a bit of a bummer.
Not so Good:
I would say my only complaints would be two things:
The food. First of all, we ate one night at the Mexican restaurant located below the lobby and the service was absolutely terrible. The food wasn't much better. We literally waited an HOUR to get our salads. Even if this isn't the norm, I would prefer the other a la carte restaurant over this one, the Terrazena, or something like that. We didn't eat at the Japanese place because during our last night they had the Mexican buffet and show. I would say that is something not to miss. The regular buffet was below average, I believe. There weren't a lot of things or variety to choose from and it was mostly lower end food. When we have stayed at the Riu there is usually a highlight food item, like shrimp scampi and even lobster tails one night, at their buffet. This place doesn't do that....not saying that they should, just that their selection and quality isn't as good as we've experienced.
Since I don't have a "bad" or "terrible" section, I will put this here, although it really should stand out on its own. I am not sure if it is a temporary promotion or not, but the "$200 resort credit" appears to be misleading. When I read the offer it stated that you would receive a resort credit for $200 for the spa or golf, etc. Well, it turns out that there were restrictions on those so-called credits that weren't very clear. First, they split the credits up between the spa, an "upgrade or amenities", and golf. This wasn't exactly spelled out during the reservation process. So, you got TWO $25 credits to the spa (which could only be combined if you booked a massage for 80+ minutes), ONE credit for $50 for an "upgrade or amenities", ONE credit for $50 for golf, and ONE credit for $50 for a "romantic dinner". Basically, what these credits do is to drive business to areas that are somewhat slow. We were never offered an "upgrade" at check in even though we paid for ocean view, so we had to use the ameninities offer, which was basically a plate of 6 chocolate strawberries and a miniature bottle of wine. I was hoping to use the credits to get my wife a massage, but it would have cost us a significant additional amount of out of pocket money. One couple whom we were traveling with discovered that they wanted $85 for a mani/pedi for her daughter! So, they didn't use their spa "resort credits" either. I felt a bit put off by this, and it did feel misleading.
I think it was a nice place, great experience and I would possibly recommend it to others, looking for a nice place to vacation to for a reasonable price. However, I am not 100% sold on staying here again, but would consider it as the experience wasn't a complete let down. I did think the pool and the service were the highlights of the whole resort.
As a side:
I would HIGHLY recommend visiting the Crazy Lobster restaurant in the city of CSL. You can take the bus that stops right across the street for $2 a person and it's about a 15 minute ride to the town. The bus was fun and we all enjoyed being on the bus with local. When you get there, as for the Crazy Lobster restaurant. Both the food and the traditional atmosphere are worth it. You can literally get a lobster tail and good steak for $12, or a tail and 6 shrimp. a DELICIOUS meal!
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