We have stayed at Flamingo's many, many times but never with children. This year we took 4 children ranging in ages from 6-12 and rented a 1 bedroom and studio unit. As always, we were greeted by the wonderful bellman at the front desk. Always welcoming and happy to see us. Check in was a little slow and honestly not too friendly, but that is nothing new either. Due to the fact that we used our Premier membership and not our Gold membership we were not allowed to have the discount card for the resort, somewhat understandable but not appreciative of their members for sure. We had requested a certain room as we have previously and as previously were not able to have it. Still, our room was beautiful 1209AB and actually worked out better. The only negative was that at night we could hear a little critter outside of our room chirping the entire night. We had two children in the studio, 2 in the murphy bed in the living room and my husband and me in the 1 bedroom portion. Worked perfectly.
Our game plan was to go to the Mega store which is approximately 1 mile away (easy walking distance without 4 children) and load up and that is what we did. The bellmen are always happy to help you load everything out of the taxi and up to your room. The rooms have the bare necessities to cook and I did find myself wishing I had a few items but we made it through. Cooked almost all meals in our rooms and the kids loved it; eggs, pancakes, sandwiches, smoothies, smoothies, smoothies and lots of tacos. Did have pizza and frenchfries at poolside on a few days. Kids have to have their frenchfries and they were $6 per plate. Pizza is quite reasonable and very good. Picked up a few essentials from the on site store but their prices are very high.
About the 3rd day in we realized that the activities staff actually had a schedule of activities for the kids. They absolutely had a blast. Maria and Johnny have so much patience and the kids basicly stalked them the entire time! We went to a show that was being held in the dinner lounge and the kids danced with the crew at the end and it made the kids day! The kids played games and did crafts. Also have a cookie making day for which the resort charges $6 per day, that is just ridiculous.
The housekeeping crew does an amazing job. We totally trashed our room and they came in and spiffed it all up in no time. One day she did not make it in until around 3:30pm but made up for it by creating animals out of the towels, made my Granddaughter's day.
Pool was beautiful but really needed to have a little more cleaning. Looking underwater with goggles is not pretty. They also throw chlorine out where the children are swimming and sitting, does not seem the safest.
Transportation is a little rough with 4 children as the safety standards in Mexico are not up to par and taxis equipped to handle a family of 6 and also seat belts became difficult. We often times had to take 2 taxi's and that was quite spendy. Left the resort 3 times and cost us a minimum of $100 on taxi's alone.
Spent most of our time at the pool but also spent time on the beach. You must purchase one of the pineapples from the vendors on the beach. They are delicious, $7.00 and loaded with fruit. A MUST! Our girls had their hair braided right in front of the resort for $20 each, she did a good job but not alot of choice of beads. Check with the concierge, the DelMar resort which is about 1 hour down the beach does a turtle release that is amazing. The kids loved it.
The resort brings in a seal on Tuesday's at 1 and quite fun to watch do his thing in the pool.
The most annoying part of the trip is the poolchair issue. If you do not go down and lay your belongings on chairs before 10am you will not have a chair to sit on. I had to ask and tip someone to get a chair (one chair) and that is all we had the entire week (1 chair). There are signs and statements made that the belongings will be removed but I did not see that happen.
All in all, a fabulous trip. Cannot wait to go back without 4 kids!
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