What a great find! Stayed for 1 week (02/03/12 - 09/03/12) and can highly recommend for those wanting to get away from it all and relax in beautiful surroundings with warm sea, good food and friendly staff.
I think we were the only British couple there, which is a shame, but meant that the staff all recognized us instantly and went out of their way to be helpful. The resort is huge with lots of stairs which helped us work off the excellent food. Out of school holidays it was only about 50% occupied, plenty of space around whichever pool / beach you fancied. The large infinity pool was a firm favourite with us, very warm water and great views. Beaches have been carefully sectioned to break up the tide and provide great snorkeling, as do the two lagoons – loads of colourful fish and the whole place is spotless. The towel huts dotted around everywhere meant no carrying wet towels about, you just get a fresh one at each location, great idea.
People always moan about the food at all-inclusive hotels, but really there was a plentiful and varied selection, replenished regularly and no queues. The main restaurant is buffet style with a differently themed dinner each evening but book 24 hrs ahead and you can opt for the excellent Italian, Brazilian or Fish restaurants. The house wine is perfectly drinkable but there is a large selection for sale if you prefer.
The pool bars were excellent, especially the one nearest the lagoon, manned by Ahmed – Mr Mojito, he definitely makes the best ones ever. We particularly liked the fact that no food is served at these bars, just great hot and cold drinks, no rubbish, no flies!
The temperatures ranged from about 25-30 degrees during our stay, but it never felt oppressively hot as there is always a warm sea breeze. On a couple of days when the winds picked up we still found it comfortable to sunbathe as there are wind breaks everywhere. Mosquitos where not in evidence at all, so March must be a good time from that point of view.
The only slight flaw is the evening entertainment is on the poor side. The team work very hard but it is mainly in Russian, and if you eat at 8pm you miss most of it anyway. It will be interesting to see what use the Ampitheatre is put to when it is finished. The lobby bar is very large and overlit, not much atmosphere. There is certainly call for a Sports Bar of some sort. That said, we were more than happy to linger over dinner and drinks, we were there to relax and we certainly did. Will be returning (with friends) as soon as possible.