I can't believe I had forgotten to write my review when I came home from my two week trip to Panama, shame on me. My girlfriend who lives in Manitoba was wanting to experience a long over due opportunity to take a vacation somewhere warm. I not sure she had bargained for as much warmth as we got. We travelled to Panama Feb 28/29 and stayed until March 13/14. We had different arrival and departure days due to living in different provinces. The hotel accomodated us and it worked out beautifully. I have stayed in a RDC in Mexico and have to say that the resort here in Panama is run very similar which is okay. This resort is very very large and after a day or so we figured it out for the most part. Sadly we did not realize where the swim up bar was until our last full day there together. This was very bad for me as I was not very smart about protecting myself from heat stroke. If you are drinking and swimming in the pool (top level towards the end of the resort is the swim up infinitiy pool) make sure you wear a hat on your head to protect yourself. I had to travel home quite ill and was in bed for two days once I got home.There are 3 main larger buffet restaurant facilities at this resort and several al a carte restaurants. Sadly it has been almost 10 months since my trip and there is no way I can recall and or give decent feedback on the al a carts. There is one that flips a switch half way through the evening and serves different food and I believe changes its name. We had thought we were returning to an al a carte we really liked and got something completely different. Being there for 2 weeks you get to experience things more than once if you choose too. The one that serves seafood, was very good. The others I could of gone without I suppose. To be honest most nights I had three different theme buffet restaurants to choose from. This is the bonus of staying at such a large resort. Think of the resort in terms of pods. There were three main buffet buildings and in and around them are specific pools and bars. As far as the accomodations go, it is Panama, some of the buildings are aging. There are buildings on the lower section of the resort and face the beach, but if your noise sensitive I would not be clamering to get one of these buildings to be honest. They face the main sidewalk that remains busy until late in the evening. People are moving about the resort on this sidewalk and if they have been drinking there is no promise of peace and quiet. Many do not like having their room on the top level of the resort because of the climb up the stairs and or roadway. I actually was very pleased to be up at the top. There are two rows of buildings up top and back to my pod theory there are three main reception buidlings that coincide with the lower pods areas. You will get this once you are actually there and it will all make sense when you apply my pod theory. I stayed in a building next to the Lobby 2 and was thrilled to be there. We had a ground floor with walk out patio. We had our friends the peacocks that lived around our building. We were close to Lobby 2 as I mentioned as well the Infinity pool in the middle of the resort that had a snack bar attached to it. Great pizza and other snacks during the day. It does turn into an al a carte at night. We had some issues with our air conditioner, it was brutally hot while were there (again be smart and wear head covers if you go near the end of Feb, you are only 9 degrees north of the equator and this is their summer ending). The staff and housekeeping were always working hard to keep it running for us. They use freeon in their country and so they had to continually fill the main freeon storage pump to keep the air conditioners blasting. The excursions are fun, we absolutely loved the under the canopy zip lining trip and highly recommend it to anyone. I was absilutely terrified as I had never zip lined before and they got my feet off the ground and away I went and loved it in the end. We also did the Carls Jungle trip, which we booked privately with this company and would never do that again. The owner and operator tried to say we ripped her off of some money this after she went on and on about gas prices going up after we had a committed price with her in email. That to us and a few friends we met here on Trip advisor was poor business practise. We gave her more money to make up what she felt we did not pay knowing we were being rippred off. Pay back for us was not to recommend them again to anyone. Anyway I digressed, the Carls Jungle excursion I cant say enough about, if you can go, go and I know you will love it. You get to see the canal, monkey island, kayak in the jungle, dive in a waterfall pool with these little fish that nibble/bite..lol at your toes, see amazing and hold amazing jungle animals like these precious night monkeys, big boa snakes and feed Tucans and have a great lunch. Overall, there is so much to say and not enough energy to type it all. One main caution, there are these nuts that grow on trees (cashew nuts), please please if you are travelling with children or you are like us and curious, DO NOT open these nuts, They are full of this natural acid that can burn your skin like you would not believe. Ask the locals to talk to you about how the Cashew nuts is harvested and how they carefully manufacture the acid from the shell. There is also another nut that falls from the trees over by the third lower pod area towards the Disco. They look like they have these interesting insides that you want to touch. Don't do it!!! They are these sharp spiny needles that sting like heck. Our lesson while in Panama, do not touch unless a local guide lets you know its okay. My girlfriend experienced some acid burning on her face from the acid shooting out of the cashew nut and then also got stung by those needles in the shell of a different nut. The last amazing thing I must say about Panama is their fruit. You will taste some of the most amazing fruits including thier pineapple while you are there. Make sure you load up at breakfast. We liked the breakfast buffet best at upper level Lobby 1, they had more variety that you did not see at the other two buffets on the lower level. I am seriously thinking about a return visit with my daughter this coming winter. For me to return somewhere is a good thing as I do not believe in going to the same place twice as this world is far too big for that!
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