I just want to start by saying some people obviously don't know paradise when they see it. I was travelling with a group of 5 woman and when we arrived we did notice it was very quiet and alot of people older than us and weren't sure we had picked the right resort for us. However within minutes of that thought we had a welcome beverage, quick check in and very friendly staff. The hotel is very anitique looking which was so beautiful and the lobby and halls were all well kept up and flowers rearranged often with gorgeous birds of paradise. There was open spaces all over where you could see the gorgeous ocean view or the beautiful huge yachts in their marina. Also if you looked across the way you seen Barre Navidad which is just a 2 minute boat ride for 20 pesos return. It ran 24 hours and there was shops and friendly people there. I felt extremely safe in this area and we had even been there in the evening. Everyone was quick to say hello and how are you? Was I in paradise? If you wanted to venture a little further you could take a one peso bus ride or 50 peso taxi ride to Melaque which was full of shopping, cheap alcohol if you wanted some to take back with you and Senor Froys right by the ocean where we enjoyed wine and huge cesars. The staff spoke very clear english and we ordered some chicken wings and shrimp to die for. Back to the resort...after our easy check-in we were famished and needed something to eat. We decided to throw on our swim suits and hit the pool as it was very hot and assumed there would be a buffet. When we arrived at the pool the beautiful Nadia was there to serve us. She asked if we would like a menu. A menu at the pool?? She brought us the menu and we were excited by the amazing choices we had, turkey wraps, quesidillas, burgers, hot dogs, fresh veggies and salads. All the food was great for all the buffets, breakfast was amazing with fresh fruit galore, bacon, eggs and all the fixings. The A la cartes were great as well. Antonios was to die for, we ate there twice and the steak, salmon, lobster, mahi mahi were all great as we all tried different things. Nice wines, great service and even a great guitarist playing softly as we ate. It was amazing. We also ate at the Thai restaurant La Terezzo and it was outdoors overlooking the ocean with all its beauty and wonderful staff and again...amazing food. We spent our time after dinners at the piano bar and loved the music and the signers that were there. It was quiet and relaxing but very entertaining. Make sure you say hi to Lidia and Sergio at the piano bar as they are so friendly and amazing. This vacation is by far one of the best memories of anywhere I have been and I have travelled alot. It is a place for relaxation and tranquility. If you are looking to party hard, it may not be the place for you but I do not lie when I say heaven on earth. Hope you enjoy your visit as much as we did. I will go back to Grand Bay Isla Navidad and actually I am looking to go back in March 2013 already. Hope my review helps. Go and relax and enjoy.