We had an amazing time. We went to this resort purely for the wedding of our son and now our daughter in law. We only stayed here, they actually had their wedding at the Maridadi hotel which is just up the beach. Royal reserve was a lovely place, we read the other reviews but knew what we were letting ourselves in for. I admit that RCI should put some money into the place to spruce it up a little but it was ok, i'm quite fussy when it comes to staying in hotels but this suited me very well. I did take my own net which Im glad I did because ours had holes in it, so we just changed it and then I left it at the orphanage on my return. the staff couldn't do enough for you, they were really friendly, the grandchildren loved it around the pool. As Steve P says, befriend one of the beach boys, or 2 - we became friends with Adam and Julius they were very good indeed - we bought fresh fruit from and other bits and pieces, we even arranged our safar with the beach boys and it was excellent. The hotel tell you not to arrange safaris or trips through beach boys and they tell you not to give them your money before you get your goods but to be honest I think any hotel would tell you this because the beach boys do a good job and by giving them your custom it is taking it away from the hotel. Everyone has to survive but to be honest if I am spending my time in a country with so much poverty I like to think I put some of my money into the community, which we did and I have no grumbles whatsoever, we were looked after very well by the beach boys. If any of you are reading this and are going, if you meet adam or Julius say mamma waynie sends her love! Some of the food we ordered was available but we went out of their peak season really. The weather was good, we had rain quite a few days but only for about 15 minutes then its really hot. The beach boys are regulated by the authorities and have to pay to sell their wares on the beach, befriend them and you will be fine. The hotel does need a bit of tlc but this is up to the time share people - RCI, please don't let it go down hill its too nice. We went for a walk around the village which was very good and we met a young lad called Eric who walked around with us and then he gave me a little gift on the beach a few days later. Lovely lad. Over a 2 week period of eating and drinking in we spent about £550 and this included drinks for others on some occasions and also meals sometimes for our grandchildren. Good holiday had by all and the wedding was fab !! We had manicure and pedicure, they do pester a little but if you are strong and just tell them you are not interested they will leave you alone, although a manicure and pedicure cost me about £16 for both !! very good too.
we were in A5 overlooking the pool and the bar, good room, very quiet.
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