Just returned from 2 weeks at Now Larimar. Overall found this a great hotel. We stayed in the Gardenview rooms and had a poolview which was great. These rooms are in a separate building from the main lobby/building. It is only a 5 minute walk to the main lobby or carts are constantly running to shuttle you to the main bldg. Then a 5 min walk thro the main bldg complex to the beach. Found this no problem at all to get out and walk as we spend so much time sitting and lounging at the beach all day. The gardenview rooms have their own pool and pool bar, buffet breakfast/lunch and Capers (Italian) at night. This area is much much more quiet that main pool and they have umbrellas around the pool. There are NO umbrellas at main pool unless you are at the preferred side. Only a few shade wooden structures at main pool. The beach area was busy I think mainly for people to get some shade from palapas on the beach.
Restaurants: Capers excellent - large portions!! Bluewater Grill - the best food and service our group found. Spice - Tappanyaki tables - Ok, not fantastic - too much food. Mercure - Shrimp and steak very good, service not so good. Sandals and long pants for men at all except Merure which men need closed toe shoes (ie runners or dress shoes) Saw men in blue jeans as acceptable for long pants. Quite frankly do not understand the need for closed toe shoes for men.
The gardenview bartender - Azumellis (?) 8 months pregnant was fantastic and friendly and took EXCELLENTE CARE of our Canadian group. She is the best bartender and her male co-worker working the pool bar was Excellente also and remembered your favorite drink by your go cup.
Overall a great hotel, clean, clean, great grounds, free safe, coffeemaker and stocked fridge in room a plus. Complaint of room - no dresser with drawers to put stuff in - only shelves in closet and lack of counterspace around the sink. Great balcony, with tub, table and 2 chairs. Asked for bathrobes, slippers and alarm clock and received (were not initially in our room). Check in was a bit confusing and some in our group did not get a room until after 7:00 pm and 1 couple assigned a room which was "occupied". Airconditioning was actually too cold for us.
No problems with the buffets but found breakfast better at Gardenview area.
Went on Tour to Catalina Island (Air Transat rep) and had a great day. It was a long day but well worth the $$ and time. Snorkling was very good. Also went on Fun Buggy Tour and got poured rain on at first but still had a great time.