Food. It is beyond me how ANYONE can complain about the food at this resort. What on earth do these people eat at home to complain about this food?? I was amazed & impressed at every single meal. There is tons of choice & selection to suit anyone. We went to both the A la Carte restaurants, but had we stuck to the regular buffet every day, that would have suited us fine too. The buffets have theme nights, such as Italian, Mexican, BBQ, etc, so there is always something different. The complaints about the wine are valid though. The red tasted like rancid vinegar. Couldn’t drink it at all. The white was barely better. Couldn’t drink it either.
Beds. The beds were very comfortable. We had a great night’s sleep every night without exception. The beds were firm, but no more than those in most of our homes. Firm beds are the norm & are what is recommended. I would rather a firm bed than a soft, saggy one.
Rooms & Buildings. We were in the Los Cocos 4 building, which along with Los Cocos 3, I think are the best locations. Unless you have kids…. Then definitely check out the buildings 1, 2 & 5. Buildings 4 & 3 are quieter. The others are closer to the beach, the noise, the activities, the restaurants, etc. Los Cocos 4 has a good vibe for people in their 40’s & up. There’s a good fun crowd that hangs out by the pool & by the bar at this building. This area seems to pull in pretty much 100% Canadians.
We had very little water pressure in the shower in our room, but no one else we spoke to had this problem. So, I guess it’s hit & miss. As mentioned by so many others, our room as well was super clean. We upgraded (for a very reasonable price) to a superior room, which simply gave us a more spacious room.
Beach. Wonderful. No big scary waves or undertows, like you see in most resorts on the Pacific Ocean. This resort is tucked away in a bay, so good, safe swimming. The complaints regarding the noise of the activities staff and their megaphones (actually, they’re mics) is probably pretty true. The activities staff very excitedly & very loudly use their mics during their activities. It is not ALL day long, but it is ON & OFF all day long. The noise, along with all the vendors (including tons of food vendors) gives the beach a bit of a Carnival atmosphere. It’s kind of fun, but for a break from it, you can always go to the quiet private beach. The private beach has a building with a bar & bathroom and a restaurant area where the lunch is served. Like any resort, there are never enough beach chairs. This is never an issue with us, as we much prefer to put our towels directly onto the sand & lay on our towels. Living in a cold, Northern, beach-less area, it’s a treat to have the chance lay directly on a towel on the sand. There are lots of fun activities going on at the beach, i.e., Salsa dance lessons, aqua fit, beach volleyball, contests, etc. The staff try so hard to get Canadians to join in. As a whole, Canadians seem to be reserved & hesitant to get up there, join the activities & have some fun!
Temperature. Although it was nice & warm during the day (Mar 5 – 12), it did cool down in the evening quite a bit. Bring long pants & a sweater or jacket. At around 5:00pm, the sun went down behind a mountain & it cooled down significantly at that time. Because of that, unfortunately, you won’t see any sunsets.
Clientele. I’d say approx 75% Mexicans to 25% Canadians (mostly from the 4 Western provinces). Strangely, no Americans at all. In fact, at all the activities & shows, the activities staff constantly refer to their Mexican & Canadian guests, but never made any mention of Americans. If you can brush up on some basic Spanish, you will be able to converse at least a little with the Mexican crowd, who often speak at least a little English.
Staff. The staff speak English ranging from fluently bilingual to barely at all. But the efforts everyone makes in attempting to understand each other is mucho fun! I have very basic Spanish & have a Spanish-English electronic translator, so had no problems at any time. The staff are amazing. They are so smart, funny, happy, charming, warm & friendly. They are infectious & their happy disposition & good humour will rub off on you! Guaranteed!
Night Shows. There are shows every night. We went to 3 of them. Oh my goodness, do these young people ever work hard! They are extremely athletic & put on fantastic, energetic & physical shows. The costumes, dances & choreography are amazing. We were very impressed with the caliber of these shows at a 3 star resort. Check them out!
Check out. Our flight left P.V. at the ridiculous hour of 2:45 am. Our bus left the hotel at 11:00 pm to take us to the airport. On the bright side, we had the whole day to continue our holiday. We booked a courtesy room for ½ hr to shower, from 6:30 – 7:00. Everyone seemed to agree that this arrangement worked out very well.
Bring. Bring Kleenex, an alarm clock, pen & paper, shampoo & conditioner and body lotion. Nothing is provided at this resort (nor in fact at the 4 star resort we went to last year).
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- Also Known As:
- Decameron Los Cocos Hotel
- Decameron Los Cocos Rincon De Guayabitos
- Rincon De Guayabitos