My husband and I wanted someplace different to celebrate our anniversary. We love anything on the water, love kayaking, boating, hiking, and this place offered it all. Since we live near DC, we decided not to go to San Juan. The reviews we read of this place were mostly great, rave reviews, with a few bad ones. Do NOT believe the bad ones! From the time you pull in you are greeted with friendly people. We did something we've never done before; at check-in, we offered a $20 to the receptionist, who then cheerfully upgraded our room. Do you need to, I don't know. But we got a room in one of the newer buildings, number 5. And we got the upper floor, which made for an even lovelier view. Building 4 is also newer, the rooms in these 2 are bigger. If a big balcony is your thing, go for #516, it's on the end and has an extra large balcony.
Our room was spacious, clean, and comfortable. The king bed was heaven to sleep on, the refrigerator kept our drinks nice and cold, everything worked great, good water pressure in the shower, big soft towels, comfy sofa. But the views, ahhh, so gorgeous. The grounds of the Copamarina are simply beautiful and well kept. Lots of hammocks to laze in, beach chairs which you can take into the water and laze the day away.
The casual on site restaurant is open all day, the buffet breakfast was delicious. They have an omelet station, and also several buffet options, fresh fruit, breads, everything you need. The prices were not at all outrageous, but again, we're from DC, so we know from outrageous. The more formal dining option was only open on weekends, I guess because we came in June, not their high season. Thank goodness we were there on the weekend, because we had the most amazing churrasco that we've experienced in a long time. I'd heard about the mofongo, but didn't get to experience it there. Two steak dinners with a bottle of wine, and it was barely $100 including the tip. The accompanying salad was also perfect.
Mornings we lazed, in the heat of the day we took road trips. Front desk suggested Cabo Rojo, about an hour's drive west. Unfortunately they didn't tell us that the beach fills up quickly, we were turned back by the "vigilantes", who told us we could park on the side of the road and walk 40 minutes, which we declined. This led us fortuitously to a restaurant where we did experience a mofongo made in heaven. It must have been, because it took a hilariouly loooong time to get! But worth the wait. If you go to Guanica, go to the Bahia Salinas Beach Hotel, it will be worth the drive.
This is not a 5 star resort, it is not all glamour and luxury. It is simply wonderful, from the rooms to the staff to the food to the fun things to do. We did kayak to the private island, and were glad we did. If we'd taken the boat, we'd have been stuck there for an hour til the boat returned. And the island was completely crowded by the locals. We did swim a bit, then kayaked back. Lovely lovely water! We wanted to do a sunset cruise, but there weren't enough people interested, so the boat didn't go. We also did a day trip next day to Ponce, where the front desk suggested we eat at Pita's Seafood on the beach. A lovely location, the food was foul. Don't go there.
Our only complaint was the time it took to get to this resort. It is a traffic clogged 90 mile drive, and road signs and directions are vague, at best. We took the long way back to the airport, around the entire west side of the island. Meh, the traffic was better, but we thought we'd see more water than we did. We did go off the main road twice to check out towns we thought would be interesting to see, bad idea. Took us 3.5 hours to get to San Juan.
All in all, it was a great experience. We both agreed that we would have loved to stay longer, spent some time in San Juan, it is obviously where it's all happening. But we got what we came for, relaxation, good food, and seeing a new place.