Yes, for those of you out there needing to be reassured that the resort is up and running, it truly is.
Sure there are some glitches as with any new resort, you don't expect things to be perfect the first few days of business. We were one of the first to arrive on Dec.21. Our room had some minor problems, the AC wasn't working for the first 1/2 hr. until we realized the patio door has a sensor on it and unless the door is closed and the handle turned downwards the AC doesn't kick on......did any of you staying there realize that little trick?? The jacuzzi tub didn't work, not a big deal for us. The maid service was slow, there were plenty of them but they seemed to be walking in circles, (not trained well enough, but that will come, by the 3rd day they were knocking on our door at 9am to get things cleaned. The mini-bar was stocked daily, can't complain there.
We had 1/2 day of no hot H2O, who cares, we got up and headed for breakfast at the buffet then off to the beach and pool area (beautiful large pools) plenty of lounge chairs and umbrellas, (only 1 swim up bar operating) good strong drinks, pool activities include aquacise, water volleyball, dancing lessons, massages. Ya the palm trees and vegetation is small but what do you expect, this is a new resort. The beach is man made and the side which has the gazebo is nicer than the larger beach which hosts the water sports.(the snack bar on that side was not open) although there was sandwiches and beer, water available from this area. Snorkeling, kayakking, catamaran, paddle boats all available here. Beach Volleyball, lots of shade to place one of the hundreds of lounge chairs under. Water situation fixed by the time we went back to our room, so that was about 3hrs. later.
There is alot of security on this resort, every entrance was being staffed by security guards as well as the beach areas. Everyone very friendly even the workers on the grounds saying hello to us, these people are very easy to be around.
Dining-ORQUIDEA REATAURANT( the buffet restaurant ) open 7:00-10:30am. 1:00-3:30p.m., then again 7:30-10:30 there is lots of food and plenty of room, good service although we did get tired of buffet.
DON PABLO RESTAURANT -a la carte open in the evenings (reservations)
MIKADO RESTAURANT-Japenese (reservations).
THE GRILL RESTAURANT- open in the evening (reservations)and offering food 1:00-5:30, lighter items. We found this to be plenty for us.
The theatre was not open yet. The lobby lounge is beautiful as is the foyer, it is like a palace, there is marble floors, pillars and ceramic tile everywhere you go, lots of lush tropical plants .Shopping area is a quaint little market square finished on the outside but only had about 5 shops open for business, there will be many more once finished . This was the gathering place for the nightly entertainment, there is a disco there but not in use yet.
We went on excursions 2 of the days so enjoyed the Jamaican people and what they have to offer, " no problem mon ",
I definitely believe the resort needs a few more weeks to be totally functional and the problems worked out but like others on the forum have stated I went to Jamaica to enjoy the climate, the people, the Caribbean and I definitely can play tennis and go to the gym (not open) at home when an Oasis like this awaits me in JAMAICA.
Maybe we were just one of the luckier ones but I guess it's all in the expectations. Have a good vacation as we would go back tomorrow and we just got home last nite, the 28th.