We are here now and thought I'd send some info. It is really a beautiful resort. It's very different countryside; the big hills are right behind and beside the resort are a pretty gold color. A few notes: the sun is HOT. If you think you have been to Mexico and you know hot, this is hotter. Most people sit under the canopies during the day. Again, lots of good sun screen. The sand is brown but it's sand and good to walk on but it does get hot unless you are walking at the water's edge. One point I haven't seen mentioned: if you get carsick, take something before attempting the ride from the airport! It is twisty and hilly and narrow.