I can't complain about the great deal I got via a friend. The average rating is for the mismatch I personally had with the type of crowd. We were all adults. The quick of it...friendly staff, clean rooms and good upkeep. We had the 2 bedroom suite which is plenty of room for a party of 5. Full kitchen which makes it nice to store groceries and avoid all meals out. This is not a quiet resort - too many families with kids, crowded property and silly beach hut process. Read on for more detail if you have time. But is a great place for families and kids.
This is my 2nd visit to this property, last time was 4 years ago. The upkeep on the property and rooms has been good; rooms are slightly dated, but I'll take that as long as they keep it clean and attractive and they do. The 2 bedroom suite has one king size room with full bath and full kitchen; the 2nd bedroom has a queen bed and a pull out sofa, double. The living area for the king suite has a queen pull out sofa. The sofa beds are very warn and uncomfortable; beware.
There has been a few changes to the property on the outside, all good and the main "walk-up bar" pool is under construction. This is September so its considered the off season for them.
All of the staff is super friendly and responds when you ask for or need something. This is suppose to be a smoke free "rooms" property, but ours smelled of smoke. What can you do? They have designated smoking areas around the pool, and you can smoke on the beach and in the casino, so the "smoke free" room is at high risk. There is people smoking everywhere and on their patios.
The Lazy River is a nice touch, but it should be called the "too loud and crowded with whiny kids river". It is this amenity that seems to attract all the families. It used to be a heavy New Yorker resort, but it now seems to be the Resort of choice for South Americans - mostly Venezuela with a touch of Brazil. This is not a good thing. They travel in large pods, are very intrusive and loud; they make New York families sound like quiet, country folk.
Again, its a time share with kiddy attractions and large rooms. This screams family time. Not that I don't like family and kids, but who enjoys screaming kids with families of 10-20 under one hut, at the beach in exotic Aruba? NOT ME. This is definitely not the place for you if you want to relax and enjoy the sound of the waves. It's an amusement park.
I still had a pleasant time and got to enjoy a few runs on the beach away from the crowds. I'll always return if I get the price I did, but if I'm paying full price I'm looking elsewhere.
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