Visited for a few days last week. I mostly offer this review for first timers. Trip from airport: better to rent a car, not taxi. You'll save money & probably want a car to get around anywhere but the isolated resort. 4wd is not needed, but some steep hills & switchbacks exist. Night driving ok, just go slow. Roads are fair condition, we thought they were about what you'd find here in a state park in PA, if you drive 25mph or less on the winding parts, you're fine.
Approach to resort: stray dogs & cats along a well manicured driveway approaching a guard hut. Friendly attendants. Lobby small, living room like. Fast check in. Cold fruit water in lobby ( free) small rum punch on arrival- free morning coffee. you park in a small, undersized gravel lot near reception. They golf-cart you & luggage to room. Give a tip. Resort was quiet, maybe 40% attendance. Lots of attention paid to grounds keeping. Laid back rules, can go to beach or pool 24 hrs, no problem.
Grounds reminded us of that "Robin Masters estate on Magnum PI"; dating myself here.
Some will understand, others won't.
Room was upstairs, beautiful. Great screened in patio. Fairly good AC, large bathroom, small kitchen. Large closet ( in bathroom). Tv fair coverage, good wifi. Pretty quiet, but mornings you hear tropical birds, surf, leaf blowers of lawn staff. Some far off industrial noise beyond the basketball courts.
Food: we stopped at plaza extra supermarket near airport before arrival. We brought rum, piña colada mixers, snacks, danish pastries. We should have also brought: frozen breakfast sandwiches, frozen egg & sausage patties, bread, mayo, deli meats & cheeses. We brought coffee & filters, but had to improvise a pour over funnel. Why this saves you: count on $10 per breakfast per person at resort. Drinks $7-10 each by the pool. Lunch, $15-20 per person. Friday night Pirate buffet was a rip off; $40 per person, no alcohol included, no pirates present. Food was ok, but I saw a chef drinking out of a water pitcher & told management. Manager made the rounds, but skipped our table, & visited guests that were obvious local friends instead. Server was hard to find, expected big tip. The jumbie dancers were fun, but we could have just walked up & watched for free. We also learned later about the gift shop; large selection of frozen foods, rum, etc. for a little more mark up than supermarket. They have some neat treasure coins on display, too.
For electronics or things you may have forgotten; a K-mart is about 30 min drive, but remember they close strictly at 8pm. They also have a liquor section up front. Subway restaurant adjacent.
Snorkling: we rented fins from the dive center- employees there were ore friendly than any we met. $10 for fins for 24 hrs. Sea was rough over all days of visit. Cloudy water, saw a little coral & a few fish. Disappointing compared to trips to St. John. Should have driven up to Cane Bay, 1 mile east. This resort is actually on Davis bay. We heard from dive shop that, when Davis is rough, Cane bay often calm.
Resort was Clean, price was fair. Should have packed better for charge cords, bar, & frozen food( fridge has a little freezer). Should have skipped pirate buffet. Pool was ideal. Water warm, sun was hot.
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