My husband and I just returned from the NOW Amber Resort & Spa and had a fabulous vacation. The resort is beautiful! NOW Amber, which caters to families, is connected to Secrets, which is adults -only. Even though we were traveling without kids, we choose to stay at NOW because of the price, but we had the luxury of using both resorts.
Our room was large, modern and we loved how it was decorated. It had a flat screen TV and cable (HBO included). The shower and Jacuzzi tub were fantastic. The room faced the ocean where we could watch the sunset every night from our balcony. NOW doesn't provide hair conditioner, only conditioning shampoo and I ended up buying some at a local pharmacy. We had issues a few times with the sounds of construction as they were finishing working on some of the top floors, but it wasn’t too bad.
Almost everyone who works at this resort tried really hard to make our trip the very best it could be. We were greeted with cool towels and champagne as we checked in. The bar staff were friendly and made great drinks – anything we wanted. We were surprised to see such a large selection of top-shelf liquors.
The resort location is very close to the airport (10-15 minute drive) and it was very easy to get a taxi whenever we ventured out. There is an empty hotel next door which provided us an eerie feeling when walking down the beach.
Dinners were very gourmet and tasted great. There was a huge selection of seafood on the menus. The Japanese restaurant was our favorite (Chef Jesus is awesome!) with the French and Italian being tied for second. The Oceana, located near the beach is also great and we enjoyed our last night there watching the sunset. The resort hosted a Mexican Fiesta night and I was very surprised how great the food was at this event. They even had a mechanical bull! The buffet, Carnival, was mediocre, and we soon learned that we could have an a la carte breakfast at Secrets, which we preferred because the food was freshly made and served hot.
The entertainment by the pool was a bit lame, but then again the hotel was fairly empty so not many people participated in the organized activities. I really wish they would change the music by the pool and offer more upbeat party music later in the afternoon.
Overall we had a great stay and I would recommend this place to anyone!
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