My wife and I went with 2 other couples. We spent 6 days here. The first day it was pouring. Other guests said it had been raining for 4 or more days straight. Very uncommon. It rained only one other time we were there - and very, very hard. Trees were damaged, Jeeps had their soft tops ripped off, giant flower pots were blown over, and a few patio chairs were hurled through plate glass sliding doors with the wind. I spoke to a staff person who said these storms happen once, maybe twice a year. Otherwise, no real rain to speak of, only the periodic 30 minute passing shower here or there.
Enough about the rain.
The accommodations were nice. The rooms are nothing too fancy. Served their purpose. We only slept there, otherwise, we were outside on the hotel's grounds or in the ocean. The bed was overly firm, but it sufficed. The ocean view was awesome. We were on the 4th floor overlooking the pool and mini-golf.
The buffet was decent. But with every meal you can order from the kitchen off a full menu. I'd highly recommend doing this if something at the buffet doesn't catch your eye. The service/staff are amazing. Ridiculously friendly at all times. Super helpful. They'll bring you a drink anywhere, any time. And they'll remember specific requests too.
The main dining room is beautiful. We went twice for dinner in our 6 days. Closed toe shoes required. And slacks for the men. The first night the food was sub-par. The second visit was much improved. There was a smiling old gentleman playing the piano both nights. He made the scene.
It's nice having activities and games available: billiards, ping-pong, snorkeling equipment, workout room, Bingo, trivia, sand volleyball, and more - all free.
The booze/drinks seemed a little week, but I suppose that is to be expected. It didn't seem to deter some folks though. There was a revolving door of 5-10 drunkards every day.
There were a few groups with children, and there seems to be plenty to do for smaller kids. Teenage kids we saw went snorkeling and scuba diving. They even had a 'teenager'-themed dance on one night while we were there.
There are two pools - one that is more adult-friendly with a swim-up bar. The other (near the mini golf) was quieter and had areas for little kids.
There were people on site that helped us choose off-site activities (toured the eco gardens, Mayan ruins, swim with dolphins, etc.) and they even helped get us a "deal" on renting a Jeep for a day to drive into town. The hotel also has a $99 golf package (includes everything, even club rental, cart, etc.). The golf course is directly across the street.
The snorkeling was awesome - it could be done right at the beach - standing in five feet of water. The fish were like dogs. They knew that humans meant food, in many instances. Simply entering the water invited them over for a closer inspection. Zero effort snorkeling - a simple activity made simpler.
By our last day I felt sad to leave. We paid personal visits to a handful of staff that had left an extremely warm impression on us during our stay. A personal thank-you was required for the service they provided over our week.
I'm sure there are nicer (more expensive) options available, or those with high-end dining options; but for an all-inclusive, friendly, helpful and relaxing vacation, I'm not sure we could find better for the money.
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