My wife and I stayed at Villa Magna for two weeks starting January 29th. Getting there from the airport was interesting as our shuttle driver had no idea how to get to the hotel, but eventually he happened upon it.
Check-in was fine. We arrived at 1:30 PM and there was only us and another couple checking in. There was a small screw up intially when they gave us the wrong reservation to sign but they quickly fixed that. We had told them that it was our honeymoon in the reservation and when my wife asked if they do anything special they said "we don't do anything at this hotel". That was a bit of a bummer. Our room was ready though so we didn't have to wait until the check-in time.
The rooms are really nice, I'm sure by now most people have seen complaints about how the bathroom is setup, but it really isn't a big deal. If you have kids with you then that might be a different story. We had a tropical tower room and I don't think it's worth upgrading to an ocean view room. Ocean view rooms are not that much closer to the beach and it is ocean view...not ocean front like some guests seemed to expect when we were there.
The food was the biggest disappointment while we were there. the summary is:
Breakfast - World cafe - breakfast was fine they just need to switch it up a bit instead of having the same thing every morning. Food was hot despite what some past reviews have said and most items were labelled. We actually ended up going off property for breakfast a couple of times.
Lunch - I wouldn't even eat at world cafe for lunch after I tried it once. The food was just not for me. Seaside Grill served hamburgers and hotdogs and it was fine. My wife and I never got a hamburger that was raw. Oceana was opened most days for lunch also where you could order off a menu. The food was ok but it came out of the kitchen a little different from one day to the next. They also "did not have" some items on the menu.
Dinner. I'll just rank the restaurants in the order that we liked them and give a brief description.
Portofino - Italian. By far the best food and service. They were very quick with the service and everything tasted great. Always could get a cappuccino from here and they had the best desserts by far. Nothing served "in a little cup" as someone else posted.
Oceana - Seafood. This restaurant was only opened twice for dinner while we were there. The meal was very good though and the service was ok. They did not have fried ice cream as the menu said and my wife ordered a cappuccino and got an espresso instead.
Gohan - I don't eat sushi but my wife does and she said it was very good. It's also a nice place to have a drink and the wait staff are pretty good up there. The bartender loves to joke about his "two wives". They had a band one night and a kind of cirque de soleil another night.
El Patio - Mexican restaurant. Not sure where to rank this one. My wife doesn't like spicy food so she wasn't high on it and I didn't think the menu selection was very good. The food and the service were fine but we just couldn't find a reason to eat here again after the first time.
Seaside Grill - Ugh...that sums it up. They sometimes "ran out" of certain meats, the service was by far the worst here, you couldn't tell if your meat was cooked with the dim lighting, and the meals just were not very good.
World Cafe - Lunch scared me away so we never had dinner here.
Ok, so the two pools closest to the beach are not heated, while the adults only pool and the next pool are. Lots of pool space no matter where you decide to sit. Some people complained about the cold pools. We sat by a non-heated one as there was nobody else around and walked to a heated pool when we wanted to swim. The walk takes maybe 20 seconds. The closer you get to the beach, the further you are from a bathroom. They are talking about adding a washroom closer to the beach area but it's not there yet. The beach was nice, the water was a little rough the last few days we were there but it was great for boogie boarding. The event staff was always going around trying to get people to join in the activities. Tequilla volleyball, basketball, water trampoline, etc. They actually gave my wife a bottle of wine just for playing horseshoes.
Night life was pretty much non-existent. They did have karaoke one night and a casino night twice. They had dancers by the pool on three nights also. They did do an outstanding job for superbowl though. A full buffet and they really did the beach area up nicely in a football theme with 2 big screens to watch the game on. Liquor was all top shelf and nothing was watered down, my wife actually found some drinks too strong.
On another note we do know that they are still in the process of adding some more items to the hotel. More bathrooms are supposed to be added, one by the beach and one by Portofino restaurant. They're also in the process of building a coffee shop beside the gift store. they were also doing some landscaping by the far pool when we left...we hadn't decided if it was going to be a rock garden or something else...it was hard to tell.
Now, one of the funny things about this hotel is that it shares the property with a condo complex. Some of the condo owners are not happy about this but all they'll do is talk to you about it and tell their side of the story. They are no threat and want you to have a good time as well. They're just frustrated that the hotel has not provided some things that were agreed upon during the construction phase. They're actually some pretty funny characters.
If you want anymore details please feel free to message me and I'll get back to you ASAP.
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