We booked this at short notice after being recommended by a friend. The resort is such a well-kept secret that the taxi driver had a few problems finding it! As soon as we jumped out of the taxi we were greeted by very warm and friendly reception staff who promptly handed us an old Jamaican rum, sat us at a table looking over the sea and told us to relax whilst they took our cases to the apartment. Sensing that we were enjoying the rum very much, the resort staff promptly filled our glasses with strict instructions to relax!
Suitably relaxed, we were shown the apartment and wow what a surprise! Normally prepare myself to be disappointed when I first arrive as owners tend to have a habit of using photographs in their adverts that show things in a rather kind light. This however was not the case. The apartment is STUNNING! Beautiful wooden floors, tasteful decoration, luxury bedding and a wraparound balcony to die for. The kitchen is equipped with every appliance you could wish for, plus more. The beds are massive with cool white sheets (impeccably clean) and the bathrooms have double basins, walk in showers and are huge.
The wrap around balcony is a joy. It overlooks the resort and is very private with stunning views of the pools, beach and sea. Another plus is the part of the balcony outside the bedroom near to the kitchen, it was sheltered at all times from the sea breeze and we ate our breakfast here every morning. On a practical note, because of the privacy of the apartment, it only has very light, white curtains so if you wake with daylight it may be worth taking the eye mask off the flight with you! We however chose to be in bed relatively early and loved being woken by the sunrise at 6.30 every morning.
A real plus in the resort was the ability to charge meals and drinks to your room. We ate in the restaurant 3 times (twice in the evening and once at lunch). The food is amazing and seems to mix the traditional with the unusual extremely well. The lunchtime burger is also a must if you like a burger made from real steak! Typical cost of evening meal with drinks for 2 people was $70US. Make a point of getting to know Corallee who works in the bar; she has a laugh that is absolutely infectious! It is worth going to a supermarket on the way to the resort as it is relatively isolated and not served by public transport. We hired a car for 3 days and explored the island and took it as an opportunity to stock up on provisions.
The resort is built into a hillside and would be an issue for the less mobile as some of the roads and walkways are a bit steep. The pools, whilst not heated, were warm, clean and relatively deserted. The resort beach is fine and offers a wide selection of water sports (on several days we had it to ourselves!) but it is really worth hiring a car and visiting Half Moon Bay which is about a ten minute drive away.
The other beauty of this trip was the British Airways flight times; daytime flight out that was comfortable in economy and an evening flight back where we treated ourselves to premium economy. These flight times avoided any jet lag and we arrived home feeling utterly refreshed.
Rent this apartment if you want some rest and relaxation in utter luxury. Rent this apartment if you want to spend some private time with your friends or loved ones and want to get away from the world. Rent this apartment if you are happy to enjoy the sunshine and have relaxed evenings enjoying your favourite tipple with the knowledge that there is a cracking restaurant on site if you can be muster the energy to go out. I have stayed in top hotels around the world, but next time I want to chill; this is the place for me!
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|Friends getaway||A romantic getaway|
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