This was our third trip to the Del Mar, we have been here for the past 3 Septembers. This year we brought friends. We have been to other resorts, (Dreams, Grand Bahai) but there is just something about this one that keeps calling us back. We arrived by bus, which had to make a couple of stops at other resorts first. Next time , we are considering a direct shuttle since it will get you there quite a bit quicker. The other resorts didn't impress us at all from what you could see when we let other people off there, but when we arrived at the Del Mar, our friends were impressed right away and they hadn't even gotten off the bus yet!! The grounds are beautiful, so green and lush. We notice something different everytime we go there! The rooms are very clean and are serviced daily. We had no complaints about the cleanliness or the restocking of the mini fridge in our room.
The only thing I didn't care for was 2 nights we had turn down service that we weren't expecting. That was very nice, but I would rather be able to request that service than to come back in the evening and find that someone had been in my room. I would have straightened up a little had I known!! Also, mid way through our stay, our room safe wouldn't unlock and we had to call the front desk. They arrived very quickly and nothing had been disturbed. The next day, same thing. The next time it was 11 o'clock at night and this time, they had to replace the battery in the safe. Yes, an inconvenience, but they were very promt to unlock it, and nothing had been messed with. It's never happened before, just one of those things.
The food was good, but of course, the gourmet restaurants were much better. Our favorite has always been the American steakhouse-get the fillet, its amazing! However, we let our frinds choose the other evenings and I was surprised at how good the Mediteranian restaurant was! I have always stayed away from there because I don't like seafood, but there were plenty of choices and it was very good! I might have a tie for favorite restaurant now!! We also had the Japanese and the Italian which were very good as well.
The Star Friends are what makes the trip though. We met two new friends this year, Gabriel and Christian. These guys are super friendly and we enjoyed breakfast with Gabriel and learning to juggle with Christian. They were around every day and always had time to talk and make us feel comfortable while we were there.
The pool games and activities are alot of fun whether you participate or just watch, and I look forward to" Hey, Hey Baby!" as soon as I get there. The bars are great- shout out to Roger at the beach bar, who never forgot my husband's name, and Omar and Louis at the pool bar. I know some people say that the drinks are weak or watered down, but don't be afraid to ask for an extra shot if you want it to be stronger!
In the evenings, we enjoyed going up to the lobby bar and just relaxing. Rosa is our favorite waitress up there!!
The first 2 nights we were there, the entertainment at the theater was pretty good, but after that it was back to the same shows we've seen the last 2 times we were there. Not bad, but not great either.
Oh yes, and let me mention that it rained 5 out of 7 days we were there, and I mean ALOT of rain-due to a hurricane out in the gulf- but it was warm rain and we sat under the thatched huts or got in the pool. We wouldn't let a little rain ruin our vacation! Typically, in the past we've had 0 rain, so don't let this affect a decision to travel here in the fall.
And lastly, I love those little coati! They are fun to see and the babies are so cute!! I always get pictures of those little rascals!
We will definantly come back- we just hope there's a little sun next year!!
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- Directly on the beach of "Playa Paraíso" (Mexico). High standard of comfort. Wide gastronomic variety. 18-hole golf course. PAD/SSI – diving school, massage at the beach and the pool. Spa. ... more less
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