It was difficult to mark very good if looking from a food standpoint. I would give it 6 stars for the resort itself and the service, room and pool. What a beautiful place! We took the Royal Service and was not disappointed in any way. We were assigned a butler (Geraldo) who was absolutely fantastic. He couldn't do enough for us and if we asked for something he made sure we got it. The room was spectacular. In the front we were just feet away from a gorgeous swimming pool and out the back we had a private outdoor shower, very private. Every morning we went to the beach (the one on the right which we found to be the best one) and each afternoon we spent around the luxurious pool. Lunch was always at the main pool's grill. You have to get there early (12:00) as they ran out a few times of good things on the menu. We went in May so it was the quiet season and we knew not all restaurants would be open. Breakfast was always delicious. Perhaps a little slow for service. I ended up ordering 2 cappuccinos at a time so I didn't have to wait so long for my second cup. Lunch was okay but not great. Dinners were the worst. We are pretty easy about the food when we travel. We are in a foreign country and it's not Montreal but holy moly just couldn't understand why the "recipes" were so bad as they have all the right ingredients to do it right. I felt like writing to Chef Ramsey as the resort has everything going for it. It's so beautiful and the service is top notch. Example.... Italian Night. They have pasta as the appetizer (by the way all the soups were great) so the pasta arrives as a precursor to supper. Excellent. It's Italian night. So far so good. Then they bring the main course and it's shoe leather beef, over cooked vegetables and I can't even remember what came with that it was inedible. Why didn't they serve the pasta as the main meal? Great ingredients, poor preparation and presentation. The mango ice cream is to die for. Anyways, breakfast was fantastic. Eggs any way you want it, lots of fresh fruit, bakery goods, smoked salmon and cheeses. Very nice. I would have eaten it again at supper time! I'm thinking now that maybe we should have ordered more dinner time room service. lol Each afternoon we ordered a bottle of champagne and cheese plate and had that on our patio beside the pool. That was very nice. All the musicians are home grown and the music was always great. Perhaps way too loud in the restaurant at dinner time. We especially enjoyed the saxophone player on the beach at sundown (they call it their Sunset Ritual). They serve champagne and you experience a beautiful sunset on the beach. Very nice. Good time for Watkins bug cream. There is also a double decker bus that passes every hour and will take you to Pueblo d'Estrella. It's the best place to go for cigars. The cigar store was amazing! They had hundreds and hundreds of different types of cigars. Just going into their huge humidor room is a treat. It is worth going in just to see the decor. Tons of pictures of famous people smoking cigars all nicely framed. Big old leather chairs and even many old empty cigar boxes nailed to the ceiling with all the lids hanging down! Quite an impression. They accept credit cards. Coming back from there we took a taxi in a 1931 model A roadster in the rumble seat for 6 pesos and we gave him 10 as it was worth every peso! There is also an outdoor market but nothing much other than a lot of souvenir stuff. A nice little side trip. As for mosquitos, there were some in the evening and one lady got quite bitten up falling asleep out there on her lounge chair (had a few too many). Don't do that! A little Watkins goes a long way. The bars were good. The drinks were great. The entertainment great even though there are no "shows". Every night in the piano bar there was always something wonderful and relaxing. Would I suggest going there? Yes. It was a beautiful resort. We loved the beach and our room and our pool. However, if I do go back I will eat more soups and a bigger breakfast lol Maybe even bring some snacks from home. Again, it would be hard to beat if only they would change the menu a bit. Don't let it stop you from booking at the Melia Buenavista with Royal Service. We didn't starve and you could always order something else if you don't like the main dish.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located west of Cayo Santa Maria in a privileged ecological environment, and surrounded by beaches and coves. All-Inclusive five-star resort with 105 junior suites and suites, and the Villa "Zaida del Rio." Designed for adults over 18 years. An entire hotel featuring Royal Service. Recommended for couples, weddings, honeymoons and wellness/spa. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Melia Buenavista Hotel Cayo Santa Maria