We booked an All-inclusive package from April 4-7, 2013, but honestly, it should’ve been a day or two longer. Even though our flight was delayed for about 2 hours, and we checked in at the Hotel around 5:30 p.m. and of course we missed lunch and other meals at the other restaurants (Salvatore and Cazon closes at 5:00 p.m.), the beauty of the Hotel (we stayed at the South Tower) and its surrounding and the excellent service eventually started to take it all away.
The buffet Restaurant Topaz (open for breakfast, lunch and dinner) had a wide assortment of dishes for each meal that I must say were very delicious. For breakfast (opens around 7:30 a.m. til 10:30 a.m.) the usual fare of omelettes, scrambled eggs, arepas, sausages, various cold cuts, oatmeal, various breads, croissants was served along with special dishes such as croquettes, tuna, pink eggs, stuffed tomatoes with cheese, shredded sweet chilli chicken on certain days.
Lunch was served around 11:00 p.m. til 2:00 p.m. I think, and Dinner from 6:30 p.m. til around 9:30 p.m. Lunch and dinner had similar meals, with specialties in between. The fish pie, hen soup, fried cassava, seafood in sweet chilli sauce, different types of salads, grilled fish and a type of sweet glazed chicken which tasted like maple syrup or some sort of chocolate was extremely delicious. Wish I knew the name and how to make it. Some of the dishes were not labelled though. The deserts were good too, but not much variety over the days. The chefs had different themes for dinner, such as Venezuelan night etc.
The Snack Bar Salvatore opens from 11:00 a.m. til 5:00 p.m. and serves burgers, hot dogs, fries and pizzas. The pizzas were tasty and of different types over the days. We went twice for lunch here, when we wanted some variety.
The other snack bar, Cazon, by the beach, served grilled foods, as well as simple sides. On the one day that we ventured to the beach, the menu included grilled chicken, grilled fish, sausages, hamburgers, veggies and salads. The grilled chicken and fish were outstanding. And what more could you want, great food with an amazing view.
Because of the length of time we stayed, only one restaurant was available to us for reservations, the Italian restaurant Carusso. A wide choice is available for starters and entrees. For starters we had Seafood tartlet and Mozzarella sticks. For the main course which came in quick succession, we had the pork tenderloin with veggies and the chicken breast with pasta and lasagne. I must say that everything was so delicious, except for the chicken breast which was huge portion but too dry. Perhaps instead the chefs could prepare it by making two filets. And for dessert we had chocolate cake and ice cream.
The Bars usually opens at around 11:00 a.m. The Lobby bar closes around 1:30 a.m., the swim up bar closes at 10:00 p.m. after the nightly entertainment and the bar at the buffet restaurant closes at 11:00 p.m. The house specialties, which were cocktails were all impressive, especially, the Malibu cocktail and Flamingo. The whiskies, vodka and rum are not premium, which I expected, and so I didn’t have them.
I want to say at this point that the service at all restaurants and bars were impeccable, as well as the service by the maids, reception, and the porters. I urge you to tip generously, because I understand that they don’t work for much at all.
The Hotel Rooms are well-kept, clean and spacious. The air-conditioned is set at very cold and so the beds itself are cold which is a bit uncomfortable. At one point when I took off the Unit, the floors started to accumulate moisture.
I counted four swimming pools including a children’s pool, and a wave pool, which I think wasn’t in operation at the time. We didn’t get the chance to indulge in Aqualand and the Disco, but I’m sure it would be fun. Probably, next time though. The Beach looked similar to what we have here in Trinidad, most notably Mayaro on the South East coast. There were jellyfish in the water and we didn’t want to take the chance to bathe.
All in all, we had an amazing time. And I’m eager to return sometime soon, hopefully for a longer period.
- Also Known As:
- Laguna Mar Pampatar
- Laguna Mar Resort
- Laguna Mar Margarita Island, Venezuela