So this was my 1st resort ever. I previously went to 2 cruises so was curious on whether a resort would appeal to me more than a cruise. The verdict: this resort made me love resorts more than cruises. The resort is absolutely stunning and while the beach is man-made it is gorgeous as well. The resort itself is huge and never feels crowded although there are many people. The staff overall was pretty great as well. That's the good aspects of the resort.
Now to the bad aspects....
I consider myself a foodie and a health nut who loves greasy unhealthy treats every now and then so I cook often and scrutinize food that I pay for as I believe food I pay for should be better or equally good to anything I can cook. That being said, the food was good but far from spectacular. But again, it really depends on what kind of relationship you have with food. I like strong flavors, colorful, balanced and diversified meals. Most a la carte restaurants had either food that was overcooked, not well seasoned or just "meh". The presentation of the food was always top notch but taste was something else. Again, not horrible but when people say Jamaican resorts have the best food, expectations get pretty high. Also, the fact the food I had in a la carte restaurants in cruises was often spectacular, my expectations for a resort may have been unreasonably high. On the other hand, the "Jerk Hut" by the beach was great!!!
Again I may be biased a bit (being spoiled by cruises) but the entertainment was extremely limited 1 kids show and 1 adults show per night.
(3) Resort taxi service
Be careful and be aware most cabs get a cut for bringing unsuspecting tourists to shops that overcharge you for rum and other items instead of bringing them to the places where you can get better deals. Save yourself the trouble and buy from duty free at the airport.
Overall, this is a great 1st resort experience for me. However, I have to give it an average rating because food and less importantly entertainment are key to me. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a great looking resort in Jamaica with decent food and entertainment.
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