We were looking for a quiet, adults only atmosphere and were very happy with the results. I believe we were the only English speaking guests staying there this week, but it didn’t bother me. All guests and staff were friendly and helpful with my broken Spanish.
Grounds are great - especially on the regular side.
Rooms – We stayed in the junior suite in Bldg 40 which is about ½ ways between the beach and the Main building. I had called guest services 1 day ahead for a dehumidifier and to make sure the a/c worked properly. Both were taken care of by the time of our arrival. The room was clean and fresh flowers were provided every day. The buildings are 14 years old and I believe the décor is a little dated, but it did not bother us at all. No drawers for your clothes, but the closet is large, has 10 hangers and many shelves. Many bath towels were provided and 2 large beach towels were provided daily. The bed was hard and no mattress pads are available, but not after a long day of hanging out at the beach or pool, the rest and air conditioned room was welcome. The toilet was slow to recover after flushing and the phone message system did not work, otherwise the room was perfect. The shower was strong and we were able to get plenty of hot water.
Beach – the private beach was wonderful. No problem finding beach front seating. No problem with people “saving” their spot with towels or other such rudeness. 50/50 on topless folks but no one seemed to be bothered. The snorkeling was wonderful .
Pools – we went to the infinity pool a few times. No problems getting a chair under an umbrella. It was harder to get chairs under the white shades, but not impossible. Only tougher because folks were actually there and using them. No “saving” with towels. Pool was very nicely maintained – we really enjoyed it.
Restaurants – No reservations needed except at the Japanese restaurant.
Royal Side – Thelassa and the Tapas restaurant were both top notch on food, presentation and service for dinner. Thelassa is also open for lunch and breakfast. Breakfast was wonderful – eggs or hot sandwiches to order and a buffet. For lunch, it is a la carte every other day with outdoor bbq & buffet on the opposite days. We tried both and both were excellent. There is also another restaurant at the beach/pool – Sea Blue – open for lunch only. It’s a la carte sandwiches and a few salads. The service and food were very good. My only “complaint” was that there was random reinforcement of the closed shoes for men rule. I believe it should be all or nothing – allow sandals or don’t, but be consistent. However, over all the staff was extremely kind and friendly.
There is a piano bar on the Royal side open during the day and evening. Its air conditioned and the staff is very kind and friendly. A piano player comes on Wednesday and Saturday evenings and on the other nights there is a flat screen TV playing HTV (like MTV for Spanish videos). Wonderful drinks and service. Would like to see the piano player more frequently.
Ordered Room service - would like to see them expand their menu to include the pizza and chicken - currently only sandwiches.
Regular Side – In general, the service on the regular side was nowhere near that of the Royal side but was fine.
Italian restaurant – food was ok but serving size was small and service was terrible.
Mexican restaurant – food was very good and service was very good.
American Steak restaurant – food was good but appetizers were very small and the waiter seemed confused that we wanted both an appetizer and a salad. He said, “Americans…” Also, he did not want to provide butter for the baked potatoes and finally I asked for butter for the rolls. Service was not great but food was good.
Japanese restaurant – didn’t eat there
Main Buffet – ate there the first night around 9pm – the food was average but refills on water, drinks, etc was bad. We later discovered that 9pm is the main time when the Europeans eat and so it was the busiest time. Also ate there one morning for breakfast – I recommend this if you like a big variety of choices. There are many stations with things being cooked to order at all meals. This restaurant is not air conditioned.
Pool Snack – We ate lunch there twice. They have rotisserie chicken, pizzas, hamburgers, hot dogs, nachos, etc. This was a great option when you just wanted to hang out and have a quick lunch. Everything is self service but it was fine. Careful as it is slippery.
Highly recommend this resort, especially for the value!
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