Good hotel. I would say 4 star. Staff very friendly and always willing to serve. And they work hard with long days. You will see some of them in the shows. Resort is spread out as are most. Beautiful well kept grounds. Lots of little lizards. Bring bug spray. My wife use spray and got no bites. I did not use spray, and got lots of bites on my legs, that blistered up when we got back. The hotel was fogging. You can exchange Canadian dollars at front desk. Rate not bad. Probably get a better rate at the airport. But you may only save 3 bucks every $100. So this is the easiest way to exchange. Get small bills, they like tips. I would not bother with soap and trinkets for the maid, I think they just want money.
Nice room clean and spacious. Big balcony. We were in 1824. Has view of ocean. About 100 yards to beach. I e-maid the hotel prior to the trip and asked for this room, and got it. We got a king bed. Shower has lots of pressure and hot water. Rooms are quite due to the design. Third floor better. No creachers get in. Fridge service every other day.
The ala carts not so good. Italian the best. All eating areas had no air. So we were very hot during meals. Most hotels were like this in Cuba. Buffet not to bad. No hot spicy foods. And a little bland. But we got lots to eat. Go after 830, crowd seems to dwindle. Coffee not so good. No cream. There milk is like some watered down milk. But the pool snack bar has great cappuccinos open early. And the lobby bar has cappuccinos also.
Lots of bars all over. Drinks won't be a problem. Ask for the Santos rum, much better. The house rum is weaker or something.
Nice blue water. Stay on the west end, sand is much better. We could not get beach chairs a few times if you did not get there before 10am.Beach slopes down, so your chair is on a angle.
The catamaran was great. Lobster dinner on an island we nice beach. Stop to snorkel. Not very good site. Some small fish. A dolphin experience is included. Nice close interaction for the humans. I don't like them penned up. The pens are out in the ocean, with natural sea water flowing through, but there are still in captivity. The Jeep Safari was great. Get to drive a small Suzuki 4x4. Farley new with air. The 4x4 is disabled. You go through little villages ( bring candy and stuff for kids along road).
would not go back to this hotel. Will try another. If this is your first trip, it will seem like a good hotel. The value was good.
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