We came here in mid-January as part of a Jet Blue package deal, and couldn't have been happier. Most importantly, the beach could not be more beautiful or serene. The suite we were fortunate enough to be upgraded to was spacious and clean, with all updated details in the bathroom and kitchen (granite counters etc). The landscaping on the grounds is meticulous and beautiful. We had a view of the pool area through lush tree tops, and a generous wraparound deck (we were in building #8, farthest from the sea - didn't bother us at all). The staff were very friendly. We ate our dinners at the onsite restaurant which was decent enough (we didn't have high expectations), but on our first morning we walked to the relatively nearby grocery store to get some supplies for breakfast and lunch since we had a full kitchen - definitely worth doing. Be prepared for very high island prices on all food and drink - makes NYC look inexpensive. There are several good fancy restaurants nearby, but surprisingly, you do need reservations. We enjoyed one (very long) walk to a snorkeling spot about 2-3 miles to the left down the beach (brought our own gear). We swam with a small sea turtle there for a while. We met many other travelers who had been back to RWI again and again - we hope we will too.
One minor complaint: The management seemed a bit overzealous on their rules for the bikes. on saturday morning i wanted to quickly take a bike to go get a few groceries including water bottles, but the bikes were scheduled for "maintenance" until the afternoon. presumably just to check tire pressure? these are your basic beach cruisers, after all. all (eight?) bikes were sitting there at the bike rack. the store is a little over a mile away. they wouldn't budge, despite my polite pleas to just take one and bring it right back. nor would they allow us to reserve the bikes for 3 hours the next day, as opposed to the 2 hrs that is the norm. if you keep the bikes out beyond the allotted time, they will charge you handsomely for it (i was told it would be $100 for bringing the bike back late). anyway - this is a minor quibble, and on the flip side i understand their need to stick with a clear set of rules to avoid confusion and keep things fair. i appreciate that they run a tight ship and am sure that's why it's such a clean and pleasant place to stay.
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