Alright, I will try and be as detailed as possible without writing a story here. My girlfriend and I (in our early 20's) went to the GV from April 22nd-29th. We thought it was just going to be the 2 of us until we were surprised by our 2 friends who meet us at the resort. That was a pleasnt surprise. If my review is all over the place i apologize i am trying to remember everything. Excuse any typos as i am trying to fly through this.
We got there around 9pm i believe. Check in took us all of about 5 minutes, very smooth and very polite staff. Ride to the resort was about 20 minutes or so. Had my big bottle of presidente on the bus (wish i had gotten 2)
Our room was 2216 in the Catalina building. I would reccommend this room to anyone who is going. A/C was quiet and could be very cold if you wanted it to be. Beds were firm but we never had a problem falling asleep. TV was a flat screen but we rarely watched it as we were not in our rooms much. Bathroom was nice, clean, and everything worked fine. The first night we saw a huge cochroach in our bathroom, killed it was I was thinking "Oh god not all week" but we never had any other bugs in the room for the rest of the week. Shower was fine, always hot water what else can you ask for? Our room looked onto the ocean but was blocked by the trees. It was still very nice.
Stunning. Loved it. The snorkeling was amazing, a ton of fish EVERYWHERE. Yes the venders are on the beach daily asking you to "looky looky" but god damn people give them a break they carry all this stuff up and down the beach, just say "no thanks" and they continue on their way. If you want something get it. We were up at 7 everyday, went to the beach on the sunny days and never had a problem getting a sun hut.
Nice size, swim up bar, warm, what else do you want? People...dont play the towel game, its rude. but regardless there is always a place to sit. If your up at 7 you will not have a problem sitting where you want.
We went to the plaza and saw James as recommended on the forum. Was not about to book from someone who was on the beach and could be gone the next day. We did the dune buggys which was awesome, got muddy, rinsed off at a beach had a beer, then went and saw a little village and a school. What an eye opening experience. You truly do not understand how these people live without seeing it first hand. We also went to monkey jungle (a bumpy 30 minute ride up a rocky hill) but definately worth it. We went zip lining there (I will not upload my pics of it because i look rediculous) and saw the monkeys there which was so cool!
What is wrong with people writing bad reviews about food? Like c'mon people. You cant mess up rice. You cant mess up pasta. you can mess up potatoes, fresh omletes, over easy eggs, etc etc. If you dont want to eat the meat then dont. I did and thought it was good. Chicken was awesome. Beef was a little tought but if you want 5 star dining go to Downtown Toronto or something. My girlfriend is a picky eater and doesnt like much. She ate 3 meals a day plus dessert.....she didnt complain once. If you dont like something go get something else, there is lots to choose from, its a buffet. The A la Cartes were good. we did all 3. My fav was the Italian. my gf had the alfredo pasta and it was amazing. I think i ate half of hers. we were usually too full for dessert. Again...if you want 5 star dining go downtown somewhere. If you want to eat normal restaurant style food this is more than okay.
First of all I will start with my boy SANATA. I now have him on facebook :) This guy is an absolute stud. One of the nicest people i have ever met. Went above and beyond everytime. never expected a tip, just went on his way and did his thing. The rest of the staff was exteremly friendly and very polite. They appreciate anything you give them. Entertainment staff were funny. spent most time on the beach so didnt see them much, but when we did they were awesome as well.
never waited for longer than 30 seconds for a drink. Some people said waterdown drinks? They must be alcoholics. The drinks were strong. Its All inclusive. if you want more booze in it ask and they will give you as much as you want :) Cups were another complaint. they were regular hard plastic cups, no worries.
Locals on the weekend. We are in ours 20s like i stated so we dont mind the company. But some of them are rude and do not care about anyone else. They flood the recption (I will upload pics of it) and they all know how to whistle super loud and speak spanish obviously and get the attention of the reception workers.(10 year old kids whistling louder than anything ive heard. Must be a skill they are born with haha) So they just butt in front of you and dont care. GV should have a rope line up like at the airports where they serve the next person in line not just every man for themselves kinda deal.
We had a great time. We went with positive attitudes, and made the best of it. We had rain almost everyday which sucked but oh well its a tropical place. The last 3 days were sunny and we layed on the beach and got a nice tan. The other days were overcast and you can still get a tan laying around. GO ENJOY YOURSELF We took a lot of pics and i will try and upload them later.
go to the plaza for your wifi if you want to email home. Check out the forum on here. It is filled with a lot of useful information that you will want to use.
DONT LISTEN TO BAD REVIEWS, I could of made the little things seem a lot worse but for what? I was on an island and not working...why complain?
Feel free to email me @ firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to ask me something. There is probably lots i forgot but im sure when i upload pics they will tell the story.
And no im not a competitor from another resort. Im a guy from Hamilton giving an honest review.
2116 Catalina Building. Had a courtnest room in Beta building and it wasnt as nice
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