Nudist resort??? Not if you compare it to our previous vacations at nudist resorts!! This resort is water nudist…at most times the majority of guests were in full swimming suits or cover-ups. HOWEVER, as Peggy (of Paul cruises in St. Martin) said, “We will make it nudist when we go ashore!!” Since we are nudists, not vacation nudists, we wore our favored outfit – our bare skin. No one, staff or guest, ever mentioned our nude attire. At our home club, and other clubs across the USA where we have visited, one is nude unless there is a safety or weather issue. We eat, cook, play, etc….NUDE. Same way at Club Orient in St. Martin, that we spent over two weeks at in June of this year again: one was nude at the beach, beach bar AND restaurant. We do not understand a need to wear a great deal of cloth to go to dinner. How is this nude? Is there a health issue someone is concerned about, or, is it not (OMG!) looking at genitals at a meal? That IS nudity and you just take it as that. We have never heard of a health issue. One sits when one eats. So... no see! We were amused at females putting on tops, as well as bottoms, to eat at the beach bar and grill for lunch and men wearing long shorts and collared shirts to dinner. This is with the understanding that there is no suggestive Hedo-type costume or activities. This place is for relaxing.
Upon arrival at the N Resort you’ll be absorbed by the tropical plants along the walkways; flowers, bananas, and everything else. You even get used to ducking your head to get by some of the plants and the flowers look good behind a pretty girl’s ear.
On to the room with wood floors, wood walls, and wood ceilings and a really nice deck with a magnificent view of the ocean. A refrigerator, a safe (about 8x6x6 inches-bring your laptop lock-it is not big enough for one, but you chose your own combo number-very nice), and a small TV (DVD upon request). There is a mosquito net over the bed with flowers on towel designed sculptures. At night the night maid plugs in a mosquito repellant. There was never a problem with mosquitos in the room, and the staff continuously sprayed, but at sunrise and sunset on the deck they were numerous; take bug spray, everyone seems to get bitten up. For some people the bites go away quickly and for others it is more like having chiggers. Yes; there was a day maid who remade the bed and refreshed the bathroom and towels and then a night maid who would do a “turn off” service (her words), who would replace the towels and turn down the bed. Talk about service!! They would also bring you what you wanted for your refrigerator – soda, beer. A water bottle was in the fridge and an ice tray. Also a coffee maker, coffee, and tea. Nice closet with hangers. The bathroom a comfortable size. The bathroom caulking could be updated. We had issues with the water; sometimes it was completely off and then would go back on. After we mentioned it to the evening maid we never had another issue with it. We stayed in Block 7, on the second floor. Wonderful views, but that stairway up the second floor could be tough after a long day! This is not a contemporary resort; the wood exudes an inviting ambience. A few things to make this even better would be a bedside clock with luminescence face and a “Do Not Disturb” sign.
On to the pool, which is quite large. The depth is all 4-feet except for the “kiddee” section. There is a volleyball net (played every day), a three story waterslide (Whoo, hoo!!) and a swim up-bar. Just ask if you want the slide water turned on! Towels provided at the pool and many chairs. We saw three hot tubs, but they only had one working. This might be due to the small number of guests. Each day it was drained and the water replaced. The only complaint with the pool was that it could be five degrees warmer. THAT would be really nice! (Three things to improve this resort: warmer pool water, “Do Not Disturb” signs, and a bedside clock.)
On to the ocean, which is shallow enough to walk out 40 yards. You will want water shoes since there are sea urchins, which are round with spikes (OUCH!) and green grass seaweed floating about in spots. (Staff rakes this up every day.) The snorkeling is good right by the pier, and reefs if you go farther out. There are kayaks to take out and we suggest you do! You can go right out of the resort and past another, clothed, resort. We also took the walk to the left; water shoes a must, and saw the cruise ship in port. We had to turn around because the beach ran out; a nice three- hour walk. We saw one person cleaning up a portion of the beach to have a “beach”. It is very nice to have both a pool and a beach. There is a pier, which is a great place to hug your squeeze, enjoy a cold drink, watch the sunset/sunrise read a book, tan, and just take in the beauty.
On to the pool bar and grill, which is on the other side of the swim-up bar. This was also the lunch dining area when we visited. This spot has a great view of the pool and the ocean with the ocean breeze. We spent one lunch time here with the other guests, huddled up, as a tremendous storm passed through. They also serve sandwiches and wraps here for many hours of the day. Some staff stayed with us on more than one evening ready to feed us, until we told them we had no intention of eating anything else.
Let us interject this note: Guests go to bed EARLY; as in right after dinner. There were attempts at entertainment, but most guests were satisfied to just relax. We attempted to dance to current dance favorites, but were looked down upon. We think they really want to have entertainment for the guests, but no one really needed it, and just wanted it to relax. One night there was a fire dancer, two nights one of the bartender’s, THE Jeffrey, band played and were very good, a few nights a DJ. OK, just because we grew up in the 70’s and 80’s DOES NOT mean we want to repeat it or hear this music now!! Lady Gaga and current favorites are preferred to disco. The first night we arrived there were just three couples, one couple had been there by themselves for three days, and we had a banjo/drum duo that played after dinner just for the three couples! One afternoon as we strolled the grounds we could hear a piano; we went in to the Piano Bar, and Barrington, the piano player, took our requests and we enjoyed a few afternoon romantic dances as he was practicing. That evening he played for the evening’s entertainment. He was great! Mario, Venus, and Keneisha were very good and friendly entertainment directors; always a full schedule, however, most guests just enjoyed the down time. Most evenings we just enjoyed the company of the other two couples we met there. One of our best vacations…we had a blast!!
Onto the main dining area which has a bar and a dance floor. This was where breakfast and dinner was served, unless they used the Italian Restaurant at the top of the stairs. The Italian Restaurant was hot as there was not much cross ventilation. Let us tell you about the food!! There would be a soup and salad bar at lunch. Wonderful, different salads!! Desserts were also on this buffet. (This would be the only food we did not care for- we are not sweet eaters. However, other guests raved about the desserts served.) You could either order one of the sandwiches/wraps from the grill at lunch, or they had an a la carte menu posted on the chalk board each day. Go for the fish dishes. They were EXCELLENT! Everything prepared upon order, and a very nice portion size. We were never hungry enough to ask for more, but since it is all inclusive, we assume you could. Everything was beautifully presented, as if you were in a five-star restaurant. Breakfast included a fruit, yogurt, bread buffet, or you could order a smoothie, eggs, omelets, sausage, bacon, pancakes, etc. to order. Very delicious! Fruit juices, mimosas, and Bloody Marys, as well. Dinner was usually printed on a menu with three or four entrée choices, as well as, choices for appetizer, salad, soup, and dessert. Orders were taken and your food was cooked to order and wonderful. On two evenings there was a Jamaican buffet. The jerk chicken was very good. (OK; the curried goat and oxtails were not our style.) These were the only two times there was a buffet for meals. We cannot say enough about the quality of the food and the service at all meals. We wish we could remember all of the servers. They were excellent. Kudos to Chef Sanchez and also to Chef Jeffrey.
Onto the drinks: Red Stripe on draft. Budweiser is the drink of choice for the man of the house. They said it was too expensive to obtain but did get Miller Lite. Appleton Rum was in most drinks. We also requested a bottle of Grand Marnier, one of our favorites, and this was accomplished. We did not request any specific food, but our feeling was that they would accommodate you as long as it was reasonable. Drinks were served weak, but once you indicated how strong, or not, you wanted a drink prepared they would make it the way you liked, without having to ask again! So…the bartenders were great! Thank you Jeffrey, David, and Christine! Pam, the bar manager, has a great staff…she must take care of them well.
Onto the remainder of the resort. There are so many areas that could be set up as bars, grills, and activity centers if most of the 96 rooms were occupied. While we were there were at the most 26 guests. There is a gift shop, although small, and a craft store where they will barter and make jewelry to order. Wifi sometimes could be connected in the room, but you really needed to go to the pool or office to connect.
The only time we left the resort was to go on the luminescence tour. We thought this was a waste of money - sixty dollars for the two of us. This included being picked up at the resort, A rum punch, and a boat ride out. We did not see much luminescence, either.
All in all it was a good vacation. We cannot compare it to Hidden Beach as we have not been there. It is different than Club Orient; one not “better” than the other. Service was exceptional. PERIOD. We cannot say enough about the staff waiting on guests. An excellent job is being done there. We constantly saw people working on improving the resort, whether painting or cleaning.
To conclude, N Resort is very service oriented and a great place to stay. We cannot conclude without mentioning the many friendly guests we met and made friends with while there. The question is, “Is it a nudist resort, or a clothing optional resort?”
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