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activities at EPM

jdemuth
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activities at EPM

Looking to book EPM next october and wanted to know aboutthe day and night activities. Do they have activities going on during the day? What are they and do they really happen? I have stayed at some resorts that have activities listed but the entertaiment staff is never aroung to organize it. What about the nights? What kinds of things are there to do? Not really looking for a huge party place, but a little action would be fun.

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We were at EPM at the end of September and attended a few activities---never showed up at something and had it not happen due to no entertainment staff. In the afternoon, there is always something lively going on at the main pool---games, band, etc. Each night you will be given an activity schedule for the next day---rifle shooting, archery, Spanish lessons, bike tour, pool games, beach volleyball, tennis lessons etc. We played beach volleyball and that was a lot of fun, especially once you have a few mudslides onboard. We did the bike tour---they have a very limited supply of bikes (about 10) so get there early. They take you on a short ride down paved road down past the golf course and then back to a tower---you climb a spiral staircase and you can see the resort and surrounding area from the top. If you do this, bring your camera because you will also make a stop at an area that has macaws---there is one that will sit on your shoulder for a photo op. We also made a few "educational" stops where the bike guide told us about the vegetation, etc. At the end of the bike tour, we were told that we could come back and use the bikes any time between 10 and 3 pm, but we would need to stay on the designated route.

There are shows in the evening (Michael Jackson show, fire show, etc etc) along with scheduled activities, such as casino night and Mexican fiesta. When we were there, casino night was well attended. There is an "open air" bar and seating area, and in the evening they have live music there--we hung out there on some evenings and met some other guests.

There is a food "hut" (for lack of a better word) on the beach---on most days, they serve a themed lunch there, complete with appropriate decorations. These are not heavily promoted so make sure you stop there each day to see what they have.

Aquaworld has a small stand on the beach near the volleyball net---you can use the hobie cats and kayaks for "free". If you need a hobie cat lesson, a staff member will take you out for a short instructional trip, and then you can go out on your own. We were told we could use them for 30 minutes at a time---when we came back in, they let us go back out again since no one was waiting to use them. They also have motorized sports--such as jet skis--but they all incur a usage fee.

I don't know where you live but . . . as an FYI, if you are going in October, be careful if you are buying trip insurance. I called the toll free number for the online agency, insuremytrip, and asked the customer service rep which policies specifically covered hurricanes. She gave me the names of 3 companies and explained the difference---and she emphasized that hurricane coverage was only for your destination, not your point of departure. I really didn't think anything of it----but ironically, I live in the Northeast and we got slammed by Hurricane Sandy--but we were already back from our vacation. Since that was my point of departure, if we would have been traveling at that time, I don't know what would have happened with the trip insurance. However, most airlines and resorts do have a hurricane policy in terms of issuing credits. We were worried about encountering a hurricane in Cancun, never did we dream that we would get one this far north.

Have a great trip!!

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jdemuth
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Thank you this was so helpful! Sounds like I will have plenty to do to keep me busy (my poor husband). Did you happen to go to the spa? What areas or things can you participate in at the spa without paying an extra fee. I'm so sorry to that you got slammed by Sandy. The pictures and stories I have heard are heartbreaking. We are in the chicago area so we are pretty safe. Thanks again! There are so many choices of great resorts just want to make sure I do my homework and pick one that is right for us.

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3. Re: activities at EPM

Didn't do the spa but they did have daily specials on the activity sheet--some were a significant savings over the regular price--unfortunately, I don't remember any of the prices.

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4. Re: activities at EPM

The spa is fabulous... Pay only.... ie no areas are free... The water circuit, which I love, is included with spa treatments. Wait until you get there to book treatments, as there are daily specials.

In addition to the activities listed above, they have a great gym.... Also plan on doing a day on Isla... It is beautiful and fun!

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5. Re: activities at EPM

Will add on to what has been said, everyday there was a updated 'calendar of events'

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6. Re: activities at EPM

If anyone is there now, it might be helpful to post a picture or a rundown of a sample of the daily activities? I loved getting the sheet at turndown service every night - had to figure out what time pool volleyball , music trivia , etc. was.. fun times.

Entertainment staff are good people too... lots of fun.

jdemuth
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7. Re: activities at EPM

Thanks everyone we just booked for next oct!!!!!!! Any tips or must do's please share

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8. Re: activities at EPM

Our daily activities were sleeping, drinking and eating, repeat.....

We did, however, enjoy watching the waverunners, sailboats and parasailors go by.

Kerly, whats this water circuit I keep hearing about?

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Moms... You show up an hour early for your scheduled treatment, then you are led through a series of water treatments, both hot and cold, then finishes upon a hot stone lounger with an amazing aromatherapy head and neck massage... I loved it. I think they charge $25 for this is you are not having a spa treatment.

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10. Re: activities at EPM

Both my wife and I went through the hydrotherapy circuit before our couples massage back in 2010 when we were there. It started with a steam room and ended with pouring a bucket of ice cold water over you. Some may like it but never again for the hydrotherapy for us. The massage was great though.