Here are some random things I learned that you may find helpful (or completely useless) from my recent trip. Will try and post a trip review soon.
According the bartender, Brugal Blanco is aged 6 months, anejo is ages 6 years, and Extra Viego is aged 8 years. The Barcelo Imperial (available to club members) is aged 12 years.
At the lobby bar, you don't want top shelf, you want bottom shelf. That's where they keep the better stuff like the Chivas. It's not always on display.
If you like the chocolate vodka (club members) it's only at the club pool bars, the bottles come at 12 and 2(?). They only get two bottles a day. The bar by the sports center (not the club beach) tends to have their's last longer, so later in the day you have a better chance of getting a shot of it there. Sometimes the other bar would be out by 12:30.
If you volunteer for a show, the stage gets very, very hot from the lights.
Employees usually work 12 days on and 3 days off. There is free living space for the employees at the hotel, but if they stay there, and there is a need for additional workers (like if it's raining and they need more bartenders at the lobby bar) then they get pulled back to work (there is no overtime).
The employees normally work 12 hour days.
It's been mentioned by others, but taking you own wireless router is great. Our friends were in the room next door and we both just connected to his for our IPADs.
You cannot take food out of the resturants. Which is a little bummer when you want that afternoon nacho fix at the pool. Instead you have to eat them at the Sea and See and then go back to the pool.
When we checked out on Saturday, they were at 100% occupancy.
We heard one of the employees say they would be at high occupancy even through the slow season so book early.
Duty free at the airport was even more expensive then the hotel gift shop (and I thought the gift shop was over priced).
I don't smoke cigars, but my buddy does. He said they're cheaper to buy over the internet at home, then buying them there. So if you smoke and plan on buying some to bring back. Just do your research before you leave.
While I only got a couple of insect bites during the entire week, I can tell you they do itch. Hydrocortizon is one of the best things we packed.
If you like chips, take your own. The only time I saw any, was at caribbean nite at the buffet.
Do not forget to reapply suntan lotion! I saw two guys with badly burned shins. One looked like it was going to blister. He said it was all from one day, in about two hours.
At the resturants, if you leave the tip on the table, they all share it. It you give it to a specific person, then he/she gets it.
Hope this helps.