I was reading some reviews/posts and many have complained about the "reserving" poolside/beach loungers at 7:00AM with a towel.
Now this used to bother me to a certain degree on a few of my holidays at AI's. However, last year at VIM I didn't care about being polite anymore and it worked great!
Basically if there were chairs with towels on them and nobody in sight, I'd just take them. Of course if there were people next to them, I'd ask if they were taken and 9/10 times they weren't. I figured if someone came by to claim them in the next 15 min, I'd leave, otherwise too bad. Never once did anyone come by, WIN.
Secondly, a lot have complained about the reserved loungers for "Gold Club" people. These are at every resort, all with a different name. At any rate, at VIM the hotel would actually put your name on a Palapa at the beach and the pool to reserve it for you the whole time you were there, if you paid for the upgrade. But yet again 9/10 times these were always vacant, and are typically premium spots.
We'd take these too, with the exception, if we were called on it by the rightful owners, we'd move without question and if we went for a swim, we'd pack up our stuff and set it aside in case they came by while we were gone. The staff would never ask if you belonged there and there were no wrist bands, etc, so why not?
What do you do about the towel/chair game?