I know better than to read reviews AFTER I have booked but BEFORE we go. I use reviews in advance as part of my planning and decision making process, but to read them after my trip is paid in full, 3 weeks before we are going to leave, is sheer stupidity. Nevertheless, I scour TA every day looking for new information, looking forward to our trip. When the forums are quiet (not much going on here about Beaches) I turn to the reviews. The past couple of months have been fine - the usual stuff. I know some TA posters can be crazy - so I usually take it all in with a grain of salt. Until this morning.
I took a look at the recent reviews and the latest 3 are simply awful. If the stay is as bad as they make it sound, I would have to consider leaving. I'm an experience traveler, and I've stayed at Beaches in Turks & Caicos twice before, so I think I know what to expect. Here's what I know:
The resort can't control the weather. Sometimes it rains. Usually it is brief, but when it isn't, it isn't anyone's fault either. All-inclusives are differnt than other resorts. I don't expect 5 star gourmet means everywhere. Buffets are, well, exactly that. They are easy with kids - but not going to include white glove service. I get that. There are bugs in the Caribbean - I go there knowing and expecting that. Other guests can be rude - that isn't the resort's fault, in fact, they have to deal with them, too. Not every room in the resort can be "the best" view. Everyone can't get upgraded. I book a room I will be happy with - I hardly ever get upgraded, so I don't expect it. More importantly, I don't get upset when an upgrade doesn't happen. Vacations are, in large part, what you make of them. If you go in with a negative attitude, you will have a bad time. Now, I realize, even those with a great attitude can suffer disappointment - which is a terrible thing when you spend all that money on your vacation. Beaches isn't cheap - airfare isn't cheap - so I am expecting to have a great time.
So, I think I have the right perspective, but I have to admit - the last few reviews have been downright awful and now I am getting a little worried. Not overly worried - I went through the same thing at Beaches Turks & Caicos before our first trip and we absolutely loved it. We've since been there twice. So, in my head, I know to take a deep breath and just step away from the laptop. But that's not going to happen. I'll keep reading and hope for some better reviews.
So, if anyone has anything good to say about Beaches Negril, would you do me a favor and post something positive here in this post?
Thanks in advance!