We booked the 5 night all inclusive at Ladera for late July (we had wanted to go in early July but no rooms.) As beautiful as it looks and with all the accolades (Conde Nast Traveler's Best Hotel in the World, etc.) it seems like a no-brainer. But there are a few things worrying us.
Most of all-- the night times there. I don't care that we have no TV, I like that. But it sounds like you can't even turn on your lights at night lest the gnats swarm over you. So after dinner, what can you do besides sit in your dark room? After romantic/amorous activities :)
that is!) Do people hang out & talk at night and is there even a lobby or general seating area? Is there a band every night or just weekends? I'm not into loud nightlife like you would get at a Sandals, but I don't go to bed at 10 o'clock either.
Can you turn on a light and read or is that just an invitation to be bitten to shreds? Are there ceiling fans or just the breezes to cool you? And isn't it a bit noisy at night since there's no doors/windows to shut out the noise? I don't mean the nature sounds... can't you hear your neighbors?
I just can't stop wondering if this is a great place until dinner is over but then you're left bored and uncomfortable until morning. We want something really amazing for our 20th anniversary... is this the place? Any advice from those who have been, especially if they've been in the summer, would be appreciated! Thanks.