This was my very first all inclusive vacation, so i didn't know what to expect but had a great time!!
Service - The workers here work extremely hard to satisfy their guests. Always very helpful and very fast.
Rooms - Very basic but clean. You have everything you need. Maids did a fabulous job. Sometimes they ran out of towels, but the maids would come back as soon as there were fresh clean towels. They appreciate gifts and will stock your fridge up with as much beer and drinks as it can hold. The only thing i have to complain about is the showers! No pressure what so ever, and you have to keep moving the shower top around to get the water to come out better. At least the water was HOT! If not, it would have been horrible.
Beach/Pool - Loved the pool very clean and the bartender at the swim up bar was awesome! Very generous with the amount of alcohol. The quiet pool was very quiet but didn't use it. The beach is beautiful, however there is a lot of reefs, and the water is quite shallow. When the tide is low you can walk out on to it. Not really that great for swimming, but great for a little snorkelling. We saw some cool fish. What we did was, walked about 10 minutes to the left where some of the other resorts were where the beach was beautiful!!!!!! The were no reefs and it was great for swimming!! the waves were so much fun!!!! The beach vendors were kind of annoying, but a no thanks usually did the trick.
Food - The buffet was pretty good. Although by the end of the week I got a little sick of the food. Doesn't change too much from day to day. A la cartes - We ate at the italian and the octopus twice. (our oceanview reservation on the last night got canceled due to a wedding and they were very accommodating and booked us another dinner at the octopus). The Italian was pretty good, but nothing to write home about. The Octopus was AMAZING!!!! The meat was so moist the appetizers were amazing! the fresh bread!! Everything about it was amazing!! Probably the best Salmon I have ever had!!
Entertainment - The entertainment is not very professional, but I have to say these performers put 100% effort into everything they do. They were quite hilarious too!!! The performers also did activities during the day and ran the water aerobics. They work so hard and some of them you saw every day! I wonder how often they get a day off?!
Day trips - We didn't end up doing any of the trips just because it was extremely expensive and our trip was a pretty last minute decision, and didn't have much money to spend as we are full time students. Talking to a fellow traveler who did the outback safari said it was an amazing experience. We walked around Playa Dorada, which was quite nice. The disco is a five minute walk but didn't open til pretty late. The crowds didn't seem to show up until around 12. There are a bunch of souvenir shops. Although beware the vendors in playa dorada are pretty demanding, much more than the beach.
Overall, I would definitely come back here, but maybe not for a while just because I want to experience different places first. It was very relaxing, and a very small quiet resort!
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