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The Crown Villas at Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Resort
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Reviewed 3 June 2009

We just returned (5/23 - 5/30/09) from a trip to the Lifestyle Resort. We went with Platinum VIP members and stayed in a beautiful 4 bedroom 4 bath villa. The Villa exceeded our expectations and all 6 of us loved it, we spent more time there then at the pool or beach! The rooms were nicely furnished and the housekeeping staff kept the place exceptionally clean. Loved the Villa. I was really worried about what we were getting into after reading several reviews about the villas being worn down, having to make reservations for dinners, not getting what you wanted on time, etc. I have to say we had NO problems with any of that. They have changed how you make reservations for dinner. You make them when you arrive and can change them at any time, you don't have to be someplace at 12:45 to make the reservations. All the restaurants now have 2 seatings, 6:30 and 8:30. We at at the VIP Gourmet, the new Mexican restaurant, and Blue Lagoon. The rest of the time we ate at the Buffet or ordered in.

I do have pluses and minuses though and will go each. I was really worried about what we were going to get ito

Pluses: Very easy to get around. We had a golf cart but even when someone in our group had it walking to the beach, restaurants and the pool is no problem.

Security, not once did I feel unsafe, there were security guards everywhere and the entrance and exits to the resort were gated.

The staff that cleaned the house, took care of the yard, stocking the frig, etc were all VERY VERY courteous, they never just entered, they always rang the bell or knocked, if no one answered they would call out to let you know they were there. We used the safe for valuable but never felt the need to lock the door.

Surroundings were beautiful. Granted, we were in the villa (#42) right next to the Show House, but from what we saw, and we rode the cart around the whole resort was kept clean and manicured.

Being a platinum VIP member we got all the top shelf liquor we wanted, that was just completely unbelievable to me.

Beach beds are a great idea, the staff at the VIP beach was great, drinks were OK, if you didn't like it or wanted more liquor they added it without any questions. If you tipped you got a GREAT drink there after. I would suggest they either add some seating to the front of the beach area so you don't always have to stay in the bed OR have the beds able to sit up some instead of being flat all the time.

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Biggest minus is the food with the exception of the VIP Gourmet. The Mexican Restaurant has a menu posted which looked like it was going to be really good. When we went on the night it was open for VIP members the menu was different and the food was, well, pretty bad. The seating is uncomfortable. The wait staff was OK but all in all I wouldn't go back to eat there.

VIP Gourmet was great, food was delicious, though my partner ordered filet mignon and that's not what he got, I'm pretty sure it was a rib eye and it was a little fatty and over done. My friend and I had Beef Wellington, I would HIGHLY recommend that. We went to the 8:30 seating and there wasn't an empty table.

Blue Lagoon was awful, there isn't anything about the restaurant I can say was positive, avoid it.

The Buffet. I'm not a buffet fan but I have to say the food wasn't nearly as bad as people said it would be, it wasn't gourmet but what buffet is when you have to plan for several hundred people

The beach: Not what I was expecting, it's not big and the water was a bit murky. When you left the VIP area and went down to the beach you get accosted by locals trying to sell you stuff. A polite No didn't always work. Food at the VIP beach, except the sushi, was terrible.

All in all it was a very nice place and I would definitely go again. Now I know what places to stay away from and what to eat and what not to eat. As for pushy salesmen, we never saw them.

I would encourage all of you who are planning to go here, and have concerns, to go, have a good time and just remember it's a vacation and you are in a 3rd world country. The food will not be like it is at home, and no place is perfect. Even though it appears I have more negative to say than positive, what I felt was positive far outweighed the negative.

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank mcchltnc
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Reviewed 13 May 2009

We booked this resort as an RCI Extra Vacation. We were assigned a 3BR villa that we later found out was one of several generally reserved for RCI guests. It was one of the older less luxurious villas and needed some updating, but reasonably nice just the same. Because of it's age, the beds were a little problematic for two of the couples, but I found it fine for me.

The maid service was a nice touch. She came in the morning to make breakfast and saw to it that we received whatever we needed in quick order. The same is true when calling for service. The refrigerator stayed stocked with beer, soft drinks, and water. There was also a bottled water cooler in the villa.

The VIP all-inclusive is amazing. Access to the VIP portions of the resort is a can't miss feature. There was premium liquors, food & drink wait service, cigars, access to VIP restaurants and bars, and beds on the beach area and VIP pool. The villa was $450 and the all-inclusive worked out to $100 per person per day - worth it for a splurge! There was also a VIP welcome party that you can't ignore. There was live entertainment, a great high-end buffet that included pig roasts, fresh tuna sliced from a carcass on ice, and many other delicious hot and cold offerings - in addition to wait service for premium drinks and wine.

We participated in the resort presentation - expect to be wooed. In anticipation of our tour, the resort provided bottle of alcohol in our villa - normally reserved for their platinum members. Two couples attended. It was a soft sell and they accepted a polite no. However, I was interested in possible exchanging one of my other timeshares, so my wife and I stayed. We were then presented with actual numbers.

The platinum villa offering was above our means, but we listened to an other choice which removed some top end amenities that would be great, but not entirely necessary to get the VIP treatment. In the end, we brought back the offer to the other couple and partnered with them and we can't wait to use the resort or one of its affiliates as often as we can. We talked with many members and no one had anything negative to say and none regreted their decision.

After we signed on, they bumped us to one of the higher level villas and provided us with some of the platinum perks we normally won't receive in the future - a private gourmet BBQ, alcohol in the room, and golf cart.

The buffet restaurant is average, the ala carte restaurants are above average, but the VIP Gourmet restaurant is top notch fine dining and included with the all inclusive. I estimate that the meal we had there alone would be $100 per person.

This was one of the best vacations all three couples ever had and from now on, the all inclusive rate will be $40 per day or $47.50 if in a villa. Tremendous!

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled with friends
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2  Thank MrVacationMan
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Reviewed 14 April 2009

I read plenty about this resort in preparation for my vacation. I was prepared to take the good with the bad, and have a good time. It turns out there was a lot more to be happy about than I expected. To be sure, our villas (we stayed in side by side villas 9A and 9B) were a little rough around the edges, but the custom made breakfast, private pool and patios, and fully stocked frig made me forget all my troubles. Our group of 13 rented through owner Mark Austin, and it was a seamless transaction from beginning to end. In fact, when an issue arose that we couldn’t resolve with the resort staff, I dropped Mark an email from the VIP café wifi, and he contacted the resort on our behalf within a few hours.

Our group lived at the VIP beach from 10 to 6 everyday. The bubble tubs and the beds allowed for sunning, napping, chatting, reading, and overall relaxing. I was quite full each time I left the buffet, and out of 13 of us, someone always loved their meal at each restaurant, and someone always hated theirs. Isn’t that how life is?

We returned to work today sad to be home and missing this resort a lot. We’ve already talked about returning.

  • Stayed: April 2009
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1  Thank wcuguy01
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Reviewed 13 April 2009

request Andrea for help with anything, she was terrific -------- Rosa was a great housekeeper---- Cristino was an incredible chef

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled with friends
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1  Thank spot04
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Reviewed 13 April 2009

We stayed in the Villas - the property includes may different accommodations - villas, condos etc. I believe we had one of the older villas - unit 53. Clean and comfortable and private pool. We rented from owner Mark Austin. This was a good choice as Mark is obviously known by the VIP staff. Yes, there are people in an out of the villa. But it is mostly before noon and not problematic. The breakfast in the morning in the villa is great - but does get a little old by the end of the week. The buffet gets old quick - but its nice to get to the other restaurants. The VIP restaurant was awful. We got seated at 6:30 and by 8:10 were getting dinner. Reservation process is a pain in the neck. Who's thinking about the next days dinner at 9 in the morning? Yes, we got a golf cart. Not necessary if you are used to walking but good for quick trips around. Here's what I'm most disappointed about. The units are NOT on the beach nor do you see the beach - maybe from some units you can. Never went to the VIP beach - there is something about laying on a 'bed' on the beach that other people have sweat on that seems just a little creepy.

Went off the resort to Tres Cocos restaurant - fabulous! Also did a taxi tour. Was good but the tour guide did have his own interests.

Went here with 2 other couples and it was great fun to hang out with friends. Wouldn't go back because I miss seeing/being on the beach. Otherwise the accommodations - VIP services were good.

P.S. - Check your bill. Everyone in my party got charged twice for the all-inclusive fee and are now disputing this on our statements. Resort doesn't think it's there issue. Uh, yeah right.

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled with friends
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2  Thank SuZenMaster
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