I stayed as a solo traveler in early April 2014 and had a wonderful trip. I arrived at the hotel a little early and was pleased to see that my room was available. I had emailed the hotel in advance and requested a lower floor room, odd I know, but I am afraid of heights. I was on the fourth floor with a fabulous view of the ocean and pools.
The room was very nice, great amenities, the Secrets lotion is my favorite. Loved the dual shower and the Jacuzzi tub in the room. I was happy to see a real blow dryer and thought the incense was a nice touch as well. Loved my robe and slippers.
I enjoyed the food and drinks at the resort. For lunch the first day I was surprised to find beef filets for lunch. I mostly ate at the Market Café and ordered room service a few times, the room service menu was quite large and I was surprised at the speed that it arrived. enjoyed the live music at the lobby bar and I am afraid I never made it to the show.
The hotel was an easy walk to the Malecon, maybe twenty minutes, but very easy and safe. I wouldn't recommend returning after dark as the sidewalks are incomplete and uneven. Finding a cab to return is easy and cost me about $6 USD. It is a beautiful walk at sunset and I took some great photos.
I liked the Sundial newsletter that arrived each evening detailing the events for the next day....especially the drink of the day. Spa specials were abundant. I was offered the coupons upon arrival but when I explained I wasn't interested I wasn't hassled.
Special shout out to Leonardo the pool waiter and Jose in the Market Café for the great service. TIP TIP TIP! I cannot say this enough, the service is beyond anything expected and even a small tip goes a long way. The employees work very hard to ensure that your vacations is top notch, don't be a scrooge, tip! One thing I have to mention is the cleanliness of the restrooms at the pool. The attendant was constantly cleaning and moping, I tipped her and you could tell that it didn't happen very often.
Someone posted about hearing roosters crow in the morning, its funny because the same thing happened to me. Also, try to be courteous of your neighbors and don't slam the door to your room. I know that sometimes the wind will catch the door, but I had neighbors that slammed the door every single time they came and went regardless of the hour. It's just a courtesy and something to keep in mind.
Great resort, beautiful destination and be sure to book with a travel agent.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Romantic. Refined. Remarkable. Located on the golden sand beaches of the Pacific coast within walking distance of the famous El Malecon boardwalk, this vibrant oceanfront resort provides adults 24/7 access to amazing nightlife, non-stop entertainment and Unlimited-Luxury(R). ... more less
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