Pros-Beach is beautiful-we generally don't like to swim in the ocean due to "critters" and stepping on "icky" stuff but after lounging at the pool for 2 days we did and didn't return to the pool. As first time "snorkelers" (buy gear before you go for the convenience factor) we saw a sea turtle and fish right off the beach without even going deep. Shade/chairs were easy to be found.
Drinks were as expected-delicious-bartenders quick to give suggestions
Rooms and balconies were very large/private
Beds firm but comfortable (generally I like soft but this bed made me rethink that)
2 Shows we saw were good although late 9:30-not late for at home but we were generally tired out by then lol (Divas and the impersonators)
Good layout for a large resort-if you were far from the pool/beach you were close to the lobby bars/restaurants
Beautiful and CLEAN grounds/lobby bars/pools fountains/walkways-last night there we just walked around admiring it
Cons-bars a little far from the beach with no beach service (bring a thermal mug and it's fine)
No outside food-I don't know if this is the same at all resorts to keep it clean but you couldn't bring any food out of the restaurants-would have been nice to eat some nachos or whatever on the beach
Service was hit and miss-one bartender wouldn't serve you unless you tip-the next would give you your beers and a "special shot" you didn't ask for. I don't tip to get good service however I do tip to reward good service and we did for those. It was just strange how different they could be-even at the same bar. We tipped well to stock the fridge the first day-and figured that was a mistake and found then it wouldn't get filled unless we tipped more.
Food at the buffet was just ok-not bad but think I was probably expecting too much as I heard other people say how good it was vs other resorts they'd been to. Ala cartes were good.
Pool was a little chilly for my liking (again not horrible) but I'm guessing that has more to do with the weather than the resort
Overall an AWESOME vacation and wouldn't hesitate to go back!
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