This was my second All Inclusive. I'm bench-marking against the Iberostar Suites in Montego Bay. I'm a foodie and a snob about it - so if you like chain restaurants then you won't mind their food.
Room: Fantastic. The washroom is worth modelling your own at home after.
Resort: VERY VERY VERY Large. Walking made up for missed gym days. Premium resort was spectacular. I've never seen SO MANY Pools. And they were SOO AMAZING !
Water Sports: Fun and always available. They even give a free quick lesson on the hobbie.
Entertainment: Spectacular theater, and a lot of fun to watch. Not cheesy at all. Really.
Check-in: Took forever (2.5 hours). But I just hit up the bar and beach while me and my buddy switched spots in the lineup. They don't actually check for the wristband all the time.
Staff: SUPER helpful. I even had a minor accident, and there was a crew on hand within minutes with a full medical kit. They asked if I needed the real doctor, who I'm assuming could have been rigt there in no time.
Alcohol: Stayed at the Premium so it was unlimited anything. They even took tips on how to make drinks for the party. If you stay at the other resorts, you get only local selection. I didn't think I'd mind, but it felt awesome to drink unlimited anything. They would even go through hoops to get bottles of something they ran out off at a certain bar.
Food: The buffets were not ok. Selection was great, but it lacked character. The breakfast was awesome no matter what. The restaurants tried hard, but fell short of actually delivering the Japanese, French, Italian, etc taste. People are raving about the French restaurant - the bisque tasted like cornstarch, and the whole table couldn't figure out what cut of steak we got.
PS - book your restaurants on the first day. After that it was random luck.
Beaches - sharp rocks quite close to shore in some areas. But no jellyfish or crazy amounts of seaweed.
Disco - large and seemed empty most nights. Many drunken kids. They had new'ish music. Played the same thing every night. The DJ was confused when I tried to DJ, lol, but he let me (they had an elevated booth, very cool). Also, it's ALL the way at the other end of the resort.
That's it. Enjoy and try to get into Cancun or nearby off-resort restaurants to get some REAL Mexican food.
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