I don't know if I can add much more than what others have said. First off I feel like such a loser for waiting so long to finally write this review. Once I got back from this AMAZING vacation the reality of everyday life set in and well, its just taken me a while to actually sit down and take a moment. This vacation was soooooooo relaxing and just as EVERYONE has said, the staff is incredible!! Everyone bends over backwards to make sure you are enjoying yourself. If you want to just sit back and relax and enjoy the location you have so much free personal space and if you want to go out and adventure there is plenty of opportunity for that. We rented a car and drove from the airport which was nice because it gave us more freedom but I would not recommend that for everyone. The traffic is CRAZY and seemingly no laws. I felt comfortable enough because my boyfriend is from India and familiar with this type of chaotic traffic and rough roads but if you are timid at ALL, let the professionals drive. I also recommend doing stuff with Felipe. He is wonderful and it feels more like you are going out with a buddy. He along with one of the kitchen staff, Donny took us out on a horseback ride through the country and we got the opportunity to meet Felipe and Donny's family. We also got to try coco nuts. The fruit of the coco nut is really mild and actually kind of reminded me of marshmallow. We also went to the lagoon and I went off the zipline a few times with my boyfriend, Felipe and Donny cheering me on. Apparently I was the only one brave enough to jump. If you do the zipline into the lagoon I would recommend some sort of ear plugs. I had annoying water stuck in my ears for weeks. We also went as a group with the other couples at the hotel on a day trip to the other zipline adventure. This really did take the entire day but it was lots of fun and we really enjoyed spending some time with the other couples at the hotel. Several of us were nervous about the zipline and we each cheered one another on. I have to say it is a little scary signing a waiver that says you're not going to hold the company responsible if you die! But just make sure you follow their instructions. Once I got started I felt fine. My boyfriend gave me a scare when he put his hand on the rope IN FRONT of the mechanism. FOLLOW THEIR INSTRUCTIONS. There is also a place to feed monkeys. Get the camera cause this is fun and not as death defying. Back to the hotel, like pretty much everyone has said, the staff is AMAZING!! If you want something specific for your meal they do everything they can to accommodate. One morning my boyfriend asked for something specific for breakfast and they didn't have the ingredient needed so they went out to get it. I don't know any other place that would go to those lengths. Most people just say "oh we're out of that". To sum it up, the palace is beautiful, the food is good, the staff is wonderful and I can't wait for the opportunity to return.
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