What everyone has said about the amazing snorkeling and beautiful island is correct. So, I am not going to go into length on that. However, I do want to point out a few draw backs that we noticed, so that you know the whole picture before you go:
1. we felt "nickel and dimed" at checkout. Our boat off the island wasn't until 545pm so we asked if we could stay in our room until we left. They said that they had nobody that needed the room that night so it was fine, but only if we PAID $150 TO STAY IN THE ROOM. After spending tens of thousands of dollars for the 10 days we were there, that seemed awfully rude, and left a bad taste in our mouths. throughout our whole stay, they were constantly trying to get you to spend more money, like ordering "special wine" at dinner (not included, only the house wine is, but sometimes they don't even tell you that's an option, and you have to ask for it yourself). I think squeezing guests of $150 at checkout shows no class.
2. skip the "special" candlelight dinner on the beach that they try to sell you. the "lobster dinner" we had there was one of the worst meals we had the whole trip, definitely not worth $99 per person and I'd say it was worse than just going to the buffet. the Friday night theme dinners they do are spectacular, so just wait for those.
3. the water is perfect for snorkeling, and has tons of fish of coral. however, that means it's shallow, and has rocks and coral which make swimming very difficult. it is calm water that is perfect for snorkeling, but don't expect a traditional beach experience with waves and deep water.
4. the cocktails aren't great. we could barely drink half of the pina coladas we had at the pool. stick to beer and wine. their wine is surprisingly good.
5. lots of mosquitos - bring bug spray. we had an overwater bungalow, which probably had less mosquitos than the mainland, but there were still a lot. we were very conscious of always keeping our doors closed to the oustide patio and going in and out quickly but still we were bitten a few times on most nights, and especially when eating dinner on the island - got bitten most nights.
6. if you have an overwater bungalow, you have no guaranteed space at the beach. my husband and I are very fair skinned and have to be in the shade at the beach. all of the beachside bungalows have special palapas and beach beds reserved for them, but the guests with overwater bungalows do not, which means you have to walk and walk along the beach until you find an unreserved palapa that also doesn't already have someone else in it. we were able to find them every day, but sometimes took 15 minutes of walking around. and they were typically by the rockier part of the beach.
7. they do not offer massages on the beach. I guess I'm just used to caribbean resorts that always have couples massages on the beach but when I asked for that here, they looked fairly shocked at such a request. I think it would have been a nice touch to be able to get the massage outdoors in the beautiful weather rather than in a tiny room facing some random trees.
all of this said, we did have a great time, but the $150 extra charge at checkout really stuck out in my mind as absurd and tasteless.
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