Stayed here in July with my husband and 11 year old daughter. My daughter had the time of her life. So much to do, see, and fun to be had. Great pools, slides, safe beach for kids. We stayed 9 days, but by day 4 the hubby and I were getting bored. So like most reviewers, this place is very cut off. The beach is lovely......BUT, to my complete disappointment, I noticed immediately that it is man made. The sand was the first giveaway. It was not that lovely, silky brown sugar you feel on natural beaches. So hence, no reef, no coral.....NO real snorkeling. However my hubby and I ventured out past the lagoon. It was a bit scary at first but we did it and it was worth it. But I would not take my daughter along for obvious reasons. She settled for the Rainbow reef inside the resort, which was lovely, but not like the real deal. We rented a car and ventured to the North Shore where we snorkled at Shark Bay.......AWESOME!
There is not a lot to occupy adults, so this is all about your kids. If your joy is to see their joy, well you will be as happy as can be spending a fortune here. Food is pretty good. Ama Ama, was fabulous, but you won't go there every night unless your filthy rich! The Ulu cafe is very cheap, the food is decent but its fast food style. Pool side pool is good enough.
Service here was superb across the board. Room was beautiful and spotless clean. You can work this place if you are on a budget. We went to ABC store across street and filled outer fridge with food for breakfasts and lunches. Then splurged for dinner at the restaurants. There are 3 decent restaurant options across the street and the neighbor hotels, for a little variety.
My husband escaped one day to play golf which he enjoyed. My daughter loved the regular visits from Mickey and the gang for poolside parties. The Starlight show at the hotel is lots of fun, your kids will love it. Don't waste your money on the buffet, food is never great at buffets and it's not worth the high price here either. We managed on our own bagels, cream cheese and fruit every morning. One great thing that is free at the resort are soft beverages when you buy a souvenir cup.....unlimited refills! Thanks Mickey!
Would I return, probably not, but everyone should bring there kids here at least once. They will remember it forever.
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