After months of wondering what this all-inclusive resort would be like, we finally arrived - ready to par-tay (and of course celebrate the wedding of two friends, Lori and Mike. Congrats guys!). If you'd care to read about the adventure Crystal and I had to the resort you can, right here!
Once we got off the van we boarded at the airport, we walked into the lobby and waited our turn to check-in. That process was made easier when we were each given a drink as we waited. Check-in was followed by a golf cart drive to our room.
Our room was pretty much smack dab in the middle of the resort. It was a short walk from the beach, the pool, several restaurants, and a few bars. Besides the great location, our room was pretty bad-ass too.
This may be "normal" for some people, but I am not used to room service. I've never taken advantage of it because it usually costs money. Money that you don't need to spend. But this was an all-inclusive resort, and that included room service. So, we took advantage of that each morning we were there. And let me tell you - it was pretty damn good food. The best part? I didn't have to get out of bed!
Our first visit to the beach was the morning after we got there. And if you ask me, the weather was perfect. Not only that, but we also had a waitress come by every half hour or so to ask for our drink orders. It. Was. Amazing.
I can't find an exact number, but I would guess the resort had about 250-300 yards of beach. Some reviews on Trip Advisor aren't flattering about the beach, but I certainly didn't mind it.
The weather reminded me of Southwest Florida where I lived for three years. It was warm and humid. And the temperature of the water in the Caribbean was similar to that in the Gulf of Mexico at this time of year.
My girlfriend made a good point when we were at the beach: why go to the pool if we have a beach right next to it? That's a good question. Maybe those people don't want to deal with sand in places they can't see with a mirror (I don't know). It did, however, have a swim-up bar, which was very nice. There was also a volleyball net put up across part of the pool. And, if you were interested, there was plenty of space to lay out next to the pool.
I was impressed with the amount of food options we had to choose from. Mexican, American, Italian, and seafood just to name a few. Crystal and I ate at three of their restaurants. I noticed the portions were typically small. But the service was good. The two dishes I was slightly disappointed with was their sushi (too much rice) and their burgers (too dry). Really though, you can't go wrong.
Having said all of that, the reason we were there wasn't necessarily to lounge on the beach or get free room service (though that was a nice perk), it was for a wedding. A wedding (no surprise) I ended up having a blast at! That is coming up in part three...