This recent visit to BlueBay, an adult only resort, was a delightful holiday as usual with the attentive staff taking care of our every need to ensure we had a super time. Our thanks to all of you.
We were not part of a group so we had personal check-in. We were provided with a cold facecloth and cocktail to sip while filling in the necessary forms. We were then taken to our room overlooking the spa.
Rooms: We enjoyed our very quiet room overlooking the spa area and kept spotlessly clean by either Maria or Corila. Thank you ladies. Our room is one of the original Junior Suites and has a comfortable seating area with two arm chairs and a coffee table. The bathroom was very compact with a walk-in shower.
All rooms at BlueBay are equipped with a TV, clock radio, iron and ironing board, telephone, blow dryer, mini fridge and coffee maker. Coffee and tea are replenished each day. The fridge starts out with water (replenished as needed) a coke, sprite and 2 beers. The soft drinks and beer can be replaced for an extra charge of $10 per day.
Restaurants and Bars: In the buffet we enjoyed the high quality meals served every day. There was always something delicious that appealed to our taste buds. Every evening there was a different theme. Lining up for meals could have been a drag but we had an arrangement with another couple to share a table. If more guests did this it would reduce wait times. It’s amazing how the serving staff members maintain their good humour and smiles considering they fly around the dining room trying to keep up with the guests’ demands, clearing tables and resetting them. The specialty restaurants provide the atmosphere for a romantic dinner for two or celebratory mea with friendsl. We dined at all three twice each during our two week stay. The Chateaubriand was exceptionally good at Las Garzas; the beef was very tender. At Jardin de Jade the Peking Duck served as an appetizer and then main (extra cost) was a real treat. The feature dessert at Jardin de Jade is deep fried ice cream which is to die for. The Lobster Bisque and Calamari (appetizers) were devine as was the Seafood Stew at El Pescador. On each menu there are the all inclusive meals and those which come with an extra charge. Sometimes you just have to splurge and have lobster, duck or a top of the line steak. Desserts at Las Garzas and El Pescador include vanilla or chocolate cake, flan, ice cream, chocolate mousse, etc. On tap are the house wines, beer and liqueurs; to order a premium bottle of wine just ask your server for the list. The wines are very reasonably priced.
Food and beverages are available at the resort 24/7 whether in the restaurants, beach bar or room service. Book the a la carte restaurants at the Guest Services Desk. Ines, Doralize or Andreas will cheerfully make reservations on your behalf. If you are celebrating a special event, a personalized cake can be ordered at the same time.
Beach/Pools/Grounds: When we wanted some lively activity we joined in the fun at the main pool area. There are 2 large pools. Most of our time was spent at the spa pool area where we swam, read and visited with people from Canada, the US, Britain, Sweden and Germany. Moises, Jose or Angelo kept the supplies of our beverage of choice flowing depending upon the time of day.
On rainy days, when there is a high turnover of guests and for the Tuesday Cocktail Party a bar is set up in the lobby.
Activities on and off the Resort/Hotel: The newly built Activity/Wellness Centre just can be found over the bridge behind the VIP section of the beach. Building this permanent structure was a stroke of genius as it is multipurpose and provides a space for language lessons, sport activities such as yoga, pilates etc. and later in the day houses a popular tea room (4:30 till 6) where you can sip your tea of choice, munch on cookies and chat with other guests. Heading up the physical activities (yoga, pilates, etc.) is an instructor provided by a company called NRG2GO whose president is Sarah Terrion. The talented and energetic instructors are assigned to BlueBay for 1 or 2 weeks at a time. Every Tuesday evening before dinner we attended the Managers Cocktail Party. A local band plays followed by the introduction of all the managers working at BlueBay. All managers, including general manager, Oscar Lora and his assistant, Jose Vaquer, make themselves available to the guests. The valued efforts of all staff members is saluted as well. Following this event is the Taste of the World dinner in the dining room. Featured are oysters served by the fisherman who caught them earlier that day. What a treat! Wednesday evenings Oscar Lora hosts the Manager’s Cocktail Party to which are invited repeat guests, members of the Vacation Club and guests celebrating a special event. While sipping bubbly and munching on delicious canapes, guests mingle and chat. There is a welcome by Oscar, followed by a draw for a couples’ massage and then entertainment. On this holiday we did not take any excursions. However, one can book trips in the lobby of the resort right beside the Guest Services’ Desk.