We’d had our hotel changed by First Choice due to “storm damage” from Hurricane Emily, and were unsure what to expect – especially when the coach turned into a tiny side street. Not to worry though, from the first step into the air conditioned, marble floored lounge, to the final goodbyes 2 weeks later, all the staff (and I do mean all) became personal friends as they tried to meet every little need we had – not always possible, but they tried. For example, the hotel we booked had a fridge in the room, which was necessary to us as my wife is diabetic. We explained the problem to the manager (his son is also diabetic) and a fridge was brought round to the room. Ditto Diet Coke – the hotel doesn’t stock it, but they arranged for 4 cans a day to be brought to our room, and made sure the bars all had a bottle or 2 in their fridges. The rooms were quite spacious, with a queen sized bed, then 2 steps down to a “lounge” area, with a single sofa bed, and the double patio doors. The floor was “marble” tiles and the individually controlled aircon wasn’t too noisy. The food was well cooked and well presented, but like all hotels offering 2 buffets a day it got a bit samey; there was also an a la carte menu available, which made a nice change, and lobster & T-bones were available at a supplement. The evening entertainment was poor in the main, and although the animation team worked really hard, they were better suited to pool games during the day. The pool area was very good, with a decent sized main pool (with swim up bar), a poolside Jacuzzi, a kids pool, and a separate water slide. There was also a “quiet” (adults only) pool away from all the other pools.
There was also a daily courtesy bus to the City Beach Club, which is about 6 Km away, and is excellent. As well as the beach, there are loungers, a bar/restaurant and a water slide. The bus goes at 10, and brings you back about 3.
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