We booked an Apple Vacations "6 apple square deal" which meant we did not know until our destination until the morning of our departure. The "Square deal" saved us about $130 each over the sticker price of this place. We are seasoned travelers but this was our first time for an "all-inclusive." What a value and wonderful, relaxing way to vacation.
WEATHER – it rained almost every day of our trip, but in a rain-forest kind of fashion. The rain would come and 15 minutes later the sun would folo. So it was not like a rainy day at the Carolina beaches. One morning it stormed so bad that the rain was coming in the open-air buffet. We noticed one gentleman eating his scrambled eggs under his umbrella. But by the time we finished, the sun was out.
Cookies, a fruity cocktail and wet cloths added to the outdoor ambiance of the lobby. The staff was very accommodating in trying to meet our request for a lower-level room.
Clean. Spacious. The AC worked fine. The shower is a little strange. There is no shower curtain — just a permanent glass front. Only the glass is only half the size of the shower, so it is virtually impossible not to get water on the floor. There is even an umbrella in everyone’s closet, which can come in handy.
Restaurants and Bars: Honestly, how could anyone ever complain? In general, we don’t like buffets. We prefer to be served, so we never ate dinner in the buffet. But we usually checked it out to know what we were missing. One night they were cooking filets. They had grilled lobster tails on two occasions. There was always a pasta bar. We did eat breakfast and/or lunch at the buffet. We saw fruit we had never seen in the US. Always fresh squeezed orange juice, and sometimes champagne to go with it . . . They had an omelet bar that also made eggs to order. The salad bar at lunch was good. One day they were cooking T-bones for lunch. It is true that drink service at the buffet can be slow. Getting coffee in the morning was no problem, but asking for a coke at lunch took a couple of requests. On Saturday, they cooked huge woks of paella at the beach. For dinner, we went to the Hibachi place twice, the seaside grill twice (great-flavored steaks) and the french place twice. Only disappointment was the Italian place because pasta didn’t come with the meals. You had to ask for it extra.
True. the pool bar drinks were not strong. But we never went wanting for alcohol. One night they put out a whole table of cordials for help-yourself service. . . another evening they served champagne at the gazebo while a saxophonist entertained . . . the coffee shop coffee was awesome.
Very clean pools. Guests can get two fresh beach towels each day. The beach does get seaweed, but they are busy cleaning it up every morning. There are fun ocean things — like an inflatable climbing wall — for kids.
Activities on and off the Resort/Hotel:
We didn’t do any excursions this trip. We did hit the local flea market, which is not far from the front gate. These guys are quite aggressive, but there are bargains.
This place apparently is a big wedding destination. We saw at least 6 weddings. One family told us they had 85 people there, It’s also kid friendly. This was SUCH a good vacation.