We vacationed at Sam Lord’s Castle March 2003. Unfortunately I must report the resort is definitely in the need of some repairs/touchups. It is very sad because you can easily see that at one point it had been a beautiful place. The grounds are very large but very plain. There is so much potential being wasted. The rooms were okay, but again, needed some touchups. The food was very tasty and plentiful but the wait staff was at times less than attentive. The bartenders were never attentive or friendly which was quite a change from other resorts we have visited. The nightly entertainment was fantastic! The pools, all three, and the restrooms were kept clean. The activities/tour desk personnel were very friendly and helpful while the lobby personnel were not! The fitness room and tennis courts were a joke but better than nothing. One downfall was that you couldn’t (or at least they strongly advised against it) swim at the beach as the current is to strong, which leads me to another disappointment. They advertise water sports included but fail to tell you that you have to take a van to a different beach 20 minutes away. On top of it, the van only goes 3 times a week and you leave in the a.m. & don’t come back for 4 or 6 hours. A little to long for me to be stranded. We booked through American Airlines which had the resort classified as a 3 star. I think that is fairly accurate, however, unless some money is put into the resort it will soon be a 2 star.
Bottom line….the resort was fine, we had a good time, but I think for what you get and the condition it is in, it is greatly overpriced.
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