"fun and carefree visit!"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Jan 28, 2013
I had a great time! I traveled by myself to celebrate my birthday, and encountered a friendly, helpful staff who maintained clean and comfortable surroundings.The staff at the PADI dive center (on site) were very welcoming, and arranged for me to go out others on the sailboat--they also took me out again by myself since I can't sail. The hotel concierge arranged for extra pillows and a mattress pad for my king size bed, and beach staff retrieved towels for me when the attendant had not yet opened the towel stand on Saturday morning. Bartenders served strong drinks at my request (doubles all around--it was my birthday, after all!), and the waiters in the Topaz Restaurant brought ample servings of their delicious coffee at breakfast and dinner to keep me moving in the meantime. My only complaints are that the food was lackluster, and the booze was not 100% up to my usual standards. However, even with this in mind, you cannot beat this price for an all-inclusive resort! I strongly recommend taking a half-day snorkeling trip on the glass-bottomed boats as well, as seeing the fish up close and personal was a magical experience. Also, I went to Alberto's down the beach one evening and had a great time eating fresh mahi-mahi prepared in the traditional tikin-xik manner (steamed with vegetables and achiote spices), which made up for the fact that I'd been subsisting on eggs, plantains, and salsa otherwise. It was a great trip and I hope to return soon!