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February-March 2020 Sandals Grande Antigua

20 Mar

Beaches Turks & Caicos

21 Nov

Facts- Size- Large, 758 rooms & suites, 75 acres, 5 villages, 12 mile beach on Grace Bay, voted the world’s #1 best beach by TripAdvisor Travelers, 10 pools, 45,000 square-foot waterpark, 21 restaurants + 2 food trucks, 15 bars,  Red Lane Spa plus much more! 15 minutes from airport.

Star Level/Category- 4.5 star level, all-inclusive, family-friendly , excellent for families with kids of all ages, singles, couples, friends, groups

Daytime Activities- SO many family things to do here  day and night! For the adults who just want to relax and really appreciate a gorgeous beach, trust me. It’s amazing!

Nighttime Activities– There are nightly shows that were great and there is a beach party on Friday nights which was so fun for the kids playing on the beach with music and entertainment from the Sesame Street characters. Even a photo opportunity! There’s karaoke for adults most nights (one night is a family karaoke night) & there is a casino night. I must say the resort does seem to go to sleep pretty early, it is a family resort so it doesn’t really have a “happening” nightlife. Get up early and hit the beach ASAP!

 

Check-In- I had completed the online check-in which paid off because we didn’t even have to stop at the check-in desk but very briefly. We had a butler room category and we met our first of two butlers right away, who whisked us off to our beautiful room. I have to give a shout out to our butlers- Codio & Michael, who were both fantastic! Codio got us settled into our room and I really loved that he didn’t go over every single detail of our room with us, most butlers do that and some people may like that but I am always so tired from traveling, I just want to unpack and kick my feet up for a bit. He already had my butler preferences memorized on the top of his head and that was great!

Rooms–  We had the P2-Seaside Two Bedroom Butler Villa Suite, which was so perfect for our family of 5 adults and 1 toddler. Split bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms. One of the closest rooms to the beach. Though, since it’s on the first floor, it’s not a great view of the beach but you can certainly see the ocean and I was so in love! The Seaside Village was perfect for our family. Not too quiet (like Key West Village) and not too busy (like Italian Village). All of the villages have something special about them though.

Dining–  Out of the 21 restaurants, we had all but 6 of them in 5 nights, for at least one meal- breakfast, lunch or dinner. The service was very good though food was a little slow at some restaurants, we never had to wait more than a couple minutes to be seated if any at all. All of the meals we had were fine. My favorite breakfast was Schooner’s, favorite lunch was Mac & Cheese truck & Ice Cream truck OR Jerk Shack- both a family favorite and favorite dinner was probably also Schooner’s. Arizona’s has an amazing ribeye and we didn’t dine at Sapodillas but we did get some pumpkin soup delivered to our room (because it’s an adults only restaurant) and I love pumpkin soup! Kimono’s & Bobby Dee’s were fun! Mario’s Italian was also good.

Beach– Probably my favorite beach ever! It’s a close run with the beach at Sandals Emerald Bay in Exuma but the weather in Turks was better! White sand, clear, calm water. There are vendors but they never bothered us like on some beaches. Coral Gardens is about a 15 minute walk and you can grab snorkel gear from Beaches and snorkel there for free. I didn’t go but heard of sea turtle spottings in the AM.

Pools– We only really made it to a couple of the pools- Italian pool and Bobby Dee’s kids swim up pool. It is hard to leave the beach but all of the pools looked great if you’re not a beach person, each with it’s own character!

Check-out/Departure– Check out at the front desk went seamless. Our private transfer to the airport was right on time.

Summary– It’s very rare that I would return to the same resort again just because I like to see them all! But I would definitely go back, even without kids. And my husband and I tend to try to stick with adults only resorts when we don’t have the kids but I didn’t spend nearly enough time on that beach, I miss it already! This may be in the top 3 resorts I have ever been to, can’t say enough good things about it. We did go during an off season but it is so big but never felt crowded. And it’s not like a ton of kids all over the place. Of course, in the places you would expect them- the waterpark, etc. Highly recommend!

 

Hard Rock Resort & Casino Punta Cana

25 May

Facts- Size- Large almost 1800 rooms, 13 pools, 9 restaurants, 23 bars, golf course, largest casino in the Caribbean last I heard, Spa, 24 hour  room service plus much more!

Star Level/Category- 4.5 star level, all-inclusive, family-friendly , great for families with kids of all ages, singles, couples, friends, groups

Daytime Activities- SO many things to do here for all ages day and night!

 

Check-In- Upon arrival, we were escorted to VIP check-in, nice. BUT it looked kinda like a madhouse. We had to wait a bit before getting greeted but once we were, we were given great one on one service. We just had a cocktail while waiting. Room not quite ready but that’s ok because I wanted to explore and shop! After exploring and shopping, which took a long while because A. shopping is good. B. The resort is large to explore.

Rooms–  Our room was great with a step down to a jacuzzi, balcony, all we could want. But our view was kinda yuck, we overlooked something like a creek. No biggie! But room was quite comfy and clean.

Dining–  2 nights here so we tried to make the best of it. Night 1- We had Zen, which was good, typical hibachi. Night 2- We had CIAO, Italian because I recall when we had the Italian at Hard Rock Riviera Maya, it was the best! CIAO was also good. There are so many dining options though! I really wanted to try Bistro Med for lunch because I saw people dining there when we were shopping and it looked good. However, we were at the pool at lunch time and it’s a long journey back to Bistro Med so we settled for pizza at the pool, which was actually good. Now, 2 days for breakfast, I had the best French toast at The Market buffet, cooked fresh as ordered.

Beach– The beach is actually the best I’ve seen so far in Dominican Republic. If you know me, you know I am a proclaimed beach snob! I haven’t found a beach in Dominican Republic that I love yet, honestly. But this one good. I heard many comments from other guests about how they loved the beach here, it’s just me really.

Pools– Pool after pool after pool after pool. Lots of pools ha! We tried Eden adult pool first but didn’t like how it was so far from the ocean. So next day, we went to an oceanfront pool, not the main activity pool but next to it. It was fine and pretty relaxing. Later we decided to check out the waterslides/kids pool. It was fun to watch the kiddos making a splash!

Bars– Fine drinks, fine staff, nothing bad or outstanding to say. Remember, we were here for only 2 nights.

Check-out/Departure– Check out at the front desk went seamless. However, our Amstar shuttle to airport was late. Turns out, I think we were in the wrong lobby waiting. Oops.

Summary– While too large for our speed, it really is a very nice resort. I have many people in mind that I think would absolutely love it.

Grand Bahia Principe Aquamarine

25 May

Facts/Size: HUGE! Well, actually at this particular resort, Grand Bahia Principe Aquamarine- adults only, where we only stayed one night, they have 498 rooms, which is large but not enormous. Problem is the COMPLEX consists of something like 7 resorts (some adults only, some not) and you can’t walk around without feeling like you’re going to get run over by a golf cart or even a full vehicle sometimes! These are the facts about Grand Bahia Principe Aquamarine only- 1 pool, 4 restaurants, 3 bars, spa, disco.

Star Level/Category: 3 stars/value resort

Daytime Activities: The only activity we participated in the short time we were there is the Village shopping area, which is fun and large however like most, every shop has basically the same stuff. We didn’t buy much. Going to Hard Rock Punta Cana next, decided to save shopping money for that. According to their website though, they have many daily activities.

Nightly Activities: Again, no time to participate but I’m sure there’s plenty!

Check-In: Quick & easy once we finally got to our particular lobby from the entrance. I tell you this place is HUGE!

Rooms: For a value resort, I thought the rooms were very nicely appointed/decorated, clean & comfortable with all of the amenities you would expect at a 4 star all-inclusive resort. Quite surprising. Our balcony had a nice view of the common areas so I could sit and people watch.

Dining: The only place we tried was the Mexican- Tex Mex Santa Fe. Reservations only but we squeezed in. In fact, most of the restaurants require reservation, kind of a turn off for me. You can’t make reservations til you arrive and then you can’t make a reservation for the first evening (which is why we didn’t since only there 1 night) so without a reservation, it’s the buffet basically.

Beach: Huge, LOTS OF loungers, only saw it right before dark but I think it looks a bit crowded for my liking.

Check Out/Departure: Seamless

 

Summary: I really liked being able to go to the shopping village, even though it was a bust I wouldn’t have known til I went and saw for myself. The room was nice, the one restaurant was pretty and pretty good. Besides that, I can’t really comment on much except it’s WAY TOO BIG for me. In the morning, we went to get a coffee from a café near our room but were told we couldn’t get coffee from there because it’s not part of our arm band color. Too confusing as we thought we could, it was so close it seemed to be part of our all inclusive resort but I guess not. Ugh, sorry I don’t have many nicer things to say about it.

Nickelodeon Resort Punta Cana May 2019

25 May

FACTS:

Layout– I really loved the layout of this resort. Beyond the lobby are beautifully landscaped gardens with buildings/rooms, many with swim outs, restaurants all centrally located in a courtyard that was very pretty. Property is kind of narrow but goes way back until you reach the ocean, where the main pool is. Much quieter than I expected. This is probably because the “fun stuff” at Nickelodeon Place is actually across the street and there is a shuttle constantly running guests over. Even over there, it wasn’t crazy. Plenty of loungers for parents and room for kids to roam safely with Aqua Nick (waterslides, splash pads, mass slimings, lazy river, etc.), Character greetings scheduled at Character Central (also Character breakfasts can be reserved at Zest and private slimings can be reserved). “Just Kidding” is a hub for play as well with a mega ball pit, a 2 story slide plus more. Also a sports hub complex.

Star Level/Category- 4 star level, all-inclusive, family-friendly , great for families with kids of all ages and adults who are kids at heart!

Daytime Activities- Really too much to mention but as I mentioned above Nickelodeon Place is where a lot of activity is.

 

Check-In- We arrived very early on purpose because we wanted time to explore this resort for our only one night stay, so our room wasn’t ready. Off to exploring we went. We also tried to have breakfast at Zest (where they have character breakfasts) but couldn’t get in because it’s reservation only Friday-Sunday, I believe. No biggie, as I knew this. Love the pineapple suite! We stopped by concierge to make dining reservations and private slime reservation. When we were done with all that, our room was ready and we were golf carted over along with our luggage.

Rooms–  Our pad suite was super cute & colorful. Many swim up suites on this resort, plunge pool suites, Super Villas with pools, and of course The Pineapple, all very cute and creative. Our room was very clean and comfortable with a balcony overlooking a wrap around/pool.

Dining–  We were only here for one night so we tried to make the best of it and as I said made reservations at Spacewalker, which we thought would be the most unique. We could barely get a reservation but begged since we were only here one night. BUT we also really wanted to try BRGRS.PH so we decided we were going to do 2 dinners! One at BRGRS at 6pm and one at Spacewalker for our 7:30 reservation. However, we were really bummed that BRGRs was closed this evening. So we went to the buffet instead for a small meal (we were hungry). Good thing we did because we didn’t like Spacewalker at all, weird food but unique themed restaurant. We had Aqua Bite for lunch one day, again not very good and Fresco on the 2nd day, which was eh! The resort boasts their “gourmet inclusive” but we just didn’t get it. The best meal I had was Sugarcane for breakfast buffet. There are several other restaurants we didn’t get to try though- Verdello (Sicilian), Zest (Mediterranean), Wok Wok (Asian),  Kitchen 23 (contemporary) and in room dining. As well as specialty coffee and tea at Doppio. We had a wine at I think Vino Vino and that bar was so pretty with a piano in there. The bartenders were super friendly there. Even though we didn’t have any great meal here, it wasn’t a turn off to me because there were several we didn’t try and the resort is so pretty and fun.

Beach– The beach is OK. If you know me, you know I am a proclaimed beach snob! I haven’t found a beach in Dominican Republic that I love yet, honestly. But this one wasn’t bad, just not good IMO. What I mean by that is it’s not calm blue water, white powdery sand. It’s a little wavy, definitely swimmable though, pretty hues of blues, darker orange/sand but soft.

Pools– We hung out at the pool on the resort side one day, it’s pretty and nice. Lots of kids but not overwhelming as I thought. This pool is beachfront. We also hung out at the pools at the Nickelodeon Place. Enjoyed both.

Bars– Bar staff was good, especially as I noted about the wine bar. But even at Nickelodeon place, servers checked on us frequently. We even had celebratory slime drinks on the day of our private slime.

Check-out/Departure– Check out at the front desk went seamless.

Summary– Loved this resort, would have been fun to have kids with us haha but we had a great time. It’s like fun enough for the kids but not overwhelmingly fun for the adults, like Disney World for example.

NOW Onyx May 2019

25 May

FACTS:

Size– 502 spacious suites including a whirlpool on every suites private, furnished terrace or balcony, 5 pools including a children’s pool, infiniti pool, salt water pool and a preferred club adults-only pool, outdoor Jacuzzi, 10 restaurants, 10 bars including two swim up bars PLUS exchange privileges right next door at Breathless Punta Cana with 11 restaurants and 7 bars. The resort is perfectly spread out so that there is never a long walk to any of the restaurants, lobby, beach, etc. Beautiful windy pools. I especially loved the preferred club adults only pool, so pretty and relaxing.

Star Level/Category- 4 star level, all-inclusive, family-friendly , great for families, couples, friends, groups

Daytime Activities- On-site shopping, Spa, Explorer’s Club for children, Core Zone Teen’s Club, Fitness Center, Tennis, Volleyball plus more!   See your daily entertainment board for scheduled activities. Tour company on site for additional tours such as fishing, horseback riding, dune buggies, city tours, dolphin swim, plus more!

Explorers Club- For ages 3-12 supervised and led by Red Cross certified personnel with scheduled fun activities

 

Check-In- Upon arrival, we were swept away to VIP check-in and surprised with an upgraded room in preferred with a butler! I have to say though, we only asked the butler for one thing the entire time though he did check on us a couple times. We didn’t even need him, service was so amazing. He did give us a brief tour by golf cart and took us to our room.

Rooms–  As I mentioned, all of the rooms have the whirlpool on the terrace or balcony, daily refreshed mini-bar. Very clean and comfortable. We had a partial oceanview (side angle) room with a great view of the beautiful winding pools.

Dining–  We dined at every one of the restaurants in some shape or form except Bluewater Grill, which I heard was good. Of all of the ones we had, they were all great. Our favorite was Capers Italian, but I heard others complain they didn’t like it. There are no reservations required and we never had to wait one time. Dress is casual to casual elegance. There is also Barefoot Grill (beachside grill), Carnival (buffet), Coco Café (coffee and snacks), Faire (preferred club only), Mercure (French), On A Roll (Burger bar), Spice (Asian and teppanyaki tables), Sundaez (ice cream) plus all of the restaurants at Breathless next door! My favorite lunch, I have to say was at Faire, very fresh and different than same ole.

Beach– The beach is OK. If you know me, you know I am a proclaimed beach snob! I haven’t found a beach in Dominican Republic that I love yet, honestly. But this one wasn’t bad, just not good IMO. We walked the beach one morning, probably 3 miles, one way, to the right we walked down to Nickelodeon Resort and one way, to the left we walked to Excellence El Carmen. My poor husband (and I) were tired! Ha! 3 miles in the sand is difficult! On the way back, something stopped me in my tracks, it felt like something stung me. I sat down and there was something punctured in my foot, tiny about the size of a pen point. Hubby pulled it out. It was white with a black tip. It seemed my foot was clear, I rinsed in the ocean and then again at the resort. 24 hours later, it was itching like crazy. I was afraid of infection so I went to nurse station. They looked at it and said it was probably just a reaction. It itched for a few days but finally stopped. No idea what it was.

Pools– The pools make up for the mediocre beach. Especially the preferred, adult pool is glorious. Cushion seats, great bar and wait staff, gorgeous. The main infiniti pool is large & windy, just more active than I like but some may prefer, it was very pretty. Both with swim up bars and great bartenders a wonderful wait staff.

Bars– Can’t say enough about the bar and wait staff. Special shout out to Miguel, who waited on us most of the time at the pool. He is super sweet. Drinks kept on coming and they were good.

Check-out/Departure– Check out at the front desk went seamless.

Summary– We really liked this resort. We have been to 2 other NOW resorts, one of which we didn’t like much because of the layout, pushy timeshare sales people and the other which was good but this one is the better of the 3 by far. It was very clean and staff was great. The only slight downfall is the beach isn’t gorgeous.

Sandals Inn/Sandals Royal Caribbean/Sandals Montego Bay May 2019

25 May

This is a quaint and unique Sandals Resort. Formerly Sandals Carlyle, Sandals Inn is a different type of Sandals resort for sure. Not big and glamorous like most. A nice value.

Facts/Size: Small 52 rooms, bed & breakfast like all-inclusive resort steps from the hip strip. It is the smallest and least expensive Sandals Resort but with a great value since it offers use of Sandals Royal Caribbean and Sandals Montego Bay, a short complimentary shuttle away.

Star Level/Category: 3.5 stars, personable service

Daytime Activities: Not much to do here. There is a pool which is nice and super quiet if you just want a quiet place to relax. I kind of like it. If you need more going on, shuttle over to Sandals Montego Bay or Sandals Royal Caribbean.

Nightly Activities: There is very light entertainment at night. But again, you can head over to one of the other resorts. Which we did btw, we went to Sandals Montego Bay one evening for dinner and it was very good entertainment going on there.

Check-In: Quick, smooth and painless. Short transfer from the airport.

Rooms: 52 rooms, standard, comfortable, clean.

Dining: The only reservations restaurant- Carlyle. Actually, there’s only 2.5 restaurants ON site (Carlyle, Bay Window and Nibbles, all fine but on this trip, we were actually only here for 2 nights and we only had room service night one, went over to Oleander at Sandals Montego Bay (which I LOVE their pumpkin soup) and breakfast at Bay Window . Head over to one of the other Sandals for a great variety!

Beach: Tiny, pretty beach across the street seems to only get use by the regulars and that it does! The locals are there all day and night it seems, a bit noisy but no problem!

Pools: As I mentioned, one nice and quiet pool.

Check Out/Departure: We took the complimentary shuttle to the airport, on time, easy!

Noteworthy: I always highly suggest the Club Mobay service when arriving into Jamaica. This was our third time using the expedited service and it’s so worth it after traveling and you’re ready to get to your resort and get your vacation on. It’s available on departure too, with a nice lounge.

 

Summary: Only recommended for those who truly understand this is not your typical Sandals Resort but more of a small, quaint B&B with the option to enjoy 2 other Sandals properties. It’s a great value if you don’t mind shuttling to the others.

 

The following pictures are a mixture of Sandals Inn, Sandals Montego Bay & Sandals Royal Caribbean.

Couples Swept Away May 2019

25 May

FACTS:

Size– 312 rooms & suites, 3 pools, one including a swim-up bar & one is a lap pool, outdoor Jacuzzi, 8 restaurants, 8 bars. Not too big, not too small.

Star Level/Category- 4 star level, all-inclusive, adults-only, couples oriented, perfect for honeymoon or anniversary or just couples in love 🙂

Daytime Activities- On-site shopping, Spa, Fully equipped gym, Aerobics, Yogo, Tennis courts with free lessons, Volleyball, Golf nearby includes green fees and transfers, Air-conditioned squash & racquetball courts, PADI certified scuba dives, kayaking, paddleboards, snorkeling plus more!   See your daily entertainment board for scheduled activities. Tour company on site for additional tours such as fishing, horseback riding, dune buggies, city tours, dolphin swim, plus more! Roundtrip airport transportation & some off property excursions included.

 

Check-In- We arrived around 12:30pm after our nonstop flight from Atlanta and after that 1.5 hour shuttle from the airport (worth it for Negril!). Greeted with cold cloths and champagne by a very friendly check-in staff/bell hop staff. Room not quite ready as we’re early so we parked our bags and went walking around the resort & had lunch at Cabana Grill, where I was really looking forward to the jerk chicken as it is phenomenal at Couples Negril. I don’t know if I had my expectations too high but I was disappointed
(overcooked). After that, our room was ready and we were escorted right to our Garden Verandah Suite.

Rooms–  All of the suites have a private balcony or terrace. While I usually prefer an oceanfront room, this time we had a Garden Verandah Suite, which actually showcases their beautiful peaceful gardens. The rooms are elegantly furnished and tastefully decorated in what I would consider authentic Jamaican decor. There are high gorgeous ceilings. However, one thing was that the lighting was pretty awful. Very comfortable and relaxing.

Dining–  We dined at every one of the restaurants in some shape or form. Reservations are required at Feathers (fancy Caribbean) and Lemon Grass (Asian). Dress is mostly resort casual except at Feathers it is elegant casual. Other restaurants are Patois Patio (bistro style Caribbean and Latin), The Palms (buffet), Seagrape Café (healthy lunch options), Cabana Grill (pool grill) & In-Suite Dining. Some of the dining can be a little fru-fru but we were able to find options even if picky.

Beach– Beautiful white powdery sand, clear turquoise water on wide and long seven mile beach! Very minimal seaweed. I could walk on this beach for days!

Pools– We spent all of our time at the beach, it’s why we came! But the pools seemed perfectly fine if you’re more of a pool person.

Bars– Great drinks and bars easy to access/find all over property.

Check-out/Departure– Check out at the front desk went seamless.

Summary– On this trip, we visited 6 different resorts. This one definitely won best beach this time. It’s a haul to get to Negril from the airport, however there is a helicopter option. Our only complaint, and actually it’s not even really a complaint, is that the service in Jamaica just tends to be so “No worries mon”, it was especially noticeable on this trip because we went from Jamaica to Dominican Republic, where service is opposite, over the top. This may bother some people more than us. We have just been to Jamaica enough times to know to slow our roll. And then it’s actually kind of nice to not be in a hurry for anything. There are vendors on the beach that can be pushy, another thing we’ve learned to politely (or sternly) say no, when needed. I love the beach and the authentic feeling of the resort.

Dreams Los Cabos

20 Oct

FACTS:

Size– 240 suites, 3 pools including a children’s pool, infiniti pool, adults-only pool, outdoor Jacuzzi, 7 restaurants, 4 bars including two swim up bars. The resort is perfectly spread out so that there is never a long walk to any of the restaurants, lobby, beach, etc. Not too big, not too small!

Star Level/Category- 4 star level, all-inclusive, family-friendly , great for families, couples, friends, groups

Daytime Activities- On-site shopping, Spa, Explorer’s Club for children, Fitness Center, Tennis, Volleyball, Golf nearby, Ping Pong, season Dreaming of Freedom turtle program plus more!   See your daily entertainment board for scheduled activities. Tour company on site for additional tours such as fishing, horseback riding, dune buggies, city tours, dolphin swim, plus more!

Explorers Club- For ages 3-12 supervised and led by Red Cross certified personnel with scheduled fun activities

 

Check-In- We arrived early (about 10:30am) on our nonstop flight from Houston. Greeted with cold cloths and champagne by a very friendly check-in staff/bell hop staff. Inquired about an upgrade so they gave us some options and even offered to show us the rooms offered. Josue showed us the rooms and I can’t rave about him enough. He really loves his job and it shows. We decided to upgrade from our Junior Suite Oceanview Room to a Preferred Club Presidential Suite Oceanfront. Wow! And our friends upgraded to a room with a jacuzzi on the terrace. Wow! Rooms weren’t quite ready so we went for lunch but while we were having lunch, Josue came to tell us our rooms were ready 🙂 We unpacked and then grabbed a taxi to go downtown for some shopping and Cabo Wabo!

Rooms–  All of the suites have a private balcony or terrace with some kind of oceanview. The rooms are elegantly furnished and tastefully decorated in traditional colonial Mexican design. Very clean and comfortable.

Dining–  We dined at every one of the 7 restaurants in some shape or form. There are no reservations required and we never had to wait one time. Nothing to rave about but plenty of selections. Dress is casual to casual elegance. There is Barefoot Grill (which was actually closed for renovating), World Café- Buffet, Seaside Grill, Oceana- Seafood, Portofino Italian, Bordeaux French & Coco Café serving coffees, teas, pastries, snacks. Our favorite was the Italian.

Beach– The beach is definitely not swimmable. Black flag because of the current. But the view and sound of the waves crashing is wonderful with mountains in the backdrop. So pretty. The sand is pebbly so hurts a little to walk on. I was surprised of this because all photos look like the sand is powdery and white. It looks deceiving from just a few feet away. We got to see a mama turtle laying eggs and then the release of the baby turtles the next evening right on the beach.

Pools– The pools make up for not being able to swim in the ocean. The adult pool is glorious, temperature perfect. The main infiniti pool is large. Both with swim up bars and great bartenders a wonderful wait staff.

Bars– There aren’t many bars but they are all spread out enough to be convenient and the wait staff is great (as mentioned).

Check-out/Departure– Check out at the front desk went seamless.

Summary– My husband particularly enjoyed this resort. He thought it was very clean and staff was great. The only slight downfall was the food could have been a little better but it was just fine.

 

The only vendors I recall on the beach are the horseback riding tour operators and they never, ever pressed anyone but they were tempting because of the pretty scenery!

 

Panama Jack Gran Caribe- Cancun, Mexico

27 Jul

This is a family oriented value all-inclusive resort in the heart of Cancun. Even during 1st week, it was not crazy with party goers!

Facts/Size: Medium sized beachfront with 2 pools (one has waterslides for the kids) and a hot tub (not heated while there in June), Camp Jack for children along with babysitting services.

Star Level/Category: 3 stars/value resort

Daytime Activities: Wine & tequilla tasting, culinary classes, yogo & aquaerobics, kayaking and other non-motorized watersports nearby, full service spa

Nightly Activities: There is some cheesy entertainment such as karaoke and live performances.

Check-In: SO LONG! It took forever to check-in is my only gripe, though we did upgrade to a very, very nice suite for not much cost.

Rooms: For a value resort, I thought the rooms were very nicely appointed/decorated, clean & comfortable with all of the amenities you would expect at a 4 star all-inclusive resort

Dining: Not much variety and from what they have, it’s just ok.

Beach: Huge, long stretch of white powdery sand. However, while we were there, the seaweed was just awful nobody could swim in the ocean 😦

Check Out/Departure: Seamless

 

Summary: Recommended for families looking for a great value, especially if you can only travel during the peak summer months, this resort is not taken over by first weekers.