Entering our room
Once again, it’s time to hold your breath as you view your spacious room and the beautiful view outside. Rooms vary, but ours had one king-sized bed and faced the beach. We stayed in room 20916. (Decoding the room number, we stayed in building 2 of 3, on floor 09, and in room 16.) Across the bay, we could watch large cruise ships sailing in and out of port each day. We also had a splendid view of the many pools available, the dolphin habitat and the water activities area.
There was so much to see and the colors of the water in the Caribbean are to die for all by themselves. Contrasting with the orange deck chairs, the clay-colored roofs and the white walls of the resort, every glimpse of this vista was photo-worthy.
Inside, across from the bed, a large marble-topped dresser has plenty of drawer space and a flat screen, wall-mounted TV is equipped with Chromecast. Some are equipped with Apple TV as well. Next to the bed were two chairs and a table suitable for dining. A bottle of red wine awaits all guests.
A pull-out section of the base cabinet exposes four liquor bottles, ready for dispensing into your glass. Remember, this is all-inclusive, so help yourself. There’s no additional mini-bar charge like so many resorts. Go ahead, open the mini-fridge. Stocked with juices, soft drinks, water and beer. Also, on the house.
On the counter, you’ll find a coffee machine and all the accoutrements you’ll need for coffee or tea. A few snacks round out the offering.
The restroom is equally fabulous. Marble lined shower and bath floors. Built-in lighting surrounds the mirror over the marble sink and offers shadowless lighting while shaving or applying makeup.
In an interesting application, pull the towel bar under the sink and you’ll discover the hair dryer and flat iron.
In the closet, two complimentary robes hang next to the laptop-sized safe. Pick your own combination. A garment steamer is available should you need it.
Finally, our bellman explained that the air conditioning automatically goes off if the patio door is left open, which we did many times. The sea breeze and absolute total absence of flying insects was heavenly.
After explaining all that to us, we gave our bellman a nice tip and went out onto the small deck to enjoy the view of the beautiful resort and the Caribbean, just outside the breakwall.
Most services, as well as all food and drink are all included in your package price, but tipping is not. While no one ever asks for a tip, it is allowed and assuredly appreciated by the friendly and utterly helpful staff. I stopped by the burser’s office each day to make sure I had funds available.
Wi-Fi works wonderfully well throughout the resort, covering all inside areas that I tried and many outside areas as well. If you want to connect via your tablet outside, you might want to check signal strength before you get too comfortable. I could get it while sitting on the beach in one area, but not another. Your mileage may vary.
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