What you need to know before you book this hotel - review of rooms, food, drinks, beach, pools, preferred club, gym, spa, honeymoon suite and more.
Wish we knew:
Rooms are warm and only cool to 68 to 74 degrees F at best depending on the room. (We like to sleep at 65 deg F or so. We're hot-blooded I guessJ.)
Lots of pressure and up sells to purchase wine. (There was a time share/vacation club pitch at check-in but we made it clear right away we weren't interested in getting discounts and coupons in exchange to sit in a high-pressure sales presentation so no problemo.)
Beach lounge chairs are cheap and uncomfortable
Daily spa pass with no treatment $59
Preferred Club in room mini bar was minimalist. Non-top shelf, mini airline liquor bottles seemed cheesy. (Pringles and M&M's don't seem very impressive for what we paid.)
There is only one way to the beach and pool, through the lobby meaning no quick trips to the room or 21st floor Preferred Club without drying off and getting dressed.
WARNING: the sun this time of year is downright dangerous at these latitudes to those of us with light skin. You will get a tan/sunburn in the shade from reflected sunlight, trust us, we did. We watched sunburns ruin many a vacation during the week. Some folks had extreme burns that probably required medical attention.
Bring and reapply water resistant sun block, lots of it.
Take a wide brimmed hat.
Bring a cheap pair of sunglasses to wear in the ocean. Several people lost expensive sunglasses (Revo, Maui Jim and Armani) I was one of them -- some were found some weren't.
Only drink bottled water, do not drink the water out of the sink. High mineral content. Okay for brushing teeth.
Wash your hands or use hand sanitizing gel after filling your plate at the buffet.
Pack earplugs incase you have noisy neighbors or the the hotel is noisy.