February 20, 2004
While the food options were lacking in my opinion, what they had was decent. The breakfast, with black beans, eggs, and meat was especially good. Dinners changed each night and were well conceived, just not well prepared. I was expecting a bit more spice and flavor. Maybe it was bland due the predominance of gringos like myself.
As far as the hotel goes, the rooms were above average and well-equipped. The balconies were a lot of fun at night since the pools and the private beach were all lit up and I love to listen to waves roll in. The pools were amazing (especially the snaking one that seemed to never end) and the staff was above average. Everyone aimed to please, especially the front desk staff. We converted money almost daily with them and picked their brains for things to do. They were always very nice.
In all fairness, we visited the island at a weird time and there was some unrest in the region that filtered ever so slightly to the island, so we didn't know how safe it was to venture out too much. We certainly left the hotel "compound," but not for more than four hours or so.
While on the island, you really do feel as if you are far away from everything and that was a great escape in and of itself.
From journal Isla de Margarita