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by alphonse the squid
timberlea, Nova Scotia
April 26, 2010
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
March 18, 2010
abbotsford, British Columbia
June 26, 2009
Riverview, New Brunswick
April 1, 2006
The main building of the resort houses the huge and airy lobby which overlooks the beach. It is a gathering spot with an active bar and comfortable seating. Also in the main building are three restaurants, a large, comfortable theatre, medical centre, currency exchange, and a store.
The 13 three- and two-story resort buildings straggle up and down the beach: a minority of the rooms face the ocean and the others overlook a pool area or relatively immature gardens, the road, and the water beyond the road. If you are in the final building, you are a fair distance from the heart of the resort and the beach at that end doesn’t tend to be in the same good shape as the beach closer to the main building. There are two pool areas with a third under construction. A spa features a room for free-weights and machines and a second room for classes (which didn’t seem to be operating). It also has a couple of hot tubs and sauna facilities. In the same area is the disco which opens late and closes much later. You can see in, but thankfully, the sound doesn’t leak out.
Arrival at the resort was late, but check-in was expeditious and we were taken to our room by shuttle with our luggage arriving about 45 minutes later. The rooms at the resort are all "junior suites"… ours was ocean side and had a comfortable king bed. The room featured adequate storage, a mini-bar, somewhat comfortable seating for four with a coffee table and patio doors leading to a good-sized balcony. I worried that our first floor terrace would be at ground level and encourage the entrance of creepy-crawlies… it was actually 2-feet above ground level. The unit also included an iron/ironing board and an in-room safe. The bathroom sink/vanity was more than adequate with good lighting and a hair dryer. The separate bath/WC combination was large enough and there was always lots of immediate hot water delivered at good pressure. Our only reservation about the clean, attractive room was the air conditioning/patio door combination. Opening the patio door automatically shuts off the air. It was a heavy, awkward door and I had to do a little dance with it every time I closed it to get the air back on. Our package included a couple of robes and beach towels and the mini-bar was restocked daily with soft drinks, bottled water and a couple of cans of beer.
The entire staff was courteous, friendly, and fairly well-trained. Tourists sometimes complain about staff moving on "Cuban time", but I rarely found this to be the case. I called maintenance about a problem with the room safe, the service man was there in 10 minutes… I thought that was excellent. Sitting down for lunch or dinner energized fairly quick wine or bar service and of course, some bars were crowded from time to time, but in a resort with 548 suites, that is to be expected.
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