The resort consists of 29 bungalow style buildings containing over 400 rooms, of which only 4 bungalows were timeshare the rest is hotel. The units are very nice.
Our unit #2013 Ocean front 2nd floor (top floor) was a junior suite which is like a studio. Good for a couple. The air-conditioned unit consisted of a sunken living area, the king bed was two steps above, enhanced by huge columns, and big terra cotta urns, very tropical looking. Red clay tile floors throughout the unit, the bedspread, curtains, fabric on the chairs and pullout sofa were all the same, creating an atmosphere of designer custom made, which further enhanced the already lovely unit.
The small kitchenette area was housed in a mahogany colored wood cabinetry with long countertop, which included a wet bar, mini fridge, coffeemaker, and microwave, which we used for heating up the midnight snack grabbed on the way back from the disco!
Glassware and utensils were furnished, along with some microwaveable bowls. The marble bathroom had a bath and shower combination. The balcony was "L" shaped affording beautiful ocean views.
An immense lagoon shaped swimming pool with beach type sloping entrance, huge boulders, and coconut palm studded islands located throughout, thus creating welcomed shaded areas. A swim up bar, palapa huts, and many chaise lounge areas surrounded the pool. The resort has a small fitness center, sauna and therapeutic hydro jet tub, 4 tennis courts, a children's mini club, etc.
RESTAURANTS & BARS:
Numerous restaurants and bars. You must reserve for most of the a la carte restaurants, so do this upon arrival for your entire week, many get booked up quickly!
"El Romantico" serves a la carte French gourmet food. Dress code required for this restaurant. Jackets and long pants for men. But we noticed many men simply wore a long sleeve shirt and dressy pants. Reservations needed.
"Albufera" serves a la carte Spanish cuisine. Reservations needed.
"El Chino" serves a la carte Chinese cuisine. Reservations needed.
"Dolce Vita" serves a la carte Italian cuisine. Reservations needed.
"Antojitos" serves a la carte Mexican cuisine. Reservations needed.
"El Chopin" (in the Melia Bavaro resort next door, allowed to dine here 1 per week) serves a buffet. Guests come here for the unique entertainment provided by a quartet playing classical music from a boat that sways its way thru the canal that surrounds the restaurant. Very romantic! Reservations needed.
"Hibiscus buffet" serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. This is the biggest buffet I have ever seen! Just to wet your whistle in the morning, there are over 12 different kinds of juices! Egg station, pastry station, deli & cheese station, etc.. Now imagine lunch and dinner! No reservations needed here. We went to dinner here on our arrival night since we didn't have reservations for the a la carte restaurants.
"Palapa Grill" serves lunch buffet style, and dinner was a la carte with BBQ grilled meats. No reservations were needed for this restaurant.
Besides the above mentioned restaurants, there are 3 snack bars with light meals, and junk food fixes! And a room service menu is also included on the all inclusive plan!
There are 5 bars, that range from a billiard game room lounge, piano bar, lobby bar, beach bar, and a disco (called the fun pub). The pool has a swim up bar and other bar areas nearby, along with strolling waiters.
The bars serve up domestic and international top quality brands. Whether you desire a grand Marnier, baileys, chambord, frangelico, or a Johnny Walker scotch, absolute vodka, etc. -- you name it they have it and with no measuring! You want some bubbly? Go to the bar and ask for a bottle and you can take it to your room! Basically you can eat and drink 24 hrs a day at this resort. They even stock your mini fridge in the room, free of charge its replenished daily with soda's and beer. Oh! And for smokers, cigarettes are free.
ACTIVITIES/WATERSPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT:
Now about activities and entertainment? Woah! You have top quality Vegas style revues at night, a different show that rotates over 14 days, so if your staying 2 weeks you won't see the same show twice!! And they are very good! They sure can dance!
Water sports galore! Escorted catamaran tours, water bikes (big wheels), pedal boats, kayaks, banana boat rides, windsurf, sunfish sailing, scuba diving excursions & lessons, snorkeling excursions & lessons, body surf, etc.
Land lubber activities! Horse back riding excursions, shopping tour, meringue classes, aerobics, bow and arrow practice, pistol and gun practice, darts, petanque, volleyball (beach), water volleyball (pool), billiard, ping pong, board games, etc. Here again you name it they have it! There is also a small onsite casino for gambling needs.
MY 2 CENTS:
This is a luxurious resort! You cannot go wrong here! The quality of food, cocktails, and activities are top notch. The staff at this resort is very friendly and professional.
Tipping is "said" to be included, but they work so hard to please, that a tip is welcomed, but certainly not expected! They were actually surprised when we gave them tips after eating dinner, or at the bars, or our maid.
Anyone who stays at this resort will truly enjoy their vacation.