My four nights at this brand new property wrapped up with a leisurely morning in the pool and a pleasant lunch at Bluewater Grill on the rooftop section or deck 17 if you think ship. While the overall food and beverage offerings I experienced were mediocre at best, this last taste treat was excellent. Freshly prepared fish and shrimp tacos with avocado and a creative salad were the best libations by far to date here.
All in all, it is important to state that this resort is quite different from its sister properties in that it is vertically stacked instead of the traditional village feel of two to four stories tall spread-out structures. Clearly designed to appeal to cruise clients, it only partially succeeds in my opinion. Key challenges begin with the inconsistently named floors from 1 to L, then 3 to 16 (without 13), and then R confusing to guests even three or four days in. People kept running into each other always in the wrong place. Challenges continue with glass doors that are slow to open and due to winds create tornado like conditions blowing hats, glasses, and other light items out of unsuspecting guests’ hands. Finally, for over 800 guests there are not enough pool and beach chairs on offer so it gets very crowded quickly. Occupancy ran 80% during our stay and everything was packed.
Negatives out of the way, there are plenty of pluses too. For example, rooms are spacious and practical with good AC, large TV, and open shower with views of the ocean. Modern in concept, yet warm feeling is the best description. In essence, everything you need and want, including a Nespresso machine and stocked minibar.
One of my favorite places to enjoy became the rooftop terrace where the privilege gust section is located. Peaceful and surrounded by chill music, this pool offers magnificent views across the Caribbean and nearby isla Mujeres.
This industry of mine is a people business and reconnecting with long time contacts is an awesome benefit. That is how I ran into Janette Webber from Avanti Travel in Redding. I worked with them for insight vacations and as fellow Europeans, we bonded quickly back then. So it was with great pleasure that we caught up and reminisced. It was a fitting end to a quality work weekend. Bye for now.