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Overview: The facility is beautiful with the Caribean serving as the backdrop from almost all locations; there are flowers everywhere. Simply a great view. We cannot say enough about the friendliness of the staff, regardless of their position. I have never experienced, on such a consistent basis, people who would smile and want to know your name, and if you were having a good time. Management has obviously instilled this as an important aspect of their jobs.
Food: We ate at Bubbas, Poseidon(seafood), Asian; Mexican, Jamaican/Creole, and the buffetts and thought the food was uniformly good. We enjoyed the Asian restaurant and Poseidon the most. For some reason, Bubba's HVAC system was not working so the heat made you want to get and leave. They rotate restaurants so one is closed each night. We did not get to eat at the Italian, and the beach bbq was a victim of weather for the third straight week. I made several trips to the Jerk Shack which should not be missed. The Infinity bar provides unbelievable views of the water and was a great place to see the sun set. The drinks were good, and it was certainly fun to be in the land of rum. We often let the bar tender give us his or her special drink.
Weather: We had great weather until Friday afternoon and Saturday. We had quite a storm Friday night and a lot of wind Saturday night.
Beaches/Pool: As others have commented, the pool is huge with plenty of chairs/shade. The beaches are definitely different than Mexico. If walking on a long sandy beach is a must have, you will be disappointed. Las Brisas is the main beach which you can walk. It is very rocky for swimming. The adult or Coral beach is sloped towards the water and is pretty small in terms of room for beach chairs. On the one day we were there, it was rough and the lifeguard would not let people swim. Sunset Cove is the best of the beaches for swimming and water activities. We kayaked on a couple of occasions and also snorkeled; I saw a ray and various types of fish including a lionfish. It has a sandy bottom; is great for swimming; and was calm at the beginning of the week for water sports.
There are no snack shacks near the beach as in the MR; it was something we missed at luchtime. Unfortunately, we found that with respect to the adult pool, Las Brisas beach, and Sunset Cove, the towel people arrive early to get the best spots. Sunset cove is usually very busy.
We stayed on site for the week and did not do any excursions. We enjoyed meeting and talking to Captainjkirk and to Panzida. We simply did not experience the negatives that were in the Trip advisor reports. Having been to the GP MR and reading different posts on this site, we pretty much knew what to expect and were not disappointed. We would definitely return. We took Reggae Tours back to the airport and got through customs with "no problem." We did wind up being delayed and having to change aircraft due to the dreaded mechanical problem but it certainly did not impact our great time.