Thanks, guys, for taking the time to read my review. I’ll try to answer your questions as best I can.
Westjestvacations is fairly new, I think, and they just opened up Cancun as one of their destinations. Thus the fabulous deal we got on this resort. It truly is a 4+*.
It is a large resort compared to what we have experienced. Having said that, though, we always seemed to run into the same people all the time. We only lost our sense of direction once and that was fairly late at night and the Tropical / Colonial sections look almost identical. Well, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
We didn’t see too much signage to help us out anywhere at this resort. ???
We never did get to take the trolley around the resort as it was never on my time schedule. They always missed me by a minute or two.
We took the collective to PDC and as we were walking up the resort driveway to the highway to catch the collectivo, one came by and stopped. He called down to us to see if we were trying to catch the bus. Nice of him to stop and wait, even though we weren’t at the bus stop, which is right at the top of the driveway at the highway.
We didn’t really see any really large groups taking over any space at this resort. However, a “larger” group could easily take over the Tequila Bar, which is the “lobby bar” at the Tropical side.
We only saw one wedding on the beach. No comment on that one. :-X I’m trying to be nice as it’s one of my New Year’s resolutions and I’m practising already.
I’m reminiscing about the bars and where they are located and really none of them really were “the” place. We did, however, enjoy our meals at the lunch buffets down by the beach. One was the Palmeras and one was the Mariachi. Open air, good selection of food (enough to satisfy) and just a great place to enjoy a meal, a cappucino, a kahlua, a tequila, a cervesa, etc., etc.
I think we may have enjoyed the bar at the Palenque Theatre as it was open air but the evenings were kind of chilly and breezy so we didn’t hang out there, but we were there every night for the show. The theatre is huge.
We should have gone into the Havana Lounge as it looked like it had a nice ambiance and there was also a small outside deck overlooking the water feature all around this resort. I hope those who are going to this ‘SHINY NEW RESORT’ in a few short months will check it out for me and give me a report.
There was lots of shopping on site and lots of variety. I heard from someone you could barter with the shop-keepers. There are also lots of little vendor carts set up with local trinkets and arts & crafts to buy.
The liquor is VERY expensive to buy in the resort shops.
We saw lots of birds, but not too many different varieties. And we saw quite a few iguanas lounging about - in various parts of the resort. We saw more at the mini-golf area than anywhere else on the resort. I think there are always bugs at the mini-golf course as it’s quite jungly and there is lots of standing water.
The pitch and putt golf course is a bit weird in that there is one tee box and three holes you tee off to. There is a sign that says “keep off the grass” and we weren’t really sure what that meant. I guess you could only have hole in ones. ???
Although I was a little apprehensive about going to such a large resort, it really wasn’t that bad. Beau pointed out that a larger resort has more to offer in the way of activities. I almost believed him. There are things to do but the problem I found when looking at the daily activities such as archery and riflery is that they didn’t really tell you WHERE this was going to happen.
Oh, and the pool tables close at 5 but they don’t tell you that, even if you are sitting and waiting for a table for 45 minutes until the folks playing are done and they put on the covers. >:(
Oh, and the Jaguar Disco - the most beautiful waitress in the world came to us with a couple of filled shot glasses (we hadn’t ordered them). She just thought we should try them. She covered the top of them with a napkin and her hand, banged the full glass on the counter, took her hand off the glass (it was a bit “fizzy”) and we “shot” it. It was called a “Tequila Bomb” - very nice! So she proceeded to “buy” us a few more rounds. We just couldn’t say no.
Hope some of this helps! :-*