Well, I fail miserably on the daily update, but, I am succeeding at not stressing about it.
Anywho,we are lovin it here. So many friends. Finally got to meet Marianne and Alejandro's precious baby girl. She's gorgeous, and very happy. Just like her mama and papa. Hoping to spend a little more time with them. Chocolate Alex and Karla both are rocking braces just like me, so, we're a trio. No dancing for Alex right now, he had surgery on his feet, but, otherwise he's doing great. My two favorite waiters, Lemuel and Jesus are both still here, but, I haven't seen Wilberth from the buffet yet. He might be at an ala carte, will have to check on that.
The weather has been, well, fun. Most days the sun is shining all day, very hot, sometimes a bit too still, but, now we are in a more normal pattern for this time of year, with the down pours rolling in by afternoon. The water has been very calm, some days with very little for waves at all, so the snorkeling is amazing. On that note, the commercial snorkel tours were suspended for the month of September. The bay feels a bit more like it's old self. On the other hand, there are roped off areas marked with bouys where no swimming (or snorkeling) is allowed. They are trying to get the sea grass to really come back strong and to give the sea life a break. Fins are not allowed at all in the north end of the bay, they might let short fins in, but, possibly not. Longer fins are permitted south of the buoyed areas, but, it's not widely promoted. In fact, in the room there is information about swimming and snorkeling, and it says no fins allowed anywhere in the bay, but, we got the clarification from Choco Alex and the ABR lifeguard. Most guests don't ask, and are disappointed they can't use their fins to go further out into the bay. We snorkeled yesterday more than half way out and then out to the reef, and only saw one or two other people the entire time we were out.
The beach is the same, except for the multitude of turtle nests. It's amazing seeing so many, and the resort is being very accommodating by keeping beach chairs and loungers picked up at night and moving the palapas to keep them off the nests. That said, beach volleyball is no more. Tim was pretty bummed. It's apparently not due to the turtle nests, even though the nests are in the old vball area. From what we have been told, people (guests) complained that it made the resort feel much less than a 5 star location. I am hoping if enough people ask it may come back. We were thinking of bringing our older kids next year, and they have specifically said how they look forward to playing vball with people from around the world.
The turnstyles are still at the CEA entrance to the beach, and it just feels so trashy where it was once a quaint little shop area. You can access the beach using the "public" access alongside Lol Ha, and it is posted as a public beach entrance.
We're in building 3 penthouse level, which I highly recommend. Its close enough to everything to not feel like a hike to get anywhere, but, far enough from the main pool to be quiet during the day, and if we don't want to listen to the nightly entertainment we can get away. The resort added many more palapas, I haven't seen any palapa wars so, I think they have enough to go around. There are also many more chairs around the main pool.
The make up of guests is mostly Germans and Brits, quite a few Canucks, and a small number of Yanks. Very few other nationalities. We have met some French people and some from Luxembourg. Apparently the Italians basically only come in the summertime, especially in August. We just missed them. The Germans don't really do much. Just sit around and chit chat. The Brits and Canadians are a ton of fun. I wonder if people who haven't been here before are thinking the resort is boring. I could be completely wrong as we don't spend much time around the main pool, so, maybe they do more when we aren't around.
We've basically stayed close to the resort so far, but, tomorrow we're hitting Yal Ku lagoon and then on Monday (our anniversary) we're going to the Xel Ha ruins. That is, after we have our picture taken by the very good photographer salesman that works for the resort.
Being September, the mosquitoes are out in force, so, Im glad I brought my Sawyers spray. It's the only stuff I find that really, really works.
We've eaten in two ala cartes so far, the Asian Fusion and the "steakhouse". The food is always so good, but, Id like to see more variety, especially at a restaurant that claims to be a steakhouse. Tim tried to order just a plan ole steak at the steakhouse, but they only had either the passed skewers or a lamb burger. No entrée steaks And the salad bar (while missing the bat from last time, there's a story that goes with that) was not very big. The Asian fusion was so far our favorite.
Right now we are watching the rain pass as our lunch settles, and then, on to the gym.
post edited by TeriA - 2017/09/09 15:08:25