Sandals Dunns River, JamaicaAuthor: Host DebbieH103 (More Trip Reviews by Host DebbieH103)
Date of Trip: July 2006
The dessert had some sort of peeled chocolate on it. I ate that part and not the dessert. It was coffee flavored, and I don't like coffee. I wore a long dress and was still eaten alive by mosquitoes.
Regarding smoking--none in Marco lounge (one or two guests were opening the doors and standing in the doorway, but they allowed it at Il Colombo (West Indies) even though it is covered. We weren't happy about that. I guess if it is open air enough for me to get eaten alive, it is not indoors. There was an enormous storm the day before, which I imagine is where the bugs came from.
First Night After Dinner
One neat thing about Dunns is they start entertainment for the evening at 8:30. They have stuff going as late as you want but the main shows are 8:30 to 11.
After a short talk with Ann-Marie, the sales manager, and Theo, it was a short trip to the room to drop off the repeat guest gifts of rum, t-shirts and orchids and then go back down to The Forum in-door theatre for the show.
At 8:30, they had the mid-week game show. The women vs men did trivia on famous places, faces, TV shows, etc.
After that was the guest and staff talent show. Craig, the entertainment supervisor sang Struggling, a song he wrote. Conrad played Rock around the Clock. They had various skits, including a long one where they spoofed people from different countries. They were the hardest on their own country.
There were 4 guests who performed, all sang songs. One girl named Sara did At Last. She was good. Another girl, Alicia did I Will Survive. She sure had fun, and a guest got out there and danced to it. Then there was Tony who apologized for being bad (but wasn't) and another guy (Ric??) That was working the band and the audience and said, "Love You Dear" to his wife at the end.
By about 11:20, they started the disco, which seemed set up for reggae.
When we came back to the room, candles were going with flower petals all over the bed and "I Love You" in cat tails. We slept like babies.
We had breakfast in our room, set up by butler Frasier and a concierge. I had fruits and eggs and toast, and Todd had omelet and ham and fruits.
At 11am I went down for aquacize. They did not have it. I stayed in the hot tub. At noon I came up because Frasier was to set us up on the beach with a cooler in some shade. We enjoyed that for an hour and then went to lunch at 1:30. I had pizza margherita from the piazza and Todd had ham and grilled cheese from Cafe Orno. I also had cotton candy. They spin the cotton candy right out there fresh for you most anytime, so even if you think it isn't available, it probably is. Just walk over, and someone will show up. It is next to the roasted nuts and small cookies.
They make those 12-inch pizzas and also have enormous calzones. They do have a lot of waste. The pizza is thin and delicious. It would be difficult for one person to eat the whole thing. I ate ¼ of it.
We went back to the room and saw the end of Madagascar. Then I watched General Hospital.
We went over to the spa and used the indoor hot tub and then one of the steam rooms.
Next we went to the piano bar pool and hot tub. By then it was 4:30 and the water was cool but refreshing due to the wind. All day, the wind was just incredible. We heard it was 55 to 65 mph all day.
At 6, after more time in the in-room jet tub, our butler took us to Kimonos and took our drink order and served us. We had a great dinner there. For appetizers, We had tempura and spring rolls. We had the sesame salad. We had green pumpkin soup. I had beef, Todd also had the chicken and shrimp. We skipped the tuna and also skipped dessert. At dinner, two of our companions were the tutor of the child in the movie being filmed at RP and the girlfriend of one of the stars. That was an entertaining dinner. The chef indicated it was his first night. We don't know if that was true. It was a good time.
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