05It has been a while we hadn`t gone to CM. The kids have grown up and are up to their own thing so when we saw an offer for a direct flight form Montreal, we jumped at the opportunity. The transfers were great, a bliss with a 8:AM flight. On the beach by 2PM.
We had been at this club med 12 years ago and we remembered it as a class act. While the site is still as gorgeous as ever, the installations are in a serious need of a MAJOR renovation.
The pool water had a weird color yet the pool lounge chairs were the most comfortable ever.
ACCOMODATIONS #Room 425
The rooms especially the mattresses and couch were disgusting, cracked tiles, moldy ceilings,name it we had it. The hot water was plentiful and available at all times ( not on our last visit). The A/C stank so we mostly turned it off at night listening to the ocean waves. Yvette our maid did a great job cleaning and making sure we had clean towels when needed.
The diving was exceptional. The boats are clean, fast, and don't reek of diesel. The dive team is the BEST I have ever seen and I have dealt with over 20 since 1970! The dive sites are well maintained and flora and fauna are in abundance.
The tennis was great and my wife enjoyed it. Nice courts and nice people all around.
The machines are barely working, many mirrors are cracked and the ceiling is a disaster.
Unfortunately that was a major sore point! Stuck at the furthest West point of the property, i.e. the porch of the disco is where you get your Step, Zumba, low impact and stretching classes. In front of you is the ICE machine of the disco making a racket and another 10 feet away a buzzer that was going off the WHOLE week... NO, NOBODY KNEW how to turn it off... Who cares when you are listening to loud music but during 45 minutes of stretch and supposed relaxation what a pain! ( nuff' said)
FOOD and Restaurants
While their were some hits ( couscous night was AMAZING!) the produce is definitely the worst we have experienced ANYWHERE in the CARIBBEAN.
I spoke to the chef about it but he said he had a hard time sourcing it... ( I thought Miami bought everything!)
yet The restaurant manager and his aides were extremely courteous and made our stay MEMORABLE. This team knows how to welcome guests!
We found the the GEs to be extremely friendly. A nice hello and a smile got us anything we wanted.
Considering the evolution of retailing around the globe, the boutique was a bust so we can back without even a T-Shirt!
CDV and CDS
While the CDV was away for a week training at Sandpiper, it took us till the second to last day to figure out who was the Chef des Sports... not great to build atmosphere in the village!
ALL in ALL
WE desperately needed a vacation. Colombus gave it to us. I was out like a light at 9:15 and my wife who is more of a night owl thought the shows were a joke. Unfortunately CM has fallen behind its competitors in offering descent accommodations and need to reinvest in this property. We probably won't return here until CM announces a major refurbishing.
On the property there are major and vsluable pieces of art that decorate the place. Maybe sell them and fix up the place....