the food was to a high standard, with the jimmy's buffet catering for all tastes, even very fussy ones like us.
there are 3 other themed restaurants that you can dine in each 2 times during the fortnight.
we eat in the itallian, and the mediterranean 3 times each as we do not like japaneese food which was the other choice.
the food and wine was to a high standard in all of the facilities.
as we had gone to rio for 3 days, that only left around 5 night's where we eat at the buffet.
the only downside that we have on breezes is that they class it a deluxe hotel, but they did not have cushoins on the loungers! the entertainment in the evenings was in a large tent with plastic chairs arranged in a semi circle around the stage, and no drinks available!!.
however the animation team were very good with their daytime activities, and we always saw them in the evenings when they would parade around all the restaurants prior to their shows.
mind you we made so many new friends on this holiday, we were to busy socialising to even think about going to the tent.
all of the staff here were ever so friendly, particularly surprising as the breezes prohibit tipping!! mind you we picked the right moments to show our gratitude to a number of the staff and they did appreciate it, but i am amazed at their enthusiasm considering the general no tipping theme.
the other plus point here was that not a local drink in sight only top brand stuff, with fantastic wine, and even better champers...
the location of the hotel on the beach was nice, but not as prettily set as i imagined,, the sea though was extremely rough and frankly was not very safe, you could not swim in it however strong a swimmer you were.but it was some fun when you stood at the edge of the shore and then next minute you would be covered by a wave.
the weather in brazil in july august is some what tempremental as it is their winter time, whilst their temp's rarely dip beneath 28 degrees through the year we did experience a fair bit of rain on occassions, frankly we only had 2 days where it did not rain at some point in the day.
however all in all this was a fab holiday, and we met some wonderful new friends and the highlight of the holiday was spending 3 days in rio de janerio , very worthwhile despite costing nearly
Travel operator: First choice
The food was the best I have had at any all inclusive, it was always well cooked nice tasting and very good variety. The sweets were amazing. Please try the Chocolate salami in Pastafari (Italian) it is gorgeous. The 3 A La carte restaurants were all good we just preferred the Market place.
The drinks were top brands and I know my Smirnoff and Jack Daniels. The cocktails were to die for. We enjoyed the nights in the piano bar but it is a smoking bar so can get quite smoky. We don't smoke but it wasn't a problem to us but some people found they couldnt sit in there for long.
The pool area is massive and finding a bed was never a problem. The beach isn't anything special, the waves are amazing but you are not able to swim in the sea due to it being rough, it is very peaceful there though.
Horse riding, bikes, kayaks, pedaloes and archery are all included in the all inclusive as is the trapeze, we weren't daring enough but it looked really good and alot of people went on it.
At the back of the hotel you will see Green parrots flying around, they are easy to miss because they blend with the trees and there seems to be a resident Iguana which was strange to watch. The birds there a beautiful so tame and brightly coloured. They do tend to be in force in Jimmy buffet and don't be surprised to see them swoop down at the tables or sat nibbling the cheeses, it's not something I liked to see but I just chose something else. A net on the outer wall would stop this.
On the downside, the entertainment was repetetive and for us boring. The Karaoke was dire. On a few nights the entertainment was in the nearby village but your all inclusive did not extend too there so you had to buy your drinks. The other thing which was a problem too us was some of the Brazilians guests. They were very very loud and rude, they did what they wanted when they wanted and their children were unruly and screamed and cried alot especially in the restaurants and also resulting in lots of shouting at all times of the day/night it was nothing for little children to be running up and down the corridors at 3am in a morning and management would not do anything to stop this. They were often let into the A la cartes without reservations which wasn't always the case for the Brits. We were told no it's full and we accepted this. Despite there being a dress code in the A la cartes this was ignored completely so was the no under 14's after 9pm rule...again by the Brazilians.
Please don't get me wrong I think everyone should enjoy their holiday in their own way but NOT when it's at the expense of other holiday makers regardless of nationality.
This is a lovely hotel but the behaviour of some guests really down marketed it for us but management have to retake control to ensure that ALL guests have a good time without spoiling it for others.
Travel operator: First Choice
This is one of the best holidays we have ever had, although we had about 3 days of rain off and on when we arrived but after that the sun came out and stayed out for the remainder of the holiday.
We have never felt so relaxed and the rep JB was amazing he deserves three times what he earns as he was such a laugh and always very jolly.
The rooms are very spacious with 2 queen size beds and a full bathroom.
The meals were fantastic both in Jimmy's restaurant (the main one) or the pre booked themed restaurants we particularly loved the Japanese.
Entertainers were plentiful and always spoke and smiled when they saw you, our son loved the kid's club and to be honest did more activities than he has ever done before.
A word of advice if travelling with First Choice thay state on your tickets to take American Dollars but take all Brazillian Real as the bank near the hotel charges 20dollars commission to change travellers cheques which is very expensive. You can take Dollar notes but no cheques unless you are willing to pay the charge.
Things are really cheep if you go to a local village and they are so grateful for your custom.
All in all a fantastic holiday and we will definately be returning in the near future.
Travel operator: First Choice
The monkeys came to every wedding - by special invitation, they are lovely and tame. You can feed them if you like.
Security is really good too
Well must go now - hope you enjoy this hotel as much as our family did
Travel operator: Air Tours
The food was of a good standard and the size of the steaks need to be seen to be believed. They were served in the restaurant by the pool, where there was also waiter service so you didn't have to move if you didn't want to.
The beach was excellent and kept clean. There are lifeguards on duty, which due to the number of rescues we saw in one day was an bonus. Beware the sea is rough and you can end up out of your depth very quickly.
Themed restaurants were not that brilliant, the service was crap and they get booked up very quickly. Unlike some hotels you can book them a few days in advance, which I recommend.
The bar service is very good but can be slow, but if you have been to all inclusive before you will know this par for the course.
There is absolutely loads to do on the complex. The facilities are shared between the Five hotels that share this complex and the courtesy bus takes you to whatever activity you want.
The shop in the hotel is very expensive as are the shops in the village, best idea is to go to praia do forte. you need to pre-book your seats on the bus. There is a desk by the reps desk where you can do this and it costs 30 reels per person return. The supermarkets are really cheap. I paid 14.70 reels for a litre of Smirnoff vodka which is about
Travel operator: First Choice
The room was very clean with a free mini-bar inside and was very spacious and brightly decorated. Meals and drinks were of a excellent quality and you could book up the individual restaurants on a daily basis.
The Japanese one was fantastic as both me and my husband love Japanese food and we also tried out the Italian one and the international cuisine one too!
There were lots of activities organised during the day, most of which seemed to be focused around the pool area and they do have an area where you can practice on a trapeze which is quite scary and very difficult!
There were bikes for you to go around the resort on and some small gift shops a short walk away. Night time activities seemed to consist of a few singers in the lobby area with the nightclub starting up later on.
All in all, the hotel is excellent but is located out of the way in a small resort consisting of a few hotels and not much else, so not much chance of taking a stroll very far on an evening!
Travel operator: Airtours
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