We travelled to Cartagena the last week of March. What a great vacation. We flew Thomas Cook and booked through Sunquest. The only thing about Sunquest/Thomas Cook is the small amount of weight you can have in your carry on.
We arrived on time got to the resort in about twenty minutes from the airport. The bus was nice it was air conditioned. The unfortunate thing was that our room wasn't ready until 3:30 we arrived at the resort by about 11:15. We changed into our beach clothes and just hung out waiting for our room to get ready. We were on the first floor of Bldg 1. No smell of mildew there, everything was white and fresh. The nice white bed linens I just love. If there are any stains on the bedding you would certainly see them on white. The A/C in our room worked really well. Our room was cleaned daily and the fridge was restocked every other day with coke and beer. By the way there is a bathroom scales in the room....Imagine that on your vacation. No face clothes.
There was a good breeeze the first few days we were there. Being from an Island we are used to wind so didn't mind it.
The food was fine, I'm a bit of a picky eater and always managed to get something to eat. the hamburgers at the grill were always a good choice for lunch. Drinks were good, Amar made the best chocolate monkeys. I don't remember the girl who used to cook the eggs and omlettes in the morning but she was great and always got you to speak in spanish a lesson every morning. Miguel was a great waiter there in the buffet.
Pools are great, always cleaned daily. We walked the beach every morning, great beach to walk on. the color of the ocean is murky it is certainly not the turquoise water we are used to seeing down south. The beach chairs are comfortable and the ones in the water by the pool are even better.
The local cows used to graze along the beach. There is a lot of construction going on next door so in years to come you can expect Cartagena to be a popular location. They are also building a golf course.
We went to town one night and took the horse & carriage it was so nice, the driver then dropped us off at the Juan Del Mar Pizza Restaurant. What a great feed of pizza we had there were 18 of us and you can imagine the ordering of wine & beer was a bit of a nighmare when it was time for the bill to come. Very, very confusing, but we manged to figure it out.
We took a day tour of the old city with Wilfred (Wil) Nieves Trocha. Great tour guide and speaks really good English. Another day we went into Town shopping and met this wonderul guy Gonzalez he took us around to find what we were looking for. The people were always so helpful we felt really safe.
I would say about 85% of the people at the resort were Canadians in their 40's to 70's, only a handful of kids. We are from the East Coast of Canada but everyone else we met were from Ontario.
My husband and I both had massages on the beach by Juanita. She was excellent, head to toe massage for $30 and it was for at least 45 min.
We have no complaints about this resort this was our 12th All-Inclusive and it was certainly one of the best.
We have travelled to many different countries.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Occidental Grand Cartagena Resort***** hotel's objective is to provide luxury, all-inclusive services on the seafront on the beautiful beaches of Manzanillo Bay. It is close to the cosmopolitan city of Cartagena de Indias. It has a contemporary design and a very calm ambience, and our guests' first impression is of an idyllic resort to relax and unwind in. Have a dip in the pool, stroll around the beautiful lush gardens or enjoy the 24-hour drink and snack service. ... more less
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