We just returned from our 4th trip to Swept Away and thought we should write this review.
Overall the trip was fantastic as usual. We met up with friends old and new. We met Dan and his wife Evelyn from Ohio from this board. We met old friends Art and Pat again from Colorado, as well as their friends Dave and Patti from Illinois. We missed Tom (Csa_vet) by about 20 minutes on Saturday. Renewing friendships and meeting new people is always special.
There were very few negatives experienced. We had a private dinner which was great. We had specified the location as the gazebo, but ended up on the beach. For a couple of reasons this was disappointing, but the dinner was fine and the surprise to my wife was priceless. It was a very romantic interlude in a romantic week. If you are going to do a beach dinner, wear insect repellent, as those sand fleas do come out at night and you will get bit. We did mention the location concern to the concierge desk, and the next day found a letter of apology and two polo shirts in our room.
I'm going to risk some flak here and give our opinion of the Blazing Piano (Ulitmate Chocolate) that doesn't match many others. We first experienced him in the old setting, above the Palms, and during happy hour. It was a true sing along. Now it is much more talk and when songs are sung, which is much less frequently, it is more and more soloists with a mike. It is more of a karaoke like affair. Many people seem to like this, but we long for the old days. We visited twice. The first night we left when Ulti had not appeared by 10:00. The second night we did stay for quite awile. When it was obvious singing was a low priority, we left. Again, many people like how it is now, but we did not like it as well.
Now let's get to the wonderfufl stuff, which was just about everything else. We spent much, much time on the beautiful beach. The water was perfect. The beach is fun to walk in both directions, but more fun to the south. The food was as great as ever. Because we had booked during the Fila special and also used Romance Rewards points, we had lots of credit at the spa and gift shops.
The credits are easy to redeem. For the spa, just bring the certificates with you and they apply it to your account. Any charge over your credit is billed to your room account. For the gift shop you can shop at any of the three. Just charge your purchase to your room and turn the certificates in at time of checkout.
For the first time ever, Helen and I had two 50 minute couples massages in one week. She also had a manicure and it cost almost nothing out of pocket. Two of our massage therapists deserve extra credit for magic hands. Both Dahlia and Annette had "the touch" which left you floating on air.
Also Roan and Yves, both of whom work on the beach desserve an extra shout out. Both were hard working, personable, and went out of their way to take care of us. Also our private dinner server, Simone, was great. She was attentive but not intrusive.
This has gone on long enough. It boils down to the fact that we really enjoyed our week in paradise, and long for the time that we can return. We will be glad to address any questions.