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    Default Sep 2013 NEW THINGS LIST

    Sep 2013
    NEW THINGS LIST
    Light green bed throw on bed
    Turndown cards changed to round coaster-shaped cards
    Piano bar schedule, etc. printouts put on bed w/ turn down cards nightly

    Piano bar counter had flavored rum and vodka barrels (2 each, infused w/ fruits and/or spices)
    No smoking at pool bar (like other bars)
    Pool bar sign – don’t use straws unless needed – environmental effort
    Frappuccino made at BG bar
    White polo shirt & white shorts uniforms for bar staff in day time (only 1 bartender had that last time)

    Tall palm tree gone - hit by lightning (one of the 2 very tall trees just outside the pool bar)
    Beach Volleyball poles are padded
    Flag pole on beach, w/ Blue Flag Certification and current water condition flags by v.b. court
    Grates w/ holes are underneath boardwalk faucets (formerly just cement w/ a drain)

    Activity sheet back closer to the old style – and has ET staff full names (haven’t seen that in years)
    Sarong class added to Activity List
    Auctions changes to Wed night and Fri afternoon (vs Tue night and Thur afternoon)
    Dress code sign at the entrance of Cassava. No hats, cover up required. No board shorts or sleeveless at dinner.
    Nightly sign (of Piano bar schedule for the night) at the entrance of Piano bar
    Residential band, “Sweet Sensations”, was gone
    History of Jamaican music at show time on Monday night
    Lots of new young E.T. coordinators. Nellie still on maternity leave.

    Guardsman employees have new hats – sort of French kepi (old military) style

    The block 1, 2 construction
    The spa boardwalk refurbishing looked nearly complete around the spa building on block 1 side
    The spa boardwalk behind the spa (on the pond side) was completely ripped up (also completely flooded from the rains)
    The boardwalk (along beach near dive pool) refurbishing was completed (they opened it up during our stay)
    Yoga area wooden floor was ripped up
    At repeater dinner it was mentioned that the piano bar would be refurbished – no details on what is planned

    Temporarily Spa in building #9, first floor

    Not new things, but here are some notes on this stay.
    Weather: had very heavy, very long thunderstorms 4 days in a row. We know the risks of coming during this time of year – just unlucky timing. This was not the “oh it’ll rain for an hour then everything irie” weather, it was 3 or more hours solid rain, beach completely flooded, lightning-right-on-top-of-you-where-can-we-hide weather.

    Several large (and one 40+people) wedding groups. Some of them are nice people, but as usual tends to increase grouples behavior. Just not our thing.

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    Rudi, is Franklin still there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mjd View Post
    Rudi, is Franklin still there?
    Franklin in luggage and Franklyn in bar were both there.

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    Thanks for the updates. 17 days ....

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    Was franklyn at the pool bar or another

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    Quote Originally Posted by sharker View Post
    Was franklyn at the pool bar or another
    Franklyn was (mostly) at the main bar at night, but, we've been told there is a monthly rotation that may or may not have bartenders moving around.

    Leoconnor,
    Agreed, we don't expect to see other buildings progress piece-meal. Would love to here a progress report from someone there now.

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    Thank you Rudi! Always glad to see your "new things" post.

    Based on the time involved with the Block 1 & 2 updates, I would suspect they won't tackle any other buildings any time soon..

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    So glad Franklyn (bar) is still there...they would have some very disgruntled repeaters if they treated him poorly enough for him to decide to leave.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hillystyles View Post
    So glad Franklyn (bar) is still there...they would have some very disgruntled repeaters if they treated him poorly enough for him to decide to leave.
    I spoke to him today. He said the Bow leg GM is gone and he should be back at the pool bar 11/3!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by leonkelly View Post
    I spoke to him today. He said the Bow leg GM is gone and he should be back at the pool bar 11/3!!
    That is good news. Hope they brought back Karen, she is missed!!!

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    We are due to arrive 11/27/13...anyone have any idea what phase the construction will be at? We are staying in a garden room...hoping the construction doesn't interfere with our honeymoon but in the same breath it would be nice to have a newly renovated room.

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    leonkelly,

    Franklyn said the GM is gone. Ricardo the GM of the resort or the GM of food services?

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    Is there a new GM @ CN?

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    Quote Originally Posted by brennie View Post
    Is there a new GM @ CN?
    Wasn't finalised when we were there two weeks ago. But since Couples Barbados has now been sold to Sandals it is more than likely that Wayne Williams (ex CN assistant GM) will return to CN as GM.

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