By: Hugh C. Talley
Elizabeth and I visited the De Cameron beach resort here in El Salvador this past week. This was our third visit to this resort, we were not very impressed with our first two visits. We did not like the check in and check out process, your check in is at 3pm the day you arrive and the checkout is 1pm the day you are to leave, when we arrived at the gate there was a long line of cars and you had to wait, they would not let you on the property until 3pm, so by the time you got through the gate and parked, it was at least 3:30pm, then we were sent to a waiting area where we had to wait for them to call our name, for us this was another 20 minutes, they then processed you, assigned you a room and gave you a room key, by the time you were in your room it was about 4pm.
I also did not care for the food, there were few options.
The grounds were beautiful and will kept. The rooms were clean and maintained, so that was a positive. There are pools through out the resort and they are will maintained.
When you were to check out that was another 45 minutes to an hour, it was just not organized. Like I said this was my previous visits.
This visit was totally different, we arrived early, thinking we would have to wait in line to go through the gate, to our surprise they let us through, we parked and went to a holding area where they had hamburgers, hot dogs and drinks while we waited. At about 2:40 they started processing, it was very efficient and we were in our room by 3:10pm.
We were allowed to book dinner at one of the specialty restaurants, which we were not allowed to do on the arrival day in the past. The staff were very courteous and helpful. The food at the buffet and at the specialty restaurants was very good to great.
When check out time arrived, again it was very efficient and we were through it in about 10 minutes. These were all great improvements, before I would have rated this resort with a 3 on a scale of 1-10, this time I would rate it a 10, we really enjoyed our stay.
I would like to give some details of this stay.
Elizabeth and I arrived on Sunday afternoon and we stayed until Wednesday afternoon.
On Sunday afternoon, we went for a walk and I hit the pool, they have many beautiful pools on the grounds. I had enjoyed a few beers and around 6pm we returned to our room and dressed for dinner, we had a 6:45 reservation at the sea food restaurant. We ordered the salmon with capers, it was delicious, everything was perfect. After dinner, we went to the main bar area, Elizabeth enjoyed her juice and I enjoyed a few more cold beers as we enjoyed watching the ocean and the sky filled with stars, it was beautiful and very relaxing. We went to our room about 11pm, this was a very nice day. I would add, our room was very nice.
On Monday morning we were up early, we went to lobby and made reservations for dinner at the Italian & Thai restaurant.
We then went for breakfast at the buffet area, here they have mostly Salvadoran with some American food. They have eggs to order, omelets, scrambled or over easy. You have a choice rice, potatoes, beans, different types of bread. it was very good.
After breakfast, we walked around the resort and took in the many sites, we took some great pictures. We lounged on the beach and enjoyed the ocean. We were in the pool by 11am and I spent most of the day there, I love the pool. We had lunch at one of the several food stations around the resort, hamburgers and fries. After lunch Elizabeth went to the room and rested and I was back in the pool, talked to other guest, and just relaxed and enjoyed the day.
At dinner I had the Italian chicken with tomato sauce and Elizabeth had a Thai dish, chicken & noodles with a sauce. After dinner, again we walked along the beach and enjoyed the night. We also enjoyed the nightly entertainment, tonight was a Caribbean dance group, they were very good.
Tuesday our day was very much the same, except we enjoyed dinner at the steak house, I had the baby beef, with potatoes and vegetables and Elizabeth had the specialty fish with vegetables, we both enjoyed the food very much. After dinner, we took in the entertainment, a Mexican dance group.
Wednesday, we were up early, enjoyed breakfast, walked along the beach and I was in the pool by 10am. We had lunch and packed up, we signed out at 1pm, they gave us a card where we could stay and enjoy the resort until 3pm, but we left for home.
This was a great time and we really enjoyed it and the improvements they have made are great. I just want to add that this resort is all-inclusive, so you do not pay for your food, drinks or entertainment, they have shows nightly, they have a movie theater, a gym, bicycles, a night club that is open until 2am and many other things to do.
I have attached some pictures, I hope you enjoy them.
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