April 2017 ???

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  1. southsoundfun

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    With our favorite place being closed for a new tower, we are considering Golden Parnassus for 04/07/17-04/16/17. yes, we do plan that far out because of spring break.

    Will anyone else fun be there?

    We really enjoyed the nightlife at the other place and after reading some reviews, we are concerned about no 'real' nightlife and them running out of booze !!

    But we are thinking about it and would like to hear if others are as well.
     
  2. Skifree

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    Will let ya know next week when we return, headed there on saturday
     
  3. southsoundfun

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    Thank you! a solid review would really help.
     
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    We will we heading to the GP in a few weeks. I will let you know how it goes.
     
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    We are looking at GP But not really ready to put the trigger yet. If anyone has any feedback on GP we would appreciate it!
     
  6. St Louis Blues

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    We plan on being at GP in early April 2017. We were there in 2015 and loved it.
     
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    We would really like to check out Costa Rica but cannot locate anything that looks good.
     
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    We are debating this as well. The problem as you know is, TTR is 100% about the people and 0% about the amenities. You need a critical mass of TTR crazys to make the party feel right. You can't just drop 10-15 TTR peeps in a new resort and expect a similar experience.

    That being said, we still have time to figure it out but I think we are looking at hedo this year. They just put in $10 million in renovations and they have a die hard clientele. Never been, but it sounds like the closest ttr substitute out there.
     
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    We are booked!!!! April 6-13. The rate out of St Louis on Apple was $1,178 per person!! That's a damn good price! 8 months away.......
     
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    Wow St. Louis that's great ! We were at Temptation in April for the first time and just loved it. We were definately planning on returning in 2017 . Now looking at the other resorts. I didn't even realize we could book this early . Have you been there before ? Looking like the best option to us .
     
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    We are also considering Hedo for the second week of April. I hope we can get some good reviews about the place.
     
  12. St Louis Blues

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    Here is the review I wrote on tripadvisor on April 21 2015:

    I came really close to giving this resort a 5 star review. They really need to switch from a key for your room safe to a code safe. It's a real pain to have to carry that key on you all day at the pool and beach. Most rooms don't have a mini-fridge either. The lighting in the bathroom was really bad. It didn't matter to me, but my wife and every woman we talked to said it was impossible to put on makeup in the bathroom. The beds are designed for midgets. I'm 5'9" and that's about how long the bed is. We paid for the basic room. We ended up 5th floor , Lagoon side. It was very nice. Sunsets were spectacular and we had no issues with noise. Room was plenty spacious and the elevators/lifts were always quick to arrive. Cleaning was great. When we checked in, there were only 2 bottles of water in our room (trying to get bottled water anywhere at this resort is an adventure....the only place I found it was the spa). We made the rookie mistake of partying like rock stars our first day, drinking our 2 bottles of water, and waking up in the wee hours of the morning parched, with nothing to drink in our room.
    FOOD; We don't go to Mexico for the food. It is what it is....mediocre! I don't know how any one could complain about the breakfast buffet. Everything is available and just fine! Our weather was perfect all week long (April 6-13), so we ate lunch at the poolside snack bar (burgers, chicken, grilled meat, nachos, guac, beans with chili meat). It more than sufficed and we stayed in our swimsuits! We ate at all the restaurants. The only bad meal I had was grouper at the seafood restaurant. I don't think it was cooked enough but edible. It amazes me how many people don't tip. People, you're eating a sit down meal, with great service, and you can't leave the help $3 to $5??? Do you tip when you eat out at home? I'll end this rant, but it really bothers me to see.
    BEACH: BEST I've ever seen. You can walk forever either ways. Sand is fine and white. Water is SPECTACULAR!!! Waves are fairly big and that makes it fun! This was our 5th time to Mexico and I can't imagine not returning to this beach. The shaded "umbrellas" that are offered on the beach are taken quickly. We did get one every day but I was down there between 7:00 and 7:30 (one day, we got the last one available). One negative on the beach; Hey Smokers, what makes so many of you think it's ok to discard your cigarette butts on the beach??? You don't throw your other trash onto the beach. What makes you think throwing cigarette butts onto the sand is ok?
    POOL; It's fine. It gets sun all day long, which we like. There are very few umbrellas. A swim up bar would be nice, but it's not a big deal. The music is fine. I was concerned it would be too loud. It wasn't. Although the same tape seemed to be played daily. There was only one or two servers for the beach and pool. They were extremely kind and worked hard, they just couldn't keep up with the demand. Which is fine, it doesn't hurt me to walk to and from the bar. Speaking of the bar...Tiki Bar (pool bar) was phenomenal all day and night (closes at 2 a.m.)...I think we close it down 4 of our 7 nights, including the last night when we had to be up at 6 am to get to airport!!! Carlos, Fonzi, and Jose were entertaining, funny, and worked their tails off!!! (reread my tip speech from earlier). I certainly did my fair share of Mexican Viagra (tequila with habenero and other hot peppers marinading in it). The Dos Equis on draft was good and cold. Whatever you drink, bring some sort of insulated cup. There is a 60's bar inside. It has pool tables, table tennis, karaoke (we call it scareyoke). We spent very little time there. I can sit in a dive bar at home....why not enjoy the beach bar, where all the fun people seemed to be?
    The Great Parnassus is a 2 mile walk from the Golden. We walked to it one day for breakfast. Walked to it along the street. Walked back along the beach. They have a 10th floor restaurant serving breakfast (adults only) that offers a spectacular panoramic view of the beech. You really should check this out one day. There is a free shuttle if you're not up for walking (bring water for the walk). The Great Parnassus is gigantic, and filled with children. We were so grateful to be staying at Golden (no kids and small). When we left the 10th floor restaurant we waited a long time for the elevator and stopped at every floor on the way down.
    On Saturday night, The Golden put on a really nice "pool party" which included a huge buffet. It seemed like the resort went through a lot of work to put this on and we were appreciative.
    Entertainment Staff: We don't participate in the games; pool volleyball, beach volleyball, bingo, crafts, water polo, water basketball, beer pong, etc. Having said all that, the staff was witty, funny, entertaining, and just pleasant to have there. We don't go to the shows at night, so I can't help you there.
    All other Staff members: I can't say enough about the workers here. Whether it's the custodian or a manager, EVERYONE was pleasant. One of the benefits of vacationing in Mexico is the pleasantness of the workers. Like I said, it's our 5th time to Mexico. This was the most incredible staff we have experienced at a resort. Whatever management is doing at this resort, Keep it up!!!
    We did do the "1 hour talk on time share, owning, or whatever it is they call it". It was a very confusing presentation. We were handed off several times from one salesman to the next. It's all done on yellow paper that they just keep writing numbers on and flipping to the next page as they talk. The first simple math thing he did was way off. He had the number being $140,000. The actual answer was $20,000. He had a calculator. I didn't. He admitted to the error when I questioned his number. It was extremely confusing (I think that is intentional). And, after 75 minutes, I had to stand up and say we were leaving. It was an unpleasant experience.
    In closing, we generally enjoy visiting different resorts from year to year, BUT I really can't imagine not going back to Golden. It really was an incredible VALUE! Thanks to everyone on your staff, who helped give us one of the best trips we've ever been on!!
     
  13. Rob@Jamie

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    We are booked also for April since Temptation will be closed. We are going 7-14!!!
    St. Louis Blues we need to meet! We are also from St. Louis.
    We went to GP back in 2014 and had a good time.


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  14. Sally and Ricky

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    Just looked at apple for the 4/8-16 and we could get from seattle 3537.04 for two air included that's not bad considering DRM is 3800.00 for same dates and no Air with that price and that is the members price but may be worth it for DRM I don't know LOL I'm so confused dangit TTR
     
  15. St Louis Blues

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    Since I posted the above, the price has increased to $1,378 per person.
     
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    anyone stayed at GP and like it over the Grand Oasis Sens? Seems like the atmosphere would be more "fun" at G.O.S. than GP but we have only done, TTR, Grand Oasis Viva, Desire Pearl in Cancun...
     
  17. Lockdown

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    April

    I know it's kind of early but we just booked for Apr 23-30. We sure do hope there will be few TTR refugees a the resort!
     
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  18. ShaneandJenny

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    We are booked also for April 23-30. We just need more April Addicts and it will be a party.
    Shane And Jenny
     
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    Little early for us to think about booking, but thanks for posting your dates...it would be great to run into some TTR friends!
     
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    Hope you can make it!