GOV Trip Report (April 3 - April 6) Following is a review of our perspective of GOV based on our brief three day stay (April 3 – April 6). The top three things we were most impressed by: 1. Valentina Biegun the Resort Concept Manager was extremely attentive and genuine … she is a jewel and helped to make our stay most pleasurable. 2. The views from the rooms are terrific. 3. Sushi served at lunch at the beachside bar. The three things we were least impressed with: 1. The air conditioning was not operating properly (or at all) in the buffet restaurant, the VIP lounge, and other portions of the main floor, which made it unbearable to sit in these areas. 2. There were no bathrooms quickly accessible to the party pool. And other than those located on the far side of the quiet pool or on the other side of the resort (by the spa) you had to go indoors to find one. 3. Paying extra for a safe in the room. If they want to charge for it…. It should be added into the standard price of the room. Paying the extra (invisible) $8 per day for the room would be far more palatable than making me pay $8 per day on top of the room charge. CHECK IN: VERY EASY…. When we arrived at the GOV it was approximately 2PM and we were led to the VIP Lounge. After about a minute we sat down at a desk to start the process…. then I mentioned that we had emailed Valentina about our reservation and the person helping us immediately jumped up and went to another desk to grab our portfolio. Then she said that our room would not be ready for another half hour, she gave us our wrist bands, explained about the new concept of the hotel (topless etc.) and then encouraged us eat lunch while she alerted Valentina to our arrival (Valentina was at lunch). After grabbing something to eat and a downing a couple of cocktails we returned to the desk and were led up to our room. It was the exact room type we requested. OUR ROOM: With the help of Valentina we upgraded to a Sain Ka’an Suite. Not sure if we would have done it had we been staying for an extended period of time, but for three days it was worth the extra money (about $70 USD per day - since we had already booked the Spice room). The Sain Ka’an is really just an average room with a very cool balcony that has a hot tub, an outdoor bed, a great view directly over the party pool, and enough space for lots of people to gather. We used the hot tub, enjoyed the outside bed on a couple of occasions (which was surprisingly comfortable), and hosted a party on the balcony. We definitely got good use of the balcony. The downside of the room is that the depth of the balcony restricts the view of the ocean and, therefore, these rooms have the resort’s poorest view of ocean. FOOD: The food was good (we are not at all picky eaters). Breakfast buffet….. had a limited selection. The omelets were good, the hash brown potato casserole was outstanding, sausage was awful, there was no bread for toast … but, the fresh cut French bread loaf was a nice change of pace. The coffee at the Coffee bar in the VIP lounge is the best I’ve ever had. Lunch….. food at Mr. Wimpys bar was brutal (tasteless burgers, strange tasting hotdogs, and chicken fingers deep fried in some nasty cooking oil), though the sushi at the other bar at the pool was some of the best sushi I’ve had. If you like sushi you are in for a real treat here. Dinner… we ate dinner at all the restaurants that did not require a reservation and we found the food to be good quality and served with pride. At the buffet you had to wait in line to be seated and there always seemed to be many open tables... it made no sense and seemed to only needlessly cause backups (we even bailed on eating at least one meal because we didn’t want to wait that long). DRINKS: Strong but very inconsistent in terms of quality, brand, mixers, and temperature from bar to bar. The bars often seemed to be understaffed – though the wait is seldom less than a few minutes. The drinks were particularly bad at the Coyote bar. I think they blended their own mixers and used the cheapest liquor available. POOL: We only spent time in the party pool, so other than to say it is nice looking….. we have no first-hand experience at the quiet pool. The party pool was clean and a good temperature for hanging out in as long as you wanted. The music was mostly in the background which allowed for nice conversation. There are only 10 lounge chairs (exact count) around the party pool, which seemed to keep the crowd away from the pool and mostly on the beach. There were no organized pool games/activities other than water aerobics each morning and the foam party on Saturday at 5PM….. which was a rockin’ fun party that lasted for a couple of hours. The pool bar was understaffed and covered by a sun shade making it very difficult to get a drink. Most of the time we got out of the pool to the lobby bar and returned with our drinks before those waiting at the pool bar were served or even acknowledged. TOPLESSNESS: Usually less than ten ladies were topless (I think mostly Cancuncare members) except for the during the foam party when several others joined in. Though very few were topless, there was no feeling that anyone was shocked or put off by it at all. There were no obvious gawkers. PARTY ATMOSPHERE: GOV is a great place to have a party. But if you want it…. most likely you will have to bring your own (or make sure you plan to meet up with other Cancuncare members). Other than the foam party, the resort does very little to amp up excitement. The Coyote bar is nice but understaffed. On the only night it was crowded…. there was such a long wait to get drinks that we eventually moved the party upstairs to the balcony. All in all we felt that GOV provided a good value and filled the bill as a quiet adults only resort with a mildly sexy vibe.